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SAFARI IN TANZANIA
The trip: Yes, there is something a little unsettling about coming thisclose to a lion or cheetah in the bush, especially when you're actually sharing those same bushes with themon the ground rather than inside a Land Rover. But a few hours from now, the butterflies in your stomach will be settled by a gin and tonic timed to the Tanzanian sunset. Any stay in an exclusive wilderness camp in the Tarangire National Park is pretty extraordinary, but what makes this safari so special is that forays into the Serengeti are conducted both on foot and by vehicle. You'll meet some of Tanzania's 120 tribes. And you'll see lumbering bull elephants, graceful giraffes, and, if you're there between January and March, some 2 million wildebeest migrating across the plains. (You might want to move out of the way for this last phenomenon.)
Why go? There's nothing new or gimmicky about this classic safari, which is precisely the point: It's about witnessing nature at its most feral, untouched by time or civilization.
What to pack: The beefiest memory card your camera will take.
Your guides: Mark Thornton, who personally takes only 100 guests on safari each year and who has exclusive access to some of Tanzania's most wildlife-rich areas.
Difficulty: 2 out of 10. If you can walkwith the knowledge that you might need to runand press a shutter, you can do this trip.
Tel: 011 256 78 754 1686
12-day safari, including lodging, meals, and guide service, around $7,000 per person