Elephants in Hwange – Ivory & Khulu Lodge “Elephants love reunions. They recognize one another after years and years of separation and greet each other with wild, boisterous joy. There’s bellowing and trumpeting, ear flapping and rubbing. Trunks entwine.” ― Jennifer Richard Jacobson, Small as an Elephant
The elephants in Hwange remain one of the most prolific species in that area.
As of this year, statistics show that there are well over 15,000 elephants that move freely between Botswana, Zambia and Hwange. The elephants in Hwange have recently been hit with controversy due to the devastating poisoning of 100 of the species in the south of the park. Although we make no attempt to trivialise this sad occurrence, thousands of elephants still remain in Hwange, happily roaming the park with free abandon. Sensationalism is detrimental to the reputation of the elephants in Hwange, especially as there are still extremely strong numbers and amazing sightings of these spectacular beasts. At Ivory Lodge specifically the Presidential Herd is a common sight. Made famous by Allan Elliot in the 80’s, this particular herd of elephants in Hwange are protected by presidential decree and have found the Khulu/Ivory concession to be a safe haven with vegetation and water in abundance. These elephants in Hwange are semi habituated and are a popular draw for our guests and safari enthusiasts, particularly elephant lovers who want to get safely close to these giants. Elephants in Hwange have been known to stick to certain ancient pathways and remain on the same tracks, moving between natural suppressions and waterholes throughout the park. The wonder and majesty of elephants in Hwange is something to behold. We urge you to come to Ivory Lodge and Khulu, sit from the comfort of your room, the hide or the swimming pool and watch these great animals drink from our waterhole and lumber through camp. Elephants in Hwange are a special sight even after years of them trundling through our concession. For photographic opportunities and a chance to see the Presidential Herd, we hope to host you in our beautiful lodges soon.