Wildlife excursions in Africa are going deeper, highlighting less-visited regions and ecosystems while also leading the charge for conservation in innovative ways. Here are three unconventional safaris in Sierra Leone, Rwanda, and South Africa that reveal as well as protect the extraordinary animals that travelers long to see.

Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Sierra Leone
Why go: This pioneering chimpanzee center helps advance the legacy of Jane Goodall.

Magashi Camp, Rwanda
Why go: Learn to track lions in an off-the-beaten-path ecosystem.

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat, South Africa
Why go: Walk on the wild side to see zebras in a biodiversity hotspot.

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