The African elephant is the largest animal walking the Earth. It is also one of the most intelligent and iconic animals in Africa, and unfortunately one of its most endangered. In recent years, growing demand for ivory, particularly from Asia, has led to a surge in poaching. With habitat loss, climate change and human conflict posing an additional threat to their survival, the conservation of these gentle giants is a critical challenge to the biodiversity of this beautiful continent.
Getting to know and understand this keystone species is one of the best ways to raise awareness of their decreasing numbers, which is why our guests have the opportunity to observe and interact with resident herds at various lodges and camps in Botswana, Zambia and South Africa. These immersive experiences, which can include various activities, such as meeting, feeding and walking with the elephants, getting to know their keepers and participating in elephant research, are often quoted as one of the highlights of an African safari. Elephant interactions are uplifting and transformative, offering guests a deeper understanding and greater appreciation of these fascinating animals.