Southern Africa Safaris
From the red desert dunes of the Sossusvlei in Namibia to the watery plains of Botswana’s Okavango Delta and the iconic Victoria Falls found between Zambia and Zimbabwe, Southern Africa offers diverse landscapes and unique experiences waiting to be experienced. Many destinations in the region are strongholds of the Big 5 and provide sanctuary for some of the most endangered wildlife species in the world.
While Liquid Giraffe’s home base is Botswana, we have travelled extensively through Southern Africa. We know how to tailor itineraries and safaris according to different budgets, time frames and interests for our guests wanting to travel to these Southern African destinations:
- South Africa
Make no mistake, Namibia is a large country! It has one of the most rugged and diverse landscapes – from the majestic mountains of the Damaraland to the famed, highly productive Etosha National Park and wilderness area of the Kunene. Don’t forget the beaches; pristine indeed and the cooler Atlantic waters are refreshing. The shipwreck dotted coastline in the wild north is a surreal sight.
How to get around: Liquid Giraffe offers both fly-in safaris, which start from Windhoek – served by many international airlines – and very affordable self-drive safaris. The latter is popular particularly with families and we can create magical itineraries incorporating lodges, guest houses and, if you opt for a fully equipped vehicle, even campsites.
Photo by Mike Meyers
Zambia is famous for its walking safaris, where you journey by foot into the remote, wildlife-rich South Luangwa National Park. The Lower Zambezi National Park is celebrated for its impressive animal and bird life as are the Busanga and Nanzhila plains of Kafue National Park. Of course, one of the most celebrated destinations in Zambia is ‘The Smoke that Thunders’, the mighty Victoria Falls in Livingstone.
How to get around: Liquid Giraffe offers fly-in packages from both the country’s capital, Lusaka and Livingstone. We create lodge to lodge safaris to Livingstone, North and South Luangwa national parks as well as the Lower Zambezi and Kafue national parks.
Zimbabwe remains a magnificent country, with a variety of attractions, thriving wildlife and welcoming people. The safari hotspots of Hwange, Mana Pools and the Matusadona national parks coupled with a stay near Victoria Falls make for very unforgettable memories.
How to get around: Liquid Giraffe suggests including to start or finish a Zimbabwe safari with a stay near to Victoria Falls and a cross-border experience in Botswana. Both airports at Harare and Victoria Falls are serviced by many international airlines so it’s an easy destination to fly to.
If you have the time and budget, why not consider including in your holiday to Southern Africa, a few days in South Africa or Mozambique?
South Africa offers a wide variety of key tourist spots such as The Greater Kruger, Cape Town and the Cape winelands, KwaZulu-Natal and the Drakensberg Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Aware that visitors are spoilt for choice in South Africa, Liquid Giraffe focusses primarily on Cape Town and Johannesburg extensions to a Southern African safari. Popular are our self-drive safaris (we also supply vehicles for you!) through the Cape and Garden Route along with the game parks and scenic areas of KwaZulu-Natal as they mix coastal delights with rugged mountain landscapes. London to Cape Town and London to Durban direct non-stop flights make it so easy to get to these two provinces.
With its 2,500 km coastline, Mozambique and the Bazaruto Archipelago have some of the whitest beaches in Southern Africa, that are washed by the warm Indian Ocean. Our favourite destinations are the country’s culturally vibrant capital, Maputo and the Ihaca Peninsular, the coastal town of Vilanculos and the Bazaruto Archipelago. Access to Mozambique is either into Maputo, Vilanculos or Pemba, and there are daily direct flights from Johannesburg. Pemba and the Querimbas Islands, are easily accessed from Tanzania making it a great Southern and Eastern African combination holiday.
For those travellers wanting to combine both Southern and Eastern Africa in one extraordinary safari, new air routes make this so easy and we can help you plan this African trip so that it is as seamless as possible.