Explore Southern Africa

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

Trip Details

 

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.

Trip Highlights

    • 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

Visit Kirstenbosch 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 Stellenbosch. (2B)

Day 4 — Johannesburg

Fly to Johannesburg. Meet your CEO and enjoy a traditional South African braai (barbecue) welcome dinner. (1B, 1D)

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)

Day 12 — Victoria Falls

Depart at any time. (1B)

Related Trips

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.

Dates

2017
  • Nov 25 - Dec 06, 2017 (sold out)
  • Nov 27 - Dec 08, 2017 (sold out)
  • Dec 02 - 13, 2017 (sold out)
  • Dec 09 - 20, 2017 (sold out)
  • Dec 16 - 27, 2017 (sold out)
  • Dec 20 - 31, 2017
  • Dec 23, 2017 - Jan 03, 2018 (sold out)
  • Dec 27, 2017 - Jan 07, 2018 (sold out)
  • Dec 30, 2017 - Jan 10, 2018 (sold out)
2018
  • Jan 03 - 14, 2018
  • Jan 06 - 17, 2018
  • Jan 13 - 24, 2018
  • Jan 20 - 31, 2018
  • Jan 27 - Feb 07, 2018
  • Feb 03 - 14, 2018 (sold out)
  • Feb 10 - 21, 2018
  • Feb 17 - 28, 2018
  • Feb 24 - Mar 07, 2018
  • Mar 03 - 14, 2018 (sold out)
  • Mar 10 - 21, 2018
  • Mar 17 - 28, 2018
  • Mar 24 - Apr 04, 2018
  • Mar 28 - Apr 08, 2018
  • Apr 07 - 18, 2018
  • Apr 14 - 25, 2018
  • Apr 21 - May 02, 2018 (sold out)
  • Apr 25 - May 06, 2018
  • May 02 - 13, 2018
  • May 05 - 16, 2018 (sold out)
  • May 09 - 20, 2018
  • May 12 - 23, 2018 (sold out)
  • May 19 - 30, 2018
  • May 23 - Jun 03, 2018
  • May 26 - Jun 06, 2018
  • May 30 - Jun 10, 2018
  • Jun 06 - 17, 2018
  • Jun 13 - 24, 2018
  • Jun 27 - Jul 08, 2018
  • Jul 04 - 15, 2018
  • Jul 11 - 22, 2018
  • Jul 14 - 25, 2018
  • Jul 21 - Aug 01, 2018
  • Jul 25 - Aug 05, 2018
  • Jul 28 - Aug 08, 2018
  • Aug 01 - 12, 2018
  • Aug 04 - 15, 2018
  • Aug 08 - 19, 2018
  • Aug 11 - 22, 2018
  • Aug 18 - 29, 2018
  • Aug 22 - Sep 02, 2018
  • Aug 29 - Sep 09, 2018
  • Sep 01 - 12, 2018 (sold out)
  • Sep 05 - 16, 2018
  • Sep 08 - 19, 2018
  • Sep 12 - 23, 2018
  • Sep 15 - 26, 2018
  • Sep 17 - 28, 2018
  • Sep 19 - 30, 2018
  • Sep 22 - Oct 03, 2018
  • Sep 29 - Oct 10, 2018
  • Oct 06 - 17, 2018
  • Oct 10 - 21, 2018
  • Oct 13 - 24, 2018
  • Oct 20 - 31, 2018
  • Oct 24 - Nov 04, 2018
  • Oct 27 - Nov 07, 2018
  • Nov 03 - 14, 2018
  • Nov 07 - 18, 2018
  • Nov 10 - 21, 2018
  • Nov 17 - 28, 2018
  • Nov 24 - Dec 05, 2018
  • Dec 01 - 12, 2018
  • Dec 08 - 19, 2018
  • Dec 15 - 26, 2018
  • Dec 19 - 30, 2018
  • Dec 22, 2018 - Jan 02, 2019
  • Dec 24, 2018 - Jan 04, 2019
  • Dec 26, 2018 - Jan 06, 2019
  • Dec 29, 2018 - Jan 09, 2019
2019
  • Jan 02 - 13, 2019
