Toll Free

United Kingdom (+44) 03300240986 Argentina & Latin America (+54) 011 52637811
Opening Hours Mon. to Fri. 10am to 7pm Buenos Aires, ARG Local Time.

Southern Africa Highlights

0
Price
US$$6,549
Price
US$$6,549
Full Name*
Email Address*
Your Enquiry*
* Creating an account means you're okay with our Terms of Service and Privacy Statement.
Please agree to all the terms and conditions before proceeding to the next step
Save To Wish List

Adding item to wishlist requires an account

252
21 Days
Availability : Dec 2018 to Apr 2019 / Jan to May 2020
Cape Town - South Africa
Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe
National Geographic Expeditions
TRIP OVERVIEW
  • Step behind-the-scenes at Cape Town’s Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden on an expert-led tour.
  • Join a grantee from National Geographic Big Cats Initiative for a safari in a private game reserve.
  • Observe cheetahs up close at the Cheetah Conservation Fund, whose researchers have been supported by National Geographic.
  • See natural wonders from Namibia’s dunes to South Africa’s Panorama Route to Victoria Falls.

 

Embark on three weeks of discovery amid some of sub-Saharan Africa’s most amazing attractions. Scan the landscapes of Kruger National Park for elephants and big cats, take in the otherworldly desertscapes of Namibia, and feel the power of Victoria Falls with all your senses. The wonders of Africa don’t get much closer than this.

This trip is offered in partnership with G Adventures.

DAY 1: CAPE TOWN
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
Optional Activities:Two Oceans Aquarium , Table Mountain Hike, Table Mountain Visit, Shark Cage Diving
Accommodations:Inn on the Square (or similar)
 
DAY 2: CAPE 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.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Inn on the Square (or similar)
 
DAY 3: CAPE TOWN
Enjoy a day of leisure and choose from a variety of optional activities, including Table Mountain or a Stellenbosch wine tour.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Optional Activities:Two Oceans Aquarium , Table Mountain Hike, Table Mountain Visit, Shark Cage Diving, Cape Winelands Tour
Accommodations:Inn on the Square (or similar)
 
DAY 4: CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG
Fly to Johannesburg and transfer to the hotel. Meet your CEO and enjoy a traditional South African “braai” (barbecue) welcome dinner in the evening.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Activities:Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos
Accommodations:Malikana Guesthouse (or similar)
 
DAY 5: JOHANNESBURG/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 just outside Kruger National Park and this evening enjoy a delicious South African dinner on the deck or in the boma.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Muluwa Lodge (or similar)
 
DAY 6: KRUGER 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. Afterwards, opt to take an afternoon safari drive, wildlife bush walk, or relax on the deck with views of the watering hole – a popular spot for animals to visit.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Activities:Kruger Area Wildlife Walk, Kruger National Park Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive – Half day
Accommodations:Muluwa Lodge (or similar)
 
DAY 7: KRUGER NATIONAL PARK/KARONGWE PRIVATE GAME RESERVE
Continue on to a private nature reserve in the Greater Kruger area. This afternoon, take in a lecture 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.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Karongwe Private Game Reserve – Lodges (or similar)
 
DAY 8: KARONGWE 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
Accommodations:Karongwe Private Game Reserve – Lodges (or similar)
 
DAY 9: KARONGWE PRIVATE GAME RESERVE/JOHANNESBURG
After one last safari wildlife safari drive, head back to the city. In the evening, enjoy dinner at our local guest house.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Malikana Guesthouse (or similar)
 
DAY 10: JOHANNESBURG/WINDHOEK
Fly to Windhoek and transfer to the hotel. Free time to explore Windhoek in the afternoon and then meet your CEO and the rest of the group in the evening.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Optional Activities:Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos
Accommodations:Windhoek Country Club Resort (or similar)
 
DAY 11: WINDHOEK/SESRIEM
Enjoy the dramatic Namibian landscapes as we drive to the desert area of Sesriem, gateway to Namib-Naukluft National Park. Settle in to our desert lodge, relax at the pool or enjoy a cool drink watching the stunning sunset over the desertscape.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Sossusvlei Lodge (or similar)
 
DAY 12: SESRIEM
Embark on a scenic excursion into the national park to explore the Namib Desert. Visit Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, clay pans covered in a crust of salt-rich sand surrounded by burnt orange and red towering dunes; considered one of the most stunning desert landscapes in Africa. After visit Sesriem Canyon, a natural gorge carved out by the Tsauchab River.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Sossusvlei Lodge (or similar)
 
DAY 13: SESRIEM/SWAKOPMUND
Continue through changing desert landscapes, keeping an eye out for free-roaming zebra, kudu, springbok and oryx. Stop in the quirky town of Solitaire for a break before heading out into the countryside. Here we meet a local to this remote region who takes us on a drive and talks about the survival strategies of ancient and modern Bushmen who live in the area. We also search out the smaller animal life who manage to survive in these harsh conditions such as snakes, geckos, spiders and insects and learn how they have adapted to this arid region. After, continue to Swakopmund on the Atlantic coast.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Hotel Zum Kaiser (or similar)
 
