Although up to seventy percent of Botswana is dominated by Kalahari Desert, spectacular river systems in the north of the country form a diverse mosaic of rich habitats that support the greatest concentration of wildlife on the African continent. Top attractions such as the Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta offer some of the best and most memorable safaris in Southern Africa.
In the far north of Namibia, the Caprivi region provides a stunning contrast to the rest of this arid country. Bordered by Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana this strip of land is transformed into verdant paradise washed by waters of four great perennial African rivers – the Kwando, Kavango, Chobe and the mighty Zambezi.
Damaraland, also known as the Kunene Region, is a vast area covering the north-west and central parts of Namibia that is famed for its extraordinary rugged, untamed scenery. It is characterised by ancient dry watercourses with valleys, open plains and grasslands, massive rocky outcrops and deep gorges.
KwaZulu-Natal’s attractions include a wide variety of scenery: from the untamed wilderness areas to attractive sandy beaches, the soaring peaks of the Drakensberg and the now peaceful Battlefield areas. Here you can spend your time relaxing on the beach, or climb the peaks of the majestic Drakensberg Mountains. Or you can have close-up encounters with wildlife, and discover the cultural heritage of the Battlefields and Zululand areas – there truly is something for everyone to enjoy.
Etosha National Park, the ‘place of dry water’ with is vast mirage-inducing saltpan and abundant animal and birdlife is the premier game-viewing destination in Namibia. The Park is a 22 270 square kilometre (8598 square mile) reserve that encompasses Etosha Pan, a relic of an ancient lake.
Stretching along the southern coast of South Africa, the Garden Route is a holiday paradise that spans from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. The way to experience the Garden Route is definitely by road, and you’ll get the most from it on a fun, hassle-free and expert guided journey by luxury coach.
Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa’s North West Province just a 4-hour drive or 1½ hour flight from Johannesburg is one of the country’s largest game reserves and is a firm favourite with all ages. This malaria-free destination offers a range of accommodation in lodges that cater for every discerning traveller’s needs.
The Okavango River begins as a trickle of rainwater in the Angolan Highlands and ends by creating a remarkable, wild Eden in the dry north-western Botswana. ‘The river which never finds the sea’ spills its waters over the Kalahari Desert sands and forms the world’s largest inland delta.
With its lovely stretch of golden, sandy Indian Ocean beaches, Port Elizabeth is known for its open friendliness and the warm welcome it offers visitors. A harbour city, situated on the shores of Algoa Bay, ‘PE’ as it is locally called, is the major centre of the south east Coast of South Africa, and the economic hub of the Eastern Cape Province.
Richards Bay, a town on the east coast of South Africa, has one of the country’s largest harbours.Situated in the north of the province of KwaZulu-Natal, Richard’s Bay is a gateway to Zululand,offering easy access to the wide range of cultural villages and game reserves in the area.
“Timeless” is the word most often used to describe Swakopmund, a historic German colonial era town that is a favourite holiday destination for both locals and visitors. Situated south west of Windhoek on the foggy Atlantic coast in the Namib Desert, it is a somewhat surreal and gracious hamlet set amidst sea and sand.
Imagine relaxing on a warm, starry African night, when suddenly you hear the roaring of a pride of lions as they set off on the hunt in the silky darkness. Southern Africa’s stunning, pristine wild places teem with awesome animal and plant life, offering you authentic safari experiences that you will never forget.
The waters of Africa’s mighty Zambezi River plunge over the sheer edge of a mile-wide basalt chasm with a continuous, indescribable roar as they dramatically fall one hundred metres at a rate of 3000 tonnes per second. This is the spectacular Victoria Falls, the largest sheet of falling water in the world, one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Most visitors to Namibia start and end their holidays in Windhoek; and this interesting and attractive city, surrounded by rugged, dry mountains, is well worth exploring. Windhoek is an enticing melting pot of African and European cultures situated on the sloping plain of the northern Khomas Hochland (meaning ‘Highlands’) in the centre of Namibia.