Top Ten African Safaris

Southern Africa: A Wild Ride, Okavango Delta, Botswana
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Any visit to any foreign town or city is enhanced by someone who can take you to all the favorite watering holes of the local people. You are ensured an authentic experience. Well, in the bush, who better to guide you on his back to the watering holes of the big five than the elephant. African elephants released from captivity in overseas zoos serve as your Land rover and offer what their steel counterparts can't—unobstructed views from a high perch, and an insider perspective into the minglings of the bush. Botswana's parks boast the largest concentration of elephants—close to 80,000, and the experience of riding on one will only enhance the sensation that the Okavango Delta usually provokes, that of untouched, untamed Africa.

The Okavango Delta, a 7,000-square-mile inland floodplain, hosts one of the richest concentrations of wildlife in Africa. On the plains, there are large herds of buffalo, kudu, oryx, and sable antelope. In the waters of the delta, which can be visited only by dugout canoes, you'll find crocodiles and countless hippos. All the other members of the circle of life are represented, so stretch out your inner thigh muscles, straddle the back of your guide, and waddle atop the best ride of your life!

Just the Facts

Best Season: March-November, although August can have dust storms.

Highlights: Moremi Wildlife Reserve, along the Okavango Delta


Published: 28 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 4 Dec 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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