African elephants are the world’s largest land mammals and among one of the most intelligent creatures with complex consciousness, excellent memory, and emotions. These mammals roam freely in Africa’s savannahs and some of the most popular national parks and game reserves. In Africa, elephants share the same ecosystem with human beings and share quite a myriad of similarities with the homosapiens; this may be one of the reasons why elephants have a strong cultural significance with human beings. Despite their large size, elephants are known as ‘Gentle Giants’ and scientists refer to them as ‘keystone species as they play a significant role in maintaining the ecological balance of their habitat.
Conservation efforts to save and protect these majestic creatures have paid off in the last two decades, as the populations are now stable and growing. On 12th August every year, the world celebrates all efforts to protect and preserve the elephants.
A day will not suffice to spread the awareness on the importance of protecting elephants but the conservation efforts take place every day. And in case you would like to sight the elephants in their natural habitat and learn more about them perhaps during a game drive…we have suggested 5 destinations in Africa where you intimately interact with the majestic giants.
Nairobi, ‘The City Under the Sun’ has so much in store for travelers when it comes to places to visit and things to see. Being the only city in the world with a park inside the city’s capital, this cosmopolitan suburbia town is a mix of skyscrapers and bush and this is what makes Nairobi stand out. Traveler’s staying with us at our city’s premier hotel- Nairobi Serena Hotel can enjoy a game drive in Nairobi’s National Park and more so, visit the famous David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is a nursery and center for rescued and orphaned elephant calves, rhinos, and even giraffes. Visitors can feed, care and even adopt the orphaned baby elephants. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust runs the most successful orphan elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world, having successfully hand-raised more than 150 infant elephants. Your gift, no matter the size, can provide lifesaving support to an orphaned elephant: Give $25 today, and you can provide a day of specialist milk for a hungry orphaned elephant. #WorldElephantDay
Amboseli National Park
When it comes to sighting big herds of elephants, nothing comes close to the southern circuit, Amboseli National Park. This destination offers visitors an opportunity to view the majestic giants in their natural habitat in great herds than any national or game reserve in Kenya. The park is located within the spectacular backdrop of the African highest snow-capped mountain that is Mount Kilimanjaro found in Tanzania. Amboseli national park Elephants has made Amboseli one of the most popular gaming viewing destinations across Kenya and the second best tourist destination in Kenya after Masai Mara Game Reserve. Generally, the park has taken stern efforts in the conservation of elephants from some of the major challenges such as poaching and human-wildlife conflict. Due to these efforts, the park hosts over 1600 free-roaming elephants. The terrain of the park is made up of wetlands, savannah grasslands, woodlands, lake basins create a favorable ecosystem for elephants to thrive. Stay with us at Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge for an exclusive game-viewing experience with our expert guides who will answer all the elephant and wildlife-related questions you have. Oh, in a very rare occurrence there is an elephant in Amboseli that gave birth to twins! Can you imagine that? #WorldElephantDay
Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro and Serengeti National Parks
Tanzania is renowned for its large size and this also includes extensive national parks and reserves that host the big 5 in natural splendor. Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro, and Serengeti make up the northern safari circuit; usually, most visitors traverse the whole circuit to experience the best of what Tanzania offers. From extensive savannahs to even UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Ngorongoro Crater, these parks are full of surprises for any traveler looking for an immersive game-viewing experience. And luckily, the wildlife such as elephants roam freely and their parks are not fenced so wherever you stay, you will have an intimate game viewing experience. Serena Hotels is present in all three of these parks, and we look forward to showing you the elephants through a game drive and or Hot air balloon experience at the Serengeti. Stay at Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge, Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge, and Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge #WorldElephantDay
The untouched wilderness of Selous in Southern Tanzania is famed for its intimate game-viewing experience. Selous is Africa’s largest game reserve also a World Heritage Site, is known for its scenic beauty and large population of wildlife including elephants. However, immediate action is required to save Selous elephants from poaching. Selous is now listed to be removed from UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger, WWF is calling for greater effort in combatting wildlife crime, an assessment of the impacts of proposed industrial activities such as mining, investment in sustainable tourism infrastructure, and equal distribution of benefits to nearby communities. Stay at Selous Serena Camp or Mivumo Serena River Lodge. #WorldElephantDay
Virunga National Park
Virunga National Park in DRC, has recently experienced an influx of nearly 600 elephants that moved from Uganda’s grasslands. Before their arrival, Virunga’s elephant population was only 120 because of poaching and violence which diminished their numbers. Since the elephant migration in August, the elephants seem to be at ease in the two-million-acre expanse of steppes, savannas, volcanoes, and snowfields along the DRC’s eastern border- Virunga which is vulnerable to poaching and militia attacks. The return of the elephants in Virunga means that the area is now safer for them. The government and even private organizations are working together to ensure the elephants remain safe from the hands of the poachers as well as humans because of the destructive nature of these large grazers. Communities near the park are also being educated on the importance of elephants in the ecosystem especially in the long run. Stay at Goma Serena Hotel or Lake Kivu Serena Hotel #WorldElephantDay
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