South Africa is truly a land of contrasts. It blends traditional "African ways," with those that are more modern and European. Kruger Park, South Africa's most famous wildlife area, offers accommodations that range from lodges and tented camps to historic homesteads.
National Geographic tapped Botswana as Africa's last wildlife refuge. This country has recently gained recognition, joining Kenya and Tanzania as one of the world's hottest wildlife areas. The country has intentionally avoided mass tourism and chosen to offer a higher quality experience to a lesser number of people.
There are few places other than Kenya, that can claim to have hosted such luminaries as Teddy Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Ernest Hemmingway. However, it's the abundance of animals which draws present day safari goers. Here one can witness the breathtaking migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra traversing the famed Masai Mara Reserve from late June through October.
long considered Kenya's little brother, Tanzania has finally come into its own. This wildlife rich country boasts the famous Serengeti Reserve, an extension of the Masai Mara and in fact, the origin of the great migration. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the natural wonders of the world and should not be missed.
The flora and fauna of Namibia are astounding in their variety and alterations. In an arid climate, surrounded on two sides by desert, there are rare plant species and many examples of wildlife adaptation like the desert elephant. These unique spectacles along with shorelines strewn with old ship wrecks are singularly Namibian. This country and its hidden treasures are for those who appreciate an unsoiled and dramatic experience.
Rwanda is a tiny country and one of the most densely populated on earth. It is a mountainous, green land located near the Equator and home to over 670 bird species and 100 different kinds of orchids. A paradise for bird watchers and botanists. The majority of tourism is focused on a visit to the Parc National des Volcans in the north. Within its confines are 6 volcanoes and hundreds of mountain gorillas. An encounter with a silver-back male gorilla 3 times your size can be a hair-raising experience and one you will never forget.