7 Things to Experience in Southern Africa's World-Famous National Parks

7 Things to Experience in Southern Africa's World-Famous National Parks
Andrew Jackson December 4, 2022

When most people think of Africa, they imagine vast expanses of savannahs and wildlife roaming free. While this is undoubtedly an accurate depiction of much of the continent, there are also many other sides. From bustling cities to ancient ruins, stunning coastlines to majestic mountain ranges, Africa has something for everyone. And when it comes to safari travel, nowhere offers a better variety than the world-famous national parks in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana. Here are the top 10 things you don't want to miss on your next adventure with Vantage!

  1. Kruger's "Big 5 Animals": In South Africa's Kruger National Park, visitors will have the chance to see magnificent animals such as lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffalo. This iconic park is home to more species of mammals than any other African game reserve, making it a must-see for wildlife lovers. The park is also famous for its prolific bird life, and other safari travelers will be able to take in the sights and sounds of abundant African bird species.

  2. Victoria Falls: One of the world's largest waterfalls and one of Africa's most iconic sites, Victoria Falls lies on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia. The thunderous falls are truly breathtaking, with a spectacular curtain of water cascading into a narrow gorge nearly twice as wide as Niagara Falls in North America. The views from the lip of the falls are incredible, and visitors can also take in the majestic Zambezi River below.

  3. Hwange National Park: Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park is located in the Kalahari Desert and is known for its vast grassy plains and abundant wildlife. From elephants to zebras, lions to giraffes, this park is home to a huge array of animals. It's also a great spot for bird watching, with stunning species such as Lilian's lovebird and red-billed buffalo weaver. You will also see some of the park's iconic baobab trees, which can grow up to nearly 100 feet high.

  4. Chobe National Park: Botswana's Chobe National Park is one of the most diverse and unfenced parks in Africa. This stunning park boasts panoramic views of the Zambezi River and its lush floodplain, home to some of the continent's most spectacular elephants. Landscapes here range from wetlands to savannahs, providing visitors with plenty of opportunities to explore nature and wildlife.

  5. Unique Cultural Experiences: One of the best things about traveling on a Land Adventure through Africa with Vantage is the opportunity to experience local culture in a profound, deep, and educationally enriching way. Africa is home to a unique and complex mix of cultures, customs, and traditions that can be experienced by immersing oneself in the local way of life. On a Land Adventure with Vantage, guests will have the chance to learn about local cultures through visits to villages and townships, as well as interactions with knowledgeable guides who share their love for this incredible continent.

  6. Local Food: There is so much culinary diversity in Africa that even the most experienced and well-traveled eaters will find something new and exciting. Whether it's sampling traditional dishes in local restaurants or experiencing the flavors of Africa through a private cooking class, Vantage guests have the chance to sample some of the continent's finest local cuisine. From Zimbabwean mealie pap (cornmeal porridge) to Botswana's sewage (mashed and salted beef or goat), there are plenty of delicious dishes to try.

  7. Luxurious Accommodations: Land Adventures with Vantage include comfortable, luxurious, spacious accommodations for all guests, which is part of what makes traveling through so many destinations in Africa so relaxing and fulfilling. You will feel refreshed and rejuvenated each day after a good night's sleep, making it easier to take in all the sights and sounds of Africa's incredible natural and cultural wonders.

If you're looking for an immersive safari adventure, and a trip that will excite all your senses, Africa has so much to offer you. Learn more about Vantage Land Adventures and all the incredible itineraries we have by clicking this link. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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