National Geographic Journeys: Iconic Southern Africa (DSHNG)
Trip Style: Information Not available
Service Level: Upgraded
Physical Demands Rating: 2 - There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Group Size: Max 16, Avg 14.
Meals Included: 20 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 12 dinners
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Witness the power of Victoria Falls.
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 this exciting region. 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 Geographics Big Cats Initiative.
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- Tour Operator
- G Adventures
- Offer valid through 12/31/2017
- 21 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Cape Town||Day 1 Cape Town|
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Arrival Airport Transfer (1.00 hour(s))
|Day 2||Cape Town||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. Included Activities: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens Guided Tour Guided Cape Town Orientation Tour and Excursion to Cape Point Transport: Private Vehicle
|Day 3||Cape Town||Day 3 Cape Town (1B)|
There is something for everyone in Cape Town. Visit Table Mountain, walk the V&A Waterfront or embark on a wine tour in and around Stellenbosch. For the adventurous, opt to go skydiving, abseiling, or, if youre really brave, cage diving for a close encounter with a great white shark. Wander through the city centre, which has some of the oldest buildings and gardens in South Africa. Check out the Cultural Historical Museum, Planetarium, and many other museums and theatres. Additional Notes: If you are interested in visiting Robben Island - you must book it directly with the museum on their website prior to travel: http://www.robben-island.org.za Due to high demand, it is common that this tour can be sold out over one month in advance.
|Day 4||Johannesburg||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. Transport: Plane (2.00 hour(s))
|Day 5||Kruger National Park||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, Bourkes Luck Potholes, and Gods 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. 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 (9.00-10.00 hours, 500km)
|Day 6||Kruger National Park||Day 6 Kruger National Park (1B)|
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 7||Karongwe Private Game Reserve||Day 7 Kruger National Park/Karongwe Private Game Reserve (1B, 1D)|
For the next two days, enjoy ranger-led morning and evening game drives in an open safari vehicle in Karongwe Nature Reserve. Search for buffaloes, elephants, leopards, lions, and rhinos - Africas 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 game 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: Game drives are conducted with qualified game 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 8||Karongwe Private Game Reserve||Day 8 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, its 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 9||Johannesburg||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. Included Activities: Karongwe Private Reserve Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 500km)
|Day 10||Victoria Falls||Day 10 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 11||Victoria Falls||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. 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 12||Victoria Falls||Day 12 Victoria Falls (1B)|
The town of Victoria Falls is a great base to see both natural wonders and take part in some exciting activities. Get up close (and wet from the spray) while awing at the immense Victoria Falls, raft the whitewater of the mighty Zambezi, and for the more adventurous, bungee jump with Victoria Falls in view. Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner. Additional Notes: Want to do more with your tours Pre-book any two of the following activities: Zambezi Whitewater Rafting, Victoria Falls Helicopter Ride, or the Zambezi River Sunset Cruise. Any optional activities listed on this day can also be booked upon arrival in Victoria Falls.
