NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS: EXPLORE SOUTHERN AFRICA
On a 10-day adventure in South Africa, discover why Cape Town is consistently named one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Then fly on to Johannesburg, gateway to some of the world’s most renowned wildlife reserves. Scan the horizon of Kruger National Park for the “big five” and spend time in the wild with a conservationist from the National Geographic Big Cats Initiative. Experience Africa from the bottom up – while feeling as if you’re on top of the world.
Cape Town | Johannesburg | Kruger National Park | Karongwe Private Game Reserve
• National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens Guided Tour, Cape Town
• National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Carnivore Conservation Experience, Karongwe Private Game Reserve
• Arrival transfer
• Orientation tour of Cape Town and Cape Point including Boulders Beach
• Traditional braai (barbecue) dinner
• Panorama Route scenic drive
• Kruger National Park wildlife safari drive in open vehicle
• Private nature reserve wildlife safari drives in open vehicles
• All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
• Three nights shared hotel accommodation, plus two nights in a guest house and four nights in comfortable safari camps
• Eight breakfasts, one lunch, five dinners
• Guide throughout
Level of support:
Related Services Available to Add:
Day 1: Cape Town
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
Day 2: Cape Town
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.
Day 3: Cape Town
Enjoy a day of leisure and choose from a variety of optional activities, including Table Mountain or a Stellenbosch wine tour.
Day 4: Johannesburg
Arrive at any time. Transfer to hotel. Enjoy a traditional South African braai (barbecue) welcome dinner.
Day 5: 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 and this evening enjoy a delicious South African dinner on the deck or in the boma.
Day 6: 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.
Day 7: 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.
Day 8: 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.
Day 9: 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.
Day 10: Johannesburg
Depart at any time.
Operated by G Adventures.
Price will be quoted in CAD. Departure dates available year round, prices may vary, please contact us for details. Other conditions may apply. Trip Style: National Geographic Journeys
® Merit Travel trademark owned by, and use is granted by, Merit Travel Group Inc. Offers are based on availability and may be subject to change. Certain exclusions, limitations and restrictions may apply. For full terms and conditions visit, https://merittravel.com/terms-and-conditions/.