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Southern Africa consists of Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Madagascar and South Africa. Its varied landscapes and wildlife are arguably the main attractions of Southern Africa. The terrain of Southern Africa is varied, ranging from forest and grasslands to deserts. The region has both low-lying coastal areas, and mountains. In terms of natural resources, the region has the world's largest resources of platinum and the platinum group elements, chromium, vanadium, and cobalt, as well as uranium, gold, titanium, iron and diamonds.
Why choose a Southern African?
Wide diversity of landscapes, from the Namib Desert in Namibia, to the Okavango Delta in Botswana
Intimate safaris in private concession areas allowing for 'up close' wildlife experiences
Open-sided 4WD safari vehicles for easier game viewing
Zambia and Zimbabwe in particular are renowned for walking safaris
Seeing Victoria Falls, one of the seven wonders of the natural world
A wide range of accommodation from six star luxury to adventure camping
Seeing wildlife in unique ways - from a mokoro (dug-out canoe), by 4WD, motor-boat, houseboat or from the back of an elephant
Easily combined with a trip to one of the world's most popular cities, such as Cape Town.
Southern Africa's has two clear climatic regions. The winter rains occur only in the south western part of South Africa. All the other countries (Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe) receive the majority of their rain during the summer from November to March. Rains in southern Africa are mainly thunder showers and does not last much longer than a few hours
November – February
November to March are the warmest months of the year for Southern Africa. November officially marks the start of the rainy season in Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia, which can vary year to year. In the Okavango Delta waters recede around November and more dry land is exposed, which can affect some boating activities at camps, and some lodges/camps do close. , This is a popular season to travel it is lovely and green and many animals have their young.
This is shoulder season, after the rains but before vegetation and water starts to dry out to much. It is also a busy season as there are often some good specials available.
June – October
This is winter, and the peak game-viewing season in Southern Africa, when the weather is cooler and dry. July is the coldest month, with temperatures dipping to freezing at night in desert areas. The floods tend to arrive in the Okavango Delta in June, creating flooded plains and deeper lagoons. Generally this is the best time for game viewing, especially in Moremi Game Reseve, Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park . This is also the busiest time of the year in Southern Africa. October can be very, very hot as it is the month before the rains.