Thereâ€™s no doubt that seeing elephants on a safari trip is a highlight for everyone. The African elephant can be found across designated areas in eastern and southern Africa. Countries including Botswana, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Zambia and South Africa are known for being the top safari destinations in Africa.
Whether it be a family holiday or a coupleâ€™s getaway, if itâ€™s a safari experience that youâ€™re after, Africa is where you need to be, but where? We have you covered with a list of national parks that offer the opportunity to see these majestic creatures.
Chobe National Park & Delta
The Chobe National Park is located north of Botswana, and nearby to the Chobe River. It is home to the largest continuous population of savannah elephants in Africa. Together, Chobe National Park & Delta has 150 000 elephants, with an area of 80 000 kmÂ˛ to roam freely â€“ making the national park the largest concentrated population of elephants in Africa.
Surrounded by floodplains and forests, Chobe National Park supports thousands of elephants. The Chobe River attract elephants in greater density as the dry season progresses, which makes for the perfect opportunity to see the African elephant.
Kruger National Park
The Kruger National Park is the largest game reserve in South Africa encompassing approximately 19Â 600 metres square. It offers an indescribable wildlife experience. Itâ€™s the land of baobabs, knob thorns and grassland.
It’s hot, subtropical climate makes for good weather, as the temperatures are usually above 25 degrees. All year round the climate is conducive to game viewing – Â the winter season, in particular. What’s more, the wet summer season means that the water holes are filled, and one can expect to see newborn wildlife and summer migrant birds arrive.
The game park has three distinct habitats, which include:
- Treed and grassy southern region
- Central Savannah region
- And, mopane scrub in the north.
Kruger National Park is well known for having the largest, diverse range of wildlife, including:
- 34 Amphibians
- 114 reptiles
- 507 birds
- 147 mammals
The vast beauty of the landscape is humbling – particularly if youâ€™re taking it in from a lookout point. It doesnâ€™t matter in which direction you look as youâ€™ll be able to appreciate the wild and unpredictably stupendous African bush.
Etosha National Park
Located north of Namibia, Etosha is one of the most attractive wildlife destinations in the country. This national park boasts high-rise dunes and ancient salt pans. It is the home of elephants and lions, as well as a stunning landscape, which stretches across the land to the coastlines.
Other than being a sanctuary for wildlife, such as zebras, the rare Black-faced impalas, cheetahs, hyenas and giraffes â€“ Etosha National Park is also a haven for birdlife. ver one million flamingos use the national park for breeding. Itâ€™s an opportunity to see interesting birdlife such as falcons, harriers and the Egyptian vulture.
The waterholes can be found throughout the park and are a huge attraction for the animals and an opportunity to see the elephants.
Addo Elephant National Park
A mere 40-minute drive outside of Port Elizabeth, Addo Elephant National Park is one of the most diverse game parks in Africa. The national park covers five biomes including forest, Albany thicket, fynbos, Nama Karoo and the Indian Ocean Coastal Belt. While the biodiversity of the national park is a major draw for tourists, the African elephant takes the prize for the main attraction on safari drives, as youâ€™ll have a good chance of seeing them in their natural habitat.
Addo Elephant National Park is widely known for being the home of large herds of elephants. The elephants feed on spekboom, which can found in abundance across the Addo Elephant National Park. The Spekboom might seem thick and like itÂ gets in the way of you seeing wildlife in action but there are large parts of the park with open fields, for sightseeing. Be sure to book a safari drive with Woodall Country Lodge to see these majestic creatures in the flesh.
Amboseli National Park
The Amboseli National Park is the second most popular park after the Maasai Mara in Kenya. The park is 260 km from Nairobi and is on the border with the neighbouring country, Tanzania. What’s more, it’s situated against an breathtaking background of Mount Kilimanjaro, which gives you the opportunity to view the world’s tallest, free-standing mountain.
While most of the land at Amboseli National Park is rich savannah grassland, you can expect flora and fauna in abundance. The general weather climate at the national park is hot and dry. The national park is situated in the rain shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro as it lies on the northwest side.
Aside from its geographical features, the Amboseli National Park attracts tourists and locals in numbers, and is popular for its elephant population of over 1600. With that said, it comes as no surprise that within the minutes of a game drive youâ€™ll be able to spot elephants. Alongside the African elephant, the national park is home to several other wildlife species such as zebras, wildebeest, impala and warthogs.
The African elephant is an incredibly intelligent and social creature of the wild. Be sure to consider the above-listed safari destinations when planning your safari trip so that you can have an elephant encounter.