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BOTSWANA

Known by many as South Africa’s friendly neighbor to the north, Botswana is teeming with rare wildlife that thrive in its seemingly endless nature reserves. Visitors are immediately enchanted by the unspoiled beauty of the country’s subtropical natural habitat, preserved through the Botswana people’s harmonious relationship with the natural environment. Travelers are immersed in the pristine safari landscape, graced by the awe-inspiring presence of diverse creatures like the Blue Wildebeest, the endangered African Wild Dog, and the regal African Elephant. Safaris illuminate all that Botswana has to offer, whether by foot, motorboat, or makoro (dug-out canoe). The rolling plains of Botswana evoke an untouched beauty parallel to the lifestyle of the indigenous people, known as the San. You can visit a village of the San Bushmen with a guide to observe the tribe’s unique lifestyle. You’ll arrive as a mere visitor and leave as yet another community member who has been embraced into the folds of the village culture.

Top 4 Highlights

  • Safari Ride at Chobe National Park
    Safari rides at dusk offer a majestic view of elephantlined rivers illuminated by the orange tinge of the setting sun. The breathtaking Victoria Falls is just a stone’s throw away.
  • Central Kalahari Game Reserve
    Visitors to the reserve are offered up-close views of fascinating, rare animals including ostriches, wildebeest, giraffes, and hyenas. Animals roam free throughout this protected area which is a unique safari experience.
  • Okavango Delta
    Known as the “jewel” of the Kalahari, the Okavango Delta is shaped like the soft, rounded folds of a fan. Another protected wildlife area where animals have free reign, elephants, buffalo, giraffes, zebras, and hippos are abound in their natural habitat.
  • Tsodillo Hills
    Known by many as the “Louvre of the Desert,” Tsodillo Hills carries with it the mystique and beauty of an earlier era. With over 4,500 rock paintings, the hills vibrate, embodying the sacred history of humanity and environmental diversity for more than 100,000 years.

KENYA

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Named for the prominent peak of Mt. Kenya that kisses the skies of East Africa, this alluring land forms part of the picturesque African Great Lakes region. Kenya possesses many of Africa’s aquatic and terrestrial wonders, positioned as it is along the eastern coast of Africa and bordered by Uganda to the west, Ethiopia to the north and Somalia to the northeast. The country’s remote location makes it an ideal destination for the thrill-inclined; deep-sea fishing, dolphin watching, and snorkeling are only a few of the aquatic activities found in Kenya. There are far too many wondrous attractions to count, including the candle-lit, open-air coral caves in Diani, the volcanic formations in the Great Rift Valley, and the grand beasts of the Serengeti—a unique ecosystem that extends from Tanzania through southwestern Kenya. Ranked among the top five bird-watching destinations in the world, Kenya’s rare natural paradise is a must-see for bird lovers and outdoors enthusiasts alike.

Top 4 Highlights

  • The Blankets & Wine Festival
    Absorb the spirit of Africa through the local music showcased at this monthly Nairobi festival (held every first Sunday of the month). Kenyan natives, foreign tourists and other African neighbors all come together to enjoy the outdoors ambiance and celebrate Kenya’s rich culture.
  • The David Sheldrick Wildlife Fund
    Rescued infant elephants come into close contact with visitors as they frolic in their daily mud baths and socialize with their young peers.
  • The “Great Migration”
    Watch the annual migration of over a million wildebeest and 300,000 zebra from a hot-air balloon. From above, you can grasp the immensity of the rolling grasslands and acacia trees in the Maasai Mara National Reserve.
  • Turtle Hatching in Watamu
    On the pristine shores of Watamu, female turtles lay thousands of eggs between January and April. See the mothers ramble out of the sea to deposit their offspring, or visit later in the season to witness the baby turtles hatching and observe their instinctive return to the sea’s warm embrace.

MOZAMBIQUE

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Squeezed in between South Africa and Tanzania along Africa’s southeastern coast is the unassuming paradise of Mozambique. Part coastal town, part colonial landmark, the architectural and natural beauty of this Portuguese-speaking nation enfolds visitors in an otherworldly dream. The cobblestone streets and colonnaded archways of Mozambique are equally as picturesque as the endless expanse of turquoise sea that extends from the country’s coastline, dotted with tide pools, lagoons and bountiful sea life. Adventurers can explore the the endless pristine beaches that line the Mozambican coast. Days can be spent in the Archipelago das Quirimbas alone—a mosaic of 32 islands that offers humpback whale-watching, snorkeling along coral reefs, kayaking and other activities to strengthen one’s connection to nature.

