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There’s still time to book that last minute summer break so we’ve lined up a list of five spellbinding locations with exceptional wildlife sightings. Proof that there is more than one way to safari – travel in a 4X4, on horseback, by mountain bike, in a mokoro or get the adrenalin pumping and go game viewing on foot.

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Swaziland: Mingle with Africa’s animal kingdom at the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, its 4,560 hectares composed of grassland plains and granite peaks. Safari on foot, by mountain bike or even take an optional overnight hack on horseback and sleep in a cave* complete with San Bushman paintings. Expect to find a few exotic species in this conservation hotspot, such as the honey badger, dwarf mongoose, aardwolf and striped polecat, and also the more common hippo, kudu, zebra and baboon. Book a seat on our 7-Day Kruger, Swaziland & Beach  overland safari.

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Zambia: Where the walking safari originated, Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park is one of the best places to go wildlife viewing on foot. If you’re travelling by 4X4 you can also stay out in the park for a couple of hours after sundown. Spy bushbabies and porcupines on this limited night safari and if you’re lucky, encounter predators in search of their prey. Go there on our 21 day East African Explorer  overland expedition.

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Zimbabwe: The Motobo Hills National Park has one of the highest concentrations of leopard (estimated at five for every 16 square kilometres) in the world and it’s a haven for white rhino. For a heart pumping safari track rhino on foot and when you’re done search the skies for raptors. There are roughly 200 breeding pairs of black eagles in the park, compared to only 23 breeding pairs in the whole of South Africa. Enjoy a wildlife rush on our 7-day Southern African Safari  small group safari.

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Botswana: Resting on the eastern side of the Okavango Delta, is the award winning Moremi Game Reserve. Composed of lagoons, floodplains and islands, its 4,871 square kilometres is teeming with predators and the reserve is the last major stronghold for the endangered wild dog, around 30% of Africa’s entire population residing here. Safari in this watery wildlife paradise on our 7-day Best of Botswana  small group safari.

 

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Uganda: The Queen Elizabeth National Park is the ideal place to get back in touch with our distant cousins and chimpanzee trekking is a major highlight in the Kyambura Gorge – vervet and black-and-white colobus monkeys also easily spotted in the trees. 14 day Gorilla Encounter  overland expedition.