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Southern Africa is not so much a geographic or political entity, more a convenient term—often used by outsiders, including travel guides like ourselves—to group a collection of states marked by an astonishing diversity.

Botswana, Eswatini (Swaziland), Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, occupy the southern tip of Africa; their location being one of the few things they have in common (some include Angola; the island of Madagascar is usually excluded because of its distinctiveness).

One thing they do share is a troubled past: a visitor to any of these countries will find plenty of food for thought as to the long-term effects of colonialism, many of which are still playing out, including, arguably, in the travel industry.

On the positive side there are the most fantastic sights on offer, and experiences to be had. The natural beauty is, of course, breathtaking; a safari in one of the world-famous national parks is an adventure not to be missed. But there's so much more to Southern Africa than its safari parks. There are nearly 70 million people living here, speaking something like 1,500 different languages, with individual cultures and distinct identities. You'll come for the safari, but you'll fall in love with the people.

It will be stunning, it may be unsettling. But a trip to Southern Africa comes with one guarantee: the memories you take home will stay with you forever.

Safari in South Africa

An essential guide to the best game reserves in South Africa

There can be few experiences more exhilarating than hearing the roar of a distant lion as the sun rises on an African morning. South Africa has long been regarded as one of the world’s great safari destinations. The diversity of landscapes, from jungly swamps to searing semi-deserts, is without equal and the wealth of wildlife simply extraordinary...read more

4 days

Leopard spotting in South Luangwa

Seeing Zambia’s famous big cat
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4 days

Lower Zambezi safari

Safaris on land and water
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6 days

Kafue National Park safari and Victoria Falls

Wildlife, waterfalls and wilderness
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7 days

South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi safari

See both sides of Zambia
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7 days

South Luangwa and Victoria Falls safari

Tour Zambia’s highlights
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10 days

Victoria Falls and Zambia’s wildlife

Wildlife sanctuaries and powerful waterfalls
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  • Botswana

    Botswana

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  • Okavango Delta

    Okavango Delta

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  • Kwando River

    Kwando River

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  • Central Kalahari Game Reserve

    Central Kalahari Game Reserve

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  • Kasane

    Kasane

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  • Moremi Game Reserve

    Moremi Game Reserve

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  • Xakanaxa

    Xakanaxa

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  • Maun

    Maun

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  • Sankuyo

    Sankuyo

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  • South Africa

    South Africa

    Safari and beyond in the Rainbow Nation
    The Rainbow Nation has really come of age as a tourism destination and is perfect if you've not explored this mighty continent before...
  • Cape Town

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  • Johannesburg

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  • Durban

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  • Sabi Sands

    Sabi Sands

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  • Kruger National Park

    Kruger National Park

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  • Kwazulu-Natal

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  • Nelspruit

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  • Addo Elephant Park

    Addo Elephant Park

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  • North West Province

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  • The Karoo

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  • Madikwe Game Reserve

    Madikwe Game Reserve

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  • Timbavati Game Reserve

    Timbavati Game Reserve

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  • Pilanesberg National Park

    Pilanesberg National Park

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  • Hluhluwe Game Reserve

    Hluhluwe Game Reserve

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  • Welgevonden Game Reserve

    Welgevonden Game Reserve

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  • Kariega Game Reserve

    Kariega Game Reserve

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  • Pumba Game Reserve

    Pumba Game Reserve

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  • Waterberg Biosphere Reserve

    Waterberg Biosphere Reserve

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  • Amakhala Game Reserve

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  • Kwantu Game Reserve

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  • Lalibela Game Reserve

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  • Shamwari Game Reserve

    Shamwari Game Reserve

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  • Balule Nature Reserve

    Balule Nature Reserve

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  • Klaserie Nature Reserve

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  • Thornybush Game Reserve

    Thornybush Game Reserve

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  • Kapama Game Reserve

    Kapama Game Reserve

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  • Manyeleti Game Reserve

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  • Lion Sands Game Reserve

    Lion Sands Game Reserve

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  • Londolozi Game Reserve

    Londolozi Game Reserve

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  • Ulusaba Game Reserve

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  • Stellenbosch

    Stellenbosch

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  • Zambia

    Zambia

    Discover Zambia, experience Africa
    It’s ironic that landlocked Zambia is best known for its waterways...
  • Victoria Falls

