Discover Africa offers safaris in Botswana, Namibia Safaris, Zambia Safaris, Zimbabwe Safaris, and South African Safaris. Although these countries are all found in the Southern African region, they all have incredibly unique landscapes, activities and experiences to offer. All of these southern African safari destinations have incredible wildlife, landscapes, and cultural heritage. These countries and their peoples make this part of Africa one of the most memorable parts of the continent.
Endless choices of luxury and standard safari lodges
Spectacular beach and bush travel combinations
Rich culture and historic experiences
Where to go in Southern Africa
Known as the “Land of Giants” for its old baobab trees and wandering elephant herds, Botswana, one of the most fascinating safari destinations in the world, is truly a one-of-a-kind country. Its untamed nature is heaven for wildlife enthusiasts.
The Okavango Delta, the Chobe National Park, and the Savute Channel in Botswana are just a few of the fantastic destinations you can experience on a Botswana Safari. The Okavango Delta, a wetland paradise in the middle of the dry desert, provides a stunning backdrop for both land and water safaris.
Mozambique’s coast is known for its picturesque, palm-fringed beaches that slope down to meet the Indian Ocean’s azure seas, where colorful fish, sea turtles, and whale sharks flourish and dhows sail gracefully across the horizon.
With its vast arid landscapes, abundant animals, and ancient rock art, the Namib Desert is Africa’s most sparsely populated country.The unique environment of Namibia has been shaped by a variety of cultural influences.
Wildlife can be found on a Safari in Namibia in a wide variety of habitats throughout Namibia’s numerous national parks and game reserves, including the white saltpans of Etosha National Park, the towering red dunes of Sossusvlei the isolated beaches of Namibia’s southwestern Skeleton Coast, and the remote Kunene Region.
Without a doubt, a South African safari is one of the most unique experiences on the planet. This is a terrific vacation for the entire family, as well as romantic honeymooners, adventure travelers, and foodies.
The vast, open savanna provides a view into a really natural environment, as well as the opportunity to observe the Big 5. Aside from wildlife viewing, you’ll be treated to some of the world’s most famous sunsets.
Zambia is home to amazing wildlife, but the Victoria Falls is the crowning glory. The country’s remote, game-rich national parks are ideal for wildlife viewing minus the crowds. Elephants, buffalo, lions, and leopards inhabit the South Luangwa National Park and the more isolated North Luangwa National Park.
There are a variety of fantastic lodges and hidden rustic safari camps that offer a comfortable home away from home for your Zambia Safari.
A safari in Zimbabwe offers stunning scenery and wonderful animal viewing possibilities, as it is located between the enormous Zambezi River and the seasonal Limpopo River. Victoria Falls is Zimbabwe’s most popular tourist destination, and it also provides easy access to neighboring countries such as Zambia, Botswana, and Namibia, providing a complete and unique safari experience.Victoria Falls, offers exhilarating adventure sports including white water rafting and bungee jumping from the Victoria Falls bridge.
In January, when Zambia is experiencing its rainy season, many parks’ camps close. The open camps however are a world of emerald green vegetation and singing migratory birds. The vibrant colors of the flora and rivers full of water provide fantastic photographic opportunities for a Zambia Safari.
Safaris in southern africa in February are not as great as other months. However, February is a great time for a Cape Town holiday. It is warm and sunny making for an excellent African holiday destination or potentially if you have a lot of time and budget, to combine with East Africa safari.
In March, Mozambique’s rainy season ends, but the weather remains sunny and pleasant for lounging on the beach, snorkelling and scuba diving .This is also the best time of year to view green turtles breeding on the beaches.
Botswana, like most of Africa, is in transition in March. Because this is the ‘low season’ for Botswana safaris, several camps in the Okavango Delta have amazing ‘off-season’ deals.
The Makgadikgadi Pans are packed with zebras in early March, and the flat terrain makes game viewing easy. This month marks the start of their annual trek back to the Okavango Delta. Which involves half of the Okavango Delta’s zebra population migrating on a 500km round trip to the lush grasslands of Makgadikgadi.
March is also a great time of year to explore Cape Town, the winelands, cultural events, and natural vistas! Combine this with a Kruger National Park safari for some amazing wildlife spotting opportunities.
