After last week’s journey through East Africa, we’re continuing our photographic journey through the continent. See more of the diverse and beautiful landscapes of Africa as we journey South. See these incredible landscapes in person on our overland safaris.
We pick up where we left off last week on our African journey. The island of Zanzibar is a place of white sandy beaches, incredible blue water, amazing seafood and (clearly) sunsets.
A tumultuous history including colonial rule, war and regime change has left Maputo with a rich history, reflected in the buildings that line the streets of the capital. But Mozambique’s true appeal has to be its beautiful beaches. But don’t miss other attractions like Gorongosa National Park and Ibo Island.
3. Victoria Falls
One of the Seven Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls (known locally as ‘The Smoke that Thunders’) is thought to form the largest sheet of falling water in the world, at around 1.7 km. Adrenaline junkies will be enthralled at the range of activities on offer in the area, like bungee jumping, jet-boating, white-water rafting, helicopter flights, microlighting and canoeing.
4. The Okavango Delta
The largest inland delta in the world, the Okavango Delta sustains a range of flora and fauna. The best way to get around is undoubtedly by makoro, a traditional dug-out canoe that is poled along the countless waterways.
5. The Kruger National Park
One of Africa’s most famous national parks, The Kruger is said to have the greatest diversity of wildlife in all of Africa. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife in the area, the park’s total area comes to almost 2 million hectares, and has come to be a world leader in environmental conservation techniques and policies. Here you’ll find the Big 5, as well as a huge range of other carnivores and herbivores, including a huge elephant population.
6. The Drakensberg
A dramatic mountain range that forms the eastern escarpment of the country, the Drakensberg is known for its incredible views and world-class hikes. Pictured above is an area known as The Amphitheatre, for obvious reasons.
7. The Cape Wine Route
The wines of the Western Cape region in South Africa are renowned worldwide, and the region itself is well worth a visit, whether you’re into wine or not. The food is of an outstanding quality, and once your tummy’s full you’ll have an exquisite view to take in too.
8. Cape Town
This famous city has been known variously in times gone by as The Cape of Storms and also The Cape of Good Hope. Depending on when you visit you’ll be able to see why. The summers are utterly radiant, with jaw-dropping scenery to compliment the hot weather and world-class beaches. The winters are wet and stormy, but not to worry – the local wineries have a solution for getting you through!
Known more for the striking beauty of its magnificent landscapes than for herds of game, Namibia is a highly rewarding place to visit. Featuring the Namib Desert, the oldest desert on the planet, Namibia can also lay claim to some of the planet’s tallest sand dunes – second only to the Badain Jaran Desert dunes in China – which reach up to 300 meters in height. But there are some world-class game reserves here, including Etosha National Park where you can get up close and see the Big Five.