Cape Town, Greater Kruger, Victoria Falls, and Hwange

Overview

South Africa’s Cape Town, with its legendary landscapes, is brimming with culture, art, and culinary delights. We begin our journey here, taking in the breathtaking Cape Peninsula, exploring the fabulous Kirstenbosch botanical gardens, and watching Africa’s rare penguins waddle along the beach. From Cape Town, we venture into two of Africa’s largest national parks: Greater Kruger and Hwange, with a stop at majestic Victoria Falls along the way. In the undulating savannas of Greater Kruger on Timbavati Private Reserve, we’ll search for elephant, rhino, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, kudu, and wildebeest, and their attendant predators—lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, and African wild dog. Our grand finale is Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe: we enter by vintage rail car and savor three exquisite days of fantastic wildlife viewing along with beautiful, remote lodges. Hwange is one of Africa’s best-kept secrets with some of the highest concentrations of elephants in the world—but far fewer tourists than other parks and some of the most highly-trained guides in Africa. Now is the time to go!

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2
Cape Town, South Africa

Exploring spectacular Cape Coast landscapes and the renowned Kirstenbosch botanical garden fill our days, and the food and wine scene is superb.

The Victoria and Alfred Hotel
Cape Town, South Africa
Days 1 to 2 (2 nights)
Days 3-5
Timbavati Private Game Reserve

We fly to a private reserve, Timbavati, part of the Greater Kruger ecosystem. With open-sided 4WD vehicles and our Shangaan trackers, we look for lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, and leopard on the prowl.

Kambaku River Sands
Timbavati Game Reserve, South Africa
Days 3 to 5 (3 nights)
Days 6-7
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

From breathtaking Gorges Lodge, we’ll hike along the escarpment directly across from Victoria Falls, or set out for a cruise on the Zambezi to look for wildlife.

Gorges Lodge
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Days 6 to 7 (2 nights)
Days 8-11
Hwange National Park

The Elephant Express vintage train brings us into the park in style, with wildlife viewing and lunch en route (sometimes we see lions lazing along the tracks). Our beautiful lodge is a special one, set in the pristine woodlands on the edge of the game-rich Ngamo Plains. We’ll enjoy phenomenal wildlife viewing, thrilling game walks, night drives, sundowners in spectacular locations, and waterhole-level views from a unique “look up” blind. Our presence directly benefits the local community and we’ll have authentic encounters, walking to school with the children and having the chance to learn a bit of their “click” language. Depart on Day 11 via Victoria Falls.

Bomani Tented Lodge
Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
Days 8 to 10 (3 nights)

Highlights

Highlights

Expert safari guide with incredible knowledge of Africa’s wildlife
The best game viewing in Southern Africa, from morning game drives to nocturnal wildlife viewing
Superb accommodations, close to the wildlife!
Incredible game-viewing by vintage railway car, on foot and in open air vehicles

Details

Length: 11 days
Cost From: $8195  
Arrive: Cape Town, South Africa
Depart: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Lodging: 10 nights game lodges and boutique hotels
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch and 1 dinner (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Safaris, Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level:

Game viewing by 4WD vehicle, vintage railway car, bush walks