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The Rainbow Nation. The most diverse country in Africa. A glorious coastline with pristine beaches, gourmet dining and award-winning wine farms in the Winelands, unique fauna, gorgeous cities, towns and villages, mountains, indigenous forest, wilderness reserves and National Parks, authentic safari experiences, conservation projects, superb birding, excellent wildlife viewing including Big Five, whales, sharks and that little guy here on the right, the African Penguin. South Africa’s cultural diversity reflects in its world-renowned charm and warm hospitality. Ideal for families, singles and couples. South Africa is awesome.
A must-experience in Southern Africa. Distances are vast and the (mostly) gravel roads can be challenging, so a sturdy vehicle with a large fuel tank and good ground clearance are a must. From Windhoek the grand loop typically includes: Richtersveld/Fish River Canyon, Aus/Luderitz, Sesriem-Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft, Walvisbay/Swakopmund (Sandwich Harbour 4×4 trip a MUST), Damaraland (Twyfelfontein and Desert Elephants), Kaokoland (Kunene, Epupa Falls), Etosha National Park (game viewing incl Big Five), and the Caprivi Game Park (Okavango, Zambezi and Chobe Rivers).
Water means life. Whether you find yourself in Botswana’s vast Kalahari Desert or in the middle of the Okavango Delta, flora and fauna come and go with the rains and are prolific around the Okavango, Chobe and Zambezi rivers. A real wildlife destination, Botswana’s Okavango Delta is one big, open, protected UNESCO Heritage Site. Some camps and lodges cannot be accessed by road, and small aircrafts offer a unique opportunity to view the waterways and small islands from the air. Guests are treated to guided game drives (not always possible) and peaceful mokoro explorations.
“I once had a farm in Africa”…When I say “East Africa” who doesn’t picture Karen Blixen in Out of Africa, dining under the stars, sleeping under canvas and bumbling along vast open plains, coming across wildlife sheltering under umbrella thorn trees? Whether you fancy climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, witnessing the Great Wildebeest Migration, or visiting any of the world-renowned National Parks and Game Reserves, such as the Serengeti/Masai Mara, Amboseli, Tsavo or Selous, you will have a once-in-a-lifetime “Out of Africa” experience.
Rwanda | Uganda
Rwanda, also known as the Land of a Thousand Hills, is home to the famous mountain gorillas, an endangered species that lives in the misty mountains of the Volcanoes National Park. Tracking a gorilla family will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Akagera National Park, a beautiful savannah reserve in eastern Rwanda, boasts a broad variety of wildlife including elephants, buffalos, hippos, giraffes, hyenas. You might even spot the newly reintroduced lions. Another unique experience is chimp tracking in the largest tropical montane rainforest in East Africa: Nyungwe Forest National Park. And if you’re a daredevil, a real challenge awaits: the difficult and raw, 3 to 4 days Congo-Nile trail. Are you brave enough?
Uganda equals untouched wilderness and has a phenomenal diversity of birds, plants and raw wildlife. Uganda also offers mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (permits are cheaper), as well as Chimpanzee trekking (Kibale Forest), mountain climbing in Rwenzori Mountain National Park, the chance of spotting the vulnerable Shoebill in the Mabamba Swamps and the famous tree-climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Neither countries are recommended for self-drive travel, so tailor-made guided packages – for singles, couples and small groups would be arranged.