Southern Africa Tours

Southern Africa Tours

Southern Africa may be known for its prolific population of lions, zebras and elephants. But this region also offers travellers a rich experience that goes beyond big game and the typical tourist attractions. If you know where to find it.


Immerse yourself in the colourful culture of the Kingdom of Eswatini. Gaze at the thunderous beauty of Victoria Falls. Or roam the bustling streets of South Africa’s Johannesburg. But of course, safaris remain the main attraction. Our small group Southern Africa tours take you to national parks that provide prime viewing of the Big Five game animals.
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Escape the beaten path
Visit the must-see highlights then discover little-known attractions most tourists never hear about.

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Get more value with all-inclusive trips featuring top-rated restaurants and hotels.

Expert local guides
Discover the country's true culture with the help of experienced local guides

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Escape the beaten path
Visit the must-see highlights then discover little-known attractions most tourists never hear about.
All-inclusive comfort
Get more value with all-inclusive trips featuring top-rated restaurants and hotels.
Expert local guides
Discover the country's true culture with the help of experienced local guides
Safe Travels
Adventures Abroad has implemented new safety measures and has received the World Travel and Tourism Council's Safe Travels stamp, which provides travellers with the assurance that we have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols – so you can experience 'Safe Travels'.

 

Our Southern Africa Tour Leaders

Our Southern Africa tour leaders have a deep understanding of the history, culture and iconic wildlife of the region, which means you’ll gain a deeper appreciation of this land. They’ll help you experience a side of Southern Africa many tourists never see.

Some of our tour leaders who have led these tours.

Martin Charlton
"Don't pack anything that you would be upset to lose, that needs to be ironed, or is encased in glass." - words to live by.
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Jonathan Hodgson
Jonathan has lived much of his life dedicated to the idea that he would rather have a wealth of experiences than a wealth of riches. Having taken up a…
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Victor Romagnoli
I love the excitement of getting up each morning on a tour and not knowing exactly how a day will unfold. It keeps me on my toes so to speak, and adds a…
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Chris Tripodi
I travel because it is the most interesting thing I can think of doing between meals. The magic and the challenge of this job is seeing the world itself…
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Where To Go In Southern Africa
A smart choice for any traveller who dreams of going on safari, Southern Africa is a remarkably diverse region that blends ancient culture and spellbinding landscapes. From world-renowned attractions like Victoria Falls to lesser-known escapes in places like the Eswantini, this is the ultimate destination for experiencing something truly unique.

 

Botswana
Botswana offers some of the greatest landscapes and wildlife viewing on Earth. From the elephants in Chobe National Park to the beauty of the Okavango Delta, this country is filled with adventure.
Namibia
Namibia enchants with both its scenery and wildlife. Wander past the mountainous Sossusvlei sand dunes, marvel at baboons and leopards and explore the streets of the capital Windhoek.
South Africa
South Africa gives travellers an accessible way to see the Big Five: lions, leopards, buffalos, elephants and rhinos. But its lesser-known attractions are equally as enthralling.
Swaziland
Re-named the Kingdom of Eswatini, this mountain-framed nation is rich in culture and natural beauty. And it’s also one of Southern Africa’s best-kept secrets.
Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe astounds with a beautiful patchwork of varied landscapes — from lush mountains to powerful waterfalls and meandering rivers. And of course, the wildlife viewing is incredible.
Victoria Falls
This thundering, mile-long curtain of water is one of Southern Africa’s most iconic attractions. Set at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, this destination should be on every traveller’s list.
Frequently Asked Questions
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When is the best time to visit Southern Africa?

Game-viewing is best during the dry winter months in Southern Africa, which is from May to October. The sparse vegetation during this season gives you a clearer view of the animals. Plus, thirsty creatures are more likely to be found at waterholes.

Southern Africa’s wet summer season is from December to March. The climate is hot and humid with short bursts of heavy rain. The scenery is lush at this time of year, which provides an ideal environment for bird watching.

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What countries are in Southern Africa?

Southern Africa includes the nations of Angola, Lesotho, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Although the island nation of Madagascar is geographically located in Southern Africa, it is not considered part of this region because of its unique cultural heritage.

