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Southern African Conservation Trips

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A safari is a magical experience, and we won't judge you if you want to splurge and stay in a luxury lodge when you experience the Big Five for the first time. But there are numerous Southern Africa safari experiences, many through five-star lodges, that also allow you to support wildlife conservation at the same time as you're staring gap-jawed at your first lion. From tracking desert elephants to saving rhinos, here are our picks for where to safari with a purpose.
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Chobe Forest Reserve, Botswana
To get away from the crowds in Chobe, stay at Ngoma Safari Lodge. It's located on the far western edge of the park. The eight thatched roof cottages are completely spacious but cozy and feature decks overlooking the Chobe River. In 2011, the...
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Thaba Tholo Wilderness Reserve, Lydenburg, 1120, South Africa
It was pitch dark outside as I stumbled to the kitchen tent in search of coffee. One of the research assistants had stirred up the fire and a kettle was heating as we stood around, cradling cold, empty cups in our hands--waiting expectantly. One...
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3 Hendrik Witbooi Street, Swakopmund, Namibia
On my recent trip to Namibia, I went on a 5 day excursion with Ondjamba Safaris to track the desert elephants in the Hoanib Riverbed of northwest Namibia. These majestic creatures have learned to adapt to these harsh desert conditions, creating a...
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Farm Frauenstein 277, East of Windhoek, Transkalahari Highway, Namibia, Namibia
After a week on safari in South Africa, we arrived in Namibia via the Windhoek International Airport and a long, dusty ride in the dark. We were taken to one of the six chalets that would be our home for the next few nights and went to sleep. We...
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A recent refurbishment has brought larger tents, Moroccan rugs, and four-poster campaign beds to this woodland property near the Makgadikgadi salt pans. A visit to the nearby meerkat conservation project is a must. From $430. 27/(0) 11-447- 1605....
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Ombika, Namibia
If it's rhinoceros you want to photograph, you can't miss Ongava Game Reserve just south of the border of Etosha National Park. This private breeding facility has black and white rhino and plays a critical part in conserving this species. When...