Southern Africa – A cultural melting pot
If you’re a lover of Adventure, wildlife, breathtaking landscapes and remnants of ancient culture, Southern Africa is the part of Africa you must visit.
In South Africa, the Garden Route with its old-growth forests offers shark-cage diving, surfing, skydiving, canoeing and kloofing (canyoning). In Swakopmund in Namibia you’ll admire the sand dunes and Atlantic Ocean waves providing a breathtaking sunset. Namibia is Southern Africa‘s headquarters for adventure. Sail by dhow past remote islands off Mozambique’s jagged coastline, abseil Livingstonia in Malawi, and try tackling the ferocious rapids down the Zambezi River or bungeeing from a bridge at Victoria Falls on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Southern Africa has some of Africa’s greatest safari destinations: Kruger, Chobe, Etosha, South Luangwa and the Okavango Delta. The number of elephants, lions, leopards, hyenas, rhinos, buffaloes, antelope and myriad other species is higher than all the rest of the continent. You can arrange on self-drives, guided wildlife drives, walking tracking safari or charter flights. Caprivi Strip, one of Africa‘s emerging wildlife destinations to visit before the rest of the world catches on.
The Table Mountain rising high above Cape Town, that mighty gash hacked out of the earth’s surface at Fish River Canyon, and the deserts landscapes of the Kalahari, but the lonely rural tracks that take you out into an otherwise trackless wilderness are just as memorable. In Namibia, huge slabs of flat-topped granite rise from mists of wind-blown sand and swirling dust. And Zambian floodplains are dotted with acacia trees and flanked by escarpments of dense woodland.
For insight into extraordinary rock art left by ancestors of the San, an ancient people whose origins lie in the Stone Age, visit Tsodilo Hills in Botswana and the extensive rock-art galleries in Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Step back through the centuries in the cultural melting pot of Mozambique Island; stay in a mud hut in Zimbabwe and watch Shona sculptors at work; prop up the bar at a shebeen in Soweto; or mingle with Basotho people in highland villages in Lesotho. Southern Africa has so many different takes on African culture, both ancient and contemporary, that it can be difficult to know where to begin.
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