The American Safari

Before the European colonization of North America, the region had a wildlife migration that rivaled the Serengeti in Africa. Millions of bison, antelopes, elk and deer roamed the plains, hunted by packs of wolves or lone jaguars. While the fencing off of the American West diminished the spectacle, there are still places you can get a glimpse of its former glory.

If you’re looking for a top-notch wildlife experience without the long international flight, consider some of these properties for your next American safari.

1. The Resort at Paws Up, Montana

River Camp tent exterior - The Resort at Paws Up

Set on a 37,000-acre working ranch in Montana, The Resort at Paws Up is well-known for its luxury safari tents. Traditional plains species are more limited, but you can participate in a cattle drive to get a real Western experience.

2. Triple Creek Ranch, Montana

Set in a scenic Montana valley, Triple Creek Ranch has populations of elk, bison, deer, moose and turkeys. Bald eagles call the nearby river home. As an extension to your stay, the ranch offers wildlife safaris from its luxury 4x4s.

3. Cibolo Creek Ranch, Texas

Cibolo Creek is a historic 30,000-acre cattle ranch located near Big Bend National Park, 38 miles south of Marfa. The Texas desert holds a surprising number of megafauna, including bison, elk, desert bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope, mule deer and even longhorn cattle. Wildlife viewing or hunting excursions on horseback or 4x4 can be arranged with the concierge.