    Victoria Falls

    At the height of the rainy season, more than 500 million cubic metres of water plummets over the edge of the Zambezi River into a gorge 100m below...
  • Livingstone

    Livingstone

    Relaxed Livingstone is best-known as the base for visitors to the Zambian side of Victoria Falls, but it also has a growing adventure scene...
  • Lower Zambezi National Park

    Lower Zambezi National Park

    The Lower Zambezi National Park’s wildlife is centred around the floodplain along the northeastern side of the Zambezi River...
  • South Luangwa National Park

    South Luangwa National Park

    Found in eastern Zambia at the end of the Great Rift Valley, South Luangwa National Park is famous for its population of leopards, who stalk the antelope, impalas and pukus that line its riverbanks...
  • Kafue National Park

    Kafue National Park

    Kafue National Park is one of Zambia’s oldest — and largest — national parks...
  • Lusaka

    Lusaka

    Sprawling Lusaka is Zambia’s capital and commercial centre...
  • Kasanka National Park

    Kasanka National Park

    Although Kasanka National Park is one of the smallest parks in Zambia, it still offers great opportunities to see animals such as antelopes, bushbucks and warthogs...
  • Liuwa Plain National Park

    Liuwa Plain National Park

    A remote park with stretching grass plains that host the second largest wildebeest migration in Africa, with an estimated 30,000 animals...
  • Luambe National Park

    Luambe National Park

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  • Victoria Falls

    Victoria Falls

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  • Chirundu

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  • Zimbabwe

    Zimbabwe

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  • Mana Pools National Park

    Mana Pools National Park

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Places to go in Southern Africa

Southern Africa Tours

The Best Of Lower Zambezi

Four-day private safari of Zambia's Lower Zambezi

4 daysFrom $1,425
Lower Zambezi National Park, Lusaka
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Private guided tour
Activity Safari, Luxury, Honeymoon, Family, Adventure, Water Sports, Canoeing, Active, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks, Culture

Explore South Luangwa Bush Camping

5 days bush camping in South Luangwa

5 daysFrom $3,047
South Luangwa National Park
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Private guided tour
Activity Safari, Luxury, Honeymoon, Family, Adventure, Active, Walking, Camping, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks, Culture

Zambia’s Premier Wildlife Safari

Wildlife safari in South Luangwa National Park

7 daysFrom $4,120
South Luangwa National Park, Lusaka
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Private guided tour
Activity Safari, Luxury, Honeymoon, Family, Active, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks, Culture

Exploring Luangwa’s Unspoilt Wilderness

5 day walking safari in Luangwa National Park

3 daysFrom $2,925
South Luangwa National Park, Lusaka
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Private guided tour
Activity Safari, Luxury, Honeymoon, Family, Adventure, Active, Walking, Camping, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks, Culture

Zambezi Canoeing & Kafue National Park

Canoe, safari and boat cruise in Kafue National Park

10 daysFrom $2,991
Lower Zambezi National Park, Kafue National Park, Lusaka
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Private guided tour
Activity Cruise & Sailing, Safari, Luxury, Honeymoon, Family, Adventure, Water Sports, Canoeing, Active, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks, Culture

Zambia's Animal Kingdom

13 days safari in Kafue National Park and South Luangwa National Park

13 daysFrom $7,300
South Luangwa National Park, Kafue National Park
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Private guided tour
Activity Safari, Luxury, Honeymoon, Family, Adventure, Active, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks, Culture

Southern Africa Travel Companies

Absolute Zambia Safaris

Custom safari holidays to Zambia
Zambia
Custom itinerary, Private guided tour
Safari, Luxury, Family, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks, Responsible Travel

Wild Frontiers

Safaris into East, West and Southern Africa
East Africa, Southern Africa
Custom itinerary, Small group tour, Private guided tour
Safari, Adventure, Hiking & Trekking, Active, Overlanding, Camping, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, National Parks, Culture, Indigenous Tourism, Solo Travel

The African Wild

Botswana tours and safaris
Botswana
Custom itinerary, Private guided tour, Self-guided tour
Safari, Luxury, Family, Active, Walking, Camping, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks

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