Early starts at Abu, be it for game drives or a walk with the elephants, are done just right. Bubbling away in those pots are vats of creamy porridge with caramel sauce with mugs of fresh tea and coffee ready as soon as you are. Speaking as a true night owl, I’ve never found a 6 A.M start easier….
We wanted to spend as much time as possible with the elephants so our mornings were either spent walking through the bush with the herd as our chaperones, or riding through the bush with the elephants as our steeds. I was, and remain, in two minds about riding elephants… There is so much controversy surrounding riding elephants at the moment so it’s a tricky one to navigate. I’ve never done it before and have actively opted not to previously, like when I was in Jaipur at the Amber Fort and the elephants are purely there to ferry tourists up to the fort hour after hour.