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The Great Southern Africa Safari

  • 02 Jun
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  • 22 Jun
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  • 21 days

$9159

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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 southern Africa. 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.

    Day 1

    Day 1 Cape Town

    Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

    Day 2

    Day 2 Cape Town (1B)

    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.

    Day 3

    Day 3 Cape Town (1B)

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

    Day 4

    Day 4 Cape Town/Johannesburg (1B, 1D)

    Fly to Johannesburg and transfer to the hotel. Meet your CEO and enjoy a traditional South African “braai” (barbecue) welcome dinner in the evening.

    Day 5

    Day 5 Johannesburg/Kruger National Park (1B, 1D)

    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.

    Day 6

    Day 6 Kruger National Park (1B)

    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.

    Day 7

    Day 7 Kruger National Park/Karongwe Private Game Reserve (1B, 1D)

    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 game drive.

    Day 8

    Day 8 Karongwe Private Game Reserve (1B, 1L, 1D)

    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.

    Day 9

    Day 9 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.

    Day 10

    Day 10 Johannesburg/Victoria Falls (1B, 1D)

    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.

    Day 11

    Day 11 Victoria Falls (1B)

    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.

    Day 12

    Day 12 Victoria Falls

    Spend the day exploring your beautiful surroundings. Opt to visit Victoria Falls, go whitewater rafting, or take a helicopter flight over the falls. Opt to take a day trip to the wildlife haven of Chobe National Park.

    Day 13

    Day 13 Victoria Falls/Hwange National Park (1B, 1D)

    Enjoy free time in the morning and opt to visit the falls. Later, visit the Painted Dog (Wild Dog) conservancy and meet with a conservationist to learn about the work being done to rehabilitate injured animals as a result of poaching. After, travel to Hwange, Zimbabwe's largest national park and enjoy a safari drive on the lodge concession, in search of wildlife. This evening, arrive at the lodge, located just outside the park entrance and enjoy dinner.

    Day 14

    Day 14 Hwange National Park (1B, 1D)

    Take a full day wildlife safari drive in the park which is home to large elephant herds, lions and the rare African wild dog. This evening, relax on the sun deck with a cool drink, keeping an eye out for local wildlife who visit the lodge's watering hole.

    Day 15

    Day 15 Hwange/Chobe NP (1B)

    The final morning in Hwange allows for an optional safari drive or walk, before crossing the border into Botswana, and arriving in Kasane, gateway to stunning Chobe National Park. This afternoon, enjoy a boat safari on the Chobe River in search of bathing elephants, hippos and crocodiles.

    Day 16

    Day 16 Chobe NP (1B)

    In the morning, continue our wildlife viewing with a safari drive along the banks of the Chobe River. In the afternoon, opt to take a photography river safari on a specialized photography boat.

    Day 17

    Day 17 Kasane/Okavango Delta (1B, 1L, 1D)

    Catch a flight into the “Panhandle” area of the Okavango Delta and check into the remote camp in the wilderness. Enjoy lunch before taking a walk to the research camps of the National Geographic funded Okavango Wilderness Project. Meet with someone from the research team and learn about their work and projects in the area.

    Day 18

    Day 18 Okavango Delta (1B, 1L, 1D)

    Explore the stunning Delta Panhandle with expert local guides to enjoy wildlife viewing from mokoros, African dugout canoes, and on bush walks; also visit a fish monitoring station and a local village. This evening, we will enjoy a unique stay in a bush camp on one of the remote Islands within the Delta. Here we enjoy a 3 course meal around a roaring camp fire, sitting back and listening to the night calls of the Delta wildlife.

    Day 19

    Day 19 Okavango Delta (1B, 1L, 1D)

    Depart from our island camp and continue wildlife viewing on foot and by mokoro with our expert local guides. Return to the main camp later this afternoon and opt to relax or have a swim. This evening enjoy the deck overlooking the lagoon with hidden seating areas and a fire pit, perfect for stargazing.

    Day 20

    Day 20 Okavango Delta/Maun (1B, 1D)

    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.

    Day 21

    Day 21 Maun (1B)

    Depart at any time.