Land of safari, exquisite landscapes, modern cities, enticing cultures, exotic islands and so much more…
The Southern and South-Eastern region of Africa is a heavenly travel region, and on almost everyone’s bucket list. This region encompasses a number of countries including South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Tanzania, Kenya, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and more. Many travelers who visit this area are amazed at the diversity and beauty that is to be found here. They are often surprised at the contrasts ranging from wild and untamed landscapes to beautiful modern cities filled with every possible type of experience. Southern Africa is such a captivating region that often travelers return year after year both in search of new adventures in new destinations as well as in search of comfort in old favorites. It is an invigorating place that recharges the body and soul.
Southern Africa highlights
Mauritius is a volcanic island in the Indian Ocean and famous for its romantic setting, turquoise sea, gorgeous beaches, bays, lagoons and coral reefs. Away from the fantastic seaside resorts, in the mountainous interior, you’ll find rainforests, waterfalls, hiking trails and native fauna like the flying fox. The bustling Capital blends local and exotic influences and an 18th century Botanical Garden.
Mauritius will certainly enchant you, will uplift your soul, and make you feel that you belong to the chosen few. You’ll enjoy personal attention and every encounter is an opportunity to discover a friendly face. Behind each smile lies the promise of a unique holiday.
Botswana is truly one of Africa’s premier tourism destinations, with wildlife, bird-life, and a strong commitment to wildlife protection, environmental conservation, and preservation of cultural heritage.
Botswana is a land-locked country and is home to the mighty Okavango Delta that winds its way down to the Kalahari Desert, where it simply evaporates. Safari down the delta from one of its lush islands; or from one of the other renowned game reserves like the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, where animals roam freely and in the Makgadikgadi and Savuti, where zebra and antelope migrate, as they have been doing for eternity.
Botswana certainly has all the elements and ingredients to create a unique and unforgettable safari experience.
Namibia as a country is unique, wild and wonderful. When visiting the immense country, you’ll be treated to unrivalled colors, textures and mesmerizingly beautiful landscapes that are sheer bliss for the body and the soul. Namibia offers wildlife, landscape, adventure, interesting people and cultures – all blended into a natural, unspoilt destination with endless attractions and activities.
On safari….Watch animals in the Etosha National Park where a variety of animals, including lion, elephant and numerous plains game have adapted to the semi- arid landscape and congregate at the watering holes. Desert Rhino and elephant can be also be tracked in the beautiful rugged landscape of the Skeleton Coast and Damaraland.
In the desert…..Heading south, you’ll arrive at Swakopmund – Namibia’s adventure capital, a quaint German-styled town straddled between the Atlantic ocean and the burnt orange dunes of the Namib desert and Sossusvlei – the highest sandunes in the world. Namibia is also home to the deepest canyon in Africa and one of richest rock art sites on the continent.
Tanzania is one of Africa’s most traditional and iconic safari destinations with reason. First time visitors generally focus on the well-established attractions of the Northern Tanzania safari circuit; whilst the southern Tanzania safari circuit caters for those searching for a more remote safari experience..
The Serengeti National Park is the cornerstone of the northern circuit and home to an abundance of wildlife, including 30% of the world’s lion population. The Serengeti National Park is where the Great Wildebeest Migration originates, as 2 million wildebeest and gazelle start their continual quest for food and rebirth, and close by is the mighty Ngorongoro Crater, which is a wildlife Garden of Eden with an incredible density of animals..
The Great Rift Valley separates these parks with Lake Manyara National Park, famed for tree climbing lions and migratory flamingo’s and the Tarangirie National Park. Both are great options to include in a northern circuit safari.
The south of Tanzania holds the immense and untamed Selous Game Reserve, as well as remote reserves such as Ruaha National Park and Katavi National Park.
Off the safari circuit, the white beaches and warm, turquoise waters of the Islands of Zanzibar are ever so inviting; and the snow-topped peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro – which is Africa’s highest freestanding mountain – remains irresistible to many professional and novice mountaineers.
With a rich and vibrant blend of African, Portuguese and Arab influences, Mozambique offers a distinct contrast to the rest of southern Africa. Lined with tropical beaches, coral reefs and small isolated islands, Mozambique is a coastal paradise. The Bazaruto Archipelago, located just north of Maputo near Vilanculos, is one of Mozambique’s most beautiful tropical destinations. The five islands – Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Santa Carolina, and Bengue – that make up this archipelago are a haven for scuba and snorkel divers, as well as for sun worshippers, and to this day are a paradise largely undiscovered by the tourism industry. The beaches are unspoiled, the islands are largely undeveloped, and the surrounding tropical waters host an incredible display of marine life. Mozambique is a newcomer to the world of tourism and as such offers some unique opportunities that will not be available forever. It is a country that has not yet experienced its full potential and still has many unexplored and adventure laden opportunities in tropical havens, such as in the Bazaruto islands.
Hello – you are welcome (with a huge smile); is the standard greeting from anybody in Uganda – rightfully billed as Africa’s friendliest nation. You will immediately feel welcome and at ease and excited about your journey to this incredible country with jaw-dropping beauty and such diverse attractions.
Experience the beautiful Nile River whose banks team with wildlife; and borders the magnificent Murchison Falls National Park – whose palm studded green grassland is home to more game than you will see in a long time, including the beautiful Ugandan Kob, Rothschilds Giraffe and patas monkeys. Still on the safari trail in the exquisite Queen Elizabeth National Park, a memorable highlight is definitely the tree-climbing lions in the Ishashe sector of the park. This park also boasts huge herds of elephant, buffalo and predators and for birders – it’s a paradise with over 600 documented species.
And then the primate… what an incredible and humbling experience, and definitely the stars of the show! Trek to see the Chimpanzees in the Kibale National Park. The chimps are extremely active and keep you moving as you follow then as they scanter up and down trees and through the forest. They are also extremely verbal – and are in constant communication with each other. The similarity with humans is remarkable! The gorilla trekking experience in the Bwindi Impenetrable Nation Park is a unique and awesome experience. Staring into the pensive brown eyes of these gentle giants is as humbling as it is thrilling; especially when you consider that there are less than 800 of these awesome beings left in the world.
“Webare” is thank you in Luganda – and after a visit you might be saying “webare webare webare” and start planning your next trip to this wonderful country. Uganda is highly recommended for anyone seeking a unique and authentic African experience.
These are just a few of the amazing destinations that await you in South and South-Eastern Africa. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to visit any of these destinations, or incorporate them into your African travel plans