is the southernmost region of the African continent with a number of independent states including South Africa
. The region has a wide diversity of eco-regions with significant numbers of various wildlife species.
Southern Africa is home to many cultures and people, and was initially populated by indigenous or native Africans San, Khoikhoi and Pygmies in widely dispersed concentrations. Due to the Bantu increase in growth which edged the previous native African peoples to the more remote areas of the region, the larger part of African ethnic groups in this region, speak Bantu languages. The process of settlement resulted in a significant population of native European and Asian descent in many southern African countries.Southern Africa Countries:BotswanaLesotho Mozambique Namibia South AfricaSwazilandZambiaZimbabweEast African Countries:Tanzania Indian Ocean Islands:Seychelles
Explore the countries using our Travel Guides
:Travel Guide to Botswana
Botswana, a landlocked country in Southern Africa, has a landscape defined by the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta
, which becomes a lush animal habitat during the seasonal floods. To travel Botswana offers an unique experience in exploring wildlife, birds and game in its natural state.Travel Guide to Lesotho
Lesotho is a landlocked country and enclave entirely surrounded by South Africa - and the only independent state in that lies entirely above 1,000 metres above sea level. It offers the chance to enjoy Africas majestic beauty, the simplicity of a mountain people, and a serene quality of life. Travel Guide to Mozambique
Mozambique is one of the most enticing tourist destinations in Southern African offering an unique historical and cultural heritage, tropical beaches, coral reefs, spectacular landscapes, intriguingly rich architecture and small desolated islands close to the coast. Mozambique is a southern African nation whose long Indian Ocean coastline is dotted with popular beaches like Tofo, as well as offshore marine parks. In the Quirimbas Archipelago, which is a 250km stretch of coral islands, mangrove-covered Ibo Island has colonial-era ruins surviving from a period of Portuguese rule. The Bazaruto Archipelago which is farther south has reefs which protect rare marine life including dugongs.Travel Guide to Namibia
Namibia, a country in southwest Africa, is recognized by the Namib Desert along its Atlantic Ocean coast. The country is home to a great deal of wildlife, including a significant cheetah population. The capital, Windhoek, and Swakopmund wich is a coastal town, contain German colonial-era buildings such as Windhoek's Christuskirche, built in 1907. In the north, Etosha National Parks salt pan draws game including rhinos and giraffes.Travel Guide to Seychelles
The Seychelles are a group of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean with he vast majority of the Seychelles' population lives on the Inner Seychelles islands, home to the bulk of the country's idyllic resorts as well as rear animals.Travel Guide to South Africa
South Africa is often called "the world in one country". Wildlife, natural beauty, first world infrastructure, yet still Africa, beaches, sunshine and wonderful people make South Africa one of the best holiday destinations. Inland safari destination Kruger National Park is populated by big game and is great for wildlife viewing.Travel Guide to Swaziland
The landlocked Kingdom of Swaziland covers an area of approximately 193 kilometres from north to south, and 145 kilometres from east to west and is an exciting tourist destination with its art and craft outlets and traditional markets and wildlife reserves.Travel Guide to Tanzania
Tanzania is the home of Africa's highest mountain, the world-famous Kilimanjaro, the country has dozens of beaches such as those found in Zanzibar and world-appreciated national parks like the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.Travel Guide to Zambia
Vast lakes, rich wetlands and breathtaking African sunsets contribute to Zambias scenic splendour. A land blessed with 17 waterfalls including the spectacular Victoria Falls, the country attracts nature lovers and thrill seekers alike.Travel Guide to Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe is a land of diversity and contrasts and unrivalled natural beauty. It is a land where one can experience nature first-hand. It is also a land with a fascinating history that provides depth and meaning.