Elephant safaris

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Best Safari, wildlife and nature holiday company

BRITISH TRAVEL AWARDS 2019

Complex, gentle, emotional and highly intelligent, elephants are an iconic resident of Africa

Seeing a herd of majestic elephants is a highlight of any safari – and you’re almost guaranteed to see them, whichever national park you visit. In Kenya’s Amboseli National Park, huge groups of elephants stroll along against the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro, while in Botswana – where almost a third of the continent’s gentle giants live – vast herds migrate from the Chobe River to the south-east pans during the wet season. Watching families graze by the waterside as you cruise along the river in a solar-powered boat is an unforgettable moment. Located over the border in Zimbabwe, Hwange National Park’s Somalisa Camp is a great place to just sit and watch as herds come to the watering hole to drink. Over at Mana Pools, up in the north of the country, you can step down from your safari vehicle and walk close to grazing herds with your guide. A couple of the resident elephants here have even learnt a cool trick – they can rise up on their back legs to pluck leaves from the higher branches.

Sadly, the number of African elephants is in decline due to the illegal ivory trade and habitat loss which has led to human-animal conflict. In response to these threats, organisations work tirelessly to tend to orphaned and injured ellies, as well as other African wildlife species. The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Orphanage on the edge of Kenya’s Nairobi National Park, just a short distance away from the city’s busy centre, is one of the most remarkable elephant conservation projects in the world – so far the trust has hand-raised over 150 infant elephants whose mothers have fallen victim to poachers. If you’re staying in Nairobi, we strongly recommend a visit to the orphanage. Visitors are welcome from 11am to midday when the babies come in for their daily mud bath. Firstly, you’ll come face to trunk with some of the youngest nursery inmates, covered in blankets to protect them from the sun, and hear their stories from the keepers. The hungry infants get their bottled milk feed and will even interact with visitors if they are feeling brave that day. If you adopt an elephant for US$50, you can enjoy a more exclusive experience and visit the orphanage in the afternoon.

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Rivers & Rainbows

Uncover the beauty of these two spectacular countries as you wonder at the peaceful tranquillity of Botswana and the awesome power of Victoria Falls.

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Kenya & Tanzania Safari

This extensive safari combines our Taste of Kenya and Taste of Tanzania itineraries. The Mara-Serengeti eco-system is one of the richest on Earth and you’ll get to experience both sides of the border....

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Tanzania in Style

Discover the highlights of Tanzania’s national parks – including the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater and the wildlife-rich plains of the Serengeti – without compromising on comfort. Tanzania in Style s...

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Tanzania Migration

This Northern Circuit safari visits the incredible Ngorongoro Crater, elephant hot spot of Tarangire National Park and wildlife-rich Serengeti. Two Serengeti stops – central plus northern or southern ...

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Taste of Tanzania

This concise safari is ideal for those seeking to discover the highlights of northern Tanzania, including the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater and open savannah of the Serengeti. With lovely lodges to s...

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Classic Tanzania Safari

The Classic Tanzania Safari offers the ultimate all-round experience of Tanzania’s popular northern circuit. It combines quality lodges that sit in fantastic locations with scenic overland journeys an...

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Essential Tanzania

A great introduction to Tanzania’s must-see highlights – the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. See superb wildlife like big cats and elephants, and stay in scenic lodges close to the action. This short...

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Ultimate Tanzania

This breathtaking overland journey offers the ultimate safari experience in Tanzania. Highlights include discovering the dry savannah of Tarangire, the animal-rich plains of the Serengeti and the beau...

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Under Serengeti Skies

An authentic wildlife-rich safari where the highlight is three nights under the stars in a semi-permanent camp inside the Serengeti.

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Unsurpassed Tanzania

This luxury twin-centre safari stays at two extra special properties, using them as a base to explore the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti.

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Elewana Sky Safari

Safaris don’t come much better than this. Travel in style between northern Tanzania’s game-rich parks, in a bespoke Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft.

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Unsurpassed Botswana with Belmond

Taking in three of Botswana’s most popular destinations, this exciting itinerary includes stays in some of Belmond's luxurious properties.

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Desert & Delta Rhino Trust Safari

With an ethical and authentic approach, this wonderful safari offers an experience away from the crowds in Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, as well as including a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Si...

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Best of Botswana & Victoria Falls

This eight-night fly-in safari is the perfect introduction to the wildlife and natural beauty of Botswana. There’s a distinct feel of exclusivity throughout, with intimate lodges, small planes and fan...

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Governors' Safari

It’s all about big cats and the Big Five on this classic safari. Travel to a colonial farmhouse where you can explore two of the Great Rift Valley lakes. Then fly over the rolling plains to a tented c...

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Samburu & Mara Family Safari

With stays in fantastic kid-friendly camps, this short safari has been created for families. Visit two of Kenya’s breathtaking national parks – Samburu and the Maasai Mara – and make memories together...

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Taste of Kenya

Taste of Kenya offers a wonderful introduction to this wild country. Travel to the Eastern Rift Valley’s scenic lakes, best known for their birdlife and large rhino herds. Then head deep into the worl...

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Kenya in Style

This luxury safari takes in Kenya’s breathtaking lakes, mountains and most iconic wildlife reserve, staying at exclusive hotels and camps along the way. After travelling to the foothills of Mount Keny...

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Leopard Safari

This is an extensive and beautiful journey across Kenya. You’ll travel in a 4x4 vehicle to many of the main parks, culminating in the rolling plains of the Maasai Mara. As well as wildlife viewing, in...

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Porini Wilderness Safari

This is the ultimate itinerary for an authentic, adventurous and responsible safari. With Porini, it’s all about wildlife conservation and sustainable tourism – they use local guides and lease Maasai ...

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Kenya Beach & Safari

Embark on a scenic rail journey as you’re whisked through the countryside from Kenya’s tropical coast to the heart of its wildlife-rich national parks. See hundreds-strong elephant herds in Amboseli a...

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Cheetah Safari

The Cheetah Safari is our most popular itinerary, covering a wide area and showcasing the very best of Kenya including Samburu, the Rift Valley, and the world-famous rolling plains and big cats of the...

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Unsurpassed Kenya

This blow-the-budget itinerary captures the romance of the classic safaris of the 1920s, staying at some of the very best safari accommodation.

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Big Five Safari

The Big Five Safari is a short, value-for-money itinerary ideal for first timers or those with time constraints. You’ll get to visit the wilderness of Tsavo West on a full-day game drive followed by A...

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