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Epic Destinations For Elephant Safaris in Africa (2023)

Elephant safaris are very popular tours in many parts of Africa where elephants roam freely in the wild. These safaris allow tourists to get up close and personal with these majestic creatures, observe their natural behaviour, and learn about their habitats and conservation efforts.

It’s important to note that while elephant safaris can be a thrilling and unforgettable experience, it’s important to choose a responsible tour operator that puts the welfare of the animals first. Elephants are intelligent and sensitive creatures that can experience stress in captivity or if they are disturbed in their natural habitat.

Are elephants on your safari bucket list for your upcoming safari holiday? Come with us, we know all the best places to see them…

Elephant Safaris in South Africa

South Africa is a famous destination for elephant safaris due to its abundant wildlife and numerous game reserves. Moriti operates in four of the best game reserves in the whole of Africa where our favourite grey wrinkly beasts are found and protected. 

The following reserves are our absolute favourites, you can visit them with us if you want.

The first and most obvious is Kruger National Park. It is home to over 25,000 elephants. Adjoining the national park is what we affectionately call Greater Kruger Park. This area is made up of all the private game reserves like Sabi Sands and Timbavati and, just like the national park, these places have some amazing elephant sightings.

In Kwa-Zulu Natal, two reserves stand out for some awesome elephant safaris. These are Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park and Phinda Private Game Reserve. These reserves are not well-known but let us tell you something, they are absolute gems and in some cases, offer a better overall experience than Kruger Park… Check them out if you can.

Below are our best elephant safaris in South Africa. All are customisable and perfect for any occasion.

Southern Tip of Africa

Kruger to Cape Town Safari

Two South African safari titans come together in everyone's favourite safari combo. Rates start from ZAR 7,500 per person.
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Tsowa Safari Island, part of a Cape Town, Kruger, Victoria Falls Package

Cape Town, Kruger, Victoria Falls

Come with us on our epic 12-day 'safari triangle' tour and visit Africa's favourite destinations. Rates start from ZAR 6,200 per person.
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Although elephants are far more distantly related to us than the great apes, they seem to have evolved similar social and cognitive capacities. – Frans de Waal

Elephant Safaris in Botswana

Northern Botswana is one of the finest places to see elephants in Africa.

There are numerous national parks and reserves across the African continent with their fair share of elephants. 

The destination on everyone’s mind for elephant sightings is Linyanti or Savuti Marsh. This wildlife paradise includes the Chobe National Park and Namibia’s Caprivi Strip. Its population of elephants is particularly impressive, exceeding over 45,000 and making it one of the largest elephant populations in Africa!

During the dry season (annual flood of the delta) from April to August, The Okavango Delta offers people some of the best elephant viewings you could ever experience! It is why documentary crews go there year after year. It can be overwhelming seeing these animals so happy in a water wonderland like The Okavango!

Below are our best elephant safaris in Botswana. All can be tailored to your needs, whether it be for couples, families or groups of mates.

7 Day Botswana safari

Okavango Delta and Kalahari Safari

A 7-day lifetime voyage to The Okavango Delta and The Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Rates start from ZAR 10,500 per person sharing.
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Leopard waking up on safari

Okavango & Linyanti Safari (Victoria Falls Add-On)

A 7-day family safari from The Okavango through Linyanti in Botswana. It's wild, it's beautiful! Rates start from USD 650 per person sharing.
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Elephant Safaris in Zimbabwe and Zambia

As far as Zambia goes, South Luangwa Park is home to the bulk of Zambia’s elephants supporting over 14,000 elephants. You are likely to see large elephant herds roaming free on safari here. Along the Zambezi River, close to Victoria Falls is also a great place to spot elephants as well in this small, but very beautiful country.

However, the winner in this regard has to go to Zimbabwe. Just within Hwange National Park in the dry season (May-October), there can be as many as 50-60,000 elephants! We have experienced sundowners where elephants outnumber any other animal or bird on the landscape at that moment. In addition, watching elephants stand up in front of trees to reach fruit and leaves in the postcard that is Mana Pools National Park is a sight to behold.

Below are our best elephant safaris in Zimbabwe and Zambia. All can be built around your needs and in fact, we prefer it that way because it means you get your very own safari to brag about!

