We’re sure by now that Southern Africa is on your bucket list for 2019- and why wouldn’t it be? Packed with culture, amazing animals and landscapes, and friendly people, you’re sure to enjoy yourself no matter where you roam. If you’re looking for even more great reasons to visit Southern Africa in the next year, then why not try these five fantastic Acacia Africa favourites on for size?
1. Table Mountain, South Africa
You’re probably heading to South Africa for the wildlife experience- and we don’t blame you! No trip to the country would be complete, however, without experiencing the iconic spread of Table Mountain for yourself. Beloved of all Cape citizens, this remarkable natural feature looms large over Cape Town, drawing both the eye and the imagination. When the famous ‘tablecloth’ cloud formation rolls in, it’s one of the most breathtaking sites you will experience. Hike up the Lion’s Head, take a cable car to the summit, or explore the nearby natural reserve… just make sure this is a sight you take in while in South Africa
2. South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
A Safari is part of the African experience- but the most popular destinations can get a little crowded if you’re visiting in the premier seasons. Head off-the-beaten-track in Zambia and explore the lush natural bounty of South Luangwa National Park. Dusk and dawn drives give you a true sense of the African bush in an authentic, wild atmosphere that’s difficult to beat. This park has one of the highest leopard populations in the world, as well as lions, elephants, hippos, crocodiles, buffalo, monkeys and the rare Thornicroft giraffe. Take the thrill to the max with a walking safari.
3. Sossusvlei Dunes, Namibia
One of the eeriest, most haunting landscapes in the world, these ancient dunes are beckoning you! Experience the Deadvlei for yourself, a ghostly area of dry, white clay and salt pans, where the fingers of long-dead camelthorn trees reach for the achingly blue sky, ringed in bright orange sand from the dunes. It’s indescribable, and has to be experienced to be truly understood.
4. The Okavango Delta, Botswana
The astounding blue water trailing lazily through the delta area, and the lush greenery of the vegetation which grows here, is a startling contrast to the dry Botswana bush. This world heritage site is a can’t-miss, so be sure to take a trip down the waterways in the traditional mokoro dugout canoe and experience the labyrinth channels and switchbacks from the water for an utterly unique perspective. Watch the astounding birds and wildlife, including the iconic Chobe elephants, as they come to drink at the precious water, and have a river-borne experience like no other.
5. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Experience one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World! Almost 2 km wide, and dropping almost 100 meters, the spray from this outstanding waterfall can be seen up to 30 km away. Let the thunder of the water fill your being as you enjoy the gorgeous national park, or get your adrenaline pumping with rafting, one of the world’s highest bungees, microlighting and more. You haven’t lived until you’ve experienced the Falls- so why not hop over from the less-crowded Zimbabwe side, and tick this momentous sight off your bucket list?
Wherever you roam in Southern Africa, there are rich and vibrant experiences awaiting you. Why not make 2019 the year you come home to Africa, and let her magic woo your weary soul? Acacia Africa is standing by to help you craft the experience of a lifetime.