Southern Africa: Unique in its Beauty. Where & Why You Should Visit
Southern Africa is one of the most naturally diverse regions on the continent and therefore is able to boast a wide variety of wildlife and postcard-worthy serene landscape. Here are four unique areas that you have to experience to believe.
Where: Pondoro Game Lodge, Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa
Why: If you’re looking to enjoy the wonder of a safari in an exclusive, luxurious setting where you will receive exemplary service, look no further than Pondoro Game Lodge, located in the Balule Nature Reserve which falls within the Greater Kruger National Park.
As one of the top award-winning game lodges in South Africa, it offers guests private game drives of no more than eight people at a time. The expert guides will share with you their immense knowledge of the area to ensure that you’re able to set your eyes on the legendary Big 5 – it’s a sight you’ll treasure forever.
Where: Maasai Mara, Kenya
Why: The Maasai Mara is located in Kenya and renowned for being home to a large population of big cats: lions; leopards and cheetahs.
The region is famous for the Great Migration of wildebeest. This incredible natural wonder that sees millions of wildebeest begin their trip from the southern Serengeti to the Maasai Mara – late July / early August is the best time to visit the Mara. It’s guaranteed that this an exclusive experience that you’ll only find in Africa
Where: Okavango Delta, Botswana
Why: If you want to really ‘get off the grid’, then choose the Okavango Delta for pure, untouched wilderness. The UNESCO World Heritage site is the world’s largest inland delta and due to its location on the northern edge of the arid sands of the Kalahari Desert, it attracts a surplus of wildlife that are dependent on the permanent water.
Among the islands in the delta, you can expect to see lions, elephants, hyenas, wild dog, buffalo, hippo and crocodiles. You’ll also have the pleasure of spotting antelope and smaller animals such as warthog, mongoose, spotted genets, monkeys, bush babies and tree squirrels.
There are also fantastic fishing spots in the Delta, but if you’re looking for a real challenge, head to the north of the Delta where the waters are faster and deeper. September to December is the season for the annual Okavango Catfish run – it’s a sight to behold.
Where: Mana Pools, Zimbabwe
Why: Mana Pools conservation area and national park is located in northern Zimbabwe, alongside the lower Zambezi River. Along the river line, you’ll find a paradise of pools and floodplains, complemented by beautiful forests and baobab trees.
Mana Pools is renowned for its huge elephant population – and if that isn’t enough, lion and leopard are regularly seen. It is also one of the best places in southern Africa to witness the endangered species of wild dogs.
The campsites are completely unfenced meaning that you are ‘one with the wild’; there will most likely be no one else in close proximity – just the wild animals that might wander in between your tents. While you need to be careful, it’s an incomparable, wild experience.
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