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Southern Africa Family Journey: In Search of the Big Five

11 days, Cape Town to Victoria Falls

Boasting jaw-dropping scenery and some of the planet’s most iconic wildlife, southern Africa makes for an unforgettable family adventure. On this action-packed journey, venture to South Africa to seek out the legendary “big five” on safari, soak up the charms of cosmopolitan Cape Town, and see penguins march along Boulders Beach. Then top off your journey in Zimbabwe with a tour of thundering Victoria Falls.

11 days

Cape Town to Victoria Falls

From$30979HKD
Valid on Jan 2 2023
Trip Code: DSCNF

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Boasting jaw-dropping scenery and some of the planet’s most iconic wildlife, southern Africa makes for an unforgettable family adventure. On this action-packed journey, venture to South Africa to seek out the legendary “big five” on safari, soak up the charms of cosmopolitan Cape Town, and see penguins march along Boulders Beach. Then top off your journey in Zimbabwe with a tour of thundering Victoria Falls.

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Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: National Geographic Family Journeys

Trips for adventure-loving families in search of a meaningful way to discover the world together.

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; 20

Age requirement: 7+

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

Visa Requirements

11 days

Cape Town to Victoria Falls

From$30979HKD
Valid on Jan 2 2023
Trip Code: DSCNF

Need a flight? We can help.

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

Creating ripples that change lives

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Ripple Score

100

Map of the route for Southern Africa Family Journey: In Search of the Big Five

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Itinerary Notes

Prices are based on double occupancy; all other room configurations are on request and cannot be guaranteed. We will accommodate triples/quads whenever possible. Please call for further details.

Family Journeys are designed for groups traveling with children between the ages of 7 and 17. Your group must include a child in order to book, and anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Please note that when traveling to South Africa with a minor child under 18, it may be necessary to provide additional documentation, up to and including birth certificates and consent forms.

There are new Health & Safety Protocols for National Geographic Journeys tours. Please see here for full details and up-to-date requirements as they may change.

Itinerary

Day 1Cape Town

Arrive in time to meet your fellow travelers for a welcome gathering this evening. Your arrival transfer is included.

Day 2Cape Town

This morning, set out on a daylong tour of the Cape Peninsula, a rocky headland jutting into the Atlantic Ocean. At Boulders Beach, watch thousands of African penguins waddle about their business. Then visit the notorious Cape of Good Hope—where many an unfortunate ship met its watery doom during the Age of Exploration—and climb up to the lighthouse at Cape Point for fantastic views. Head back to Cape Town via the spectacular Chapman’s Peak Drive, which snakes its way along the Atlantic.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 3Cape Town

Spend the day at leisure, discovering the charms of Cape Town on a variety of optional excursions. Hike up iconic Table Mountain with a guide, or hop on the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway for a quick ride to the summit, taking in incredible views of the Atlantic seaboard. Pay an eye-opening visit to the Iziko Slave Lodge—a museum devoted to the history of slavery in South Africa. Wildlife lovers can head to the Two Oceans Aquarium to gush over the variety of its marine residents—from adorable clownfish to translucent jellies.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 4Cape Town/Greater Kruger Area

Fly from Cape Town to the Greater Kruger National Park and settle into your lodge, located at the gateway to the famed wildlife reserve.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 5Kruger National Park

Rise early and climb aboard an open jeep for a safari in Kruger National Park—home to a mindboggling array of large mammals. Spot trumpeting elephants, swaggering lions, graceful giraffes, and perhaps elusive leopards as you ride through this epic wilderness. We’ll criss-cross savanna, scrubland, and riverbanks on our daylong excursion, following the tracks of the majestic creatures that inhabit the park.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6Greater Kruger Area

Venture out on another early morning safari drive, looking for the creatures you didn’t get a chance to spot the day before. The afternoon is free to explore the Kruger region as you choose. Relax by the pool at our lodge, or opt to experience the area by zip-line.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 7Greater Kruger Area/Johannesburg

After breakfast, head to Chimp Eden for an encounter with our closest relatives in the animal world. Run by the Jane Goodall Institute of South Africa, Chimp Eden is the first and only chimpanzee sanctuary in the country, and harbors more than 30 rescued chimps. Legendary ethologist and National Geographic grantee Dr. Jane Goodall devoted her life to the study of chimpanzee behavior; at Chimp Eden, we’ll get an opportunity to see rescued chimps living in a safe and secure sanctuary and learn why Jane was so captivated by them when she first began her research in 1960. Later, settle in for the drive to Johannesburg, arriving in the evening.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Family Journeys Moment Jane Goodall Chimp Eden Tour

