Is there anything comparable to listening to a lioness playing with its young just a few feet away from you? Or hearing an elephant’s thunderous footsteps as he crosses the road in front of your jeep? What about the warning sound a hippo makes if you get too close to his watering hole?
There truly is nothing like a safari and just about any safari is a worthwhile adventure in my book. But if you’re looking for some place where you’ll find more animals than tourists… If you’re seeking something a bit more adventurous than a jeep safari in a national park…If you’re searching for the ultimate safari experience, I can share three great suggestions that most folks don’t know about…
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Tswalu is a remote pocket of South Africa. There is a small, private camp and an opportunity to take a 4 x 4 or horseback safari where you may see Kalahari lions, meerkat colonies, cheetahs, rare black rhinos, and much more This is a beautiful, unspoiled place with an opportunity to see rare species of wildlife and flora and fauna. www.tswalu.com.
There is a little known place in Ethiopia at the Simien Mountains National Park that is a haven for those seeking a true safari adventure experience. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is Africa’s version of America’s Grand Canyon, only with Gelada baboons, Ethiopian wolves, and much more. In addition to wildlife safaris, you can hike, bike, and swim near waterfalls. www.limalimolodge.com.
There is a spectacular island in Mozambique called Benguerra Island. It is home to a 20-mile marine national park. While there you can take catamaran cruises, go snorkeling at Two-Mile Reef, go horseback riding on the beach, collect exquisite seashells, and take a water safari. Some of the animals you’ll see include manatees, giant turtles, birds, and lots of tropical fish. www.andbeyond.com.