Our Africa specialists are keen on choreographing Custom Trips across Southern Africa. You get a sense of what's possible in Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Madagascar from our sample itineraries, but the options don't stop there. Below are a few other worthy destinations in the region that we'll gladly help you explore in careful GeoEx style. Give us a call to find out how we can tailor the activities to you in one or many of these intriguing countries.
Mozambique is beloved for its dozens of breathtaking beaches, each with its own draw. Along the way, you can discover the country’s Portuguese colonial heritage through language and cuisine. Foodies rejoice: the matapa (seafood stew) will not disappoint. We and our savvy in-country contacts will get you to the best diving, reef exploring, and deep-sea fishing around (navigating the less-developed infrastructure as seamlessly as possible). A tempting starter would be the underwater marine park at Bazaruto Archipelago, the world-class fishing and diving at Vamizi Island, and the museums, churches, and mosques of the Island of Mozambique, a World Heritage Site set atop a calcareous coral reef.
Sandwiched between Mozambique and South Africa, this landlocked monarchy is one of the continent's smallest countries. But there is much reason to linger among the warmhearted Swazis. You can watch artisans at work creating grass-woven baskets, stone carvings, and glass-blown figurines; jaunt gingerly in the Lebombo foothills; or opt for adrenaline-charged mountain biking and river rafting. There is wildlife- and bird-watching, too, at the many game reserves.
Though completely surrounded by South Africa, this little-known kingdom differs greatly from its neighbor. The friendly, calm inhabitants don traditional conical hats and colorful blankets and smack their lips loudly while eating to show praise for good food. Topographical extremes lend to bountiful lakes, a key resource to arid South African landscapes. You may travel by sure-footed Bosotho pony to reach villages and waterfalls that are otherwise inaccessible. You can explore the remains of ancient rock paintings made by nomadic San people and follow the local legends to track dinosaur footprints and 19th-century Ha Kome cave houses—alleged hide-outs from cannibals.