19+ breathtaking images from Southern Africa that make you want to go there right now.

Africa, the world’s second-largest and second-most-populated continent, is a traveler’s paradise. There is so much to see here that one’s first visit frequently appears to just scrape the surface; that’s okay. For once you’ve stepped foot on African soil, it appears to tighten its grasp, leaving an imprint on you that indicates you’ll be back. My G Adventures journey took me to Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa, all of which are really wonderful.
Here’s an essay of my favorite photos, as seen via my lens in these countries:

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Victoria Falls, which spans the borders of Zambia and Zimbabwe, is the world’s biggest cascading sheet of water during the rainy season, with a width of 1,708m (5,603 ft) and a height of 108m (354 ft).

Attempting to depict the vast landscape of Victoria Falls.

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Market day in Harare, Zimbabwe. Street markets and local shopping are a must-do on all trips.

 

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One of the highlights of my trip was going on a safari. Here, we’re spotting for rhinos
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And, we found them! Two rhinos grazing in a field.

 

Zimbabwe’s-Matobo-National-Park
Zimbabwe’s Matobo National Park offers some unique options to get up close and personal with the rhinos.
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Locals are hired to protect the remaining rhinos from poaching.

 

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The views from the caves in Matobo National Park.

 

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2000 years ago the San – bushmen – looked out over the same views
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Matobo National park has some of the oldest pictographs on the planet, which were painted between 320 and 500 C.E.

 

local-tribes-in-Matobo
The stories told by local tribes in Matobo bring up the realities of surviving in the remote regions of Southern Africa.

 

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Portrait of a tribesman.

 

Local-villages
Local villages are still strongly attached to traditions. We were grateful to see some of these traditions in person.

 

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Camping under the stars in Matobo.
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Smile!

 

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Urban living just outside of Johannesburg, South Africa.

 

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A giraffe having his snack in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

 

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Mother and baby elephant cool off with a drink in Kruger National Park, South Africa.
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