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Explore Kruger & Victoria Falls

Enjoy a quick taste of this regions characteristic highlights on a short and sweet trip to South Africa and Zimbabwe. Begin with a safari in the Greater Kruger area, where youll get the chance to spot and photograph elephants and lions on their own turf. Then, jet off to Zimbabwe to introduce yourself to the awesome spectacle of Victoria Falls, which can be heard from a distance of 40km (25 mi). With its extraordinary wildlife sightings and dramatic natural wonders, these adventure-filled days in Southern Africa will do nothing short of astound you.


Duration: 9 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife Physical rating: Light
Accommodation standard:   Moderate% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 155203
Starts: Johannesburg, South Africa Finishes: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
You will visit
  • Johannesburg
  • Victoria Falls

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Johannesburg (1D)

Arrive and transfer to the guest house. Enjoy a traditional South African braai (barbecue) welcome dinner.

Additional Notes:
If you are interested in spending more time in Johannesburg, it is recommended to book pre-accommodation to enjoy the sights of the city at your own leisure.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Transport:
Arrival Airport Transfer (0.50-0.75 hours)

02

Day 2: Johannesburg/Kruger National Park (1B)

Enjoy 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.

Additional Notes:
Today is a long driving day; however, we will make many stops along the way at sites along the Panorama Route.

Included Activities:
Panorama Route Scenic Drive

Transport:
Private Vehicle (7.00-8.50 hours, 500km)

03

Day 3: Kruger National Park (1B, 1D)

At over 19,000 sq km (7,500 sq mi), South Africa's Kruger National Park is one of the largest and most impressive animal reserves in the world. With 147 species, Kruger has more species of large mammals than any other park on the continent.

Included Activities:
Kruger National Park Open Vehicle Game Drive

Transport:
Safari vehicle (3.00 hour(s))

04

Day 4: Kruger National Park/Karongwe Private Game Reserve (1B, 1D)

For the next two days, enjoy ranger-led morning and evening game drives in an open safari vehicle in Karongwe Nature Reserve. Search for buffaloes, elephants, leopards, lions, and rhinos – Africa's famed Big Five. With over 9,000 hectares (22,240 acres) of supreme African bushveld, Karongwe Private Game Reserve is home to many creatures, and our safari drives provide several opportunities for game viewing.

We use various accommodations within the reserve (the location is based on availability). During your time here, you will either stay in lodge rooms or very comfortable permanent tents (both of equal quality and with similar amenities).

Additional Notes:
Game drives are conducted with qualified game rangers and Shangaan trackers who will share their vast experience of the African bush.

On some occasions, if space is unavailable, we may need to change accommodations or even use a different private reserve. In such a case, be assured we will choose other lodges or comfort camps (of equal quality) within the Greater Kruger area.

Included Activities:
Hope Africa Children's Day School
Karongwe Private Reserve Open Vehicle Game Drive

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 150km)

05

Day 5: Karongwe Private Game Reserve (1B, 1L, 1D)

Take part in an early morning game drive and then enjoy brunch and free time at the lodge. In the afternoon, 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 teach us about their ongoing research and join us on our evening game drive.

Additional Notes:
Wake up before the sun (around 5am) and sip your morning coffee before heading out on a morning game drive. Return to the lodge following the game drive for brunch and some leisure time. Converse on the deck, walk the grounds and gardens, and enjoy high tea. Following tea, it's time for the late afternoon game drive. After spotting tons of wildlife, it's time to return to camp and freshen up before dinner.

Included Activities:
Karongwe Private Reserve Open Vehicle Game Drive
Endangered Wildlife Conservation talk and Game Drive

06

Day 6: Karongwe Private Game Reserve/Johannesburg (1B, 1D)

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

Included Activities:
Karongwe Private Reserve Open Vehicle Game Drive

Transport:
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 500km)

07

Day 7: Johannesburg/Victoria Falls (1B, 1D)

The mist off Victoria Falls can rise to a height of more than 400m (1312 ft). Local tribes used to call the falls Mosi-o-Tunya or “the smoke that thunders.” Explorer and missionary David Livingstone renamed the falls after Queen Victoria when he first saw them in 1855.

Included Activities:
Victoria Falls Guided Tour
Zimbabwean Family Dinner

Transport:
Plane (2.00 hour(s))

08

Day 8: Victoria Falls (1B)

Enjoy a free day to explore the area. Take part in a river safari, cultural tours, whitewater rafting, canoeing, or a helicopter ride over the falls.

09

Day 9: Victoria Falls (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Arrival transfer
    • Panorama Route scenic drive
    • Kruger National Park and private nature reserve game drives in open vehicles
    • Lecture and game drive with a researcher
    • Tour of Victoria Falls
    • Traditional dinner with local family
    • Internal flights
    • Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Guest house (2 nts), hotel (2 nts), comfortable safari camps (4 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners
    Transport
    • Air-conditioned touring vehicle, open safari vehicle, walking, plane
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO)/driver for Kruger portion, local G representative in Victoria Falls, local guides/rangers
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Tour Highlights:
  • Ride through Kruger National Park in an open safari vehicle
  • Meet researchers from the Endangered Wildlife Trust's Carnivore Conservation Programme
  • Visit the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls