Looking to take the family to southern Africa for a couple of weeks next year. What are the highlights and where should we go?
I've travelled a lot through Southern and Eastern Africa but the 2 countries that blew my mind were Namibia and Botswana. I've been to Bots in the wet and dry and the wet season is truly spectacular. It can be tricky to get into the Delta on your own so I'd recommend Jenman Safaris - they have been going there for years. Top end is Wilderness safaris, they have been reintroducing rhino into the Delta and I was fortunate enough to be part of that program. They have some really nice camps there. Namibia is a photographers dream! Extraordinary landscapes, people and history. Luderitz is a must see, the Welwichia plants are from pre-historic times, skeleton coast is from another world and dune buggies in Swakopmund are loads of fund. If the kids like seals (I don't!!), there's a choice of seal colonies to see on the coast and out of Swakopmund. It is worth the heavy drive up to Kaokoland to see the Himba tribes and learn about their culture. I can't imagine what the going rate for a photo would be! Campsites are great through Namibia. bots will be better for game viewing. I liked Mozambique as well but it is more for water sport enthusiasts. Big game fishing is popular, diving, sailing. However, it is great just to walk through the street of Maputo and absorb the culture. Further north is supposed to be really lovely. I agree with Mark that Vic Falls is stunning and the Zambia side is the go. Two weeks is too short! almost 9 years ago