Where to next? ????

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Every year, without fail, players flock to the beach for their off-season vacations. And a recent trend has seen a few brave souls venture out to experience safaris in Africa.

Enter Maria Sharapova and her boyfriend Alexander Gilkes.

The duo explored Botswana, getting up close to a pride of lions.

The Russian took her many viewers on a tour of her lodge.

But most of her time was spent wandering the range observing the incredible wildlife.

The former world No. 1 has really expanded her passport stamp collection over these past few years, taking trips to new places regularly.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The sunrise and sunsets of #LittleMombo Botswana ???????? ☀️

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She then headed to Rwanda, and came across some stunning gorillas.

She also got to meet Rwanda's president, Paul Kagame. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thank you President @paulkagame and @akagame for sharing your beautiful country with us. For those not familiar with this great leader, President Kagame led the resistance to end the atrocious Rwandan genocide after 100 days of unprecedented brutality 25 years ago. Today he presides over a country that is setting the new pace for Africa. His cabinet is 50/50 male/female, he has banned plastic bags, every last Saturday of the month every Rwandan engages in a National Cleanup day, two days a month cars and motorbikes are banned and everyone has to walk to work, he has protected the national parks and animals, lifted tourism, lured multinationals and international universities to Kigali, but most of all he has united a formerly divided country and removed labels to create a new Rwandan identity. It is clear to see why he is considered the future of Africa #????????#africasfuture

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Sharapova's 2019 season may not have gone as she'd hoped, but she's certainly living her very best life during the off-season. She's currently ranked No. 132.