Elephant-back safari in the Okavango Delta
Frequently cited by returning guests as the highlight of their journey, the chance to ride through the Okavango Delta on the back of highly trained elephant is both a humbling and an exceptional experience. Given their size, their invulnerability, their relatively benign presence vis a vis the wildlife, travelling the delta via elephant means you will visit areas that would otherwise prove utterly inaccessible.
Based at Abu Elephant Camp, home to the Abu herd, your journey begins with getting to know the elephants, a process of familiarisation that includes visiting and walking with them, participating in or simply observing a variety activities, including mud baths, training, veterinary care and conservation discussions. You are, in short, afforded a personal introduction to the world’s largest land mammal, an extraordinary experience in itself.
Your elephant-back safari will begin as soon as you feel ready to ride. Accompanied by a guide and spotter, you will visit both the delta’s channels and, depending on the season, its floodplains.
Costs for a ten night luxury Botswana safari, to include four nights with the Abu elephants and privately guided by Mike Lorentz, costs from US$16,000/ £10,500 per person