There is nowhere better in the world to celebrate gentle giants than in the Chobe National Park, home to one of the largest concentrations of elephants in the world. In celebration of World Elephant Day on 12 August, here are five incredible elephant experiences – best enjoyed at leisure, cruising on one of our houseboats!
1. Did you know? World Elephant Day
World Elephant Day is celebrated annually since 2012 and serves as a day to increase awareness about the plight of elephants today, the many threats facing their existence and how you can help.
“World Elephant Day is a rallying call for people to support organizations that are working to stop the illegal poaching and trade of elephant ivory and other wildlife products, protect wild elephant habitats, and provide sanctuaries and alternative habitats for domestic elephants to live freely.” – Patricia Sims, World Elephant Day Co-Founder
2. The most elephants in the world
Yes, you may not have known this before but one of the many claims to fame our stunning corner of the world has, is its elephants. The Chobe National Park boasts the largest surviving elephant population in the globe, currently estimated at around 120,000 elephants spread throughout the park (in the north of Botswana and northwest of Zimbabwe). With so many elephants, you’re guaranteed plenty of sightings, morning and night.
3. Visit the aptly named Elephant Bay
All our houseboats and accommodation options have something unique to offer our guests. Due to their smaller size however, our trio of Chobe Princesses can moor at Elephant Bay, a tiny island that provides the perfect viewing point of a favourite elephant watering hole.
4. Hop on board for unique photo ops
Our unique water-based safaris allow you to get even closer to these gentle giants. Hop onto our specially designed tender boats (or our specially designed photographic safari boat) for so close you-could-almost-touch-them sightings. Seeing an elephant drink right in front of you from the vantage point of the water provides a completely different perspective – and the incredible photographs to prove it – from seeing them on land, as one would with most traditional safari experiences.
5. The best time to visit
While the Chobe River is a year-round travel experience, the sighting from March to November (spring in the southern hemisphere) is accepted as one of the very best times to visit. Spring also means countless sightings of the little ones!
Don’t miss out! Contact us today to book your elephant experience.