National Geographic Journeys

Explore Kruger & Victoria Falls

Explore Kruger & Victoria Falls.from $3,899.00pp

Various Dates | Depart Johannesburg | Arrive Victoria Falls

Experience the wonders of South Africa and Zimbabwe on one extraordinary trip.  Go on safari in the Greater Kruger area, spotting and photographing elephants, lions, and leopards on their turf. Then fly to Zimbabwe to witness the spectacle of Victoria Falls, one of the most powerful waterfalls on the planet; and enjoy a traditional meal prepared by a local village family.

  • 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

Inclusions

  • Accomodation
  • Airport Transfer
  • Breakfast
  • Sightseeing
  • Some Dinners
  • Some Lunches

Itinerary

DAY 1: JOHANNESBURG- Arrival Airport Transfer: Oliver Reginald Tambo International – Johannesburg.

Arrive at any time and transfer to your hotel. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel to start your adventure. Enjoy a traditional South African braai (barbecue) for dinner tonight.   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 leisure. Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting: The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. Check for the meeting time on the welcome note at the hotel. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.  Your Foodie Moment: Traditional South Africa Braai (Barbecue) Enjoy a spread of grilled meats, vegetables and homemade salads, and talk with your friendly hosts about life in South Africa.  Malikana Guesthouse (or similar) Hotel

Meals included: Dinner

DAY 2:JOHANNESBURG/GREATER KRUGER AREA

Set out towards Kruger National Park via the magnificent Panorama Route, one of the world’s most picturesque drives. Make stops at the dramatic Blyde River Canyon and Bourke's Luck Potholes, and take in panoramic views of the forest-covered valley from God's Window viewpoint. Continue to our tented camp near Kruger National Park and savour a delicious South African dinner in a boma. Today is a very long driving day; however, we will make many stops along the way at sites along the Panorama Route.  Private Vehicle Johannesburg – Nelspruit- 500km.   Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.  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.  Accommodation: Muluwa Lodge (or similar) Safari Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

DAY 3: KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

Rise early and climb aboard an open jeep for a full-day safari in Kruger National Park—home to an extraordinary array of large mammals.  Spot elephants, lions, giraffes, and perhaps elusive leopards as we explore this breathtaking wilderness of savanna and scrubland. Return to our lodge in the evening, where you can take some time to relax on the deck and enjoy the nocturnal sounds of the bush. 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.   Kruger National Park Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive - Full day Kruger National Park -6h-7h  Hop in a 4x4 safari vehicle and get yourself one step closer to the surrounding nature. Be ready to spot elephants, giraffes, hippos, lions, zebras, and many other species in this impressive South African national park. Accommodation Muluwa Lodge (or similar) Safari Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

DAY 4:GREATER KRUGER AREA/KARONGWE PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

Travel to the Karongwe Private Game Reserve, a pristine wildlife sanctuary located in the Greater Kruger area. Meet with a researcher from the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Cheetah Metapopulation Project—a program funded in part by National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative—and learn about efforts to protect the region’s cheetahs and other carnivores. The researcher then joins us for a wildlife-viewing excursion through the reserve.  For the next two days, enjoy ranger-led morning and evening wildlife safari drives in an open safari vehicle in Karongwe Nature Reserve, searching for Africa's famed Big Five. With over 9,000 hectares (22,240 acres) of the 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).  Wildlife safari drives are conducted with qualified wildlife rangers and local expert 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.  Private Vehicle  Nelspruit – Karongwe Private Game Reserve 3h - 150km. Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle. Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Carnivore Conservation Experience Meet with a researcher from the Endangered Wildlife Trust's Cheetah Metapopulation Project, a project managed by National Geographic grantee Vincent van der Merwe. A member of Vincent's team will give a talk about cheetahs in South Africa and the important research CMP is doing. We will also discuss conservation within parks and reserves in South Africa and National Geographic's Big Cats Initiative. You will then be accompanied by the researcher on a wildlife safari drive to give you more insight into cheetahs and other carnivores.  Accommodation Karongwe Private Game Reserve - Lodges (or similar) Safari Lodge Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 5: KARONGWE PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

Spend the day exploring Karongwe on morning and afternoon safaris with our local guides. Search for Africa's famed "big five" as we drive through the shrublands of the bushveld. Back at camp, relax on the deck or take a walk around the grounds.  Wake up before the sun (around 5 am) 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. Karongwe Private Reserve Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive Karongwe Private Game Reserve 3h 05:00.  Jump into a safari 4x4 and keep your eyes open for fantastic wildlife encounters. Wildlife safari drives are conducted with qualified wildlife rangers and local expert trackers; both will share their vast experience of the African bush.  Free Time: Karongwe Private Game ReserveAfternoon Relax and enjoy some downtime between wildlife safari drives.  Accommodation Karongwe Private Game Reserve - Lodges (or similar) Safari Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 6:KARONGWE PRIVATE GAME RESERVE/JOHANNESBURG

