Southern Africa boasts an abundance of excellent attractions for wildlife enthusiasts, adventure seekers, and romantic getaways. Here are the top three most popular, as recommended by the luxury travel experts at African Safari Home.
1. Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls is located on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia. It's the world’s largest waterfall, with more water going over its edge in 4 days than the entire water consumption of New York City in a year.
Victoria Falls is, however, more than just a sublime tourist attraction—the area boasts a wide range of activities. For adventure seekers, you can bungee jump from 364ft (111m) high or enjoy white water rafting on level 5 rated rapids. You can also catch the notorious Tiger Fish on the Zambezi, enjoy sunset cruises, visit the neighboring reserve for a wildlife safari or simply relax at one of the fine hotels in the area.
Mauritius is a beautiful tropical island located in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. In the words of Mark Twain, “Mauritius was made first, and then heaven; and that heaven was copied after Mauritius.”
This incredible island destination enjoys year-round sunny weather. It has breathtaking azure waters and the finest in Indian hospitality and service. The north part of the island is recommended for travelers who want to combine a resort vacation with the nightlife of a city and shopping by day. The east of the island is the most secluded and is known for far-stretching white sandy beaches and a more relaxed holiday setting. The west of the island is home to large pods of dolphins. The south of the island is closest to the airport and features the marine wildlife park for excellent snorkeling.
Mauritius also boasts several PGA rated golf courses, a wide selection of watersports and big-game Marlin fishing when in season. The island offers many accommodation options from self-catering to extreme luxury villas complete with butler service and the usual trimmings of a 5-star resort.
3. Cape Town
Cape Town is located in South Africa and is often voted in the Top 10 must-see cities in the world. Cape Town offers pristine beaches, magnificent coastlines and some of the best winelands on earth. The majestic Table Mountain overlooks the city and from the top, you can enjoy a 360-degree view of the Southern tip of Africa.
The Waterfront area of Cape Town offers world-class shopping, cuisine, and nightlife. Just 45 minutes out of the city you’ll find yourself in the timeless town of Franschhoek, nestled at the foothills of the Cape Fold Mountains. This picturesque setting is home to sprawling vineyards, world-class cuisine and superb wines.
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