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Experience southern Africa's diverse wonders on this 12-day adventure, from the glittering beauty of Cape Town to the vast wilderness of Kruger National Park home of the Big Five and countless photo ops. Then it's onward to Victoria Falls to feel their awesome roar for yourself. Take in the most memorable highlights of the region's wildlife, nature, and culture on this journey of a lifetime.

  • Duration: 12 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/Link Tour Code: DSLNG/155202
  • Starts: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Finishes: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
You will Visit
  • Cape Town
  • Victoria Falls

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: Cape Town/Johannesburg

Fly to Johannesburg. Arrive in time for a unique dinner Braai (barbecue) and meet your CEO and fellow travellers.
Fly to Johannesburg and transfer to hotel. Meet your local CEO for a briefing and enjoy a traditional South African braai (barbecue) dinner in the evening.

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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/Victoria Falls

Fly to Zimbabwe. Gain insight into what life's like in Africa with a walk through a local market and dinner at a family homestead. Meet the family, learn their history, and share stories as you help prepare a traditional Zimbabwean dinner.
The mist off Victoria Falls can rise to a height of more than 400m (1312 ft). Local tribes used to call the falls Mosi-o-Tunya or “the smoke that thunders.” Explorer and missionary David Livingstone renamed the falls after Queen Victoria when he first saw them in 1855.

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Day 11: Victoria Falls

Enjoy a morning tour of the beautiful Victoria Falls, then the rest of the day is free to explore the area. Take part in a river safari, cultural tours, whitewater rafting, canoeing, or a helicopter ride over the falls.

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Day 12: Victoria Falls

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Arrival transfer
    • Visit to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
    • Orientation tour of Cape Town
    • Excursion to Cape Point including the penguins at Boulders Beach
    • Panorama Route scenic drive
    • Kruger National Park game drive in open vehicle
    • Private nature reserve entrance fee with game drives in open safari vehicles
    • Lecture and game drive with a researcher
    • Tour of Victoria Falls
    • Traditional dinner at a Zimbabwean family home
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Guest house (2 nts), hotel (5 nts), comfortable safari camp (2 nts), comfortable tent or chalet (2 nts)
    • 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners
    Transport
    • Air-conditioned touring vehicle, open safari vehicle, walking, plane
    Group Leader
    • Local CEO in Cape Town and Victoria Falls, Chief Experience Officer (CEO) for the Kruger portion, local guides/rangers
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Tour Highlights:
  • Go for a game drive with a researcher and expert on carnivores
  • Enjoy a traditional South African barbecue
  • Visit the Kirstenbosch botanical garden with an expert botanist
  • Help prepare a traditional Zimbabwean meal with a family in their home
  • Spot wildlife in world-famous Kruger National Park