Raised in Namibia, Liebenberg has decades of experience planning trips through the country’s enchanting landscapes. Elsewhere, he’s a pro at family-friendly safaris, including walking safaris, that emphasize conservation and wildlife education. Luckily for travelers, the choices continue to multiply, Liebenberg says. "There are a lot of new properties opening up across East Africa, especially in Rwanda, Tanzania, and Kenya," he says. "Probably the most impressive new property I've visited recently was Mara Nyika in the Naboisho Conservancy of Kenya," he says. Other favorites include camps and lodges operated by Asilia Africa and Natural Selection, among others, he adds. As safari tourism grows in popularity, it's also staying close to its conservation-minded roots, an encouraging sign, Liebenberg says. "Every year sees travelers raise their awareness for travel that 'does no harm,' and this is a rewarding trend to see. My hope is that this becomes the new normal for experiential travel."
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