Whilst the majority of people will never have the opportunity to come close or even touch these animals, a few South African game reserves offer the once in a lifetime chance to do an Elephant Back Safari.
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Elephants, the largest land animals in the world, inspire a feeling of awe and respect in most people. Weighing up to 6 tons (11 000lb) and reaching speeds of up to 40km/hr, this giant of the animal kingdom has an impressive presence.
Imagine yourself, perched 6ft in the air on the back of a 6 ton elephant, slowly making your way through open velds or dense forests. It’s a safari like no other. As such, Elephant Back Safaris are growing in popularity. Game viewing on elephant back provides you with the unique opportunity of getting really close to wildlife that you could normally only view from far off.