Botswana is a landlocked country north of South Africa that has been shaped by its rich geological history. Most of the country falls within the Kalahari Desert biome, characterized by dusty, dry, flat landscapes that provide vast open views of starlit night skies. The convergence of fault lines in the northwestern corner of the country has shaped one of the most unique landmarks in the world, the Okavango Delta. Rainwater from the Angolan highlands travels over 750 miles to spill into a vast desert, creating a lush oasis of floodplains and savannas, home to amazing wildlife, birdlife, and remote safari camps.
Botswana’s remote and pristine destinations offer an intimate and incredible safari experience. Enjoy the beauty of Botswana as you float in a dugout canoe in the Okavango Delta, take a quad bike adventure across the Makgadikgadi Pan, explore the wide open channels and rivers of the Chobe and Linyanti ecosystems, and admire the mesmerizing vistas in the Tuli Region. The country’s beautiful and diverse landscapes, amazing history, rich heritage, and hospitable people make it one of the most distinctive countries in Africa.
Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pans
The Tuli Block
Kenya’s wild landscapes and diverse ecosystems straddle the equator in East Africa. Vast savanna plains, rolling highlands, magnificent lakes, and harsh arid savannas can all be found within its borders. Kenya is also home to some of Africa’s most famous parks that support amazing wildlife populations. The Maasai Mara borders the Serengeti in Tanzania, and each year it welcomes the greatest mammal migration on earth. Millions of wildebeest, zebra, and other antelope move through the Mara in search of good grazing. Amboseli National Park and surrounding conservancies boast views of Mt. Kilimanjaro. In the Laikipia Region, cattle ranches have been transformed into thriving wildlife reserves that protect many of Kenya’s endangered species. The arid Samburu Region has its own “Special Five,” a group of unique creatures that thrive there.
Kenyans are warm, hospitable, and proud ambassadors of their country. Eco-tourism pioneers value and encourage community input and participation in conservation efforts, creating many successful protected areas where wildlife and humans peacefully coexist and benefit from one another. The incredible volume of wildlife, welcoming people, and unbelievable landscapes make Kenya a country you should include on your safari bucket list!
Amboseli and Chyulu Hills
Set in the southeastern corner of Africa along the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, Mozambique is home to over 1,500 miles of beautiful coastline. Enchanting tropical islands dot its clear, coastal waters, offering a remote and relaxing beach experience. Mozambique’s prolific coral reefs and marine life provide some of the world’s best diving, snorkeling, and fishing experiences. Dolphin, stingrays, and sea turtles can be seen swimming about. An ideal setting for a honeymoon celebration, tropical escape, or family gathering, Mozambique’s coast is the perfect addition to an African safari adventure.
Located north of South Africa along the Atlantic Coast, Namibia is home to spectacular landscapes, unique desert-adapted wildlife, and diverse and friendly people. This remote destination is filled with expansive, unimaginable beauty. Exploring this country is truly a life-changing experience that makes you feel like you are in another world. The Namib Desert extends along the length of Namibia’s Atlantic coastline. This stretch of desert is home to some of the world’s largest sand dunes that continuously shift. Namibia’s Etosha National Park boasts an incredible population of wildlife, and its massive salt pan creates a shimmering white backdrop to this fascinating park. The sunrise in Sosussvlei illuminates mesmerizing sand dunes, and Namibia’s extremely remote northwestern corner is home to the culturally rich and seminomadic Himba tribe. Namibia’s striking wild areas and natural wonders are sure to create an unforgettable safari experience.
Located in East Africa, Rwanda is a small landlocked country, west of Tanzania. Its misty rolling mountains in the west give way to open savanna plains in the east. Volcanoes National Park, located in the Virunga Mountains, is home to a chain of volcanoes that stretches along Rwanda’s northwestern border. This national park was the base for Dian Fossey’s research, and remains an important habitat for endangered mountain gorillas. Gorilla trekking is one of the most thrilling and moving wildlife experiences as you observe the interactions and behaviors of families of magnificent mountain gorillas. Rwanda’s unique and varied habitats are also an important home to over 700 species of birds! This country’s remarkable history, hospitable feel, unique wildlife experiences, and protected natural areas make it an amazing place to explore.
