About Southern Africa

The southern African region offers you a wonderful experience filled with numerous different and interesting people, places, animals and landscapes. It also offers you the comforts and familiarity of home – making it an easy region to travel in.  You may be surprised to know that:

  • Tens of thousands of European tourists visit southern Africa every year. Of those a large proportion self drive in southern Africa, including many families who camp in the National Parks over the European summer school holidays.
  • English is an official language in all southern African countries, except for Mozambique which has Portuguese as its first language.
  • You will be amazed by the extent of mobile coverage and Internet access (we sat by the banks of the South Luangwa River in Zambia emailing the kids’ friends and asked directions in the Caprivi Strip of Namibia from a little old lady who had a mobile phone tucked into a pouch around her neck!).
  • Ablution facilities are usually accessible and clean, especially in South Africa (often putting public toilets in Australia to shame).
  • In all cities and towns you will not only find great street markets to wonder through but modern supermarkets with shelves full of quality products to choose from.
  • The quality of health services and accessibility of chemists and health products.
  • The quality of drinking water .... in 8 months in the region we didn’t open or use our water filter once!
  • The fabulous animals and birds you can see around your camp without setting foot in a vehicle.
  • Don’t need to stay in Johannesburg at all and can transit through the airport to a range of destinations – from Cape Town to Victoria Falls, Windhoek to Maun.

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