I’ve just returned from an escorted tour I took to Africa with one of my favourite travel wholesalers Adventure World and I am bursting with excitement about all that we saw and did.

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Last month I had the pleasure to accompany a group to Southern Africa on Adventure World sourced hotels and experiences to see the real Africa and give my guests the journey of a lifetime.

To get a taste of what we saw you can’t go past Adventure World’s Handpicked South Africa with Victoria Falls. Their `independent tour’ – a trip with a local guide and just your own travelling companions as opposed to a big group – takes in the historical side of Johannesburg, the Big 5 in an authentic Tsonga styled private lodge in an exclusive concession of the Kruger National Park, the breathtaking scenery of coastal Cape Town and the majesty of Victoria Falls – a sight no photo can do justice.

Beginning in Johannesburg you’ll explore how many South African’s live in the famous township of Soweto, visit Desmond Tutu’s and Nelson Mandela’s old houses and the well-presented (but confronting) Apartheid Museum.  From here it’s straight to the Kruger National Park, South Africa’s most famous game viewing region where it’s possible to see the Big 5. Be aware though that safari in Africa is not like going to the zoo in Auckland. The animals are not waiting for us to arrive ready with our cameras to get that Net Geo mid yawn lion shot or the fighting elephants’ photo, and in fact, they do their best to stay away from us, so it becomes a real treat to find them in their natural habitat.

500px-99762439.jpgAfter Kruger you’ll head to Cape Town- unmistakably the jewel in South Africa’s crown. A beautiful seaside city boasting stunning views, outstanding cuisine, delicious wines in nearby Stellenbosch and an array of activities including shopping for authentic South African artifacts, penguin spotting or diving with sharks, Cape Town has plenty for the intrepid, the laid back, the avid shopper or the historian in all of us. And of course no trip to Cape Town is complete without riding the cable car and enjoying the wonderful view from the top of Cape Town’s most iconic landmark, Table Mountain.

One could easily while away days upon days in Cape Town, but to wrap up this exciting trip you’ll visit the thundering Victoria Falls and get absolutely drenched as you admire the falls from the opposite bank in Zimbabwe. These are truly a wondrous sight to behold and a good few hours can be spent seeing the one million cubic metres of water fall every second from different vantage points along the 1.7km stretch of water as it falls from above in Zambia to below in Zimbabwe.

There are a multitude of activities on offer at Victoria Falls. From rafting on the Zambezi River to zip lining between the two countries, soaring like a bird on a microlight aircraft or getting a grand view from the seat of a helicopter, there is enough to do at Victoria Falls to keep the most active adventurer or the most relaxed traveller entertained.