For the ultimate wildlife experience, it’s hard to beat a southern Africa safari. This region has some of Africa’s top wildlife hotspots, with a wealth of luxurious places to stay. A southern Africa safari that includes multiple countries is certainly an option. In fact, just a short charter flight can see you change your surroundings completely!
Southern Africa offers an incredible range of experiences, almost all of which can be combined to create your own customized itinerary.
South Africa’s coastline serves up activities as varied as surfing, whale watching and shark cage diving. Inland, the country boasts incredible private game reserves – whichever you choose, you’ll stay in secluded designer lodges that let you max out on views and luxurious amenities. Foodies will love South Africa: choose from tiny restaurants in quaint fishing villages or chef’s tables at world-class restaurants. And in the Cape Winelands, sip local wines as the sun sets over the mountainous backdrop.
Then there’s Botswana – arguably the finest safari destination in the region. The Okavango Delta is a bucket list fixture, and it’s not hard to see why. Gliding along crystal-clear channels in a traditional mokoro is perhaps the quintessential southern Africa safari experience.
Namibia’s dunes, with their saturated colors and sinuous shapes, are endlessly Instaworthy. These otherworldly landscapes are the closest you can get to landing on the moon without leaving earth. And though you may be far from home, your home comforts will always be close at hand.
If you’ve never showered outdoors by starlight or enjoyed a picnic on a sandbar out at sea, you haven’t lived! Check into a bleached wood eco-lodge on a desert island in Mozambique, then check out the local reefs or snorkel with whale sharks. Or give into the romance of it all and stroll down the beach at sunset, holding nothing more than your partner’s hand and a cocktail.
Relaxation is very often the order of the day – lying back on the warm, smooth boulders of Mumbo Island in Lake Malawi is a wonderful way to watch the hours and the world slip by.
Zambia pioneered guided walking safaris, and it’s still one of the best places to explore the bush on foot, rather than by vehicle. The contrast is remarkable: by slowing things down to walking pace, you’re able to really appreciate the details that make the African wilderness so special.
If you venture further into the wilds of Zimbabwe, you’ll get to channel your inner explorer and be pampered at indulgently designed safari camps – this is glamping as you’ve never experienced it. Victoria Falls – on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia – offers the potential for adrenaline-charged activities for the daredevil in you.