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The Best of Southern Africa Safaris

The Best of Southern Africa Safaris

Few travel experiences can compare with the thrill of an African safari. Choosing the best safari in Africa, however, can be difficult.

For most travellers, the top safari destinations come down to the wildlife, specifically the chance to see the Big Five. Many Southern Africa destinations boast all or most of these animals, so, how do you choose? Each destination has its pros and cons, but the good news is that, at least in general wildlife terms, you cannot go wrong with Southern Africa travel.

Here’s our list of the best safari destinations in Africa:

Namibia

Characterised by endless desert dunes and misty Atlantic shores, Namibia’s harsh environment makes it one of the more unique Southern Africa safari destinations. Expect a particular kind of safari here. Wildlife numbers are relatively small, but animals are easier to spot. Damaraland is home to desert-adapted elephant and black rhino while the seal colonies on the coast tend to attract the secretive brown hyena. The Etosha Pan is a must-visit. This seasonal wildlife magnet is famous for its unbeatable wildlife viewing and attracts all the big predators.

Namibia is best for:

  • Unique desert-adapted wildlife encounters in Damaraland

  • Unbeatable wildlife viewing at Etosha

  • Highly photogenic scenery

Best Time to Visit Namibia

With a generally dry and pleasant climate, Namibia can be visited throughout the year, but wildlife viewing, especially in Etosha, is best experienced in the dry season from June to October.

Best safari in Africa: Namibia tours

  • Classic Namibia Tour: This 14-day Namibia safari takes in all the country’s highlights, including the Fish River Canyon, Namib Desert, Skeleton Coast, Damaraland (with a visit to Twyfelfontein) and a classic safari in the Etosha National Park.

  • Extraordinary Namibia: Spend ten days exploring Namibia’s showstopper attractions, including the Namib Desert, Swakopmund, Damaraland (with a visit to Twyfelfontein) and a classic safari in the Etosha National Park.

Botswana

The leader in eco-friendly tourism, Botswana promotes an authentic wilderness experience in unspoilt surroundings. Famous for the Okavango Delta, Chobe and Moremi parks, Botswana has a healthy wildlife population. Most animals are easily seen with the exception of rhinos, which have recently been reintroduced. The Okavango Delta and Moremi contain one of the largest populations of the highly endangered African wild dog, which roams in packs over large territories.

Botswana is best for:

  • Eco-friendly tourism

  • Excellent wildlife viewing in water-rich Northern parks

  • Beautiful and diverse scenery of desert, saltpans, savannah grasslands and delta waterways

Best time to visit Botswana

The best time to visit Botswana’s most famous parks (Okavango Delta, Moremi and Chobe) is from May to September, during the dry season winter season.

Best safari in Africa: Botswana tours

  • Botswana Explorer: Surround yourself with a timeless natural beauty and enjoy unimaginable seclusion on this 7-day tour into the untamed northern parts of Botswana.

  • Essential Botswana: An outstanding 8-day safari that ranges from the spectacular Victoria Falls into Botswana’s premier wildlife destinations, Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta. Here you will see the largest concentrations of game on the African continent in the most spectacular settings.

Zambia

Zambia is not just one of the best safari destinations in Africa to tick off the Big 5. It is also home to the magnificent Victoria Falls and gives you unique opportunities to enjoy walking safaris with highly knowledgeable guides. Many high profile animals are easily spotted. In South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi and Kafue, expect to see leopards. Wild dogs and cheetah are harder to spot, while the black rhino is only present in North Luangwa and white rhino only in Mosi-oa-Tunya.

Zambia is best for:

  • One of the best walking safari destinations

  • Excellent wildlife viewing – an authentic wilderness experience

  • The chance to see Victoria Falls

Best time to visit Zambia

The best time for game viewing in Zambia is during the dry season between May and October when animals congregate around the rivers and waterholes. The best time to see Victoria Falls is from June to September.

Best safari in Africa: Zambia tours

  • Discover Zambia: This enthralling adventure begins in the historic town of Livingstone before moving on to explore South Luangwa National Park ending off in the peaceful Lower Zambezi National Park.

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is one of the more competitively priced Southern Africa destinations and features well cared-for parks. The Hwange National Park is a must-visit. Here, there is a great diversity of game and rewarding wildlife experiences. Mana Pools National Park is an exciting off-the-beaten-track destination that begs to be explored by 4×4, on foot or on the river.

Zimbabwe is best for:

  • The chance to see Victoria Falls

  • Competitive rates and low tourist densities

  • One of the best walking safari destinations

Best time to visit Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe can be visited all year round, but the for the best game viewing, the dry season between May and October is most rewarding. This is particularly the case in Hwange where many animals (including big herds of elephants) are attracted to the artificially pumped waterholes. The best time to see Victoria Falls is from May to September.

Best safari in Africa: Zimbabwe tours

  • Classic Zimbabwe: Explore Zimbabwe’s rich history on this 10-day Classic Zimbabwe tour. The tour includes all the historical highlights of Zimbabwe and combines it with a safari in Hwange National Park, visits to the Great Zimbabwe Monument and Bulawayo (Motopo Hills), as well as a guided tour of Victoria Falls.

  • Zimbabwe Highlights: Discover the highlights of Zimbabwe. This unforgettable journey combines the beauty of Lake Kariba with the abundant wildlife of Hwange National Park.

Enquire now to experience the best safari in Africa.