Opportunities for close animal encounters in Africa are certainly not confined to the game reserve and national park safari packages. Far from it, in fact. For starters, Africa is blessed with glorious beaches boasting some of the best diving and snorkelling in the world, so close encounters with all manner of rare and exotic marine life await. Then you have the myriad lakes and delta regions where close encounters with awe-inspiring predators such as crocodiles and the continent’s most dangerous animal, the hippo, are virtually guaranteed. And if that wasn’t enough, you have the rainforests of central Africa, where close encounters with the infamous Mountain Gorillas make for a truly unforgettable experience. So, here is a taste of what is on offer for those animal lovers out there who want some truly close animal encounters on this vast continent.