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The World’s Most Inspiring Trips – An Epic Safari to Africa for 2020/21

by Kristen Shirley and Emma Reynolds – 30th June 2020

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What better way to begin traveling again than to see some of the world’s most iconic sights? We worked with the best tour operators to create exclusive itineraries, curated especially for our readers.

You may have been on safari before, but this exclusive 21-day itinerary from The Explorations Company is unlike anything out there. You’ll traipse across the continent via private jet and stay in the most beautiful and intimate hotels, safari lodges and mobile camps while seeing spectacular wildlife and enjoying enriching cultural experiences.

You’ll start and end your journey in two of Africa’s most vibrant cities, Nairobi and Cape Town to check out local artists and designers, feast on fabulous food and see the sights. The rest of the trip takes you to pristine wildlife preserves; many of them are exclusive-use, so there won’t be anyone else in sight.

A professional wildlife photographer will accompany your group, so you can focus on enjoying the miraculous sights rather than capturing them. In addition to seeing the Big Five — lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant and Cape buffalo — in Masai Mara and Ruaha National Park, you will help with conservation efforts including lion collaring in Royal Malewanein South Africa and elephant collaring with the Mara Elephant Project in Kenya; learning about rhino conservation at Little Mombo in Botswana; and visiting Big Life Foundation to discover its anti-poaching projects.

You’ll also spend time with two primate species as you trek with gorillas in Rwanda at Singita Kwitonda, which also offers the fabulous opportunity to dine with vets, then see chimpanzees in Nyungwe National Park. If you go between July and September, you’ll see one of the world’s most incomparable experiences: the great wildebeest migration.

Over two million animals, including wildebeest, zebra and gazelle, migrate from the Serengeti to Masai Mara and cross the Mara River in dramatic fashion. As well as getting close to amazing wildlife, you’ll see epic natural wonders including Mount Kilimanjaro, Victoria Falls, Table Mountain and South Africa’s rolling wine country. T

he trip’s fabulous accommodations include Giraffe Manor, luxury mobile camps, Jabali Ridge, One&Only Nyungwe House, Little Mombo Camp, Royal Livingstone Hotel, Royal Malewane and Ellerman House. - KS

From $125,000 per person based on six people traveling. Contact Nicola Shepherd, owner, The Explorations Company, [email protected],  UK + 44 1367 850566  USA +1 855 216 5040

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