If you want to explore Southern Africa, Zimbabwe is a must see and this itinerary show casts the countries most significant sights, the two UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Victoria Falls and Mana Pools. This itinerary is an indulgence for African safari lovers and visits the gems of this outstanding safari destination, fantastic wildlife and nature in combination with outstanding camps.
Probably the most fascinating and dreamed of activities on African safaris are the balloon, plane and helicopter rides.
All major safari destinations offer hot air balloon rides with stunning vistas of Kruger Park, Sossusvlei, the Masai Mara and the Serengeti. The balloon flight over Sossusvlei/Namib Desert is probably the best for landscape photography lovers. The arid landscape with spectacular colors is a photographer’s heaven. The other destinations offer the opportunity of “game drives” from bird view and new perspectives of photographing the Big Five. Especially elephants and giraffes make good photographic subjects, as they are big and give the images dynamic.
Plane and helicopter rides are very popular and fascinating at the Victoria Falls. They allow the best and most complete views of the falls. Small plane flights over the Masai Mara are absolutely fantastic during the Great Migration. They allow more individual flight routing than the balloon, but in order to get good photographs one should take out a door and not photographing through the window. However, helicopters are the best for photography as they can stand still, maneuver easily and are less bumpy than a plane. But the most silent and magical experience is the hot air balloon.
One of the most suitable areas for waterborne game drive activities during African safaris is the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Depending on the water level one goes right into the heart of the Okavango and observes the wildlife from a very different perspective. The Mokoro (dugout canoe) excursions are the least intrusive way of exploring the channels of the delta, moving silently with the slender canoe through the water. Another option are the motorboat excursions, offering more space and comfort when going on water game drive with photographic equipment. For the fishing lovers, fishing excursions on catch-and-release basis are available. And even short walks are possible around islands while being on Mokoro or boat excursion.
Waterborne game drives offer access to places and sightings one would otherwise not be able to see. And for wildlife photography lovers they offer a whole spectrum of new photographic opportunities. They make the Okavango Delta an even more spectacular safari destination.
Happy Okavango safari experiences!
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Hand picked significant features of Africa are fused into this amazing African safari tour. Imagine the mountain gorillas in Rwanda, the leopards in Kruger and the incredible waterworld of the Linyanti in Botswana and you are following the track of this bespoke safari.
Extensions with additional safari destinations or beach destinations are available.
People tend to think sitting on a game drive vehicle and driving around is doing nothing and very inactive. This is not completely true. While sitting on the vehicle one is exposed to the elements and the rough terrain the vehicle is driving on and this can be pretty exhausting. But for those who want to do more on African safari, there are more active alternatives.
For example Kenya offers the most magnificent horseback safaris in the Masai Mara, explorations of the northern territories on foot and camel, climbing Mount Kenya, fishing, hiking and boat rides. And if this is not active enough the beach extensions offer plenty of waterborne activities like diving, snorkeling, sailing and so on. And for the more cultural interested people there are volunteer projects that can be joint to work with schools, communities and wildlife conservation. There is something for each interest in this amazing safari country Kenya.
Happy active safari travel.
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Lizzi Williams might have the answer with her hitchhiking Ngorongoro and Serengeti crossing for adventure seeking African safari travellers. If this is just a step too far, stick to the classic jeep safari or the light aircraft transfers. They often promise enough adventure for a safari holiday.
Zambia is one of the top rated safari destinations in Southern Africa with as highlights Mana Pools, Kafue and the Victoria Falls. Explore their magic with the African safari tour Zambezi and Kafue and immerse in stunning landscapes, amazing wildlife sightings, great waterborne activities and the greatness of nature. Mana Pools and Victoria Falls are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and on top of many bucket lists of top places to visit in Africa. Enjoy them both with this incredible safari.