Botswana Elephant Back Safari
You’ll enjoy magnificent views from the top of a majestic Elephant. This is during your Premier Botswana elephant back safari in the Okavango Delta. Your accommodation on Botswana elephant back safari is in a beautiful tented camp. The highlight of your Botswana elephant back safari will be interacting with the Elephants. You’ll learn about their behavior and have a wonderful game viewing experience. You will be surrounded by antelope such as Wildebeest and Lechwe. Game drives will allow you explore the islands further afield. You’ll enjoy game viewing from Mokoros when the delta is flooded. You may see the rare water adapted Sitatunga during a Mokoro trip. The sitatunga’s live within the thick Papyrus beds. This is along the permanent water channels.
Day 1: Maun – Okavango Delta
You will be met on arrival in Maun. This is the gateway to the Okavango delta. You’ll be briefed on the Botswana elephant back safari. This will be done by our Botswana safari rep. Enjoy a transfer by a light aircraft to your bush camp. The flight takes about 30 minutes from Maun. This is a great way to take in the beautiful landscape. Just imagine the exotic Delta below with its many different channels and islands. After a light lunch, you will have time to relax and settle into camp. This is before a cup of tea in the evening. You will then be taken to meet the Elephants. Embark on a short game viewing expedition either on the Elephants back. This may also be done on a game viewing vehicle. Highly experienced guides who will help you spot animals. This will include Buffalo and Blue Wildebeest as you move long the channels. You will return to your luxury safari camp in time for refreshing sun-downers. Later you’ll be around the campfire waiting for a delicious dinner. The evening is spent surrounded by the sounds of the African night.
Day 2: Okavango Delta
Your Botswana elephant back safari day starts with a morning Elephant ride. This is usually the preferred morning activity. Sometimes you will return to the camp in time for lunch. In most instances you will ride out to a picnic spot on one of the islands. Here you will enjoy your picnic lunch boxes you took from the lodge. This will be followed by a siesta under the shade of tall palm trees. The Elephants are set free to browse the palm islands. They will later be called back for the return to camp. Late in the afternoon enjoy a game ride. You may see animals such as Lion and Hippo. There are also many bird species such as Saddle-Billed Storks. Alternatively, game drives can be done in 4×4 vehicles.
Day 3: Okavango – Maun
When the annual flood arrives, you might set off to explore the serene Delta channels. This is often done in a traditional Mokoro (canoe). This allows you to explore the wetter areas of the concession. Here you’ll see the beautiful palm Islands. In the evening sun-downers may be served on the main deck. You may as well drive out to where a beautifully laid table awaits. Here the chef has conjured up a magnificent bush dinner. You may have a night game drive after dinner under the stars. A night drive with a spotlight will let you spot the nocturnal Delta inhabitants.