Immortalised in wildlife documentaries, Botswana offers some of the planet’s best game viewing. Hemmed in by parched desert, the Okavango Delta is an oasis of waterways and lagoons teeming with wildlife and boasting some of the world’s finest safari lodges. Wildlife enthusiasts be warned – one visit is rarely enough!
This independent republic – not to be confused with the adjoining Democratic Republic of the Congo – borders Gabon, Cameroon, Cabinda and the Central African Republic. Its equatorial rainforests are currently considered to harbour the major population of western lowland gorillas, protected by remote, swampy forest.
Ethiopia has some of the continent’s highest mountains, and more rivers than most countries. Studded with flamingo-filled lakes, the Great Rift Valley starts here, the Simien and Bale Mountains are home to the rare and endangered Ethiopian wolf and there is a staggering array of additional wildlife including over 800 bird species.
Kenya is renowned as one of Africa’s best locations for wildlife, it diversity, endless beauty and world-class facilities guarantee its enduring popularity. As well as the legendary Masai Mara and the Great Rift Valley, it is blessed with rich marine life, the little-known northern desert and temperate highlands around Mount Kenya.
Madagascar is unlike any other country; a bizarre and intoxicating mix of extraordinary landscapes, whose diverse habitats include rainforest, deciduous forest, high mountain and desert. Wildlife enthusiasts brim with excitement at the thought of its extraordinary array of wildlife, the majority of which is found nowhere else in the world.
Malawi is one of Africa’s most beautiful countries. Known as the “Warm Heart of Africa”, it is a green and fertile country, whose people are renowned for their friendliness. Its mountains and plains, forests and rivers, conceal remote lodges and an exceptional array of birds – many of which are rarely found elsewhere.
Renowned for its towering dunes and unforgiving coastline, Namibia has wonderful wildlife hotspots including Etosha and the lush Caprivi Strip. Other highlights include the rockscapes of Damaraland, waterbirds at Walvis Bay and for the ultimate wilderness enthusiast a chance to see desert elephant along the Skeleton Coast.
Rwanda, also known as the ‘land of thousand hills’, with a mountainous and volcanic geography; is hosting an estimated one third of the world’s mountain gorilla population. The gorillas here have become particularly famous thanks to Dian Fossey pioneering studies of their behaviour for more than 20 years.
Thanks to the foresight of conservationists past and present, South Africa remains blessed with abundant wildlife and its bushveld and savannah remain home to large numbers of the mammals associated with Africa, and its coastline attracts stunning marine species including migratory whales and residents sharks.
Tanzania is a safari destination without equal. World class national parks offer some of Africa’s best game viewing, while Mount Kilimanjaro, Lakes Victoria and Tanganyika, and Indian Ocean coastline add to its attraction. Zanzibar, and the nearby islands too, offer dazzling white sand beaches and stunning marine life.
Uganda harbours a great variety of mammals and birds which are simply not found elsewhere in either East or Southern Africa. Major tracts of forest are easily accessible here, providing unmatched opportunities to see primates such as the chimpanzee, golden monkey or the famous mountain gorilla. Uganda also has plenty of game-viewing.
Zambia is the home of the ‘walking safari’, and so you can expect outstanding accommodation and superlative guiding. From the verdant plains, walking trails and beautiful bush camps of the Luangwa Valley, to Kafue’s tree-climbing lions, or canoeing on the Lower Zambezi, its staggering diversity makes it our No.1 destination.
Zimbabwe, “the garden of Africa”, remains as photogenic as ever. Magical names evoke images of fantastic scenery and wildlife in Hwange, Mana Pools and the Matobo Hills. Between the Zambezi and Limpopo Rivers, a broad plateau covered with granite kopjes, rugged mountains and verdant forests offers much to see – including The Victoria Falls.