Safari lovers flock to AndBeyond’s six lodges in South Africa’s Phinda Private Game Reserve for the rich wildlife – not to mention the lush vegetation and seven distinct ecosystems. Conservation is core to the luxury travel firm, and the reserve’s seven elephant herds have been collared as part of its immune-contraceptive programme to manage the population. Four collars now need to be replaced – a swap that occurs only every four years.
And so for a limited time, guests can help locate and dart the elephants by helicopter, then get up close and personal to replace the devices. “Laying your hands on a sleeping elephant is truly humbling,” says AndBeyond CEO Joss Kent. “It’s one of those inspiring moments that really motivates travellers to become involved in the issues facing Africa’s endangered species.” Conservation, literally, at one’s fingertips. Collaring safari from £333 per person, plus a minimum three-night stay. www.andbeyond.com.