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Know Before You Go | Southern Africa Safaris

Whether you're preparing for your upcoming safari or just want to learn more about Southern Africa, be sure to check out these useful resources. Learn about African animals and habitats, browse helpful packing tips and read inspirational travel stories that will bring the wilds of Africa close to your heart. The links below open each article in a new tab.
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Wildlife Guide

Wildlife Guide

Discover fascinating facts about elephant herds, lounging leopards and the other wildlife you may encounter on your Southern Africa safari.
Conservation & Community

Conservation & Community

Read on to discover how our initiatives in Southern Africa help protect African wildlife, preserve culture and support community development. 
African Wildlife Trivia Quiz

African Wildlife Trivia Quiz

Take our African safari wildlife quiz to put your knowledge to the test, then share it with your family and friends to see who knows the most about life on the savanna!
Weather & Climate

Weather & Climate

Find out the typical weather conditions and climate of Southern Africa's ecosystems during the green season and dry season.
Packing List

Packing List

We’ve made a comprehensive list of all the clothing and gear you’ll want to pack so you'll be well prepared for your Southern Africa safari.
Travel Stories & Articles
Travels Through the Okavango Delta and Gomoti

Travels Through the Okavango Delta and Gomoti

—By John Holahan
I awoke in the morning refreshed and ready to explore on a Botswana safari. As the sun peeked through my tent and I completed the normal...
Why a Great Safari Guide Makes All the Difference

Why a Great Safari Guide Makes All the Difference

—By Wendy Worrall Redal
As afternoon edged toward sunset in Botswana’s Moremi Game Reserve, our guide slowed the Land Rover to a halt as he studied the ground on the side... 
Avid Photographer? Put Your Camera Down (Sometimes)!

Avid Photographer? Put Your Camera Down (Sometimes)!

—By Wendy Worrall Redal
Most serious adventure travelers take pleasure and pride in documenting their exploits through...
10 Things to Take On Your Africa Safari

10 Things to Take On Your Africa Safari

—By Wendy Worrall Redal
Are you planning an African safari? You’ll no doubt be consulting detailed packing lists that advise you to bring various essentials such as binoculars...
When Conservation Helps Communities, Wildlife Prospers: Lessons from Namibia

When Conservation Helps Communities, Wildlife Prospers: Lessons from Namibia

—By Ted Martens 
The phrase, "We Will Live With Wildlife," now spoken extensively across Namibia's vast and beautiful rural...
Traveler Story: Kalahari Ferrari Safari

Traveler Story: Kalahari Ferrari Safari

—By Rick Whitson 
It was day seven of our 10-day Secluded Botswana Safari, and we were staying at a remote tent camp in the Okavango Delta that we had accessed via a bush...
Zambia: A Hidden Gem

Zambia: A Hidden Gem

—By Rick Guthke
The Busanga Plains within the remote Kafue National Park in Zambia is extremely remote and secluded. Getting there takes a 1.5-hour light aircraft flight...
Traveler Story: Fascinating Wildlife in Zimbabwe

Traveler Story: Fascinating Wildlife in Zimbabwe

—By Carolyn Knoll
"On an early morning in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, our guide took us to the spot where he had heard an update about the lion pride we had...
Five Can't-Miss Things to Do in Namibia

Five Can't-Miss Things to Do in Namibia

—By Matt Kareus
Namibia's popularity as a safari destination has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, thanks to its incomparable landscapes, fascinating people...
Botswana Travel Etiquette—What You Need To Know Before Your Safari

Botswana Travel Etiquette—What You Need To Know Before Your Safari

—By Peter Davis Krahenbuhl
Botswana safaris are evocative of a bygone era, when the African wilderness was uncrowded and...
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