Tourists Watch a Family of Over 50 Elephants Pass By Their Safari

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Written by Hannah Crawford

Published: November 25, 2023

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There is so much power when coming face to face with an elephant. Suppose we think of the awesomeness of being in front of a lion weighing up to 550 pounds. Now, take that same thought and imagine standing in front of an elephant that weighs more than 12,000 pounds and can be more than 12 feet tall. Then let’s maximize that by 50. This would for sure be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Let’s see it happen to these tourists in South Africa in the video above. 

Elephant Sighting in South Africa

The YouTube video at the top of this blog post takes us to South Africa. The Mala Mala Game Reserve YouTube page shared this clip. Their recent short clips are of lions, honey badgers, birds, and leopards, to list a few.

The Mala Mala Game Reserve is one of the largest private game reserves that houses the “Big Five.” The Big Five are lions, African buffalos, African elephants, black rhinoceros, and leopards. This video shows the massive African elephant, which also happens to be the largest land animal alive.

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Large Elephant Herd Passing By Safari Tour

African bush elephants (Loxodonta africana) forming circle, herd protecting juveniles, Addo Elephant National Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Elephants are herbivore eaters.


At the start of this short clip, we see the safari tour has stopped. A herd of elephants is passing by. As the video pans, we see several families with young ones, males and females alike. 

Suddenly, as the camera turns towards the back of the safari, we see dozens behind them as well! The Mala Mala Game Reserve titled this video, “On earth, there is no heaven…but there are pieces of it.” And we couldn’t agree with them more. It’s so powerful to see one elephant. But to see a giant herd like this is just breathtaking. 

How Big Are Elephant Herds?

In the wild, elephant herds can range in size from eight to up to 100 members, according to the Global Sanctuary for Elephants. This, of course, largely depends on where they live. 

It would be easy to assume that the giant bull elephants are the ones that lead these herds. However, the females called “matriarchs” are the ones who lead the herd. She is often referred to as the backbone of the family because of all she offers to the herd. The matriarch helps the herd find new territory and water supplies. 

These matriarchs need to be able to pass down their knowledge. And when they suddenly die, it can be very tragic for the herd. We must do our part to help preserve those elderly elephants and all the knowledge they contain. 

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Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

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