African Travel Destinations

The African travel destinations included in African Sky's safaris and tours are all located in the southern half of the continent.

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South Africa

A World in one Country

South Africa is richly blessed with diversity, from its captivating coastline to the unique wilderness areas that erupt in spellbinding pockets all across the country. Major cities like Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban contribute a cosmopolitan atmosphere without compromising South Africa’s natural authenticity.

Cape Town

The Mother City

Cape Town is one of the most popular cities on the African continent. Rich with history, natural beauty, gastronomic delights and cosmopolitan flavors, it is not difficult to understand why. Cape Town is best known for attractions like Table Mountain, Robben Island and the many fine beaches of the peninsula.

Cape Winelands

Of mountains and vineyards

The Cape winelands produce some of the finest wines available in the world today. The myriad vineyards stretch around the historic towns of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl, each with their own distinctive flavor and cultural highlights. Many award-winning restaurants line the streets.

Garden Route

Eden by the Sea

The Garden Route is one of the most beautiful coastlines on the continent. This sweep of the Southern Coast includes the fine beaches and pleasant waters between Mossel Bay and the Storms River mouth. It is named for its natural beauty, including many leagues of coastal forests.

Sabi Sand

Wild Luxury

The Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve is the premier private game reserve that forms part of the world-renowned Greater Kruger National Park. The reserve is famed for its ultra-luxury lodgings and high frequency of leopard sightings. Sabi Sand is the go-to African travel destination for luxury-loving wildlife enthusiasts.

Kruger Park

Home to the Big Five

The Kruger National Park is a pristine stretch of wilderness roughly the size of Israel - one of the largest protected areas in Africa. The diversity of species, landscapes and accommodations is what sets this extraordinary wild paradise apart and draws thousands upon thousands of return visitors.

Botswana

Of deserts and deltas

Botswana is inherently a land of contrasts, ranging in terrains from the semi-arid sands of the Kalahari to the lush, reed-lined channels of the Okavango Delta. More than 17% of the country is protected within national park and game reserves, essentially establishing it as a conservation utopia.

Chobe National Park

Where giants roam

Chobe is the third largest national park in Botswana and the most biologically diverse. The Chobe River attracts large herds to its bountiful waters, particularly elephants. The park provides visitors with the opportunity to partake in river-based safari cruises. Relish an African sunset on the Chobe River.

Okavango Delta

A world of water

Botswana's Okavango Delta is one of the largest inland deltas on earth. This green Eden is a magical world of waterways, fed by the Okavango River as it drains the rains from the Angola highlands in the summer months. During the wet season, the delta swells and draws myriad creatures to its fertile spoils.

Namibia

The Living Desert

Paragraph: From the wildlife-rich expanse of Etosha in the north to Sossusvlei’s towering dunes in the heart of the country, Namibia’s stark landscapes appear to exist purely to take your breath away. Alternative destinations like Swakopmund, the Skeleton Coast, Damaraland and the Fish River Canyon contribute surplus desert magic.

Etosha

The size of Switzerland

Etosha National Park is Namibia's most wildlife-rich stretch of wilderness. At 22 270 square kilometers, it is even larger than the Kruger National Park. The area's arid nature drives the animals to converge around the scattering of water sources, ceding spectacular sightings.

Sossusvlei

Dunes for days

With its otherworldly landscape and breathtaking beauty, Sossusvlei is one of the top travel destinations in Southern Africa. The 'vlei' forms part of the vast Namib Desert and boasts some of the highest dunes in the world. The blaze of vivid red in the day is contrasted by the extraordinary silvery night skies.

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Of mountains & monarchs

KwaZulu-Natal is one of South Africa’s most diverse provinces. It is home to the proud, rich culture of the Zulu kingdom, a host of Big Five game reserves, leagues of historic battlefields, the most scenic stretch of the Drakensberg Mountains, and sun-drenched beaches that line the shores of the temperate Indian Ocean.

