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Here are some of the best places to visit for unforgettable, one-of-a-kind experiences in Africa.

African travel

Tiger fishing in Zambia

The fish are biting and it’s time to head to the water in Zambia.

While most rivers and lakes in Zambia carry good stocks of fish, the main drawcard for most fishermen and anglers is the tough tiger fish. World-renowned for being one of the best tiger-fishing destinations in the world, and fondly known as “Tiger Country”, the Zambezi River is an oasis for anglers from across the globe.   

With razor-sharp teeth, ferocious fighting tactics, and a reputation for putting up a fierce fight when hooked, the tiger fish is aptly nicknamed the “African piranha” and will most certainly give you a run for your money.

Due to the ever-conscious implications on the environment of the Zambezi River, fishing for tiger fish is strictly catch-and-release, however, in between waiting for “the big one”, you might get a bite from a variety of other species found in the river, such as the giant vundu, the chessa, and the nkupe.

There is a limited range of accommodation in and around the best fishing areas, but many of them offer exclusive fishing packages which comfortable accommodation, transport, and delicious meals.

The gathering of elephants in Botswana

Home to the greatest elephant population in Africa, Botswana’s Chobe and Linyanti rivers are packed with these regal creatures during the dry winter months and if you are a wildlife lover, this is the time to go.

The dry season sees the banks of the Chobe and Linyanti rivers teeming with large herds of elephant, before gathering and moving in impressive numbers to the pans in the south-eastern region of the Chobe National Park.

Home to the largest surviving elephant populations in the world, Chobe National Park is the best place to see these magnificent Africa creatures.

Chobe teems with the herds, as they play out their daily rituals of feeding and bathing – an experience not be missed. As the rainy season draws to an end, the herds gather again and begin the seasonal migration back to the banks of Chobe and Linyanti Rivers.

Barefoot luxury in Mozambique

Whether you are looking for an idyllic beach getaway with palm-fringed beaches and turquoise waters or an action-packed adventure of surfing big waves and sailing warm ocean breezes, Mozambique has it all when it comes to African travel destinations.

Mozambique’s beautiful landscapes, pristine beaches, rich heritage, and warm, friendly people are fast becoming the go-to spot for those in the know. Exquisite coastlines with swaying palms, beautifully preserved colonial-style architecture, a fascinating blend of culture and history, and vast tracts of bush teeming with wildlife make this a must-visit spot.

Rising from the Indian Ocean just off the coast, the Bazaruto Archipelago in the south and the remote Quirimbas Archipelago near the Tanzanian border in the far north, this is one of Mozambique’s most exquisite regions.

Crystal-clear waters and colourful corals meet pristine, white sandy beaches to create an idyllic, tropical island escape that is perfect for either a romantic honeymoon or a relaxing post-safari break.

However, it’s not all about swinging in hammocks and lazing in the sun – when the mood takes you, Mozambique’s crystal clear waters are world-renowned for big game fishing and home to some of the best dive sites in the world. Or head inland for fantastic game viewing at the Gorongosa National Park.

Game viewing in Etosha National Park, Namibia

Synonymous with big game and beautiful scenery, Namibia’s Etosha National Park is regarded as one of the world’s great wildlife-viewing venues.

Encapsulated by the vast Etosha pan — an immense, flat depression that is flooded by the seasonal rains — Etosha National Park’s arid terrain consists of wide, low-lying scrub, the occasional grassy woodland, and a smattering of waterholes.

Despite this rather dry and uninhabitable landscape, wildlife is prolific here and the park is packed with herds of elephant, giraffe, and zebra, as well as desert-specialists like the springbok and gemsbok, and the regular pack of predators. Keep an eye out for the elusive black rhino and rare Damara dik-dik, and roan antelope, that prefer the rugged terrain of Etosha to anywhere else.

This fantastic year-round African travel destination is ideal for anyone looking for a comfortable, relaxed safari getaway. Good roads and a wide range of animals will keep the kids happy; photographers will relish the action at the game-packed waterholes, and honeymooners will delight in the range of exclusive luxury accommodation located on the park’s borders.