Iconic Southern Africa

  • Trip Type: Journeys
  • 21 Days | Cape Town to Victoria Falls
  • Group Size: Max 16

Trip Details


As the sun rises over Kruger National Park—and an elephant and her young calf wander past you—greet another remarkable day in southern Africa. Keep your sense of wonder at the ready on a 21-day adventure that takes in the iconic sights of southern Africa. Fall for Cape Town’s remarkable beauty, feel the power of Victoria Falls reverberate in your core, and watch for the “big five” alongside a researcher from National Geographic's Big Cats Initiative.

Trip Highlights

    • Travel from Cape Town to the Okavango Delta by way of Kruger National Park and Victoria Falls.
    • Visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden with a local expert and go on safari with a National Geographic–funded researcher.
    • Spot wildlife on bushwalks, game drives, and on a cruise on the Okavango Delta.

Itinerary - 21 Days

Day 1 — Cape Town

Arrive at anytime. Arrival transfer is included.

Days 2 & 3 — Cape Town

Visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens with an expert guide. National Geographic Traveler magazine named these gardens among the top ten in the world. Explore vibrant Cape Town and Cape Point and see the penguins at Boulders Beach. Enjoy free time the next day to hike Table Mountain or embark on a wine tour around Stellenbosch. (2B)

Day 4 — Johannesburg

Fly to Johannesburg and enjoy a traditional South African braai (barbecue). (1B, 1D)

Days 5 & 6 — Panorama Route/Kruger National Park

Drive along the scenic Panorama Route. Continue to our camp, located just outside Kruger National Park. The next day, embark on a game drive in an open vehicle, and later, relax with stunning views from our camp’s deck. (2B, 1D)

Days 7 & 8 — Karongwe Private Game Reserve

Travel to the Karongwe Private Game Reserve, and enjoy morning and evening open-vehicle safaris to seek out Africa’s "big five"—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo. Meet with a researcher from the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Cheetah Metapopulation Project, managed by National Geographic grantee Vincent van der Merwe. (2B, 1L, 2D)

Day 9 — Johannesburg

After one last game drive, head back to the city. (1B, 1D)

Days 10, 11, & 12 — Victoria Falls

Fly to Zimbabwe and gain insight into everyday life during a walk through the local market and dinner at a family homestead. The next day, take a guided tour along the trails of the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls. In the afternoon, enjoy free time for optional activities, including a river safari, canoeing, or even a flight over the falls. (3B,1D)

Days 13 & 14 — Okavango Delta

Cross into Botswana via Namibia and transfer to a house-boat, our home in the Okavango Delta for the next two nights. Cruise the delta’s channels on the lookout for wildlife. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Day 15 — Maun

Transfer to the frontier town of Maun for an unforgettable evening of culture and traditional foods with a celebrated author and her troupe of storytellers. Opt to take a scenic flight over the delta. (1B, 1D)

Days 16 & 17 — Khwai River/Moremi Game Reserve

Drive to the Khwai River area adjacent to the Moremi Game Reserve. Embark on open-vehicle game drives, with time to relax at our comfortable tented camp. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Day 18 — Chobe/Kasane

After an early start, take a game drive along the southern bank of the Chobe River, home to some of the world’s largest elephant populations. Later, opt to take a sunset photography river cruise, accompanied by a knowledgeable wildlife photographer and guide. (1B, 1L)

Day 18 — Chobe/Ghoha Hills

Travel deeper into the Chobe wilderness to Ghoha Hills. Learn about the area's parks and reserves during an informative talk with a local wildlife and bush-survival expert. Enjoy late-afternoon game viewing in open vehicles. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Days 20 & 21 — Victoria Falls

Cross the border back into Zimbabwe for our final evening. Depart at any time the next day. (2B)

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Activity Level


Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.

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Cost Details

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $3,129

What's Included

Arrival transfer, internal flights, transport between destinations and to/ from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. The optional excursions in Cape Town and Victoria Falls, as well as the optional Okavango Delta flight, Chobe photo cruise, and Chobe photo game drive, are at an additional cost.

Comfortable hotels (8 nights); guesthouse (2 nights); safari camps in Kruger, Karongwe, Moremi, and Chobe (8 nights); houseboat on the Okavango Delta (2 nights)

Meals Included
20 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 12 dinners. Allow total of $370–485 for meals not included.

Plane, air-conditioned touring vehicle, open safari vehicle, 4x4 vehicle, van, boat

Optional Experience

You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.

Group Size

Due to the popularity of this itinerary we have increased the group size of the South African leg of this trip to 16 passengers for 2017. Any guest booked for 2016 will still have a maximum group size of 9.

The Botswana leg of this trip will remain at a maximum of 9 passengers for 2017. If you are unclear about the size of your group, please check with your agent.