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Considered one of the top vacation destinations of a lifetime, the region of Southern Africa features the world-renowned safari experience along with breathtaking scenery. Marvel at the impressive Victoria falls, admire the stunning beach-lined coast of Mozambique, navigate the impressive Okavango Delta, or take an urban safari through multifaceted South Africa.

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South Africa

Situated at the tip of the African continent, South Africa is the top vacation destination of a lifetime. A South African safari offers experiences ranging from exquisite landscapes, captivating wildlife, and amazing culture. Offering five-star luxury accommodations – ranging from top game lodges to bespoke boutique hotels – it’s a world-class destination and a true “Rainbow Nation”.

South Africa caters for first-time safari experiences as well as repeat safaris for enthusiasts – the Greater Kruger National Park, Timbavati Reserve, Manyeleti Reserve and the renowned Sabi Sands Reserve are all situated in the north-east of the country. If you prefer to embark on a malaria-free Big Five safari, South Africa is the only region in the world where this is possible in these areas: Eastern Cape, Madikwe, and The Waterberg.

Zimbabwe

Despite its politics, Zimbabwe is a safe and friendly country. While Victoria Falls is the country’s biggest drawcard, Zimbabwe is also one of Southern Africa’s most rewarding big game safari destinations. It borders Zambia and South Africa, so it’s easily accessible, and an all-year-round destination with short, mild winters and long, warm summers.

Besides the Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe is home to green gems like Lake Kariba, Hwange National Park, Matopos and Mana Pools National Park. A journey here will show you wide expanses, dramatic landscapes, and diverse wildlife – each different depending on what park you visit. Not only is Zimbabwe a great place to spot the Big Five, it’s also got a rich culture, World Heritage-listed archaeological spots, and natural wonders.

Botswana

he Jewel of Africa, Botswana is one of the best wildlife destinations in the world. The country is renowned for its large, inland river delta, the Okavango Delta. Botswana is also home to the earth’s most impressive salt pan, The Makgadikgadi, and the largest continuous desert, The Kalahari. As a forerunner in conservation efforts on the African continent, nearly a fifth of Botswana’s territory is protected in national parks. In northern Botswana lies Chobe National Park with its prolific elephant population.

Mozambique

Stretched along Africa’s Indian Ocean coastline is Mozambique, the country affectionately referred to as the “Land of Smiles” because of its friendly people. Most of Mozambique’s attractions are located along its beach-lined coast, or the scatterings of islands in the Bazaruto and Quirimbas archipelagos.

Over 1 200 species of fish have been identified in the coastal waters off Mozambique, and the snorkelling and diving are world renowned. Stay in upmarket lodges set on pristine beaches, explore vibrant coral reefs, and generally spoil yourself with fantastic food, wine and spa treatments.

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When to visit

South Africa

South Africa has a lovely temperate climate with hot summers and mild winters.

  • Winter (May to August) - Across South Africa’s reserves, winter signals the dry season and the best time to go on safari. Days are mild with plenty of sunshine, however, temperatures often drop in the early mornings and late afternoons – so pack a warm jacket. If you’re spending time in Cape Town, you may see some rain in between the crisp, cool winter days.
  • Summer (October to March) - Cape Town is best in the summer months of October to March. Temperatures can get well into the 30° Celsius range (perfect beach weather!). Summer is the dry season in Cape Town, however, it is the wet season in South Africa’s reserves. Summer rains usually come down in short afternoon thunderstorms, and the landscapes turn lush and green.

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is an all-year destination with its warm, mild weather.

  • Winter (May – September) - Winter in Zimbabwe is warm with sunshine in the day, and cold, clear nights. It’s a great time to visit Zimbabwe as there’s little rain and animals congregate around waterholes, making it easier to spot wildlife. Note: September can already be very hot and dry.
  • Summer/ Rainy Season (October – April) - Zimbabwe’s summer is the rainy season, which is beautiful with sporadic rain and dramatic thunderstorms. Many animals give birth in the rainy season so it’s a good time to see newborns. It’s also the low season, so you will see fewer tourists.

Botswana

Botswana is a year-round destination.

  • During the dry winter season months between May and October, the bush is at its thinnest and the animals head towards the rivers and the Okavango Delta. The dry winter months are also the most comfortable time to visit as the days are warm and nights are cool, the rains have passed and there are less mosquitos.

Mozambique

  • Winter (May to November) - Mozambique has a tropical climate, so temperatures are high for much of the year. The best time to visit is during the cooler winter months, when days are still warm (but not too hot) and you have the least chance of rain.
  • The country has summer rainfall (November to March), and cyclone season is in January and February.
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Official language
Afrikaans, English, Zulu, Xhosa (South Africa) | Shona, English, Ndebele (Zimbabwe) | English (Botswana) | Portuguese (Mozambique)
Currency
South African Rand ( South Africa) | US Dollar, RTGS dollar (Zimbabwe) | Botswana pula (Botswana) | Mozambican Metical (Mozambique)
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