Looking to take the family to southern Africa for a couple of weeks next year. What are the highlights and where should we go?
Namibiya? Botswana? Mozambique? What's the best time of year to go?
Mozambique is a must if you are into diving, I would recommend going to the tofu, near Inhambane. Whale Shark diving is very popular in the area, and is a once in a lifetime opportunity. The whale shark season is from November to April. The Victoria falls is an excellent place to go for a visit, however I would recommend staying on the Zambia side instead of the Zimbabwe side. You can go to the falls any time of year, however if you go in the rainy season, the river is spectacular, but it can be quite difficult to see the falls because of the volume of water that generates the mist. almost 8 years ago
You must go big game spotting.... one of the best experiences of my life. And I just so happen to have an African safari safety guide for you.
FYI male lions are really smelly, especially when they're only 1 or 2 metres from your seat in the truck!
Phil almost 8 years ago
I'll do some more background info on twitter later if that is OK to you
but this is what we did :
We flew into Windhoek and rented a car (4x4 or 4x2 would both work as
roads are really good), tent, coolbox on 12V, beds and other things.
I used a local travel agency run by a Belgian couple. You can find them
on http://www.focusnamibia.com/, please do contact either Wim or
Brunhilde with my regards. It's a long time ago I went but sure they
will remember me. I worked out a schedule with them for a 3 week
roadtrip. The way we did is to camp every other night out and combine
this with every other night in a lodge but I have to say the camping
sites in Namibia are spic and span, you often find you are with just a
handful of other people so very calm and its bliss to camp out in such a
country as I am sure you know :)
The trip took us from Windhoek to Sossusvlei,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sossusvlei which is an absolute wonder. We
camped nearby and headed then over to Swakopmund which is a nice beach
town. The road down to Swakopmund takes you via the Welwitschia drive,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welwitschia, several thousand year's old
plants which live in the desert which is worth going.
From there on we did Skeleton coast,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skeleton_Coast, an absolute must to do. On
the road you pass an big sea lion colony at Cape Cross,
http://www.namibian.org/travel/namibia/cape-cross.html, from which we
took it up to Terrace Bay.
From Terrace bay a nice drive to a Cheetah farm which is a stunning
experience, we stayed over for the night. I don't have the name with me
as in the office in NL but will ping that over to you when back in BE.
After the cheetah farm we spend a few days in Etosha national park,
http://www.namibian.org/travel/namibia/cape-cross.html, where there are
several lodges where you can stay, Namutomi being one of the better
since it's an old fort - really nice. almost 8 years agoAnswered by Koen via WorldNomads.com
Oh, and the roads are in stunning quality - its 15 to 20 meter wide perfect
gravel so if you are into driving a jeep over the African continent and
bush you will get a kick out of this. I found it truly inspiring. It
is also very safe and providing you stay on appointed camping sites
everything is very well organized. The latter is also important if you
don't want to find yourself sleeping next to a couple of lions...
animals will get close to your tent at night tough, mostly jackal, kudu
and possibly elephants. almost 8 years agoAnswered by Koen via WorldNomads.com
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 8 years agoAnswered by Alison Rex