Great Wildlife of Southern Africa

Cape Town, Greater Kruger, Victoria Falls, and Hwange

Trip Level

The trip is rated Level 2+, Easy to Moderate. This is a luxury hotel-and-lodge-based adventure tour with plenty of game drives and some walking. Although this is not a particularly rigorous trip, we still recommend that each participant undertake a program of physical conditioning. Daily walking or regular hiking, jogging, and stair-climbing are excellent preparation for the trip.

During game drives, we can at times get quite close to wild animals. Being very quiet improves everybody’s chances of observation. In the interest of safety, your Trip Leader explains limitations on movement while on game drives, in the safari vehicles, and around camp. Incidents with wild animals are extremely rare on safaris, but no camping safari can guarantee immunity from such incidents. Wilderness Travel is not to be held responsible for incidents involving the behavior of wildlife.


Generally, South Africa has a mild climate due to its southerly latitude and the high altitude of its interior regions (above 3,000 feet in altitude on average). There are starkly different climatic zones: the Cape region has a Mediterranean climate with mild summer temperatures averaging in the 70s (“summer” in the Southern Hemisphere is our winter), while the lowveld has a subtropical climate with warm to hot temperatures in summer.

Zimbabwe is generally mild because of its altitude (about 3,000 feet above sea level). In the months of July and August, temperatures are colder (75°-80°F during the day, 40°F at night) so warm coats and insulating layers are necessary on early morning game drives. In the months of September and March, temperatures are warmer (80s-90sF during the day, 60°F at night), so you can pack lighter clothing. 

Temperatures when we visit Victoria Falls range from daytime highs of 79°-91°F to lows of 45°-59°F.

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

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