Welcome to amazing and breath-taking Southern Africa! Come with us on one of our Southern Africa Safaris or plan your own Southern Africa Safari, our safari experts will be happy to assist you with your trip of a lifetime. Encompassing South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Mozambique, Lesotho and Swaziland, our Great Southern Africa Safaris are an incomparable mix of wildlife, geographic and cultural experiences.
Wildlife, Cape Town, Kruger Park, the Winelands… all these and more evoke the wild and enchanting spirit of South Africa! South Africa offers you magnificent natural beauty in so many different forms, including its wildlife, geography, cuisine, multitude of cultures and, of course, its people. South Africa stretches from the southern tip of the African continent, flanked by the Indian Ocean on the east coast and the Atlantic on the west, and crowned by Cape Town, to modern Johannesburg, to the wonders of Kruger Park at its the northern reaches and all the history and culture it contains.
Botswana is a land of amazing contrasts. Two-thirds desert and Kalahari sand and the Okavango Delta, a baffling mystery which fans out across the north-western region in the Kalahari basin, making a maze of islands, waterways and lagoons teeming with birds and wildlife. In the northeast, the Savuti Channel area, famed for its lions, is truly unique – in the dry season, the game concentration is so vast that one can see 3,000 buffalo at one sitting, a pride of lion 20 strong following the buffalo and wildebeest and zebra in their thousands. Chobe National Park, located in the north of the country, about 80 km from Victoria Falls, where you’ll find an abundance of wildlife concentrated in relatively small areas including great herds of elephant and buffalo for which it is famous.
Zimbabwe is home to many breath-taking places. The magnificent Victoria Falls, named Musi O’Tunya’ or Smoke That Thunders by the locals, are the largest and probably the most beautiful waterfalls in the world! Lake Kariba is a huge inland sea of tranquil and beautiful clear waters surrounded by beautiful mountains and a fascinating variety of wildlife and birdlife. It is also a very popular playground for fishing enthusiasts and holiday on-board houseboats. Hwange National Park, a world renowned conservation area and exceptional attraction, covers over 14,000 square kilometers of bush. The towering walls of Great Zimbabwe are indeed an amazing sight and considered to be among the most extraordinary man-made ruins in Africa! Zimbabwe has been called ‘Africa’s Paradise.
Zambia is a vast plateau. Victoria Falls, at the southern end of the man-made Lake Kariba, are one of the world’s most spectacular plunges: the 2 km (1.2 mi) wide Zambezi River drops over 100 m (330 ft) into a steeply walled gorge; the Zambian side of Victoria Falls provides an entirely separate experience to its better-known Zimbabwean counterpart. In the east and northeast, the magnificent Luangwa and Kafue National Parks have some of the most prolific animal populations in Africa. Lusaka, the capital city, which didn’t exist before the 20th century, is surprisingly rich in galleries featuring local artists. South Luangwa National Park, where the oxbow lagoons act as natural water holes attracting lions, buffalos, zebras and Thornicroft’s giraffes, is home to one of Africa’s largest elephant populations and is particularly noted for its leopards and birdlife, while in the Luangwa River, you’ll spot hippos and crocodiles. Zambia is the true heart of Africa.
Namibia, located in southwest Africa, is best-known by the Namib desert along the Atlantic Ocean coast, indeed, Namibia’s Coastal Desert is one of the oldest deserts in the world, with vast sand dunes, created by the strong onshore winds, considered the highest in the world. Namibia’s shoreline, where the Atlantic’s cold water reaches Africa’s hot climate, is often covered by extremely dense fog which forms along the coast. Despite a seemingly inhospitable environment, Namibia is home to diverse wildlife, including a significant cheetah population. The capital, Windhoek, and the coastal town Swakopmund contain German colonial-era buildings dating to the early 1900’s. In the north, Etosha National Park’s sprawling salt pan draws game including rhinos and giraffes.
Mozambique is about as postcard-perfect a holiday destination as you can get… think crystal blue waters, wide white sand beaches and swaying coconut palms. The Bazaruto Archipelago, a string of small sandy islands including both Benguerra and Bazaruto — habitats for marine animals and havens for visitors seeking unspoiled beauty and some of the best snorkeling, diving and big game fishing in the world. The Quirimbas archipelago, a captivating chain of 27 idyllic islands in northern Mozambique, is now Quirimbas National Park. Providing feeding and nesting grounds for populations of sea turtles, dugong, dolphins, sharks and whales, the Quirimbas have enormous cultural and historical value, with a combination of Arabian, Portuguese, and African influences; the magnificent old fortresses on Ibo Island boast intriguing historical and fascinating sites, with its mangroves, coral and palms and stories of slaves, pirates and ivory. Maputo, the capital, where its Portuguese colonial past adds to the unique Euro-Afro vibe, thumps with a heady Latino beat.
Lesotho and Swaziland, small kingdoms completely encircled by South Africa, offer striking geography and unique cultural experiences to the visitor.
With so much to offer, one wonders where to begin in Southern Africa. Read through our Southern Africa Safaris listed below; choose one or let them be the inspiration for your own safari of a lifetime. Our safari experts will be happy to assist you in planning your Southern Africa Safari.