Top 10 Places to See Elephants

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The beauty of travelling the world is having the opportunity to experience different cultures, discover new sights and spot some of the most spectacular animals on earth, of course. If you want to witness something truly unique while you're away, we've shortlisted the best desinations around the world to see the elephants - because there's nothing more adorable than watching a tot tumble over its oversized trunk! You're sure to leave your summer holidays with a story to tell when you visit one of these fabulous, far flung destinations - there's no better time to follow the herd! 

Chiang Mai Province, Thailand

Elephant mother with her baby elephant relaxing in nature park

Thailand's paradise islands are renowned for having some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, but that's not the only major draw when it comes to natural beauty. Elephant Nature Park in Chang Mai is a great chance to get up close to these amazing creatures in a beautiful natural environment. This rescue and rehabilitation centre (located in northern Thailand) is home to a happy herd of over 35 elephants and welcomes all visitors who wish to volunteer. Spend a leisurely day splashing, stroking and strolling alongside the elephants and make your holidays in Thailand as memorable as can be.


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Bandhavgarh National Park, India

Tourists enjoys wild safari on the back of elephants during sunset

Bandhavgarh National Park is where to head if you want to catch a glimpse of the rare majestic animals of the jungle, particularly the Bengal tiger. Its popular Tiger Tour is a must for sightseeing and is best experienced on elephant back. This safari is a great way to explore other surrounding animal species, such as leaopards, boars and birds while enjoying an elephant ride at the same time. Before you leave, visit the temple and cave shrines situated at the base of the fort!

Kerala, India

There are dozens of wildlife sanctuarys and reserves to visit on India's Malabar Coast that are home to a good population of elephants and other amazing creatures. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most popular and offers great guided tours and treks, Chinnar has its own watch tower so you can enjoy a birdseye view of these beautifu beasts, and Kodanad is a training and resuce centre that allows you to wash and ride the elephants, too! Well, what are you waiting for?

Chitwan National Park, Nepal

two elephants taking bath showering themselves with water through their trunks in a steady river

Chitwan National Park has been crowned as one of the best wildlife-viewing national parks in Asia and once you've spent a day exploring this wonderful World Heritage Site, you'll soon see why. This spectacular reserve is one of the last undisterbed areas of Nepal's Terai region and covers a whopping 932sq kilometres of lush forests and marshland. You're likely to spot leapards, monkeys, and a colourful collection of birds while you're here, but it's the elephants that win us over. Ride with the elephants through the jungle before stopping to splash, bathe and scrub them in the Rapti River, keeping your eyes peeled for the rare one-horned rhino and the Royal Bengal tiger along the way!

Selous Reserve, Tanzania

The Selous Game Reserve is one of Tanzania's World Heritage Sites and has the country's largest river, Rufiji, running through the heart of it. It's most popular for a wide range of viewing activities available, so you can get up close and personal with the animals and explore Africa's untouched wilderness by boat, foot or vehicle. Selous is home to more than half of Tanzania's elephant population, so you're sure to spot a few while you're here! If you fancy extending your stay overnight, choose from one of the spectacular camps, from luxury accomodation on wooden decked verandas to canvas tents in amongst the action.


South Africa

Three african elephants walking down in a lake

South Africa has a spectacularly long list of national parks, each offering indigenous flora and fauna, lush landscapes, cultural heritage and incredible animals. The Addo Elephant National Park is the third largest in South Africa and is divided into seven sections, providing a wide range of activities and accomodation. This reserve is a prime location if you're eager to head out on an elephant safari, with a section of the park used specifically for self-drive wildlife excursions. If you don't fancy driving in your own vehicle, opt for an organised game drive in an open-topped land rover and keep your eyes peeled!

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Laos, Asia

If you're an elephant lover looking for an exciting day out, the Sayaboury Elephant Conservation Centre (ECC) is where to start. The centre focuses on providing a safe environment for Asian elephants to recover, reproduce and raise their calves in a beautiful natural surrounding, and its open for day trips or overnight stays in a bamboo bungalow! 

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Baby elephant and a new born elephant playing together

Abu Camp, located in the Okavango Delta, has been famous for its elephant-back safaris since the 1980s. This wonderful experience takes you on a journey through unspoilt lagoons and open grassland, and as you explore the African bush, you'll get to know the personalities of each member in the elephant herd as you interact with them during various activities throughout the day. The safari tours are also a great way of observing how the other surrounding wildlife behaves in their natural habitat.

Way Kambas National Park, Indonesia

Located on the island of Sumatra in Lampung Province, Way Kambas National Park is where you'll find a whopping 350 Sumatran elephants (a subspecies of the Asian elephant found only in Indonesia). This reserve is one of the oldest in Indonesia and occupies 1300sq kilometres of swamp forest, mangroves, expanses of grassland and dry beach forest - making it the perfect habitat for thousands of species. Grab an expert guide and get going on one of the popular walking, cycling, boat or elephant safari tours available here.

Minneriya National Park, Sri Lanka

Minneriya National Park is one of the best places in the country to see wild elephants and is most famous for an event known as "The Gathering". During the dry season from May to September, hundreds of elephants embark on a trip to an ancient reservoir where they can feed and bathe. This migration has been happening for centuries and makes for a truly spectacular sight!

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