5 Best Places to spot Elephants in Kenya
Often referred to as the safari capital, Kenya is one of the top tourist destinations in Africa. The country offers magnificent opportunities to spot wildlife like the big five and get up close to nature.
Elephants are part of the big five and are beautiful sights to spot while on a safari. Their size, strength, and grace are stunning sights to behold.
Although there have been decades of ivory trafficking in Kenya, Elephant populations have recovered in recent years. They can be seen in astounding numbers in some more strictly protected parks.
Here are some of the best places to spot giant elephants in Kenya.
Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National park is situated in the southern region of Kenya. It also lies on the Tanzania border in the shadows of Mount Kilimanjaro, offering a spectacular photo backdrop.
It is among the top tourist destination in Kenya and has a world record for giant elephants and the longest elephant tusks despite just lying on 392 square kilometers.
The park is home to over 1600 elephants that roam freely.
Amboseli has savannah grasslands where elephants are mainly found grazing and sunbathing. During dry seasons, you can spot elephants on the cool wetlands of the park.
Tsavo East and West National Park
Tsavo national park is the largest national park in Kenya and among the world’s largest national parks.
It is one of the oldest Kenyan national parks with nearly 22,000km2. It is divided into two by a railway line, with the east part located in the southeast of Kenya near Voi town in Taita taveta, while the west part is located in the coastal province of Kenya.
The Tsavo national park is among the parks that hold the highest number of estimated elephants in Kenya.
There are about 12 572 elephants in Tsavo national park, according to the 2011 elephant census.
Enjoy the magnificent sights of the Red elephants of Tsavo.
Samburu National Park
Samburu national park is located in the northern region of Kenya and lies on the banks of the Ewaso Ng’iro River, its primary water source.
It is an adventurous destination known for its enormous herds of elephants. There are about 900 elephants in Samburu national reserves.
Save The Elephant organization in the park aims to track, study and safeguard the area’s elephants. They ensure a secure coexistence of the elephants and the Samburu people.
Masai Mara National Reserve
Masai Mara National Reserve is one of Africa’s most outstanding wildlife reserves, situated in the southwest rift valley religion of Kenya. It has iconic savannah views and is most famous for wildebeest migration. It is home to abundant wildlife which roams freely in reserve.
Masai mara national reserve has about 2500 elephants that are spectacular to watch as they roam in the beautiful Masai Mara plains. A Masai Mara safari offers a chance to see elephants in their natural habitat.
The Chyulu Hills
For a nature lover, Chyulu hills are the best destination for you. Chyulu hills are located on the east of Amboseli national park.It is a volcanic peak covered in a beautiful evergreen forest which forms an excellent harbor for wildlife.
Other than spotting elephants and other animals, such as buffalo, there are enjoyable activities at chyulu hills, such as horse riding, watching birds, and mountain climbing.
Elephants in chyulu hills are known for congregating in large breeding herds.They descend with other animals to the Amboseli and Tsavo national plains to get water since the lava of the chyulu hills cannot hold water.
Plan a Kenyan safari today and get a chance to watch and learn more about elephants.