We could hardly believe it when a curious leopard cub left its mother’s side and came so close to our vehicle that it started climbing the tires. But this is par for the course when you’re on safari in the oldest game reserve in South Africa.
Despite being one of the smallest countries in Africa, Malawi is a place of heart-stopping scenery and vast vistas. From the crystal-clear waters of Lake Malawi to the rolling plains of the highlands, this country, sculpted by the Great Rift Valley, earns its reputation for being the “warm heart of Africa.”
Scottish explorer David Livingstone may have named the falls after his reigning queen in 1855, but the Kalolo-Lozi people had their own name for it — Mosi-oa-Tunya, “the smoke that thunders.” And you immediately know why after seeing the plumes of mist that hover around the largest waterfall in the world as it roars over the edge.
Along the west coast of South Africa, a seemingly lifeless landscape is about to burst into bloom. As the winter rains begin to fall, millions of flowers appear as if by magic from the once-dry soil, carpeting the countryside in a blaze of color.
Standing atop one of the tallest dunes on Earth, it felt as though the sand beneath our feet stretched into infinity. With its red dunes rolling endlessly into the sea, the Namib is the oldest desert in the world — a sea of silica stretching along Namibia’s entire Atlantic coast.