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Where to go on Safari in Africa Part 2: Southern Africa: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Where to go on Safari in Africa Part 2: Southern Africa:
South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Southern Africa spans a diverse range of topography with a wide variety of habitats, from grassy savannahs and bushy woodlands, to the thundering waters of the Zambezi River at Victoria Falls, the sweeping dunes and clear night skies of the Namib desert, and the idyllic beaches of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Game viewing very much depends on season, water and food availability. The best time for safaris in Africa is generally May through October, although off-season safaris in the rainy season can yield some great game viewing. Weather in Cape Town is best from December to March, their summer months. The safari experience in Southern Africa is characterized by smaller camps and lodges on private concessions (instead of national parks), creating a more exclusive and personalized safari experience, generally with a more wilderness feel and at a higher cost. Walking safaris originated in Southern Africa more than a century ago...
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Wildland Alumni in Botswana and Zimbabwe

Wildland Alumni in Botswana and Zimbabwe
Patti and John Gerber are no strangers to travel with Wildland Adventures having travelled with us in Peru  and Patagonia . However, they wanted to travel a bit further afield this time around and chose our Okavango and Zimbabwe safari . Patti and John also added our 4-day Rwanda Gorilla Tracking Extension . Below are highlights from their trip review: "All of the places that we stayed were excellent, although Pelo  was my favorite." What places or experiences did you enjoy most and why? "Loved the entire trip. Each country had different things to offer. We had excellent guides on all legs of the trip .  Probably my favorite was Rwanda . Not only did you have the amazing hike to the gorillas, the gorillas themselves, but also the people of Rwanda the stunning countryside." Our frequent travellers know that here at Wildland Adventures, we love working to create your trip of...
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Delving Deep into Southern Africa

Delving Deep into Southern Africa
This April and May I spent three weeks on safari covering a huge swath of Southern Africa from Zimbabwe to Zambia to Botswana to South Africa. While clocking over 1 year total in combined time on various trips to Africa I had not yet been to some of the famed parks of Southern Africa and to be honest I was bit unprepared for how impressive this part of Africa would be and the lasting memories I’d take home. I've written a series of blogs highlighting some of the destinations I found most interesting during my safari, I saw way too much to squeeze into one blog.   Unique Habitat and Exceptional Game on Safari in Hwange Favorite Lodges and Awesome Fishing in Mana Pools Victoria Falls: Zambia vs Zimbabwe Your guide to safaris in the Okavango Delta In addition, I created a photo gallery from my trip: Keeping it wild, Jeff Stivers...
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Unique Habitat and Exceptional Game on Safari in Hwange

Unique Habitat and Exceptional Game on Safari in Hwange
After a quick flight or drive from Victoria Falls on your safari in Africa you'll find one of the most famous and largest National Parks of Zimbabwe, Hwange National Park. What struck me about this area is how dry and flat it is. The soil is comprised of coarse grayish white Kalahari sand which gives off hardly any dust when you drive, a rarity on safari. It holds in very little heat so the daily temperature swings are extreme and can easily be over 35 degrees Fahrenheit. In the morning you’re bundled up and by mid morning you’re stripping off layers. The unique feature of this area and why it’s become a renowned national park is its high water table which in turn leads to standing ponds of water called pans. When water is plentiful the wildlife disperses into the teak and mopane woodlands to forage for food, but in the...
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Favorite Lodges and Awesome Fishing in Mana Pools

Favorite Lodges and Awesome Fishing in Mana Pools
On a recent safari in Zimbabwe I took a short flight from Victoria Falls (You can also fly from Hwange) to the Zambezi Valley and Mana Pools National Park, where the waters of the mighty Zambezi River make their way east from Lake Kariba to Lake Cahora Bassa before diving Southeast into Mozambique and the Indian Ocean. As our plane banked for a turn over the river I found it exhilarating to be seeing Zambia out the left window and Zimbabwe out the right.  Ruckomechi Camp is in a private concession owned by Wilderness Safaris within the greater Mana Pools National Park and was one of my favorite places to have visited during my 3 week journey. The area is vast with lots of areas to explore and the camp is situated right next to the river which gives you a wide diversity of activities, from game walks and drives to canoeing...
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