7 Eco Safaris Around the Globe
5. NamibiaPhoto via coda @ Flickr
On a Khaudom Wilderness safari with EcoVitality, you'll be part of one of the only tours going to Namibia's Khaudom Game Park, which the site describes as "a million acres of wilderness visited by just a few hundred people each year."
And without the commercial traffic and crowded tours you'll find with other companies, you can enjoy a more authentic local flavor: Visits to local communities that show off their tracking skills and cultural dances, a stop in the restricted section of Western Etosha National Park, and time at sanctuaries devoted to protecting lions and big cats. And at night, expect to stay in a variety of lodges, tents, and hotels in and near the parks for unmatched views of the country's animals and plants.
6. TanzaniaPhoto via islodelba @ Flickr
You'll camp at night and spend your waking hours watching for birds, lions, elephants, cheetahs, and other animals with the help of Maasai guides -- and before the trip is over, you'll spend time in Maasai village, where you can milk goats, make jewelry, take a walking safari, and more. The company claims to offer a trip that's more authentic than the tours you'll find from "luxury" providers, and supports schools and local villages for long-term success.
7. BotswanaPhoto via whatleydude @ Flickr Okavango Delta is one of the best-known safari spots in Africa, but you can judge for yourself on a Wilderness Safaris trip to Botswana. Tourism is big business in the country -- about 45 percent of residents work in the industry -- but that doesn't mean you won't see the big game (and smaller game) that are so popular.
Behind the scenes, the company works across Africa to promote conservation and environmental initiatives, from reintroducing animals into the wild to implementing energy-saving measures at their camps.