Going on a safari is the top item on many a person’s travel bucket list. Safaris offer a rare chance to see endangered animals you’d never be able to see otherwise (in the wild, at least). But it’s also because the once-in-a-lifetime adventure typically takes up loads of both time and money – it’s not something you can do every year. But if you can afford the flights (and somehow stave off jet lag) you can do a safari in a long weekend.
Don’t believe it? Whether you’re crossing a savanna or trekking through the Amazon, you can board a plane Thursday, safari all weekend, and often be back in your own bed by Monday night. Here are eight weekend safaris around the world you can do in only a few days.