Makgadikgadi Pans

Lunar landscapes

At 16,057.9 KM2, the Makgadikgadi Pans create one of the largest salt flats in the world. Exploring this vast, flat, otherworldly environment is an inherently unique experience. Tear across the pans on a quad bike adventure, or wander on foot in the wake of local San bushmen for a more interpretive introduction.

Windhoek

Capital charisma

Windhoek counts amongst the more quaint and remote capital cities on the continent. Surrounded by vast stretches of desert and inhospitable mountains, Windhoek is nevertheless located within the heart of the country and serves as the perfect gateway to Namibia’s top travel destinations.

Swakopmund

Where the sea meets the desert

With its well-preserved German colonial architecture and traditional brauhäuser, Swakopmund appears enchantingly stuck in time. The coastal resort town is swept by both the towering dunes of the Namib Desert and the frigid waters of the Atlantic, creating a unique environment conducive to a wealth of outdoor pursuits.

South Luangwa

Valley of the Leopard

South Luangwa National Park is the cream of the crop of Zambia’s safari areas. It is the birthplace of the original African walking safari, and the 9 050 KM2 wilderness offers extraordinary opportunities for interpretive game viewing. You’ll encounter great elephant and buffalo herds, unique plains game and predators like lions and leopards.

Kafue

The Big Cats of Busanga

At 22 400 KM2 Kafue National Park is Zambia’s largest conservation area. This sprawling wilderness hosts captivating eco-systems like riverine forests and tremendous stretches of grassland. Busanga Plains is the most sought-after region, and famous for its particularly bold lions. These cats frequently make forays into the camps.

Lower Zambezi

The Mighty Zambezi

Lower Zambezi National Park is concentrated around one of Africa’s most prolific waterways – the mighty Zambezi River. This lush environment draws ample wildlife, particularly elephants and a wide variety of plains game species. The park is ideal for water-based safari activities like boat cruises and canoeing.

Bazaruto Archipelago

Diving for Days

The Bazaruto Archipelago’s six pristine islands are easily accessible from Vilankulo. This marine sanctuary is a diver’s paradise, with an astonishing variety of dive sites to explore that cater to various levels of experience. Benguerra Island offers the finest combination of bewitching island ecosystems and unspoiled coral reefs.

Quirimbas Archipelago

Island indulgence

The Quirimbas Archipelago offers a wealth of near-virginal private islands and some of the most exclusive diving opportunities available in the entire Indian Ocean. This protected marine national park is where you go to truly get away from it all and relish unadulterated luxury island living.

Zambia

Walk on the wild side

Zambia is a steadily emerging safari destination with pristine tracts of wilderness all across the country. In addition to the Victoria Falls, visitors to Zambia can explore stunning safari areas like South Luangwa National Park, Kafue National Park and Lower Zambezi National Park, each with its own unique treasure trove of wild wonders.

Victoria Falls

The Smoke That Thunders

The Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall in the world and ranks amongst the 'Seven Wonders of the Natural World'. This extraordinary sight occurs in the majestic Zambezi River between the Southern African countries of Zimbabwe and Zambia. The thunder of the falls can be heard from a remarkable distance.

Zimbabwe

Kingdom of yesteryear

Zimbabwe is named for the great archaeological ruins that tell of the awe-inspiring kingdom that once existed here, hundreds of years ago. The country offers easy access to the world-renowned Victoria Falls, as well as sprawling safari areas like Mana Pools National Park and Hwange National Park.

Mozambique

Private Island Paradise

Mozambique is Southern Africa’s remote tropical paradise. Just off its coast, within the temperate waters of the Indian Ocean, you’ll find captivating clusters of islands surrounded by pristine coral reefs. These primeval archipelagos have been preserved through minimal development and great effort, offering an exclusive experience unavailable elsewhere.

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Riaan's Suggestions

Johannesburg is the gateway to most of the travel destinations in Southern Africa. I would recommend spending at least one night near the airport in Johannesburg after your arrival to ensure that you are well rested on the following day when your African travel adventure starts in all earnest. It is, of course, also important to ensure that your visas are in order before arrival and that your passport contains enough pages and that it is valid for a period of at least six months from the date of your departure from Southern Africa.

