Southern Africa holidays leave even ‘hardened Africaphiles swooning’

Holidaymakers travelling to Namibia can look forward to taking in scenery that will leave the most “hardened Africaphiles swooning”.

This is according to the Telegraph’s Chris Moss, who wrote that the southern African country boasts “apricot-hued dunes” on its Atlantic coast and an “extraordinary” variation of wildlife in Etosha National Park.

But a trip shouldn’t begin and end in Namibia, Mr Moss recommended. Owing to the diversity and wealth of attractions in southern Africa, visitors should consider South Africa holidays, too.

The travel journalist suggested that the Kruger National Park, one of Africa’s largest game reserves, should be incorporated into a southern Africa itinerary.

This is owing to its status as home to the ‘big five’ game animals – the lion, the leopard, the African elephant and the Cape buffalo, while it also serves as a refuge for the endangered African Wild Dog.

Kruger National Park’s elephant population, which had been in decline until the mid 90s, has been steadily increasing over the years to the tens of thousands.

Mr Cross also paid homage to Botswana’s Okavango Delta, one of the planet’s largest inland deltas.

“[It’s] a much-mythologised setting for Nile crocodiles, white rhinos and African fish eagles,” the journalist wrote for the newspaper.

His 21-day itinerary also involved a visit to Maputo, Mozambique’s capital – famous for its acacia trees and Portuguese colonial influence – and Sabi Sands, a private game reserve that borders Kruger National Park.