May 2, 2004
Outside Magazine

The Trip-Finder, January 1998

Exploring the Okavango Delta on elephantback

Outfitters Departures Price Accommodations
The Africa Adventure Company
800-882-9453, 954-491-8877
25 $5,500 camping
Esplanade Tours
27 $5,500 camping
Explore Inc.
888-596-6377, 505-820-2470
8 $5,500 camping
Elephant Back Safaris
42 $5,500 camping

The Route: For six days, sojourn at Abu's Camp, an exclusive tented safari base. From there you'll make daily game-viewing forays via foot, canoe, Land Rover, and pachyderms Abu, Bennie, Kathy, Bibi, Nyaka Nyaka, and Mthondo Mbomvo.

When to go: March to December

Difficulty: Easy

Travel advisory: Kathy and Bibi are a bit more stubborn than their male counterparts, so if you want to avoid playing elephant head games, ask for one of the more even-tempered males.

High/low points:

  • Watching Abu wrap his trunk around an open can of beer and pretend to drink it before passing it up to his rider.
  • Getting elephant dung all over your new Mephistos.

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