Standing more than three feet tall, the prehistoric-looking shoebill is unlike any other bird you’ll ever see. Take a dugout canoe through the Mabamba swamp where the success rate for good sightings is above 80 per cent. They aren’t a particularly nervous species, so once your guide finds one you should be able to observe them for some time (expertafrica.com).
Fancy a glass of sherry in a club car with a library and a big-screen TV, or a soak in a tub in a marble-and-gold bathroom? All that, and more, awaits passengers aboard this storied South African train on its 27-hour, nearly 1,000-mile journey between Cape Town and Pretoria. The trip includes stops at the diamond-mining town of Kimberley and the preserved colonial outpost of Matjiesfontein. Rates range from $1,202 a person for a shared luxury suite in low season, to $2,420 for a private deluxe suite in high season, from Sept. 1 to Nov. 15.