Safari Countries

  • South Africa
  • Botswana
  • Zambia
  • Namibia

South Africa

The Republic of South Africa (RSA) is the southern most country of the African continent. It is a melting pot of cultures and languages and is also called the Rainbow nation. After the release of Nelson Mandela in 1990 the country became peaceful and democratic and is regarded as one of the top travel destinations in Africa. SA best accomplishment was to be the host country of the 2010 Fifa Football world cup.
It is by far the most modern and advanced country in Africa and just fewer than 50 million people call it home

It has well known cities like Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, and the capital city is Pretoria, all which boasts an excellent variety of international hotels and accommodation, plenty of restaurants and world class shopping malls, banks, transport, sport stadiums and golf courses. It is like Europe or US in Africa!
Getting to and around RSA is no problem as the country has great infrastructure with an excellent road network and the most modern airports in Africa with car hire facilities and public transport

The city of Johannesburg’s O R Tambo International airport (busiest in Africa) is serviced daily by flights from USA/Canada, Israel, Europe, Far East, Australia and South America

But it is the natural beauty and warm sunny weather which attract most visitors to this country with a 3000km coastline, 4 UNESCO world heritage sites, spectacular mountains, semi-deserts, coastal forests, vineyards and 23 national parks full of wildlife and birds, including the big 5 of Africa

Wildlife at it very best can be seen at the world famous Kruger national Park as well as other protected game reserves like Sabi Sand, Timbavati, Umfolozi, Mkuze, iSimagaliso, Addo and Kgalagadi

Other famous destinations include Table Mountain, the garden route and the towering mountains of the Ukahlamba Drakensberg range.

South Africa’s currency is the Rand (R1 = 100 cents) and trades for approximately R10/$.

Average daily temperatures (Celsius)

            Summer    Winter
Max          32            19
Min           10            5

Botswana

Botswana is one of Africa’s success stories. It is a stable and affluent nation due to rich diamond deposits and carefully managed tourism

Botswana is about the size of France or Texas but with only 1,8 million citizens of whom two thirds live in the south and east of the country near the capital Gaborone and the major towns of Selebi-Phikwe, Serowe, Molepolole, Mahalapye and Francistown

Most of the country is arid Kalahari savanna unsuitable for agriculture but ideal for wildlife. This makes Botswana the perfect safari country with plenty of wilderness for you to get lost in

Some of Africa’s most pristine and unspoilt wilderness areas are to be found in Botswana and therefore the government is very ecologically and conservation minded and manages the country’s unique natural assets better than most other African countries. In fact nearly 40% of the land is protected in some form

The biggest attraction in Botswana is undoubtly the wild Okavango delta in the north. With abundant birds and animals it is almost like watching National geographic but live! The town of Maun is the gateway to the delta

If you are fascinated by elephants the Chobe national park near the town of Kasane is the place to visit where they occur in huge numbers. The park also boasts an impressive array of wildlife especially in to the end of the dry season (August to September) when hundreds of animals congregate along the Chobe river

Other well known Parks of Botswana are the vast and arid Makgadikgadi and Nxai salt pans, the huge 52 000 sqkm central Kalahari game reserve, the Khutse Game reserve, the Tuli block and the Savuti-Linyanti-Kwando region

English is the official language and Setswana the national language. Driving is on rthe left and the local currency is the Pula which is divided into 100 Thebe and it trades P7 = U$ 1. The South African Rand is also accepted at most major towns and tourist facilities. Most safari operators and lodges use the US $ in their costing and pricing

Zambia

Zambia formerly known as Northern Rhodesia is a landlocked country and takes its name from the Zambezi River, the 4th longest in Africa (2650 km /1650miles)

Zambia is cleaved by two major valleys- the Zambezi and the Luangwa and it shares the 290km (180miles) long man- made Lake Kariba with neighboring Zimbabwe

The population is about 11 million people and there are over 70 different languages besides the official English. The most widely spoken is Bemba (18% of the population) with some other dialects Tonga, Lozi, Nyanja, Lunda and Tumbuka

The cultures and traditional ceremonies are fascinating.  The most famous is the 300 year old migration of the cattle farming Lozi people when their King leads them to higher ground in order to escape the annual flood waters of the Barotse flood plains

Zambia’s economy centers on the copper belt, a 150 km long corridor of copper, cobalt and precious stones

The capital is Lusaka and other major towns are Livingstone, Ndola, Mpika, Mongu. Near the town Chingola is the famous Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage which serves as a home for orphaned chimpanzees.

Zambia’s only port is Mpulungu at the shores of lake Tanganyika - the second deepest lake in the world at 1433m(4700ft) and also referred to as Africa’s inland sea, lying in Great Rift Valley

Most visitors will eventually find themselves in the town of Livingstone, next to the mighty Victoria Falls, one of the 7 Wonders of the world - 1700 wide and 110m high and the spray can be seen 30 km away. Victoria Falls is also the undisputed adventure capital of southern Africa, famous for grade 5 white water rafting, bungee jumping, elephant back safaris and canoeing

A visit to Zambia gives the traveler a taste of the real Africa with genuinely wild unspoilt national parks which supports great herds of game, in fact Zambia’s 19 parks are some of the best kept secrets in Africa, places like South Luangwa, Kafue and Lower Zambezi national park and the Bangwelu Swamps

Zambia is also famous as the birthplace of the walking safari and also for canoeing trips along the Zambezi River in the company of hippos

The currency of Zambia is Kwacha but most tourist attractions and safari operators make use of US $

 In Zambia English is widely spoken and driving is on the left

Namibia

Namibia is a spectacular and extreme country, home to the Fish River canyon - 2nd largest in the world and some amazing geological formations, rugged mountain and desert scenery, tribes and abundant wildlife in the famous Etosha national park

The name Namibia comes from the Namib Desert which stretches the whole western side of the country- also called the Skeleton coast, an area that stretches for 1400km (2250miles) and has over a hundred shipwrecks. This desert is one of the driest places on earth and the biggest and highest sand dunes in the world are to be found at Sossusvlei

Namibia is a vast country and with only about 1.8 million people it has a very low population density- on average 2 people per square km. It was formerly known as German South-west Africa, finally gaining independence in 1990 after many years of domination by foreign powers.
Namibia’s economic activities include mining diamonds and other semiprecious stones, minerals and metals.
Livestock farming and fishing are also major export industries

Some of the tribes like the Himba live a nomadic life in some of the most stunning landscapes of Damaraland and Kaokoland while the San (Bushmen) use to live a hunter-gather lifestyle and are famous for their rock paintings at Twyfelfontein

Namibia’s mix of arid, sandy and rocky wilderness results in a unique and rich variety of desert plant life and there is quite a fascination with Namibia’s Flora. Best known are the Welwitschia and Quiver trees that have adapted to the inhospitable Namib Desert. The rest of the country is covered by Camelthorn and Mopane trees and it has also some lush river plains in the Caprivi region and Linyanti swamps

The capital of Namibia is Windhoek and other major towns are Luderitz, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay and Keetmanshoop,Otjiwarongo, Tsumeb and Grootfontein

The Namibian currency unit is the Namibian dollar (N$) divided into 100 cents.
The N$ has the same value as SA rand and trades for approximately N$ 7.5 = U$1

In Namibia you can speak English, German or Dutch/Flemish and driving is on the left

 

Did you know?

Safari is a Swahili (language of Kenya) word meaning “Journey”


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