From 316,000 elephants in 1976, Tanzania only remains with 45,000 of these mighty Giants today, many of the declining numbers are a result of illegal trading and poaching. During your safari, thus, it is truly delightful to watch the elephant with a mixed feelings of emotions – the love, compassion, vigour, bravity and power , clearly reflecting on these remarkable creatures.
So here are some of the best safari parks known for their thick elephant population in Tanzania.
Tarangire National Park
If you are in Tanzania for a Northern Circuit Safari, Tarangire National Park makes for the best to spot a healthy population of elephants. Sometimes you can count as many as 300 of them at a time. With the presence of the Tarangire River and the Baobab trees, 2 best sources of water for these Giants, you are most likely never going to miss spotting the elephants here. This national park is close to the Serengeti and makes for a great place to visit, if you a true elephant lover.
Ruaha National Park
Known as the largest national park of Tanzania, this untouched ecosystem is simply rewarding and offers the travelers a unique perspective of safari. With such a majestic area to admire, spotting elephants in Ruaha National Park is truly rewarding- the large, dusty and mighty giants clinging close to each other and mud bathing is a sight to behold! With special sightings of Kudu, Sable and Roan antelopes, a safari to this park, is simply mesmerizing.
If you have been a fan of the movie Jumbo, you will absolutely love to see these large bulls tagging along with their little ones right from the Crater rim to the floor. What amazes us the most is that despite their weights, how the elephants are able to climb up and down the deep volcanic crater. Photographing them in the Ngorongoro is a memorable treat, truly unforgettable.
Serengeti National Park
With the poaching crisis filing in the air, Serengeti National Park is a ray of hope, as we see a surge in the elephant population since 2013. With a camouflaging ecosystem with the Maasai Mara, these endless plains are vast and simply offer a secure environment to the wide-spread elephant population. Along with the wildebeest migration, this park is truly rewarding and great spot for watching the elephants.
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Cover and Final Image Courtesy: Jacqueline Montesdeoca, Kearsleys Client June 2019