6 Southern Africa Adventures for Every Travel Bucketlist
Close your eyes and picture this: A flat landscape with scenic wonders as far as the eye can see. A cultivation of mountains, forests and deserts filled with more wildlife than you can keep track of. Various areas that offer some of the world’s best wines and cuisine that you’ll ever consume. And a cultural experience that’s nothing short of spectacular. It’s a day-dream experience you won’t want to wake up from, but you can enjoy it in real life when you book a trip to South Africa.
If you’re ready to jet off on an African vacation, you must include the following adventures on your South African bucket list.
Sip delicious wines and enjoy a trip through the Cape Winelands
Noted as a premier visitor attraction of the Western Cape – and the world’s longest wine route – the wine and brandy trails through the Winelands are some of South Africa’s most scenic. Throughout your journey, you may not only sip world-renowned wines, but you’ll also enjoy decadent brandy and delicious cuisine with breathtaking views.
Pro Tip: Making a trip to the Cape Winelands is ideal in the winter – May through August – when the lands are most green and beautiful.
Track the Big Five in South Africa’s Kruger National Park
You must make time for a sight-seeing adventure through Kruger National Park. There, you can spot the Big Five game animals, which consists of the lion, leopard, African elephant, Cape buffalo and rhinoceros. It’s not guaranteed that you’ll spot all five on a single safari, but travelers are always encouraged to take the chance and delve into this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with these wild creatures on a tour. Beyond the animals you’ll see, you’ll be totally overwhelmed by the atmosphere. Between the tall mountains and rolling hills to the bush plains and tropical forests, the landscape will likely make a lasting impression in your memory.
Go on a safari through Botswana’s Chobe National Park
Known as the third largest conservation area in Botswana, Chobe National Park is one of the best places to visit for discovering wildlife in its natural habitat. By creating a natural division of animals, the park allows free roaming and conducts natural conservation efforts to preserve the landscape. While visiting Chobe National Park, you’ll be asked to respect a number of strict policies, such as refraining from using private vehicles and instead using the small plane charter for travel. These rules are in place to preserve the natural environment as much as possible. Plus, the park is home to Africa’s largest concentration of elephants!
Explore the Wetlands of the Okavango Delta
There’s no better way to spend a full day in Southern Africa than on an expedition through its largest wetland. This unprecedented 1,000-mile journey through the Delta will captivate your senses – the sights and scent of the wetland within a desert is unparalleled. Upon exploring the Okavango Delta, not only will you come across common African wildlife such as lions, zebras, elephants and cheetahs, but you’ll also see sitatunga and wild dog – two species that are hard to find elsewhere. In the winter months, massive rainfalls flood the Delta making for a truly magical experience.
Discover ‘The Smoke That Thunders’ at Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls
A trip to Zimbabwe would be nothing without visiting Victoria Falls, or as most like to call it, “The Smoke That Thunders.” It’s one of Africa’s greatest attractions, as well as one of the largest and best-known waterfalls in the world. Although it has a reputation for being a tourist attraction, its environment would make you believe otherwise. Instead of guardrails acting as barriers, you’ll notice only branches and bushes dividing visitors from the falls. And you won’t only run into other travelers while you’re there; you’ll likely come across warthogs and vervet monkeys too!
Enjoy Cape Town’s Iconic Table Mountain and the Scenic Cape Peninsula
Tourists and locals alike can enjoy views of Table Mountain, one of the world’s oldest peaks that paints a beautiful skyline in Cape Town. You can choose between several hiking trails to get to the top, but your reaction will be nothing short of spectacular regardless of the route you take. Some call it the most astonishing view in all of Africa. You can even take in the scenery over a meal at one of the cafes at the top.
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