Alternative African safaris
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.