I recently returned from what can only be described as the best African experience of my life. Landing in Cape Town, known as the mother city, was the first stop on my 15 day tour of Southern Africa.
This breathtaking city lies at the southern tip of Africa where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet, overlooked by the imposing Table Mountain. On day one I took the quick trip up the cable car to the top of Table Mountain. The view from the highest point in Cape Town is an incredible sight, blue oceans and majestic stretches of fauna and flora take your breath away.
After spending two days in Cape Town enjoying the various sites from Boulders Beach – where you can swim with penguins – to the word-class wine estates, it was time to head up the coastline to the Garden Route for whale watching.
This area of South Africa is a favourite for ocean lovers, rich in sea life and natural beauty, it is a hotspot for travelers. On a side note if you are an oyster lover check out the 34 Degrees South restaurant in Knysna, located in the marina.
From the Garden Route it was off to George for a little golf at the very impressive Fancourt Resort, a favourite of top golfers like Ernie Els. From there I took a quick flight to Jhb and headed north to the Kruger National Park to see the Big 5 in their natural environment. The Big 5 are Lion, Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard and Cheetah in case you were wondering.
After two nights of game drives and way too much good food in the bush, I headed to the splendour of the Okavango Delta in Botswana. This has to be one of the most beautiful places on earth. Situated on a Delta and surrounded by wildlife, it makes for the most idyllic safari setting imaginable. A truly remarkable experience is taking a Mokoro (think wood canoe) ride along the waterways. Sitting in this small craft, watching Elephants only a few metres away is truly an experience, a little more frightening is the site of the hippos on the nearby banks, known to cause more deaths in Africa than any other animal!
The last stop on my trip of a lifetime was to the “Smoke that Thunders”, also known as Victoria Falls, first stumbled upon by the explorer David Livingstone. Victoria Falls is one of the natural wonders of the world and a most recommended destination if you are going to Africa. I have seen nothing like it anywhere else in the world. Victoria Falls is situated on the borders of Zambia and Zimbabwe and rich with local history. The David Livingstone Hotel is a very nice 5 star option if you feel like treating yourself for two nights, although many less expensive alternatives exist.
All in all this 15 day trip to Africa cost me ten thousand dollars, not a bad amount considering I only stayed in four and five star accommodation with all meals included. My trip was arranged through African Safari Home which provides access to over 500 of the leading properties in Africa at tremendous rates, with fantastic service every step of the way. For more information visit their website where you will find itinerary ideas or simply drop them an email with your budget and desires and they will whirl their magic stick and deliver an first rate experience, as they did for me.