The Trip-Finder, January 1998

Tracking Rhinos in Hwange National Park

Outfitter Departures Price Accommodations
800-776-0188, 617-926-8200
8 $1,995-$2,395 camping

The Route: Play Ph.D. candidate for nine days as you camp in the bush and help biologists track, count, and study the endangered black rhinoceros, a 3,000-pound beast that is notoriously bad-tempered and aggressive.

When to go: May, July, November, December

Difficulty: Moderate

Travel advisory: Bring a pair of powerful binoculars. Your camp perches at the edge of a mesa overlooking a vast plain that teems with wildebeests, antelope, lions, giraffes, and cape buffalo.

High/low points:

  • Having your clothes washed and ironed every day by camp staff.
  • Discovering that the ironing is necessary to kill maggots that live in clothes and would otherwise bore through your skin, eventually emerging as large worms.

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