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Explore Cape Town & Kruger National Park
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Discover for yourself why Cape Town is consistently named one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Then fly on to Johannesburg, our gateway to some of the world's most renowned game reserves. Scan the horizon of Kruger National Park for the Big Five and spend time in the wild with a conservationist from the National Geographic Big Cats Initiative. Get to the bottom of Africa and you might just start dreaming up ways to avoid returning home.

  • Duration: 10 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Moderate%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: DSCNG/155198
  • Starts: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Finishes: Johannesburg, South Africa
You will Visit
  • Cape Town
  • Johannesburg

Itinerary

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Day 1: Cape Town

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

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Day 2: Cape Town

Visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden with an expert guide on a tour exclusively designed for our groups – the garden has been named one of the top gardens in the world by National Geographic Traveler magazine. Continue on to explore vibrant Cape Town and Cape Point, with a visit to the penguins at Boulders Beach.

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Day 3: Cape Town

Enjoy a day of leisure and choose from a variety of optional activities, including Table Mountain or a Stellenbosch wine tour.
There is something for everyone in Cape Town. Visit Table Mountain, walk the V&A Waterfront or embark on a wine tour in and around Stellenbosch. For the adventurous, opt to go skydiving, abseiling, or, if you're really brave, cage diving for a close encounter with a great white shark. Wander through the city centre, which has some of the oldest buildings and gardens in South Africa. Check out the Cultural Historical Museum, Planetarium, and many other museums and theatres.

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Day 4: Johannesburg

Arrive at any time. Transfer to hotel. Enjoy a traditional South African braai (barbecue) welcome dinner.

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Day 5: Johannesburg/Kruger National Park

Enjoy a full day scenic drive along the famed Panorama Route with stops at Blyde River Canyon, Bourke's Luck Potholes, and God's Window. Continue to our tented camp located just outside Kruger National Park and this evening enjoy a delicious South African dinner on the deck or in the boma.

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Day 6: Kruger National Park

Enjoy a morning wildlife safari drive through Kruger National Park in an open vehicle. Take in views of the abundant wildlife including elephants, lions and giraffe. Afterwards, opt to take an afternoon safari drive, wildlife bush walk, or relax on the deck with views of the watering hole - a popular spot for animals to visit.
At over 19,000 sq km (7,500 sq mi), South Africa's Kruger National Park is one of the largest and most impressive animal reserves in the world. With 147 species, Kruger has more species of large mammals than any other park on the continent.

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Day 7: Kruger National Park/Karongwe Private Game Reserve

Continue on to a private nature reserve in the Greater Kruger area. This afternoon, take in a lecture with a researcher from the Endangered Wildlife Trust's Cheetah Metapopulation Project who will share information about their efforts to protect cheetahs and other carnivores. This National Geographic-sponsored project is part of the Big Cats Initiative. After, the researcher will join us on our evening game drive.
For the next two days, enjoy ranger-led morning and evening game drives in an open safari vehicle in Karongwe Nature Reserve. Search for buffaloes, elephants, leopards, lions, and rhinos – Africa's famed Big Five. With over 9,000 hectares (22,240 acres) of supreme African bushveld, Karongwe Private Game Reserve is home to many creatures, and our safari drives provide several opportunities for game viewing.

We use various accommodations within the reserve (the location is based on availability). During your time here, you will either stay in lodge rooms or very comfortable permanent tents (both of equal quality and with similar amenities).

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Day 8: Karongwe Private Game Reserve

Enjoy early morning and afternoon safari drives with our local guides, searching for buffaloes, elephants, leopards, lions, and rhinos – Africa's famed Big Five. In our down time, relax at the camp, take a walk around the grounds or enjoy a cool drink on the deck.
Wake up before the sun (around 5am) and sip your morning coffee before heading out on a morning wildlife safari drive. Return to the lodge for brunch and some leisure time. Converse on the deck, walk the grounds and gardens, and enjoy high tea. Following tea, it's time for a late afternoon safari drive. After spotting tons of wildlife, it's time to return to camp and freshen up before dinner.

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Day 9: Karongwe Private Game Reserve/Johannesburg

After one last safari game drive, head back to the city. In the evening, enjoy dinner at our local guest house.

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Day 10: Johannesburg

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens Guided Tour, Cape Town National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Carnivore Conservation Experience, Karongwe Private Game Reserve
    • Arrival transfer
    • Orientation tour of Cape Town and Cape Point including Boulders Beach
    • Traditional braai (barbecue) dinner
    • Panorama Route scenic drive
    • Kruger National Park wildlife safari drive in open vehicle
    • Private nature reserve wildlife safari drives in open vehicles
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Comfort hotel (3 nts), guest house (2 nts), comfortable safari camps (4 nts)
    • 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners
    Transport
    • Private van, plane, air-conditioned touring vehicle, open safari vehicle, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) & driver for Kruger portion, local CEO in Cape Town, local guides/rangers
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Tour Highlights:
  • Visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
  • Scan the horizon of Kruger National Park for the Big Five
  • Meet researchers from the Endangered Wildlife Trust's Carnivore Conservation Programme