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How to Pick a Safari

When you find yourself daydreaming about a safari, you probably imagine the wind flying through your hair as you ride in the back of a jeep, camera in hand. You’re scanning the horizon looking for wild animals in their natural habitat. Maybe you hope you’ll be lucky enough to spot a lion mid-kill, or maybe you’d be just as tickled watching a baby elephant chase birds.

It’s a good daydream, but if you’re ready to turn your fantasy into a real adventure, you’re going to have to do a little research. With 54 different countries more than 11 million square miles between them, Africa is a very large and very diverse place. The types of safaris are endless. And while there’s no right way to go on safari (it all comes down to personal preferences), there is a lot to consider when it comes to picking out your perfect experience. Here’s how to make the right choice.

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Jamie Ditaranto traveled to South Africa as a guest of National Geographic Journeys with G Adventures. Follow her on Twitter @jamieditaranto.

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