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 8Cradle of Humankind

Step back millions of years in time on a visit to the Cradle of Humankind, where the fossils of some of our earliest known human ancestors were discovered. Here, National Geographic Explorer-at-Large Lee Berger excavated the Homo naledi, a recently defined species of hominin. Descend into the otherworldly Sterkfontein Caves, where the remains of “Mrs. Ples” and “Little Foot”—both more than two million years old—were found; then venture to the Maropeng Visitors Centre to gape at the actual skeletal remains and embark on an immersive journey through the evolution of our species. This evening, feast on a traditional South African braai (barbeque).

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Family Journeys Moment Cradle of Humankind Experience| Your Foodie Moment Traditional South Africa Braai (Barbecue)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 9Johannesburg/Victoria Falls

Catch a flight to Zimbabwe and check in to your hotel. Set out with a local guide for a tour of Victoria Falls, one of the largest waterfalls on Earth. Scottish explorer David Livingstone named them after Britain’s Queen Victoria, while their older, indigenous name is Mosi-oa-Tunya—“the smoke that thunders.” You can hear the falls’ mighty roar from up to 24 miles away; and standing at one of the cascade’s overlooks, you’ll be drenched by its powerful spray.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 10Victoria Falls

The day is free to explore Victoria Falls and its surroundings. Embark on a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River; hit the rapids on a thrilling white-water rafting excursion; or take a memorable helicopter ride above the massive cascade. You can also take a day trip to Chobe National Park in Botswana to seek out its resident elephants. This evening, celebrate your journey with fellow travelers at a farewell dinner featuring a performance of local music and dance.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 11Victoria Falls

Depart at any time.

Meals included:

Breakfast
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What's Included

  • Your Family Journeys Moment: Jane Goodall Chimp Eden Tour, Nelspruit
  • Your Family Journeys Moment: Cradle of Humankind Experience, Johannesburg
  • Your Foodie Moment: Traditional South Africa Braai (Barbecue), Johannesburg
  • Arrival transfer
  • Excursion to Cape Point including the penguins at Boulders Beach
  • Kruger National Park wildlife safari drives in open vehicle
  • Tour of Victoria Falls
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotel (5 nts), safari lodge (3 nts), guest house (2 nts)

Meals

10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners
Allow USD255-335 for meals not included.

Transportation

Air-conditioned touring vehicle, open safari vehicle, walking, plane

Staff & experts

2 CEOs (Chief Experience Officers) throughout, including a local CEO in Victoria Falls, local guides/rangers

Available extras (Add these to your tour when you book)

Full Day Excursion to Chobe National Park - From $1319.00

Depart Victoria Falls in the morning for a full-day guided tour of Chobe National Park in Botswana - a wildlife-abundant region covering about 11,700km² of the Northern Kalahari. Begin your adventure with a cruise down the Chobe River, taking in the sweeping views and witnessing the wildlife grazing along the riverbank. Enjoy an included lunch on land before boarding 4x4 safari vehicles for an afternoon wildlife safari drive with an expert guide. Keep an eye out for lions, elephants, and buffalos. Transfer back to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, arriving in the early evening. Please note that this activity includes two border crossings between Zimbabwe and Botswana. The ordering of activities is susceptible to change. This is a full-day excursion, so if you're booking this activity on day 1 of your tour, a pre-night in Victoria Falls is required. If you are booking this full-day excursion at the end of your tour, a post-night in Victoria Falls is required. ** Please note that you need to get a double-entry visa or a Univisa when arriving in Zimbabwe to ensure you can return again without needing to pay an extra visa fee.

My Own Room - From $4359.00

If you're travelling solo and would prefer to have your own private room throughout your trip, select this option during the online booking process.

Price Options

  • From$30979HKD Per Adult
  • From$29579HKD Per Child

Make it a private tour

Interested in a private departure with your own CEO and all the benefits of a National Geographic Family Journeys group tour? Our Private Travel team can make this happen for you. Click above to start your private journey.

Southern Africa Family Journey: In Search of the Big Five

| 11 days - Cape Town to Victoria Falls - from $30979 HKD