Southern Africa - Wildlife Region
Now we are talking! Our Southern Africa Wildlife Tours offer the full package, the real deal, the safari expedition of a lifetime! They combine Natural Wonders of the World, World Heritage Sites and wildernesses you have always dreamed of. We will journey from the end of the continent to desert dune, from lazy deltas to teeming savannas, from towering forests to mountain vistas, and from ranging rivers to breathtaking coastlines. The sheer abundance of mammal, birds and all manner of biodiversity on offer will overwhelm your senses. This is an experience that rivals the very best our natural world has to offer.
Join us on this amazing journey from the fairest Cape to Etosha, the Okavango Delta to Victoria Falls, the Kruger National Park to iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Expeditions through these areas offer a mouthwatering prospect of adventure and abundance.
Some of the target species will include: The classic ‘Big Five’ (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo and both White Rhino and Black Rhino), African Wild Dog, Cheetah, Hyena, Hippo, Honey Badger, Sitatunga, Sable, Roan, Red Lechwe, Bat-eared Foxes, and all manner of big and small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and lepidoptera.
Namibia offers extraordinary beauty and uniqueness. It is a must-visit African country. It possessed the world’s oldest desert with the highest sand dunes in the world, that meet the sea. It also offers the rugged desert mountains of the Namibian Escarpment with its desert elephants and rhinos, and the vast Etosha National Park, which ranks as one of the world’s greatest game parks.
The tour will lead you through vastly diverse habitat types, including: coastal shores and estuaries, broad-leaved woodland, riverine forest, floodplains, grass plains, papyrus swamps, mountains, gravel and sandy deserts. We will visit Windhoek and surrounds, the Namib Desert sand dunes around Sossusvlei, Spitzkoppe, Etosha, and the Caprivi Strip.
On the mammal front you can expect to discover: the “Big Five” (Lion, Leopard, African Elephant, Black and White Rhinoceroses, and African Buffalo), Cheetah, Bat-eared Fox, Hartmann’s Zebra, Roan and Sable Antelopes, Red Lechwe, Topi, Common Eland, Springbok, Sitatunga, Meerkat, Honey Badger, Dassie Rat, Spotted-necked Otter, South African and Damara Ground Squirrels, Caracal and African Wild Cat. The country is home to over 620 species of birds.
Makgadikgadi, Okavango, Moremi, Chobe
Botswana is arguably southern Africa’s most famous and abundant wildlife destinations. It offers remarkable contrasts from the lily-laden backwaters of the Okavango Panhandle to the desolate Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Botswana's exceptional avifauna includes several range-restricted and highly sought-after species.
The tour will commence in the drier area of Maun, from where we venture east towards the Makgadikgadi Pans, before returning to access the Moremi Game Reserve and the Okavango Delta. We will then head north-east through to the renowned Savuti area and then end the tour in Chobe National Park at Kasane.
On our journey through this wilderness region we can expect to discover all manner of big game, with extraordinary wildlife sightings on offer. Quality time will be spent observing many sought-after species, including Lion, African Elephant, Leopard, Cheetah, African Wild Dog, Spotted Hyena, African Buffalo, Roan, Sable, Red Lechwe, Giraffe, Hippopotamus, Sitatunga, Topi, Puku, Bat-eared Fox and Caracal. The birdlife and other biodiversity occurs in great abundance, with 601 species on offer.
Table Mountain, Kruger, iSimangaliso
We will begin our tour in Cape Town, as no trip to South Africa would be complete without a visit to one of the New 7 Wonders of the Natural World, Table Mountain. We will journey to the furthest south-western point of the continent at Cape Point, named "The Fairest Cape in all the World". Here we will search the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve for Eland, Cape Mountain Zebra, Chacma Baboons, Ostriches and over 250 other bird species. The habitat of the region is called fynbos, and comprises the smallest but richest of the world’s six floral kingdoms. We will also visit Boulders National Park for the African Penguins. Whale watching, dolphin watching, and shark-cage diving expeditions are also an added option.
From here we will venture to the KwaZulu-Natal northern coast to the country's first world heritage site, the exceptionally diverse iSimangaliso Wetland Park. This huge protected area consists of both land and marine areas. The park’s centrepiece is the vast Lake St. Lucia, home to large numbers of hippos, crocodiles, pelicans and flamingos. Elephants, giraffes, leopards, buffalo and both white and black rhino inhabit the grasslands, bushveld and forests of the Eastern and Western Shores, an Mkhuze Game Reserve. To the north, Sodwana Bay is known for its exceptional coral reefs, turtle tours, whale and dolphin watching. The bird list is extraordinary with an incredible 526 species on offer.
From here we will journey to the world renowned Kruger National Park and its adjacent western private reserves. Kruger is one of Africa’s largest game reserves and forms part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park. Its high density of wild animals includes the Big 5 (lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffaloes) and another 142 other mammal species. The park is also home to a great diversity of 508 bird species, including vultures, eagles and storks. Mountains, bush plains and forests are all part of the landscape. The adjacent private reserves offer some of the greatest wildlife viewing and safari lodge experiences in the world, with an extraordinary concentration of predators and a great regularity of sightings.
Victoria Falls, Mana Pools, Hwange
On this trip we will visit the Victoria Falls region, Mana Pools National Park and Hwange National Park.
We will commence at the mighty Zambezi River and the thundering Victoria Falls, one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World, where the wide Zambezi plummets over 300ft into the Batoka Gorge. This region is diverse, and includes the Victoria Falls National Park, Kazungula, Mosi-ou-Tunya National Park. Zambezi National Park to the south of the Falls and many other habitats. The region offers a variety of birding habitats and opportunities including the rainforest next to the Falls itself, the Zambezi river, the gorges below the Falls, the miombo woodland surrounds and the National Park. Most of this area has large populations of African Elephant, African Buffalo, Lion and Hippopotamus, so great care must be taken when walking.
Over 470 species of birds are also on offer.
Mana Pools National Park lies in the heart of the Lower Zambezi Valley, where the river meanders through Zimbabwe all the way to the Indian Ocean. This remote, wildlife-rich area offers spectacular river views as well as floodplain, forest and escarpment vistas.
Mana Pools is a World Heritage Site, based on its pure wilderness and beauty. It is home to a wide range of mammals, over 350 bird species and aquatic wildlife. It is rated as one of the top parks in Africa, and forms part of the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area. It is also a Ramsar Wetland Site and Important Bird Area.
Hwange National Park is in west Zimbabwe, and it is the largest park and protected area in Zimbabwe, covering some 1.4 million hectares (3.46 million acres). Hwange offers diverse habitats shared between desert-adapted and woodland species, ensuring large concentrations of wildlife, particularly elephants. The park offers over 100 species of mammals and nearly 400 bird species. Its grasslands and mopane woods are also home to Lion prides, African Wild Dogs, buffalo, sable, roan, giraffe, wildebeest, and gemsbok. In the northwest, animals gather at Mandavu and Masuma dams, where there are concealed lookouts. Bumbusi National Monument includes 18th-century ruins and pre-colonial rock carvings. In the southeast, waterholes include the Nyamandhlovu Pan, with its elevated viewing platform.