From savannah plains to white sand beaches and never ending deserts, Southern Africa is a place of a thousand different landscapes. Its people are just as diverse, and new experiences await around every corner. Come face to face with exotic wildlife whilst on safari in the Okavango Delta or in Kruger National Park, or swim in the warm waters of Mozambique’s tropicalQuirimbas Archipelago. Victoria Fallsis one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Discover the region’s top 5 highlights below.
01. Okavango delta, Botswana
Considered one of Nature’s masterpieces, the Okavango Delta offers visitors an insight into one of Africa’s truly great wildernesses. A World Heritage Site, this vast and virtually untouched freshwater wetland lies at the heart of Botswana’s arid Kalahari Desert yet supports an abundance of wildlife within a setting of dazzling natural beauty.
02. Sossusvlei, Namibia
Part of the ancient Namib Desert, the Sossusvlei dune sea is a fantasy landscape of soaring sand peaks framed against the deep blue desert sky. Stay within the park’s borders at Sesriem Campsite in order to gain early access to the dunes. Climb iconic Dune 45 in the dark, and experience the spectacle of sunrise from its summit. Sossusvlei is a hiker’s paradise and a dream for photographers. Ancient oasis Deadvlei is particularly atmospheric, with a basin of cracked white clay pierced by fossilized tree trunks and framed by red sand dunes.
03. Chobe National Park, Botswana
Located in northern Botswana, Chobe National Park is home to one of Africa’s highest concentrations of wildlife, including all of the Big Five. In particular, the park is famous for its elephant population, believed to be one of the largest in the world. The center point of the game reserve is the Chobe River. Here, animals gather in their hundreds to drink, play and in some cases, hunt. A river safari is a rewarding and uniquely special experience, giving you the opportunity to look out for the park’s abundant birdlife as well.
04. Quirinbas Archipelago, Mozambique
If you’re looking for the ultimate beach vacation, look no further than Mozambique‘s remote Quirimbas Archipelago. Comprising 32 coral islands strung out along the country’s northern coast, the archipelago is a paradise filled with white sand beaches, slender palms, and turquoise waters. Beneath the waves, teeming reefs await – making this a popular destination for snorkelers, scuba divers, and deep-sea fishermen. Ibo Island is also known for its crumbling yet magnificent colonial architecture.
05. Kruger National Park, South Africa
Situated on the Mozambique border in northeast South Africa, Kruger National Park is a place of superlatives. It’s the oldest, largest, and best known of the country’s game reserves. It’s also one of the best places in Africa to look for the Big Five – including rhino, elephant, leopard, lion, and buffalo. There are a range of accommodation options available, and well-maintained roads offer you the freedom of a self-drive safari if you so wish. Night drives are also possible, allowing you to experience the thrill of life after dark in the wilds of Africa.
Growing up on a cattle ranch, I developed a keen interest in the outdoors from a young age. After graduating, I started my career in professional guiding, and later on, I become involved in Anti-poaching and conservation in the greater Kruger area. The passion for camping and guiding eventually led us to establish Vumbua Tours and Safari. I’m driven to show people the natural wonders of Southern Africa and have them enjoy the great experience of camping.