April is a great time to visit the Namib Desert on a Namibia Safari. This is because the temperatures are cooler compared to the beginning of the year.
April is one of the greatest months to see Victoria Falls in full swing thanks to summer rains. The Falls can be seen from either Zimbabwe or Zambia. Because of the spray caused by the Falls, a helicopter ride is recommended to see them at their absolute best on a Victoria Falls Safari.
The best time to visit Kruger National Park is from May to September. During the driest months of the year, because this is the time that the animals most frequently gather around waterholes. This, along with the drier and sparse vegetation, makes finding the wildlife in Kruger a breeze.
Etosha National Park in Namibia is also best visited from May to October, when the dry environment receives little rain. That’s because the dry weather makes seeing lions, elephants, rhinos, and other animals super easy since they all need to drink from the watering holes.
May marks the end of the rainy season in Mozambique. While May is warm, the humidity is lower than earlier in the year, making a Mozambique holiday super enjoyable. The calm, clear waters are great for water sports.
Travel to Mauritius for an island holiday in May for decreased humidity and warmer sunny weather. Summer is over and the cooler temperature makes lounging on the beach a pleasure.
The Okavango Delta’s dry season begins in June, when animals come to the Delta in pursuit of water, making for superb wildlife viewing. The weather is pleasant, and there are less mosquitoes this time of year which makes for the perfect Okavango Delta Safari.
June also marks the start of winter in South Africa and the northern wildlife reserves’ peak season for game viewing. As the grass dries in the South African bush, the wildlife becomes easier to find which is perfect when on Safari in South Africa.
In June, all wilderness camps in Zambia open their doors to guests for safari. The effects of the green season can still be felt, and wildlife is plentiful. Plus, several camps are providing discounted rates in June, making a Zambia safari relatively affordable.
In Zimbabwe, on the other hand, the dry season encourages animals to gather near waterholes and rivers, resulting in excellent wildlife viewing opportunities for your safari in Zimbabwe. In addition to that, the Victoria Falls are at their most powerful in June too and the best view of the falls can be seen from the Zimbabwean side.
July in Namibia is a dry season with warm days and cool nights. Animals gather in great numbers around scarce water sources, making game viewing easier on a safari in Namibia.
Thousands of animals and birds use the Okavango Delta as a temporary home after being displaced by floodwaters from the previous months. As the outer lying waterholes dry up, the Delta becomes a beautiful place to see wildlife from a vehicle or even a boat.
Photographic opportunities on a Botswana Safari in July are unlike anything you’ll find anywhere else in the globe.
Tourist numbers in Zambia and Zimbabwe can stay high in September since wildlife watching on safari is still considered peak.
Water and plants become scarce in September due to months without rain and rising temperatures. Because of their water requirement, animals gather in huge groups, creating an exciting predator-prey encounter. Making a Zambia Safari and Zimbabwe Safari in September ideal.
Hiking in South Africa’s Drakensberg mountains on safari in South Africa is especially delightful in October, when the weather is mild and the mountains are lush and green.
October implies high heat and humidity, but if you can handle it, October safaris are regarded to be some of Zambia’s most dramatic Safaris. Because water and food are scarce, animals must gather close together. As tensions build, aggressive behavior is seen more frequently. Battles between and among species are incredibly exciting to see and photograph.
South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Botswana, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe are among the countries that offer rail safaris.
There are different rails and journeys and the wildlife can vary depending on which railway you choose to travel.
The length of a rail safari will depend on which rail you choose to travel. On average, rail safaris are usually around 10 days.
Botswana is a fantastic place to go on a houseboat safari if you want to explore the Chobe River. Expect to witness a high number of elephants on your houseboat safari, as the park is home to one of the world's greatest surviving elephant populations, estimated to number over 120,000.
You can also expect to see lots of antelope species, Hippos, Giraffes as well as a high concentration of predators.
It all depends on how long you would like to stay. If you are booking through Discover Africa you can pick different plans for a certain amount of days.
Because of the slower tempo and lower angle of being on foot, minor elements that are neglected on game drives become more evident.
No, but you would need an experienced safari guide for your walk. It is not recommended to walk out on your own on a walking safari in Africa.
