Did you know that you can walk a cheetah on the beach of South Africa at the Cheetah Outreach education and conservation center? Or that you can hold hands with a chimp at the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Uganda? And these are only two of the great up close encounters you can have with animals as rounded up by The Daily Beast.
Unfortunately, the list does leave out my personal favorite experience -eating breakfast with a giraffe in your hotel room at the Giraffe Manor in Nairobi. It can't get much better than that.