It’s one thing to sit comfortably in the back of an open-top 4WD in one of Southern Africa’s best game parks, looking for wildlife to photograph…and quite another to spend days paddling among pristine wilderness brimming with endemic (and often hungry) animals. In Botswana’s Okavango Delta, that is exactly what you can do. Become the hunted for a change and join an unforgettable canoe safari through one of Africa’s most enticing havens.

You will sleep in tents sheltered by acacia trees (much loved by elephants), swim in rivers brimming with hippos and walk among herds of zebra and groups of giraffes hoping above all, for once, that you don’t see a lion. There is nowhere on this entire continent where you can get this close to the wildlife, making the Okavango one of the most remarkable places you could visit. When your guide tells you that running is futile, do take note: in Africa, the only thing that runs is lunch.

Canoe SafariCanoe Safari Chobe River in BotswanaRiverbank in Botswana Flickr: abibhattachan Orange River FrancolinOrange River Francolin Flickr: ian_white Red billed OxpeckerRed billed Oxpecker Flickr: ian_white Hippo Lurking Hippo Lurking Flickr: justinjensen Chobe River Front, BotswanaYawning Hippo Flickr: sara_joachim Greater FlamingoGreater Flamingo Flickr: ian_white Sunset on the Hippo PoolSunset on the Hippo Pool Flickr: lawmurray

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