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Client Testimonials

We have traveled extensively over the past seven years of retirement and can state without a doubt that this was one of our favorite trips. Besides the knowledgeable guides, the top quality accommodations and interesting itinerary, it was all great value for money. The customer service and quality/professionalism of all the African Sky personnel was excellent! We would highly recommend African Sky for an incredible South African adventure.
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Travel to Africa

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A Diversity of Destinations

In Southern Africa alone, you will find an ancient desert stretched across thousands of kilometers, a tropical paradise with pristine coral reefs and archipelagos, vast stretches of wilderness ranging from woodland savanna and floodplains to lush marshes and thick forests, sprawling cosmopolitan cities and historic towns tucked away in the middle of nowhere. The diversity of the continent is simply unparalleled.

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A Wealth of Wildlife

The Big Five arguably inspire the most awe amongst Africa's myriad wildlife, but there is so much more to encounter. Meet thousands of Cape fur seals at Cape Cross, marvel at choruses of birds across the continent, spy the hippos and crocodiles of Africa's waterways, get up close with the formidable great white shark, walk side by side with the world's fastest land mammal, and wonder at this corner of the world that has been blessed in abundance.

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Adventure Awaits

The opportunities for leisure are overtly evident, but the case for adventure is even stronger. Hike to the top of Table Mountain, soar across Sossusvlei in a hot air balloon, experience the original walking safari in South Luangwa, navigate the white water rapids of the Batoka Gorge, swim with wild seals in the Garden Route, explore the waterways of the Okavango Delta in a traditional canoe - create memories that will last a lifetime.

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Exclusive Accommodations

Though much of your time will be spent exploring, you will find that the places where you rest your head at night may be equally compelling. Dwell high amongst the treetops of the primordial Knysna forests, sleep under the Milky Way atop your 'kulala' in Sossusvlei, relish the exclusivity of a villa on a private island off the coast of Mozambique, listen to lions roar beneath you from your luxury treehouse - your adventures do not cease when the sun goes down!

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Affordable Magic

Yes, the most exclusive lodges and hotels in Southern Africa may come close to breaking the bank. Their remote nature also plays a factor if, for example, charter flights are required. Generally, however, Southern Africa offers fantastic value for money, particularly South Africa and Namibia, where international travelers can take advantage of the exchange rates. You will no doubt be surprised at what you can experience at such modest rates.

Relish a private dining experience atop a sand dune in Namibia's Sossusvlei.

There are corners of the world where residents have grown weary of torrents of travelers arriving on their doorsteps to marvel at what makes their homes so unique and special. This is not the case on the continent. There is an inherent generosity to Africa that extends well beyond its wealth of natural resources, or the goodwill of its people. There is such an abundance of beauty, such an excess of magic, that the land compels itself to be shared. Throughout your journey, this intrinsic bounteousness will make itself evident in the sheer pride and adoration of the continent's inhabitants, in the barrage of wildlife that you will encounter on your safaris, in the boundless stretch of landscapes that appear never-ending in their scope and splendor.

Get up close and personal with the giants of African on an elephant-back safari.

While Africa is ready to share herself with those who desire her, each visitor's journey remains radically unique. This is essential to what makes Africa so special and personal a destination - the particular animal sightings that you will enjoy, the unforgettable memories that you will create - these are all elements that will be exclusive to your personal experience. This land, though old as time itself, resists all sense of static by changing in the same vein as the sun tempering the colors of the sky at the end of the day. The journeys and generosity may appear similar to a certain extent, but what evanescent magic was is imparted is yours to treasure as your own.

A stunning aerial view of sandbanks in the Bazaruto Archipelago.
Bazaruto Archipelago >>

Mozambique's Bazaruto Archipelago features six dazzling islands surrounded by pristine coral reefs and waters abundant with marine life. The archipelago's main islands are Benguerra and Bazaruto, which feature various lavish lodges offering tropical African island getaways unlike anything else you could experience in the Indian Ocean.

