For the ultimate African wilderness experience, ditch the Land Rover and join Mark Thornton Safaris on a 60-mile walking safari across Tanzania’s five-million-acre Ruaha National Park. Harking back to the original foot safaris, these excursions bring you face-to-face with the animals—elephants, lions, and hippos, oh, my!—at ground level, on their terms. And, unlike softer “luxury” walks, this one explores the truly wild corners of the park, with no infrastructure, no roads, no tourist-packed buses. It’s just you and the raw, wild beauty of the African backcountry.
July-Sept.; 8 days, from $6,765; thorntonsafaris.com
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