Southern Africa


Southern Africa is a term mainly used in the tourism industry and it regroups all the tourist destinations bordering South Africa or which are easily accessible via Southern Africa.

 

Botswana - from the crystal-clear waters of the Okavango Delta to the large elephant herds in the Chobe National Park and the unpredictable Savute Channel, which runs dry and floods seemingly at random. Blessed with some of Africa's most beautiful reserves and an array of exceptional wildlife, Botswana is an unforgettable safari destination.

 

Zambia is the undiscovered treasure trove of Africa. It shelters extraordinary natural beauty and is one of the most pristine and unspoiled wildlife havens on the continent. It is easy to see why Zambia boasts one of the largest areas of land under protection as a national park in Africa.

 

The thundering splendor of the Victoria Falls draws most visitors to this gentle and peaceful country. Less frequented than Zimbabwe, many travelers prefer to see the falls from the Zambian side and some claim the views are even more spectacular.

Namibia is the soul of Africa, characterized by vast open spaces, breathtaking scenery and great contrasts - ocean, dunes, mountains and deserts. This vast desert country of rolling dunes and swirling mists stirs the spirit and moves the heart.

 

Namibia is so large and sparsely populated that it is possible to discover enormous open spaces without roads, towns, trees or even stones, just the lonely desert wind passing through one of the most enchanting corners of the earth.

The pearl of the Indian Ocean, Mozambique boasts 2 500 km (1 550 miles) of pristine beachfront on the mainland, with a string of beautiful and idyllic tropical islands, glittering like jewels in the warm, azure waters of the Indian Ocean.

 

Some of these destinations can easily be traveled alone for others a guide is necessary and recommended but generally the countries are safe to travel, especially when staying on the main paths. The roads however might be tricky to drive in some parts. Most destinations can be fairly easily be reached with direct flights from Johannesburg.




Southern Africa Itineraries

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Southern Africa Accommodation

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Accommodation Samples

Moremi Crossing (botswana)


Located near the most southern part of Chief's Island, Moremi Crossing is situated on a small palm fringed and treed island called Ntswi which is surrounded by the Moremi's game-rich seasonal floodplains. Moremi Crossing is a short scenic 20 minute flight from Maun. As you fly over the Delta you can see the intricate twisting and turning of the waterways and the ever-changing colours where dry land meets Delta.  In contrast to the northern Okavango Delta where the waters are fast-flowing and the channels and view is enclosed by high reeds and papyrus, the channels around Moremi Crossingand its sister camp Gunn’s Camp offer far reaching vistas of the Moremi’s floodplain, grasslandsand marginal woodlands interspersed with Mokolwane palm islands. See more

 

Erindi Game Reserve (Namibia)


In a previous life (in the 1970’s and 80’s) Erindi was an over-stocked and over-grazed cattle farm causing severe damage to the natural vegetation. It was later converted to a hunting venture after the erection of an electrified game fence. Owners Gert Joubert and his nephew Paul, phased out cattle farming entirely and re-introduced in fairly large numbers, numerous species that once occurred naturally in the area. When hunting in Erindi was finally halted in 2007, the reserve was transformed into a nature conservation venture. The first challenge they faced as an eco-tourist venture operation was gaining the trust of the previously threatened animals – and convincing them to allow people into their secret and mysterious world. See more

The David Livingstone (Zambia)


The David Livingstone Safari Lodge boasts all river-facing accommodation so each guest can enjoy the view that once captivated David Livingstone, the intrepid explorer and missionary who was the first European to set eyes on the Falls. Centrally located, The David Livingstone Safari Lodge is within easy range of all the major activities with which Victoria Falls has become synonymous. Accommodation at The David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa consists of 77 rooms, all en-suite, of which 5 are suites, 3 rooms inter-lead and are ideal for families and 2 rooms accommodate the disabled comfortably. Most rooms look out over the Mighty Zambezi and a leisurely sundowner can be enjoyed from your private balcony. See more

 

 

Benguerra Island (Mozambique)


An idyllic luxury island getaway, Benguerra Island lies sheltered within a canopy of indigenous casuarina pine forest, which opens up to panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. Looking out onto the calm waters of a secluded bay, the lodge boasts soft, shimmering beach sands, as well as a deep channel that cuts straight out to sea, allowing for swimming right off the beach even at low tide and permitting direct boat access.Magnificent marine marvels wait in the ocean waters, from mystical dugong to bejewelled tropical fish and mighty marlin and kingfish that delight an angler’s heart. See more

 

 


Travel Itinerary Samples

Cape Town to Okavango


Drive from the vibrant Mother City to Africa's largest canyon and from there through arid deserts to the world famous Etosha National Park before turning eastwards into the Caprivi Strip to finally end your tour in the lush green Okavango Delta. A 21 day expedition into some of Africa's most iconic and stunning places, partly a bit off the beaten track to make sure you can enjoy unspoiled wilderness and stunning wildlife at the same time. This self-drive tour is for all those who look for a true African adventure through South Africa, Namibia and ending in Botswana. See full itinerary

Discover The Wild


This fully-guided Safari starts and ends in Johannesburg. You will make your way through some of Africa's best game viewing areas and experience a mixture of sleeping in tents in midst untamed African nature and staying in beautiful lodges.Throughout the trip a qualified guide will be with you to share his knowledge and to make sure you enjoy this very exciting trip. From Johannesburg you turn northwards straight to the border of Botswana into the Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls and the stunning Makgadikgadi Saltpans are included in this safari as well, a true experience for all wildlife enthusiasts. See full itinerary

 

Zambezi Fly-In


This Fly-In Package will take you to Zimbabwe and show you the beauties of the mighty Zambezi River but also the mighty Victoria Falls from the Zimbabwean side. Wit a mixture of lodged accommodation before enjoying a relaxed canoe adventure on the Zambezi while sleeping in tents this package is for the more adventurous. Your last destination is the multiple award-winning Elephant Camp close to the legendary "Smoke that thunders" or simply the Victoria Falls, a truly iconic place of Africa and no matter how many times you have been there, it still is amazing! See full itinerary

Botswana & Caprivi Experience


This self-drive tour starts and ends in Johannesburg. It will take you through Botswana, into the legendary Caprivi Strip and will certainly be a holiday to remember. You will stay on main roads so you will not explicitly need 4x4 driving skills as for the Okavango Delta part of the trip you will be flown in and out from Maun which saves you the long drives on bad roads and the dangerous river crossings for inexperienced drivers. This is once again a true treat for animal lovers and photo enthusiasts as all destinations include fantastic game viewing. Since you are virtually passing by the Victoria Falls you can also enjoy a guided tour when in the Chobe National Park.  See full Itinerary


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