One Month in Southern Africa
Collected by Marie Frei, AFAR Local Expert
Rent a 4x4 and spend a month off the beaten tourist path. Eat curry in Durban, walk with elephants on the Garden Route, and surf in Cape Town. Camp at the Fish River Canyon and climb dunes in the Namib Desert. Safari in Etosha and swim with crocs in the Okavango River. Fly over Victoria Falls, look for lions in Hwange, and go tiger fishing at Lake Kariba. Ride a quad through the Makgadikgadi Pans. Sleep under the stars in the Kalahari and then visit Soweto in Johannesburg before flying home.
3 Hendrik Witbooi Street, Swakopmund, Namibia
I couldn't have been more impressed with Swakopmund, Namibia if I tried. It is a vibrant, ocean-front community with a quaint downtown area and a gorgeous ocean boardwalk, with a handful of restaurants and bars to sit waterfront. What really got...
Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, Hazyview, 1242, South Africa
Everyone expects to sample great South African wines in the Western Cape, but Singita's safari lodges in the Sabi Sand offer some of the most sought-after wines in the entire continent. A wine tasting in the cellar with one of Singita's few, hand...
Kragga Kamma Rd, Port Elizabeth, 6015, South Africa
I have much 'better' photos from the greatest game park I've been to in South Africa, Kragga Kama, but this one shows you the excellent accommodations. You are literally living with the animals. We had ostriches, zebra, warthogs, water buffalo and...
Avoca Road, Thornybush Private Game Reserve, Hoedspruit, 1380, South Africa
Royal Malewane is a five-star lodge located on the 14,000 hectacre Thornybush Private Game Reserve within the Greater Kruger National Park region. The already galmorous property underwent refurbishment in 2018. In addition to structural upgrades,...
In the odd town of Swakopmund, which reminded us a little of a German-themed Disney set among the sand dunes of coastal Namibia, we experienced a lovingly crafted space in Alternative Space bed and breakfast. Designed and run by a husband and wife...
Namibia protects more of its land than any other country - but did you know it also protects its sky? In 2012, Namibia's NamibRand Nature Reserve became the only second location in the world to be certified as a Gold Tier International Dark Sky...
Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
If you're spending any time in Victoria Falls, the town on the Zimbabwean side of the falls, you have to plan to have a dinner at The Boma. It's a restaurant set within the woods with an all you-can-eat African buffet setup. The highlight is the...
If you're looking to try authentic local food in Harare, PaGokoro (meaning 'meeting place') is where you'll want to go. The idea for the restaurant came out of the desire for a place for the owner, Judith, to meet with her friends that wasn't as...
10 Forest Road,, Mount Pleasant,, (Behind Arundel Village Shopping Center), Harare, Zimbabwe
Within the Arundel Village shopping complex in the suburb of Mt. Pleasant you'll find Alo Alo, a small cafe with an outdoor patio. It's the perfect spot to have lunch and take a rest after doing a bit of shopping. Local beer, fresh coffee, and...
Ngamiland West, Botswana
The snorts and honks of hippos are audible from the nine luxury tents at Kings Pool Camp. Set over a small lagoon, it's a popular camp from which to watch elephants. The annual flooding of this swampy region encourage the elephants to spread out...
P.O.Box 5140, Divundu, D3430, Namibia
The cheeky signs leading you down the sand road to Ngepi Camp are your first indication this is no ordinary campsite. First, you'll check in at the bar, which is decked out in currency from around the world. The campsites and chalets along the...
Walvis Bay, Namibia
One of the top restaurants in Namibia is located in the tiny shipping industry town of Walvis Bay. Lyon des Sables is located on the upstairs level of a small oceanfront shopping complex and boardwalk. The restaurant is run by two French men, so...
160 Nelson Mandela Ave, Windhoek, Namibia
Joe's Beerhouse is a must visit place for a hearty dinner in Windhoek. Lanterns illuminate the partially open-air dining area. Locals and foreigners mingle and drink craft Camelthorn Brewing Company beers while sat around picnic tables and...
Peter's Antiques is a legendary second hand shop in Swakopmund. It originally opened in 1983 and has grown over time to hold a rather large collection of German colonial memorabilia. A walk around the shop and a chat with the shopkeeper provides...
90 De Korte St, Johannesburg, 2017, South Africa
If you're lucky enough to live in a place as magical as South Africa, you get some amazing sunrises & sunsets most mornings & evenings. What's great about living in Johannesburg is that you get to experience the magic while overlooking an amazing...
Graskop, 1270, South Africa
Never, ever call biltong beef jerky, it will only make the locals cranky. But that's what this popular and tasty snack looks like, even though it's a distant cousin. At its simplest, biltong is a type of cured meat that is cut into strips for easy...
69 Drift Boulevard, Muldersdrift Estate, Muldersdrift, Johannesburg, 1747, South Africa
The Carnivore is a long time favourite for locals and tourists alike who want to have a good buffet of game meat. There's Giraffe, Crocodile, Imapala, Kudu, Springbok, amongst other traditional and more western dishes on the menu and all are very...
Dock Road, V&A Waterfront (V&A Waterfront Ticket Office), V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
This is definitely one of the best ways to see Cape Town if you're on a very short stay in the beautiful city. With a few different tour routes, as well as a two day tour option, I'm hard pressed to find a better way for a tourist to get in all...
2 Cavalcade Rd, Green Point, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
Atlantic Point Backpackers in Greenpoint is the perfect place to stay if you are looking for fun atmosphere, great proximity to where you want to be, and is extremely clean and safe. It is in walking distance to V&A waterfront and a bit healthier...
Old Breweries Building, Tal Street, Windhoek, Namibia
No shopping trip in Windhoek is complete without a stop at the Craft Cafe. A small brewery and warehouse space has been converted into a venue for shopping and dining, featuring many local artisan products from around the country. On the top...
Paternoster, Vredenburg, 7380, South Africa
Tietiesbaai campsite is inside the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve and about 2 hours drive north of Cape Town. This is one of my favourite campsites in the country... the location is breathtakingly beautiful, the camping pitches are right on the...
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