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Eland

Where to see Eland in Tanzania

The eland is the largest antelope in Africa, and often found in sizable herds. While it is found throughout Tanzania, this shy antelope is easily spooked.


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Quick facts about Eland

Scientific name: Taurotragus oryx Habitat: Open savanna & grasslands
IUCN status: Least concern Adult weight: 340–940kg

The eland is widespread throughout Tanzania – it is estimated there are around 36,000 individuals – although they are hunted for bushmeat in some regions. They are highly adaptable and can be found across a range of environments and altitudes, even visiting mineral licks on the upper slopes of Kilimanjaro. Their favoured habitat, however, is open grassy plains.

The main subspecies in Tanzania is the East African eland, Taurotragus oryx pattersonianus, characterised by white facial markings and a tan-coloured coat patterned by up to 12 white stripes. Some eland populations in southern Tanzania are the Livingstone’s subspecies (T. o. livingstonii) which has bigger horns and lacks the facial chevrons.

3.5m

BODY LENGTH

500

MAX. HERD SIZE

20 years

LONGEVITY

70cm

70cm

Tanzania's top camps for seeing elands

Based on 156 reports since May 2018, the camps below have the best chance of seeing elands. Simply follow the key below.


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Where to see elands in Tanzania

Elands are found throughout Tanzania’s safari regions, both in the north and south of the country, however they can often be skittish and difficult to approach.


Top tips for viewing elands in Tanzania

Despite their relative abundance, the shyness of elands can make them tricky to approach for good photos, and they are often seen at some distance.

The Serengeti is home to one of the biggest eland populations in Africa and sightings here are frequent. The green season, just after the heaviest of the rains, can be a particularly good time to see them in the southern Serengeti, as they gather in large herds on the short grass plains.

Elands are also commonly seen in Tanzania’s southern parks, either as individuals or in small herds. Use binoculars to spot them on Ruaha’s open plains or look for their movements behind trees and bushes.

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Holiday ideas to see elands in Tanzania

These trip ideas include places that will give you a chance of seeing elands in Tanzania


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Marabou Stork Fly-in Safari

13 days • 5 locations
KILIMANJARO AIRPORT TO DAR ES SALAAM AIRPORT

Four luxurious camps enable exploration of Tanzania’s north and southern regions. With a range of land and water-based activities available throughout, decidedly comfortable accommodation and applicable long-stay discounts, this adventurous safari is excellent value.

US$13,390 - US$18,440 per person

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Gorillas and Serengeti Safari

11 days • 4 locations
KIGALI AIRPORT TO KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

Combine three iconic experiences – Rwanda’s gorillas, and the Serengeti plains and awe-inspiring Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania.

US$10,920 - US$11,860 per person

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Firefinch Drive-Fly Safari

9 days • 3 locations
KILIMANJARO AIRPORT TO KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

Enjoy a combination of privately guided and shared game drives during this good-value exploration of Northern Tanzania. Explore game-dense regions from three comfortable bases where there are a variety of activities on offer.

US$7,790 - US$10,280 per person

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Gorillas and migration

9 days • 3 locations
KIGALI AIRPORT TO KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

This luxury safari combines two iconic wildlife experiences, firstly trekking the mountain gorillas in Rwanda, then flying to the northern Serengeti in search of the wildebeest migration and spectacular river crossings.

US$14,770 - US$19,300 per person

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Tinkerbird Fly-in Safari

8 days • 4 locations
KILIMANJARO AIRPORT TO KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

Explore Tanzania’s famous northern circuit with safari in Tarangire National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Serengeti National Park. Four smart sister camps offer a high level of care, first-class guiding and wide range of activities.

US$8,630 - US$12,000 per person

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Secretary Bird Fly-in Safari

8 days • 4 locations
KILIMANJARO AIRPORT TO KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

Chosen for comfort and relaxation as much as for its range of activities, this safari makes for a leisurely trip featuring stunning accommodation and swift access to many of northern Tanzania’s best wildlife regions.

US$10,100 - US$13,300 per person

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Fringe-eared Oryx Fly-in Safari

7 days • 3 locations
KILIMANJARO AIRPORT TO KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

Stay in three superbly positioned camps during this exploration of Tanzania’s famous Northern circuit. Excellent views over the surrounding area, remoter locations and game-rich habitat make for an exciting and varied safari experience.

US$6,520 - US$10,870 per person

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Avocet Fly-in Safari

7 days • 3 locations
KILIMANJARO AIRPORT TO KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

This luxurious safari explores three iconic African reserves from exclusive lodges in unbeatable locations. A very high standard of food, care and guiding ensure that you can focus on the amazing experience.

US$7,740 - US$11,660 per person

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