|Day 13||Okavango Delta||Day 13 Victoria Falls/Okavango Delta (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Arrive on the houseboat this evening. On the boat, you'll receive a safety briefing and meet the crew and check into your cabin. Relax this evening with a sundowner. Enjoy your journey into the "Panhandle" area of the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana. This area is one of the most remote and peaceful areas of the delta with only a handful of permanent boats and camps operating in this area, which makes it an ideal place to stay. The houseboat consists of two decks. The lower deck has eight simple, comfortable en-suit cabins with sliding glass doors that open to the pristine wilderness of the Okavango Delta. The upper deck is roughly three meters above the waterline. It's where the dining area, bar, and sundecks are located. Power on the houseboat is run by a generator, which means there are only a few hours a day to heat water and change up any devices. There is no A/C on the houseboat and sometimes hot water can run out. We recommend bringing a small lantern or flashlight for use in your cabin. Additional Notes: We have a long drive today, but your private A/C vehicle will ensure you're comfortable. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery. There will be plenty of breaks along the way to stretch your legs. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Zimbabwe - Namibia - Botswana) Transport: Private Vehicle (10.00-11.00 hours)
|Day 14||Okavango Delta||Day 14 Okavango Delta (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Enjoy your day on the houseboat with early morning and late afternoon wildlife excursions. Your small boat takes your into channels and waterways for optimal wildlife viewing and birdwatching. Opt to enjoy a cultural excursion to Tsoldilo Hills to view ancient San Bushman rock paintings or choose to relax on deck with a cool drink as you watch the scenery pass by. Additional Notes: Passengers who choose to take the optional Tsoldilo Hills excursion will miss the morning boat excursion. All activities in the delta are subject to weather and water levels. Timing of excursions and visits to specific locations are completely dependent on local conditions. Included Activities: Okavango Panhandle Wildlife Excursion
|Day 15||Maun||Day 15 Okavango Delta/Maun (1B, 1D)|
Stay at a hotel that offers a pleasant eating area and a beautiful swimming pool. In the afternoon, relax at the hotel, which is situated on the banks of the Thamalakane River. Included Activities: Botswana Storytelling and Traditional Dinner Transport: 4x4 (5.00 hour(s), 380km)
|Day 16||Moremi Game Reserve||Day 16 Maun/Moremi Game Reserve (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Take a leisurely drive to our camp in the Khwai River area. enjoying wildlife viewing enroute. Due to the fact that none of Botswana's wildlife reserves are fenced, game can move freely between wilderness areas. This region's diversity of wildlife is astounding and has been rated as one of the best game viewing areas in the world. Our lodge boasts a majestic dining and lounge area leading onto a viewing deck over the bushveldt. Enjoy spectacular sunsets over sundowners from the quaint bar or from the deck of your comfort en-suite tent. Additional Notes: The vehicle used from here until our return back to Victoria Falls is a 12-seater Toyota Landcruiser. The Landcruiser has open sides and a removable canvas roof. There is no A/C in the vehicle and the ride can often be dusty and a little rough. Some travel days can also be quite long. This vehicle is used throughout the tour on all game drives and long drives. Road conditions in the region can range from good to very poor. As such, we slow our traveling speed in the rough spots and enjoy some sand and bumps - all part of the adventure of traveling in Africa! Included Activities: Moremi Wildlife Safari Drive Transport: 4x4 (5.00 hour(s), 130km)
|Day 17||Moremi Game Reserve||Day 17 Moremi Game Reserve (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Embark early on an open vehicle game drive in Moremi and surrounding concession areas. Break for lunch before continuing on with the game drive. Return to camp in the afternoon with time to relax at the comfortable tented camp. Included Activities: Moremi Wildlife Safari Drive Moremi Wildlife Safari Drive Transport: 4x4
|Day 18||Chobe National Park||Day 18 Moremi Game Reserve/Chobe National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)|
In the early afternoon, head south towards the Ghoha Hills and the Savuti area. Enjoy game viewing along the hills and at the surrounding waterholes. At Ghoha Hills Savuti Camp, meru tents have been placed on platforms on the hills overlooking Chobe National Park. The tents are spacious and include an en-suite. The guest area consists of an intimate lounge, bar, and dining area overlooking the Ghoha Hills. Included Activities: Moremi Wildlife Safari Drive Chobe and Savuti National Parks Talk Transport: 4x4 (7.00 hour(s), 190km)
|Day 19||Kasane||Day 19 Chobe National Park/Kasane (1B, 1L)|
Keep an eye out for Chobe bushbuck and puku antelope, which are found only in this part of Botswana. The Chobe River is home to the world's largest elephant herds; buffalo, hippos, and lions can also be seen here. Opt into the photo wildlife safari on the Chobe River at sunset; you'll be accompanied by an expert wildlife photographer and guide who will help you get the perfect shot. Included Activities: Chobe River Drive Transport: 4x4 (5.00 hour(s), 180km)
|Day 20||Victoria Falls||Day 20 Kasane/Victoria Falls (1B)|
Opt for a wildlife safari drive at sunrise for your last chance to see the Big 5. Cross the border back into Zimbabwe for our final evening. Opt to enjoy a helicopter ride over the falls, or a cruise on the Zambezi at sunset to ring in the day. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Botswana - Zimbabwe) Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 120km)
|Day 21||Victoria Falls||Day 21 Victoria Falls (1B)|
Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
Local Flights: N/A
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