Safari travel runs in Beal's blood. His mother founded Travel Beyond — the company he now owns — and he has been visiting southern Africa for over 40 years. His encyclopedic knowledge and attention to detail makes him stand out: not only has he visited every microclimate and ecosystem in Botswana — he’s done so in every season, and has visited nearly every safari lodge in the country. He'll advise you on the ideal time of year to visit based on the wildlife you want to see and suggest the best camps in the region, and can also curate shorter itineraries (he’s seeing demand for Africa holidays of 5-7 days) that delve into cities like Cape Town or Nairobi. On the heels of a recent Tanzania trip, where he had time to explore Ruaha and Selous National Parks, he is headed to Uganda later this year. Trends he’s seeing include a revitalized interest in Kenya—thanks to the new non-stop flight from New York City — and demand for more adventurous activities, like walking safaris and fly-camping in remote corners of popular parks, to complement the traditional luxury lodge experience.