If you want to explore Southern Africa, South Africa is a good place to start. While you can fly into any country in the region, most international flights are routed through South Africa. South Africa is also a good place to get used to travelling in the region.
Tours and holidays are tailor-made to your requirements and budget in South Africa, and the rest of Africa.
With its nine provinces, various cultures and landscapes ranging from deserts and mountains to beautiful oceans, South Africa is a very diverse country. National parks and nature reserves abound, but the best known is the Kruger National Park – one of the world’s oldest and largest national parks. For urban exploration there are plenty of city activities to choose from. Cape Town is one of Africa’s most popular cities. This shining gem boasts an exciting nightlife, spectacular beaches, Table Mountain (one of New7Wonders of the World) and Robben Island (the former political prison where Nelson Mandela and others were held during apartheid).
Botswana is a land-locked country bordering Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia. The two jewels in Botswana's crown are the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park.
Namibia boasts remarkable natural attractions, including the Namib Desert, Fish River Canyon, Etosha National Park and the Kalahari Desert. Namibia borders South Africa, Botswana, Angola and Zambia.
Zambia offers travellers great, unusual safari opportunities, as well as a glimpse into unspoilt Africa and Victoria Falls, one of the world’s seven natural wonders.
The Zambezi River forms the natural boundary with Zambia and when in full flood the massive Victoria Falls on the river forms the world’s largest curtain of falling water.
Safaris into Tanzania can be divided in two categories: the Northern Circuit (Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Tarangire and Mount Kilimanjaro) and the Southern Circuit (Selous, Ruaha and Mikumi). One major attraction is the Wildebeest migrations that occur between the Serengeti in Tanzania and the Masai Mara in Kenya. Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa and many tourists travel to Africa just to climb this mountain.
Lake Malawi is the third-largest lake in Africa and runs along most of its eastern border. The country is often described as the “warm heart of Africa”, referring to the friendliness of its people.
Mozambique's eastern coastline along the Indian Ocean is more than 1 000km long, a fantastic draw for scuba divers, fishermen, sailors and beach lovers.
Indian Ocean islands
The Indian Ocean islands off the coast of Africa are a varied collection, including many of the smallest territories and one of the largest island nations, Madagascar. Other well-known African islands are the Comoros, Mauritius, Rėunion, the Seychelles and Zanzibar (Tanzania).
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