An African safari is an adventure fairly unlike some other – and each safari holiday is different. Between disguise stints you can calm down at comfy close by lodges, with their compulsory birch-fired saunas, whereas day hikes or canoe trips will produce more of the local wildlife, from elk to nice gray owls. Accommodation is on the Highland Lodge close to Ngorongoro, Alex Walker’s own Serian camp within the Serengeti and Baraza Zanzibar.
• Six-day trips from £752pp inc all meals, camping and airport transfers with Far Side Africa (0131 315 2464, ). Amongst its parks and tiger reserves are Pench, where Kipling wrote The Jungle Book, and Bandhavgarh, which has the nation’s highest density of these awesome carnivores.
• Ten-day safari from £1,148pp inc flights, most meals, lodging, camping equipment, park charges, transport and a skilled guide and camp assistant, with Wild about Africa (020 8758 4717, ). Such wetland abundance might recall the Okavango Delta or the Pantanal, but the Danube Delta lies on the coronary heart of Europe, the place the nice river splits right into a labyrinth of waterways because it approaches the Black Sea.
With a few days to spare, an overland extension north to the Carpathians even presents brown bears. On this incredible journey through both Madagascar and Mauritius there’s a brilliant steadiness between the active and relaxed, and between land wildlife (lemurs, chameleons and large tortoises) and the marine world (dolphins, whales and snorkelling).
We will do both, but there isn’t any point in staying in a luxurious lodge if there may be nothing to see! At 9,840ft, Simien Lodge is the highest safari lodging in the entire of Africa, perched among the dizzy canyons and snaggle-toothed peaks of Simien Mountains National Park.