Top Travel Destinations

With the right 4×4 vehicle and preparation, Botswana is arguably the best safari destination in Southern Africa. From vast, open pans to narrow, snaking waterways, Botswana offers breathtaking variety and incredible wildlife, and the chance to experience the very best that Africa has to offer … Continue reading

Namibia boasts remarkable natural attractions such as the Namib desert, the Fish River Canyon, Etosha National Park and the Kalahari Desert. Namibia is also one of very few countries where animals can still roam freely, with minimum restrictions from human habitation … Continue reading

Zimbabwe is a country in Southern Africa, landlocked and surrounded by South Africa to the south, Botswana to the Southwest, and Mozambique to the east. To the north, the Zambezi River forms the natural boundary with Zambia and when in full flood (February-April) … Continue reading

Mozambique is off most travellers’ maps, but it has much to offer those who venture here: long, dune-fringed beaches, turquoise waters abounding in shoals of colourful fish, well-preserved corals, remote archipelagos in the north, pounding surf in the south and graceful dhows with billowing sails … Continue reading

Swaziland, one of the last absolute monarchies in the world, is one of the smallest countries in Africa and has a well-earned reputation for friendliness. It also contains several large game parks and reserves, which are sponsored by the government and are popular tourist destinations … Continue reading

South Africa is located at the southern tip of Africa. It is bordered by Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho (which is completely surrounded by South Africa). It is a vast country with widely varying landscapes and has 11 official languages, as well as … Continue reading

Must See Places in Southern Africa

The Victoria Falls is the widest curtain of falling water on earth, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the planet’s natural wonders. Mist from the waterfalls can be seen more than 20km away and the thundering roar can be heard long before the Falls can be seen, which explains the … Continue reading

In the northeastern corner of South Africa, a beautiful network of interlinking lakes forms a pristine coastal estuary known as Kosi Bay. High, forested dunes surround the wetlands and roll into the sea, and along the coast you’ll find some of the wildest and most beautiful subtropical beaches in Africa. Continue reading

The ‘ghost town’ of Kolmanskop lies just outside of Lüderitz and for a short while the town boasted the highest wealth per capita of anywhere in the world. In 1956 it was abandoned and the ruined buildings now lie half buried in thick sand. Visitors can get a permit to walk through the eery ruins. Continue reading

The port town of Lüderitz lies on Namibia’s southern coast, accessible only via the paved B4 highway that stretches inland to Aus. The small settlement is known for its German-colonial architecture and there are some beautiful beaches (although with very cold water!) just north of the town. Continue reading

The Makgadikgadi Pans cover a vast area of central Botswana – the last vestiges of a huge inland lake that now only floods during the heavy summer rains. Camping at Kubu Island is especially beautiful – a rocky outcrop, covered in baobabs, on the western edge of Sua Pan. Continue reading

At 160km long and in places over 500m deep, the Fish River Canyon is the largest of its kind in Africa and one of Namibia’s must-see attractions. Whatever you do, plan to spend a little time. The sunsets at Hobas are particularly spectacular as the sun sinks across the canyon and fills it with golden light. Continue reading

South Africa’s Waterberg lies in the Limpopo Province, a beautiful, mountainous expanse of African bushveld, dotted with game parks and reserves. Although often overlooked by overlanders, it’s well worth exploring, with a variety of accommodation, from seclude bush campsites to luxury lodges. Continue reading

The Zambezi Region (or Caprivi Strip), is the long ‘finger’ of Namibia that points out from the northeastern corner of the country. Bordered on all sides by some of Southern Africa’s biggest rivers it cuts a green slice through the northern Kalahari and supports a rich variety of wildlife and birds. Continue reading

Kasane lies in Botswana’s northeastern corner, on the banks of the Chobe River, as it flows into the Zambezi. An essential supply stop, Kasane is also well worth spending a few days. There are some excellent lodges and campsites along the Chobe River and a sunset river cruise is not to be missed … Continue reading

Botswana’s Okavango Delta has been called the ‘Last Eden of Africa’ and for many it’s the best wildlife destination on the continent. 4×4 self-drivers can visit the Delta along the northern Panhandle or through the eastern Moremi Game Reserve, famous for its predator sightings … Continue reading

Maun is the fifth largest town in Botswana. Maun is the “tourism capital” of Botswana and the administrative centre of Ngamiland district. It is also the headquarters of numerous safari and air-charter operations who run trips into the Okavango Delta. Although officially still a village, Maun … Continue reading

Swaziland’s Malolotja Nature Reserve is one of the most impressive mountain parks in Southern Africa. The spectacular scenery and the variety of fauna and flora makes it a prime highveld conservation area and it is the last unspoilt mountain wilderness left in Swaziland … Continue reading

