Botswana is likely one of the few nations in Africa which has managed to take care of its exclusivity and go away huge areas of wilderness untouched. Out of your base on a white sand beach beside the Indian Ocean, you may take guided (and armed) walking safaris into the Saadani National Park, croc and hippo-recognizing boat safaris up the Wami River, go luxury fly-tenting and snorkel with turtles and dolphins.
Thornybush private recreation reserve, adjoining the Kruger National Park, gives the setting, with head ranger Juan Pinto (see panel, proper) and Africa’s most highly certified guiding staff readily available to indicate you the Massive Five. Africa’s highest mountain provides its toughest boots-on-the-ground challenge.
Ten days from £5,235 with Safari Consultants (01787 888590; ). The camp, which opened this month, is set in the Sera Wildlife Conservancy, which is bigger than Luxembourg. Simply behind the resorts of the French Riviera lie a few of Europe’s most rewarding wildlife habitats – and no extra so than the Camargue, the place flamingoes tinge pink a solar-baked landscape celebrated for its white horses and black bulls.
A six-night time tailor-made safari primarily based at Mashatu Tented Camp costs from £four,990, including six days of private game drives in a fully customised photographic car, three classes at waterhole hides and tuition from a resident wildlife photographer.
Set within the lowveld of the Greater Kruger, Sabi Sands is a private game reserve famend for its massive recreation and luxurious lodges. Also known as the whalehead, the shoebill is Africa’s most sought-after fowl species, and Zambia is the most effective place to see it. Specifically it frequents the vast Bangweulu wetlands of northern Zambia, the place David Livingstone died in 1873.