Southern Africa is a region that really does offer something for everyone.
See natural wonders like the Cape Peninsula, the Drakensburg, the Blyde River Canyon and Victoria Falls; visit incredible wildlife reserves such as Kruger, Addo and Chobe; and immerse yourself in vibrant cultural centres, including Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.
Here are five top things to see and do in Southern Africa.
Encounter a male 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.
Pay a visit to 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.
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.
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.
Watch our video of this experience:
Looking for ideas for things to see and do at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe? In this excerpt from the Tour the World travel TV series, we spend a fascinating 48 amazing hours at stunning Victoria Falls. There are lots of great ideas on what to see and do, and what you can expect.
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.
Adam travelled as a guest of Evergreen Tours.
Do you have any tips for top things to see and do in Southern Africa? We would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below.
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About the writer
Adam Ford is editor of The Big Bus tour and travel guide and a Melbourne-based travel TV presenter, writer, blogger and photographer. Adam has travelled extensively through Europe, Asia, North America, Africa and the Middle East. He 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 also appears regularly as a travel commentator on Sky News Business Class. Adam 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.