Explore Kruger & Victoria Falls

Application: Fall 2017

Dates: April 13 - 22, 2018

Price: $799 | 10 Days | Johannesburg to Victoria Falls

Trip Code: DSUNG

Enjoy a quick taste of this region’s highlights on a short and sweet trip to South Africa and Zimbabwe. Begin with a safari in the Greater Kruger area, where you’ll get the chance to spot and photograph elephants and lions on their own turf. Then, jet off to Zimbabwe to introduce yourself to Victoria Falls, the mist from which can be seen from a distance of 40km (25 mi). With wildlife sightings and dramatic natural wonders, these days in southern Africa will astound you.

Physical Rating: 2 - Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 14.

Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys

Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.

Service Level: Upgraded

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

Highlights from Explore Kruger & Victoria Falls

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

Carnivore Conservation Experience

A researcher from the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Cheetah Metapopulation Project will conduct a lecture and join us on a game drive to share insights into the behaviour of cheetahs and other carnivores – and efforts to protect them. This National Geographic-sponsored project is part of the Big Cats Initiative.

Panorama Route Scenic Drive

Enjoy a scenic drive along the famed Panorama Route. You’ll see magnificent mountains, panoramic passes, valleys, and waterfalls. There will also be stops at Blyde River Canyon, Bourke's Luck Potholes, and God's Window.

Zimbabwean Family Dinner

Visit Flatter Ncube’s home and meet her extended family. On her homestead, you’ll sit down to a traditional Zimbabwean dinner made with produce fresh from the gardens. Hear what daily life is like for Ncube and her family over a delicious meal.

Itinerary

Day 1/2 Johannesburg

Arrive at any time. Transfer to hotel. Enjoy a traditional South African braai (barbecue) welcome dinner.

  • Complimentary pre-night hotel included on this FAM

Meals included: Dinner

Day 3 - 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.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4 - 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. This evening enjoy a delicious South African dinner on the deck or in the boma.

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 5 - 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 game drive.

Exclusive Inclusions: National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Carnivore Conservation Experience

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 6 - 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

Day 7 - Karongwe Private Game Reserve/Johannesburg

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

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 8 - Johannesburg/Victoria Falls

Fly to Zimbabwe and enjoy a guided tour along the trails of the famous falls. 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.

Exclusive Inclusions: National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Zimbabwean Family Dinner

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 9 - Victoria Falls

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.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10 - Victoria Falls

Depart at any time.

  • Complimentary departure transfer included on this FAM

Meals included: Breakfast

Full Itinerary

Tour Details

What's Included

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Zimbabwean Family Dinner, Victoria Falls
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Carnivore Conservation Experience, Karongwe Private Game Reserve
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • Pre-night hotel
  • 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

Accommodations

Guest house (2 nts), hotel (3 nts), comfortable safari camp (2 nt), comfortable tent or chalets (2 nts).

Meals

8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners
Allow USD175-230 for meals not included.

Transportation

Air-conditioned touring vehicle, open safari vehicle, walking, plane.

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) & driver for Kruger portion, local CEO in Victoria Falls, local guides/rangers.

Available extras (Add these to your tour when you book)

Victoria Falls Helicopter Ride - From $214.00

You don't want to miss the opportunity to see Victoria Falls from above. Watch the Zambezi River make its way toward the gorge, forming the largest waterfall in the world. During your choice of a 15, or 25-minute ride, you will have time to take in the incredible views while snapping as many pictures as you like. You may be lucky enough to see some giraffes and elephants in the surrounding landscape and even catch a rainbow over the falls. Please note there is a cost for an additional park fee paid for on-site at time of the activity.

Zambezi River Sunset Cruise - From $78.00

Climb aboard and cruise along the beautiful Zambezi River. Enjoy some snacks, drinks, a festive atmosphere, and gorgeous views of the sunset. Its the ideal way to end an eventful day in Victoria Falls.

Victoria Falls River Rafting - From $210.00

Take the opportunity to go whitewater rafting on the Zambezi River while Victoria Falls roars above. Depart in the morning and head to the river, spend the morning navigating through the canyon that forms the famous falls. After, enjoy a riverside lunch. This adrenaline filled day will be one to remember. Please note: River conditions and activity pricing vary depending on the seasons. High water season is from about February to July. Low water season generally runs from August to January each year - this is when the Zambezi is at its very wildest. The "closed season" is dependent on the season’s rains, and usually is from March to April; during this time rafting on the river is not permitted. Additionally, this activity requires passengers to hike down and up the deep Batoka Gorge to access the river, which requires reasonable level of fitness. This activity price excludes a $10 park entrance fee.