23 November 2014

Top African safari news: Uni-Visa for Zimabwe and Zambia

Zambia and Zimbabwe are top African safari destinations, sharing one very important sight, the Victoria Falls. The Victoria Falls are known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya (the smoke that thunders), due to its towering plume of spray that is visible at a distance. The 108 m long (354 ft) and 1 708 m (5 600 ft) wide Victoria Falls are the largest sheet of falling water in the world.

Until now
visitors would need two visas, if they would like to see the Victoria Falls on both sides, the Zambian and the Zimbabwean side. That is not only costly with USD 50 for each visa, but also inconvenient with the border formalities when just crossing to see the same sight from a different angle. At certain times of the year it is better to see the falls on the Zimbabwean side and it was a real hassle when doing an African safari circuit including Botswana, South Africa and the falls, but logistically practical on the Zambian side.

But that is over. From
28 November 2014 the uni-visa for at the moment USD 50 per person is effective. That will make safari travel and Victoria Falls sight seeing much easier and cheaper. Border crossing in other areas like Lake Kariba and Mana Pools will also be easier and stimulate more cross-border safari itineraries including the best of both countries. Hassle free access to top safari destinations is essential for an amazing African safari experience.

Ute Sonnenberg for Roho Ya Chui, Travel Africa

What you should know about Green Season in Botswana

Green season in Botswana is not high season for African safaris, yet it is an amazing time of the year to visit this top safari destination in Southern Africa. It is summer in the southern hemisphere. All is lush and green and the wildlife is enjoying an abundance of water and food. It is also rainy season, but that does not mean, that it is raining every day and all day.

The desert turns green as well and the
second largest zebra migration of the world takes place. Thousands of zebras flood into the Makgadikgadi grasslands of the Kalahari, which offers spectacular sightings and is heaven for wildlife photography enthusiasts. The pans turn into abundant grass plains and attract the animals from the arid areas further south.

And all that can be enjoyed for
low season rates, which can be hundreds of dollars less than the rates from June to October. For a colorful safari adventure away from the crowds with spectacular sightings, warmth and sometimes a shower, you should try this amazing safari season. It is a great northern hemisphere winter escape and a real treat for African safari lovers.

Ute Sonnenberg for Roho Ya Chui, Travel Africa