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Not every safari experience has to take place in the heart of Africa. There are dozens of countries around the world—on multiple continents—that offer unique, beautiful and unexpected safari experiences.

Make tracks to these lesser known wildlife havens and get to know our planet’s stunning biodiversity.

1. Go beyond the ruins in Peru

Tambopata National Reserve, Peru

Flickr: ser_is_snarkish

Think beyond the famous Inca sites to the Peruvian Amazon, one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet and a great place to immerse yourself in pristine nature.

Take a leisurely boat safari to see the jungle from a fresh perspective, coming up close to a huge array of plant and bird life, not to mention the mammals, insects and reptiles.

The Tambopata Reserve and the Bahuaja-Sonene National Park are great places to spot wildlife with tapirs, caimans and jaguars among the highlights.

The bird life is a big draw too, with over 500 species recorded in the area. Near the Manu wildlife centre there is a clay lick, rich in minerals, where brightly coloured parrots and macaws gather.

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