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Why we love to holiday in Africa

Africa is certainly a unique and rewarding destination and the first request that clients ask is to see “the big five” …this catch phrase was introduced by the big game hunters and are certainly amongst the most sought after animals in Africa that are worth seeing…. elephant, buffalo, rhino, lion and leopard….

There is no doubt these are on everyone’s wish list, but there is so much more to being in the bush in Africa and being at one with nature and observing and being able to spend time with a myriad of other animals that frequent the national parks and concessions in south Africa, Botswana, Namibia Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Tanzania….

Each country offers its own flavour and experiences so combining at least 2 or 3 different areas is certainly the most rewarding …. climbing the sand dunes in Namibia or sitting by a floodlit waterhole watching 2 or 3 very endangered black rhino drinking peacefully is almost a spiritual moment that will never be forgotten.

Floating along a crystal clear channel in Botswana’s Okavango delta and finding small reed frogs sitting on lily pads or on swaying grasses is another special experience not to be missed…

Standing next to the thundering Victoria falls that dissects Zimbabwe and Zambia leaves one in awe of nature as the raging waters cascade into the gorges below producing an enormous spray that can be viewed for miles around….

Zambia and Zimbabwe both offer very productive game viewing in remote areas with limited vehicles so the very best moments can be enjoyed in complete solitude….

Kenya offers the famous and most exciting Masai Mara amongst other areas and the variety and amount of animals that can be viewed in stunning surrounds is available all year round with the exception of the famous wildebeest and zebra migration that can be viewed from July to September each year where thousands of animals brave the rivers and crocodiles to reach grazing pastures….a great spectacle

A visit to Africa will refresh your soul and bring you as one into nature as you travel through the bush and spend precious time with its four legged inhabitants…don’t just go to Africa to see “the big five” …. go for the journey, the experiences, the memories and the stories that you will pass on for a long time after your return home…. Let Africa bound plan your perfect African safari, Contact Us!


 

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Traveller’s Guide

As one of the world’s few remaining dream destinations, Africa is home to a vast number of truly mesmerising wild animals – an exotic wonderland in almost every sense of the word. When coupled with extraordinarily beautiful scenery and a vibrant culture, an African safari tour ultimately makes for an unforgettable, once in a lifetime experience. It serves as the truest way to fully immerse yourself in all that this unspoiled continent has to offer. When travelling from Australia, a Traveller’s Guide can help you see the best of Africa with ease.

To experience and appreciate authentic African culture and wildlife, South Africa should be the first stop on your safari tour. In the northeast, the untouched Kruger National Park – flanked on either side by the conservancies and private lodges of the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve – offers you and your safari group fascinating African wildlife. Johannesburg and Cape Town both effectively serve as historical hubs while the lavish restaurants and glorious vineyards of the Cape Winelands region provide culturally rich locales like no other. Travelers should, however, remain especially cautious while staying in Johannesburg – particularly around the city’s central districts. Your hotel should be able to advise you on the ideal methods of safely and efficiently getting around.

When it comes to desert diversity, look no further than Namibia during your African safari tour from Australia. Namibia is home to Africa’s largest and most diverse nature reserve – the Namib-Naukluft National Park. The Etosha National Park is world renowned for its stunning desert plains while Damaraland – lying to the country’s northwest – is the natural habitat for rare desert elephants. The Skeleton Coast National Park is an awe-inspiring visit on any African safari: pristinely fossilised trees along with its haunting landscapes make for some of the most striking sights you’ll ever see.

The iconic Victoria Falls are at their best from April to August and are now easily reached from the southern ports of Cape Town, Johannesburg and Kruger.

With airlines expanding their flight routes within Africa, it is possible to connect from Victoria Falls into Zambia and then onto Kenya, which makes a very comprehensive and rewarding African safari experience.

For safari options to all or any of these rewarding areas…..let Africa Bound plan your perfect African safari….

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Gem of Africa

Botswana has long been recognised as the ‘Gem of Africa’. Today, it even rivals the country of South Africa as the African continent’s most illustrious and high-end safari destination, and with good reason: a Botswana safari tour serves as the wondrous beginning of a brand new African adventure. In fact, the country has swiftly been shifting its tours away from lavish lodges and ultra-luxe accommodation in favour of more active safari-based itineraries coupled with comfortable yet authentically rustic camps.

