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8 New Ways to See Africa

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Spotting Africa’s big five (lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes, and rhinos) is one of life’s great thrills. But why stop there? On this diverse continent, there are also whales to watch, zebras to track on horseback—and plenty of comforts to ease your way. By Jen Murphy. This appeared in the August/September 2015 issue.
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Grumeti Reserves, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
One of the five lodging options within the 350,000-acre Singita Grumeti game concession, Faru Faru Lodge sits amid dense woodland on the bank of the Grumeti River. Originally inspired by a mid-20th-century botanist’s camp, each...
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R43, Gansbaai, 7220, South Africa
Grootbos sits on a stretch of coast famed for its fynbos, an incredibly diverse natural shrubland. Guests may see one of 765 plant species while hiking the property’s trails. The ocean’s “big five” are the other draw: Boat...
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The Instagram-worthy moments start with views of Bazaruto Marine National Park on the 15-minute flight from mainland Mozambique. From above, the white sand dunes look like swirls of frosting atop the turquoise sea, home to colorful coral reefs....
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If Neverland were set in South Africa, it would look like this. A three-hour drive north of Johannesburg, the Reserve’s 23,000 acres contain eight cottages that can sleep 18, making it ideal for families. Your group has the run of the place, and...
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In the western Sahara Desert, surrounded by red dunes, Erg Chigaga could be mistaken for a campsite on Mars. The remoteness is part of the appeal. A day might start with a camel ride followed by a picnic beneath a tamarix tree, then drinks atop...
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Paje Beach, Paje, Tanzania
Calm waters and year-round winds have made the southeast coast of Zanzibar a hot spot for kite surfing. To mix the action with some pampering, book a stay at White Sand, an 11 villa resort with its own kite-surfing school. (June to September and...
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The local culture gets as much attention as the wildlife at Nduara Loliondo. Open December through April, the camp sits on private Masai land in the eastern Serengeti. In a nod to the nomadic culture of the Masai, the lounge and dining tents are...
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Zambia
Snuggled into the camp’s eight Bedouin-style tents with decks overlooking the Zambezi River, guests fall asleep to the snorts of hippos. Each group gets its own guide and can choose to go on a game drive or a walking safari in search of elephants,...