As of today, Baobab Expeditions (see our rating of the company) is offering an 11-day private gorilla and rhino safari in Rwanda and Kenya, led by the most impressive of experts: Dr. Clare Richardson, president of the venerable Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International. An authority on gorilla research, she'll take you mountain gorilla tracking and score you rare access to Karisoke Research Center, the only gorilla research center in the world.
Then it's on to Kenya, where 30-year safari guide veteran Lynne Leakey will take you to two different nature conservancies in search of endangered black and white rhinos.
"What breaks or makes a good safari is the guides," says Baobab founder Richard Pfaffli. "On this adventure, you'll have an inside track to wildlife conservation."
The ultra-luxury trip is limited to 12 people per expedition, and only three groups are going out in 2010 (February 3 -13, June 6 -18, and November 3 -15). The all-inclusive safari costs $10,568 per person, but Baobab expects to fill the slots fast. The trip itinerary is available here. Call for reservations: 516-622-2279.—Greer Schott
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