Embark on one last safari this morning, keeping a lookout for Karongwe’s iconic inhabitants. Then head back to the city, where you’ll enjoy dinner in our local guest house. Karongwe Private Reserve Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive Karongwe Private Game Reserve 3h 05:00.Morning.  Jump into a safari 4x4 and keep your eyes open for fantastic wildlife encounters. Wildlife safari drives are conducted with qualified wildlife rangers and local expert trackers; both will share their vast experience of the African bush. Private Vehicle Karongwe Private Game Reserve – Johannesburg 7h - 500km.  Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.  Accommodation Malikana Guesthouse (or similar) Guesthouse Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

DAY 7; JOHANNESBURG/VICTORIA FALLS

Catch a flight to the town of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, named after one of the most powerful waterfalls on Earth. Visit a nearby village and go grocery shopping in the bustling market. Then sit down with a local family for dinner, helping your hosts prepare a traditional Zimbabwean meal using the ingredients you picked out, and hear stories about local life and culture.  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. Plane Oliver Reginald Tambo International – Victoria Falls 2h.  Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane. Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Zimbabwean Family Dinner  Flatter Ncube is the head of her family which includes two sisters and numerous children. She’s the youngest of a family of 10 and, now in her early 40s, lives in the village she was raised in near Victoria Falls. There she takes care of her extended family on their homestead, which she and they have been proudly building by hand, brick by brick, for years. Flatter’s story highlights that life isn’t easy in Africa, but despite its challenges, there is much love and laughter and a strong sense of family here.  Visit Flatter’s homestead in her rural village; meet her and some of her family, and walk with some of them throughout the property, among the fruit and vegetable plants the family grows for consumption. (They even plant hot chillies among the vegetables to discourage nosy elephants.) Then help the family prepare a traditional Zimbabwean dinner, which we'll all eat together outside on the property, weather permitting. Ingredients for the meal will have been hand-selected earlier in the day, at the bustling and friendly local village market.  This experience offers great insight into typical African life, and ultimately reinforce how we all want and need the same things in life: a stable home full of love, a good education, and plenty of opportunity for our children.  Accommodation Cresta Sprayview Hotel (or similar) Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

DAY 8:VICTORIA FALLS

Set out for a tour of magnificent Victoria Falls. Scottish explorer David Livingstone named them after Britain’s Queen Victoria, while their older, indigenous name is Mosi-oa-Tunya—“the smoke that thunders.” Opt for a scenic sunset cruise on the Zambezi River; soar above the roaring falls in a helicopter; and much more. If you have an activity planned for this morning, we will reschedule your Falls tour for this afternoon or tomorrow morning. Victoria Falls Guided Tour Victoria Falls 1h30m-2h30m  Join a knowledgeable guide for an unforgettable experience at Victoria Falls. Explore the rainforest and learn about the geology, history, and local legends of this world wonder. After your immersion, get up close to the falls and discover the beauty of “the smoke that thunders.” Be sure to have your camera ready!  Accommodation Cresta Sprayview Hotel (or similar)Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 9:VICTORIA FALLS

Depart at any time.

Meals included: Breakfast

 

OPTIONAL EXTRAS for Day 8:

Victoria Falls Whitewater Rafting Victoria Falls 4h-7h  -135USD per person

Zambezi River Sunset Cruise  Victoria Falls 50USD per person

Zambezi Bungee Jump Victoria Falls 168USD per person

Victoria Falls Helicopter Ride - 15min Victoria Falls  165USD per person

Victoria Falls Helicopter Ride - 25min  Victoria Falls 299USD per person

Canoeing the Zambezi  Victoria Falls 165USD per person


Terms

*Terms & Conditions Apply.

Offer is limited, subject to availability and change without notice. Promotion is correct and valid at the time of publication. Full booking and supplier terms and conditions apply.

Valid for new bookings only and not combinable with any other offer (unless stated).

All prices are in Australian Dollars based on twin share occupancy unless otherwise stated.

Hotels may charge resort fees or a security bond not included or mentioned in this package, payable direct upon check in.

Note:
1) Under certain circumstances, we reserve the right to change accommodation and provide something slightly different to what is described, though it will always be of similar or better standard/level.
2) Most lodges and camps do not have 24hr electricity - they usually run on generators which are routinely shut off overnight from approximately 10pm to 5am.
3) Lodges and camps are NOT equipped with fans or air conditioning due to the electricity constraints listed above.
4) Winter nights (June to September) can be cold, and most lodges and hotels do not have insulation or central heating. If you require additional blankets or a hot water bottle, these can be requested through your CEO or at the reception.

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