Where to go on a safari holiday, Eastern or Southern Africa?

There is only on question you need to ask yourself when you’re booking a safari holidays to Africa, Eastern or Southern Africa, both regions have their obvious highlights, but which region is right for you?

Whilst some have the possibility of a long holiday (a month of longer) to visit both regions, however most tend to choose one region to focus on and base their safari holiday there. There is an abundance to see and do in both Southern and Eastern Africa, that focusing upon one region in depth is far more rewarding than exploring two regions for a brief period of time.

From a safari standpoint Southern Africa includes South Africa, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, Malawi and Mozambique. This region is considered by many to have an extraordinary diversity of environments from the white sands of the Kalahari Desert in South Africa to the wetlands of the Okavango Delta in Botswana, to the awe inspiring Victoria Falls.

This region of Africa is blessed with so many incredible safari destinations with South Africa being the most popular and most established tourist destination. Safari holidays in South Africa are commonly taken in the Kruger National Park, which is the country’s largest safari park, offering the largest diversity of wildlife, flora and fauna. South Africa is known as a nation in one country because of its sheer diversity of things the country has to offer its visitors; you would be hard pressed to do the same thing more than once in South Africa even if you were visiting for a year. Cape Town is a very popular attraction which most holiday makers tend to add in addition to their safari holiday.

The ideal time to visit Southern Africa is between April and October, with the rainy season being between November and March, but because most of the safari parks in Southern Africa have excellent infrastructure, they tend to stay open throughout the year.

Eastern Africa consists of Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda; it’s a region which is dominated by large open plains offering tourists experiences of the real Africa. Similar to Southern Africa the region has a richly diverse landscape and ecosystem, from the forested grasslands of Tarangire, to the unique Ngorongoro Crater, to the continent’s largest mountain – Mount Kilimanjaro, towering over Northern Tanzania.

The beauty of a safari holidays in Eastern Africa is they can easily be combined with a luxury beach holiday should you be feeling overwhelmed with adrenaline from your adventures on safari, a popular combination is a Kenyan safari with a beach holiday to the Maldives.

The best time to visit Eastern Africa is between June to October, this is because Eastern Africa has two rainy seasons usually between November and March.

I hope this has given you a greater insight into both regions and has made planning your safari holidays that much easier. Please remember to do plenty of research into where you wish to go and what you wish to see and this will give your safari holiday and even greater focus.

Jack Jones recommends Mahlatini; please visit www.mahlatini.com for the best selection of safari holidays, luxury honeymoons and family holidays.

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