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You’ll find plenty of other new and interesting safari happenings throughout the rest of sub-Saharan Africa

BY PAUL RUBIO — Summer 2018

BOTSWANA

Okavango Delta

In February, Wilderness Safaris finished rebuilding and reopened its flagship “Premier Camps,” Mombo and Little Mombo. Situated on Chief’s Island in the northwest of Moremi Game Reserve, these camps offer front-row seats to the overall top wildlife interactions in the Okavango Delta — think the hunts and territorial fights you gawk at in nature documentaries. Last December, Wilderness also debuted its Qorokwe Camp in the private Qorokwe Concession, prime real estate for buffalo, hyenas, and lions. Watch the multisensory wildlife drama unfold before your eyes at any three of these Okavango Delta camps. From $1,930 (Mombo and Little Mombo) and $846 per person per night (Qorokwe), sharing. wilderness-safaris.com


Elewana Kifaru House banda

KENYA

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

In April, Elewana Kifaru House became the newest and 16th member of East Africa’s esteemed Elewana Collection. The name of this new, six-banda property is rooted in the Swahili word for rhino and rightfully so: More than 120 black and white rhinos live in the surrounding Lewa/Borana Wildlife Conservancy. Not just classic game drives and typical safari pampering, Kifaru House offers exclusive hands-on experiences such as meeting and interacting with anti-poaching dog teams as well as safaris through the conservancy by horseback or camel. From $615 per person per night, sharing. elewanacollection.com


Asilia Jabali Ridge

TANZANIA

Ruaha National Park

Southern Tanzania’s Ruaha National Park may be almost 1.5 times the size of Serengeti National Park and host one-tenth of the world’s lion population — plus colossal herds of elephants and a healthy number of leopards — but the lack of park infrastructure and upscale accommodations had kept it off the map from luxury travelers. Until now, that is. Asilia Jabali Ridge, the park’s first world-class safari lodge, opened in September. The understated-yet-elegant, eight-suite lodge sits atop a rocky outcrop overlooking wildlife-strewn plains below. Beyond captivating game drives, be sure to request walking safaris, during which you may see elephants and other large animals alongside the smaller things often missed in the Land Rover, such as rare flowers, snails, animal tracks and prints, and birdlife. New flight services from Dar Es Salaam, Zanzibar, and the Serengeti plus improved roads make the trip a breeze. From $788 per person per night, sharing. asiliaafrica.com

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