Mahali Mzuri, Kenya

Kenya has long been the premiere destination for African safaris, and the new Mahali Mzuri jumps to the top of the list of must-experience adventures. One of the newest entries in Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Limited Edition boutique travel outfit, the encampment in Maasai territory comprises just a dozen apartment-sized tent suites (complete with en suite bathrooms and luxe appointments) that sit perched on platforms overlooking the Motorogi Conservancy. The Motorogi is on the path of one of the continent's Great Migrations, when some million wildebeest trudge through the area. But even off season the land is filled with a who's who of zoo creatures, from zebra, elephants, giraffes, gazelles, and hippos to the prey that stalk them – lions, cheetahs, and hyenas. Oh my, indeed. [From $840/night all inclusive; mahalimzuri.virgin.com]