Instead of South Africa, go to Zimbabwe
Deciding where to go on safari can be overwhelming, the options are just so vast. And it's easy to follow the herds to predictable spots like Kruger in South Africa, where people-watching often steals the show when the animals are outnumbered by us. But travelers who've been there and done that will tell you to opt for Zimbabwe instead, and the country's largest game park, Hwange National Park, located two-hours by car from Victoria Falls in the country's northwest corner. Here, in one of the continent's last truly wild and unfenced wildernesses, diverse landscapes attract some 108 mammals - said to be the highest diversity of mammals of any national park in the world – along migration routes that lead to and from Botswana. Wildebeest, cheetahs, impalas, kudu, black and white rhinos, leopards, lions, elephants, buffalo and more pad past. Opt for a self-drive tour from Victoria Falls or take the luxe route with an operator like African Safari Company and sleep in tent camps with thread counts as high as luxury hotels.