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Editor’s letter

Examining animal dung and termite mounds at 8am was not exactly what I expected to be doing on my second morning in Tanzania. But spying the Big Five in the wild is really only a small aspect of being on safari. Understanding how the whole ecosystem functions, and how everything in the environment is interconnected, is vital to the experience. Especially when your guide can launch into a half-hour discourse on the fascinating, intricate, complicated lifespan of a termite mound; the mating habits of impala and dik-diks; dung in all its shapes, sizes and forms, and the importance of its role in the germination of seeds.

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This month, we ditch the jeep to discover Africa from a different perspective. Whether on foot, by boat or hot air balloon, we’re showcasing the continent’s wild side on an active safari across Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana and more. We go north of Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland; discover Japan’s Tohoku region; and spend a long weekend in Vilnius. Other highlights this issue include Lima, Fife, Budapest, San Francisco and Turin, while our photo story unearths the tradition of gold panning in Costa Rica.