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You want to see elephants - big herds, mothers and babies and big lone bulls

Botswana has more elephants than any other safari country – no-one knows exactly how many but there are over 100,000.  The best time and place to see them in huge herds is in the far northern savannah plains of Savuti, Linyanti and Chobe.  If you prefer your elephants without loads of people too, we’ll fly you into immense private reserves such as Lebala and Selinda where just a handful of guests share hundreds of square kilometres of pure Africa. 

The latter part of the dry season from July to November is best when water supplies are scarce and of course you see all kinds of plains game and big cats too.  We’ll suggest that you combine it with a few days in the idyllic watery Okavango Delta.  At Baines Camp in the Okavango you can spend half a day closeup with three wonderful orphan elephants.

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A herd of elephants
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Elephant in the Okavango Delta
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Elephants in the Tarangire National Park
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Elephants in the Selous Game Reserve
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Elephants in the wetlands

The Elephant Experience at Baines Camp

One of the special features of Baines’ Camp is its proximity to the nearby Living With Elephants project, run by the hugely experienced Doug Groves. For over 20 years, Doug and his team have raised and rehabilitated three orphaned elephants so that they are now habituated to the presence of people and at additional cost it is possible to spend around five hours with them.

Let Doug be your guide as Jabulani, Thembi and Morula show off their distinct personalities, and you gain a privileged insight to the habits and lifestyle of these charismatic and fascinating creatures. You can touch and stroke them, watch them interact, feed and bathe in mud-pools, listen to the sounds by which they communicate and take a walk with them through the bush as they move silently on their giant feet and occasionally tear branches off trees.  Culminating with a sumptuous bush lunch accompanied by your new elephant friends, this is a unique and thrilling experience that is not to be missed for any visitor to Baines’. 


The South Africa Elephant Experience

Camp Jabulani is an amazing place; a luxury lodge surrounding by African bush teeming with wildlife, where you can enjoy an unforgettable experience on an elephant back safari.

Twelve magnificent elephants, from eleven to twenty six years of age that were orphaned as babies, have over the years become accustomed to tolerating the presence of people and you can now ride the sensitive and immensely powerful creatures through their own African bush environment; encountering zebra, rhino, giraffe, antelope, wildebeest, big cats and many more wild animals.

Each elephant has been gently and sensitively reared and looked after by twenty grooms who “know” each of their elephants intimately and will be able to explain their character, personality and habits as you get to know the elephants during the course of your stay. You can move silently through the African bush, enjoying the elephants eye view of the world and can also watch them swimming and frolicking in Jabulani’s own lake.  You can participate in their feeding and enjoy a night time elephant ride under the stars.

In addition to the elephant rides you can enjoy walking safaris and open vehicle safaris during the day and at night with Camp Jabulani’s expert guides, encountering a marvellous array of wildlife.

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