With its lush floodplains and dry Kalahari sands, northern Botswana is home to the world's largest remaining population of African elephant herds, where they live a largely protected and secure existence.
And guests of luxury travel provider, Sanctuary Retreats, can take advantage of a unique opportunity to explore and experience the African bush from an elephant's perspective through its Living with Elephants program.
At both its Sanctuary Baines' Camp and Sanctuary Stanley's Camp in Botswana's Okavango Delta, guests can spend a morning walking with three semi-habituated elephants, observing and interacting with them in their natural environment. This extraordinary experience allows guests to join the herd on a foraging trek, steered by the elephants, and observe at close quarters how they search peacefully for food, stripping leaves from branches with their trunks, shaking trees for palm nuts and spraying themselves in the Delta's lagoons.
Jabu, Thembi and Morula were adopted by husband and wife team, Doug and Sandi Groves, when culling operations in South Africa and Zimbabwe left them as orphans. The couple have strived to give them a life that is as close to elephants' natural lives as possible, albeit one that is a little cushioned from the enormous pressures, insecurities and challenges with which wild elephants are typically confronted.
In partnership with the non-profit Living with Elephants Foundation, Sanctuary's guests have an extraordinary and unique opportunity to take part in this very special earning adventure. The trek though the bush, at a leisurely pace, seeing the wilds of Africa through the eyes of an elephant , is an uplifting and totally unforgettable experience which provides a personal and greater understanding of these gentle giants.
Sanctuary Retreats' 5-night 'Heart of the Elephant' package in Botswana, includes 3 nights at Sanctuary Stanley's Camp in the Okavango Delta and 2 nights in Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero, which borders Chobe National Park. Prices start from US$3,808 per person twin share and are inclusive of internal flights from Maun to camp's airstrip and back, the unique Walking with Elephants interaction at Sanctuary Stanley's Camp, all meals and drinks (excluding premium brands), laundry, park fees and scheduled game activities.
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