Southern Africa still has unbound riches and treasures to be discovered.
Prolific wildlife to inspiring scenery from the Southern tip where two dramatic oceans meet onto the great Kalahari desert... through to the Rift Valley up to the azure waters of the coast of Mozambique. This region of Africa includes 10 countries and spans an area bigger than China. From the equator all the way down to the Cape the area includes deserts, forests, savannah, mountains, lakes, winding rivers and wild coastline.
The geography is as diverse and awe-inspiring as the people, animals and plants that inhabit it. Each country has its own unique identity and culture. Indigenous tribes include the Himba people in Northern Namibia, the friendly Portuguese speaking Mozambicans, multi-cultural and bilingual South Africans and Basotho people across Botswana and Zimbabwe. Many of the mammals cross borders freely, driven by millennia of instinct in the endless circle of life. Big game such as elephant, buffalo and lion has roamed these plains long before people arrived here to glimpse the spectacle that is a truly African safari.
People have been travelling to Southern Africa for centuries to experience a small part of the ultimate adventure. From adrenalin activities in Victoria Falls to city slicking in Cape Town... traditional mokoro trips in the Okavango Delta, fresh-water dives in Lake Malawi or star gazing in Namibia. It is a destination that has something for everyone – young and old alike.
Indian Ocean Islands
The Indian Ocean is gifted with destinations of great beauty, laid back island life and spectacular marine life.
The Indian Ocean is the third largest body of water in the world and nestled in its warm waters are a number of spectacular tropical island destinations. The third largest island in the world, Madagascar, with its unique endemic wildlife especially the rare and beautiful lemurs... and interesting culture, is located just off the coast. Further afield are the islands of Mauritius and Reunion with their super beaches and fantastic variety of water sports as well as creative fusion cuisine. The countless islands of the Maldives and the Seychelles all feature fantastic scuba-diving and snorkelling as well as some of the best beaches in the world. On the coast of Mozambique, both the Quirimbas Archipelago and the Bazaruto Archipelago offer a great selection of island retreats.
Off the Tanzanian Coast the Zanzibar archipelago consists of over 50 islands – which vary from tiny outcrops to the larger, more populated islands of Zanzibar (‘Unguja Island’) and Pemba. The beaches are often stunning: powdery white sand, shaded by swaying palm trees. The sea is shallow, but venture further out into the sparkling, turquoise water and you'll find coral reefs for great snorkeling and diving with many tropical fish as company.
A continent so rich in natural marvels and unique cultures it takes your breath away
Argentina vast, sprawling country where so much of the natural landscape is on a huge scale, ranging from jungle and desert canyons to frozen ice-caps. Northern Argentina is the land of the gaucho (cowboys) and the sensuous tango, traditions both alive and thriving. The wild waterfalls in the rainforest at Iguazú are probably the most jaw-dropping on the planet. Buenos Aires, is one of Latin America’s most stylish capitals; its people, cultured and welcoming.
Peru’s vibrant Inka culture will brighten your travels and the genuinely hospitable locals will make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. Ancient highland towns explode into colour on market day, and local fiestas are celebrated with unbridled enthusiasm. From exotic jungle to coastal desert via the breath-taking peaks of the Andes mountain range, Peru’s staggering variety of places to visit means the potential for adventure is boundless. Not to mention the iconic and mystical Machu Picchu.
Brazil is immense in size - it enchants with natural beauty, the people are energetic and friendly and its unique mix of Portuguese and African influences makes for something truly exiting. The very best of this captivating destination, in our opinion, is its sun-kissed beaches and the wildlife of the Pantanal.
Seen on a map, Chile is a long and narrow sliver of land on the edge of the continent. In the north, the Atacama Desert mesmerizes with the world's highest geyser field and in the salt flats are blue water lagoons strewn with pink-puffed flamingos. Vibrant beaches, first-rate vineyards, and bustling cities like Santiago and Valparaíso make it easy to ‘live it up’ like a local in central Chile.
Off Ecuador’s coast in the Pacific Ocean, an archipelago was formed by geothermic upheavals that created volcanic islands, some are still evolving – this is the Galapagos. When Charles Darwin visited Galapagos in 1835, he observed a pristine, naturally-isolated living laboratory that would inspire and refine his theories, which he would release upon the scientific world – to shattering effect decades later. The islands have not lost their ability to inspire, the magic Darwin found over 150 years ago is still alive in this remarkable, almost other worldly environment.