Gazing out over Cape Town from Table Mountain, the panorama alone is worth the trip to southern Africa. Then again, this epic 19-day adventure to South Africa and Namibia is filled with rewards for travelers. Marvel at the Cape Floral Kingdom on stunning display at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, watch for the Big Five in Kruger National Park, and climb dunes in the sweeping deserts of Namibia. Along the way, the views just may change your outlook.
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.
Visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens with an expert guide on a tour specially designed for National Geographic Journeys. 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)
Fly to Johannesburg, and enjoy a traditional South African braai (barbecue). (1B, 1D)
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. In the morning, take an included game drive inside Kruger National Park in an open safari vehicle. Take in views of the abundant wildlife from your seat. Opt to take an afternoon game drive or bush walk, or relax on the deck with views of the watering hole, a popular spot for game to visit. In the evening, enjoy stunning views and an incredible dinner on the deck at the lodge. (2B, 1D)
Enjoy morning and evening open-vehicle game drives in a private nature reserve, searching for 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)
After a morning game drive, head back to the city. This evening, savor a home-cooked meal at our guesthouse. The next day, fly to Windhoek, Namibia’s capital. Transfer to our hotel and enjoy free time this afternoon to explore this charming city. (2B, 1D)
Take in dramatic desert landscapes on our drive to the outpost town of Sesriem. The next day, embark on a 4x4 excursion into the otherworldly landscapes of Namib-Naukluft National Park. Take in the park’s towering red dunes of Sossusvlei, and keep an eye out for springbok, bat-eared foxes, and other desert wildlife. Continue to Sesriem Canyon, carved into the rock by the Tsauchab River over millions of years. (2B, 2D)
Set out on a desert drive with a local and discuss the survival strategies of the San in the surrounding harsh environments before heading to Swakopmund on the Atlantic coast. The next day, take advantage of a free morning to go quad-biking, or take a walk through town. Later, stroll the lively market of Mondesa with a guide, and then drop by Datango, an arts-and-crafts shop that offers employment opportunities to youth. Continue to a family home for dinner, accompanied by entertainment from the local choir. (2B, 1L, 1D)
Travel to Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to view ancient San petroglyphs dating back over 5,000 years. Depart early the next day to visit the 280-million-year-old Petrified Forest before continuing to our lodge in the Etosha National Park area. Over the next two days, set out on open-vehicle game drives, and take time to relax at the lodge. (3B, 1D)
Visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund, a global field research facility founded by Dr. Laurie Marker whose research has been supported by National Geographic. Tour the facility and learn about its ongoing work before enjoying a game drive to view cheetahs up close. Enjoy lunch on the veranda overlooking the magnificent Waterberg Plateau, and then return to Windhoek for our final evening. Depart at any time the following day. (2B, 1L)
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.
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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.
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 $1,459
Arrival transfer, internal flights, transport between destinations and to/ from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. Optional experiences are at an additional cost
Comfortable, mid-range hotels/lodges (12 nights), comfortable safari camp (2 nights), comfortable tent or chalets (2 nights), guest house (2 nights)
18 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 9 dinners. Allow an additional $420-550 for meals not included
Air-conditioned touring vehicle, 4x4, open safari vehicle, plane, walking
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.