Safari's Next Frontier: East Africa's New Experiences To Book

Time and Tide Africa

Long inaccessible, the area is debuting new camps and lodges. 

Ethiopia’s potential for East African safari has always been hampered by a lack of good places to stay. This changed in January with Abaca Mobile Safaris (from $580 per person; journeysby​design.com), an elegant lightweight tented camp that can be deployed all over, opening up the country’s remotest parts, including the Bale Mountains, which is wolf country. For luxuries of a more permanent kind, there’s now the 14-room Limalimo Lodge (from $200; 27-15/793-0811; limalimolodge.com), up north in Simien Mountains National Park. The aesthetic—rammed-earth walls and wood—is modest as to not detract from the extraordinary escarpment views of Sudan. 

Tourism is beginning to thrive in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. New to Virunga National Park, home to many of the region’s mountain gorillas, is Tchegera (from $280; visitvirunga.org), a tented camp on Lake Kivu. Mating mandrills are just some of the lures of Gabon. Pushing the boundaries of the modern African safari, guide-pioneer Cherri Briggs (exploreinc.com) now offers bespoke trips to experienced Africaphiles. Another frontier for 2016 is Madagascar, where Miavana (from $2,000 per person; timeandtideafrica.com) opens in October. The 14-villa lodge on the private Nosy Ankao island was designed by the South African team behind the Seychelles’ North Island lodge (where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge honeymooned). Miavana’s presence will much improve the rough-and-ready backcountry experience of Madagascar’s curious wildlife, including lemurs and ploughshare tortoises.

 

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