Name:
Martin Charlton

EDUCATION:
Bachelor's Degree in Geography; further studies in Archaeology & Anthropology. Life's real education happens outside the classroom.

LANGUAGE:
English and some French & Spanish.

TOURS LED:
Having led tours for Adventures Abroad for almost 25 years, there are few corners of the globe where Martin’s left a stone unturned: everywhere from North Korea to Nauru, Saudi Arabia to Sudan, Guinea-Bissau to French Guiana. With over 200 tours through over 125 countries under his belt, it might be faster to list the regions where he hasn’t led a tour.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
"My love of travel and infectious enthusiasm for different cultures has taken me to over 155 countries. The further off the beaten path, the better. For a favourite place: perhaps South Georgia Island, the Canadian Arctic, or Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. World's best city = Istanbul!"

ABOUT:
"Don't pack anything that you would be upset to lose, that needs to be ironed, or is encased in glass." - words to live by.

Name:
Jonathan Hodgson

EDUCATION:
BA in Psychology at McGill University; MBA at the University of British Columbia; self-educated passion for history and culture.

LANGUAGE:
English; conversational French; improving Spanish and Russian. And a decent Scottish accent.

TOURS LED:
I have led tours in over 100 countries over the last 14 years of working for Adventures Abroad on all of the continents except for Antarctica.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Where to begin? Each place has something that makes it a special destination. A few that spring to mind: Kaieteur Falls in Guyana; the snow-covered mountains of Ladakh, India; sipping tea in a chaikhana of the old town of Bukhara, Uzbekistan; and watching the changing colours of Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset.

ABOUT:
Jonathan has lived much of his life dedicated to the idea that he would rather have a wealth of experiences than a wealth of riches. Having taken up a nomadic lifestyle shortly after finishing his undergraduate degree, he has been on the move on and off over the last 25+ years. The wanderlust has taken him to basing himself in places such as Scotland, Australia and Uzbekistan, and to visiting many more locations around our planet. Now (sort of) settled in Vancouver with his wonderful (and patient) family, he still loves the idea of having the world as his office and always enjoys trying to capture the essence of the locations he travels and tours in with his photography.

Name:
Victor Romagnoli

EDUCATION:
HBA English BA History

LANGUAGE:
Being able to speak several languages has made travelling an enriching experience; the conversations one can so easily slip into with locals - who come from all walks of life - adds greatly to my feel for a place.

TOURS LED:
Over a span of almost 30 years, I have lead tours virtually all over the globe.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Some of my favourite tours just come into being suddenly as a result of a request; someone will ask me to put together an itinerary that will include the highlights of several countries and the next thing you know we have, for example, a tour to Uruguay, Paraguay & Bolivia, or Lesotho, Namibia & Botswana. Sometimes I will be asked to arrange a detailed itinerary to just one region within a country - like a close up look at Sicily or Crete or the Basque Country or Newfoundland. Without the keen curiosity that so many of you travellers have, none of these "spontaneous" tours would come into being. But they do.

ABOUT:
I love the excitement of getting up each morning on a tour and not knowing exactly how a day will unfold. It keeps me on my toes so to speak, and adds a breath of excitement to each day on tour. With almost 30 years of tour leading under my belt, I thank all of you for being a part of this exciting journey.

Name:
Chris Tripodi

EDUCATION:
University for Mathematics. College for Music. But the greatest education I've received has come from Earth while travelling. "Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled."

LANGUAGE:
I can ask 'Where is the toilet?' in 57 languages.

COUNTRIES VISITED:
80%. I need a new passport every 20 months.

TOURS LED:
West Africa to South Africa, El Salvador to Argentina, Samoa to Seychelles, Portugal to Romania, Jordan to Japan.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Departures hall.

ABOUT:
I travel because it is the most interesting thing I can think of doing between meals. The magic and the challenge of this job is seeing the world itself as the tour with several smaller journeys along the way. I enjoy that time at the end of one trip, before the start of a new one, where the sadness of leaving one place mixes with the excitement of approaching another.