Yes, all guides have intensive wilderness and safety training, and they are equipped wherever a potential threat may exist.
Children under the age of five are advised not to travel to areas at high risk of malaria.
Complications and death due to malaria are high among children, pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems.
Mefloquine is prescribed to babies and children as well as are also available in syrup form - which makes it easier for children to take. Doxycycline should be taken by pregnant women or by children younger than 10 years since it can interfere with growing teeth and bones. Malanil is not licensed in South Africa for use in children and the paediatric dosage is therefore not available in South Africa. However, it is advised that Malanil may be used by children weighing more than 40 kilograms. Paediatric must be prescribed by a medical professional, as an overdose of the medication can be fatal. The dose is calculated according to the weight of the child - and a medical history must be taking into account to determine contra-indications.
Parents who are travelling with their child but not their spouse and those who wish to send their child on a trip accompanied by someone other than a parent or unaccompanied require an unabridged birth certificate. (It does not affect those travelling within South Africa.)
An Unabridged certificate is a certificate that reflects the particulars of both parents of the child. All children born in South Africa after 14 March 2013 were issued with a valid unabridged birth certificate automatically and free of charge.
Everyone born before that and those from countries who do not automatically issue an unabridged certificate must apply for the document well before their travel date.
The application process for Unabridged Birth Certificate are as follow; You can apply at your nearest Home Affairs office where your Biometric information will be varied. You will need your ID book along as well as your child’s ID number.
All documents submitted must be originals or certified copies. The Unabridged Birth Certificate costs R75. It can take up to eight weeks to acquire an Unabridged Birth Certificate from the date of application.
The term ‘Big Five’ refers to five of Africa’s greatest wild animals namely; lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino - Originally coined only by hunters. Hunters ranked African animals as to how dangerous they were to hunt, the Big Five were the most difficult animals to hunt on foot in Africa to the degree of danger involved.
Wi-Fi is the best option when planning on using your smartphone during your African safari. Using apps such as Skype for Android and iOS, Viber for Android and iOS as well as Google Hangouts for Android is the best way to stay in touch with your loved ones. Most camps and lodges have free Wi-Fi for guests to make free calls and texts messages.
Botswana: Electric plug M 230V and 50Hz
Kenya: Electric plug G 240V and 50Hz
Malawi: Electrical plug G 230V and 50Hz
Mauritius: Electrical plug C & G, 230V and 50Hz
Mozambique: Electrical plug C,F,M, 220V and 50Hz
Namibia: Electric plug M 220V and 50Hz
Seychelles: Electrical plug G 240V and 50Hz
South Africa: Electric plug M 220/230V and 50Hz, In some areas it’s plug C, G
Tanzania: Electric plug D,G 230V and 50Hz
Zambia: Electric plug C,D,G 230V and 50Hz
Zimbabwe: Electrical plug D,G 220V and 50Hz
Africa has a long history of exploration and keeping to the bare basics when it comes to making sure that this serene beauty remains in tact. Many companies have capitalized on this by providing luxury tented mobile camps in the heart of the African bush, there are also options for permanent camps and lodges which all come with hot showers, game drives and three meals a day.
South African travelers are exempt from obtaining visas for many African countries, however visa requirements are vastly different from country to country so it's strongly advised to do your research before travel to avoid disappointment.
Combine the magnificent beaches, wildlife and views of Cape Point with a visit to historic Stellenbosch in Cape Wine country. This is a great combo tour for visitors who have limited time in the Mother City. Highlights include Chapman’s Peak Drive, Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Boulders Penguin Colony. From here the tour goes to wine country, with a stop at one estate and a visit to the historic town of Stellenbosch. Photo opportunities start as you drive along Chapman’s Peak with its steep cliffs plunging into the icy Atlantic Ocean, and tumultuous waves crashing against the rocks.
The tour takes you to Cape Point with its nature reserve where you can see the dramatic sea cliffs of the south-western tip of the African continent and many of the Cape’s wild animals. From the Cape of Good Hope you head north to the Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach in the quaint naval town of Simon’s Town (Penguin colony – own account).
