The Adventure

Are you ready for a trip you won't soon forget? Are you ready to experience cultures and cities you’ve only heard about? Then a drive overland through Southern Africa is for you. It’s like nothing else in the world.

The overland drive takes you past villages where blue wood smoke curls into the sky, through national parks teeming with animals that walk dirt paths near your car and through metropolitan cities bustling with people going on with their everyday activities.

You will never forget the drive from Zambia to South Africa. The indelible images will be with you forever.

A common route from Zambia to South Africa is to begin the trip in Livingstone. Livingstone is a city situated on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe with a population of 97,000. It bears the distinction of having Victoria Falls, one of the seventh natural wonders of the world, on the outskirts of town. You can view the falls from a national park.

The drive then takes you south through Botswana. Botswana has many game parks and wildlife reserves. One that should not be missed is Chobe National Park.

The final destination is Johannesburg, South Africa a large city with a population of 47 million. It is a bustling city with a large downtown and suburbs dotting the rolling hills outside the city.

The approximately 800 mile trip can be made in two days. But plan on making time to experience Africa and its natural beauty. Take a look around and find vital information to make your trip through Southern Africa unforgettable! You’ll find information from tips and facts, to gear and safety concerns, and what must-see places you should visit.

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Picture: African Elephants, Botswana by David L. Govoni

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