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Want to know Africa’s top spots for 2019 and beyond?
Mark Pearson, Senior Safari Consultant and Southern Africa Product Manager, was interviewed by Sue Bowern and shares his hottest picks.
Top safari destinations
Zimbabwe - There are so many highlights to tick off…canoeing, walking, World Heritage Sites. And special places such as Hwange National Park, Matopos and Mana Pools. Zimbabwe has the best guides in the business too. And of course there’s Victoria Falls - the best place in the world for white water rafting and the perfect hub to start or finish a safari. Zimbabwe ticks all the boxes!
Botswana - Visit for the incomparable Okavango Delta World Heritage Site, excellent activity options, good accommodations with warm hosts and spectacular wildlife.
Zambia - Undoubtedly Africa’s best country for walking safaris, Zambia boasts excellent guides and some of our favourite camps too. The Lower Zambezi, South Luangwa and Kafue National Parks are all very different and unique.
Namibia - This has to be the best destination in Africa for a self drive safari. It’s safe with stunning and diverse scenery, from the dunes of Sossusvlei and wildlife of Etosha to the coast - there’s something for everyone.
And in East Africa…
Tanzania - For the annual wildebeest migration within the Serengeti; Ngorongoro Crater for its wild interior; the remote Katavi and Mahale. Then there’s the magical spice island of Zanzibar which is an easy add-on.
Best safari experience
“For me the best canoeing trip is the Tamarind Canoe Safari. The quality of guiding is excellent, you’re paddling your canoe dodging the hippos along the way and you get so close to elephant in the water. When not canoeing you have guided walks, this is a wonderful opportunity to spot buffalo and lion - it really is quite an adventure, everyone should give it a go!”
Africa’s top spot for a wild adventure
“If you’re in search of an exciting African adventure check out the Mana Pools Explorer. A journey along the Zambezi River in Canadian canoes, paddling from Kariba to Mana Pools. Nights are spent in authentic camps on the river shore and days are a combination of canoeing and walking. All under the watchful eye of top professional guides. The wildlife and birding is outstanding!”
A selection of Mark Pearson’s best safaris
Over decades, arguably the best Zambezi safari. By canoe, foot, vehicle and good wits. Always in the company of best friends. From Mana Pools to Matusadona to Victoria Falls. Our traditional and ORIGINAL bare-boned, full-throttle best Zambezi safari combo!
Small seasonal bushcamps tucked away within Zambia’s finest wildlife sanctuary. The Luangwa is home to healthy populations of elephant, buffalo, large predatory cats, wild dog, endemic Thornicroft’s giraffe and Cookson’s wildebeest. Still home to the modern walking safari.
A proper and truly comfortable exploration from the edge of the Okavango into the heart of the Delta. Then onto the wild habitats on the fringes of the Savute and Linyanti water systems. These diverse grasslands and swamps provide compelling attractions for a wide variety of big game, predators and birds through the year.
Probably the simplest way to experience Southern Africa’s top wildlife and wilderness areas within a week. At any time of year. Make use of Victoria Falls to access Zambezi and Hwange National Parks for a big 5 safari opportunity. Easy to combine with Botswana’s Chobe and Okavango or explore further afield into Zambia.
Designed to showcase some of our favourite, least explored spots, with some of the very best wildlife and guides around. It’s been offered to a limited number of people, on a first come, first served basis. This special safari runs from 6 to 14 September 2020.