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Southern Africa: National Parks of Zimbabwe & Kruger Wildlife Tracking

What would a three-week adventure of a lifetime look like in Africa? For starters, it would have up-close wildlife encounters guided by experts in their field, along with safari experiences that take your breath away. It would have walking, biking, kayaking, and hiking. It would bring you closer to the communities that welcome you and invite you to know their home, and their life. It would be thrilling, relaxing, and invigorating, all at the same time. It would be, you guessed it, this 20-day trip through the very best of Southern Africa — all the bells and whistles included.
Tour details
Tour Provider G Adventures
Price From
$21,839
Number of Days
20
Start Location
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
End Location
Cape Town, South Africa
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
1 to 16
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Virtuoso
Physical Rating
Moderate
Itinerary Open all
Day 1 - Victoria Falls: A Waterfall Welcome
In most cultures across the globe, waterfalls symbolize peace and serenity. They demonstrate at once power, and tranquility. Waterfalls are nature's reminder that things are in an ever constant state of movement and change. We welcome you to Victoria Falls, and to Africa, and invite you to find your inner waterfall.
Day 2 - Victoria Falls: Your OMG Day
Mosi-oa-Tunya -the original name for Victoria Falls, means "the smoke that thunders". You can almost feel the cold mist on your face and the loud cracking noise just from those words. Experience the smoke and thunder from above and below, by foot and by boat, enjoying a perfectly customized experience. Who says your first day of adventure can't be exactly as you imagine it?
Day 3 - Chobe: A Window to Africa's past
Step back in time to a scene straight from a hundred years ago-a turn of the century explorers camp setup. Sip a gin and tonic around the fire listening to a story of those who explored this very spot before you were alive. Sleep in the bush with the call of lions in the distance and the sound of your breath keeping time.
Day 4 - Hwange National Park: A Ride on the Elephant Express
The second day of safari begins and the pace of safari life is starting to sink in. Waking at dawn, as the wildlife emerges for the day, is uniquely rewarding in Africa. Traverse back through Botswana, back to Zimbabwe. Your chariot awaits. In this case, your chariot is a converted 22-seat train car, whisking you through Hwange National park as you spot elephants and zebra as you reach your next destination.
Day 5 - Hwange: The Circle of Life from the Ground Up
Walking through the bush on foot, you gain an additional perspective on the life circle of life in Africa. From high up in the vehicle, its difficult to notice the small dung beetles, waddling their way through the dirt, their role in the eco-system just as crucial as the lion, the giraffe and the elephant. Begin your morning on a guided safari bushwalk to discover Africa's smaller creatures and then kick your feet up on a safari drive in the afternoon looking out for those not-so-small elephant.
Day 6 - Hwange: An Elephants' Playground
Hwange National Park is most known for its enormous population of elephant. It's hard to overstate how majestic they are to witness in real life. Crawl into an underground hide to view the elephants at ground level as they drink from the watering hole and move about their daily life.
Day 7 - Lake Kariba: Lakeside Safari
Lake Kariba is the world's largest man made lake by volume-created by the damming of the Zambezi back in 1959. Now, it's home to cormorants, tigerfish, crocodile and hippo. Swimming in the lake is out of the question, unless you fancy a swim with a hippo, but your lakeside lodge offers the unique opportunity to marvel at Africa's water dwelling wildlife.
Day 8 - Lake Kariba: Matusadona National Park and Kariba Sundowners
Matusadona National Park is a story of revitalization. Now under a 20 year agreement under African Parks, Matusadona is fast returning to its former glory as a permanent home for elephant and black rhino. Investment into the local communities has encouraged legal fishing practices to be resumed and local communities to again take pride in becoming stewards and partners in the protection of the area in which they live and work.
Day 9 - Victoria Falls: The Curtain Closes
As you return to Victoria Falls, back to where it all began, the evening comes to a close with an exciting performance. Once night falls, be some of the first guests to see the exciting new local production "Simunye-We are one". This fusion of theatre, dance and song is a thrilling and poignant way to bid farewell to your African adventure.
Day 10 - Johannesburg: Gateway to Kruger
Johannesburg is the gateway to Kruger National Park, but there is plenty to see and do in the city before you hit the road tomorrow. This afternoon, join a guided tour of the Maboneng Neighborhood, a thriving art and culture scene in downtown Johannesburg.
Day 11 - Pridelands Conservancy: Wildlife Tracking
What ds it take to be a guide in South Africa? How do you learn the way each animal leaves its mark on its surroundings? What is it like being on foot in the African bush at dusk and dawn? Ecotraining is the leading guide training company in Africa and your African journey starts with an exclusive two day experience learning what it takes to be a guide in these iconic national parks and conservancies. This is not just a safari-this is an opportunity to step into another life for a brief two days. Ecotraining promises to leave their guides "passionate guardians of nature" and we guarantee you will gain the same passion during your time in the Pridelands.
Day 12 - Pridelands Conservancy: Nocturnal Wildlife
Begin the day at dawn, heading out on foot with your guides in search of elephant, buffalo and zebra. Breakfast is served out in the bush with wildlife free to move about while you dine. Safari drives in the afternoon focus on animal identification and behaviour with an extra focus on situational awareness when near large wildlife.
