National Geographic Journeys

Family Journey: In Search of the Big 5

Family Journey: In Search of the Big 5.from $6,499.00pp

Various Dates | Depart Cape Town| Arrive Victoria Falls

Boasting jaw-dropping scenery and some of the planet’s most iconic wildlife, southern Africa makes for an unforgettable family adventure.

On this action-packed journey, venture to South Africa to seek out the legendary “big five” on safari, soak up the charms of cosmopolitan Cape Town and see penguins march along Boulders Beach.

Then top off your journey in Zimbabwe with a tour of thundering Victoria Falls.

 


Inclusions

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

Itinerary

DAY 1: CAPE TOWN

Arrive in time to meet your fellow travellers for a welcome gathering this evening. Your arrival transfer is included.

DAY 2: CAPE TOWN

This morning, set out on a daylong tour of the Cape Peninsula, a rocky headland jutting into the Atlantic Ocean. At Boulders Beach, watch thousands of African penguins waddle about their business. Then visit the notorious Cape of Good Hope—where many an unfortunate ship met its watery doom during the Age of Exploration—and climb up to the lighthouse at Cape Point for fantastic views. Head back to Cape Town via the spectacular Chapman’s Peak Drive, which snakes its way along the Atlantic.                                                                                                                                                                                                            Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 3: CAPE TOWN

Spend the day at leisure, discovering the charms of Cape Town on a variety of optional excursions. Hike up iconic Table Mountain with a guide, or hop on the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway for a quick ride to the summit, taking in incredible views of the Atlantic seaboard. Pay an eye-opening visit to the Iziko Slave Lodge—a museum devoted to the history of slavery in South Africa. Wildlife lovers can head to the Two Oceans Aquarium to gush over the variety of its marine residents—from adorable clownfish to translucent jellies.                                                                                                                                                              Meals included:  Breakfast

DAY 4: CAPE TOWN/GREATER KRUGER AREA

Fly from Cape Town to the Greater Kruger National Park and settle into your lodge, located at the gateway to the famed wildlife reserve.                             Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

DAY 5: KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

Rise early and climb aboard an open jeep for a safari in Kruger National Park—home to a mindboggling array of large mammals. Spot trumpeting elephants, swaggering lions, graceful giraffes, and perhaps elusive leopards as you ride through this epic wilderness. We’ll criss-cross savanna, scrubland, and riverbanks on our daylong excursion, following the tracks of the majestic creatures that inhabit the park.                                                                                      Meals included:  Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 6: GREATER KRUGER AREA

Venture out on another early morning safari drive, looking for the creatures you didn’t get a chance to spot the day before. The afternoon is free to explore the Kruger region as you choose. Relax by the pool at our lodge, or opt to experience the area by zip-line.                                                                                      Meals included:  Breakfast | Dinner

DAY 7: GREATER KRUGER AREA/JOHANNESBURG

After breakfast, head to Chimp Eden for an encounter with our closest relatives in the animal world. Run by the Jane Goodall Institute of South Africa, Chimp Eden is the first and only chimpanzee sanctuary in the country and harbours more than 30 rescued chimps. Legendary ethologist and National Geographic grantee Dr Jane Goodall devoted her life to the study of chimpanzee behaviour; at Chimp Eden, we’ll get an opportunity to see rescued chimps living in a safe and secure sanctuary and learn why Jane was so captivated by them when she first began her research in 1960. Later, settle in for the drive to Johannesburg, arriving in the evening. Meals included:  Breakfast | Lunch

Exclusive Inclusions:  Your Family Journeys Moment Jane Goodall Chimp Eden Tour
DAY 8: CRADLE OF HUMANKIND

Step back millions of years in time on a visit to the Cradle of Humankind, where the fossils of some of our earliest known human ancestors were discovered. Here, National Geographic Explorer-at-Large Lee Berger excavated the Homo Naledi, a recently defined species of hominin. Descend into the otherworldly Sterkfontein Caves, where the remains of “Mrs Ples” and “Little Foot”—both more than two million years old—were found; then venture to the Maropeng Visitors Centre to gape at the actual skeletal remains and embark on an immersive journey through the evolution of our species. This evening, feast on a traditional South African braai (barbeque). Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Exclusive Inclusions:  Your Family Journeys Moment Cradle of Humankind Experience| Your Foodie Moment Traditional South Africa Braai (Barbecue)
DAY 9: JOHANNESBURG/VICTORIA FALLS

Catch a flight to Zimbabwe and check in to your hotel. Set out with a local guide for a tour of Victoria Falls, one of the largest waterfalls on Earth. Scottish explorer David Livingstone named them after Britain’s Queen Victoria, while their older, indigenous name is Mosi-oa-Tunya—“the smoke that thunders.” You can hear the falls’ mighty roar from up to 24 miles away, and standing at one of the cascade’s overlooks, you’ll be drenched by its powerful spray.    Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 10: VICTORIA FALLS

The day is free to explore Victoria Falls and its surroundings. Embark on a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River; hit the rapids on a thrilling white-water rafting excursion; or take a memorable helicopter ride above the massive cascade. You can also take a day trip to Chobe National Park in Botswana to seek out its resident elephants. This evening, celebrate your journey with fellow travellers at a farewell dinner featuring a performance of local music and dance.  Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

DAY 11: VICTORIA FALLS 

Depart at any time.   Meals included: Breakfast


Terms

Prices are based on double occupancy; all other room configurations are on request and cannot be guaranteed. We will accommodate triples/quads whenever possible. Please call for further details.

Family Journeys are designed for groups traveling with children between the ages of 7 and 17. Your group must include a child in order to book, and anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Please note that when traveling to South Africa with a minor child under 18, it may be necessary to provide additional documentation, up to and including birth certificates and consent forms.

*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.

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