There are more elephant in northern Botswana than in any other part of the continent. To see these intelligent, gentle creatures moving slowly through the forest in their large family groups is one of the most poignant wildlife experiences you can have, especially when you witness the way they nurture the young and communicate with each other in low rumbles.
The dry season in Botswana lasts from May until November, and in these winter months ever larger herds migrate to the remaining sources of permanent water. The breeding females come with their young, usually accompanied by one large alpha male. The playful groups of adolescent bulls, plus lone males ostracised from the group, must make their way to the water separately, and often you’ll hear them bellowing through the trees.
There are chances you’ll see elephant on walking safaris, though for safety it’s necessary to keep your distance and remain camouflaged against the bushes. You can approach closer on a game drive, but guides and rangers still treat these mighty pachyderms with the respect they deserve.