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Explore Southern Africa

Experience southern Africa's diverse pleasures 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 and 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
For lovers of: Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife Physical rating: Light
Accommodation standard:   Moderate% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 155202
Starts: Cape Town, South Africa Finishes: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
You will visit
  • Cape Town
  • Victoria Falls

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Cape Town

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Transport:
Arrival Airport Transfer (1.00 hour(s))

02

Day 2: Cape Town (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens Guided Tour
Guided Cape Town Orientation Tour and Excursion to Cape Point

Transport:
Private Vehicle

03

Day 3: Cape Town (1B)

There is something for everyone in Cape Town. Visit Robben Island, Table Mountain, 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.

Additional Notes:
Your local G Adventures rep will be happy to help you arrange your activities.

04

Day 4: Cape Town/Johannesburg (1B, 1D)

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.

05

Day 5: Johannesburg/Kruger National Park (1B)

Enjoy a 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.

Additional Notes:
Today is a long driving day; however, we will make many stops along the way at sites along the Panorama Route.

Included Activities:
Panorama Route Scenic Drive

Transport:
Private Vehicle (7.00-8.50 hours, 500km)

06

Day 6: Kruger National Park (1B, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Kruger National Park Open Vehicle Game Drive

Transport:
Safari vehicle (3.00 hour(s))

07

Day 7: Kruger National Park/Karongwe Private Game Reserve (1B, 1D)

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).

Additional Notes:
Game drives are conducted with qualified game rangers and Shangaan trackers who will share their vast experience of the African bush.

On some occasions, if space is unavailable, we may need to change accommodations or even use a different private reserve. In such a case, be assured we will choose other lodges or comfort camps (of equal quality) within the Greater Kruger area.

Included Activities:
Hope Africa Children's Day School
Karongwe Private Reserve Open Vehicle Game Drive

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 150km)

08

Day 8: Karongwe Private Game Reserve (1B, 1L, 1D)

Take part in an early morning game drive and then enjoy brunch and free time at the lodge. In the afternoon, meet with a researcher from the Endangered Wildlife Trust's Carnivore Conservation Programme, a project headed by National Geographic grantee Kelly Marnewick. A member of Kelly's team will teach us about their ongoing research and join us on our evening game drive.

Additional Notes:
Wake up before the sun (around 5am) and sip your morning coffee before heading out on a morning game drive. Return to the lodge following the game drive 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 the late afternoon game drive. After spotting tons of wildlife, it's time to return to camp and freshen up before dinner.

Included Activities:
Karongwe Private Reserve Open Vehicle Game Drive
Endangered Wildlife Conservation talk and Game Drive

09

Day 9: Karongwe Private Game Reserve/Johannesburg (1B, 1D)

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

Included Activities:
Karongwe Private Reserve Open Vehicle Game Drive

Transport:
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 500km)

10

Day 10: Johannesburg/Victoria Falls (1B, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Victoria Falls Guided Tour
Zimbabwean Family Dinner

Transport:
Plane (2.00 hour(s))

11

Day 11: Victoria Falls (1B)

Enjoy a free day 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 (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

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
    • Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Guest house (2 nts), hotel (5 nts), safari tent (4 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners
    Transport
    • Air-conditioned touring vehicle, open safari vehicle, walking, plane
    Group Leader
    • Local G representative in Cape Town and Victoria Falls, Chief Experience Officer (CEO)/driver for 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