Walking with elephants in Botswana

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Have your clients ever fancied an elephant as their tour guide on safari? Well, now they can thanks to Sanctuary Retreats’ unique elephant programme, which the brand operates in partnership with the Living with Elephants Foundation in Botswana’s Okavango Delta.

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.

Guests staying at Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp in the heart of Botswana’s Okavango Delta can take advantage of a unique opportunity to explore and experience the African bush from an elephant’s perspective. Here they can spend half a day walking with Jabu and Morula, a pair of semi-habituated orphaned elephants, observing and interacting with them in their natural environment.

This extraordinary experience allows guests to join 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 and Morula were adopted by Living with Elephants’ 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.

Heart of the Elephant 

If your clients can feel the pull of the pachyderm, then Sanctuary Retreats’ five-night ‘Heart of the Elephant‘ itinerary is the one for them. The journey includes three nights at Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp in the Okavango Delta, followed by two nights in Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero, which borders Botswana’s Chobe National Park, home to one of the highest concentrations of elephants in Africa.

Prices start from USD $1981 per person twin share, all meals and drinks (excluding premium brands), laundry, park fees and scheduled game activities. Internal flights not included. Additional also fees apply for the Walking with Elephants interaction at Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp.

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