These Southern African nations represent some of the best remaining opportunities to discover the essence, the spirit of Africa. In these lands of exceptional wildlife and dazzling scenery, one of the last great adventures of Africa – the walking safari – was pioneered.
One of the world’s most legendary rivers, the Zambezi, provides endless opportunities for exploration by canoe, boat or whitewater rafting. The river becomes the roaring waterfalls called Mosi-oa-Tunya, “Smoke that Thunders.” Named Victoria Falls by David Livingstone in 1855, this extraordinary wall of water is simply breathtaking as it crashes over cliffs and down into a deep gorges before traveling on into Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Two of Zambia’s finest national parks, South Luangwa and the Lower Zambezi, have abundant wildlife. But the star is still Kafue National Park, the oldest and largest of Zambia’s national parks. Wildlife includes Cape buffalo, crocodile, elephant, giraffe, hippo, hyena, impala, leopard, lion, warthog, waterbuck and zebra, as well as hundreds of species of birds. The park is regarded as one of the best places in Africa to encounter leopard. Zimbabwe has a growing international reputation for its national parks; the largest of which is Hwange, bordering Botswana. Mana Pools National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the least developed national parks in Southern Africa.
It is a region of the lower Zambezi River in Zimbabwe where the flood plain turns into a broad expanse of lakes after each rainy season. As the lakes gradually dry up and disappear, many large animals migrate here in search of water, making this one of Africa’s most renowned game-viewing regions. Lake Kariba’s shoreline is home to large concentrations of buffalo, waterbuck, impala, zebra and elephant. The region also has been inhabited for thousands of years by migrating tribes of hunter-gatherer societies. Archaeological sites around the falls have yielded stone artifacts dating back three million years.
Malawi was also settled by migrating groups of Bantu around the 10th century. In 1891, the area was colonized by the British. Even though it is among the smallest countries in Africa, Malawi is blessed with a rich diversity of flora and fauna and has nine national parks or wildlife reserves; and it offers intensive and exclusive wildlife viewing in unspoiled areas of genuine wilderness. Lake Malawi encompasses about a third of the country, with long stretches of totally uninhabited golden sandy lakeshore. The lake is a real life aquarium, and is a year round spot to swim, scuba dive, snorkel, water ski, sail, kayak parasail or simply potter about in boats. The rich heritage of Southern Africa is reflected in its folk art and other cultural traditions. Accommodations range from luxurious lodges to secluded private tented safari camps. For those eager for a truly personal safari experience in a pristine environment, Southern Africa represents the ultimate African encounter.
President’s Picks: Botswana & South Africa 14 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
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"Botswana is truly the last frontier, a pristine safari destination, with a mission to protect the pinnacle of sustainable tourism. This adventure goes beyond conventional safaris, introducing state-of-the-art facial recognition software as the means of identifying and tracking animals. This extraordinary Botswana safari takes place in and around the filming locations used by National Geographic’s Dereck and Beverly Joubert. You end your journey in South Africa's Winelands and with a photographic workshop in Cape Town."
Adventure Botswana 11 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
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Explore the varied landscapes and environments of Botswana that encompasses Savuti Channel, the Okavango Delta and the dramatic Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Encounter large herds of zebra, wildebeest, elephant and other wildlife. Enjoy outstanding bird watching. Take in the iconic Victoria Falls and explore the range of adventure activities available.
Zambia & Malawi 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $9,995
Discover the wealth of natural adventures in this journey into Zambia and Malawi. Enjoy a cruise on the fabled Zambezi River, Go on safari in Zambia for elephant, antelope, buffalo, kudu, zebra, Thornycroft's giraffe and wildebeest as well as lion, wild dog, hyena and leopard. Experience Malawi's Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, the country's oldest and least-developed protected and home to a rich diversity of flora and fauna, including more than 280 species of birds.
South Africa, Zimbabwe & Botswana 10 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
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Take in the famous Victoria Falls from Zimbabwe and and enjoy the wide range of activities ranging from a cruise on the Zambezi River to bungee jumping. Explore Botswana's remarkable national parks and private game reserves teeming with animals including huge herds of elephant and buffalo. Discover the Okavango Delta's rich waterways by canoe and boat and travel into the Moremi Wildlife Reserve, where the ancient Mopane forests, open grassland and seasonal floodplains coexist. Savor the experience of staying in small, luxury safari lodges and tented camps that recall another, slower time.
Zimbabwe 11 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $7,265
Discover the legendary Victoria Falls and Zambezi River. Go on safari in Hwange National Park to track wildlife including large herds of elephant as well as buffalo, leopard, white rhino, spotted hyena, southern giraffe, sable, blue wildebeest, impala, common waterbuck and reedbuck. Try bird watching at Lake Kariba where more than 350 species have been recorded. Travel to Mana Pools National Park in the heart of the Zambezi Valley.
Botswana & Zambia – Three Rivers 7 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $6,345
Superb safari in Botswana and Zambia offers premier game viewing in exceptional surroundings. Explore Victoria Falls, the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, and the Okavango Delta. Stay in distinctive accommodations for a classic safari experience. Track Africa’s big five game animals on safaris by vehicle, boat and on foot!
Botswana & Zambia 9 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $9,135
Experience Southern Africa's Green Season with astounding wildlife and extraordinary safari camps. Discover Victoria Falls and the Moremi Game Reserve. See the big five by vehicle, boat and on foot. A once in a lifetime Safari excursion awaits!
Zambia 16 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
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Experience Zambia's legendary wildlife places, stunning Victoria Falls, and experience the African bush on walking safaris.
South Africa & Zimbabwe 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $13,950
Discover South Africa's cosmopolitan cities and rugged coast and go on safari in Zimbabwe.
Custom Zambia, Zimbabwe & Malawi Tour Varied Days Navigator Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $10,500
This dynamic trio of Southern African nations represent some of the best remaining opportunities to discover the Africa of old with exceptional wildlife and dazzling scenery, This is where the walking safari was pioneered and where legendary landscapes and remarkable traditional cultures are waiting to be explored. Savor classic tented camps, incredible safaris and welcoming people. From Victoria Falls to the great Lake Malawi, Africa’s third largest lake, you will be spellbound by Africa.
South Africa, Botswana & Zambia 17 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $20,250
Victoria Falls, the Zambezi River and the big five (leopard, lion, rhino, buffalo and elephant) make this a stellar journey.
South Africa & Zambia 12 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
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Cape Town, one of the most beautifully situated cities in the world, has a great deal of charm and historical interest. A day in the Winelands offers you a private tour of noted vineyards to learn about the winemaking process and enjoy samples of featured wines. Safari in Sabi Sands Game Reserve to see Africa’s big five – leopard, lion, buffalo, elephant and rhino. Travel into Zambia for an unforgettable journey to Victoria Falls.
Southern Africa: A Connoisseur’s Ultimate Journey 17 Days Interest(s):
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Experience some of the best the region has to offer, from classic private luxury lodges to cage diving with great white sharks.
Zambia & Botswana: Uncharted Footsteps 15 Days Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
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Zambia & Botswana: Uncharted Footsteps engages you with walking safaris, the essence of sustainable travel. Walks are a wonderful way to engage the African bush. Enjoy a private tour of Victoria Falls followed by a visit to Chief Mukuni’s village. Take an elephant-back safari that winds through riverine bush.