Wondrous Wilderness Immersions: Top 10 Eco-Safaris

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Sustainability and luxury travel design are trending in 2017, especially when it comes to eco-safaris.

These expeditions allow you to reconnect with Mother Nature and all kinds of living beings, alternating pure adventure with an inner journey that allows you to meditate and heal in a place where you may detach from urban turmoils. Once you return to the metropolitan life, you will have a broader perspective of our planet and that long lost human connection that transcends virtual.

These are the top eco-safaris we recommend:

1 Rainbow Tours

If you are looking for colorful experience in the wild, Rainbow Tours allow you to immerse yourself into the wetlands of the southern Okavango Delta. The Sandibe Lodge makes the ideal base for your safari, with a small, reed-enclosed pool, ideal for an afternoon swim between game activities. This exceptional eco-safari also allows children to join the game drives according to the manager’s discretion, transforming this holiday into a family adventure.

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2 Gamewatchers Safaris

Gamewatchers Safaris offers a variety of luxury safaris and beach holidays, that empower local communities and preserve the indigenous habitat. If you want to coalesce a naturalistic experience with a pampering holiday you may enjoy sometime on the beach after climbing Mount Kilimanjaro,  and visiting the World Heritage Site of Ngorongoro Conservation Area and numerous game-filled Parks and Reserves.

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3 Volcanoes Safaris

If you want to find more about the world of monkeys Volcanoes Safaris allow you to visit the mountain gorillas and chimpanzees in the forests of Uganda and Rwanda. You may choose among four lodges that overlook the stupendous Virunga Volcanoes: Kyambura Gorge, Bwindi, Mount Gahinga, Virunga. On this trip you will also have the chance to get acquainted with the community of one of Africa’s oldest tribes.

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4 Wilderness Safari

Wilderness Safari has been acclaimed as the most renown ecotourist operator, founded in Botswana since 1983. You will experience life in small camps located in awe-inspiring areas that have as little impact on the environment as possible and immerse visitors in the natural world. With this Safari you may discover the riverine woodlands of the Linyanti River, exploring the Xigera Concession all the way to the Linyanti Concession, that is well-reputed for its large concentrations of elephants.

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5 Asilia Africa

Critically Acclaimed Asilia Africa is one of the top pioneering sustainable travel operators in East Africa. The destinations are enthralling, as the camps give immediate access to extraordinary wildlife encounters and deeply meaningful experiences. You will be able to observe the Greater Masai Mara in Kenya, or relish in the flawless palm-fringed beaches on the coastline of Zanzibar. You will see fauna at its rawest fight for survival, witnessing the frequent predator-prey interactions that compose the circle of life.

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6 Great Plains

The Great Plains Conservation is devoted to the conservation of our wilderness, and local communities. The Young Explorers Programme reprises the Peter Pan syndrome in adults, while revealing a world of adventure to children. Fun blends with inspirational teachings on how to become Conservation Ambassadors: local guides take you for a walk on the wild side, that will encompass animal tracking and bush survival skills courses along with breathtaking explorations of the surrounding flora.

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7 Guided Safaris

Since 1995 Guided Safaris has been at the forefront of eco-luxury safaris in the Sub-Saharan African region. The studio that is based in San Francisco coordinates the top-notch experiences in the wilderness, supervising unforgettable journeys in private reserves and camps tailored for families or couples that address ecology with heart. This form of sustainable tourism helps save endangered species and develop indigenous cultures, as you lodge in formidable camps located in the regions of South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Seychelles and Congo.

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8 Sosian

Sosian provides an incredible experience and at the same time ensures that the industrial impact on the environment is limited. The eco-safari, set in Laikipia plateau, catapults travellers into African wildlife and nature, whilst providing jobs for over a hundred local families. While visiting you will have the thrill of  sleeping in the ranch house that was built during the 1940s by Italian artisans and during the day you will explore the grassy plains observing the lives of lions, giraffes, buffalos, and leopards.

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9 Abercrombie & Kent

Abercrombie & Kent distinguishes itself for the ability of custom-making each itinerary according to the travellers’ requests, with a signature VIP service. If you want to try an unconventional safari, where the Jungle Book meets the Orient Express, try the Southern Africa Safari by River & Rail. You will get the chance to ride by train on the timeless Rovos Rail, experience the Chobe River on luxurious Zambezi Queen and set off on game drives across the Okavango Delta.

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10 Nyanja Safaris

David Bland was born in Zambia back in 1963 and was raised on a farm that developed his love for nature and its creatures, that later inspired him to create the Nyanja Safaris. This tour operator will welcome you in Africa’s best luxury lodges, hidden Bush camps and will make you discover enchanting destinations that are known to few.

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Written by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi

Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi is Italian by birth, British by upbringing, and a New Yorker at heart. After working on film sets, she became a journalist starting with film criticism. Today, the topics she covers embrace culture and international affairs (since she graduated in Political Science) on all mediums: print, online, radio, and television. Chiara has also established herself as a visual artist and her Material Puns have been exhibited in London, Paris, Milan, Rome, Venice, Oxford, and Manhattan. Through her professorship in Phenomenology of Contemporary Arts, she manages to bring together her diversified work in the arts and media with a keen eye on current issues such as sustainability and humanitarian affairs.

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