Conserving herds unknown to science – Working with a team of vets, researchers and leading conservationists, you’ll track everything from elephant and mountain zebra to leopard and lion, with the objective of darting and collaring these vulnerable species. After sedation, you’ll take measurements, cool the animal and even fit the collar yourself.
The Source Lakes – These vitally important bodies of water have only just been recognised as the lifeblood to Angola, Namibia and Botswana. Indeed, you’ll be able to travel with the very scientists that discovered 20 new species of frog, grasshopper and fish in their waters, tracing their distributaries from Botswana’s Okavango Delta by helicopter, pausing only to snorkel and swim in waterfalls.
Assist an antimine squad – Lend a hand to members of the HALO trust – the charity tasked with removing the detritus of Angola’s brutal civil war.
Unique safari – Travelling by 4×4 and riverboat, spot everything from elephant and leopard to hippos and Nile crocodiles – sights in Angola seen only by a handful. It’s all that bit more special with sundowners and bush dinners.
Tank graveyards – Conduct an aerial survey of what’s left of the largest tank battle since WWII, descending to reflect over lunch with a historian among the debris.
Search for the last giant sable – Only around 230 of these magnificent antelopes are left in the world, all in Angola. And, travelling with the world’s pre-eminent authority on them, Dr. Pedro vaz Pinto, you’ll have exclusive permits to track and collar them. Though, with their height and horns measuring 1.5m, a sighting alone is life-affirming.