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Annie Foot

A gap year spent in Tanzania kick-started my love for the African continent and I have returned at every opportunity since, including spending a year studying African politics in Stellenbosch, South Africa. I am always on the lookout for somewhere new to explore, but continue to return to old favorites - Cape Town and the Winelands in particular.

Since a young age I have been fascinated by Africa's incredible wildlife and having had my first taste of safari during my gap year, I have been drawn to returning in search of ever more elusive species, with my long-held dream coming true when I spotted the endangered African wild dog in Zambia's South Luangwa valley. Whilst game drives are always enthralling in Africa, there are ever-more diverse experiences to be had with boat, canoe and walking safaris all being right up my street. The ability to explore the bush on a variety of levels is something that continues to fascinate me, and I'm always in search of my next adventure.

Travel nuggets

  • A good pair of binoculars are a worthy investment and will allow you to see the intricacies of the bush and observe the features of the most elusive wildlife.
  • Be daring! Game drives are a wonderful way to observe wildlife but for me nothing beats getting out on foot as part of a walking safari or canoeing down a river within inches of elephants!
  • Leave your camera in your bag for at least an hour on one game drive. Yes, there's a chance you may miss capturing an incredible sighting of a leopard, but you will be so much more aware of your surroundings and the interconnectedness of the bush.

My hot picks

Kakuli Bush Camp,Luangwa Valley, Zambia

The amazing setting of this camp close to the confluence of the Luwi and Luangwa rivers makes for some wonderful wildlife sightings from the comfort of your tent which overlooks the riverbed.

Lamai Serengeti,Serengeti, Northern Tanzania

An incredible setting overlooking the plains of the northern Seregeti, I love Lamai's understated luxury and the location is hard to beat for year-round game viewing as well as being in the heart of the action during wildebeest migration season.

Tongabezi,Livingstone, Zambia

The perfect spot to relax after an exciting safari, Tongabezi's setting on a meander of the Zambezi just upstream of Victoria Falls, is breathtaking and the combination of helpful staff and a wide range of activities make it my absolute favorite here.

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