African wilderness areas in the spotlight for 2022

The world has its eyes on Africa. Among the unmissable places for 2022 picked by Time and National Geographic are three wilderness areas in southern Africa.

From towering mountains and lush jungles to scorching dunes, Africa’s varied habitats weave a magical spell. And after two years of the pandemic, the continent’s quiet landscapes are even more appealing.

So it’s little wonder that some of our favourite wilderness areas are getting recognition further afield. Both Time and National Geographic have chosen remote corners of the continent as must-visit destinations for the year ahead. Best of all, they’re right on our doorstep.

Chimanimani National Park, Mozambique

This protected area is National Geographic’s choice as one of the 25 Amazing Journeys for 2022. Time also voted it one of the World’s 100 Greatest Places 2021 at the end of last year. Located on the border between Zimbabwe and Mozambique, the Chimanimani Mountains are wild and untouched. Hikers and birders are in their element here, with remote trails to explore and unique forest species to admire. Many areas can be reached only by 4×4, keeping Chimanimani well off the beaten track.

Remote and untamed, the Chimanimani Mountains are wildly beautiful. Picture by Bart Wursten, Wikimedia

Zambezi region, Namibia

Southern Africa gets more attention from National Geographic with the selection of the Caprivi Strip, now known as the Zambezi region. The area forms part of an elephant migration route between Angola and Botswana and sightings of the grey giants are a highlight. A favourite destination for elephant sightings is Horseshoe Bend, where big herds gather to slake their thirst.

Bwabwata National Park, home to Horseshoe Bend, is one of several protected areas in the Zambezi region. Picture by Karin Theron

Also read: Favourite camps in Namibia’s Zambezi region

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Just like its marshlands and plains flood year after year, so the Okavango Delta remains a perennial favourite. Time chose it as one of the World’s 100 Greatest Places 2021. While these international travellers favour upscale lodges in Moremi like Khwai Leadwood, Botswana regulars know community camps offer unbeatable value. In the Khwai concession, you’re likely to have elephants amble past your campsite.

Floodplains, river crossings, unfenced campsites… the Okavango Delta isn’t short on adventure. Picture by Johann Groenewald

Also read: Moremi North Gate or Khwai Community Camp?

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Featured image: Okavango Delta by HP Baumeler, Wikimedia

2 thoughts on “African wilderness areas in the spotlight for 2022”

  1. We camped at Nambwa last June 2021. What a beautiful reserve. Can recommend it.

    1. We have camped there 3 times in the last 5 years it is an amazing place for elephants. It was better before the lodge was built

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