South Africa, Victoria Falls, and Hwange Private Journey

From Cape Town to Greater Kruger and Hwange National Park

Overview

Explore the rich culture of South Africa’s Cape Town, the lush landscapes of Victoria Falls, and the astounding diversity of Greater Kruger and Hwange National Park on this private journey. Begin in colorful Cape Town with its rocky peaks, world-renowned wineries, and striking Cape Dutch architecture. Venture to an exclusive private game reserve in Greater Kruger for the ultimate in game-viewing and the chance to encounter leopard, lion, elephant, rhino, and buffalo. In Victoria Falls, walk along trails beneath the roaring thunder where optional activities include a helicopter trip over the falls and bungee jumping.  Enter Hwange National Park on the Elephant Express rail car and savor some of the most incredible walking safaris in all of Africa, along with lantern-lit dinners and an optional visit to a nearby village and local school.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Cape Town

Join your private guide for a choice of fascinating explorations in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Visit a township, historic Robben Island, Table Mountain, the National Botanical Gardens at Kirstenbosch, or tour South Africa’s centuries-old wine estates, with their striking Cape Dutch architecture.

Commodore Hotel
Cape Town, South Africa
Days 1 to 3 (3 nights)
The Victoria and Alfred Hotel (Optional Upgrade)
Cape Town, South Africa
Days 1 to 3 (3 nights)
Cape Grace Hotel (Optional Upgrade)
Cape Town, South Africa
Days 1 to 3 (3 nights)
Days 4-6
Greater Kruger National Park

With no restricting fences between private gamelands and renowned Kruger National Park, wildlife roams free throughout the open savannas and riverine thickets of this enormous conservancy. Two perennial rivers supply Sabi Sands Game Reserve with invaluable water sources, ensuring some of the largest and most biodiverse wildlife populations in Africa. With your safari guide, enjoy the best leopard viewing in Africa, and track lion, buffalo, rhino, and elephant on morning and evening game drives.

Kambaku Safari Lodge
Timbavati Private Game Reserve, Greater Kruger Park, South Africa
Days 4 to 6 (3 nights)
Kambaku River Sands (Optional Upgrade)
Timbavati Game Reserve, South Africa
Days 4 to 6 (3 nights)
Londolozi (Optional Upgrade)
Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa
Days 4 to 6 (3 nights)
Mala Mala Game Reserve (Optional Upgrade)
Mala Mala Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Days 4 to 6 (3 nights)
Day 7
Victoria Falls

Transfer to the airport for a flight to Livingstone, Zambia. This afternoon, enjoy the splendor of one of the most impressive natural wonders in the world. Optional activities include a helicopter ride over the falls, a guided walk along the falls, and bungee jumping for the over-the-top thrill-seekers.

Victoria Falls Hotel
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Day 7 (1 night)
Days 8-11
Hwange National Park

Magnificent Hwange National Park, one of the largest national parks in Africa, is home to some 40,000 elephants along with lion, hippo, cheetah, and more. We enter the park a unique way—aboard a vintage open-air railway car called the Elephant Express. The 2.5-hour train journey glides along the historic track as we enjoy exciting game viewing in comfort, along with snacks and drinks on board. Disembark at Ngamo and head to your lodge, Bomani Tented Camp or Camelthorn. Head out on game drives each day and night with the flexibility to get out and walk, savor sundowners in remote, exquisite locations at sunset, relax with lantern-lit dinners in the bush, and an have an optional visit to a nearby village and school classroom (you’ll even learn a few words of their click language). Depart from Victoria Falls on Day 11.

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

Highlights

Highlights

Explore the cuisine, culture, and stunning landscapes of South Africa's port city, Cape Town
Track leopard and observe big game in famed Greater Kruger National Park
Experience the thrill of Victoria Falls
Game view by rail car, on foot, and by 4WD in Africa's hidden gem: Hwange National Park
Wake up to birdsong in your choice of cozy accommodations

Details

Length: 11 days
Cost From: $6995  
Arrive: Cape Town, South Africa
Depart: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Lodging: 10 nights hotels and game lodges
Meals: All meals included as noted in detailed itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Walking, Wildlife & Natural History, Safaris
Trip Level:

Game viewing by foot and open 4WD, walking and cultural tours