We are going to give you umpteen reasons why you should visit these 10 countries and then all you have to do is find your dates, contact us and organise your once in a lifetime safari into Africa. Choose an organised package tour or take time to tailor-make your personal adventure in the wilderness to see all manner of wildlife, lakes, savannas, waterways, beaches, mountains and forests.
This east African country boasts some of the best dive sites in the world. And you can relax on beautiful white beaches, fringed with palm trees and far away from the madding crowds and development. Make the most of the unique blend of Portuguese, Arab and African inspirations and enjoy the smiling people and colourful African villages. In Mozambique, you can sail to deserted tropical islands in a traditional dhow in the Bazaruto and Quirimbas Archipelagos. Enjoy snorkelling off the beach or off the boat and swim with dolphins or huge Whale sharks. Stay in glorious accommodation boasting luxury facilities, world-class service and mouth-watering cuisine. Mozambique has it all including several world-renowned game reserves hosting incredible wildlife in preserved habitats. And it is warm all year round!
Botswana offers some of the best safari packages in Africa where tourists experience game reserves like Moremi, the awe-inspiring Okavango Delta and Chobe River where huge herds of elephants and buffalo graze. See lions and leopards, rhino and all the smaller mammals and birds you can imagine in this spectacular conservation mecca. Ride in a mokoro along secret channels and see birds endemic only to these parts. Pat yourself on the back when you see the elusive African Wild Dog which hunts in packs and sleeps in dens. Spend time with the indigenous Basarwa of the Kalahari who live in tune with nature and will share their innate skills and knowledge with you. Enjoy their rock paintings dating back 2 000 years at Tsodilo Hills. Walk across the vast shimmering salt pans of the Makgadigadi and see the playful meerkats come out of their holes to stare at you. Wait for the annual zebra migration that goes past the pan – 20 000 animals on the move! Take a scenic flight over the wonderful landscape that is Botswana, a kaleidoscope of wild ecosystems, open spaces and beautiful waterways.
Most travellers know Kenya as the home of the safari, Mount Kenya and the awe-inspiring open plains of the Masai Mara Game Reserve. This beautiful African country offers some of the best game viewing in the world and luxurious lodges that rival those in other countries. See more evidence of sustainable tourism in these parts where the regal Maasai people farm cattle alongside the game reserves. Kenya boasts open spaces, long white beaches and tropical forests. Kenya is proud of her annual Great Wildebeest Migration, her huge flocks of flamingos in the Great Rift Valley Lakes and her commitment to cultural and wildlife conservation. Eco-tourism principles are encouraging local people to implement wildlife management strategies as they work the land and benefit from tourism. Mount Kenya looms from the diverse landscape, drawing visitors from far and wide. The awesome Nile River emerges from the huge Lake Victoria, a magical destination you can combine with your Masai Mara safari. The balmy weather is so attractive all year round and the friendly people so welcoming. Choose a luxury lodge and explore this unique and stunning country.
Malawi is known as the beating heart of Africa and her friendly people encourage visitors to stay awhile and appreciate this landlocked country in South-East Africa. When you visit Malawi, you can cross any border into Tanzania, Zambia and Mozambique. While you are in Malawi, start with Lake Malawi to experience real beaches, great snorkelling and a stunning boat ride out onto the blue waters. Explore the villages along the shores and enjoy luxury accommodation with mod cons and great views. Backpackers love Cape Maclear for its great diving and canoeing, social activities and relaxing atmosphere. Visit Majete Wildlife reserve to see rhinos, lions, elephants, pods of hippos, crocodiles, water buffalo, leopard, warthogs, several different antelopes and zebras. Hiking in Malawi is popular and a must if you have time to climb the Mulanje Massif or ride a horse up Zomba Mountain. English is spoken in most places and tourists are welcomed with open arms.
Take a circular tour of this vast desert landscape where the stark Skeleton Coast creates a long misty border and the huge red dunes of Sossusvlei call your name. Rise early to catch the sun coming up here for real photographic wonders and explore the wildlife at Etosha National Park. When you drive into Damaraland you will be amazed at the rocky beauty of this landscape and can go tracking the unusual desert-adapted black rhino and elephants. At the AfriCat Foundation, see cheetahs and leopards and lions up close, rehabilitated to go back to their wild homes. Or wander around the wonders of Twyfelfontein where ancient rock engravings remind us of our African ancestors who lived here in tune with nature. Explore the capital city of Windhoek and try the German beer and food. See the seals at Swakopmund and take a boat ride into the stormy ocean. Namibia is an exciting open space that frees your soul.
