If you want to embark on a true expedition adventure that allows you to get up close with some of the world’s most impressive wild animals, then Africa is the ideal destination for you.
Here, you can go on safari in some of Africa’s most impressive game lands and search for the Big five: African lion, African elephant, Cape Buffalo, African leopard and Rhinoceros.
There is no other place on earth like Africa and aside from safari, from safari to desert, sandy beaches to rich history, a voyage to Africa offers something for everyone.
WHEN TO GO
South Africa’s winter dry season runs from May to October and this is the ideal time to cruise the region, especially if you are visiting for the sole purpose of going on safari.
The end of the season is often the hottest and driest, this making it easier to spot wildlife when they gather at waterholes.
WHAT TO SEE
This so called “Mother City” is home to many of the country’s best attractions, restaurants and bars and it is also South Africa’s most urbane city.
It is filled with a rich and deep history and is something entirely different to safari when on an Africa expedition cruise.
A scorched desert, German art nouveau architecture and amazing wildlife spotting opportunities are just some of the things that this wonderful destination has on offer. You need not leave dry land to spot the native animal life, but a boat trip to Penguin Island and Seal Island will offer a chance to see seals resting in their natural environment.
Another Namibian destination, Walvis Bay is home to a wonderful flamingo colony that resides in the Bay’s 3,000-year-old lagoon. It is also one of South Africa’s most important harbour towns.
Addo Elephant Park is a highlight here and is home to 300 Addo elephants, which are recognisable by their smaller stature and reddish colour. The park is also home to a variety of other animals, including lion, zebra, kudu and cheetah.
Walking tours in the city are a great way to explore the rich history and take in important landmarks such as St Mary’s Cathedral, Fort Frederick and Donkin Memorial.
The Tala Private Game Reserve offers a wonderful opportunity for big game and bird-watching. An open-air drive through the reserve will undoubtedly be the highlight of your visit here as you go in search of various wildlife.
SOUTH AFRICA WILDLIFE
South Africa is home to some of the most incredible wildlife in the world and it is a nature enthusiast’s paradise.
Alongside the Big Five, you will likely come across cheetah, giraffe, hippo, wildebeest, hyena, antelope and many more.
The waters around South Africa are also home to incredible marine life, including the great white shark, blue whale, southern right whale and killer whale.
Reptiles are also common and they include the crocodile, turtle, over 100 species of snake and the chameleon.
Over 800 species of bird have also been recorded in South Africa, making it one of the best bird-watching locations in the world.