Day 13 - Kruger National Park: Safari Sundowners
Kruger National Park is so vast and so full of wildlife, history and culture that travellers often return again and again, uncovering new discoveries each time. If this is your first or twenty-first time, safari drives and sundowners never get old. Your day begins with a safari drive en route to the lodge. Another afternoon safari drive makes for an incredible first day in the park.
Day 14 - Kruger National Park: Walking Safari
Kruger at dawn is unlike anything else on earth. Animals are waking and so must you, if you want to have the best chance to witness their behaviour first thing in the morning. Your local guides accompany you on a walking safari through the national park. Later in the day, walk to Granite Rock for an outdoor picnic lunch.
Day 15 - Franschhoek: Wine and Dine
Known as the food and wine capital of the world, Franschhk offers a welcome contrast to the safari adventures thus far. Set amongst the verdant green vineyards and with the towering Drakenstein mountains in distance, its easy to imagine just sitting and just "being" in this peaceful of a place. But first things first-dig into a three course dinner at Sauvage restaurant. Located within the Le Franschhk Hotel and Spa and led by head chef Kyle Norris, Sauvage is known for their colourful plates inspired by what grows locally. Your hardest choice today is whether its wine or coffee after dinner.
Day 16 - Franschhoek: Biking through the Vineyards of South Africa
Franschhk was named Time magazine's top 50 places to visit in 2022, and it's easy to see why. With an e-bike, you will be able to pedal as much-or as little-as you wish while exploring the vineyards and small towns between Stellenbosch and Franschhk. Sample wine and gourmet snacks but don't worry about filling up, because lunch is served at Babylonstoren Gardens. These gardens must be seen to be believed- 8 acres of cultivated fruit and vegetable gardens and expertly manicured pathways throughout.
Day 17 - Cape Town: Kayak Three Anchor Bay
The days full of culinary delights must come to an end, but the adventure continues in Cape Town. Paddling through Table Bay with views of Signal Hill and Table Mountain, it's easy to feel a million miles from the rush of a city. Heaviside's dolphins are frequent visitors during your paddle.
Day 18 - Cape Town: Table Mountain
Without doubt the most recognizable symbol of Cape Town, Table Mountain rises behind the city touching the clouds with its flat top. Reach new heights one of two ways. Join a local guide and hike through the Platteklip Gorge, Table Mountain's oldest and most frequented route. If you are ready to kick back and relax, join your CEO in a cable car ride to the top.
Day 19 - Cape Town: Your OMG Day
OMG indeed. There is plenty to choose from to make your day in the Mother City a truly unique experience. Make your last day in South Africa a perfect fit for you. Choose between a Black Route walking tour and cooking experience, and a half day Urban Cycle tour. Both options cover a ton of ground and get you out and about before your trip home.
Day 20 - Cape Town
Your adventure comes to an end, and you can depart at any time today.
Inclusions
  • Your Welcome Moment: Welcome Moment - Meet Your CEO and Group Your Foodie Moment: The Eatery Pot Dinner Experience, Victoria Falls Your OMG Day: Hike and Adventure Jet Boat Excursion or Historic Bridge Tour, Victoria Falls Your Foodie Moment: Dinner at Sauvage, Franschhoek Your OMG Day: City Walking Tour & Cooking Class Or Urban Explorer Cycle Tour, Cape Town
  • Complimentary Arrival Transfer
  • Arrival and Farewell dinners
  • Victoria Falls Guided Tour
  • Glamping in Chobe National Park with safari drives and river safari
  • Elephant Express Train ride in Hwange National Park
  • Safari drives in Hwange National Park
  • Lake Kariba stay
  • Matusadona National Park Safari Drives and walking safari
  • Theatrical performance and dinner in Victoria Falls
  • Guided Maboneng walking tour of Johannesburg
  • Wildlife tracking experience in Pridelands Conservancy
  • Safari in Kruger National Park
  • E-bike tour in the vineyards of Franschhoek
  • Guided hike at Table Mountain
  • Kayak Table Bay
  • Babylonstoren Gardens
  • Kirstenbosch National Botanic Gardens
  • All tips included for activities and meals, except for CEO and porterage
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Departure dates
Start End Availability Price NZD
12 Jul 2024 31 Jul 2024 11 $21,839
23 Aug 2024 11 Sep 2024 12 $27,299
13 Sep 2024 02 Oct 2024 15 $27,299
11 Oct 2024 30 Oct 2024 16 $27,299
13 Dec 2024 01 Jan 2025 15 $27,299
03 Jan 2025 22 Jan 2025 14 $25,279
07 Feb 2025 26 Feb 2025 16 $25,279
07 Mar 2025 26 Mar 2025 16 $25,279
11 Apr 2025 30 Apr 2025 16 $25,279
16 May 2025 04 Jun 2025 16 $25,279
27 Jun 2025 16 Jul 2025 16 $26,299
25 Jul 2025 13 Aug 2025 16 $27,299
08 Aug 2025 27 Aug 2025 16 $27,299
05 Sep 2025 24 Sep 2025 16 $27,299
10 Oct 2025 29 Oct 2025 16 $27,299
14 Nov 2025 03 Dec 2025 16 $26,299
12 Dec 2025 31 Dec 2025 16 $27,299