Countries We Travel
Botswana safaris are an excellent choice, even for the most seasoned African Safari Traveler. Bordered by Zambia, South Africa and Namibia, Botswana’s landscape is a study in contrasts. It sits on the Kalahari Desert, yet is also home to the Okavango Delta, which is the world’s largest inland delta and a palm-filled water paradise for its wildlife. Botswana is one of Africa’s success stories, as prior to independence in 1966, it was one of the world’s poorest countries, yet today its tourism industry is a model for success and is its second largest export after diamonds. Botswana’s tourism policy is simple: high revenue, low volume market. They do not wish to overexploit their wildlife and wilderness resources with mass tourism.
Within the Kalahari Desert, which is the world’s largest continuous stretch of sand, lies the magnificent Okavango Delta, an area that is home to a myriad of animal and bird species. The Delta is an amazing expanse of waterways, floodplains, forested islands and lagoons that cover about 18,000 km2. Apart from the beauty of this amazing wetland habitat, game viewing is excellent throughout the year.
The number of guests are limited within the reserves and you can expect the highest quality and exclusive safari experiences in Africa, with massive tracts of pristine wilderness and a feeling of privacy almost impossible to find anywhere else in Africa today. One can go out all day on a game drive or mokoro in most areas and not see another soul besides the animals in the bush and on the savannah.
Chobe National Park is one of the world’s last remaining true wilderness areas and one of Africa’s greatest game parks. Chobe is home to huge herds of elephant, buffalo and zebra with high densities of predators including lion, leopard, spotted hyena, wild dog and cheetah. The park is also notable for the presence of unusual antelope species like Roan, Sable, Puku, Tsessebe, Eland, Red Lechwe and Chobe Bushbuck. Other more common species such as giraffe, kudu, impala, wildebeest and warthog also abound.
Namibia is a country of astonishing contrasts aptly named after the Namib – the oldest desert on the planet, and a sea of red sand along the Atlantic coastline. Namibia is celebrated for its vast open landscapes, infinite supply of blue skies, sun-drenched weather and star-filled nights.
The Namib-Rand Nature Reserve and its huge red dunes and flat valley floors make up the archetypical view of the Namib that is world famous. These dunes –the most well-known being Big Daddy or Dune 45 – have developed over millions of years, the wind continuously remodeling the contours of this red sand sea. The “vlei” itself only fills after rare heavy rainfall when, in a complete turn-around, it becomes a spectacular turquoise lake. Desert- adapted wildlife such as ostrich, springbok and gemsbok eke out an existence and are sparsely distributed here. Larger predators include spotted hyena and occasionally brown hyena, an almost mystical shaggy-coated scavenger.
The Skeleton Coast is one of the most inhospitable places on Earth, yet also one of the most beautiful. The sheer beauty of this desolate wilderness is reason enough to visit, but the area also sustains an amazing amount of desert-adapted wildlife. The coastline is home to seal colonies, black backed jackals and the reclusive brown hyena, while inland water seepages and ephemeral rivers sustain gemsbok, springbok, giraffe, elephants, zebra, ostriches and even lions. The nomadic Himba people live here and a visit to a settlement offers a true cultural experience.
Etosha National Park was first proclaimed in 1907 and originally stretched all the way to the Skeleton Coast. The park is named after the massive pan, formerly an ancient lake, that covers 5,000km2 . Today the pan seldom contains much, if any, water, but pump-fed waterholes along its edges are very productive for wildlife viewing, with a high density of large mammals, including elephants, lion, springbok, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe and Gemsbok.
South Africa is a beautiful and diverse country with exotic culture, beautiful scenery and superb wildlife viewing. South Africa has become the worlds’ top travel destination, combining elements of old-world Africa with modern day comforts.
