Fortunately the elephant population in Africa is growing nicely and you will be able to see large herds in most of the national parks to get your photographs. Addo reserve in South Africa is a great place to see them.
Elephant pictures where one of these gigantic animals is charging the camera may look exciting but I wouldn't recommend being the one behind the lens. There are far easier and safer ways to get pictures of elephants on safari.
It's only when you are on foot close to one of these animals that you realise just how massive they actually are. I had the opportunity at the Okavango Swamp in Botswana to creep within a few metres of two cows and take some elephant photos.
And I have been charged by a bull in the Kruger National Park but fortunately I was in a vehicle so all I had to do was press the accelerator. FAST!!!
But even though they are the animal that commands the most respect from rangers when they meet them on foot especially if they have a baby elephant with them, they make excellent subjects for photography.
Elephants are very protective over their babies so if you do happen to come across mother and baby, be very careful and watch the body language. Flapping ears and trumpeting is a signal you shouldn't ignore.
Apart from their fascinating appearance and size, elephants have some remarkable aspects to their lives like the fact that they communicate with each other by means of low frequency tummy rumbles.
The amazing appendage that elephants use to do just about everything may look a little strange at first but it is a wonder of engineering and can do some rather incredible things. It is so sensitive that they are able to pick up a pencil with the tip of their trunk.
Usually an elephant couple will retreat away from the herd to mate. It does however sometimes happen in the water, among other herd members.