Top 4 Highlights

  • Taste the Mozambican Cuisine
    Try Mozambique’s famous grilled prawns cooked in their specialty piri-piri sauce, a spicy concoction made from chili peppers.. During the springtime, visitors to the southern region can partake in the celebrations of Sura season, which is a local, refreshing palm wine made from the sap of coconut trees.
  • The Saturday Craft Market in Maputo, Mozambique
    The spirit of southeast Africa is embodied by the handmade artisan crafts sold at this weekly market.
  • The Marimba Orchestra
    Feel the rhythm of southern Mozambique through the Chopitambala (marimba) orchestra, and listen to the traditional music of the indigenous Makonde people in the northern region. This diverse musicality is rooted in all aspects of Mozambican culture!
  • JardimTundura Botanical Gardens
    A visit to this garden offers serenity during warm Mozambican days. Nearby is the Iron House, a festive main square bursting with history.

NAMIBIA

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This alluring country on the southwestern coast of Africa has a special relationship with nature. Breathing with life, Namibia gets more than 300 days of sunshine a year. The vast, open landscape is easily appreciated from one of Namibia’s many nature reserves, where solitude mixed with wildlife combine to create an unforgettable experience. The Namibia Desert is known not only for being the oldest desert in the world, but also for its stunning red sands. A sense of purity and calm resonates from the warm sands of the Namib, tantalizing admirers with its majestic yet harsh beauty.. The Shongololo Express, a train service that traverses seven countries, journeys through the heart of Namibia, and offers special tours to many of the country’s wonders.

Top 4 Highlights

  • Equitrails Namibia
    For a synergetic experience with Namibia’s wildlife, consider traveling through the countryside on horseback.
  • The Skeleton Coast
    The mysterious shipwrecks lining the landscape of Namibia’s Skeleton Coast National Park host thriving habitats for seal colonies and other sea life.
  • Township Tour
    Visitors gain a deeper appreciation of the Namibian lifestyle and cultural traditions through tours of the local townships. Townspeople warmly welcome outsiders into their tight nit communities, inviting them to try local culinary specialties and learn about their rich social customs of yesterday and today.
  • Herero Single Quarters Market
    A visit to this market in Katutura Township evokes effusive praise from outsiders as they bite into a freshly cooked kapana (sliced barbecued beef). Join community members in the lazy hours of the afternoon heat as they sit on benches surrounding the market area.

RWANDA

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Fondly referred to as “The Land of a Thousand Hills,” Rwanda is an East African country of rolling countryside and varied terrain, transitioning from grassy hills to untouched rainforests, and cleared agricultural plantations. Home to one-third of the world’s rare and impressive Mountain Gorillas, as well as several species of primates, and lush, hidden waterfalls, Rwanda enables visitors to fully immerse themselves in a unique culture and natural ecosystem. While only an aerial view of the country can truly capture its vibrant greenery, interacting with the joyous and energetic Rwandan people is an essential part of anyone’s visit. The cloud-shrouded rainforest offers moments of soulful solitude, with elusive glimpses of wildlife and the natural harmonies of birdsong. Cities like Kigali and Butare are pleasant day trips, as are visits to the crystal clear Lake Kivu and boat trips out to see the fruit bats near its island.

Top 4 Highlights

  • Nyungwe Forest Canopy Walk
    Experience the natural jungle habitat suspended 164 feet above ground level with a view rivaling that of its native birds and monkeys.
  • Gorilla Trekking
    Journey deep into the Virunga Mountains for glimpses of volcanoes, mountain forests,and the impressive presence of entire gorilla families.
  • Lake Kivu
    One of the African Great Lakes, Lake Kivu straddles Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and contains the tenth largest inland island on the planet.
  • Intore Dancers at Virunga Lodge
    A visit to the lodge ensures visitors the opportunity to witness in personthe time-honored Rwandan tradition of Intore dancers. Performed on a lawn with a breathtaking view of the Virunga Volcanoes and two crater lakes, the dance transports audience and performers alike to an earlier, pre-colonial era of peace and prosperity.

