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Iconic Southern Africa

21 days, Cape Town to Victoria Falls

Traveller taking photos from the top of Table Mountain in South Africa
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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 this exciting region. 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.

21 days - Cape Town to Victoria Falls

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Trip Code: DSHNG

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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 this exciting region. 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.

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys

Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.

Service Level: Upgraded

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

Physical Rating: 2 - Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 14.

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visa Requirements

21 days - Cape Town to Victoria Falls

Sold Out

There are no departure dates currently available for the rest of this season. Some tours only run during parts of the year.

Trip Code: DSHNG

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Call us to book your flights! We'll find you the best option!

These are the places [Okavango, Serengeti, Kalahari, and Danakil] where human beings made their first footprints, which makes our connection to African landscapes deep and enduring.”—Chris Johns, “Along the Zambezi,” National Geographic Traveler, October, 2004

Itinerary

Day 1Cape Town

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Day 2Cape Town

Visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden with an expert guide on a tour exclusively designed for our groups — the garden has been named one of the top gardens in the world by National Geographic Traveler magazine. Continue on to explore vibrant Cape Town and Cape Point, with a visit to the penguins at Boulders Beach.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens Guided Tour

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 3Cape Town

Enjoy a day of leisure and choose from a variety of optional activities including a visit to Table Mountain or a Stellenbosch wine tour.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 4Cape Town/Johannesburg

Fly to Johannesburg. Enjoy a traditional South Africa Braai (barbecue) for dinner with your local CEO and fellow travellers.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Foodie Moment Traditional South Africa Braai (Barbecue)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 5Johannesburg/Kruger National Park

Enjoy a full day 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 near the Kruger National Park and this evening enjoy a delicious South African dinner in the boma.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 6Kruger National Park

Enjoy a morning wildlife safari drive through Kruger National Park in an open vehicle. Take in views of the abundant wildlife including elephants, lions, and giraffe. In the afternoon, opt to extend your safari drive or head back to the lodge where you can take a short nature walk or relax on the deck with views of the surrounding area.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 7Kruger National Park/Karongwe Private Game Reserve

Continue on to a private nature reserve in the Greater Kruger area. This afternoon, meet with a researcher from the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Cheetah Metapopulation Project who will share information about their efforts to protect cheetahs and other carnivores. This National Geographic-sponsored project is part of the Big Cats Initiative. After, the researcher will join us on our evening wildlife safari drive.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Carnivore Conservation Experience

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 8Karongwe Private Game Reserve

Enjoy early morning and afternoon safari drives with our local guides, searching for buffaloes, elephants, leopards, lions, and rhinos – Africa's famed Big Five. In our down time, relax at the camp, take a walk around the grounds, or enjoy a cool drink on the deck.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 9Karongwe Private Game Reserve/Johannesburg

After one last wildlife safari drive, head back to the city. In the evening, enjoy dinner at our local guest house.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 10Johannesburg/Victoria Falls

Fly to Zimbabwe and meet our local CEO. Gain insight into what life is like here with a walk through a local market and dinner at a family homestead. Meet our host, learn their history, and discuss daily life and culture in Zimbabwe. Share stories as you enjoy a traditional Zimbabwean dinner.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Zimbabwean Family Dinner

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 11Victoria Falls

Enjoy a morning tour of the beautiful Victoria Falls, then the rest of the day is free to explore the area. Take part in a river safari, cultural tours, whitewater rafting, canoeing, or a helicopter ride over the falls.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 12Victoria Falls

Spend the day exploring your beautiful surroundings. Opt to visit Victoria Falls, go whitewater rafting, or take a helicopter flight over the falls.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 13Victoria Falls/Okavango Delta

Cross the border into Botswana, via Namibia, and head to the Okavango Panhandle to our houseboat, your home for the next two nights in the world's largest inland delta. Travelling by houseboat allows you to explore a more secluded area of the delta.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 14Okavango Delta

Enjoy your day on the houseboat with early morning and late afternoon wildlife excursions. Your small boat takes your into channels and waterways for optimal wildlife viewing and birdwatching. Opt to enjoy a cultural excursion to Tsoldilo Hills to view ancient San Bushman rock paintings or choose to relax on deck with a cool drink as you watch the scenery pass by.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 15Okavango Delta/Maun

Transfer to the frontier town of Maun and enjoy an evening of culture and traditional foods with celebrated author Bonty Botumile and the Thari-E-Ntsho Storytellers. This local enterprise is dedicated to preserving Botswana’s heritage and providing youth with employment opportunities in the arts. Option to take a scenic flight over the delta.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Botswana Storytelling and Traditional Dinner

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 16Maun/Moremi Game Reserve

Drive to the Khwai River area bordering Moremi Game Reserve. With astounding wildlife, this area has been rated one of the best for wildlife viewing in the world. Relax this evening on the camp deck, admiring the stunning views with a cool drink.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 17Moremi Game Reserve

Embark early on an open vehicle wildlife safari drive in Moremi and surrounding concession areas. Break for lunch before continuing on with the wildlife safari drive. Return to camp in the afternoon with time to relax at the comfortable tented camp.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 18Moremi Game Reserve/Chobe National Park

Travel deeper into the Chobe wilderness to Ghoha Hills. Enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding bush. Relax at our camp and learn more about the Savuti and Chobe parks and reserves during a talk with a local wildlife and bush-survival expert. Embark on a late afternoon wildlife viewing in open vehicles around the hills and waterholes. Be on the lookout for elephants, giraffes, hippos, and lions.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Chobe and Savuti National Parks Talk

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 19Chobe National Park/Kasane

In the morning, take a slow drive along the southern bank of the Chobe River. In the afternoon, opt to take a sunset river cruise or photography river safari for wildlife viewing.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 20Kasane/Victoria Falls

Cross the border back into Zimbabwe for our final evening. Opt to enjoy a helicopter ride over the falls, or a cruise on the Zambezi at sunset to ring in the day.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 21Victoria Falls

Depart at any time.

Meals included:

Breakfast
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What's Included

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens Guided Tour, Cape Town
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Carnivore Conservation Experience, Karongwe Private Game Reserve
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Zimbabwean Family Dinner, Victoria Falls
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Botswana Storytelling and Traditional Dinner, Maun
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Chobe and Savuti National Parks Talk, Savuti Channel
  • Your Foodie Moment: Traditional South Africa Braai (Barbecue), Johannesburg
  • Your Discover Moment: Victoria Falls
  • Arrival transfer
  • Orientation drive of Cape Town
  • Excursion to Cape Point and Boulders Beach
  • Panorama Route scenic drive
  • Kruger National Park and private reserve open-vehicle wildlife safari drives
  • Tour of Victoria Falls
  • All national park and reserve entrances in Botswana
  • Okavango Panhandle two-night houseboat stay
  • Open-vehicle wildlife safari drives in Chobe National Park and Moremi area
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels (8 nts), guest house (2 nts), comfortable safari camps (6 nts), comfortable tent or chalets (2 nts), houseboat (2 nts).

Meals

20 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 13 dinners
Allow USD350-455 for meals not included.

Transportation

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

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) for Kruger portion, local CEO in Cape Town and Victoria Falls, CEO/driver in Botswana, local guides/rangers.

Departures

There are no departure dates currently available for the rest of this season. Some tours only run during parts of the year.

Please Contact Us to inquire about dates for next season, or to discuss other tour options.

Iconic Southern Africa

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