Southern Africa offers magnificent scenery and a vibrant selection of activities to do in them. Set in exceptional natural backgrounds, each of the following wonders of Southern Africa promises a surprising and unique experience.
Indian Ocean Sunrise – Reunion Island
Up from its 3070 meters of altitude, the massive Piton des Neiges, extinct volcano of the island, is one of the highest points in the Indian Ocean. The peak features an incredible 360 degree view of the Island – a colourful landscape punctuated by green mountains, volcano, waterfalls, lagoons and ocean. The Piton and Reunion Island’s cirques, ramparts and volcanos are classified UNESCO world heritage sites. After a day’s hike and a short night stopover, getting to the top of the Piton with a headlamp to see the sun rising over the ocean is the ultimate way to experience a sunrise.
The Ultimate Infinity Pool – Victorial Falls
The stunning Victoria Falls are a marginal frontier between Zambia and Zimbabwe. At 108 meters high and 1.7km wide, the falls carry about one million litres of water per second. It seems completely crazy to be able to swim at the edge of it, yet, formed by erosion, an ultimate infinite pool offers the unique opportunity to swim at the top in what the local tribe Kololos calls Mosi-oa-Tunya (The Smoke that Thunders). Accessible only between mid August and December, depending on the water levels, this ultimate pool is a high-adrenaline experience which has earned the name, Devil’s Pool.
Kaokoland in Namibia
The desert terrain of Kaokoland makes it a tourist hotspot for those seeking a more rugged experience. The area is home to the Himba indigenous people, who lead a semi-nomadic lifestyle. Famous for their jewellery and dress, the Himba are proud of their traditional practices. Just north of Etosha National Park, and host to the city of Opuwo, the terrain is good for trekking, rafting and being immersed in unspoiled, natural scenery. Safari tours are popular, as wildlife such as the desert elephant, giraffes and zebras can be watched in their natural habitats. Other notable scenic places to visit include the Epupa Falls, and the Ondurusa rapids.
Scuba Mecca – Mozambique
Mozambique is a surprising destination, offering a large selection of activities. One of the wonders of the country is its rich maritime life. The warm waters of the Indian Ocean is home to numerous species, from the smallest fish to the impressive whale sharks and manta ray. Tofo, also called ‘’Scuba Mecca’’ is situated on the South West of the country, close to a manta reef. It is one of the best diving destinations in the world, and the places offer the amazing opportunity to swim with the awesome whale shark.