Siobhan English on Macatoo Safari, Botswana

On the day of our close encounter, we acknowledged the patience needed to train horses to have this level of trust; they all stood motionless as we gazed in amazement. Even when the elephant moved in our direction, the horses remained calm.

Back at our camp, we relived the day’s adventures over a smashing lunch, our time in the saddle leaving us hungry for seconds. It’s in the middle of nowhere, but you really know you are somewhere very, very special.