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A Closer Look at Africa’s Gentle Giants

A Closer Look at Africa’s Gentle Giants

The African Elephant is the largest land mammal on earth and also one of the most fascinating. Experiencing the wonderful interaction with these beautiful creatures can be soul touching and exhilarating at the same time and there are several places in South Africa, Botswana and Zambia where one can experience either walking with these magnificent animals or engage in an elephant back safari.

Elephants have no natural enemies as there is none large enough to challenge them. Unfortunately their future is threatened because of the increasing human populations which cause loss of their natural habitats. That, as well as the continuing of the ivory trade in some parts of Africa.  The animals in these elephant sanctuaries have been humanely tamed and trained. Many of them have been rescued from reserves where they would have otherwise been culled or made available for hunting. The elephant sanctuaries help to educate visitors and aid conservation efforts.

What the experience offers each individual is the opportunity to touch and interact with the elephants and learn more about them. Their handlers have a very special relationship with each elephant and have an extraordinary in-depth knowledge of these animals and their fascinating behaviour. Elephant back safaris are also a very special and unique way of experiencing the bush; allowing you to get up close to the other animals as the human scent is masked by those of the elephants.

We recommend staying at one of these luxury lodges for an up-close-and-personal experience with these majestic creatures:

If you are pressed for time why not include Knysna Elephant Park situated between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay along South Africa’s Garden Route, Addo Elephant Back Safaris or Elephant Whispers near the Kruger National Park for a day visit.

Whatever experience you choose, you will leave taking memories with you that will last a lifetime.

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