Experience southern Africa's diverse wonders on this 12-day adventure. Journey 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 spectacular Victoria Falls, where the thundering roar only heightens the rush of experiencing Africa so up close.
Go on safari with a researcher sponsored by National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative.
Encounter spectacular Victoria Falls and follow a guide on trails around this natural wonder.
Take a behind-the-scenes tour of Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens with a local expert.
Wander through a local market and enjoy dinner at a family home in Zimbabwe.
Itinerary - 12 Days
Day 1 — Cape Town
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.
Days 2 & 3 — Cape Town
National Botanical Gardens alongside an expert
guide. National Geographic Traveler magazine
named these gardens among the top ten in the
world. Continue on to explore vibrant Cape Town
and Cape Point, stopping to see the penguins at
Boulders Beach. Enjoy free
time the next day to hike Table
Mountain or embark on a wine tour around
Day 4 — Johannesburg
Fly to Johannesburg. Meet your CEO and enjoy a traditional South African braai (barbecue) welcome dinner.
Days 5 & 6 — Panorama Route/Kruger National Park
Take 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, conveniently
located just outside Kruger National Park.
The next morning, opt to take a game walk before
embarking on a game drive in an open safari vehicle
to take in views of the abundant wildlife in the
afternoon. This evening, enjoy stunning views and
an incredible dinner on the deck. (2B, 1D)
Days 7 & 8 — Karongwe Private Game Reserve
Enjoy morning and evening open-vehicle game
drives while searching for Africa’s “big five”—lion,
leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo. 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
tell us about their ongoing field research and join
us on one of our game drives. (2B, 1L, 2D)
Day 9 — Karongwe Private Game Reserve
After one last game drive, head back to the city. This evening, enjoy a home-cooked dinner at our guesthouse. (1B, 1D)
Days 10 & 11 — 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. (2B, 1D)
Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.
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.
Click here for a description of all activity levels.
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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 $779
Arrival transfer, internal flights, transport
between destinations and to/from included
activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary.
Optional excursions in Cape Town and Victoria
Falls are at an additional cost.
Accommodations Guesthouse (2 nights), comfortable, mid-range
hotel (5 nights), safari tented camp in Kruger and
Karongwe (4 nights)
Meals Included 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners. Allow an
additional $280–365 for meals not included.
Transportation Plane, air-conditioned touring vehicle, open
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.