The sun sets over the Olifants River in the Balule Private Game Reserve.
Balule >>

Balule Nature Reserve shares an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park and forms part of the Associated Private Nature Reserves of the Greater Kruger. 400 km² in extent, the reserve is quieter and less crowded than the likes of Sabi Sand and Timbavati, yet still offers the same inimitable wilderness experience.

A rainbow forms above the Epupa Falls in the Caprivi region.
Caprivi >>

Namibia's Caprivi Strip bursts with wildlife, wilderness and natural resources. Lush and ample, the region is so far removed from Namibia's predominantly arid environment that it takes your breath away. Four major rivers border the panhandle - the Kwando, Okavango, Chobe and Zambezi - which in turn provide many opportunities for adventure.

Dramatic scenery in South Africa's Drakensberg region.
KwaZulu-Natal >>

South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province is a diverse Eden that consists of the towering peaks of the Drakensberg, the fine Blue Flag beaches of the North Coast, the awe-inspiring dive sites of Sodwana Bay, the historic battlefields of centuries past, the unique wildernesses of Phinda and Mkuze and the captivating culture of the Zulu Nation.

The sun sets over the Makgadikgadi Pans in Botswana.
Makgadikgadi Pans >>

The Makgadikgadi Pans National Park stands in stark contrast to other Botswana destinations like Chobe and the Okavango Delta. You may not encounter a wealth of wildlife, but the quad bike adventures across the seemingly endless salt pans, the unsurpassed stargazing and your interactions with traditional Bushman trackers will prove unforgettable.

The private plunge pool of a luxury suite at Phinda Rock Lodge.
Phinda >>

Phinda Private Game Reserve is an inherently unique, 170 km² stretch of private wilderness in KwaZulu-Natal's lush Maputaland region. This Big Five-hosting reserve boasts seven distinct eco-systems, ranging from rare sand forests to savanna grasslands. Guests are accommodated in six ultra-luxurious lodges, each with its own exclusive theme.

Quilalea Private Island in the Quirimbas Archipelago.
Quirimbas Archipelago >>

The Quirimbas Archipelago is further north, more remote and more dramatic in its scope. With 32 islands and some of the most immaculate coral reefs in the world, the Quirimbas islands offer the ultimate private island experience. Only a handful of islets have been claimed for lodging, which keeps the experience incredibly exclusive.

Guests on a game drive in Shamwari spot a trio of giraffes.
Shamwari >>

Shamwari Private Game Reserve encompasses a 250 km² malaria-free wilderness in South Africa's Eastern Cape province. Home to the Big Five and myriad other species of mammals, birds and reptiles, the reserve boasts a plethora of luxurious, family-friendly lodges and immersive experiences that take guests beyond traditional 4x4 safari game drives.

The Palace of the Lost City is the premier hotel at the Sun City Resort.
Sun City >>

Sun City is something of an entertainment mecca not far from Johannesburg and Pretoria. With a popular waterpark, a collection of casinos, two world-renowned championship golf courses, animal encounters, outdoor adventures and four established hotels offer varying degrees of luxury accommodation, the sprawling resort offers something for everyone.

German colonial architecture in Namibia's Swakopmund.
Swakopmund >>

Charming little Swakopmund is Namibia's go-to seaside resort town. The waters of the Atlantic may be frigid, but the beaches on the edge of the Namib Desert are still quite something. The town maintains a German colonial atmosphere, evident in its architecture, restaurants and brauhauser. It is a great base to explore the coast from.

The Ezulwini 'Valley of Heaven' in Swaziland.
Swaziland >>

The tiny Kingdom of Swaziland is wedged betwixt South African and Mozambique and is conveniently located between two prime Big Five safari areas - Hluhluwe-iMfolozi and the Kruger National Park. The mountainous little country therefore makes a fine en route destination if you are keen to explore both of these unique wilderness areas on your safari.

