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The Best of Intelligent Travel

We publish new articles and stories all the time on Intelligent Travel, but there are a few that really got your attention last year. In case you missed them, here are the 15 most popular posts of 2015.

Budget Botswana: Four Great Adventures

Botswana is renowned for delivering stand-out safari experiences and some of the most spectacular—and extravagant—ecolodges on Earth. Less well-known is the affordable side of exploring this iconic Southern African republic. Here are four unique adventures in Botswana that will have you coming back for more, without blowing your budget for the year.

I Heart My City: Tshipidi’s Gaborone, Botswana

Tshipidi Ramaribana has lived in Gaborone, Botswana’s capital, all her life. Though she feels blessed for having been raised in such a lovely place, she also counts herself lucky to have been raised by parents who value travel. But no matter how many countries she visits, nothing excites her more than returning home. Here are a few of Tshipidi favorite things about her city.

How to Save Africa’s Lions

Living and working side by side, National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert have been exploring the wilds of Africa for more than 30 years. I had a chance to talk with the award-winning filmmakers about the ongoing threats to Africa’s big cats—and the pioneering conservation tactics that are giving these veteran wildlife warriors hope for the future. Here’s what they had to say.

Witness Africa’s ‘Other’ Epic Migration

Witness a spectacle unlike any other when millions of bats fill the autumn skies in Africa’s largest mammal migration.

Transformed by Travel: Nine Stories

I asked nine lifelong travelers to share the most life-changing trips they’ve ever taken. Here’s what they had to say.

Travel Inspiration: Great New Reads

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From Africa to the Oregon Trail, these four new #TripLit titles take you there.

A Local’s Guide to Durban

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Surf’s up in South Africa’s city of coastal cool—springboard to mountain heights and safari sights in Durban. Here’s an inside look at what to do, eat, and buy in South Africa’s third largest city.

Why You Should Plan an African Safari…Now

Despite the fact that the Serengeti is farther from the Ebola zone in West Africa than New York is from Fairbanks, Alaska, the fallout of the Ebola outbreak continues to wreak havoc—not just for people but also wildlife; not just in West Africa but also across the continent. Travelers have canceled their safari plans in droves, dealing a blow to the ecotourism economy. Guess who’s filling the void? Poachers.

Insider’s Guide to Durban

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Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama sighted Durban’s harbor in 1497. It’s now home to Africa’s busiest cargo port and 3.5 million residents who can trace their roots around the world. Here’s an inside look at how to make the most of your time in South Africa’s third largest city.

World Calendar: Must-Attend May Events

There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in May.

I Heart My City: Helen’s Livingstone

Helen Davies may hail from the United Kingdom, but after an extended solo journey around Africa in her 20s, she fell in love with the continent. In fact, Zambia impressed her so much she ended up moving there to become an expedition leader and tour guide. Nowadays, she divides her time between Africa and the U.K. and documents her travels on her blog to help others uncover the best the world has to offer. Here are a few things about Livingstone, the city Helen calls her “second home.”