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Dis­cover wild land­scapes galore on the best south­ern Africa trips

The south­ern tip of Africa is more di­verse than many give it credit for: a spec­tac­u­lar blend of game-spot­ting sa­faris, echoes of an­cient cul­tures and myr­iad land­scapes rang­ing from widescreen dusty plains to thun­der­ing wa­ter­falls. You’re cer­tainly not short of op­tions, and tour op­er­a­tors have greatly ex­panded their port­fo­lios in re­cent years to re­flect that. In short, they’re your wild key to see­ing the very best this slice of the con­ti­nent has to of­fer...

1. Zam­bia, Namibia, Botswana & Zim­babwe

Frame land­scapes across four coun­tries

Tuck into slices of a south­ern Africa pie on Cox and Kings’ Four Coun­tries Sa­fari. Spot hip­pos on a cruise along the Zam­bezi to Im­palila Is­land, see herds of ele­phants in Chobe Na­tional Park and rub shoul­ders with Motswana tribal mem­bers. En­counter li­ons among the lush grass­lands of Hwange NP be­fore a fi­nal glimpse of the misty Vic­to­ria Falls. Who: Cox and Kings (020 3813 9340; coxand­ When: Year round How long: 12 days How much: From £4,475 (incl flights)

2. South Africa

See one of wildlife’s great spec­ta­cles off South Africa’s eastern coast on Dive

World­wide’s Sar­dine Run Ad­ven­ture. Each June, sar­dines track the cold win­ter cur­rents past the Kwazulu-na­tal coast as they make their way deep into the In­dian Ocean. Spend your days div­ing and snorkelling among the swarms and glimps­ing the preda­tors they in­evitably draw, in­clud­ing or­cas, hump­back whales and bot­tlenose dol­phins. Who: Dive World­wide (01962 302087; di­ve­world­ When: June–july How long: 10 days How much: From £2,545 (incl flights)

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3. Mozam­bique, South Africa & Swazi­land

Go wild in a trio of coun­tries

Seam­lessly mix na­ture and ur­ban de­lights on G Ad­ven­tures’ Mozam­bique, Kruger & Swazi Dis­cov­erer trip to wildlif­erich parks in Swazi­land and Mozam­bique be­fore cir­cling back to South Africa for the mag­nif­i­cent mam­mals of Kruger NP. Who: G Ad­ven­tures (0344 2722040; gad­ven­ When: Se­lected dates Jun–nov 2018; Feb-nov 2019 How long: 13 days How much: From £1,699 (excl flights)

4. Botswana & Zim­babwe

See two icons for the price of one

Book­end your ad­ven­ture with a pair of African won­ders on Jules Verne’s Vic­to­ria Falls to the Oka­vango tour. Feel the force of Vic­to­ria Falls in Zim­babwe, see li­ons in Botswana’s Chobe Na­tional Park and fin­ish on the Oka­vango Delta. Who: Jules Verne (020 3733 9566; When: Se­lected de­par­tures Mar–apr, Jun–jul & Sep–dec 2018 How long: 12 days How much: From £3,695 (incl flights)

5. Swazi­land & South Africa

Sa­fari by foot or 4x4

Tread the wilds on Moun­tain King­doms’ Swazi­land, Kruger & Wild Pa­furi Walk­ing Sa­fari trip, ford­ing the Malolotja Na­ture Re­serve in Swazi­land and South Africa’s Kruger NP, tack­ling its re­mote north­ern tip (Pa­furi) on two feet and four wheels. Who: Moun­tain King­doms (01453 844400; moun­taink­ing­ When: 11 Jun & 18 Aug 2018 How long: 14 days How much: From £3,420 (incl flights)

6. Zim­babwe, South Africa & Botswana

All aboard the Pride of Africa!

Hop on Ti­tan Travel’s Tracks of Africa tour to see South Africa’s best bits from the com­fort of a train. From Port El­iz­a­beth, trace the coast to Cape Town and board the Pride of Africa to Pre­to­ria be­fore vis­it­ing Chobe NP and Vic­to­ria Falls. Who: Ti­tan Travel (0808 115 5924; ti­ When: Se­lected dates 2018–2019 How long: 17 days How much: From £4,999 (excl flights)

7. Namibia

A road trip for all the fam­ily

See epic land­scapes and wildlife that’ll wow both chil­dren and adults on Fam­i­lies World­wide’s Chee­tahs & Dunes trip. Drive the Skele­ton Coast, cruise among dol­phins at Walvis Bay and grin at li­ons, rhi­nos and ele­phants in Etosha NP. Who: Fam­i­lies World­wide (01962 302062; fam­i­liesworld­ When: Se­lected dates Mar, Jun–aug, Oct & Dec 2018; Feb 2019 How long: 13 days How much: From £2,449/£1,625 (adult/child; incl flights)

8. South Africa, Le­sotho, Swazi­land & Zim­babwe

Cross four wild bor­ders on four wheels

Soak up epic land­scapes as you wheel across four coun­tries on Oa­sis Over­land’s Cape Town to Vic­to­ria Falls South­ern Ex­plorer trip. High­lights in­clude spy­ing whales off South Africa and spot­ting the big five in Zim­babwe’s Hwange NP. Who: Oa­sis Over­land (01963 530113; oa­sisover­ When: Se­lected dates Oct 2018–Mar 2019; May, Jul–nov 2019 How long: 35 days How much: From £1,685 (plus US$990/£715 kitty; excl flights)

9. Namibia

Camp out across the coun­try

Join ATI Hol­i­days on its Best of Namibia Lux­ury Self-drive tour for an in­cred­i­ble wildlife ex­pe­ri­ence. Track chee­tahs, watch rhi­nos at a water­hole and camp near desert ele­phants be­fore end­ing with a hot air bal­loon ride over the dunes. Who: ATI Hol­i­days (0808 234 9378; ati-hol­i­ When: Year round How long: 16 days How much: From £4,055 (excl flights)

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