We are often asked about the difference between Southern and Eastern Africa. While they are both regions contain savannah areas filled with big game, they are both very different.
In a general way Southern Africa is bushveld country. The savannahs have more trees and forests interspersed with vleis or meadows with tall grasslands, compared to East Africa. There are pure sand deserts like the Namib in Namibia. Inland deltas of papyrus and clear waterways such as the Okavango. Big river systems such as the Luangwa and Zambezi, and their respective floodplains where huge riverine trees provide superb habitat for leopard. The famous Kruger National Park, as well some incredible hidden gems, make a South African luxury safari a must. You also have a wide variety of safari activities such as canoeing on the Zambezi, game drives, river cruises, night drives with spot lamps, and tiger fishing. Southern Africa also offers some of the best wildlife walking safaris, with a range of opportunities available in Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.
East Africa offers Tanzania’s Serengeti and Kenya’s Masai Mara, which hosts the annual Great Migration, a unique spectacle that occurs as huge herds of wildebeests and zebras follow the fresh grazing that sprouts in the wake of the annual rains. On safaris in Kenya’s northern regions, spot local species including the endangered black rhino, reticulated giraffe, beisa oryx, Grevy’s zebra and the long-necked gerenuk. Travel on a safari to Tanzania, where you can visit the Ngorongoro Crater, formed by the collapse of an extinct volcano, where more than 30,000 animals thrive in enclosed grassland. For the more adventurous traveller, you may wish to experience a different side of East Africa with a safari in Uganda, where chimpanzees and mountain gorillas live free in the forests. Track a family of endangered mountain gorillas through the thick forest and climbing rugged hills of Rwanda.