Al­ter­na­tive African sa­faris

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Hot-air bal­loon

Ditch the jeep and get a bird’s-eye view of the game park from a bal­loon. Throw in a stun­ning sun­rise or sun­set and per­haps a ro­man­tic meal on the sa­van­nah and you’re set for a mag­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence.

Hike

There’s noth­ing quite as in­ti­mate – or as adren­a­line pump­ing – as walk­ing through the bush not know­ing what lies be­hind the next tree. Just be sure to stick close to your guide.

Ca­noe

In wa­ter-logged or swampy re­gions like the Oka­vango Delta in Botswana, ca­noes like the tra­di­tional mokoro are the best way to get up close with the lo­cal fauna.

Horse­back

Keen rid­ers will not want to miss a sad­dle­based sa­fari. As well as be­ing able to tackle a mix of ter­rains, horses’ at­tuned senses are much bet­ter than ours at de­tect­ing wildlife.

All-ter­rain ve­hi­cle

Jeep tours are fine, but some­times you just want to be in the driver’s seat. Quad bikes al­low ac­cess to ar­eas that 4x4s could not ven­ture into, such as frag­ile dunes.

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