Nothing represents Africa quite like the elephant – large, mysterious, dangerous yet gentle and fascinating.
The largest land mammals on earth were once remorselessly hunted for their ivory but thankfully their numbers are recovering today and they thrive in the areas set aside for them.
Etosha’s elephants number about 2500 and occur either in breeding herds numbering up to 50 or in bachelor herds of two to eight males. These bachelor boys are usually found on the open plains and in Acacia Nebrownii thickets. The breeding herds, consisting of females with their calves and young males prefer the acacia, sandveld and mopane woodlands.
Usually elephants visit the waterholes at night but may be seen during the day at Olifantsbad, Aus, Tsumcor and Kalkheuwel. All elephants must cool themselves by spraying water over their backs and by bathing in mud; the result is that they can appear in a variety of shades depending on the location of their last mudbath.