Sabi Sabi has serious safari style. This private game reserve is loosely themed around 'yesterday' (Selati Camp has colonial charm), 'today' (Bush Lodge and Little Bush Camp embody contemporary Africa) and 'tomorrow' (the uniqueness of the eco-luxe Earth Lodge has been lauded by National Geographic).

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You'll see game here on two exhilarating drives a day, and the rangers and trackers have the experience to get you great sightings (Marcus and Loui are the dream team to grab).

Hold your breath as you sit metres away from giraffe, rhinos and lions. Service is impeccable, the food absolutely exquisite and staff like to mix things up, including switching dinner venues from the traditional open-air boma to a 6,000-bottle wine cellar.

WOW FACTOR: You can get really up close and personal with the animals here. When Brides visited, a friendly elephant appeared in front of the glass-fronted gym.

GO: Jacada Travel (www.jacadatravel.com) offers three nights from £3,100 per person, full board. Includes flights and transfers with Federal Air (www.fedair.com).

FLIGHT TIME: 11 hours

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