Then it’s out to the Cape Winelands to enjoy a cellar tour followed by a cheese and wine tasting at Anura Wine Estate. Your tour continues into the historic town of Stellenbosch with its white gabled Cape Dutch architecture. The pretty streets and lanes are lined with old oak trees. The town has a large university with energetic students who offer a contrast to the old-world feel of the town. If time permits, your guide will choose a second estate for another wine tasting before going back to the city centre and your hotel. The tour ends at approximately 6pm.
The fresh food markets in Cape Town have a variety of different cuisines tailor-made for everyone’s specific needs and tastes. Adding to its class is a superb range of local wines produced in the stunning Cape Winelands, a popular tourist attraction itself.
The locals are very passionate about their food and you can experience this at the Neighbourgoods Market hosted at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock. The old brick warehouse and courtyard is home to over 100 traders offering farm-fresh produce. Here, you’ll be able to find natural, organic food here as well as a big variety of different fresh fruit and vegetables.
You can also experience the traditional Cape Malay cuisine at the Bo-Kaap Food and Craft Market. Immerse yourself in the culinary and cultural delights of the animated Bo Kaap community. Some of the foods you can taste are koeksisters, samoosas, dried fruit and smoked snoek.
Spend your Saturday mornings at the Stellenbosch Slow Food Market that offers a delightful mixture of culinary delights that make your mouth water. Here you can experience the fine local wines, but preserves and sample different types of foods and luxuries to tantalise your taste buds.
The variety of foods you’ll find at Cape Town’s markets are a result of its rich cultural heritage. When the Dutch arrived in Cape Town 17th century, they shared their farming expertise, planting and harvesting succulent vegetable crops and aromatic herb gardens that helped to feed many a starving sailor of the Dutch East India Company.
The Mother City’s flavour has evolved due to the influx of new and exciting residents from all over the world. German, Italian, Chinese, French, Portuguese and Flemish populations have added their own stamp to the variety of Cape Town’s local cuisine.
See wildlife like elephants, hippos, crocodiles and birds from a different angle, experience the thrill of getting up close, and take home photo memories. Take a Chobe river cruise on a Botswana Safari and get really close to Africa’s big game. The chances of seeing some game on the islands and riverbanks are good and you’re likely to see some interesting bird species as well. Elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo and crocodile are common sightings with sable, leopard and numerous antelope other regulars on guests’ checklists.
Any time of the year is a good time to explore the fascinating world that thrives below the surface of Africa’s lengthy and beautiful coastline. The coastline of Africa is very long and very interesting. These destinations hold an incredible number of water-based activities. Diving and snorkelling are just two of the many ways to explore and discover the fascinating and beautiful marine life and corals of these alluring waters.
Of the top 100 dive sites in the world, 20 are off the coast of Africa. These are at Cape Verde, Egypt, Sudan, Tanzania, South Africa and Mozambique. Then there’s also the waters of Lake Malawi and Lake Tanganyika. The opportunities for diving are literally endless
Enjoy the electric atmosphere of a passion-filled summer concert in the most relaxed setting you can imagine. If you’re on a Cape Town holiday between November and April, then you simply have to attend at least one of the Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts. It’s where families, friends and musos gather to enjoy soul-moving beats in a botanical garden setting – picnic basket close at hand.
The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens setting lends to an extremely unique venue, where the arena’s walls are made of trees and mountains, not brick and mortar. Expect sweet sounds of everything from jazz, to rock to fill the amphitheater from passionate performances from both local and international artists.
Spend a late summer afternoon unwinding with good food, great friends, and even better music while soaking up the atmosphere of an outdoor musical concert you’re not going to forget in a while.
The most intimate way to explore the Okavango’s meandering channels and hidden lagoons is on a guided mokoro trip. These traditional wooden dugouts are still used extensively in the region for fishing and transport. Typically seating two people at a time, your mokoro excursion allows you to explore the delta from a different perspective. Game vehicles cannot access the unpredictable delta, so this activity really allows you to see and experience the amphibians, insects and birds that you might miss out on.
As you gently glide through the water, you’ll see bucks, elephants and other animals that come to drink from the life-giving waters of the delta. If you’re really, really lucky, you’ll even get to see wild dogs.
