Cape Town is not the hub to the southern Africa safari destinations, but it’s location in close proximity to Botswana, Namibia and Kruger Park makes it an ideal African safari extension for these regions. Besides that, Cape Town offers so much. Table Mountain, the Waterfront, a buzzing city with shops and restaurants, the Winelands just one hour away and the dramatic coastline with the Cape Point and not to forget the penguins. And the weather, at least in summer, is stunning, inviting for a day on the beach or waterborne activities.
Cape Town is so completely different to the safari part of your African holiday, yet the perfect closure to reflect on the wildlife adventures in the African bush.
Enjoy Cape Town! Ute Sonnenberg for Roho Ya Chui, Travel Africa Image: Cape Grace Hotel
The classic Tanzania safari holiday is the northern circuit in combination with Zanzibar. This bush and safari itinerary is different. It combines the Serengeti and Saadani National Park, a safari destination with a beach.
One could think an African safari is only sitting on a game drive vehicle doing nothing, but this is not quite the case. However, it can feel good to do some leg stretching in combination with the safari.
A beach safari extension is on first sight just lying in the sun, but of course there are many watersports that can be done. For the sportier Africa visitor a combination of safari and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro or Mt. Kenya can be ideal. Both are surrounded by the best safari destinations in Tanzania and Kenya with excellent Big Five sightings. It is also an option to explore the savannah on horseback. That is active and with the traditional safari feeling from the early settlers.
All can be combined to crate the ideal safari and activity experience and every safari destination offers opportunities to do that.
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The name David Livingstone might ring a bell for many people, but who was he again and what was he doing?
The mighty Victoria Falls on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe were discovered and named by him. He was an extraordinary explorer of unknown territory in Africa. Visitors to the Victoria Falls will see his name everywhere, starting with the arrival at Livingstone Airport. He is connected to many African safari holidays and it is worth learning more about him.
Read Melissa Shales’ article here and be inspired for your next adventure.
South Africa is an excellent African safari destination with the famous Kruger Park and many more game reserves in other parts of the country. It would be possible to drive around the country and do safaris in every part and just as easy have great safari extensions in everywhere as well.
For beach and water sport lovers the long coastlines of the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean offer all possible waterborne activities, whale sightings and the famous sardine run. Besides that, the coasts have beautiful landscapes, nice places to visit and invite to amazing golf courses and many more land activities.
But also the Karoo, Cape Town and the Winelands spoil the visitors with beauty, good food and good wine.
There are safari extensions for everyone and for all interests and tastes. One holiday will not be enough to explore them all.
For those with lots of time to explore South Africa by light aircraft and self-drive, this itinerary is perfect. It starts with a fly-in African safari in Kruger Park and continues with a self-drive tour through Swaziland. Then down to the beaches of the Indian Ocean, the rolling hills of Kwazulu Natal and after a short flight from Durban to Port Elizabeth the Garden Route, again by road and all along the coast to Cape Town. You will visit South Africa’s most beautiful places with a balance of flights and self-drive.
Kenya is well known for its outstanding safari destinations and especially for the Great Migration of the wildebeest in the Masai Mara. But Kenya has also a very beautiful coast line with amazing beach destinations.
For those who want to combine an African safari tour with culture and beach, Lamu is perfect. The island and town Lamu are just off the north-east coast of Kenya. Lamu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Kenya’s oldest continually inhabited town and one of the original Swahili Settlements. Besides the culture it offers beautiful beaches on the island itself or on the close by Manda Island.
Lamu is the ideal destination for ancient colorful culture, beach, all sorts of waterborne activities and beautiful beaches to relax in the sun. It is a perfect closure of an African safari holiday.