In the South East of Kenya is Amboseli National park. With Mount Kilimanjaro as a back drop it doesn’t get much more beautiful than this. This national park is close to Nairobi and the Coast making travel logistics quite easy. Elephants here are plentiful and easily spotted on the open plains. It’s great fun to watch them bathe in waterholes. Tortilis camp is a lovely base in the Amboseli. It is located in small hill in a private concession with the great views over the plains and towards Mount Kilimanjaro. To the East of Amboseli are the Chyulu hills, extraordinary volcanic peaks covered in a beautiful evergreen forest which forms a great habour for wildlife. The African elephant is not only the biggest of the Big Five, but it is also the biggest land animal on the planet. Quite apart from its size, no animal with ears like kitchen tables and a nose than can pull down trees should pose much of an identification problem. Meanwhile, its complex lifestyle and social behaviour continue to baffle scientists. It is no myth that elephants ‘never forget’. These intellligent mammals possess a developed sense of memory that allows them to recognise a long-lost member of their social group. Additionally
, they even grieve for dead relatives and harbor grudges against other elephants and even people. Elephants can communicate across distances of up to 5km, using low frequency rumbles, known as infrasound. This sounds are below the limit of human hearing. An African elephant is right or left-handed. The preffered tusk is generally the blunter and shorter one, hence this is the tusk that gets worn down by doing most of the work. A female elephant gives birth only once after five years, after a gestation period of 22 months. This slow breeding rate explains why elephants devote so much care to their offspring.