A pair of rhinos spotted with their calf in Welgevonden Game Reserve.
Welgevonden >>

Welgevonden Private Game Reserve is conveniently located around three hours from Johannesburg and Pretoria. With the bewitching backdrop of the Waterberg Mountains and a mammal list that includes the Big Five, Welgevonden is a fine choice for a luxury safari not far from South Africa's main centers. It is ideal for families as well, as malaria is not a risk here.

A guests at Arathusa Safari Lodge enjoys a drink with a view.
Luxury Private Tours >>

Our luxury private tours couple the distinguished services of a personal African Sky guide with plush accommodations scattered across South Africa's top destinations. Relish five star lodgings complemented by attractions of equal caliber, from the breathtaking heights of Table Mountain to the storied battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal.

An elephant encountered on safari at Shamwari.
Luxury Safaris >>

Luxury safaris blend the most remote environments imaginable with style and decadence, from Zambia's South Luangwa National Park to Botswana's Okavango Delta. Enjoy two exhilarating safari experiences on a daily basis, while indulging in five star finery in between.

A couple waits for dinner service to begin as the sun sets over the Okavango Delta.
Luxury Honeymoons >>

This is the beginning of the rest of your lives together, and your experience should complement that great significance. Our luxury honeymoons deliver couples into the lap of lavishness, from the unique wilderness of Botswana's Linyanti Marsh to the secluded islands of Mozambique's archipelagos.

The Champagne Sports Resort Golf Course is surrounded by the mountainous majesty of the Drakensberg.
Luxury Golf Tours >>

Our luxury golf tours invite avid golfers on a thrilling journey of green resplendence and accommodation opulence. You'll play the finest fairways in South Africa while enjoying regional highlights and languishing in lodgings fit for royalty, from Cape Town and the winelands to the Greater Kruger National Park.

A lion cub encountered on safari in South Africa.
Kruger In Style >>

At around two million hectares in extent, the Greater Kruger National Park offers much beyond the main arteries and rest camps of the park itself. For an all-round sumptuous adventure, hop on a plane and into the stylish sanctuary of a luxury Kruger safari lodge, whether within one of the reserves that border the park or one of its private concessions.

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Suggestions on what to pack >>

Packing for a trip on the other side of the world can be quite a headache, as you'll likely be enjoying experiences and visiting locations unlike anything you've encountered before. Here is a basic list of what may be considered essential for your travels to Southern Africa.

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Passport & Visa Information >>

Just as each country that our wide variety of guests travels from has its own travel regulations, so too do the countries of Southern Africa. We provide some fundamentals as to what you should prepare for when planning your trip to our part of the world.

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General Travel Info >>

Which currencies are accepted? Will I have access to the internet? Should I bring an adapter plug? If you're still wondering about these questions, have a look at our General Travel Information page for clarity and additional information that you may find useful in your planning.

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Medical Considerations >>

No, Southern Africa is not a disease-riddled cesspool to be avoided by the discerning traveler. There are, nevertheless, medical considerations that should be taken into account during your preparation phase, such as your routine vaccinations and preventative measures against malaria.

A waitress picks up empty plates and a tip at a table.
Tipping Guideline >>

Should the service that you experience be exceptional - whether at a restaurant, while on safari or throughout your tour - you may wish to reward outstanding work with a tip. While this is always at you own discretion, you may find this guideline a useful marker.

Deadvlei offers some of the finest photographic opportunities imaginable.
Photography Tips >>

Extraordinary photographic opportunities abound across Southern Africa, and avid photographers - whether amateur or professional - will delight in the prospects. Here are a few tips for those with a keen eye to capture Africa in all her glory.

A storm crashes over the Namib Desert.
Weather >>

Having an idea of what type of weather to expect before embarking on your travels is invaluable. Not only will it assist you with what you should pack, but it will also guide you in terms of how to make the most of your activities and experiences.

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Frequently Asked Questions >>

We cover a few of the questions most frequently posed by our prospective guests and travelers to Southern Africa. Should your query not be answered here, do not hesitate to reach out to us and we will assist as best we can.

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Resources >>

We provide a list of resources that you may find useful when planning your travels, from restaurant recommendations to visa regulations and reviews of the various accommodations and most popular tourism sites.