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Witness some of nature's greatest spectacles
on a safari that encompasses southern Africa’s most iconic landscapes.
Go on game drives in Kruger and Chobe National Parks. Glide through the panhandle of the
Okavango Delta on a two-night excursion on a houseboat. Enjoy a family
dinner at a home near Victoria Falls, and take in views of this national wonder,
known locally as the “smoke that thunders.”
Join a National Geographic–sponsored
researcher on a game drive.
Attend a talk by a local expert on the
Savuti region and Chobe National Park.
Enjoy two free days at Victoria Falls to
explore as you wish.
Itinerary - 18 Days
Day 1 — Johannesburg
Arrive at any time and transfer to our guesthouse. Enjoy a traditional braai (barbecue) welcome dinner tonight. (1D)
Days 2 & 3 — 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, located just outside Kruger National Park. The next morning, opt to take bushwalk or a game drive in an open safari vehicle, spotting the abundant wildlife, from white rhinos and leopards to wild dogs and impala. Take another game drive this afternoon. In the evening, enjoy stunning views and an incredible dinner on the deck at the lodge. (2B, 1D)
Days 4 & 5 — 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, a project managed by National Geographic grantee Vincent van der Merwe that is part of National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative. A member of Vincent’s team will tell us about their ongoing field research and join us on one of our game drives. (2B, 1L, 2D)
Day 6 — Johannesburg
After one last game drive, head back to the city. This evening, enjoy a home-cooked dinner at our guesthouse. (1B, 1D)
Days 7, 8, & 9 — Victoria Falls
Fly to Zimbabwe and take a guided tour along the trails of the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls. Gain insight into daily life on a walk through a local market before dinner at a family homestead. Get to know the family and share stories as we all help prepare a traditional Zimbabwean dinner. Enjoy two free days for optional activities, including a river safari, whitewater rafting, canoeing, or even a flight over the falls. (3B, 1D)
Days 10 & 11 — Okavango Delta
Cross the border into Botswana via Namibia and transfer to a houseboat, our home in the Okavango Delta for the next two nights. Cruise the delta’s channels, accessing secluded areas on our boat, and watching for amazing wildlife. Opt to enjoy a cultural excursion to Tsodilo Hills to view ancient San rock paintings, or relax on deck. (2B, 2L, 2D)
Day 12 — Maun
Transfer to the frontier town of Maun. Enjoy an evening of culture and traditional foods with celebrated author Bonty Botumile and the Thari-E-Ntsho Storytellers, a local enterprise dedicated to preserving Botswana’s heritage and creating opportunities for area youth. Opt to take a scenic flight over the delta. (1B, 1D)
Days 13 & 14 — Khwai River/Moremi Game Reserve
Drive to the Khwai River area beside the Moremi Game Reserve. Embark on open-vehicle game drives to track some of the reserve’s incredible wildlife, and take in the views from our comfortable tented camp this evening. (2B, 2L, 2D)
Day 15 — Chobe National Park
Travel deeper into the Chobe wilderness to the Ghoha Hills, which offer spectacular views of the surrounding bush. Relax at our camp and learn about the Savuti and Chobe parks and reserves during an informative talk with a local expert. Enjoy a late-afternoon game drive in open vehicles, exploring hills and waterholes on the lookout for a variety of mammals and birdlife. (1B, 1L, 1D)
Day 16 — Chobe National Park/Kasane
After an early start, take a slow game drive along the southern bank of the Chobe River, home to some of the world’s largest elephant populations. Buffalo, hippos, and lions can also be seen here. Later, opt to take a sunset photography river cruise accompanied by a knowledgeable wildlife expert and guide. (1B, 1L)
Days 17 & 18 — Victoria Falls
Cross the border back into Zimbabwe and enjoy our final evening. Depart at any time the next day. (2B)
Our newest line of trips, offered in partnership with G Adventures, 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.
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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 $2,739
Arrival transfer, internal flights, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. Optional game drives and bush walks in Kruger National Park, optional activities at Victoria Falls, the Okavango Delta excursion and flight, and the Chobe photo cruise are at an additional cost.
Meals 17 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 12 dinners. Allow an additional $280-$365 for meals not included.
Transportation Plane, air-conditioned touring vehicle, open safari vehicle, 4x4 vehicle, van, boat
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.
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.