South Africans are thronging to neighbouring African countries like never before, lured by its diversity, rich history, natural beauty and cultural heritage. Take a quick peek at the top five travel picks of Africa:
With numerous parks and wildlife reserves, safaris are a must-do when you're in Botswana. Head for the Moremi Game Reserve - located in the Okavango Delta and spread over 5000 sq km, this reserve features an impressive diversity of birds, animals and vegetation. Stay at the Xakanaxa Camp – here you can indulge in numerous activities such as game viewing, boating, fishing, and land/water safaris. The camp is equipped with all amenities including bars, a sundeck, a fire-deck and a library.
The Loisaba private wildlife conservancy in Kenya comes highly recommended. At Loisaba, you can go trekking, fishing, mountain biking, horse riding, river rafting, and yes, game driving. This conservancy is spread over thousands of miles and is guaranteed to bring you face-to-face with some spectacular wildlife. Accommodation at Loisaba is luxurious and the overall experience will leave you rejuvenated.
The Pemba Beach Hotel and Spa in Mozambique is considered the gateway to the 42,000 sq km Niassa National Reserve, noted for its miombo forests, savannah and wetlands, apart from its wildlife. After a tiring day of wilderness exploration, you can relax at the hotel, with its luxurious spa or have some more fun indulging in water sports such as windsurfing, knee boarding, water skiing, and sailing.
Situated in the middle of the NamibRand Nature Reserve, Wolwedans is a collection of camps that you can treat as your base as you explore the extraordinary natural wonders of Namibia. Wolwedans has a unique rustic charm and lets you truly relax when you return from your safaris, hot-air ballooning, mountaineering, and hiking.
With its numerous national parks, safaris in Zambia make for an unforgettable experience. Zambia lets you go on fly-in safaris, fishing safaris, walking safaris, and canoeing safaris, to mention just a few. One of the best ways you can explore Zambia’s charms is to visit the Toka Leya Camp located along the banks of the Zambezi River. The Toka Leya Camp, operated by Wilderness Safaris, is about 12 km from Victoria Falls and is comprised of 12 luxurious safari-style tents. The camp is also equipped with an infinity pool, climate control sundeck, and curio shops.
Included in the camp package are leisure activities such as river cruises, nature walks and game drives through the famous Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park. For a little extra, you can also go on chopper tours, canoeing and tiger fishing!