The self-described safari addict visits Africa twice a year, and continuously nurtures his passion for private, community-based conservancies, which he believes are vital tools for preserving traditional lands and saving wildlife. Altvater is a champion of smaller-scale tented camps—most lodges he books have fewer than eight tents—that focus on wildlife preservation. His accommodation inspections are thorough: his checklist includes bed comfort, water temperature, and camp kitchen cleanliness.
Discovery: Cape Canopy Tour, which has opened up a previously inaccessible section of the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site outside of Cape Town. Travelers zipline over waterfalls and deep crater valleys between platforms up in the trees.
Specialty: East and Southern Africa