Zambia, formerly Northern Rhodesia, offers visitors an authentic African experience complete with adventure sports and an abundance of wildlife in the vast North Luangwa, South Luangwa, Kafue and Lower Zambezi national parks.
Zambia has the most plentiful water resources in southern Africa yielding lush vegetation supporting high densities of game, including 750 bird species. Enjoy the stunning Victoria Falls, whitewater rafting down the rapids of the Zambezi, and a houseboat cruise on Lake Kariba watching wild elephants drink as you cast for tiger fish.
In Zambia, visitors have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the wilderness by walking with an armed guide.
A landlocked nation of spectacular beauty and rich culture, Zimbabwe, formerly Rhodesia, is reasserting its position as one of the best destinations in Africa as it emerges from decades of political instability.
The awe-inspiring Victoria Falls in the Zambezi Gorge is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Lake Kariba, with its game-rich shores and islands, is an idyllic safari spot. Hwange National Park and Gonarezhou are known for huge herds of elephants. A canoe trip down the Zambezi through Mana Pools National Park provides close encounters with crocodiles, hippos and a host of other wildlife.
In Zimbabwe, visitors can approach wildlife on foot in the company of guides considered the best in Africa.
Botswana has many wild places that remain relatively undisturbed and uninhabited. Lying in the heart of southern Africa, it offers a fabulous range of ecosystems - from the lush green lands of the Okavango Delta to the harsh scrubland of the Kalahari Desert.
Its greatest attraction is the seasonally-flooded Okavango Delta, a 7,000-square mile oasis of papyrus reed beds, rivers, lagoons and palm-fringed islands home to a myriad of birds and animals.
The majority of camps and lodges in the delta are on private concessions and accessible only by aircraft. To the north lie the Chobe and Linyanti rivers, famous for their populations of elephant (and elephant-eating lions), and to the south lie the unremitting expanses of the Makgadikgadi and Nxai salt pans speckled with thousands of migrating zebras during the rains.
Other highlights include the dunes of the Kalahari, the indigenous land of the Basarwa (or Bushmen), and the hills of Tsodilo adorned with 4,500 spectacular rock paintings.
Botswana has pristine wilderness with over 160 species of mammal and 600 bird species – an exclusive destination for the discerning traveller.
A landlocked country in southern Africa, Namibia stretches between the Kalahari Desert and the Namib Desert, which is considered the oldest desert in the world. Unsurprisingly, the lowest rainfall in sub-Saharan Africa is recorded in Namibia.
Visit the rocky Kaokoveld in the north; Fish River Canyon in the south; the desert lions and elephants of Etosha National Park; the stunning Kalahari Desert; and the red dunes of the Namib Desert, which stretch for nearly 625 miles along the Skeleton Coast, studded with shipwrecks and abandoned towns.
The country is an ideal destination for experienced Africa travellers who do not require an abundance of wildlife. A photographer’s paradise, Namibia is about rugged mountains and red dunes against blue skies.
South Africa is a vast, culturally and geographically diverse country. With 11 official languages, the rainbow nation is a fascinating mix of African, Asian and European cultures at the meeting of the Indian and Atlantic oceans.
Enjoy the sophisticated attractions of Cape Town and sample fine wine in the charming estates of the Cape Winelands. Explore historical attractions including the Zululand battlefields of Kwa Zulu Natal, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and Robben Island off the coast of Cape Town.
Yet South Africa’s greatest attraction remains the plentiful wildlife in the Kruger National Park and other wilderness areas. With all this variety on offer, South Africa has become one of Africa’s most popular destinations.