South Luangwa definitely ranks tops on Zambia's list of top safari destinations. It's a pretty and scenic park with sweeping floodplains, oxbow lakes and woodland thickets alongside the perennial Luangwa River which attracts a wide variety of game. It's also probably one of the best destinations in Africa for walking safaris, where you'll be in the company of expert guides and experienced, armed trackers. The river teems with hippos and you're likely to see huge herds of elephant and buffalo, as well as the more unusual, endemic Thornicroft’s giraffe with their distinctive patterns. Leopards are often spotted on night drives, (permitted in Zambia's national parks) as well as other shy nocturnal creatures like porcupine, serval cat and civet.
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Entering Swakopmund, you'll be forgiven for thinking you're in Germany for a moment as the architecture is very similar. Nestled between the dunes and the cold Atlantic Ocean, Swakopmund is cooler than many Namibian destinations by virtue of the cooling sea mists that roll in.
A vast and largely unspoilt country, Tanzania has several safari circuits; the more popular northern circuit, the less crowded southern circuit and the wild and remote central and western circuit.
Tarangire National Park is traversed by the perennial Tarangire River. As the only water source in the dry season from July to October, it attracts scores of animals to the park, transforming it into a veritable wildlife paradise.
Stretching from Mossel Bay to Port Elizabeth, South Africa's Garden Route is truly spectacular and includes many famous sights and landmarks. Tours often depart from Cape Town and usually include a stop at Hermanus, whale-watching capital of the world.
Deep within the Kalahari Basin, the Okavango Delta in Botswana is an extraordinary natural wonder. Wild and untouched, the Delta is rich in fauna and flora, and the diversity and numbers of wildlife and birdlife are astonishing. 1,300 species of flowering plants, 444 bird species, just over 70 species of fish, 64 species of reptiles and 122 species of mammals!
The Timbavati Game Reserve is part of the Greater Kruger Park, and there are no fences between Timbavati and the rest of Kruger. There are a number of well-priced private game lodges in the Timbavati Game Reserve, and a few top luxury lodges as well.
Home to the Red Elephants of Kenya, Tsavo National Park is a vast region, nourished by the mighty Galana River.
Victoria Falls is a two-hour flight from Johannesburg and can be visited from the Zambian side or the Zimbabwean side. It is an hour away from the town of Kasane in the north of Botswana, which makes Victoria Falls a popular destination to include at the start or end of a safari to Botswana.
Windhoek is Namibia's capital and the gateway to this vast and fascinating desert country.
Safaris in Zambia are known for their top-notch guiding and superb walking safaris. Zambia is remote and uncrowded, and most national parks allow night drives – unlike in other countries such as Botswana and South Africa. This is an added highlight and gives you a great opportunity to spot the more elusive nocturnal species like leopard, porcupine and bush baby.
Zanzibar is a perfect holiday destination and add-on to an African safari. Made up of 50 islands, this archipelago offers many an idyllic spot to relax in the sunshine on white sandy beaches, getting up every now and again for a dip in the turquoise sea. For the more active, loads of watersports are offered with phenomenal deepsea diving and snorkelling.
Zimbabwe is a large, landlocked country with many beautiful but remote game reserves. The easiest way to experience Zimbabwe is by fly-in safaris (there are regular flights to Victoria Falls, Harare and Bulawayo) with connecting road transfers or charter flights to the private safari lodge or luxury tented camp of your choice. We specialise in arranging fly-in Zimbabwean safaris and have personally visited most of the Zimbabwean safari lodges we recommend and can give first-hand, unbiased advice.