This unusual excursion offers you the opportunity to interact with these wonderful creatures and experience them close up. The safari lasts three to four hours and begins with a debriefing and short training session where you can witness the close bond between each elephant and its keeper. The elephants are saddled and follow game trails led by an armed guide on foot. You will be able to enjoy a superb view of the land and its wildlife. The other animals see you as part of the elephant and will not regard your presence as a human intrusion.
Where to experience an elephant back safari:
Abu Camp is situated on the western side of the Delta, in a pristine wilderness threaded by crystal waters. The camp is surrounded by open grasslands, island sanctuaries and the papyrus-fringed channels that make this part of Africa unique.
Accommodation is in luxurious custom-designed tents, raised on teak decking and overlooking a lagoon. The tents have fully zipped entrances and roll-down canvas on the windows. They are beautifully and individually furnished with mahogany four-poster beds or antique sleigh beds, and have an en suite bathroom with copper or porcelain baths, shower and flush toilet.
Other forms of activity include walking, game drives by open vehicle, boat cruises and mokoro trails by dugout canoe.
Camp Jabulani is home to twelve magnificent elephants, from eleven to twenty six years of age that were orphaned as babies. It is one of the most luxurious in South Africa, accommodating the guests in six magnificent suites, each with a thatched roof and each beautifully furnished with a huge bed, elegant safari furniture and luxurious en-suite bathrooms.
Outside you have your own private game viewing deck from where you might see animals at any time of the day and set into this is a private plunge pool. Each suite has its own personal “butler” and in between exciting safaris you can enjoy delicious cuisine, both in the dining lodge and the camps traditional semi-circular “boma”.
In addition to safari activities, guests also have the opportunity to visit the Hoedspruit endangered species centre where valuable work is going on to save and protect endangered species. f you like the idea of having an eagle’s eye view of this beautiful reserve you can also take an optional hot air balloon ride as the sun begins to rise, floating silently over hippopotamus, bush buck, antelope and elephant.
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There is a world of difference between one of our tailormade safaris and most package holidays printed in a brochure. Package holidays are usually designed to be as cheap as possible and of course involve large numbers of people doing the same thing. Our safaris use small, more exclusive and remote camps usually with guests flying in, and often virtually everything is included in the price. The experience is completely different.
Many of these small lodges and camps have broadly similar prices, and it is possible to arrange a superb two week safari for between £4,000 to £7,000 per person ($7,000 – $11,000) season dependant, all inclusive. Realistically it is difficult to reduce that figure, and by including Botswana in peak season, chartering a private plane, disappearing to some magical desert island, or flying at the front of the plane it’s easy to substantially increase that figure!