Elephants of the Kruger National Park

Elephant bathing in Klopperfontein Dam near Punda Maria in the Kruger ParkElephant bathing in Klopperfontein Dam
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Here is a gallery of some of the elephant photographs that we, the authors of the Photographer's Guide to the Greater Kruger National Park, have captured on our many visits to the world-famous Kruger National Park. 

Elephant reaching up for food, taken in the South of the Kruger ParkElephant reaching up
Baby Elephants playing in the mud at a waterhole in the Kruger ParkBaby Elephants playing in the mud at the waterhole
Close up of Elephant trunk and tusk taken in the Kruger ParkClose up of Elephant trunk and tusk
Elephant bull walking on the S22 with Shirimantanga Koppie in the background near Skukuza in the Kruger ParkElephant bull walking past Shirimantanga Koppie on the S22
Elephant examining a hippo carcass on the Ngobeni short loop in the Phalaborwa area in the Kruger ParkElephant examining a hippo carcass on the Ngobeni short loop
Elephant after mud bath at Sable Dam with Sable Hide in the back ground on the S51near Phalaborwa in the Kruger ParkElephant after mud bath at Sable Dam on the S51 near Phalaborwa
Elephant reflection, taken at Shisha Causeway Pan/waterhole on the H13-1 near Punda Maria Camp in the Kruger ParkElephant reflection, taken at Shisha Causeway Pan/waterhole on the H13-1
Large-tusker elephant 'Ngonyama' seen on the H14 near Phalaborwa in the Kruger ParkBig-tusker elephant 'Ngonyama' seen on the H14 near Phalaborwa
Elephants heading to the N'Waswitshaka waterhole on the S65 near Skukuza in the Kruger ParkElephants heading to the N'Waswitshaka waterhole
Elephant eating in the Mopani trees with Egrets for company in the Kruger ParkElephant eating with Egrets for company
Young Elephant with truck in the air, near Punda Maria Camp in the Kruger ParkYoung Elephant with truck in the air near Punda Maria
Elephant Standing next to Kruger Mermorial Tablets, on the H1-2 road near Tshokwane picnic site in the Kruger ParkElephant Standing next to Kruger Mermorial Tablets near Tshokwane

If you struggle to find elephants on your safaris or you feel your elephant images are not impressive, then this eBook is for you! We have been visiting the Kruger Park for more than twenty years and we and our co-author, Trevor Barnett, have had so many elephant sightings on our self-drive safaris that we have lost count! In this eBook we provide all our tips on how to find these biggest of the big-five animals and then how to best photograph them. 

Photographers Guide to the Greater Kruger National Park

"Planning a Kruger trip? A new guide by pro photographers holds the key to good pictures.

Learn from the folks who spent 517 days in the park and make your photos sing!" 

- Romi Boom, Editor of Wildcard Magazine, South Africa

Elephant drinking at Ngwenyeni waterhole on the S131 in the Phalaborwa area in the Kruger ParkElephant drinking at Ngwenyeni waterhole
An elephant posing for a photograph, taken near Balule Camp in the Kruget ParkAn elephant posing for a photograph near Balule

The majority of these elephant photographs were captured on self-drive safaris, on normal tourist roads, when we were on our vacations, which are anything from a few days over a long weekend, to annual holidays of 14-17 days duration.

Photographers Guide to the Greater Kruger National Park

"It's an excellent publication and a snip at the price. Very comprehensive as it covers so many options for places to stay in and around KNP, gives good ideas on the best places to stop for photo opportunities and lots of hints & tips on how to get better photographs. 

It's a good read too and it's like the biggest trip report I have ever read, so I think those who have been before will enjoy it as much as I have in anticipation of my first visit!"  - Dave Williams, Llandudno, Wales

Baby elephant on the move at Sunset Dam near Lower Sabie in the Kruger ParkBaby elephant on the move at Sunset Dam near Lower Sabie
Baby Elephant running on the H7 between Orpen and Satara in the Kruger ParkBaby Elephant running on the H7
Young Elephant sniffing the air or us taken near Punda Maria in the Kruger ParkYoung Elephant sniffing the air
Elephant drinking at Boulders Bush Lodge waterhole at night in the Kruger ParkElephant drinking at night at Boulders Bush Lodge waterhole
Elephant resting in the shade, taken on a 4X4 route on the western side of the Kruger ParkElephant resting in the shade on a 4X4 route
Baby Elephant running in road towards his mommy in the Kruger ParkBaby Elephant running in road towards his mommy
Elephant enjoying a bath in a dam in the Kruger ParkElephant enjoying a bath in the dam
An Elephant road block at Paul Kruger Gate in the Kruger ParkElephant road block at Paul Kruger Gate

The Kruger Park is famous for its elephants as it has produced some of the largest African tuskers. The most famous are the 'Magnificent Seven' elephants who were born in the 1920s -  1930s, and were given the collective name based on the 1960s Hollywood movie. 

They have since all died, but the park has some 'emerging tuskers' who also have impressive tusks. More information on these past and present elephants can be found in the Elephant Hall museum in Letaba restcamp.    

Large Tusker 'Botsotso' at Boyela waterhole near Sirheni Bushveld camp in the Kruger ParkLarge Tusker 'Botsotso' at Boyela waterhole near Sirheni Bushveld Camp
Big Tusker - Masbambela taken on the S99 Mahonie Loop near Punda Maria Camp in the Kruger ParkBig Tusker 'Masbambela' on the S99 near Punda Maria Camp
A close up of an elephants eye, taken in the Kruger ParkA close up of an elephants eye

"This is an indispensable guide to getting the best out of Kruger, camera in hand or not!”

Caroline Webb, Associate Editor, Getaway Magazine, South Africa



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