Emma Gregg
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Emma is an award-winning travel writer for Rough Guides, National Geographic Traveller, Travel Africa magazine and The Independent.

Category: Best Kept Safari Secrets

For a safari with a difference, you can learn bush skills and elephant lore at Sanctuary Baines’ Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana.

If you’ve been lucky enough to go on safari a few times, you might be keen to try something different from the usual guided game drives. Sanctuary Baines’ Camp, a small, eco-luxury camp located in a private concession in the Okavango Delta, has just the thing – a hands-on activity programme which teaches you some basic bush survival skills and introduces you to the fine detail of elephant physiology and behaviour.

Sign up for the bush skills course and instead of taking a back seat in the game drive vehicle, you’ll be up front, behind the wheel, learning how to negotiate waterlogged tracks. You’ll also learn how to forage for wild food, trap birds, track animals, weave baskets and pilot a mokoro.

On the Living With Elephants activity, you can meet Doug Groves and the three rescue elephants in his care. Together they give a live demo of all things elephant – you’ll learn everything from what an elephant’s tusks and ears feel like, to the full range of sounds it can make, and what they all mean.

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