Rwanda is an unusual place to visit and one that only recently became safe enough for tourists again. The huge attraction in Rwanda is of course the mountain gorillas. Go gorilla trekking to view these surreal creatures in their endemic habitats. Statuesque mountains, lush rain forests and amazing wildlife make this African country so worth visiting. Stay in the Volcanoes National Park to see the gorillas in the setting of the mind-blowing Virunga volcanoes. Imagine how the renowned zoologist, Dian Fossey, lived here in harmony with the gorillas, doing all she could to save them. It is so sad these intelligent beings are critically endangered today because people hunt them. If you want to experience something really special, head to the Nyungwe Forest to watch chimpanzees swing in the trees, socialising and feeding. Maybe you will spot the black and white colobus monkeys there too as you experience this wonderful forest, east Africa’s highest canopy walk a must as you encounter 240 tree species, 140 orchid species, hundreds of butterflies and 275 bird species including giant hornbills, great blue turacos and red-breasted sparrowhawks.
7. South Africa
South Africa is such a diverse country that one needs plenty of time to explore her treasures. Start with a bush camp safari in the wilderness of the Kruger National Park. Track wild animals, sleep in canvas tents and eat around a log fire. Hike for miles, learning all about the intricacies of the birds and bees, trees and plants, reptiles, insects and mammals. Some visitors prefer the luxury of a five-star lodge and twice-daily game drives and South Africa offers plenty of these safari holidays in all provinces. Children can join parents on an open-air classroom expedition as they learn all about food chains, ecosystems and natural resources with highly professional guides. South Africa offers Table Mountain and Robben Island, the Winelands and the white beaches of Cape Town; balmy weather in Durban where surfing, bike riding, seafood and curries dominate. Explore the north coast for turtles nesting, see the Panorama Route of Mpumalanga and photograph the flowers of Namaqualand. Hike the wild coast, canoe the Knysna Lagoon and spend time sunbathing on Plettenberg Bay beaches.
Tanzania is a breath-taking African destination where an incredible 7 World Heritage Sites attract tourists to appreciate the natural wonders of this country all year round. The main attraction in Tanzania has to be Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti where diverse wildlife and conserved habitats create a place unique in the world. Come and see the Great Migration and walk across the largest volcanic caldera in the world. Explore your ancestors’ history at Olduvai Gorge, Laetoli and the Kondoa Rock Art Cave Sites then go on safari in Selous Game Reserve, one of the hugest national parks in Africa. Make a detour to Lake Tanganyika, one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, or Lake Manyara, the personal hangout of the author, Ernest Hemingway. Climb Mount Kilimanjaro if you are fit to see the snow on top of Africa’s tallest peak then return to sunbathe on stunning white beaches of the Zanzibar Archipelago. Stroll around Stone Town to see the historical and cultural sites, Swahili architecture and fresh markets. Tanzania is brimming with opportunities to interact with local people and contribute to the eco-tourism projects in place.
So many people do not realise yet that Zambia is one of Africa’s most exciting safari destinations thanks to its adventure and wildlife attractions. Bushwalks and trails are a huge highlight here, home to the walking safari. Learn more about the African bush than you ever thought possible in remarkable national parks like the Lower Zambezi, Luangwa Valley and Kafue. Visit Livingstone to view the Victoria Falls in all her majesty and take a boat cruise on the mighty Zambezi to view wildlife and watch the sun sink. Maybe take a dip at Devil’s Pool at the high edge of the Falls! Zambia presents amazing world-class bush camps where visitors get close to nature and see wildlife sightings like never before. In addition, huge national parks are brimming with hundreds of different species of mammal and birdlife, spread across diverse landscapes of winding waterways, sweeping valleys and oxbow lagoons. Stay in luxury safari lodges and bush camps or choose a hotel if you like fancy modern facilities. Go fishing for Tigerfish and watch crocs and hippos in the rivers.
Did you know that Zimbabwe is one of the most beautiful countries in Africa? Beautifully run national parks, semi-desert landscapes and lush mountain regions compete with the rolling green hills and huge peaks of other regions. Explore national parks so remote you feel totally alone in the African wilderness. Places like Mana Pools, a World Heritage Site where wetlands and lush forests hide all kinds of exciting wild animals, Hwange National Park for its huge herds of antelope and the Big 5, home to more than 30,000 elephants, one of the largest populations in Africa, which migrate between Hwange and neighbouring Chobe National Park in Botswana. Spot some of the 400 species of bird and 100 different mammals here! Explore the unique Matusadona National Park adjacent to the vast watery depths of Lake Kariba and the Zambezi River, a sanctuary for the rare Black Rhino. Victoria Falls is the colonial outpost where you can experience this World Heritage Site and go white water rafting and bungee jumping at the same time. Use it as a gateway into the rest of Zimbabwe.