  • Jan 07 - 18, 2019
  • Jan 16 - 27, 2019
  • Jan 21 - Feb 01, 2019
  • Jan 28 - Feb 08, 2019
  • Jan 30 - Feb 10, 2019
  • Feb 04 - 15, 2019
  • Feb 06 - 17, 2019
  • Feb 09 - 20, 2019
  • Feb 11 - 22, 2019
  • Feb 13 - 24, 2019
  • Feb 20 - Mar 03, 2019
  • Feb 25 - Mar 08, 2019
  • Mar 02 - 13, 2019
  • Mar 06 - 17, 2019
  • Mar 11 - 22, 2019
  • Mar 16 - 27, 2019
  • Mar 20 - 31, 2019
  • Mar 23 - Apr 03, 2019
  • Mar 25 - Apr 05, 2019
  • Mar 30 - Apr 10, 2019
  • Apr 10 - 21, 2019
  • Apr 15 - 26, 2019
  • Apr 22 - May 03, 2019
  • Apr 24 - May 05, 2019
  • Apr 27 - May 08, 2019
  • May 01 - 12, 2019
  • May 06 - 17, 2019
  • May 08 - 19, 2019
  • May 11 - 22, 2019
  • May 15 - 26, 2019
  • May 20 - 31, 2019
  • May 22 - Jun 02, 2019
  • May 25 - Jun 05, 2019
  • May 29 - Jun 09, 2019
  • Jun 03 - 14, 2019
  • Jun 05 - 16, 2019
  • Jun 08 - 19, 2019
  • Jun 10 - 21, 2019
  • Jun 12 - 23, 2019
  • Jun 17 - 28, 2019
  • Jun 19 - 30, 2019
  • Jun 22 - Jul 03, 2019
  • Jun 24 - Jul 05, 2019
  • Jun 26 - Jul 07, 2019
  • Jul 01 - 12, 2019
  • Jul 03 - 14, 2019
  • Jul 06 - 17, 2019
  • Jul 08 - 19, 2019
  • Jul 10 - 21, 2019
  • Jul 15 - 26, 2019
  • Jul 17 - 28, 2019
  • Jul 20 - 31, 2019
  • Jul 22 - Aug 02, 2019
  • Jul 24 - Aug 04, 2019
  • Jul 29 - Aug 09, 2019
  • Jul 31 - Aug 11, 2019
  • Aug 03 - 14, 2019
  • Aug 05 - 16, 2019
  • Aug 07 - 18, 2019
  • Aug 12 - 23, 2019
  • Aug 14 - 25, 2019
  • Aug 17 - 28, 2019
  • Aug 19 - 30, 2019
  • Aug 21 - Sep 01, 2019
  • Aug 26 - Sep 06, 2019
  • Aug 28 - Sep 08, 2019
  • Aug 31 - Sep 11, 2019
  • Sep 02 - 13, 2019
  • Sep 04 - 15, 2019
  • Sep 09 - 20, 2019
  • Sep 11 - 22, 2019
  • Sep 14 - 25, 2019
  • Sep 16 - 27, 2019
  • Sep 18 - 29, 2019
  • Sep 23 - Oct 04, 2019
  • Sep 25 - Oct 06, 2019
  • Sep 28 - Oct 09, 2019
  • Sep 30 - Oct 11, 2019
  • Oct 02 - 13, 2019
  • Oct 09 - 20, 2019
  • Oct 14 - 25, 2019
  • Oct 16 - 27, 2019
  • Oct 21 - Nov 01, 2019
  • Oct 23 - Nov 03, 2019
  • Oct 26 - Nov 06, 2019
  • Oct 28 - Nov 08, 2019
  • Nov 04 - 15, 2019
  • Nov 06 - 17, 2019
  • Nov 09 - 20, 2019
  • Nov 11 - 22, 2019
  • Nov 18 - 29, 2019
  • Nov 23 - Dec 04, 2019
  • Nov 25 - Dec 06, 2019
  • Nov 27 - Dec 08, 2019
  • Dec 04 - 15, 2019
  • Dec 07 - 18, 2019
  • Dec 09 - 20, 2019
  • Dec 16 - 27, 2019
  • Dec 18 - 29, 2019
  • Dec 21, 2019 - Jan 01, 2020
  • Dec 25, 2019 - Jan 05, 2020
  • Dec 28, 2019 - Jan 08, 2020

Trip Cost

Price From

$3,239

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Activity Level

Light/Moderate

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 $1,399

What's Included

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 safari vehicle

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.