Gallery: Southern Africa...Part 2
This year in March I started my first tour through Africa with Geckos Adventures. In 17 days, we’ve visited 4 countries – South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe. From Jo’burg to Vic Falls and back to Jo’burg. Although the itinerary seems slightly packed, the trip gave me an amazing first impression of southern Africa. Here in Part 2 of my gallery I show you the second part of my adventures, from Vic Falls through Zimbabwe back to South Africa.
The Victoria Falls is a huge waterfall in the Zambezi River. It separates Zambia and Zimbabwe from each other. With 108.3 m of height and 1.703 m of width the Victoria Falls forms one of the biggest waterfalls around the world. By its discoverer David Livingston the Falls were named after Queen Victoria in 1855.
Tuskers Camp, Hwange
Hwange National Park is the biggest natural reserve in Zimbabwe and was founded in 1928. The park can be found between Victoria Falls and the city Bulawayo. On the edge of the park you can find the lovely Tuskers Camp which – additionally to the campsite – also offers a nice Lodge. The Camp is set right next to a waterhole where you can spot elephants, giraffes and other animals.
Matobo National Park
In southern Zimbabwe, around 35 kilometres away from Bulawayo, the historical National Park of Matobo is set. The area is famous for its granite kopjes, the Matobo Hills. Those hills were formed 2 billion years ago. The park covers an area of 424 km2, although the whole area covered by the Hills is bigger than 3.000 km2. In the park, you can mostly catch white rhinos and follow the footsteps of the old bushmen.
Mapungubwe National Park
The National Park Mapungubwe can be found on the South African side of the border triangle Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa. The Park exists since 1995 and covers over 28.000 hectares of land. The capital of the ‘Kingdom of Mapungubwe’ was set around Mapungubwe Hill. There are evidences that communities already lived in that area during the Iron Age. The park’s aim is to protect these historical sites as well as the wildlife and plants.
Kruger National Park
The biggest and most famous National Park in southern Africa is the Kruger National Park. It was first founded in 1898 under the name ‘Sabie Game Reserve’. Since 1926 it is officially carrying the status of being a National Park and was given the today’s name. The whole park covers around 20.000 km2. It is mostly famous for its huge population of the ‘Big Five’. Therefore, the park offers the best safari and wildlife experiences.
Blyde River Canyon
Blyde River Canyon is the world’s third largest canyon. It can be found 70 km west of Kruger National Park in the Mpumalanga-Area. The canyon has a length of 26 km (South-North) and goes up to 800 m deep.
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