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Desert Elephants in Damaraland

Damaraland, Namibia

Damaraland is the southern part of the Kaokoveld, Namibia's least inhabited area, and is utterly spectacular for its landscapes. Ambling amongst the mountains and valleys are the famous Desert-adapted elephants.

A morning spent tracking the desert-adapted elephants in Damaraland is a highlight. Setting out early and accompanied by your expert guide and tracker, you will first explore by vehicle, your guide keeping an eagle eye for the tracks of these mighty animals.

Once the tracks are found, the real adventure starts. On foot, you will follow your guide as he tracks the elephants. Your first sight is an experience you will never forget. Inhabiting the ancient, ephemeral riverbeds of Damaraland, these elephants have adapted to their harsh environment by moving great distances between their feeding grounds, and from waterhole to waterhole, knowledge of these having been passed down for centuries. They have learned to dig holes in the dry riverbeds to filter through water from deep underground, and will regularly dig up bulbs and tubers when they forage.

The coloration of the desert elephant is very distinctive - they take on the color of the soil in which they mud-wallow and dust-bathe - meaning they can be anything from the rich ochre of Namibian sand to the bright ivory of its clay soils.

A morning spent tracking these incredible animals is a wonderful experience - adventurous and exciting!

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