Wildlife holidays in Southern Africa

Driving across Namibia

August 30th, 2009

Audley Travel  organise self-drive trips around Namibia. The itinerary is a circular trip and you will have the chance to enjoy the dunes at Sossusvlei, seals at the coast, desert elephant in Damaraland and Etosha’s big game. Many of the lodges have guides who will take you out to explore. Maps and information provided by them. Accommodation in a mix of small hotels, lodges (including the Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch) and guest farms. More here

Safari in the Okavango Delta

August 28th, 2009

This splendid 11-day private safari takes you to some of the richest areas of wildlife anywhere in Africa. Glide through the Okavango Delta in local mekoro boats and see huge herds of elephant and buffalo at the Linyanti River. You’ll spend several days in the heart of Moremi Reserve and at Lagoon Camp in the Okavango Delta in Botswana.

A typical day:

“An early morning start with a hot coffee prior to setting off on your morning game drive into Moremi Reserve. This is one of the best areas of the Okavango Delta for wildlife with a surprise round every corner…Open areas of water and savannah provide hunting grounds for prides of lions, watering holes for herds of elephants whilst the treeline camouflages leopards… Other inhabitants include wild dogs and cheetahs! A relaxing lunch back at your camp prior to setting off in the evening on another game drive.” Read more here

More Botswana wildlife holidays here

Wheelchair accessible safari

August 24th, 2009

Good post here by Scott Rains on going on safari for the disabled. He recommends Kruger National Park. He notes:

Kruger Park is, as guides will endlessly tell you, larger than the Netherlands. (South Africa has a long Dutch history). It teems with bird, animal, and big game wildlife. The infrastructure is well-maintained for visitors and the staff I encountered was friendly and competent.

Bat safari

August 10th, 2009

Going on a bat watching safari gives you a chance to enjoy one of the world’ great wildlife phenomena on a line with the wildebeest migration in East Africa and other great events. Over a million “straw-coloured fruit bats” converge upon Kasanka National Park to gorge themselves on the ripening fruit trees. An unfortettable epxerience. Kasanka bat safaris

Watching leopards in Zambia

August 10th, 2009

Watching those most elusive of big cats, leopards. can be difficult, but this  safari in the Luangwa Valley in  Zambia is centred on just that. You’ve got a good chance as Luangwas probably has the world’s highest naturally occurring population of leopards. More here

Safari by microlight

August 10th, 2009

A safari lodge in Zambia is offering an original way to watch animals: by microlight. Here (complete with rather exciting video!)