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Southern Africa's Most Incredible Landscapes

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Regardless of where you travel in Southern Africa, you're never too far from a scenic vista or an interesting natural landmark. The world's oldest desert, in Namibia, is juxtaposed with the swampy wetlands of the Okavango Delta in Botswana. South Africa home of the unique fynbos botanical kingdom. In northwestern corner of Zimbabwe, majestic Victoria Falls spills millions of gallons of water per minute over the edge of an impressive river gorge. Southern Africa will leave you in awe.
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D831, Namibia
The best features of Namibia is the sheer quietness and endless vistas. The photo above was taken on our vacation there last year in the Namib Rand Reserve. We had stopped for a quick beverage break and realized we were the only ones for miles....
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Cape Point, Cape Peninsula, Cape Town, South Africa
While Cape Point is not, in fact, the southernmost tip of Africa—as is often claimed—it is generally accepted that the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet somewhere between here and the real tip, Cape Agulhas. Still, Cape Point is about as...
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Blyde River Canyon, South Africa
From Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, you can rent a car and take a beautiful drive along the Panorama Route, a tourism trail that runs north to Hoedspruit. The route passes several natural wonders, including the aptly name God’s...
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Zambezi Dr, Zimbabwe
I just kept saying “WOW!" Victoria Falls is twice as high as Niagara Falls. You'll stand in awe as you watch the world’s greatest sheet of falling water. Though none are visible in this photo, there are often so many rainbows that it’s hard to...
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Masvingo, Zimbabwe
"Zimbabwe" means "the house of stone" and is named after the 11th century kingdom and trading city we now call Great Zimbabwe. This National Monument is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the southeast corner of the country is one place not...
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Botswana
In 1862 traveler and artist Thomas Baines painted these baobab trees in Nxai Pan National Park. Now, famed and known as Baines' Baobabs, the trees are a highlight for many other park visitors. And if these trees aren't any indication of the...
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See our full list of Where to Go in 2015. On my first-ever trip to South Africa in May 2014, I was lucky enough to explore Cape Town with the newly launched outfitter, Escape + Explore Africa. The team gives active and adventurous visitors a...
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Namibia
Don’t let the eerie name fool you. Namibia’s Hoanib Skeleton Coast, a 310-mile stretch of sand scattered with animal bones and shipwrecks, is home to plenty of life: the Himba bushmen, fur seals, and desert-adapted flora whose sole water source is...
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Namibia
What humans interpret as a moment of familial tenderness - in Etosha National Park, Namibia
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Sossusvlei, Namibia
No trip to Namibia is complete without a visit to see the amazing sand dunes of Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert. Be sure to go before sun-up so that you are there for the sunrise. The sun rising behind the dunes turns them into the most amazing...