On this adrenaline-pumping rhino encounter drive through the plains of Kwandwe, a 54,000-acre private game reserve on South Africa’s Eastern Cape. With the aid of helicopter surveillance, you, the game manager, and a veterinarian, track the endangered animal, temporarily disabling him with a tranquilizer gun. Once he’s down, your team has 20-minutes to implant a tracking microchip on his rump and to drill into his horn (not painful) to insert another chip that will incriminate poachers if caught carrying that horn. Before the 5,100-pound behemoth awakes, glide your hands across his thick skin and stroke his soft muzzle. Then climb aboard a helicopter to follow your rhino by air as he lumbers to his feet and dashes away. Explore the reserve on five more game drives, spotting bushbuck, elephant, giraffe and other animals.
Stay: Luxury lodges or private villas designed for one group.
You Need: 4-days/3 nights. Best time is May 1 through Sept. 30. Package includes lodging, meals, rhino tagging, plus 5 other game drives. About $5,000, for two people. Travel Sommelier, www.travelsommelier.com.
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