Southern Africa Journey

21 Day • Small Group Africa Adventure - from Cape Town to Victoria Falls
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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Southern Africa Journey

21 Day Tour - Small Group Africa Adventure - from Cape Town to Victoria Falls

From multicultural cities to awe-inspiring landscapes, iconic wildlife and three National Parks

Discover southern Africa’s most incredible attractions on one epic journey. Scan the grasslands of Kruger National Park for elephants and big cats, take in the otherworldly desert vistas of Namibia and feel the thundering power of Victoria Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy delicious traditional foods along the way, and get a taste of daily life on visits to local markets.

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Southern Africa Journey - 2024
$13039 CAD
per person, based on double occupancy
  • Package includes:
  • 21 nights including 9 nights hotel, 9 nights lodges and 2 nights comfortable tents or chalet, tour guide, Arrival transfer, transport and sightseeing per itinerary
  • Set 2024 Departure Dates:
  • December
    Contact us for dates and availability
  • Meals: 20 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 13 Dinners
  • Solo Travellers: No single supplement applies, based on sharing a room with another group member. You may pay choose to pay a supplement to have your own room.
  • Contact our team to add Flights, Pre/Post tour accommodation, Transfers, Optional Sleeping bag rental and more.
Southern Africa Journey - 2025
$13039 CAD
per person, based on double occupancy
  • Package includes:
  • 21 nights including 9 nights hotel, 9 nights lodges and 2 nights comfortable tents or chalet, tour guide, Arrival transfer, transport and sightseeing per itinerary
  • Set 2025 Departure Dates:
  • Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Nov, Dec

    Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, add $740pp
    Contact us for dates and availability

  • Meals: 20 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 13 Dinners
  • Solo Travellers: No single supplement applies, based on sharing a room with another group member. You may pay choose to pay a supplement to have your own room.
  • Contact our team to add Flights, Pre/Post tour accommodation, Transfers, Optional Sleeping bag rental and more.

Trip Details

Included in your trip

Tour Guide
Some Meals
Wildlife Encounter


International Flights/Airfare
Travel Insurance
Travel Visa
Items of a Personal Nature


  • South Africa
  • Cape Town
  • Table Mountain
  • Dyer Island
  • Johannesburg
  • Kruger N.P.
  • Karongwe Private Game Reserve
  • Namibia
  • Namib Naukluft N.P.
  • Swakopmund
  • Sesriem
  • Windhoek
  • Damaraland
  • Etosha N.P.
  • Zimbabwe
  • Victoria Falls


Small Group Africa Adventure - from Cape Town to Victoria Falls

21 Day Adventure

Touring Highlights

  • Kirstenbosch Guided Walk, Cape Town
  • Panorama Route Scenic Drive
  • Carnivore Conservation Experience, Karongwe Private Game Reserve
  • Mondesa Township Walk, Swakopmund
  • Cheetah Conservation Experience, Otjiwarongo
  • Zimbabwean Family Dinner, Victoria Falls
  • Traditional South Africa Braai (Barbecue), Johannesburg
  • Boma Braai, Karongwe Private Game Reserve
  • Kruger National Park and private nature reserve wildlife safari drives in open vehicles.
  • Sossusvlei desert excursion with a local. View the Twyfelfontein ancient petroglyphs.
  • Full-day open-vehicle wildlife safari drive in Etosha
  • Tour of Victoria Falls

Physical Grading:

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.


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Sample Itinerary (Subject to Change)

Day 1: Arrive Cape Town, South Africa

Welcome to Cape Town and South Africa.  You can arrive any time today and you will be transferred to your accommodation.

Day 2: Cape Town

Begin the day with an exploration of vibrant Cape Town, wandering through the multicultural Bo-Kaap neighborhood. Then enjoy an exclusive guided tour of Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, named by National Geographic Travel as one of the world’s 10 most magnificent gardens. Later, stop by Boulders Beach to see the resident population of African penguins, and continue to the Cape Point lighthouse and the Cape of Good Hope, the southwesternmost point in Africa.

Day 3: Cape Town

Enjoy a day of leisure in Cape Town, choosing from a variety of optional activities (option, additional expense). Hop on a cable car to the summit, taking in extraordinary views of the city and the Atlantic seaboard. Or explore the Cape Winelands, visiting the historical city of Stellenbosch, touring wine estates with expert guides, and indulging in a variety of tastings and pairings. There is something for everyone in Cape Town. Visit Table Mountain, walk the V&A Waterfront or embark on a wine tour in and around Stellenbosch. For the adventurous, opt to go, abseiling. Wander through the city centre, which has some of the oldest buildings and gardens in South Africa. Check out the Cultural Historical Museum, Planetarium, and many other museums and theatres.

