It’s Time to Explore Africa
Africa has a variety of cultures, habitats and climates which gives guests an endless amount of options for an one of a kind safari.
Located at the southern tip of Africa, South Africa hosts a great diversity of ecosystems such as the savanna woodland of the Kruger National Park or the Fynbos, which it is home to the Cape Floral Kingdom. South Africa boast eight World Heritage sites, including Robben Island, which is where Nelson Mandela spent the majority of his 27 year prison sentence. South Africa’s private game reserves offer great wildlife viewing and is complemented by the luxurious lodges.
- Cape Town – Incredible, fun-filled, culturally diverse Cape Town and Table Mountain.
- The Winelands – Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschoek, and Middelvlei.
- Greater Kruger Wildlife Region – Sophisticated and expertly managed game lodges, abundant wildlife including all of the dangerous animals. Spa treatments at some lodges and superb cuisine.
Botswana is home to the Okavango Delta, which is an inland delta and is home to one of the greatest concentrations of wildlife in Africa outside the Serengeti. This ecosystem is a birder’s paradise. In the north lies the Chobe River, which has an abundant amount of elephants and is excellent for wildlife viewing on boat. To the south is the Kalahari where herds of oryx, red hartebeest and springbok roam along with the predators such as lion, leopard and cheetah.
- The Okavango Delta – A wildlife Eden of rich wildlife diversity and abundance. The highest game densities outside the Serengeti, birders paradise. Wonderful lodges and camps.
- The Makgadikgadi – Extinct lake bed salt pans, palms and meerkats. Fabulous scenery and night skies.
- Linyanti and Savuti – Rugged and abundant wildlife in area of great scenic beauty. Good predators and general wildlife viewing.
This East Africa country is home to largest concentration of wildlife in Africa when wildebeests, zebras and Thompson gazelle gather for the Great Migrations. The endless plains of the Serengeti and the picturesque Ngorongoro Crater are filled game, including the predators. The rich history of the eastern coast manifests itself with Arab influences from the once great Omani trading empire.
- Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s tallest mountain, and a 7 day climb to be safe.
- Zanzibar. The ‘Spice Island’ – Terrific beach destinations and historical interest. Ancient Arabic architecture.
- Serengeti National Park, the Migration – The most spectacular wildlife scenes in the world. Predators and herbivores in their complete glory!
Known for its abundant wildlife and historical flavor, Kenya enjoys one of the highest reputations for safaris in Africa. The national parks of Masai Mara, Mt. Kenya, Amboseli and Tsavo garner acclaim from safari goers worldwide. Kenya is the quintessential safari.
- Nairobi – Karen Blixen’s home, Elephant Orphanage, markets. The traditional start to any East African safari!
- Masai Mara Game Reserve – The migration. Most famous game reserve in western Kenya.
- Mahale and Gombe – The finest chimpanzee viewing of wild, ‘habituated’ chimpanzees!
This mostly arid country is spectacular for unique desert wildlife and breathtaking landscapes such as the one of world’s largest sand dune in the famed Sossusvlei. The coastal town of Swakomund displays the country’s German influence and is in prime location for visiting Cape Cross, one of the world largest colonies of Cape Fur Seals. While transversing the country, visitors can witness barren shipwrecks along the aptly name “Skeleton Coast”.
- Etosha National Park – Unique wildlife area, very good wildlife variety, especially in dry season.
- Sossusvlei – 4th tallest dunes in Africa. Unbeatable dune scenery, rugged rock mountains. Endemic Dune Lark found here. Photographers ‘must see’.
- Cunene – Hartmann Valley, mountain zebra, Himba people. Really rugged, and out-of-the-way!
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Located to the north of South Africa, Zimbabwe is a remarkably resilient country and has a range of natural treasures. The Zambezi River in the north hosts both Lake Kariba and Victoria Falls, a world heritage site. Due to the rigorous training that guides go through, Zimbabwe offers some of the best walking safaris in all of Africa.
- Hwange National Park – Abundant wildlife, walking and camping in mobile and lodges.
- Mana Pools, Zambezi Valley – A wonderful and very famous national park, the Zambezi river. Fabulous wildlife area. Walking, drives, camps very good.
- Victoria Falls – A World Heritage site, of immense size and intensity from December to August. Widest Falls in the world, adventure town!
Rwanda is home one of the greatest living treasures in the world, the mountain gorilla. This mountainous country is brimming with adventure, as guests can go on a trek of a lifetime in search for the primates.
- Kigali – Historical and cultural centre. The capital of Rwanda, and a terrific city to overnight in.
- Sabinyo region – Mountain gorillas, Golden monkeys. Traditional park to visit the mountain gorillas, and the most accessible for travelers who may incapacitated in any way.
- Culture – basket weaving. The basket weaving industry here produces some of the finest pieces in Africa.
Positioned in the Great Lakes region of East Africa, Uganda is another great place to see the majestic mountain gorilla. The back bone of Uganda is the Rwenzori Mountains, where the powerful Murchison Falls lies. Uganda is quickly becoming a top destination for safari goers.
- Kibale Forest Reserve – Lovely forest, and good chimpanzee trekking. Great birds as well.
- Semliki National Park – Great birding destination and good forest walking country.
- Murchison Falls National Park – One of Ugandas best parks, large crocodiles and good general game too.
The Great Rift Valley runs through the pristine Ethiopian Highlands, but it is Ethiopia’s rich and diverse culture that is what brings travelers here. Ethiopia, along with Liberia, are the only two countries in Africa to not be colonized. The country’s former ruling dynasty, which includes Haile Selassie, is evident throughout.
- The North – Historical monasteries, rock-hewn churches and stone palaces.
- The South – Cultural, traditional tribesmen.
Rugged and untouched best described Zambia. Just north of Zimbabwe, Zambia boast a diversity of national parks and splendid wildlife. The small boutique lodges here reflect Zambia’s unspoiled wilderness.
- Kafue National Park – Good game, small boutique camps, roan antelope, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest. Lion, cheetah.
- Lower Zambezi National Park – Zambezi river. Terrific camps, very good game, boating, fishing in season, walks and game drives.
- South Luangwa National Park – Most famous park in Zambia. Unbeatable wildlife. Very good leopard in dry season, walking, drives and night drives.
To the east of South Africa and Zimbabwe lies Mozambique. This tropical paradise offers guests pristine beaches, stunning coral reefs and fantastic fishing opportunities.
- Island archipelagos – including Bazaruto, Benguela, St. Isabella. Pristine beaches and seas.
This island nation has a surprising great diversity of ecosystems; the southern and western parts of this country are arid and dry, while the northern and eastern parts are forested and wet. Madagascar is famous for its diverse population of lemurs and other unique wildlife.
- Lemurs – Unique endemic mammals. All the parks here are walking only, once you enter, as the lemurs are only accessible by foot.
- Birds – 40% endemic species.
- Reptiles – Largest and smallest chameleons in the world.
The Republic of Congo
Located in Equatorial West Africa, the Republic of Congo is quickly becoming a hotbed for safari goers. The national parks are home to many unique forest animals such as the forest elephant, lowland gorilla and the red or forest buffalo.
- Chimpanzees – Forest animals, so walking only access.
- Dwarf and Narrow-snouted crocodiles – Seen only on river trips, unique to central Africa.
- Exotic birds – Birding here is full of lifers for birding enthusiasts.