SOUTH AFRICA

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Lying at the southernmost tip of the continent, South Africa is the largest and most developed African country. A journey through this modern nation offers a good introduction to the African experience, enabling visitors to transition into more remote and culturally untouched countries following their travel through South Africa. With a land as diverse as its population, the country has a total of 11 official languages and is home to various terrains and climates. Blending the influences of many cultures into a lively, pulsating society, South Africa still exudes its diverse European roots, ranging from British English to French cuisine to Dutch language and customs. Visitors are immersed in the charm of its bustling cities, sparkling beaches, endless mountain ranges, serene deserts, and stunning seascapes. The famous South African metropolises of Johannesburg and Cape Town are home to the most current art, cuisine, produce, and entertainment. Table Mountain in Cape Town invites a range of outdoors enthusiasts from the leisurely walker to hikers and avid climbers. Adventure can be found in every corner, from ostrich-riding to sand boarding in the dunes to paragliding off of Lion’s Head. As a sublime country that brings one closer to the joy of living, it is no surprise that South Africa contains sites with such glorious names as Cradle of Humankind and God’s Window.

Top 4 Highlights

  • God’s Window
    With a sensation of walking amongst the gods, this tropical rainforest hike is aptly named. Lose yourself in the stunning panorama of South Africa.
  • Braai Dinner
    Enjoy barbeque, South African style. Braai is both a meal and an event, a marathon occasion lasting the whole day and into the night where friends and family gather to eat grilled meat whilst enjoying each other’s company.
  • Swim with great white sharks in Cape Town
    Become enclosed in a shark cage and emerge from the ocean having come nose to nose with a great white. These magnificent creatures can also be viewed from the boat for the less aquatically-enthused.
  • Kruger National Park
    This vast reserve spans almost 2 million hectares and encompasses 16 different ecosystems, offering glimpses of the “big five game”—the lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros.

TANZANIA

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A land of extremes and great diversity, Tanzania remains largely wild and unexplored. The largest country located in East Africa, it boasts the highest and lowest points on the African continent. Tanzania encompasses several of the continent’s most popular destinations within its borders. From the snowy mountaintop of Mount Kilimanjaro to the incredibly deep lake bed of Lake Tanganyika; to the sluggish volcanic eruption of OlDonyoLengai to the white sand beaches of Zanzibar; ; Tanzania is a place of adventure, beauty and relaxation.

Top 4 Highlights

  • Serengeti Plains
    The Serengeti is probably the most famous national park in all of Africa, spanning part of Kenya and into Tanzania. Its safaris offer close sightings of the “big five game”: lions, leopards, rhinos, buffalo, and elephants.
  • The Ngorongoro Crater
    The largest intact caldera in the world, the Ngorongoro Crater—located very near to the Serengeti National Park—is very densely populated with African wildlife, including the heaviest population of lions.
  • Mount Kilimanjaro
    Africa’s highest peak, the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro is an engaging and difficult five-to-six day climb, but rewards dedicated travelers with a spectacular sunrise view and is often accompanied by a transformative spiritual experience.
  • Zanzibar’s Beaches
    Those looking for rest and rejuvenation can escape to Zanzibar’s white sand beaches for snorkeling, diving, and watersports, or a relaxing vacation within the luxury of the many five-star resorts.

UGANDA

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Uganda, dubbed by Winston Churchill as the Pearl of Africa in 1909, has rich history and even richer environments. Uganda is ecologically diverse, spanning a region of Eastern Africa where savannah meets jungle. Visitors can witness the awe-inspiring scenery of misty mountain rainforests, open plains stretching into the distance with the occasional prowling lion, the forested islands of Lake Victoria, and the lively cosmopolitan capital city of Kampala. Uganda’s natural beauty does not end with the landscape; more than 1,000 species of birds call Uganda home, and visitors have the opportunity to venture on safaris to see some of the world’s big cats, mountain gorillas, rainforest chimpanzees, elephants, lions, rivers teeming with hippopotamuses and crocodiles, and more..

Top 4 Highlights

  • The Cultural offerings of Kampala
    As Uganda’s capital city, Kampala hosts important cultural sites, including the Ugandan National Theatre, Uganda Museum, and the St. Balikuddembeand NakaseroMarkets.
  • RwenzoriMountains National Park
    A vast natural reserve best known for its lush flowers and plants, this national park is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, encompassing the third highest mountain on the continent as well as numerous glaciers, waterfalls and lakes.
  • Sempaya/Kitagata Hot Springs
    Located in western Uganda, these adjacent natural hot springs are known for their curative powers and also have historical significance since one of the springs is thought to have been used by the King of Ankole, and is referred to locally as the “King’s Spring.”
  • Budongo Forest Reserve
    A conservation field station, this moist tropical rainforest is home to a large community of chimpanzees due to the diverse food sources it contains. Visitors are likely to come across at least one or two of the 600 to 700 chimpanzees residing in the forest.

