Umfolozi – Hluhluwe National Park
Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, located 280 km north of Durban, is the oldest proclaimed park in Africa. It consists of 960 km² (96,000 ha) of hilly topography in central Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and is known for its rich wildlife and conservation efforts. The park is the only state-run park in KwaZulu-Natal where all the Big Five Game occur.
Due to conservation efforts, the park now has the largest population of white rhino in the world. Throughout the park there are many signs of Stone Age settlements. The area was originally a royal hunting ground for the Zulu kingdom, but was established as a park in 1895.
The Umfolozi and Hluhluwe reserves were established primarily to protect the white rhinoceros, then on the endangered species list. On April 30, 1995, the then President Nelson Mandela visited the then Hluhluwe Game Reserve to celebrate the park's centenary. Hluhluwe Umfolozi was originally three separate reserves that joined under its current title in 1989.
Picture Niagara Falls twice as tall and twice as wide, and you still won't be prepared for the spectacle of Victoria Falls. The locals refer to Victoria Falls as Mosi-oa-Tunya, meaning the smoke that thunders.
The mighty Zambezi River hurls itself off the top of a 300-foot cliff into a gorge below becoming one of the most fantastic sights of the natural world. Nothing can compare to the sight of the roaring water, the white mist dancing in the air, and a shimmering rainbow of light above the land. The spray from the falls can be seen up to 50 miles away
Hwange National Park - Zimbabwe
Hwange National Park resembles what much of the interior of Africa was like more than 150 years ago, with plentiful game and unspoiled bush. Arguably southern Africa's greatest wilderness haven, Hwange is Zimbabwe's flagship national park. The park has been set aside solely to conserve wildlife in its natural habitat. With a land area of more than 14,000 square kilometers, Hwange boasts over 100 different species of animal and 400 species of bird, a concentration that makes this National Park one of the finest in the world.
Almost all of Zimbabwe's specially protected animals are to be found in Hwange. It’s the only protected area where gemsbok and brown hyena can be found in reasonable numbers. The population of wild dog found in Hwange is thought to be the largest surviving in Africa today.
Lake Kariba - Houseboat
Lake Kariba is like an inland sea in a landlocked country. It was created by damming the mighty Zambezi River. Nyaminyami, the River God, was most displeased at the harnessing of his powers. Legend has it that Nyaminyami was responsible for the devastating once-in-a-thousand-year flood in 1958, during the building of the massive Kariba dam.
Today, the new ecosystem provides life in many forms and gives villagers and their livestock constant access to water. Stunning sunsets are a distinct feature of Kariba, as are the bleached skeletal trunks and bare branches of dead trees that were flooded by the damn nearly 45 years ago. These trees make excellent perches for fish eagles, cormorants, and other water birds.
Matusadona National Park lies along the southern shores of Lake Kariba and is bounded in the west by the Umi River and in the east by the dramatic Sanyati Gorge. Game-viewing opportunities are abundant, and visitors have the opportunity to take game drives, walking safaris, and boat and canoe excursions, all of which make Lake Kariba an excellent location to enjoy a Zimbabwe safari tour. Allow Lake Kariba’s charm to wash over you as you take in the excitement of our safaris and the splendour of the land.
Serengeti – Tanzania
The Serengeti is made up of the Serengeti National Park itself, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Maswa Game Reserve, the Loliondo, Grumeti and Ikorongo Controlled Areas and the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. Two World Heritage Sites and two Biosphere Reserves have been established within the 30,000 km² region.
The Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest on earth. The essential features of climate, vegetation and fauna have barely changed in the past million years.
It is the migration for which Serengeti is perhaps most famous. Over a million wildebeest and about 200,000 zebras flow south from the northern hills to the southern plains for the short rains every October and November, and then swirl west and north after the long rains in April, May and June.
Masaai Mara – Kenya
The Masai Mara is one of the best known and most popular reserves in the whole of Africa and it is because of the 'big skies', the open savannahs, the romance of films like 'Out of Africa' and certainly because of the annual wildebeest migration, the density of game, the variety of birdlife and the chance of a hot air balloon ride.
The Masai Mara lies in the Great Rift Valley, which is a fault line some 3,500 miles (5,600km) long, from Ethiopia's Red Sea through Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and into Mozambique. Here the valley is wide and a towering escarpment can be seen in the hazy distance. Most of the game viewing activities occur on the valley floor, but some lodges conduct walking tours outside the park boundaries in the hills of the Oloololo Escarpment.
The animals are also at liberty to move outside the park into huge areas known as 'dispersal areas'. There can be as much wildlife roaming outside the park as inside. Many Masai villages are located in the 'dispersal areas' and they have, over centuries, developed a synergetic relationship with the wildlife.