Explore Kruger & Victoria Falls

National Geographic Journeys, Johannesburg to Victoria Falls

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Enjoy a nine-day highlights tour of South Africa and Zimbabwe. Go on safari in the Greater Kruger area, spotting and photographing elephants and lions on their own turf. Then, jet off to Zimbabwe to take in the spectacle of Victoria Falls, where the mist can be seen 40 kilometres (25 miles) away. From the roar of lions to the roar of the world’s greatest waterfall, southern Africa’s wonders ring out loud and clear.

What’s included

  • 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 (BBQ), Johannesburg
  • Arrival transfer
  • Traditional South African braai (BBQ)
  • 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

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

Itinerary

Day 1 Johannesburg (1D) Arrive at any time. Transfer to hotel. 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 Traditional South Africa Braai (BBQ) Transport: Arrival Airport Transfer (0.50-0.75 hours)
Day 2 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 near the Kruger National Park and this evening enjoy a delicious South African dinner in the boma. Additional Notes: Today is a very 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)
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 Wildlife Safari Drive - Half day Transport: Safari vehicle (3.00 hour(s))
Day 4 Kruger National Park/Karongwe Private Game Reserve (1B, 1L, 1D) 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). Additional Notes: Wildlife safari drives are conducted with qualified wildlife 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: Carnivore Conservation Experience Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 150km)
Day 5 Karongwe Private Game Reserve (1B, 1L, 1D) 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. Included Activities: Karongwe Private Reserve Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive
Day 6 Karongwe Private Game Reserve/Johannesburg (1B, 1D) After one last wildlife safari drive, head back to the city. In the evening, enjoy dinner at our local guest house. Included Activities: Karongwe Private Reserve Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 500km)
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: Zimbabwean Family Dinner Transport: Plane (2.00 hour(s))
Day 8 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. Additional Notes: If you have an activity planned for this morning, we will reschedule your Falls tour for this afternoon, or tomorrow morning. Included Activities: Victoria Falls Guided Tour
Day 9 Victoria Falls (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day (Activities)
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