DAY 14: SWAKOPMUND
Enjoy the morning free and opt to go quad biking or sandboarding or just take a walk in town. This afternoon, visit the township of Mondesa with a local guide. Visit the lively local market for an introduction to traditional food including Wild Spinach, Mopane worms and dried Kapenta Fish. Also visit Datango art and craft shop, a project that helps train local unemployed youth in traditional crafts. After, visit the shebeen (Tavern) for a cool drink, then visit a traditional restaurant for dinner and enjoy entertainment by the local choir.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Activities:Quad Biking , Sandboarding in the Namib Desert, Skydiving
Accommodations:Hotel Zum Kaiser (or similar)
 
DAY 15: SWAKOPMUND/TWYFELFONTEIN
Continue on to Twyfelfontein where we visit the ancient petroglyphs which were named Namibia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. The site is thought to hold the largest concentrations of Bushman engravings in Africa, with over 2500 figures, ranging from 2000-5000 years old.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Palmwag Lodge (or similar)
 
DAY 16: TWYFELFONTEIN/ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
Depart early to visit the Petrified Forest national monument, a stunning site of fossilized tree trunks dating from approximately 280 million years ago. Continue to our lodge located in the Etosha National Park area, considered the greatest wildlife sanctuary in Namibia. This afternoon, take an open vehicle wildlife safari drive to view the abundant wildlife who congregate around the park’s waterholes.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Etosha NP Okaukuejo Restcamp (or similar)
 
DAY 17: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
Early this morning, embark on a sunrise wildlife safari drive in an open vehicle with a local guide through the park. There is abundant wildlife that congregate around the waterholes, so keep your cameras at the ready for elephants, lions, endangered black rhinos, and even leopards. The remainder of the day is free to relax at our lodge, take a swim or join our CEO for a drive. Our lodge is perfectly situated, so sit back with a sundowner, and enjoy the sunset over the park. This afternoon or evening, opt to take another open vehicle safari drive.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Optional Activities:Etosha Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive
Accommodations:Etosha NP Okaukuejo Restcamp (or similar)
 
DAY 18: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK/WINDHOEK
After breakfast, visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund, a global field research and education facility founded by Dr. Laurie Marker whose research has been supported by National Geographic. Tour the facility to learn about the important research, conservation, and community outreach work they do as one of the world’s leading organizations dedicated to saving the cheetah in the wild. Meet with a researcher for a lecture to learn about the various projects in the works, then enjoy a cheetah drive to view some of these amazing creatures up close. After, enjoy lunch on the veranda overlooking the magnificent Waterberg Plateau. Continue on to Windhoek for our final evening.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Windhoek Country Club Resort (or similar)
 
DAY 19: WINDHOEK/VICTORIA FALLS
Enjoy a relaxing morning in Windhoek, then fly to Zimbabwe. Gain insight into what life’s like in Africa with a walk through a local market and dinner at a family homestead. Meet the family, learn their history, and share stories as you help prepare a traditional Zimbabwean dinner.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Cresta Sprayview Hotel (or similar)
 
DAY 20: VICTORIA 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. Opt to take a day trip to the wildlife haven of Chobe National Park.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Optional Activities:Zambezi River Sunset Cruise, Zambezi Bungee Jump, Victoria Falls Whitewater Rafting, Victoria Falls Helicopter Ride – 15min, Victoria Falls Helicopter Ride – 25min, Canoeing the Zambezi, Chobe National Park Day Trip , Microlight Flight over Victoria Falls
Accommodations:Cresta Sprayview Hotel (or similar)
 
DAY 21: VICTORIA FALLS
Depart at any time.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Optional Activities:Zambezi River Sunset Cruise, Zambezi Bungee Jump, Victoria Falls Whitewater Rafting, Victoria Falls Helicopter Ride – 15min, Victoria Falls Helicopter Ride – 25min, Canoeing the Zambezi, Chobe National Park Day Trip , Microlight Flight over Victoria Falls
 
 
WHAT’S INCLUDED
  • Accommodation: Guest house (2 nts), hotel/lodge (14 nt), comfortable safari camp (2 nt), comfortable tent or chalets (2 nts).
  • Meals: 20 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 13 dinners
  • Transport: Air-conditioned touring vehicle, 4×4, open safari vehicle, plane.
  • Arrival transfer
  • Orientation drive of Cape Town
  • Excursion to Cape Point and Boulders Beach
  • Panorama Route scenic drive
  • Kruger National Park and private nature reserve wildlife safari drives in open vehicles
  • Sossusvlei desert excursion
  • Desert excursion with a local
  • View the Twyfelfontein ancient petroglyphs
  • Visit the petrified forest
  • Two open-vehicle wildlife safari drives in Etosha
  • Tour of Victoria Falls
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Any activity not described in What’s Included
  • Meals on your own
  • Gratuities
MY OWN ROOM

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 $8,248

ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS

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.

Via Travel & Cruising
Via Travel & Cruising
Send via WhatsApp