Fortunately elephants are common in most major safari areas so typically seeing elephants is not a difficult task. However, concentrations vary greatly seasonally and throughout their range so for special viewing opportunities it can make sense to plan in certain locations.
Northern Botswana is currently home to an estimated 150,000 elephants, about 30% of the total population. Chobe National Park and private areas in the Linyanti/Selinda concessions are particularly good in the dry season, while the Okavango is good year round. Viewing by boat on the Chobe Riverfront is a fantastic way to observe elephants at the water’s edge, and indeed in the river itself snorkeling along.
Kenya has some of the biggest tuskers in the Amboseli region and in the Chyulu Hills. At Ol Donyo Lodge they have an outstanding log pile hide for intimate photography of enormous tusked bulls.
A completely different best place for elephants is to visit desert adapted elephants in Damaraland, Namibia. Here the elephants allow very close approach of game drive vehicles and you can see how delicate they are in living off of their fragile environment.
Other Areas of Note
Most major parks.
The Elephant Experience with Grey Matters in Botswana, is available to guests at Baines and Stanley’s Camps. Here you will spend hours in the company of 3 orphaned elephants learning about their behaviors and walking with them trunk over your shoulder as you move as a herd might. You will also touch their ears, the bottom of their feet, learn their vocalizations and a host of other things during your intimate time with these soulful animals.