Cape Town offers incredible scenic pleasures, fascinating history, endless coastline with pristine beaches, hiking, sailing, cycling, boating and loads of other outdoor activities. Not to mention world-class wine lands, superb nightlife and fine food and wine. For visitors to South Africa, a stopover in Cape Town for at least a few days is highly recommended. The hotels are some of the finest in the world and there is nowhere else on the continent that is at all similar to South Africa’s south western Cape.
Kruger National Park is located just a few hour’s drive from Johannesburg and offers the finest wildlife viewing in all of Africa. Here one can view the “Big 5”, as well as numerous antelope, reptile over 365 bird species. The Park also offers a wide diversity of topography and at Letaba Camp, one can visit the Elephant Museum.
Tanzania is Africa’s visual masterpiece. It is a country of magnificent natural splendor, astounding wildlife, seductive beaches, charming ancient towns, ancient archaeological sites and geological wonders. African’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, rises from lush, grassy plains and towers over the land. It’s snow-capped peak is a sight to behold. Visitors can witness the mighty herds of the Great Migration thundering across the Serengeti plains and end their unforgettable safari with a serene each holiday on Zanzibar, the intoxicatingly beautiful and exotic Spice Island.
Serengeti National Park reaches up to the Kenyan border in the north andis arguably one of the finest parks in Africa. Famous for it’s vast open grasslands and excellent wildlife sightings, the Serengeti region is also home to two World Heritage Sites and two Biosphere Reserves. The Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest on earth with its climatic, vegetation and fauna barely changing over the past million years. A Serengeti safari, especially at the height of Great Migration, is a never-to-be-forgotten life changing experience.
The Ngorongoro Crater, once a gigantic volcano, is the largest intact caldera in the world. Today, long since having collapsed and eroded, it is an extensive highland area with the famous 600-meter-dee[ Ngorongoro Crater as its focal point. The 300 million year old caldera shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth. Black rhino are protected within its rim, giant tusked elephant wander the forests, black-maned lion stalk the grasslands and flamingoes crows the soda lakes. An estimated 25,000 large mammals are resident in this bowl of plenty, including a population of approximately 6,000 resident wildebeest, 20 or so highly endangered black rhino and approximately 70 lion. Cheetah move in and out of the crater while leopard are most often encountered in the spectacular Lerai Forest.
Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania . The national park is located in Manyara Region and the name of the park originates from the Tarangire river that crosses through the park, being the only source of water for wild animals during dry seasons. During the dry season thousands of animals migrate to the Tarangire National Park from Manyara National Park.
It lies a little distance to the south east of Lake Manyara and covers an area of approximately 2,850 square kilometres (1,100 square miles.) The landscape and vegetation is incredibly diverse with a mix that is not found anywhere else in the northern safari circuit. The hilly landscape is dotted with vast numbers of Baobab trees, dense bush and high grasses.
The park is famous for its huge number of elephants, baobab trees and tree climbing lions. Visitors to the park can expect to see any number of resident zebra and wildebeest in addition to the less common animals. Other common animals include waterbuck, giraffe, and olive baboons.
Home to more than 550 species, the park is a haven for bird enthusiasts who can expect to see dozens of species even in the dry season. The swamps are the focus of the largest selection of breeding birds anywhere in the world. Yellow-collared Lovebirds are a common bird sighting in the trees along the Tarangire River.
The park is also famous for the termite mounds that dot the landscape. Those that have been abandoned are often seen to be home to dwarf mongoose.
Two major rivers form the northern and southern boundaries of Zimbabwe, the great Zambezi River cuts along its northern frontier, while the languid Limpopo forms the southern border with South Africa. Between these two rivers, the country has a variety of habitats, from the granite hills of the Matopos to the majestic mountains, lush forests and beautiful rivers of the Eastern Highlands.
Zimbabwe is also home to the one of the world’s natural wonders, the renowned Victoria Falls. Here travellers can enjoy adrenalin adventures such as white-water rafting, elephant back safari, canoe trips, sundowner cruises, helicopter rides and more. Game viewing trips into the nearby Chobe and Hwange National Parks can also be arranged for guests staying at Vic Falls.