We are incredibly fortunate to have a lovely natural depression in front of Tafika Camp which holds water until reasonably late in the season. This water, along with the rising temperatures and the ripening of seed pods and fruits in a number of trees bring regular family groups of elephants to the camp. Tafika Camp is also located on a beautiful private peninsula, creating a quiet and safe environment for these gentle giants to roam freely.
Our game viewing hides on the perimeter of Tafika Camp allow guests to spend down time enjoying the elephants, birds and other animals that may visit at all hours of the day. This provides a wonderful opportunity to slow down and observe the behaviours and interactions of individuals and groups of elephants.
These behaviours range from simply drinking water and wondering off, to shows of affection, wallowing in the mud, scratching against the leadwood trunks and play-fighting.
The real perk of these hides is that they require no escorting since they are right in the camp, though we do ensure that there are staff on hand to monitor the animal movements.
Being this close to the animals provides fantastic close-up photographic opportunities for guests too.. or simply the chance of being only meters away from these giants, and looking up into their peaceful and thoughtful eyes.
Quite often once the elephants have spent their time in the pool or in the mud, they will wonder silently past the hides and into camp where they will pick their way between the chalets looking for acacia pods and other ripe fruits.