Southern Africa

South Africa – a land for all seasons. A country of magnificent vistas and awe-inspiring beauty. A place that feeds the soul and fills the heart with an intoxicating sense of wonder. Come on a journey that will touch your senses in so many ways that you’ll leave forever changed.

Experience the incredible diversity of the land – from the natural splendour of Cape Town to the sultry Durban coastline, a Big Five safari next to the Kruger National Park or the glitter and glamour of the fun-filled Sun City Resort. Come see it all, because South Africa really does have it all!

Vibrant in nature, you could be exploring the origins of ancient man one moment, cage-diving with Great White Sharks the next and soon after be tasting a traditional beer in a lively township shebeen (local tavern). Here, variety is the name of the game.

For explorers and adventurers who want to experience life to its full, there is no place like South Africa. Here, just beneath the surface, it is easy to find the real thing, to discover new meaning, to see more, to live more and to come away a richer, more diverse human being.

Zambia, in southern Africa, is a landlocked country of rugged terrain and diverse wildlife, with many parks and safari areas. On its border with Zimbabwe is famed Victoria Falls – indigenously called Mosi-oa-Tunya, or “Smoke That Thunders” – plunging a misty 108 metres into the narrow Batoka Gorge. Spanning the Zambezi River just below the falls is Victoria Falls Bridge, a spectacular viewpoint.

Just at the falls’ edge is Devil’s Pool, where in the dry season it is possible to swim without going over the brink, and in the gorge below there is whitewater rafting and zip-lining. The area is part of Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, home to giraffes, zebras, impalas and birdlife.

Zambia’s other national parks include massive Kafue, whose woodlands, plains and wetlands sustain lions, elephants and hippos; South Luangwa, where leopards, giraffes, buffalo and other animals are viewable by walking safari; and Lochinvar, sheltering large herds of lechwe antelope. The busy capital, Lusaka, is in the south.

Botswana, a landlocked country in Southern Africa, has a landscape defined by the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta, which becomes a lush animal habitat during the seasonal floods. The massive Central Kalahari Game Reserve, with its fossilized river valleys and undulating grasslands, is home to numerous animals including giraffes, cheetahs, hyenas and wild dogs.

Luxury safari camps are common in Botswana. In the Okavango’s Moremi Game Reserve, dugout canoes are used to navigate past birdlife, hippos and crocodiles, while on dry land, wildlife includes lions, leopards and black and white rhinos. Chobe National Park is known for its herds of elephant and Cape buffalo, which converge on the river in the dry winter months.

Red sand dunes and spiky camelthorn trees typify Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. The Makgadikgadi Pan salt flats attract antelopes and flamingos in rainy years. In the Tsodilo Hills, rock paintings are evidence of human habitation going back thousands of years.

Namibia, a country in southwest Africa, is distinguished by the Namib Desert along its Atlantic Ocean coast. The country is home to diverse wildlife, including a significant cheetah population. The capital, Windhoek, and coastal town Swakopmund contain German colonial-era buildings such as Windhoek’s Christuskirche, built in 1907. In the north, Etosha National Park’s salt pan draws game including rhinos and giraffes.

Orange dunes loom above 500-year-old camelthorn trees in Sossusvlei, while arid conditions on the Skeleton Coast have preserved the many ships wrecked on its shores. Walvis Bay is a beach town best known for its fishing and adventure sports such as shark-angling and kiteboarding. Rugged Fish River Canyon offers more adventures, which includes a hiking trail that requires a doctor’s clearance. Prehistoric rock engravings at Twyfelfontein depict an array of wildlife still found in the area. With remote attractions and a sparse population, travel in Namibia is often done by plane or off-road vehicle.

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