Volcanoes National Park
South Africa is the southernmost country of Africa. The waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Indian Ocean meet along the coast of the Rainbow Nation. Diverse in its people, history, landscapes, and habitats, South Africa is an exciting country to explore. Kruger National Park is one of the oldest reserves in the continent, home to an exciting and varied population of wildlife. Experienced trackers use nature’s clues to provide an incredible safari experience in one of the best Big Five destinations. South Africa is also well-known for its malaria-free safari destinations in wildlife rich areas.
The welcoming, laid back coastal city of Cape Town sits beneath stunning Table Mountain. Africa’s best dining experiences can be had in this city’s inviting and eclectic restaurants. South Africa is home to an unlimited amount of adventures. From exploring the beautiful hills of South Africa’s wine country, ascending near vertical cliffs to summit of Table Mountain, watching loggerhead and leatherback turtles lay their eggs, or tracking a leopard through the wilds of the South African Bush, there are unforgettable experiences to be had in this beautiful country.
Tanzania is an East African country that stretches from Kenya’s southern border down to Mozambique. This diverse land is home to Mount Kilimanjaro, the largest protected area in Africa, and a wildly beautiful coastline. Natural events take center stage in Tanzania’s vast wilderness areas that remain virtually untouched. Along with Kenya, Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park shares one of the Seven Wonders of the World with Kenya -- the great migration. Each year, over two million wildebeest, zebra, and other antelope migrate through this massive park in search of fresh grazing. In addition to the Serengeti, Tanzania is home to a large collection of unique and wild parks, where you can search for endangered chimpanzees, explore the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater, and fly camp under a blanket of stars. Amazing beach getaways look out onto the warm blue waters of the Indian Ocean along Tanzania’s coastline and tropical islands. Many of these islands are close to renowned diving and snorkeling spots, and mainland beaches invite you to spend your day under the shade of a palm-leafed cabana. With so many diverse and exciting places to visit, Tanzania offers an endless list of adventures and safari options to cater to any safari budget.
Zanzibar and Coast
Uganda is a landlocked country, sharing two of its borders and Lake Victoria with Kenya and Tanzania. Its varied habitats include towering mountains, dense rainforests, open plains, and many large lakes. Uganda is a special safari destination that supports a tremendous biodiversity within its wild and varied landscapes. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bwindi National Park is home to the world’s greatest concentration of primates. Here you can trek and spend time with the elusive, magnificent mountain gorilla in its natural habitat. In Mahinga National Park you can trek in search of the equally rare African golden monkey. Uganda boasts an incredible population of over 1,000 different bird species, with 350 species in Bwindi National Park alone. Its equatorial climate creates excellent traveling temperatures, year round.
Bwindi National Park
Zambia is a landlocked country centrally located in southern Africa. It is respected as one of the best walking safari destinations in Africa. Zambia’s relatively low volume of tourists provides a wild safari experience in vast, untamed wildernesses. The central plateau gives way to three incredible river valleys that are magnets for Zambia’s wildlife. South Luangwa National Park and North Luangwa National Park are located in the Luangwa River Valley, where fluctuating river waters create a dynamic environment and an untouched wilderness. Lower Zambezi National Park is an exhilarating wildlife reserve packed with adventure! Exploring this wilderness reveals its spectacular array of wildlife. Adventure seekers can discover this area by boat, canoe, or foot. Kafue National Park is home to a vast expanse of swampland, lush lagoons, and seasonally inundated floodplains that attract one of the most diverse populations of wildlife in Africa. Livingstone is a city filled with history, adventure, and spectacular views of Victoria Falls. Zambia’s wild parks, welcoming bush camps, and breathtaking scenery invite visitors to reset and revel in the country’s natural surroundings.
Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in Southern Africa sandwiched between two rivers. The mighty Zambezi River flows along its northern border with Zambia, while the Limpopo River meanders along its southern border with South Africa. The Zambezi plummets with enormous force into a gorge over 250 feet deep at Victoria Falls. In Mana Pools, the Zambezi River overflows into floodplains and lagoons, and its forested riverbanks host great concentrations of wildlife. Along Zimbabwe’s western border, the open grasslands of Hwange National Park support massive herds of wildlife, and its waterholes attract breeding herds of elephant and buffalo year round. Sandstone cliffs decorate Zimbabwe’s eastern highlands and create spectacular vistas. Zimbabwe’s history, welcoming people, beautiful landscapes, and spectacular wildlife make it one of Africa’s safari treasures.