Vivid Travel Safari

We’ve all got a bucket list, a virtual catalogue of must-have experiences and buys to indulge in before we shuffle off this mortal coil. Ours includes a Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon in rose gold, a penthouse apartment in Monaco’s Odeon Tower… and, of course, a five-star safari of a lifetime. But where’s best to visit when it comes to seeing wildlife up-close-and-personal? These luxurious escapes are sure to hit the mark…

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Out of Africa

Out of Africa

Vivid Travel’s bespoke, multi-destination trips to Africa, Asia, Latin America, Canada and Alaska will incorporate any itinerary you can dream up. Their eight-day trip to Botswana is a spectacular opportunity to visit Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park.

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Azura Retreats

Azura Retreats

Azura Retreats

Azura Selous’ spacious ‘tented villas’ along the banks of the Ruaha River come complete with private plunge pools, butlers and fabulous dining. The Selous in Africa is renowned for having more elephants, lions, hippos and buffalo than anywhere else in the world: come prepared and expect good things.

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Wildlife Worldwide

Wildlife Worldwide

Wildlife Worldwide If you’re after the ultimate safari experience, than the Classic African Explorer is for you. It’s an epic, tailored 36-day journey taking in seven southern African countries – from water activities in Liwonde to an exploration of Namibia’s cultural heritage, it promises to be a trip to remember.

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Elegant Resorts

Elegant Resorts

Combine world-class wildlife encounters and stunning scenery for a magnificent African adventure. The team at Elegant Resorts can tailor-make a journey for you, allowing you to experience everything from unspoilt wilderness and iconic landmarks, to birdwatching and game drives. Stay two nights at The Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel by Anantara, on the banks of the Zambezi River, while enjoying first class facilities in a contemporary colonial setting. Transfer to Botswana and stay four nights in Duba Plains, experiencing unspoilt wilderness with the chance to get up close to a variety of native wildlife – or simply stargaze from your luxury camp.

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Samburu Intrepids

Samburu Intrepids

Samburu Intrepids Tented Camp

Situated on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River in Samburu Game Reserve, Kenya, is Samburu Intrepids, a luxury camp with king size beds and breathtaking views. Catch the Masai Mara sunrise with an early morning hot air balloon ride and Champagne bush breakfast.

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Makanyi Lodge

Makanyi Lodge

Makanyi Lodge

The suites in Makanyi Lodge, in the Southern Sector of the Timbavati, all come with their own fireplace, vast en-suite bathroom and private deck. Prepare to spot the Big Five in serious style.

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Wilderness Safaris

Wilderness Safaris

Wilderness Safaris’ DumaTau Camp in northern Botswana has received an impressive refurbishment, and new-look tents now feature a sliding gauze door, greater privacy and new areas which offer stunning, sweeping views. The solar-powered camp is popular for its morning, afternoon and night game drives and boating excursions.

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Must-Have Accessory

Swarovski Optik’s CL Companion Binocular

Swarovski Optik’s CL Companion binocular is a must-have for whatever adventure you choose to embark upon. Its crystal clear image and improved edge – expect beautiful sharpness even over long periods – means you won’t miss a lion’s hair or glint in a rhino’s eye. They’re also appealingly slim and lightweight, so won’t take up precious room when you’re packing for a long day. You’ve put a lot of effort into booking this trip, so why should you miss a single detail?

swarovskioptik.com; from £910