An African Elephant Photo Essay

Elephant family

An African Elephant Photo Essay

For as long as I can remember, elephants have been my favorite animal, which is why in celebration of World Elephant Day, I have decided to showcase a few of my favorite photos of the African elephant from my time in Africa two years ago.

My first African elephant sighting in Botswana did not occur in a National Park, but instead right on the street. We were on our way to Chobe National Park, when we spotted two elephants kicking a water pipe and helping themselves to the water that came out. Marveling at the intelligence the creatures possessed, we all watched in awe and snapped a few photos.

A smart elephant in Botswana

Our next sightings occurred throughout Chobe National Park by both safari vehicle and boat. We watched the elephant families cool off in the mud, and were even charged by a large elephant, though we learned that they only actually charge on their third attempt.

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Elephant family

Cooling off in the mud

Mom and baby

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African Elephant

A few days after Chobe National Park, we headed to the Okavango Delta, where we were able to spot elephants by foot. We had to keep our distance, in case they charged at us, so I don’t have any good photos, but I do have one of an elephant footprint.

African elephant footprint

Our final elephant sightings occurred in Namibia’s Etosha National Park. Here we learned, that the elephants who reside in the park have a mineral deficiency, which causes their tusks to easily break or simply not grow at all. While they were different than the elephants we observed in Botswana, they were equally impressive to watch.

African elephant in Etosha

Cute little guy

Elephant in Etosha

Seeing African elephants in the wild was probably one of the most magical experiences I’ve had while traveling. They are intelligent and majestic giants who are in danger. August 12th is World Elephant Day, in an effort to raise awareness about the dangers that elephants around the world face. From protecting them from poachers to better conserving their natural habitat, we need to protect elephants all over the world so that future generations have the pleasure of seeing them for their own eyes. To find out more and pledge to help elephants, you can click here.

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Comments (8)

  1. Eileen

    They are beautiful.

  2. Aggy

    Love elephants! They are gorgeous creatures and you are so lucky to have seen them in the wild!

    1. The World Wanderer

      They really are so beautiful. I am absolutely in love with them. Hoping to get back to Africa very soon. 🙂

  3. Greg | Travel Blue Book

    Cool photos! I had no idea that there was actually a World Elephant Day 🙂 I would love to see wild elephants someday.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks! I know, this was the first year I knew about it. They definitely deserve a day! I hope you do too. Africa is such an incredible continent, and seeing these majestic creatures in their natural habitat is truly a sight to see.

  4. Shikha (whywasteannualleave)

    I have had a love of elephants since childhood as well – I had seen them in Asia a few times but the first time I spotted an African elephant was out in the wild in Tanzania a couple of years ago – and I too honestly felt that it was one of the most magical travel experiences I’ve ever had – there’s something so beautiful about these amazing creatures 🙂

  5. Stephen Jones - A Thousand Miles

    Oh, I love elephants! They are so majestic creatures. It really saddens me to see how they’re mistreated in different parts of the world. I can’t wait to see these creatures in action, in both Africa and Thailand. Have you heard of the Elephant Nature Park? I put that on my bucket list a while back. 🙂

  6. Mzuri @ Amani Afrika

    I love elephants too! Such noble animals. Elephants never forget. It’s true. And did you know that Selous in Tanzania has one of the largest populations of elephants in Africa?

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