Over the past 20 years, Abu Camp has acquired a reputation as the preeminent place to ride on African elephants. Now partly owned by Paul Allen, co- founder of Microsoft, Abu reopened in April 2011, having been completely rebuilt and refurbished.
The Okavango Delta is roughly 135 miles long by 100 miles wide and contains around 40 small camps. The most frequent question I am asked is “Which place do you recommend if I just want to see lion and leopard?
The best-known of Kenya’s northern game areas is Samburu National Reserve. Its southern boundary is formed by the Ewaso Nyiro River, flowing down from the glaciers on Mount Kenya. The water creates a wide strip of vegetation and, as a result, wildlife is varied and extremely plentiful.
The Great Migration remains the most stupendous wildlife show on earth. I first visited the Serengeti in the early 1980s. The Kenyans and the Tanzanians were in the midst of a political disagreement, and the international border was closed.
Many people fall in love with East Africa, and I count myself among the romantically ensnared. First, there is the land itself. Nobody has put it better than Karen Blixen at the beginning of her classic memoir, “Out of Africa.”
On November 9, 2009 a new 150-foot vessel began cruising the Chobe River, just 50 miles southwest of Victoria Falls. The ZAMBEZI QUEEN offers three-night itineraries through Botswana’s 4,500-square-mile Chobe National Park.
For nearly 400 miles east of Victoria Falls, the Zambezi River forms the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Not only is this one of the foremost wildlife areas of Africa, it is a region of haunting natural beauty.
Amazingly, it is now more than half a century since the publication of “Born Free,” Joy Adamson’s tale of Elsa the lioness and her successful reintroduction to the wild. The movie, released in 1966, seized the imagination of the world.
The Virunga Mountains rise to nearly 15,000 feet where the borders of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo all converge. On the Rwandan side, the cloud-draped slopes are famous as the backdrop “Gorillas in the Mist.” Today, a quarter century after her death, the tangled forests contain around 375 Mountain Gorillas, or just over half the entire world population...