Coming eye to eye with an African elephant for the first time is a moment you will never forget and unlike any feeling you have ever experienced before – it may even leave you at a loss for words! This is exactly how an African elephant back safari begins. You will be matched with and introduced to your pachyderm companion and your first glance into those soulful, honey-brown eyes may reveal more than you anticipate…and tug at your heart strings!
The largest living terrestrial animal in the world, an adult African elephant stands at between 2-4m/7-13ft at the shoulder, weighs up to 6 tonnes and devours up to 180kg/400lbs of grasses, leaves, bark and fruits each day. These magnificent mammals are found in 37 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and thrive in a diverse range of habitats including savannah, woodland and rainforest and some have also adapted to life on mountain slopes and in coastal and arid desert regions. The African elephant, a keystone species in nature, plays a vital role in maintaining ecological harmony. Ninety species of trees, for example, are unable to propagate without their seeds having first passed through the digestive tract of the elephant enabling them to germinate.
Browse our recommended elephant back safaris below, or if you have something different in mind, call us and we will advise and assist you.