The best four places to see elephants in Tanzania

The best four places to see elephants in Tanzania : Elephant sightings in Tanzania: The African elephant is without a doubt one of the most recognizable and fascinating creatures to be encountered on a Tanzania wildlife safari tour. For millions of years, these beautiful, magnificent, and enormous animals have roamed the African plains. We are incredibly fortunate that Tanzania is home to one of Africa’s most numerous and substantial elephant populations. Sadly, due to interactions with humans, habitat overlap, and the expansion of the ivory trade in Asia, elephant populations are fast declining, and soon there may not be enough African elephants to support the population.

We are aware that practically everyone who plans a safari in Tanzania comes here in the hopes of seeing the renowned African elephant. In addition to being one of the “big five,” elephants are also the largest land mammals and are stunning on their own. However, seeing an elephant in its native habitat is getting more and more difficult due to population decline and the threat of poachers. So, what are the best places to see elephants in Tanzania? You now need to be aware of Tanzania’s elephant locations and the optimal times to visit them. Here are the best top four place to see elephants in Tanzania:

  1. The Tarangire National park

Northern Tanzania’s 2,850 km2 Tarangire National Park is a seasonal park. It is the sixth-largest national park in Tanzania and offers some of the best opportunities to see elephants. In fact, it is thought that the park is home to the largest population of elephants in northern Tanzania, numbering about 2,500, and that this population is growing quickly at a rate of about 6% per year. There are elephant herds that can number up to 600 animals.

The best four places to see elephants in Tanzania
The best four places to see elephants in Tanzania

The Tarangire River, which runs through the park and is the source of life for the wildlife that throngs here from June to September during the dry season is where you can see larger herds of elephants in Tarangire National Park.  When the long rains start in April, many of the grazing herds leave the park in search of more grazing land and water near Lake Manyara or further north. However, when their new water sources start to run out a few months later, they return in large numbers to the Tarangire River.

  1. Selous Game Reserve

Despite the fact that 66% of the population was hunted and killed by poachers between 2009 and 2013, the Selous Game Reserve is thought to be the last refuge for African elephants, with its population currently estimated at 25,000. Elephant populations in this area are tragically still declining, which prompted an extraordinary introduction of a special program to help preserve elephant numbers. Although there are strict restrictions on who is allowed to enter and leave, walking safaris are allowed, and boat trips on the Rufiji River are very popular. The access to view the wildlife is unmatched because the river itself flows directly through the center of the entire game reserve. The Selous Game Reserve is one of the largest elephant location in Tanzania, but there are many challenges to overcome if you want to see the elephants.

  1. The Serengeti National Park

Elephant populations in the Serengeti-Maasai Mara ecosystem increased between 1986 and 2014 due to the conservational efforts made by the Government of Tanzania and Kenya. There are currently believed to be more than 7,450 elephants spread out over an area of roughly 20,000 square miles in Tanzania’s north. Despite this encouraging development, it is believed that elephant populations are still on the decline generally and that the animals are just relocating from what were once considered elephant places in Tanzania in favor of safer, better protected areas.

  1. Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Crater is home to Tanzania’s oldest elephant population. This is largely due to the animals’ natural protection provided by the enormous volcanic crater and the rich, soft vegetation. Elephants can replace their teeth four or five times during the course of their lifetime, a fact that is comparatively obscure. Once their final set of teeth wear out, elephants typically die from starvation rather than being massacred by humans. The Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania offers the finest conditions for the growth of soft vegetation, which the elder elephants can consume. Unfortunately, these elephants’ tusks grow longer than virtually any other in Tanzania as they get older, which attracts poachers.

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