The mostly arid Kunene Region is scarce on big game. Surprisingly enough a desert adapted version of the world’s largest land mammal makes a living in this stark habitat. Namibia’s desert elephants were once mistaken to be a subspecies of Loxodonta africanathe African elephant. In fact desert elephants are just slimmer which makes their legs appear longer. Their feet are also wider an adaption to walking on sand. The hardy mammal only drinks once every three to four days as opposed to their relatives in Etosha who drink 100-200 litres every day. Desert elephants also do much less harm to the plants they forage on. The pachyderms roam areas as large as 3 000 km and travel up to 200 km in search of water. Tourists who wish to see desert elephants are asked to observe the following rules:
- Don’t feed the elephants or interrupt their natural behaviour.
- Stick to existing roads and tracks and stay in your car when encountering wildlife.
- Don’t camp at waterholes, there are campsites in the area.
- Deflate your tires and engage four-wheel drive. This will enable you to drive slowly with less noise.
Don’t stop you vehicle in the elephants migration path.