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Namibia: Beyond the Skeleton Coast 
One of the world's most forbidding stretches of coastline, Namibia's Skeleton Coast has been the final resting place of hundreds if not thousands of ships, many of whose crumbling hulls still rust on the beach. 
But that reputation has hidden the country's real story from view -- Namibia is now a showpiece for environmental stewardship and sustainable tourism in Africa, with a full 40% of the country's land under protection and local bushmen tribes hired to serve as guides and help protect the wildlife. 
Although the northeastern Namibia scenery and bushmen experiences are unique, the true highlight of this trip is the animals. 
Namibia is the only African nation with a wildlife population that's increasing, including desert rhinos, elephants, gazelles, lions and the largest free-roaming cheetah population in the world. 
Namibia: Khaudum, Bushmanland, and the Caprivi by Wilderness Travel; 1-800-368-2794; June 18-27; from $6,195 per person
Namibia: Beyond the Skeleton Coast 
One of the world's most forbidding stretches of coastline, Namibia's Skeleton Coast has been the final resting place of hundreds if not thousands of ships, many of whose crumbling hulls still rust on the beach. 
But that reputation has hidden the country's real story from view -- Namibia is now a showpiece for environmental stewardship and sustainable tourism in Africa, with a full 40% of the country's land under protection and local bushmen tribes hired to serve as guides and help protect the wildlife. 
Although the northeastern Namibia scenery and bushmen experiences are unique, the true highlight of this trip is the animals. 
Namibia is the only African nation with a wildlife population that's increasing, including desert rhinos, elephants, gazelles, lions and the largest free-roaming cheetah population in the world. 
Namibia: Khaudum, Bushmanland, and the Caprivi by Wilderness Travel; 1-800-368-2794; June 18-27; from $6,195 per person

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