Go cage diving and get an eye-to-eye encounter with a great white shark that’s guaranteed to get your adrenalin pumping. Come face to face with a great white shark in Shark Alley near the fishing village of Gansbaai, about two hours out of Cape Town. A face-to-face encounter with these awesome animals is guaranteed to be an experience you’ll remember and talk about forever.
You’ll board the boat in Gansbaai and head out to Dyer Island where the boat will anchor in the channel. You’ll make use of a securely designed six-man steel cage that floats on the surface, with divers no more than a metre below the surface.
Experienced divers can dive on scuba while inexperienced divers can enjoy the same experience with a snorkel. Snorkeling is equally comfortable and safe. Using 5mm diving wetsuits, hoodies, booties and masks, you’ll enter the cage and get up close and personal with these sharks, which can be as big as 2.5 to 6 metres.
The warm waters of Mozambique host large numbers of wild dolphins whose behavior is unusual in their warm welcome of visitors. Perhaps because they have never been threatened and enjoy an abundant diet, the wild dolphins are said to behave more like the trained dolphins of Mexico, happy to swim and share their joy with visitors. Many visitors describe their dolphin encounters as a spiritual experience of great beauty. The island lodge offering this experience makes sure that these dolphin encounters are ethically managed by trained guides for minimal ecological impact. Small groups receive training in dolphin behaviour and sociability and swim with dolphins in their natural habitat. Many groups spend up to an hour swimming dolphins in clear sparkling waters As with any wild animal encounter there is a chance of not seeing dolphins, but their abundance makes this a very rare event.
If the idea of a day outdoors surrounded by nature as you hike up a mountain gets you excited, you’ll love these guided day hikes. Discover the magic of Cape Town’s Table Mountain and surrounds while hiking with our experienced nature guides who will interpret the wonders of the unique Cape Floral Kingdom and regale you with stories of local legends. Find out what it feels like to experience one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
Meet the most colourful nomads of Africa and walk alongside them, exploring the lands that they know by heart. The nomads of the Serengeti, or the traditional Masai warriors have a very strong walking tradition. for years and years this tribe has walked the plains of Africa, moving their cattle and livestock to where there is grass to sustain them.
Masai people wear colourful robes and have surprisingly long legs. They can walk for weeks or even months, living only off the land. They use medicinal plants to remedy illnesses and drink a mixture of blood and milk as a source of protein. The Masai people are completely in tune with their natural environment and they can exist without any western influence, grocery stores or modern technology. There is much that can be learnt from these people, and walking with them is an incredible and memorable experience.
Southern African safari prices are generally lower than those in East Africa, and South Africa ranks first among Southern African locations in terms of value. This is because most of South Africa’s national parks are accessible by car, which can help keep costs down. A Zimbabwe safari is also particularly cost-effective for people on a limited budget. Zimbabwe’s national park campgrounds offer a variety of camping options as well as more affordable chalets.
Luxury safaris in Southern Africa take you closer to Africa’s wildlife but still offer you top-class accommodation and unrivaled service. If you are looking for the total safari experience and would like to explore the Southern African wildlife, then choosing one of the country’s top reserves is a good place to start. South Africa itself has no fewer than 20 national parks. This includes two of the world’s most famous wildlife reserves, the Kruger National Park and Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
Southern Africa offers a wide range of affordable holiday and safari options. A vacation to Southern Africa will not only show you the country’s unique landscapes and cultural mix, but it will also provide you with superb safari game viewing opportunities. Go on a self-drive safari through Southern Africa to keep safari costs cheap and to get panoramic views of the wildlife and the african bush.
A Big Five safari allows you to observe five of the continent’s most spectacular and famous creatures in their natural habitat. The Big Five are found in several Southern African countries, including Namibia, Botswana, South-Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. These southern africa safari tours will bring you closer to nature and allow you to interact with the African wildlife.
For those seeking a genuine African camping experience backpack around Africa by experiencing the pleasure of sleeping in national parks surrounded by wildlife and enjoying the simplicity of nature. Set up your tent and create a campfire with the assistance of your skilled guides while surrounded by stunning landscape. Experience sleeping under the stars and listening to the sounds of animals in the distance as the sun sets over the African plains.
