Although large, elephants are friendly animals that easily mingle with humans. So no wonder its existence often makes us wonder and want to approach it. If seeing an elephant in a zoo is unsatisfactory, it means you have to travel to ten places in the world. Launch from Wanderlust, here are 10 of the best places to see elephants in the world!
1. Chobe National Park, Botswana
Chobe National Park in Botswana is estimated to be home to 120,000 – 130,000 elephants. The dry season, which is June to November, is the best time to see a herd of elephants in the 11,700 km² park. Giraffes, leopards, wild dogs and even lions are commonplace here.
2. Elephant Nature Park, Thailand
Located in Chiang Mai Province, Thailand, Elephant Nature Park is a location for saving elephants from slavery by humans. Dozens of elephants have been rescued and successfully rehabilitated to a place that is now a tourist attraction. Aside from just watching, visiting here also means you have contributed to preserving the preservation of this proboscis animal.
3. Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, Malawi
Nkhotakota, the oldest nature reserve in Malawi had experienced a crisis due to poaching. Successfully improved for two years, finally in 2017 thanks to the removal of 500 elephants and 2,000 other animals from different nature reserves, the Nkhotakota nature reserve is now busy again and is one of the best destinations to see a herd of elephants.
4. Sayaboury Elephant Conservation Center, Laos
Apart from Thailand, another part of the Asian country which is one of the best destinations to see elephants is Laos. More precisely at Sayaboury Elephant Conservation Center. Formerly known as ‘land of a million elephants‘, Now Laos only has about 400 elephants in the wild. While around 400 other tails live in captivity.
5. Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
Unlike elsewhere, herds of elephants in Hwange National Park remain stable. There are about 45,000 elephants in the park and are expected to continue to grow.
The dry season, which is July to October is the best time to see these exotic animals. Moreover, there are many other beautiful destinations near this park, such as Victoria Falls.
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6. Periyar National Park, India
Not only presenting a herd of elephants, Periyar National Park is also a place for you to unwind with an exotic view. Even here you can sail using a boat down Lake Periyar to see a variety of other wildlife. Such as deer, bison, wild dogs, deer, mouse deer and Bengal tigers.
7. Uda Walawe Elephant Transit Home, Sri Lanka
At the Uda Aalawe Elephant Transfer House, you can see around 300 elephants by using a rented jeep. Besides elephants, watching junglefowl (wild chickens) and small crocodiles are fun in this park. Between August and September is the best time to see a herd of elephants roaming here.
8. Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa
Addo Elephant National Park was originally built to save local elephants whose population at that time was almost extinct. Now, the third largest park in South Africa is home to approximately 600 elephants.
Besides elephants, the park is also inhabited by leopards, lions, black rhinos, buffaloes, zebras, hyenas and others. Riding a horse or using a jeep are some of the ways you can take a safari in this national park.
9. Kanibatangan River, Malaysia
Closest to our country, Malaysia is also a destination where you see elephants in the wild. Dwarf elephants, is the term for the proboscis animal inhabitants of the Kanibatangan River.
In addition to walking through the forest, making a cruise using a boat can also be an alternative to reach this region. Kanibatangan River is home to around 70 pygmy elephants, orangutans, monkeys, monitor lizards, proboscis monkeys and others.
10. Katavi National Park, Tanzania
When the dry season arrives, wild animals including elephants will roam freely in Katavi National Park. They use the river to drink. Hiring a tour guide is the right step for a safari here, so you can take care of the river and see the natural beauty and other fauna that inhabit the 4,471 km² park.
Well, that’s the 10 best elephant safari sites in the whole world. In addition to modern tourism, returning to nature just to see a herd of elephants is a valuable and satisfying thing.
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