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Top 8 U.S. safari destinations

By: Josh Lew on Oct. 11, 2012, 7:58 p.m.
feral horses at ruins

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Cumberland Island National Seashore

The Cumberland National Seashore is located on the southernmost of Georgia's barrier islands. The fact that this nature-dominated area can be reached only by ferry helps to keep it pristine and uncrowded. Cumberland is a birder's paradise, with over 300 species of migrating and endemic birds calling the island home. But the avian residents are only part of this Georgia paradise's story. The beaches draw sea turtles during nesting season, and wild horses, deer, and even armadillos can be seen around the island. Meanwhile, manatees float in the shallow coastal waters. This is a great place for a Southern safari, and historic ruins, scattered around the island, can give an adventure here another exciting dimension. Campgrounds and inns are located on Cumberland, so wildlife-seekers can choose the right level of comfort for their safari experience.