The African Elephant
This iconic African species, synonymous with safari, is high on every visitor’s wish list. It is adaptable enough to live in rainforest, woodland, savannah and even desert, but is under massive and unprecedented threat as a result of poaching for the ivory trade and also destruction of its habitat across the continent.
More about this species
The increasing threat to Africa’s elephants is playing out across the continent, but in southern Africa numbers have grown steadily over the last 30 years. The savannah areas that overlap Botswana, Zambia, Namibia and Zimbabwe are at the very core of their range, and it is here that Africa’s largest elephant herds reside, with their numbers exceeding 300 000. Elephant viewing here is exceptional, especially in the dry season when the herds gather at the remaining water sources, allowing intimate observation of their sophisticated social structures and interactions as well as their unique adaptations.
Where to see them
Elephants can be seen in a variety of habitats at many of our camps, whether in the deserts of Namibia, the savannahs of Botswana, Zambia and Malawi or below majestic Mount Kenya. One of the best places to view large herds though is in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, staying either at Little Makalolo or Davison’s Camp.