The mighty Victoria Falls can be seen from Zambia and Zimbabwe. Image © Annabella Francescon
The Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. Image © Annabella Francescon.
Kayaking with Penguins at Boulder's Beach, South Africa Image © Shaun Scrooby
Wine lands, Image © Delaire Graff Estate
Dead vlei pan, Namibia Wine lands, Image © Little Kulala, photo by Dana Allen
Experience Southern Africa
Southern Africa offers a variety of unique adventures. →
Take a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain for panoramic views of the city and the whole Cape Peninsula, enjoy wine tasting at award winning vineyards, go game viewing in Kruger National Park and shark cage diving or whale watching at the coast. Get sprayed by ‘the smoke that thunders’ at the spectacular Victoria Falls in Zambia or Zimbabwe and then enjoy game viewing from a boat on the banks of the Chobe River in Botswana, or experience the stark beauty of some of the highest freestanding dunes in the world, the Sossusvlei Dunes in Namibia, which soar up to about 400 meters
Stunning diverse landscapes. →
From Cape Town, drive along the scenic Garden Route past small towns and little coastal villages, rolling hills with rows of beautiful vineyards and with stunning mountain scenery as a backdrop. In Botswana experience the Okavango Delta’s channels and islands, abundant with wildlife and birdlife and in Namibia, home to some of the most beautiful desert plains and sand dunes, photograph the constantly changing colours of the Sossusvlei or wildlife in the vast dry salt pan of Etosha National Park. The ‘moon landscape’ of eroded hills and valleys carved by the Swakop River is also a really a spectacular sight to see and a trip to the Skeleton Coast offers the unique opportunity to see the beauty of a desert and the coast.
Special Interest trips; History, art, food, wine and more. →
Visit the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg or explore Robben Island from Cape Town and learn about the fight for freedom during apartheid. The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa exhibits twenty-first century art from Africa and is located in an old Silo at the Waterfront. The building has attracted as much attention as the art it houses and there is also a luxury hotel above the museum. In the Cape Winelands, indulge in your passion for fine wine and gourmet food, sip world-class wines and enjoy local culinary creations. In Namibia, learn about the German influence and see some colonial architecture or take a custom made tour to visit famous geological sites. In Zambia and Zimbabwe a range of active excursions are available, depending on the season, bungee jumping from the Victoria Falls Bridge, river rafting, helicopter or Microlight flights and more.
Experience some fascinating cultures. →
Visit the Himba in Namibia who have adapted their way of life to suite the semi-arid area they live in, including covering themselves with a mixture of butterfat and ochre pigment which helps protects their skin from the hot and dry climate. South Africa is a country of cultural and ethnic diversity with a population of African, Asian and European descent and here you can also experience some ancient cultures like the Zulu tribe, known for their beadwork and basketry and of course their history during the reign of King Shaka, the King from a small tribe who created a feared empire. Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana also have many tribes that have managed to retain much of their old traditions and beliefs and still live a traditional lifestyle.
An exciting variety of accommodation options to suit every style and budget. →
From five star hotels offering the ultimate luxurious experience, often with stunning scenic surroundings, like at the V&A Waterfront described as one of the most scenic ports in the world, to small boutique hotels, comfortable inns, rustic game lodges, luxury trains, honeymoon hideaways and cozy vineyard hotels… you are spoilt for choice.
South Africa's diversity makes it an exciting destination to explore.
Highlights include, Cape Town which is one of the most picturesque cities in the world, with a backdrop of Table Mountain and the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. A cable car takes just a few minutes to reach the top of the mountain and here you can enjoy extensive views of the stunning scenery below. The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is situated in the oldest working harbour in the southern hemisphere and has a vibrant cosmopolitan atmosphere, with an exciting mix of dining options, hotels, art galleries, shops, leisure and entertainment activities.
Stunning scenery, award winning Wines and great food. Image © Delaire Graff Estate
The Silo Hotel, a celebration of art, style, architecture and design. Image © Annabella Francescon
Shark Cage diving. Image © Marine Dynamics
Enjoying a snack, game viewing in Timbavati, Greater Kruger National Park Image © Maniago Safaris
Royal Livingstone Express Image © Maniago Safaris
Microlight flight over Victoria Falls Image © Batoka Sky
Stay on the banks of River Zambezi Image © Tongabezi, Zambia
Image © Sanctuary Retreats, Sussi & Chuma, Zambia
Sunset cruise. Image © Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero
Dead vlei pan in Sossusvlei Image © Kulala Desert Lodge photo by Dana Allen
After dark, the Namib awakens, night walks reveal captivating creatures Image © Kulala Desert Lodge photo by Dana Allen
Namibia gets its name from the world’s oldest desert, the Namib Desert. The countries unique natural landscapes are a paradise for photographers and offer a different experience in Africa
The red dunes of Sossusvlei are some of the highest in the world, reaching to about 400 meters and Deadvlei, which is near Sossusvlei, is a stunning white clay marsh pan, dotted with dried camel thorn trees that look frozen in time. Etosha National Park is centred around waterholes in the dry Etosha salt pan where a variety of wildlife come to drink. Fish River Canyon is the largest canyon in Africa and at Swakopmund, a seaside town with its beautiful old German colonial buildings you, can enjoy a variety of activities like Quad biking in the desert surrounding the city and sandboarding on the dunes, which will definitely get your heart racing. Visit the Skeleton Coast which gets it s name from the shipwrecks and whale bones that can be found on its shores and which is one of the few places in the world where the ocean meets the desert. See the vast colonies of Cape fur seals, take a whale and dolphin cruise or see rare desert adapted wildlife. In Namibia you can also experience some fascinating cultures like the Himba, a semi-nomadic tribe that still maintain a traditional lifestyle. They have had to adapt to the harsh desert climate and are know for the butterfat and ochre paste called otjize, which they use on their skin and hair, giving their skin a beautiful red tint and at the same time protecting them from the harsh desert climate.
Botswana has diverse landscapes, the Kalahari Desert covers vast areas of the country and in the north the rivers and marshes of Chobe and the flood plains of the Okavango Delta offer an oasis for wildlife.
The area is home to some of the world's largest remaining population of elephants and large herds of buffalo. Depending on water levels, game drives in vehicles will be combined with excursions in motorised boats and traditional dug out canoes called Mokoros.. The country has a strict conservation philosophy of low-volume, high-revenue tourism to protect its wilderness areas and significant measurable benefits must go to the local communities. In the north there is a network of private concessions offering stunning accommodation and at some of the private concessions guests can enjoy walking safaris and night game drives. If visiting Chobe National Park, you can book a day trip to the spectacular Victoria Falls.
Zambia, Zimbabwe & The Victoria Falls
The Victoria Falls are a spectacular sight on the Zambezi River, forming part of the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Apart from guided walks of the falls, a variety of exciting activities are offered on both the Zambian and Zimbabwe sides, including scenic flights, sunset river cruises, thrilling white-water rafting , bungee jumping, cultural experiences, game viewing in nearby parks and more.
The Victoria Falls are described by the locals as Mosi-oa-Tunya’ or ‘The Smoke that Thunders’ because of the mist that forms as the water drops. During your visit you can choose to see the falls from both sides as each side offers something special. You should note that during the driest months (around October to November) the falls, mainly on the Zambian side may dry up, however when the water levels are low visitors on the Zambian side who dare...can enjoy a dip in ‘Devil’s Pool’ at the edge of the falls. Game viewing is possible on both sides and a day trip to Chobe National Park in Botswana is also an exciting option. Zimbabwe has a great choice of accommodation close to the falls and Zimbabwe offers some stunning riverfront accommodation.