Cape Town is the second largest city in South Africa and is the capital of the Western Cape Province. It is a stone’s throw from South Africa’s world-famous Cape Winelands around Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek, and is fondly known as South Africa’s mother city … Continue reading

KwaZulu-Natal (the Zulu Kingdom) is a province in the east of South Africa, bordering Mozambique in the north and the Eastern Cape in the south. At around 92100 square kilometres, KwaZulu-Natal is roughly the size of Portugal and has three distinct geographic areas … Continue reading

Johannesburg is the economic hub of South Africa, and increasingly for the rest of Africa. Although estimates vary, about 10% of sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP is generated in Johannesburg which has a population of at least 3.2 million people (South African 2001 census) … Continue reading

The Garden Route is a stretch of the south-eastern coast of South Africa which extends from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to Storms River in the Eastern Cape. The name comes from the verdant and ecologically diverse vegetation found here and the numerous lagoons and … Continue reading

The Kruger National Park is situated in the northeast of South Africa and is one of Africa’s largest and most well managed national parks. The park was established in 1898 by then South African President Paul Kruger and first opened its gates to the general public in 1927 … Continue reading

Unique in Africa. Etosha National Park’s main characteristic is a salt pan so large it can be seen from space. Yet there is abundant wildlife that congregates around the waterholes, giving you almost guaranteed game sightings. At the same time Etosha National Park is one of … Continue reading

Van Zyl’s Pass is the most notorious mountain pass in Namibia. Located between two very steep mountain ranges in Namibia’s northern Marienfluss, it gets its name from the Dutch explorer who found the way across in the 1920’s with a few hundred Himba and a Model T Ford … Continue reading

Kaokoland is one of the last remaining wilderness areas in Southern Africa. It is a world of incredible mountain scenery, a refuge for the rare desert dwelling elephant, black rhino and giraffe and the home of the Himba people. Although it is harsh and offers little respite … Continue reading

The sand dunes of Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert are often referred to as the highest dunes in the world. Various arguments are laid out to support this claim, but all miss the point, which is that Sossusvlei is surely one of the most spectacular sights in Namibia and one of the world’s greatest wonders … Continue reading

Damaraland is one of the most scenic areas in Namibia, a huge, untamed, ruggedly beautiful region that offers travellers a more adventurous challenge. Here there are prehistoric water courses with open plains and grassland, massive granite koppies and deep gorges … Continue reading

One of the most popular destinations on Botswana’s Makgadikgadi is Kubu Island, a rocky outcrop near the south-western shore of Sua Pan. This crescent-shaped island is about one kilometre long, and its slopes are littered with fossil beaches of rounded pebbles … Continue reading

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park’s very beautiful terrain comprises fossil river valleys dotted with dwarfed trees and bushes, grasslands and different coloured sand dunes. Wildlife is abundant, and the animals are attracted to waterholes along the otherwise dry riverbed … Continue reading

Nothing prepares you for the immensity of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, nor its wild, mysterious beauty. There is the immediate impression of unending space, and after hours of driving you may start to feel that you have the entire reserve to yourself. The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is … Continue reading

Maputo has been the capital of Mozambique since 1898. The city was previously called Lourenço Marques until the country’s independence in 1975. It is the largest city in Mozambique and the country’s most important harbour. It is situated at the mouth of the Santo River … Continue reading

Windhoek is Namibia’s capital and largest city (population c. 250000). It is in the geographic centre of the country at an elevation of 1600m. This is the city where most safaris travelling through Namibia begin, and also the first point of entry in Namibia should you arrive by air … Continue reading

Moremi Game Reserve is situated in the central and eastern areas of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, and boasts one of the richest and most diverse ecosystems on the continent. This makes for spectacular game viewing and bird watching, including all the Okavango’s major herbivore and carnivore species … Continue reading

The most accessible and frequently visited of Botswana’s big game country, the Chobe Riverfront is most famous for its large herds of elephants and cape Buffalo, which during the dry winter months converge upon the river to drink. Botswana’s Chobe River supports a diversity … Continue reading

Lintyanti falls within the Chobe National Park, which has a public campsite, and is sandwiched between photographic concessions to the west and hunting concessions to the east. During the dry winter months, game viewing at the permanent waters of the Linyanti can be excellent … Continue reading

Truly at the interior of Chobe National Park, Savuti boasts most of the Chobe species, except for water-loving antelope. It is best known for its predators, particularly lion, cheetah and hyena, of which there are large resident populations and the Savuti Channel is an excellent game-viewing region … Continue reading