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Safari Odyssey

Top Six Southern African vacation destinations for 2020 – part 1

Southern Africa is a rapidly becoming one off the globe’s favoured tourist destinations and it is not surprising as the delights it holds for both local and international travellers are unique, quite special and simply endless.

In this article we have chosen our top Six Southern African vacation destinations for 2020 and as experienced specialists in this field we should know! We name 6 countries that all hold a myriad of great attractions within them, but highlight just what are probably the most favoured two.

As there are just so many choices when one visits Southern Africa for a safari or guided tour, we hope this brief overview will help. It is a big subject and therefore we present it in two parts…

South Africa

We begin with our home base and by far the ultimate Southern African destination of choice. Affectionately known as the ‘Rainbow nation’ it has amazing people and a vast range of attractions. From the Northernmost safari areas and scenic splendours, to the spectacular Cape point where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet, South Africa is a ‘must visit’ destination.

Two favoured destinations are the world renowned Kruger National park and the Western Cape. At Kruger park where one can self-drive or indulge in luxury guided safaris, you can see the Big game ‘Big 5’ Elephant, Rhino, buffalo and the cat predators, Lion and Leopard.

The spectacular Cape peninsular focused around world natural wonder ’Table Mountain’ has everything any vacationer could wish for. Beautiful beaches, Adventure activities, vibrant city life and a wine lovers paradise – the Cape Winelands.


Vast and breathtakingly beautiful and home to the oldest desert in the world, Namibia offers a safari vacation that is totally unique. Its German legacy is proudly reflected in the architecture of many buildings and its city life is vibrant, but it is in the quiet of the desert, the largest canyon in Africa and great game parks that the true magic of Namibia is experienced.

The Fish river canyon is a famous and favoured destination. Extending 650 kilometres, the Fish River is the longest in Namibia and with a depth of up to 550 metres the Canyon is the second largest in the world! It is a spectacular drive but not for the faint hearted or those who fear heights!

Famous for an amazing salt pan that covers 25% of the total area, Etosha National Park is one of Southern Africa’s most popular wildlife parks and its camps cater for all kinds of safari lovers. The concentration of big game around the waterholes makes game viewing incredibly rewarding


One could almost this is a blessed country as it enjoys great wealth, peace and incredible natural wonders. One can definitely say it is one of the most favoured Safari destinations in Africa and this is not surprising as more than 40 percent of the country is designated to national parks and game reserves. Visitor numbers are limited, ensuring the best wildlife-to-traveler ratio in Africa and an interesting statistic is that Botswana has more Elephant than any other country!

A unique game viewing experience is a visit to the now world renowned Okavango Delta. One of the most sought after wilderness destinations in the world, it is a place that safari lover’s dreams are made of – the heart-stopping excitement of big game viewing and the supreme tranquility and serenity of an untouched delta.

Also encompassing floodplains, swamps and woodland and named after the beautiful Chobe River, Chobe National Park is also a renowned wildlife preservation area that has to be experienced during any visit to Botswana. Even when the river dries up to a trickle in winter it makes the huge wildlife population even more abundant.

Fulfill your Southern African safari dream in 2010

Safari Odyssey offer negotiated rates & special packages at over 100 luxury game lodges, safari lodges, bush accommodation, beach lodges, country retreats and 4 x 4 vehicle hire in 9 selected countries.

The beginning of the year is one of the most favoured times for journeying to Southern Africa, so contact us to book now for that unforgettable vacation. Watch this space too for three more of our top Six Southern African vacation destinations for 2020!

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