Outdoors + Nature

Natural Wonders

by Nicola McCormack

Botswana: Elephant Migration

The largest elephant herds in the world reside in Botswana's Okavango Delta and neighboring Chobe National Park. When the delta dries up, between June and November, the elephants head south to search out watering holes in the Kalahari Desert. The sight of these huge animals on the move—in family groups or, occasionally, in hefty herds of up to 500—is a lifetime experience, as well as a lesson in life; an older female elephant with over 50 years of experience tracking down oases leads each herd (matriarchs rule!). Come the rainy season, the elephants pack their trunks and trumpety-trump back home.

Where to stay: If you have romantic fantasies of old-style safari accommodations, you'll love the four luxurious tents at Zarafa Camp at Zibadianja Lagoon in Chobe National Park. They come complete with copper baths, shady verandas, and fine dining under canvas.

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