Kruger Park Mammals - African Elephant
The African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) is the most distinguishable animal in the World and many people who come to Kruger seek out the largest land mammal in the World. The Kruger Elephants can weigh up to 7 tons and live for up to 75 years.
African Elephant Kruger National Park Distribution Map
The African Elephant is common all through the Kruger National Park and can be found in all the different ecozones and habitats in the Kruger. There are more Elephants in certain areas of the park due to food and water availability. Areas such as Letaba, Olifants, Shingwedzi, Lower Sabie, Crocodile Bridge have particularly high densities of African Elephant.
More Information On Kruger's African Elephant
There are a lot of African Elephant's in the Kruger National Park and it is an amazing experience observing the habits of this animal and you can watch herds of Elephant for hours in the Kruger. What I have noticed is that, the male Elephants in the northern areas of the Kruger Park are a lot more aggressive than in the central and southern regions. This could be because fewer visitors enter the north of the Kruger or because of past and present poaching activity around the Zimbabwe and Mozambique borders. One should take extreme care when approaching male African Elephants in the Kruger National Park, always keep your distance, especially when they are in musth. The same applies to Elephant herds with young babies (Breeding herds). Keep your distance and watch for irritation or warning signs from the Elephants and you will be fine. A word of advice, if you encounter a male Elephant on a dirt road between Shingwedzi and Punda Maria, keep at least 50 meters away from him and put your car in reverse.
Kruger's African Elephant Gallery