In recent years, Zimbabwe has faced a decline in tourism due to its political situation. However, the country boasts a wide range of diverse landscapes and experiences, with the iconic Victoria Falls being a standout attraction.
For tourists following pre-arranged itineraries, Zimbabwe offers ease and convenience, particularly when visiting Victoria Falls. It's advisable to consider including Victoria Falls at the start or end of any itinerary that includes destinations like Chobe or the Okavango Delta.
Zambia, though less renowned than Botswana, stands out as one of our preferred safari destinations, especially for those returning to Africa.
The authentic isolation of safari lodges and walking trails offers an intimate and exclusive adventure. South Luangwa National Park's stunning plains are perfect for walking safaris, while Kafue National Park excels in bird watching and fishing. Cruising the Lower Zambezi River provides remarkable encounters with an abundance of hippos, elephants, and crocodiles. And let's not forget Zambia's crown jewel, the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls, an absolute must-visit on any African itinerary!
Uganda is a remarkable destination that boasts half of the world's gorilla population. The opportunity for unique and unforgettable experiences with these incredible creatures is truly a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
During your stay in comfortable lodges and camps, embark on gorilla treks ranging from 30 minutes to a few hours into the bush. Knowledgeable operators track the habituated gorilla families, making sightings and quality time with these primates nearly guaranteed. If your schedule allows, consider extending your safari to explore Uganda's diverse offerings, including the Big Five and over 1,000 bird species.
Tanzania, a renowned safari hotspot, promises travelers an extraordinary wildlife spectacle.
With an array of options, including mobile camping safaris, top-notch lodgings, and recently introduced deluxe eco-friendly tented camps and lodges, there's something to suit every budget and preference. From the sweeping plains of Serengeti National Park, teeming with vast herds of wildlife and breathtaking landscapes, to the Ngorongoro Crater, often referred to as the world's largest wild "zoo," Tanzania ensures a fulfilling wildlife experience. Capturing images of giraffes or elephants leisurely strolling against the backdrop of a sunset over Mount Kilimanjaro is a photographer's dream. And let's not forget that Tanzania also boasts the enchanting island of Zanzibar, where rich Spice trade route history and pristine beaches blend seamlessly – a perfect ending to any safari adventure.
South Africa truly lives up to its reputation as a "World in one Country." This captivating nation offers an array of experiences and stunning landscapes that will enchant you. From the breathtaking natural wonders like the Garden Route and Table Mountain to the rich cultural tapestry that spans from the Zulu people in the south to the Shangaan further north, South Africa has it all. Our top recommendations include indulging in the luxury of a safari lodge in the Sabi Sands or Kruger National Park, dedicating several days to explore the vibrant city of Cape Town and the picturesque Winelands, and concluding your journey with a leisurely exploration along the enchanting Garden Route.
Rwanda presents a picturesque landscape of rolling hills, lush gardens, and tea plantations. This country offers a truly unique experience, as it is home to one-third of the world's remaining Mountain Gorillas, boasts one-third of Africa's bird species, hosts various primate species, features awe-inspiring volcanoes, game reserves, lakeside resorts, and islands on the vast Lake Kivu. Rwanda also showcases graceful dancers, exquisite artistic crafts, and warm and welcoming locals.
Namibia, formerly known as South West Africa, is a true hidden gem. A haven for photography enthusiasts, this country offers a mesmerizing palette of colors, shades, and captivating scenes set against serene landscapes. It beckons you to simply sit back with a drink in hand, quietly admire the beauty, and immortalize it in your mind or through your camera lens.
In Damaraland and the northwestern regions of Namibia, echoes of its ancient geological history resonate through the rugged mountains, dry riverbeds, and striking rock formations. For unforgettable wildlife encounters, look no further than Namibia's Etosha National Park. It stands as one of Africa's premier wildlife destinations, home to a variety of species not found elsewhere, all converging at the waterholes for a drink. Sossusvlei, with its ever-shifting sand dunes, is a marvel to behold, and a hot-air balloon ride above the mesmerizing Namib Desert is an experience you shouldn't miss. Namibia truly offers a wealth of natural wonders to explore and capture.
Mozambique, often referred to as the "pearl of the Indian Ocean," boasts an impressive 2,500 kilometers of unspoiled beachfront along its mainland, adorned with a necklace of exquisite tropical islands glistening like precious jewels in the warm, turquoise embrace of the Indian Ocean. Picture soft, powdery white sand beaches, gracefully lined with swaying coconut palms, stretching as far as the eye can behold. Mozambique has managed to retain its exclusive allure because many of its islands and coastal stretches remain secluded and remote, creating the perfect haven for those seeking an escape from the ordinary. Here, you won't find golf courses or bustling shopping malls, but instead, you'll discover unblemished natural beauty and a thriving marine ecosystem that has propelled Mozambique to the top of the list for honeymooners, scuba enthusiasts, and lovers of water sports. It's a paradise waiting to be explored.
Kenya stands as the quintessential safari destination. This remarkable land boasts top-notch safaris, breathtaking landscapes, an extensive pristine coastline, and a rich cultural heritage. If a Kenyan journey is on your horizon, consider exploring the Maasai Mara and Lake Nakuru. Additionally, don't overlook the opportunity to blend these with other possibilities like Amboseli, offering mesmerizing views of Mount Kilimanjaro, Samburu National Park, and Meru Game Reserve. Crafting a Kenyan 'circuit' comprising three to four safari destinations, alongside Tanzania, promises an extraordinary and diverse East African expedition. An inclusion of a beach stay adds an exquisite touch to the adventure. Kenya's coast, renowned for its superb dive sites, is a treasured gem in its own right.
Botswana stands as a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, boasting the most densely populated wildlife regions in Africa and an unmatched array of animals. This country provides some of the most concentrated and immersive safari experiences on the continent. Due to its vast expanses of roadless wilderness, Botswana is perfectly suited for fly-in safaris. Botswana's premier attractions are tucked away in remote wilderness areas, including the iconic Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Savute, and the Kalahari Desert.