Elephants of the Okavango

Elephants - left to right, Tembi, Marula and Jabu at Stanley's camp. OkavangoElephants - left to right, Tembi, Marula and Jabu at Stanley's camp. Okavango
One of Botswana's biggest draw cards is the number of Elephants that live in Northern Botswana. These majestic animals follow ancient migratory routes to regions of permanent waters such as the Okavango. Botswana is home to one sixth of the world's Elephant population and areas such as the Chobe have some of the highest density of Elephants in the world during the dry season. They are a major draw card for tourists visiting this region. They often are found on the seasonal fringes of the Delta, especially in the Moremi Game Reserve which forms part of the Okavango.Elephants frolicking in the River near Banoka Bush Camp. OlavangoElephants frolicking in the River near Banoka Bush Camp. Olavango

The Okavango Delta forms part of the home range of thousands of African Elephants. They migrate in their thousands between the Okavango, Linyanti, Savute and Chobe regions. They are drawn by the need to find water and fresh food. The annual flooding of the Okavango Delta takes place in the driest part of the year when food and water are scarce; so many thousands of Elephants pass through the region, following ancient migration routes.Elephants on the Edge of the Okavango. Michael PolizaElephants on the Edge of the Okavango

There are however Elephants that are resident all year round. Mostly small bachelor herds that stay around the swamps. These bachelor herds may only join the larger female led herds to mate when a female is in estrus.Morning elephant-back safari out of Abu Camp. OkavangoThe elephant experience out of Abu Camp. Okavango

Abu Camp, in the Okavango Delta, is famous for pioneering Elephant back safaris in the 1980's. In keeping with the recent trend to abolish elephant-back safaris, Abu Camp offers an amazing Elephant Experience which includes walking with elephants. This is a wonderful experience that allows guests to learn about the elephants habits and natural behavior. You can get a change to become part of the herd and see the different personalities of each elephant. Watch them take a mud bath and capture classic moments on your camera to share with your friends and family back home.
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