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WILD THINGS, you make my heart sing

How walking in the Okavango Delta takes the safari experience here to another level – and why it is different to elsewhere
Guiding light. Amos Disho took advantage of termite mounds to gain perspective over the otherwise flat landscape

“Lion tracks”, Amos Disho murmured. My walking guide pointed to a feline pair of pad marks that sat crisply in Botswana’s Kalahari sand. Insects had yet to crisscross the pawprint and no botanical debris littered the indent. All signs indicated the tracks were fresh as the morning dew that clung to my trousers. “Do you mind if we follow them?” Amos asked.

I shook my head (nervously, I admit) and we set off in pursuit. Watching my own feet, I made sure to follow Amos’ footsteps exactly to mitigate any undesirable crunching or branch snapping – just as he’d briefed us at the start of our walking safari in the Okavango Delta. “Stay in single file and remain silent. Keep behind me at all times and watch for my hand signals. If I stop, you stop”, he had advised on our sunrise departure.

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