Family Safari Coffee Stop

Best Of Zimbabwe Safari (Kariba Dam Add-On)

This 10-day safari explores Hwange National Park, Mana Pools National Park and Victoria Falls. Rates start from USD 650 per person sharing.
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Tsowa Safari Island, part of a Cape Town, Kruger, Victoria Falls Package

Cape Town, Kruger, Victoria Falls

Come with us on our epic 12-day 'safari triangle' tour and visit Africa's favourite destinations. Rates start from ZAR 6,200 per person.
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Best destinations to view elephants in Africa…

South Africa

Hluhluwe Safari

The oldest proclaimed nature reserve in South Africa. It consists of 960 km² of mountainous landscape, in central KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. It is known for its rich wildlife and conservation efforts. The park is one of the very few parks in KwaZulu-Natal where the Big Five can be found.

3 Day Kruger Safari

South Africa’s biggest national park is home to the country’s greatest diversity of wildlife. Kruger’s real draw is an almost guaranteed encounter with the super-celebrities of the safari circuit: Africa’s iconic Big 5. You can expect sightings of them all year round.

Male Lions Phinda

This reserve encompasses an impressive 286 km² (110 mi²) of protected wildlife land. It offers some of Africa’s finest game viewing experiences, as well as 436 bird species. The reserve is particularly well known for close-up sightings of the elegant yet elusive cheetah, as well as the rare black rhino.

Botswana

Elephant Crossing The Linyanti River

This is a vast area of pristine wilderness located in the north of Botswana. The entire area is superb for elephants. There are a few rival prides of lion and this is also an excellent area for spotting the elusive leopard and rare wild dog.

Pek's Fishing Owl At Xigera Camp Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta is one of the most inspiring wilderness locations in Africa, if not the entire planet. The Delta is a truly unspoiled wilderness with terrain ranging from dry grasslands to swamps. Possible animals to be sighted include cheetahs, lion prides, leopards on the prowl, zebra, giraffes and elephants.

Zimbabwe & Zambia

Walking Safari In Hwange National Park

This most famous park in Zimbabwe provides a haven for 107 mammal species and more than 400 recorded types of birds. If it’s elephants you want to see (there are between 45,000 and 60,000 living in Hwange), then this is the place. Hwange is most commonly combined with Victoria Falls.

Lion Jumping Over Water On A 7 Day Zambia Safari

Kafue National Park covers a massive 22,400 km². It remains little-known and largely unexplored with vast tracts of its virgin bush still untouched. Thanks to its size and variety of habitat types the it holds a fantastic diversity of wildlife. The Busanga Plains is famed for its prides of lions.

Kariba Dam Safari

Lake Kariba is famous for its ghost-like trees that seemingly float on the water. It offers remarkable natural beauty protected by some of the finest nature reserves on the planet and it hosts an abundance of wildlife. Its creation provided perfect conditions for wildlife to thrive.

Elephants In Mana Pools

Mana Pools is considered one of the prettiest reserves in the world. Its location near the Zambezi River gives it large pools that support an amazing collection of wildlifeCanoe safaris, a terrific way to see animals. It’s also one of the best places in Southern Africa to see endangered wild dogs.

Magnificent Victoria Falls

The Falls, traditionally known as Mosi-oa-Tunya or ‘the Smoke that Thunders’, are the largest in the world when you combine their height and width. Fed by the Zambezi River, they provide all sorts of adventures like visits to Livingstone Island, swimming in Devil’s Pool on the precipice, and sunset cruises.

Moriti will tailor something specifically for you to go elephant adventuring on. Check out our tailor-made safari enquiry form

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Our Safaris

Family Safari Coffee Stop

Best Of Zimbabwe Safari (Kariba Dam Add-On)

This 10-day safari explores Hwange National Park, Mana Pools National Park and Victoria Falls. Rates start from USD 650 per person sharing.
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Cape Agulhus Shipwreck

Cape Town Safari (Malaria Free)

A 7-day malaria-free Cape Town safari exploring the Western Cape coast and into the Little Karoo. Rates start from ZAR 11,500 per person.
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Tsowa Safari Island, part of a Cape Town, Kruger, Victoria Falls Package

Cape Town, Kruger, Victoria Falls

Come with us on our epic 12-day 'safari triangle' tour and visit Africa's favourite destinations. Rates start from ZAR 6,200 per person.
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