Africa is a great place for adventure, romance, and leisure. The wildlife watching is unparalleled, and the safari lodges and mobile camps are intimate, luxurious and super romantic. A Southern African Safari is quite affordable which makes it the perfect place for a honeymoon safari in Southern Africa. The Okavango Delta, Botswana, South Africa and Victoria Falls in southern Africa are all fantastic destinations for a honeymoon in Africa.
Encounter one of Botswana’s most stunning and captivating locations on horseback. Imagine a thrilling horseback ride over the Kalahari Desert’s Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, complete with savannah wildlife and starry skies.
Experience the romance of luxury train travel, sip cocktails dine in style, watch the countryside roll by and let the train rock you to sleep. Rovos Rail and the Blue Train are perfect if you want to be pampered in luxury accommodation with world-class service, African-inspired culinary delights and a relaxed atmosphere. The most popular route for both trains is Cape Town to Pretoria (or vice versa).
Photographic trips in Botswana have jaw-dropping views, abundant animals, fantastic equipment, and knowledgeable guides. This photography safari visits explores the world-renowned Okavango Delta in Botswana, one of Africa’s most stunning game-viewing spots.
Self-drive trips across Southern Africa are popular among visitors because they provide them more flexibility and freedom. You can explore a country or countries at your convenience and pace behind the wheel of a car rental. For a self-drive in Southern Africa, South Africa, Namibia, and Botswana are all fantastic options.
Sossusvlei, in Namibia’s Namib-Naukluft National Park, is one of Southern Africa’s most famous natural wonders. The amazing scenery makes for amazing landscape photography! The park’s massive red sand dunes surrounded by enormous white salt and clay pans are a must see when on a safari in Southern Africa.
When visiting Victoria Falls, a helicopter ride is a must-do experience. That is why, in Victoria Falls, we provide a variety of helicopter flight alternatives for you to select from since we don’t want you to miss out. Choose from the most popular Victoria Falls Helicopter Flight Of Angels and experience one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world from above.
Water-based safaris allow you to visit places that are inaccessible by land, and they focus on finding and getting close to water dwelling animals.These activities almost always provide a beautiful view and are far more calming and quiet than drives or hikes. Sunsets on the lake are usually spectacular, and bird viewing is especially nice near water. Some of the best destinations in southern africa to experience these water safaris include; the beautiful Okavango Delta in Botswana, the Bangweulu wetlands in Zambia, as well as the distant Liuwa Plains in western Zambia.
A family safari is an excellent opportunity to introduce your children to nature and wildlife without having to worry about them becoming bored. Family safaris are designed to keep the joy of seeing animals and birds alive and participatory for all members of the family. A Namibia safari, a South Africa safari, a Zimbabwe safari, and a Zambia safari are the best safaris for families in Southern Africa.
There is plenty to do and see in Southern Africa, and solo travel is growing increasingly popular. When you travel alone, you can be entirely selfish about your preferences, focusing solely on your preferred African experiences. South Africa, Namibia, and Botswana are the best destinations in Southern Africa for solo travel.
Almost every country in Southern Africa has over a hundred different native languages to speak. In addition to that, when the Colonial European empires divided Africa, they brought English, French, Dutch, Portuguese, and German with them.
South Africa: The national currency of South Africa is the South African rand (ZAR). Namibia: Namibia’s currency, the Namibian Dollar (N$), is equivalent to the South African rand. Botswana: The Botswana Pula is the official currency of Botswana (BWP). Zambia: The Zambian Kwacha is the country’s official currency (ZMK). Zimbabwe: The Zimbabwe dollar is the country’s official currency (ZWL).
Southern Africa offers a wide selection of accommodation options to suit all preferences and budgets. Go camping in the African wilderness for a true safari experience. Nothing beats sleeping in the African bush under the stars. Also, most safari destinations provide tented camps ranging from basic bush camps to luxurious camping or experience a luxury train ride through Southern Africa.
On a Botswana safari, you can view hippos, crocodiles, and large herds of elephants congregated in the floodplains, or search for the Big Five in Botswana’s famed game reserves. You can see everything from whales to the Big Five to the most gorgeous bird species on the planet in South Africa. On a Namibia safari, you can see rhinos, elephants, lions, and much more on a safari. Zambia is famous for its wild dogs, lions, buffalo, and other animals.