Whether you’re looking to soak up culture in South Africa or immerse yourself in nature in Botswana, we have the safari experience for you. Read on to find out which breathtaking country you’d love to visit while visiting Africa.
Intrepid anthropologists, visit Kenya
If your trip to Africa is inspired by the tales of author Karen Blixen in Out of Africa, you dream of seeing the Masai warriors’ jumping dance, or you’re embarking on your first safari, Kenya is the place for you. Beyond Blixen’s estate and the Masai’s tribal huts, you’ll admire pink flamingos in the Great Rift Valley and zip across Amboseli National Park’s sprawling savannah on a game drive (when you’re more than likely to catch a glimpse of Africa’s Big Five game animals). Countless moments of discovery are yours to savor during a day on tour in Kenya, and standing in awe of local life and astounding natural landscapes are just the beginning.
National animal: Lion
Adventurous animal-lovers, visit Tanzania
The thought of an adventure in Africa may call to mind herds of animals gathered around a watering hole on the sun-baked Serengeti—and that isn’t too far off the mark in Tanzania. From the staggering concentration of wildlife in the UNESCO-listed Ngorongoro Crater to soaring Mount Kilimanjaro anchoring the skyline, it’s a classic safari experience for those serious about animal sightings. Want to ensure an up-close look at all the animals that dot the landscape as you cruise through renowned national parks and beyond? Remember to carry a pair of binoculars and a camera with a good zoom lens, two of our many tips for traveling in Tanzania.
National animal: Giraffe
Off-the-beaten-path explorers, visit Botswana & Zimbabwe
Botswana and Zimbabwe set the stage for untouched Africa at its finest. This unforgettable journey starts on the rim of Victoria Falls, one of the world’s most powerful waterfalls, and just gets better. Enjoy elephant sightings at sunset in Chobe National Park, get a whole new take on nature as you set off on a bush walk, and boat through the lush Okavango Delta in a traditional canoe—keeping an eye out for Africa’s amazing animal life, of course. If the road less traveled is calling, Botswana and Zimbabwe shine.
National animals: Zebra & sable antelope
Culture-loving foodies, visit South Africa
If you’re wondering what to expect on a tour of South Africa, the answer is a little bit of everything. With its cosmopolitan cities and world-renowned Winelands, a tour in this multifaceted locale is an ideal experience for those aiming to start the day on a game drive and end it with a crisp glass of chenin blanc. It’s here that the animal-dotted savanna sits in stark contrast to miles of dramatic coastline and deep-rooted culture shines through in colorful Cape Town and Johannesburg. Go from city to safari on an unforgettable journey through this awe-inspiring country of contrasts.
National animal: Springbok antelope
See it on: South Africa: A Journey of Discovery with Victoria Falls extension or, for a shorter adventure, South Africa: Cape Town to Kruger National Park with Victoria Falls extension
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