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Video guide: Southern Africa travel ideas

Researching a visit to Southern Africa? Get inspired by these episodes of the Tour the World travel TV series, as we join Evergreen Tours on the adventure of a lifetime around fabulous South Africa and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Highlights include Cape Town, Addo Elephant National Park, and world-famous Kruger National Park...

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Southern Africa Travel Guide (Part 1) – Tour the World TV

Looking for ideas for things to see and do in Southern Africa? In this episode of the Tour the World travel TV series, we begin an incredible adventure around Southern Africa and Victoria Falls with Evergreen Tours. Visit magical Cape Town, the resort town of Knysna on the Garden Route, the fabulous Monkeyland primate sanctuary and the Cape Point floral kingdom.

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Prepare to be amazed by the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural highlights of Southern Africa.

If you’re planning a visit to the region, these two episodes of Tour the World with Evergreen Tours — hosted by The Big Bus tour and travel guide’s editor Adam Ford — are packed with Southern Africa travel ideas and inspiration, including culture, dining, history, shopping and relaxation must-sees and dos.

Whether you plan to travel with a tour group or independently, in these episodes you’ll get information about visiting cosmopolitan Cape Town, Knysna and the Garden Route, Addo Elephant National Park, the beautiful Drakensberg, Kruger National Park and stunning Victoria Falls.

Here are Adam’s top five experiences from this amazing tour.

1. Encounter a lion in the wild

Ok, so this one doesn’t generally come for the asking, and seeing any of the big cats in the wild is amazing. However, if you do spot a male lion prepare to be seriously awestruck. These guys are big, powerful and beguiling. Kuzuko Lodge in Eastern Cape can make this a reality. The game reserve has two male lions in residence.

Southern Africa travel ideas
Southern Africa travel ideas. Image courtesy of Kuzuko Lodge

2. Visit Cape Town

Seated at the foot of Table Mountain, the Mother City is one of the most exquisite metropolises on the planet. They say Cape Town doesn’t reflect the true South Africa. That may well be true, but it’s an extraordinary place to visit nonetheless.

Southern Africa travel ideas
Southern Africa travel ideas: Cape Town. Image: Bigstock

3. Enjoy a game drive in Kruger National Park

Rub the sleep from your eyes as you set off before dawn to explore Kruger National Park — without doubt the world’s premiere wildlife reserve. Leave all your expectations at the gate and just allow the sublime to happen.

Southern Africa travel ideas: Kruger National Park
Southern Africa travel ideas: Kruger National Park

4. See the ‘smoke that thunders’ at Victoria Falls

Behold the majesty of Victoria Falls on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia. There really is nowhere like it. We hold our breath as an elephant gingerly picks his way across the treacherous precipice. Incredible.

Southern Africa travel ideas
Southern Africa travel ideas: Victoria Falls. Image: Bigstock

5. Visit a local village in Zimbabwe

You might think that a visit to Zimbabwe would be full of doom and gloom, but there are little rays of sunshine to be had. The smiles on the faces of kids living a traditional village lifestyle is one. A visit to a local village in Zimbabwe may forever change your view of what’s important in this world.

Do you have any Southern Africa travel ideas to suggest? We would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below.

These episodes of Tour the World were produced by Late Night Media Productions, under a co-production agreement with Peppercorn Productions, publisher of The Big Bus tour and travel guide. Copyright © Late Night Media Productions.

Additional images: Bigstock

Adam Ford

About the writer

Adam Ford is editor of The Big Bus tour and travel guide and a travel TV presenter, writer, blogger and photographer. He has travelled extensively through Europe, Asia, North America, Africa and the Middle East. Adam worked as a travel consultant for a number of years with Flight Centre before taking up the opportunity to travel the world himself as host of the TV series Tour the World on Network Ten. He loves to experience everything a new destination has to offer and is equally at home in a five-star Palazzo in Pisa or a home-stay in Hanoi.


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