Where can I see elephants in the wild?
Elephants are best seen in the wild. The best places to see elephants in Africa include: Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana and Uganda. In Asia, Sri Lanka is a great place to see elephants as well as India and Thailand.
Top 3 national parks to see elephants
- The best place to see elephants in southern Africa is Kruger National Park. It has the largest population of elephants as well as the highest density. The park covers an area of 19,633 square kilometres and has a number of lodges available for tourists to stay at overnight.
- The best place to see elephants in Asia is Tsavo National Park in Kenya. The park covers an area of 9,065 square kilometres and has a range of hotels for tourists.
- The best place to see the largest number of elephants in one spot is Addo Elephant National Park, located south-east of Cape Town.
Wild population: how many elephants are left in the wild?
According to the World Wildlife Fund , there are between 3 million and 5 million African elephants roaming the savannas of Africa. The largest populations live in Central and Eastern Africa. South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe have the largest populations.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature states that there are between 35,000 to 40,000 Asian elephants left in the wild. The population is decreasing due to loss of habitat and the illegal trade in ivory.