When it comes to the truest and most immersive African safari experience, exploration tours to Botswana have been defined by the Okavango Delta and its standard-setting camps: Shinde and Kanana Camps serve as home to a wide range of African wildlife – some of the continent’s most stunning and exotic creatures.  Kanana Camp offers  a “sleepout” experience where you can stay overnight in a custom built 2 level deck with star lit views as you will only find in the remote African skies.

Stanley Camp is known all across the globe for its famous elephant interaction tours where you have the unique opportunity of enjoying lunch in the bush with the elephants.

In addition to the genuine African lodgings along the delta, Botswana is also home to the vast plains of the sprawling, semi-arid Kalahari Desert. Along its Makgadikgadi Pans, you’ll find Camp Kalahari – a 10-tent affordable alternative to the classic Jack’s Camp (also situated on the pans)……..here you will enjoy interaction with some habituated meerkats who will get “up close and personal”, using your shoulders or long range camera lens as a very convenient look out post…   For the game explorers, a large number of horseback safaris are also in operation – these expeditions will take you right across the scenic pans of the Kalahari. For the most adventurous and truly fearless, the Selinda Canoe Trail effectively serves as just one memorable part of an unforgettable Botswana safari experience: this four-day trip – a 30-mile tour – will take you along the ancient and enchanting  Selinda Spillway, making for a truly remarkable journey.

To the northeast of Botswana lies Chobe National Park. Home to some of the rarest species of African flora and fauna, this expansive reserve is world renowned for its massive and spectacular herds of elephants.

The Chobe floodplain provides rich grazing for the numerous animals in the park and a daily Chobe River boat cruise offers you the chance to see the animals from the water whilst they graze along the river banks and come down to the river to drink….and once you are in Chobe, you are only a one hour road transfer away from the majestic Victoria Falls.

All these areas offer a comprehensive and complete Botswana safari experience with diverse scenery and activities on offer….

Let Africa Bound plan your perfect African safari …..

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Beauty of Botswana

Africa abounds with many possibilities when planning a visit especially for the first time traveller…

Referred to as “The Jewel in the Crown” within Southern Africa is the Okavango Delta, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in Botswana.

Botswana is notably recognized as one of the most diverse countries in Africa with so much to offer……crystal clear channels meander throughout the Delta, hippos make their homes in the deeper lagoons and many species of animals graze on the surrounding plains.

Game drives are conducted in open safari vehicles within private concession areas, which makes the experience exclusive because of the remoteness and lack of other vehicles…..so it it possible to spend more time observing animals in their natural habitat…..spend an hour or so watching leopard cubs play with each other or lions feeding on a recent kill…..these are experiences that may not be possible in other busier and less exclusive areas…..concessions also allow night game drives.

Botswana offers desert experiences in the Central Kalahari, walking with Bushmen and viewing animal species that do not occur in the Delta.

Comfortable camps allow you to visit Nxai Pan National Park and Makagadikgadi Pans which are enormous salt pans that support a surprising amount of animals that have adapted to the harsh conditions…..

Complete the Botswana circuit with a visit to Chobe National Park where it is possible to enjoy a Chobe River boat cruise whilst watching animals coming down to the river to drink and graze along its banks….the Chobe floodplain is enriched each year by the annual floods and this area also supports a great number of different animal species year round.

All of these areas are a short light aircraft flight from each other, so travelling to all of these areas in one safari is a very popular and easy exercise.

It is possible to wake up in the morning in the Central Kalahari desert, have lunch in the Okavango Delta and enjoy sundowners on a motorboat excursion into a deep lagoon in the afternoon. Or enjoy an early morning game drive in the Delta, lunch in Chobe and a river boat cruise in the afternoon …..all without interruption to your daily routine.

For more information on Botswana Visit the Botswana page

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Botswana in the winter

Botswana, officially the Republic of Botswana (Tswana: Lefatshe la Botswana), is a landlocked country located in Southern Africa. The citizens are properly referred to as “Batswana” (singular: Motswana), but many English-language sources use “Botswanan”. Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name after becoming independent within the Commonwealth on 30 September 1966. It has held free and fair democratic elections since independence.