Day 4: Cape Town – Johannesburg

Fly from Cape Town to Johannesburg, then take a guided tour of Soweto township. Soweto was an important center of South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement and home to its leader, Nelson Mandela. Visit the Mandela House Museum and learn about this painful chapter in the country’s history. In the evening, enjoy a traditional South African dinner with your fellow travellers.

Day 5: Johannesburg – Greater Kruger Area

Set out towards Kruger National Park via the magnificent Panorama Route, one of the world’s most picturesque drives. Make stops at the dramatic Blyde River Canyon and Bourke’s Luck Potholes, and take in panoramic views of the forest-covered valley from the God’s Window viewpoint. Continue to our lodge near Kruger National park, savour a delicious South African Dinner in this picturesque location.

Day 6: Kruger National Park

Rise early for a full-day safari in Kruger National Park—home to an extraordinary array of large mammals. Spot elephants, lions, giraffes, and perhaps elusive leopards as we explore this breathtaking wilderness of savanna and scrubland. Return to our lodge in the evening, where you can take some time to relax and enjoy the nocturnal sounds of the bush.  At over 19,000 sq km (7,500 sq mi), South Africa’s Kruger National Park is one of the largest and most impressive animal reserves in the world. With 147 species, Kruger has more species of large mammals than any other park on the continent.

Day 7: Greater Kruger Area – Karongwe Private Game Reserve

Travel to the Karongwe Private Game Reserve, a pristine wildlife sanctuary located in the Greater Kruger area. Meet with a researcher from the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Cheetah Metapopulation Project—a program funded in part by National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative—and learn about efforts to protect cheetahs. The researcher then joins you for a wildlife-viewing excursion through the reserve.

For the next two days, enjoy ranger-led morning and evening wildlife safari drives in an open safari vehicle in Karongwe Nature Reserve, searching for Africa’s famous ‘Big Five’. With over 9,000 hectares (22,240 acres) of supreme African bushveld, Karongwe Private Game Reserve is home to many creatures and your safari drives provide several opportunities for wildlife viewing.

Day 8: Karongwe Private Game Reserve

Spend the day exploring Karongwe on morning and afternoon safaris with our local guides. Search for Africa’s famed “big five” as we drive through the shrublands of the bushveld. Back at camp, relax on deck or take a walk around the grounds. Wake up before sunrise and head out on a morning wildlife safari drive. Return to the lodge for brunch and some leisure time. Converse on the deck, walk the grounds and gardens, and enjoy high tea. Following tea, it’s time for a late afternoon safari drive. After spotting tons of wildlife, return to camp and freshen up before dinner, a traditional braai.

Day 9: Karongwe Private Game Reserve – Johannesburg

Embark on one last safari this morning, keeping a lookout for Karongwe’s iconic inhabitants. Then head back to the city, where you’ll enjoy dinner in our lodge.

Day 10: Johannesburg (South Africa) – Windhoek (Namibia)

Fly to Windhoek and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy free time to explore the Namibian capital this afternoon.

Day 11: Windhoek – Sesriem

Travel to Sesriem, the gateway to jaw-dropping Namib-Naukluft National Park. Drive past red-hued desertscapes, stark camel thorn trees, and dramatic curved dunes while keeping an eye out for the astonishing creatures that call these arid lands home—the oryx, springbok, jackal, hyena, and more. Settle in to our lodge and relax poolside, watching a fiery crimson sunset over the desert. Enjoy desert scenery around Sesriem and Sossusvlei – vast desertscapes of reds and orange, stark camel thorn trees and towering dunes with dramatic curved ridges. Also keep an eye out for the surprising amount of wildlife that call this area home such as oryx, springbok, jackal, ground squirrel and hyena.

Day 12: Sesriem

Embark on a thrilling excursion into one of Africa’s largest national parks. Explore the Namib desert, the oldest desert in the world; and venture to the massive dunes at Sossusvlei and the white clay pan of Deadvlei. Capture dramatic images of dead camel thorn trees against a backdrop of orange dunes and a crisp blue sky. Then visit the Sesriem Canyon, a natural gorge carved out by the Tsauchab River over millions of years.

