National Geographic Journeys

Kruger, Victoria Falls & Namibia

  • Duration 18 Days | Johannesburg to Victoria Falls
  • Group Size Max 16
  • From $8,446 AUD
Call 1300 363 742

Trip Overview

Whether you’ve dreamed of getting up close to the “big five” or feeling the spray of one of the world’s most spectacular waterfalls, this 18-day adventure hits all the right notes. See and photograph elephants in Kruger National Park, meet a researcher at the National Geographic-supported Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia, and explore the lush area around glorious Victoria Falls. Southern Africa will leave you singing its praises.

Trip Highlights

  • Go on safari with a researcher from the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Cheetah Metapopulation Project, part of National Geographic's Big Cats Initiative.
  • Spot an array of wildlife, from zebras and oryxes to elephants, lions, and black rhinos.
  • Experience daily life in the Namibian township of Mondesa, and opt to go quad-biking or sandboarding in nearby dunes.
  • Explore a local market and enjoy dinner at a family home in Zimbabwe.

Itinerary - 18 Days

Day 1 Johannesburg

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer and welcome dinner are included.

Days 2 & 3 Panorama Route/Kruger National Park

Enjoy a scenic drive along the famed Panorama Route to our tented camp, located just outside Kruger National Park. In the morning, take an included game drive inside Kruger National Park in an open safari vehicle. Take in views of the abundant wildlife from your seat. Opt to take an afternoon game drive or bush walk, or relax on the deck with views of the watering hole, a popular spot for game to visit. In the evening, enjoy stunning views and an incredible dinner on the deck at the lodge. (2B, 1D)

Days 4 & 5 Karongwe Private Game Reserve

Continue to Karongwe Private Game Reserve for two days of morning and evening safaris. Meet with a researcher from the Endangered Wildlife Trust's Cheetah Metapopulation Project, a project managed by National Geographic grantee Vincent van der Merwe. A member of Vincent’s team will tell us about their ongoing field research and join us on one of our game drives. (2B, 1L, 2D)

Day 6 Johannesburg

After one last game drive, head back to the city. This evening, enjoy a home-cooked dinner at our guesthouse. (1B, 1D)

Day 7 Windhoek

Fly to Windhoek, Namibia’s capital city, and transfer to our hotel with free time this afternoon to explore on your own. (1B)

Days 8 & 9 Sesriem

Take in the dramatic Namibian scenery on a drive to the desert town of Sesriem. The next day, embark on a 4x4 excursion in Namib-Naukluft National Park, considered one of Africa’s most stunning desert landscapes. See Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, clay pans covered in a crust of salt-rich sand surrounded by burned orange and red towering dunes. Explore Sesriem Canyon, a natural rock formation carved over millions of years by the Tsauchab River. (2B, 2D)

Days 10 & 11 Swakopmund

Journey through the desert, keeping an eye out for free-roaming zebras and oryxes. Go on a drive with a local and learn about the ancient hunter-gatherer culture of San bushmen. Then head to Swakopmund on the Atlantic coast. The next day, take advantage of a free morning to go quad-biking or sandboarding in the dunes, or take a walk through town. Later, visit the township of Mondesa alongside a local guide. Stop in at Datango, an arts-and-crafts shop that offers employment opportunities to local youth. Continue to a family home for dinner as well as entertainment by the local choir. (2B, 1L, 1D)

Day 12 Twyfelfontein

Travel to Twyfelfontein, Namibia’s first UNESCO World Heritage site, and examine ancient San petroglyphs which date back over more than 5,000 years. (1B, 1D)

Days 13 & 14 Etosha National Park

Depart early to visit the 280-million-year-old Petrified Forest national monument before continuing to our lodge in the Etosha National Park area. This afternoon, head off on a game drive in search of elephants, lions, endangered black rhinos, and much more. Enjoy a sunrise game drive the next morning. The rest of the day is free to relax at our lodge, swim, or join our CEO for another game drive. (2B)

Day 15 Windhoek

Visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund, a global research facility founded by Dr. Laurie Marker, whose work has been supported by National Geographic. Tour the facility and learn about its ongoing research before embarking on game drive to view cheetahs up close. Later, return to Windhoek. (1B, 1L)

Days 16 & 17 Victoria Falls

Fly to Zimbabwe and gain insight into everyday life during a walk through the local market and dinner at a family homestead. The next day, take a guided tour along the trails of the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls. In the afternoon, enjoy free time for optional activities, including a river safari, canoeing, or even a flight over the falls. (2B, 1D)

Days 16 & 17 Victoria Falls

Fly to Zimbabwe and gain insight into everyday life during a walk through the local market and dinner at a family homestead. The next day, take a guided tour along the trails of the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls. In the afternoon, enjoy free time for optional activities, including a river safari, canoeing, or even a flight over the falls. (2B, 1D)

Day 18 Victoria Falls

Depart at any time.

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