Which countRy should i visit in Africa?
First of all, let’s define the regions. In terms of wildlife safaris, Southern Africa includes South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia while East Africa is essentially Kenya and Tanzania. Meanwhile, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda and The Democratic Republic of the Congo, all destinations popular for gorilla tracking safaris, are generally considered Central Africa. Malawi and Zambia are also sometimes classified as Central Africa.
In terms of landscapes and attractions, the regions are quite different. East Africa boasts Mount Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti Plains/Maasai Mara ecosystem and the Ngorongoro Crater. Southern Africa includes Botswana’s Okavango Delta wetland, the Skeleton Coast and Namib Desert of Namibia, the miles of coastline with diverse habitats and the Kruger National Park of South Africa, the semi-arid Kalahari Desert of Botswana and northern South Africa and the lower Zambezi River basin including Victoria Falls along the borders of Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The wildlife species found in the two areas are essentially the same; most of the predators and plains game can be seen in both regions and only some birds and a few mammals and reptiles are distinct between the regions. East Africa offers herds of zebras and wildebeests in the hundreds of thousands. The annual migration between the Maasai Mara in the north and Tanzania’s Serengeti in the south is a spectacle unequaled anywhere on earth today. However, Botswana and Zimbabwe are home to 80% of Southern Africa’s 300,000 elephants and huge herds are a common sight along their northern borders.
The major differences between East Africa and Southern Africa for safaris are the density of tourists, the safari accommodations and the safari vehicles. we focus on exclusive lodges cropping, particularly in Tanzania and these lodges offer a far more exclusive experience than the large safari lodges which may have typified Kenya.
Conversely, Southern Africa is known for its luxury tented safari camps and huge tracts of wilderness areas with very low tourist densities, making for a private safari experience. The safari vehicles used here are modified, open-air Land Rovers which also add to the intimacy of the experience.
The most common safari vehicle in East Africa is the mini-van with its pop-up roof, whereby passengers stand up to take pictures while peering out of the roof or sit in the enclosed vans.
For the most part, Southern Africa is dominated by huge land concessions, with luxury safari camp for the sole use of the individual camp and its guests. With an average camp size of only 10-16 guests and only one or two vehicles for the entire concession, one can drive all day and not encounter anything but wilderness and wildlife.
What can i Expect On a Luxury Photographic Safari ?
The day starts at 6:00 a.m, sipping on a steaming coffee while watching the African sunrise ! Your guide prepares for an early morning game run and soon it’s off into the bush. The dew is fast disappearing and the predators are on the prowl. Your driver expertly sets off in pursuit of the herds. The vast open spaces and the quiet calm of Africa are suddenly apparent as crisp, clear air allows you to see far into the distance. This is AFRICA! Later, back at the lodge, a hearty English breakfast awaits and offers a quiet moment in which to share your experiences with fellow travelers.At lunch time you will indulge in an extravagant variety of fresh and delicious foods. Coffee and cheese are served on the veranda overlooking the waterhole. Spend a couple of hours at the pool or just relaxing, while in the background you hear the sounds of chattering monkeys, roaring lions and splashing elephants as they bathe in the waters nearby.
Tea or coffee on the veranda is followed by an afternoon game drive. The sun is making its way down to the horizon—its blaze of red produces long, enigmatic shadows—the perfect camouflage for all concerned. Your driver is busily pointing out a dazzling array of happenings. For camera buffs, these are the ultimate moments. Return to the lodge several hours later. Piping hot showers or leisurely baths remove a thin veil of red dust to reveal the beginnings of an appealing tan.
“Sundowners” at the bar precede dinner with a splendid array of choices, offering just the right mixture of continental and local cuisine, prepared by chefs who would be at home in any of the kitchens of the world’s finest hotels. The meal over, it is time to gather around the fireplace and trade tales or sit quietly on the veranda watching the game converge on the waterhole as evening shadows envelop the world. It’s getting cool and you are ready for bed. The hardy may wish to stay up well into the night, scanning the surrounding grounds for a lone animal. Should you wish to observe a specific species that may turn up during the course of the night; a wake-up call can be arranged. Enjoy a well-earned night’s sleep.
The warm rays of the African sun awaken you for another day of safari adventure...
““I never knew of a day in Africa that I woke up and did not feel happy”
— Ernest Hemmingway