Day 13: Sesriem – Swakopmund

Continue by road through changing desert landscapes towards the coastal city of Swakopmund. Look out for roaming zebra, kudu, springbok, and oryx on the way, and take a break in the quirky town of Solitaire before heading into the countryside. Here, we meet a local for a 4×4 drive through the desert, learning about the survival strategies of bushmen who lived in this inhospitable area thousands of years ago. We also search for the smaller wildlife that has managed to survive here, such as snakes, geckos, spiders and an array of insects.

Day 14: Swakopmund

Enjoy a free morning in Swakopmund, getting a taste of the town’s unique Afro-German culture; or opt for sandboarding in the Namib desert (optional, additional expense). This afternoon, take a tour of Mondesa township with a local guide, learning about its people and history. Visit the local market for an introduction to traditional foods such as wild spinach, mopane worms, and dried sardines or kapenta. Stop by an arts and crafts shop; chat with the locals; and round off the day with dinner and a performance at a cozy family-run establishment. Explore the town’s unique mix of German and African culture and opt to visit curio shops, the museum and restaurants. Optional activities include sandboarding.

Day 15: Swakopmund – Damaraland

Make your way to Twyfelfontein—Namibia’s first UNESCO World Heritage site—to see some of Africa’s largest concentrations of petroglyphs. Marvel at these remarkable engravings, carved by prehistoric hunter-gatherers and depicting rhinos, elephants, and ostriches, as well as human and animal footprints. Then continue to our lodge on the heart of the Damaraland area. Enjoy some free time to swim in the pool or admire a colourful sunset from the deck.

Day 16: Damaraland – Etosha National Park Area

Enjoy a relaxed morning at our lodge and explore the rich sandstone treasure of Damaraland. In the afternoon, travel towards Etosha National Park, arguably Namibia’s most spectacular wildlife sanctuary. Settle into our lodge, located outside of the park.

Day 17: Etosha National Park Area

Spend a full day on safari in Etosha National Park, where open grasslands converge on a massive salt pan. Etosha harbours some of the largest populations of lions, elephants, and other endangered species, so keep your camera on the ready as you explore in your open vehicle. Enjoy lunch at one of the park’s rest areas, where you can also take a swim; and sit back and watch all manner of creatures—including hundreds of species of birds—flock to the nearby watering hole.

After the vast desert, Etosha National Park, offers a contrast of wide open grasslands, a massive salt pan that covers 4731km² and tall camel thorn trees intermixed with Mopani trees. With a combination of natural waterholes, and diverse vegetation, wildlife flock to the park. Some of the largest elephants in Africa can be found in areas of thicker vegetation, as well as leopards. Lions, giraffe, ostrich and many antelope species can be found in the grasslands, while birders will love the salt pans which attract flamingos in the rainy season. More than 340 bird species have been counted in Etosha National Park including the European bee-eater, the kori bustard and numerous migratory birds.

Day 18: Etosha National Park Area – Windhoek

After breakfast, visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund, a global research and education center founded by National Geographic Grantee Dr Laurie Marker. Tour the facility to learn about the important conservation and community outreach work they do to protect the world’s fastest land animal, and enjoy a talk by one of the researchers. Then head out on a drive through the grounds to meet some of the center’s rescued and rehabilitated cheetahs. Continue to Windhoek for our final evening.

Day 19: Windhoek (Namibia) – Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)

Catch a flight to the town of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, named after one of the most powerful waterfalls on Earth. Visit a nearby village and go grocery shopping in the bustling market. Then sit down with a local family for dinner, helping your hosts prepare a traditional Zimbabwean meal using the ingredients you picked out, and hear stories about local life and culture. The mist off Victoria Falls can rise to a height of more than 400m (1312 ft). Local tribes used to call the falls Mosi-o-Tunya or “the smoke that thunders.” Explorer and missionary David Livingstone renamed the falls after Queen Victoria when he first saw them in 1855.

Day 20: Victoria Falls

Set out for a tour of magnificent Victoria Falls. Scottish explorer David Livingstone named them after Britain’s Queen Victoria, while their older, indigenous name is Mosi-oa-Tunya—“the smoke that thunders.” You may choose an optional activity such as a scenic sunset cruise on the Zambezi River; or take a day trip to wildlife-rich Chobe National Park (optional, additional expense).

Day 21: Depart Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Your tour concludes today, you can depart Victoria Falls at any time.


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