1. Stroll out with the Samburu in Kenya’s Laikipia Plateau. Camel trekking with Samburu warriors provides an intimate, low-impact way to explore this arid frontier land – home to Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, black rhino and gerenuk.
2. Rise above it all in a hot-air balloon. Dawn balloon flights are available from camps in the Masai Mara and Serengeti, as well as Loisaba in northern Kenya. You can also get aloft above the Namib Desert and several locations in South Africa.
3. Experience nature’s greatest show. The perpetual pilgrimage of 1.5 million wildebeest, 500,000 Thomson’s gazelle and 200,000 plains zebra is punctuated by the dramatic crossings of the Grumeti and Mara Rivers in Tanzania’s Serengeti and Kenya’s Masai Mara.
4. Fly-camp in the wilderness of Tanzania’s Selous Game reserve. Walk in one of Africa’s greatest wildlife reserves, sleeping out in the bush at small, temporary camps where dinner is cooked over an open fire, the sounds of the African night all around.
5. Follow in Livingstone’s footsteps. North of the Luangwa Valley in Zambia, the little-visited papyrus swamps, floodplains and moist forests of Kasanka National Park and the Bangweulu Wetlands are rich in big game and birdlife.
6. Walk on the wild side. Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park has long been renowned as the place in Africa for walking safaris. Its lavish spread of dappled woodlands, rivers and lily-covered lagoons is perfect for exploring on foot.
7. Canoe along the Zambezi. Launch a canoe on the River Zambezi, paddle silently past hippos and herds of browsing elephant, drift within a few metres of bee-eater colonies and camp out on remote islands.
8. Explore the Delta. The extraordinary wetland of Botswana’s Okavango is home to an amazing variety of wildlife, from frogs and fish eagles to elephant and wild dog. Drift along the channels in a mokoro (dugout canoe).
9. Track wildlife with Bushmen. No one knows the Kalahari better than the Bushmen. Joining Ju ‘hoansi hunters in Bushmanland as they track game, set traps and gather wild food is a unique privilege.
10. Meet mountain gorillas in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, trekking through thick montane forest for an unforgettable encounter with your distant hairy cousins.The minimum age for gorilla trekking is 15.