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Fourteen of the best places to visit in Southern Africa

Having been to Africa more than a dozen times I am often asked what the best places in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe are to visit. It depends on whether you want to see animals on a safari, natural scenery like the sand dunes in Namibia or Victoria Falls, cities like Cape Town or Johannesburg, or be active in the Drakensberg or on the Garden Route.

Here is a summary of the best places to visit in Southern Africa.

Cape Town South Africa

Cape Town - South Africa Known as The Mother City, Cape Town lies hemmed between beautiful beaches and Table Mountain. A true melting pot of Asian, African and European cultures this is the place you'll find great restaurants and bars, a sprinkling of interesting museums and markets, and a vibe all of its own set within beautiful surroundings.

Chobe elephant herd safari Botswana Africa

Chobe - Botswana Famed for its large herds of massive elephants, the park consists of three distinct areas. Chobe Riverfront supports the highest density of wildlife. It is where most of the lodges are and where you can do river cruises to spot wildlife. Linyanti Marsh is rich in predators and is far away from civilization - flying in to a luxury safari camp is the best option here. Savuti, with the adjacent channel, rivals the riverfront in animal density, but is much more remote.

Damarland Namibia Africa

Damaraland - Namibia

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