Active + Adventure

Adrenaline High

by Sarah Tuff

The dream: To live like a character from a Hemingway short story (preferably without the death by gangrene)
Go to: Phinda Private Game Reserve, South Africa
And enroll at: Conservation Corporation Africa's Bush Skills Adventure

Envision getting back to nature. Really back, as in creeping through the South African bush, tracking rhinos, giraffes, and antelopes by foot. During the Conservation Corporation's four-day Bush Skills Academy, clients inspect hoof prints, muddy marks left on trees, and animal dung to stalk the suspects. It's like CSI: South Africa, with wine tasting instead of whiny lab assistants. The safari school is held in a private game reserve in the region of Maputuland and is taught by trained rangers. (The program is an extra fee and only open to guests in one of Phinda's six otherwise all-inclusive properties—the Phinda Rock is a good luxury option.) Activities include nighttime spider hunting (they're harder to catch than the kitchen variety), wilderness survival skills, and one night spent out in the great outdoors. That night outside, you'll be equipped with a special weapon against the fiercest critters out here—a very welcome mosquito net.
Bush Skills Adventure, $613 per person; Phinda Rock, $728 per person per night, including meals and liquor

Phinda Private Game Reserve
Tel: 888 882 3742

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