Tanzania Unfiltered

Throughout the pandemic, we'll keep publishing news to help you navigate the state of travel today (like whether travel insurance covers the coronavirus), as well as stories about places for you to put on your bucket list once it's safe to start going more far-flung.

Here's our problem with safaris: They're billed as authentic, up-close-and-personal wildlife experiences, but by Land Rover–bound definition, some are as canned as any Club Med junket. Closer to the real thing is Kiba Point, a brand-new luxury safari lodge in the heart of Tanzania's Selous Game Reserve. Selous is the largest game park in Africa, an undisturbed, 19,000-square-mile chunk of rivers, lagoons, and bush. It's also one of the rare African parks to permit walking safaris. Kiba visitors can hike from four stone-and-thatch cottages through dried-up riverbeds to stalk elephants, crocs, and any of the reserve's other 400 native species without the distractions (and assurances) of four-wheel drive. When the safari is over, cool off in a private plunge pool with a sundowner drink in hand. And because Kiba only books exclusively (a group of ten rents it out at once), there's no chance of encountering pith-helmeted impostors. $5,000 per night, all-inclusive, for ten people;

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