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Digital Subscriptions > Travel Africa > October-December 2018 (84) > Why Africa?

Why Africa?

Why do seasoned safari-goers return to the confinent time and again, despite the myriad other global wildlife hotspots jostling for their attention? Mike Unwin reflects

I am currently pondering this question from Julius Nyerere International Airport, Dar es Salaam, exhausted and elated after a 12-day family safari. Wow, did Tanzania perform!

From the improbable congestion of the Ngorongoro Crater to the lions draped over the Serengeti’s kopjes and the elephants excavating Ruaha’s dry riverbeds, it was like a TV highlights reel of the natural world. And even at our Indian Ocean beach resort for two final nights of R&R, the show continued, with green turtles in the surf and colobus monkeys in the forest.

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