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Explore Kruger & Victoria Falls (National Geographic Journey)

9 days with G Adventures   Rating: First Class

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Johannesburg
Arrive at any time and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a traditional South African braai (barbecue) for dinner tonight. (D)

Day 2 Johannesburg/Greater Kruger Area
Set out towards Kruger National Park via the magnificent Panorama Route, one of the world’s most picturesque drives. Make stops at the dramatic Blyde River Canyon and Bourke's Luck Potholes, and take in panoramic views of the forest-covered valley from the God's Window viewpoint. Continue to our tented camp near Kruger National Park and savour a delicious South African dinner in a boma. (B, D)

Day 3 Kruger National Park
Rise early and climb aboard an open jeep for a full-day safari in Kruger National Park—home to an extraordinary array of large mammals. Spot elephants, lions, giraffes, and perhaps elusive leopards as we explore this breathtaking wilderness of savanna and scrubland. Return to our lodge in the evening, where you can take some time to relax on the deck and enjoy the nocturnal sounds of the bush.

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. (B, D)

Day 4 Greater Kruger Area/Karongwe Private Game Reserve
Travel to the Karongwe Private Game Reserve, a pristine wildlife sanctuary located in the Greater Kruger area. Meet with a researcher from the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Cheetah Metapopulation Project—a program funded in part by National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative—and learn about efforts to protect the region’s cheetahs and other carnivores. The researcher then joins us for a wildlife-viewing excursion through the reserve.

For the next two days, enjoy ranger-led morning and evening wildlife safari 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 wildlife 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). (B, L, D)

Day 5 Karongwe Private Game Reserve
Spend the day exploring Karongwe on morning and afternoon safaris with our local guides. Search for buffaloes, elephants, leopards, lions, and rhinos—Africa's famed "big five"—as we drive through the shrublands of the bushveld. Back at camp, relax on deck or take a walk around the grounds.

Wake up before the sun (around 5am) and sip your morning coffee before heading out on a morning wildlife safari drive. Return to the lodge 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 a late afternoon safari drive. After spotting tons of wildlife, it’s time to return to camp and freshen up before dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Karongwe Private Game Reserve/Johannesburg
Embark on one last safari this morning, keeping a lookout for Karongwe’s iconic inhabitants. Then head back to the city, where you’ll enjoy dinner in our local guest house. (B, D)

Day 7 Johannesburg/Victoria Falls
Catch a flight to the town of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, named after one of the most powerful waterfalls on Earth. Visit a nearby village and go grocery shopping in the bustling market. Then sit down with a local family for dinner, helping your hosts prepare a traditional Zimbabwean meal using the ingredients you picked out, and hear stories about local life and culture.

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. (B, D)

Day 8 Victoria Falls
Set out for a tour of magnificent Victoria Falls. Scottish explorer David Livingstone named them after Britain’s Queen Victoria, while their older, indigenous name is Mosi-oa-Tunya—“the smoke that thunders.” Opt to embark on a thrilling white-water excursion on the Zambezi River; enjoy an unforgettable sunset cruise; soar above the roaring falls in a helicopter; and much more. (B)

Day 9 Victoria Falls
Depart at any time. (B)
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All This Included
Experience the wonders of South Africa and Zimbabwe on one extraordinary trip. Go on safari in the Greater Kruger area, spotting and photographing elephants, lions, and leopards on their own turf. Then fly to Zimbabwe to witness the spectacle of Victoria Falls, one of the most powerful waterfalls on the planet; and enjoy a traditional meal prepared by a local village family.
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Carnivore Conservation Experience, Karongwe Private Game Reserve Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Zimbabwean Family Dinner, Victoria Falls Your Foodie Moment: Traditional South Africa Braai (Barbecue), Johannesburg
  • Arrival transfer
  • Panorama Route scenic drive
  • Kruger National Park and private nature reserve wildlife safari drives in open vehicles
  • Tour of Victoria Falls
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • Guest house (2 nts)
    Hotel (2 nts)
    Comfortable safari camp (2 nt)
    Comfortable tent or chalets (2 nts)
  • 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 7 dinners.
  • Transportation: Air-conditioned touring vehicle, open safari vehicle, walking, plane.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO)/driver for Kruger portion, local G representative in Victoria Falls, local guides/rangers.
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
Accommodations
Guest house (2 nts)
Johannesburg, South Africa: Malikana Guesthouse (or similar)

Hotel (2 nts)
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe: Cresta Sprayview Hotel (or similar)
Johannesburg, South Africa: Malikana Guesthouse (or similar)

Comfortable safari camp (2 nt) / Comfortable tent or chalets (2 nts)
Kruger National Park, South Africa: Muluwa Lodge (or similar)
Kruger National Park, South Africa: Karongwe Private Game Reserve - Lodges (or similar)
Notes
  • Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 14.
  • Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
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