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    What is your idea of a perfect holiday in Africa? Maybe it is the up-and-close encounters with the rare wildlife or meeting the happy tribes, seeing the popping colours and dramatic skies. Perhaps, it's trying your hands-on activities like game viewing at the Kruger or hiking the famed trails and camping along the deep valleys. Or is it just the lazy afternoons spent soaking in the glittering African sunshine and the beauty of beaches or ending your days with the spectacular dusty red and pink sunsets? Well, if this is what you have been dreaming of, book yourself a Southern Africa Tour—you are sure to be treated with all this and so much more!

    Abundantly filled with cultural and natural riches, Southern Africa is a multifaceted region brimming with an incredible diversity of awe-inspiring sceneries and never-seen-before adventures. The countries that are commonly included in the region are Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. There are other countries like Mauritius and islands like Seychelles that are also considered a key part of the region due to their favourable accessibility from the countries listed above.
     
    Here is where you will witness the endless contrasts of the most dramatic landscapes, world-class wildlife, spectacular sights and sounds, traditions, colours, deep-rooted cultures and the true spirit of Africa blending seamlessly into one another. Even though the countries in this part of the region were left behind on the growth graph of tourism, the visitor numbers from the past few years show how each one of them is passionate about showcasing their niche and authentic experiences to the world. Travelling in Southern Africa is also a superb way to connect the dots between some of the world’s greatest spectacles and the exquisitely unique once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Be it the leisurely cruising over the river Zambezi, visiting the mighty Victoria Falls, seeing the fabulous black-maned lions of the Kalahari, going for the world-class game viewing at the Kruger National Park or relishing the towering sights of Table Mountain- be it any country, you’ll be utterly surprised at every turn! And this sheer diversity is what makes people come back to the Southern African countries time and again.

    With so much variety to explore and discover, it may become hard to think about where to start. Our Southern Africa Tour Packages from India will let you explore at a more leisurely pace and will fit in all that you want in an ideal Southern Africa Tour!
     
    1. Botswana:

    A landlocked country located in the Southern chunk of Africa, Botswana is where you can see the African wilderness at its best. Often seen as an untamed land and Africa’s best-kept secret, this country is one of the largest shelters for extraordinary nature spectacles and stunning wildlife. It is no surprise why Botswana has reserved over 38 per cent of its total land area just for the reserves, national parks and wildlife management centres, allowing the wildlife to move around freely. This mere feeling of seeing the patches of wilderness stretching beautifully from horizon to horizon, the boundless spaces along with the breathtaking sunsets, is like moving through a scenic nature wonderland. To experience the surreal beauty of this country, you must visit Okavango. It is the world’s largest intact inland Delta and is often best explored through a traditional canoe. Pair this visit with exciting tours to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Makgadikgadi, Moremi Game Reserve and the magnificent Chobe National Park to gaze at the otherworldly landscapes and abundant wildlife of the region. You can also take a tour of the tiny villages to get a first-hand experience of the rich culture and warm hospitality of the Botswana people. Once you are here, surrounded by their smiles, you’ll be compelled to stay back to experience more of the authentically natural offerings of the country.
     
    2. South Africa:

    A quote by Nelson Mandela- “South Africa is the most beautiful place on earth” perfectly echoes how seductively appealing this corner of Africa is. Considered not just the continent’s best wildlife destination but also the most diverse country in the southern region, South Africa truly stands out among all its neighbouring cousin countries. Here, you will be heartily welcomed by the enchanting landscapes, the dramatic dawns and dusks, high-on-energy locals, deep-rooted African culture and the incomparable wildlife which is considered the world’s most pleasing spectacle. Not to forget, the country is also popular for its sun-kissed beaches and some of the quirkiest adventure choices which make it even more promising for the globetrotters. The real icing on the cake, however, is the country’s vast wildlife moment like big-five spotting which is one world-famed activity you shouldn’t miss. To see ‘the big five’ at your closest, visit the Kruger National Park, one of Africa’s iconic highlights. For some outdoor fun, you can opt to visit the Blyde River Canyon, hike the rugged peaks of the Drakensberg Mountains or spot the whales at Hermanus. If you prefer to soak in the city vibes with easy access to nature, enjoy the urban beats of Cape Town while you choose to stay close to its sun-drenched beaches.

    Wanting to spend a holiday amongst the wide-open savannahs and the spectacular wildlife dotting the African land? Book a South Africa Tour with us and check in to an unforgettable South African experience.

    3. Madagascar:
     
    The mere word “Madagascar” is enough to invoke the images of all things fun, colourful and tropical. Even though this country looks like a tiny bit attached to the southeastern flank of Africa, it surely is one of the exotic countries to spend your relaxing holiday in. It is an underrated and unexplored gem of Africa that continues to prosper; thanks to its eclectic mix of adventure, leisure and historic marvels. Beach bummers can flock to the shimmering shores and surreal beaches in the country whereas the ones who like to have an active holiday can take the trails to tropical jungles and stone forests. Those who are wildlife enthusiasts can head to the country’s 50 national parks and reserves that showcase rare species like the lemurs and geckos. History and culture buffs too are well treated as there are plenty of UNESCO sites showcasing the royal past of the native islanders and even the old Malagasy palaces to explore. And one thing that should simply not be missed is the Avenue of the Baobabs which is the country's symbolic attraction. If you love to swank some of the heavenly pictures on your Instagram, head to Nosy Be archipelago as the views here are to die for.

    4. Mozambique:

    Mozambique summons the visitors with its assortment of coastal ventures, adventure opportunities and traditions and cultures. Even though this delightful southeast African country bathed by the Indian Ocean is overlooked by most travellers, it offers a lot to those who venture here; so much so that you will be spellbound. Its strategic position between South Africa and Tanzania makes it an ideal choice and secondly, the azure waters surrounding the secluded beaches and shining coastlines steal all the show. The country also stands out with a lot of historically rich attractions as well as the ones with brilliant architecture and great cuisines, fulfilling the needs of all the globetrotters. Take a deep dive around the Bazaruto Archipelago, appreciate the beauty of Ilha de Mozambique, choose to windsurf in Vilankulo, cruise on a traditional dhow, relax on white shimmering beaches at Quirimbas, go for an ocean safari in Maputo National Park or find a chance to spot the big five at the Gorongosa National Park and Niassa Reserve — whatever you choose to do in Mozambique, you’ll leave with some stunning memories to take back home!
     
    5. Namibia:

    If you’re dreaming of travelling to Africa but have no idea where to go first, choose Namibia as your first or last stop as it is not just the safest country to travel through but also the one that is yet to be swarmed by the hordes of tourists. Characterised by its dunes and the oldest desert on the continent, Namibia allows you to travel a little off from the usual touristy trail while familiarising you with beautiful horizons that this country boasts perfectly. Add to that the deep canyons, long coastline and the best wildlife spotted at one of the greatest pans on earth and you’ll feel thrilled to be here. While the much-famed salt pans of Etosha National Park (famous for self-drives) are the magnet for wildlife lovers, floating above the primaeval Namib desert in a hot-air balloon or sand-boarding beneath will add up a portion of fun for those looking for adventure. Add Kolmanskop, a deserted ghost town to your Southern Africa Tour itinerary along with a visit to Damaraland, the Naukluft Mountains and the Fish River Canyon and you’ll be utterly surprised by this tiny country’s exceptional attractions.

    6. Zambia:

    Call it a naturally blessed home to the mighty Victoria Falls or one of the best-kept secrets by safari fanatics, Zambia, in all terms, satisfies the urge of travelling in southern Africa. Even though the country is large with nearly one-third of its land reserved for the national parks, it barely falls on the top of tourists’ radar. But the tourism here has seen an upswing in the past few years; thanks to the thrill-seekers who loved rafting across the Zambezi River, the wildlife lovers who found the big game paradise in the North Luangwa National Park and the true adventurers who bungee jumped off the bridge instead of capturing the glimpse of Victoria Falls from afar. What further makes the holidays unforgettable here are the famed walking safaris that can be taken across the Zambezi River, the rugged hills, islands and plenty of cascading waterfalls apart from Victoria. You can also visit the remote rural areas to get a taste of African village life as well as explore a lot more amongst the country’s open spaces and enormous water bodies.

    7. Zimbabwe:

    Just like its other neighbouring countries, Zimbabwe also features a striking mélange of landscapes including the beautiful msasa trees, the sleepy little towns, gushing rivers and naturally balancing boulders. Zimbabwe takes a primary position in Southern Africa’s safari zone and travellers are often seen flocking to this part of Africa to see its big game, the even bigger backdrops, experience the rich cultural history and take a plunge in the Victoria Falls. Add to this the great spectacles of world heritage listed archaeological sites that stand cheek by jowl in awe with the natural wonders and you’ll be surely craving for more. Do not miss enjoying the large elephant herds in Hwange National Park, the unbelievably beautiful scenery at Matabo and fantastic canoeing safaris in Mana Pools. Your journey throughout this amazing country will be made even more amazing with a warm welcome from locals who are as loving and resilient as they are passionate about their wildlife.
     
    Top Bucket List Experiences in Southern Africa:

    Here are some of the ultimate and highly recommended experiences that you can add to your own Southern Africa bucket list!
     
    ● Have a close encounter with the big 5 at the Kruger National Park
    ● Drive along the Garden Route and experience the fascinating diversity
    ● Taste the distinctive wines in the Stellenbosch vineyards
    ● Tour the captivating city of Cape Town
    ● Visit the ‘city of gold’- Johannesburg
    ● Catch a glimpse of the rise and fall of South Africa at the Apartheid Museum
    ● Spare a day or two in Malawi for water-based adventure
    ● Don't miss the Kalahari desert quests in Botswana
    ● Go offbeat for game viewing in Chobe National Park, Botswana
    ● Walk down the Avenue of Baobabs in Madagascar
    ● Spot the humpback whales in Ile Sainte Marie, Madagascar
    ● Get beachy in Ifaty
    ● Take the trail to the curling Fish River Canyon
    ● Scale up to the top of Sossusvlei dunes in the Namib desert
    ● Go on a walking safari in South Luangwa National Park
    ● Swim to the edge of Devil's Pool, Victoria Falls
    ● Try hands-on the white water river rafting on the Zambezi
    ● Enjoy the sunset dhow cruising over the Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
    ● Stay in the stunning beachfront resorts in Seychelles
    ● Explore the pretty corners of Mahe and Praslin on a bike

    Have a keen urge for adventure? You can experience all the real thrills of Southern Africa with Dook!

    With so much to see and do in this part of the world, there’s really no reason why you should not take a tour here. To help you bundle up all the extraordinary experiences, we have hand-weaved an extensive range of Southern Africa Tour Packages for you to choose from and our fabulous team is here to help you tailor-make your Southern Africa Tour package, just as you want. Get in touch or visit our website to enquire in detail about our Southern Africa Tour Packages from India.

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