Our 7 natural wonders in Southern Africa

Southern Africa abounds with unique landscapes, but XO Africa has selected 7 not to be missed, just for you!

1. Victoria falls – Zimbabwe / Zambia

The Victoria Falls, one of the most spectacular locations on the planet, are for us an African paradise. With over 100 m high, 1.7 km long and 550 millions liters of water poured per minute, the Victoria Falls are really impressive to see. In addition, you will contemplate the surrounding nature which, with its fauna and flora, its rainforests and the Zambezi River, offers an authentic and beautiful scenery. Many activities are also there to take your sensations to another level and feel the natural force of the falls: rafting, helicopter tours, safaris or cruise on the mighty Zambezi River… And last but not the least, did you know that the Victoria Falls are part of the UNESCO’s World Heritage.

Victoria Falls Zambia

Victoria Falls

2. Quirimbas Archipelago – Mozambique

The Quirimbas Archipelago has a dozen islands and numerous islets scattered along the coast between Pemba and the Rio Rovuma. I let you imagine the turquoise water surrounding the archipelago. A white sand paradise where you’ll imagine yourself like being in Pirate of the Caribbean. Tranquility and remoteness are guaranteed! Also you can discover the submarine jewels of the archipelago thanks to the various activities such as diving, big-game fishing, and walks around islands. In family, with a group of friends or with your loved one, this destination is for you!

The pristine waters of the Quirimbas Archipelago

The pristine waters of the Quirimbas Archipelago

3. The Drakensberg Mountains – South Africa

We have ticked on our bucket list the Drakensberg Mountain also known as Dragon Mountain by Afrikaans as one of Southern Africa’s natural wonders. These gigantic mountains are a challenge for the adventure amateurs and a paradise for wildlife lovers. Extending from the northeast to the southwest for about 1125 km, the landscape stretches as far as the eye can see. Here you can explore the two highest peaks located both in Lesotho, the ThabanaNtlenyana (3482 m) and the Makheka (3461 m). Between us, one of the most famous views of the Drakensberg National Park is located in the northern part in the Royal Natal Park and is called the Amphitheater.

Drakensberg Mountains

The Drakensberg Mountains

4. Okavango Delta – Botswana

If you are looking for total remoteness, the Okavango Delta is the perfect place! Located in northern part of Botswana, the Okavango Delta is a vast maze of lagoons and numerous islands extending on over 15,000 km2. Supplied by several rivers from the north, these waters attract each year, flocks of birds and a large diversity of animals like hippos, crocodiles, antelopes, zebras or elephants… It is one of the biggest migration spot of the animal kingdom in the world. Welcome in the heart of authentic nature! For a true and closer contact with this fabulous wildlife, we strongly advise you to go on a mokoro (traditional canoe) safari with a local guide. A unique way of navigating through the meanders of the delta.

The Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta

5. Sossusvlei– Namibia

A sea of sand stretching for 300 km long and 150 km wide in the heart of the Namib Desert in Namibia, Sossusvlei is a marvel. Nobody is insensitive to the infinite sequence of waves of soft and plump sands. It is the most stable Namib dunes. And with its range of colors between yellow, orange to ocher, two words come through my mind: unique and beautiful! From a hot air balloon or a plane, you can explore the vastness of the desert like a bird unless you choose the quad bike or 4×4 options to feel the curves of these wonderful desert dunes.

Namib Desert

Namib Desert

6. Blyde River Canyon – South Africa

Offering beautiful and spectacular views, the Blyde River Canyon is located in the province of Mpumalanga in South Africa in the east of the historic region of Transvaal. This canyon, 26 kms long and 800 meters deep, is crossed by the Blyde River and ranks third largest canyon in the world. A rich flora, this place exhibits a rare and sublime nature, which attracts many animals such as baboons, crocodiles, hippos…

Blyde River Canyon

Blyde River Canyon

7. Table Mountain – South Africa

The famous Table Mountain! You cannot miss it if you come to Cape Town. Recently named of the new 7 natural wonders of the world, it offers a panoramic view of the city and the surrounding suburbs as well as a breathtaking view on the Atlantic Ocean. Reach the summit by cable car, or by foot for the most adventurous, using the different hiking trails that will take you to the top while admiring the scenery.

Table Mountain from Harbour

Table Mountain from Harbour

Hoping you have been traveling, a few minutes time!

See you soon in Southern Africa! 😉

Amélie Fages

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