VICTORIA FALLS

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Victoria Falls is the name of an incredible waterfall and also of a nearby town in Zimbabwe. The falls straddle the borders of Zambia and Zimbabwe. This massive waterfall system, formed roughly 150 million years ago, captures the powerful and ancient nature of Africa’s ecosystem. According to scientists, volcanic activity and erosion, along with other natural phenomena, worked together to create the magnificent masterpiece visible today. The roaring Zambezi River plunges down the gorge creating an amazing display of seven waterfalls whose spray sustains the rainforest that lines both sides of the falls. Recognized as a World Heritage Site for being one of the largest and most impressively formed waterfalls in the world, and it is the site of a magnificent and rare phenomenon that only occurs a few places on earth—the lunar rainbow, or “moonbow.” Visible only during a full moon, these “moonbows” occur infrequently and seem to convey the ethereal spiritual quality embodied by the African continent. Dubbed the adrenaline capital of the world due to the vast array of exciting activities available, the falls are ideal for adventurers of all kinds. It is also a favorite destination for newlyweds because of the romantic sunset views and cruises offered in the area. The safari opportunities, tours, and other tourist opportunities make Victoria Falls one of Africa’s most visited attractions.

ZAMBIA

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Apart from the incredible Victoria Falls, Zambia has seventeen magnificent waterfalls whose cascades provide fuel for the various rivers throughout the country and entertainment for thrill-seekers wanting to engage in adventurous water sports or for those wishing to enjoy leisurely water-based activities. Action hunters can take part in deep wilderness safaris, river raft, bungee jump into the gorge below the falls, abseil, canoe down the Zambezi, walk with lions, and ride elephants along Zambia’s abundant nature trails. Wind down, relax, and end your days with an unbelievably stunning sunset.

Top 4 Highlights

  • Victoria Falls
    Take a trip to stand atop Zambia’s side of the splendid and magnificent—mind blowing, even—Victoria Falls, and admire nature’s great strength and beauty.
  • South Luangwa
    South Luangwa is growing in popularity and some tout it as one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. Its diverse wildlife makes it an enticing and worthwhile destination.
  • Lake Kariba
    A visit to Lake Kariba and its ocean-esque beauty is a must. Situated on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, Lake Kariba holds a million gallons of water and is the world’s largest reservoir.
  • Kafue National Park
    The second largest national park in the world, Kafue National Park is noted for its great beauty and spectacular wildlife viewing; there is a great chance of catching a glimpse of the athletic and playful cheetahs within the park.

ZIMBABWE

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Offering splendid views of Victoria Falls—one of the world’s greatest waterfalls—Zimbabwe presents many vantage points from which to view this and countless other natural wonders. Though a tropical country, this welcoming country has a temperate climate year-round. Boasting some of southern Africa’s best wildlife parks, more than 11 percent of the country’s land has been preserved as parks and wildlife estates. Unlike most African countries, Zimbabwe is the site of several ruins of ancient cities that possess a unique dry stone architecture, offering humanity a window into our collective past. Zimbabwe is also home to the Hwange National Park’s sun-filled grasslands, the Eastern Highlands’ forested mountains, steamy Mopani Forest, and the million-gallon Lake Kariba.

Top 4 Highlights

  • Mana Pools National Park
    One of Zimbabwe’s most beautiful parks, Mana Pools National Park is located far from the city, allowing the sounds of nature to fill one’s ears; and offering a view of diverse creatures like hippo, elephant, rhino, buffalo, various birds, and many types of antelope.
  • Harare
    Fondly called the “Sunshine City” for its agreeable, sunny climate, Harare is Zimbabwe’s capital city and commercial and industrial center. A bright and clean city, Harare has many gorgeous parks, and local sights including the Lion & Cheetah Park, Larvon Bird Gardens, and Ewanrigg Botanical Gardens.
  • Great Zimbabwe National Monument
    The Ruins of Great Zimbabwe, known as Masvingo or The Ancient City, is the largest complex of ruins in Africa south of the pyramids in Egypt—and are the remnants of a city-state that flourished between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries.
  • Hwange National Park
    Formerly Wankie National Park, this is one of Zimbabwe’s largest parks in terms of size as well as in the variety of animals that populate the region. One of Africa’s finest sanctuaries for wildlife, the park is home to over 40,000 elephants, as well as many predators, and various bird and endangered species.

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