National Geographic Journeys

Southern Africa Safari Experience

  • Duration 10 Days | Johannesburg to Maun
  • Group Size Max 16
  • From $11,498 AUD
Call 1300 363 742

Trip Overview

Witness nature's greatest spectacles on an 18-day safari to some of Africa’s celebrated national parks, including Kruger and Chobe. Enjoy an unforgettable wildlife walk with a researcher in the panhandle of the Okavango Delta, drive through Hwange National Park in search of large herds of elephants, and sit down to a family dinner at a private home near Victoria Falls. Our small group size ensures maximum exposure to everything this region has to offer.

Trip Highlights

  • Meet with a representative from the National Geographic Okavango Wilderness Project to learn about ongoing conservation projects in the delta.
  • Enjoy dinner at a family homestead in Zimbabwe, and hear from local storytellers in Botswana.
  • Go on safari with a researcher with the Cheetah Metapopulation Project, part of National Geographic's Big Cats Initiative.

Itinerary - 18 Days

Day 1 Johannesburg

Arrive at any time. Transfer to our hotel. Enjoy a traditional South African braai (barbecue) welcome dinner.

Day 2 Kruger National Park

Enjoy a full-day scenic drive along the famed Panorama Route with stops at Blyde River Canyon, Bourke's Luck Potholes, and God's Window. Continue to our tented camp located just outside Kruger National Park. This evening, enjoy a delicious South African dinner on the deck or in the boma.

Day 3 Kruger National Park

Embark on a morning game drive through Kruger National Park in an open safari vehicle. Take in views of the abundant wildlife including elephants, lions, and giraffes. Afterward, opt to take an afternoon safari drive or a wildlife bush walk, or relax on the deck with views of the watering hole--a popular spot for animals to visit.

Day 4 Kruger National Park/Karongwe Private Game Reserve

Continue to a private nature reserve in the Greater Kruger area. This afternoon, enjoy a lecture with a researcher from the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Cheetah Metapopulation Project, who will share information about their efforts to protect cheetahs and other carnivores. This National Geographic-sponsored project is part of the Big Cats Initiative. Afterward, the researcher will join us on our evening game drive.

Day 5 Karongwe Private Game Reserve

Enjoy early morning and afternoon safari drives with our local guides, searching for buffaloes, elephants, leopards, lions, and rhinos–Africa's famed "big five." Later, relax at the camp, take a walk around the grounds, or enjoy a cool drink on the deck.

Days 6 & 7 Karongwe Private Game Reserve/Johannesburg/Victoria Falls

After one last game drive, head back to the city. In the evening, enjoy dinner at our local guest house. Fly to Zimbabwe. Gain insight into what life’s like in Africa with a walk through a local market and dinner at a family homestead. Meet the family, learn their history, and share stories as you help prepare a traditional Zimbabwean dinner.

Days 8 & 9 Victoria Falls

Enjoy a morning tour of beautiful Victoria Falls, then the rest of the day is free to explore the area. Take part in a river safari, cultural tours, white-water rafting, canoeing, or a helicopter ride over the falls. Spend the next day exploring your beautiful surroundings. Opt to visit Victoria Falls, go white-water rafting, or take a helicopter flight over the falls.

Days 10 & 11 Victoria Falls/Hwange National Park

Enjoy free time in the morning and opt to visit the falls. Later, visit the Painted Dog (Wild Dog) Conservancy and meet with a conservationist to learn about the work being done to rehabilitate injured animals as a result of poaching. Afterward, travel to Hwange, Zimbabwe's largest national park, and enjoy a safari drive on the lodge concession in search of wildlife. This evening, arrive at our lodge, located just outside the park entrance, and have dinner. The next day, take a full-day wildlife safari drive in the park, which is home to large elephant herds, lions, and rare African wild dogs. This evening, relax on the sun deck with a cool drink, keeping an eye out for local wildlife that visits the lodge's watering hole.

Days 12 & 13 Hwange National Park/Chobe National Park

Our final morning in Hwange allows for an optional safari drive or walk, before we cross the border into Botswana and arrive in Kasane, gateway to stunning Chobe National Park. This afternoon, enjoy a boat safari on the Chobe River in search of bathing elephants, hippos, and crocodiles. The next morning, continue our wildlife viewing with a safari drive along the banks of the Chobe River. In the afternoon, opt to take a photography river safari on a specialized photography boat.

Days 14, 15, & 16 Kasane/Okavango Delta

Catch a flight into the panhandle area of the Okavango Delta and check into our remote camp in the wilderness. Enjoy lunch before taking a walk to the research camps of the National Geographic-funded Okavango Wilderness Project. Meet with a member from the research team and learn about their work and projects in the area. The next day, explore the stunning Delta Panhandle with local guides amd enjoy wildlife viewing from mokoros, African dugout canoes, and on bush walks. We'll also visit a fish monitoring station and a local village. This evening, stay at a bush camp on one of the remote islands within the delta. Here, we enjoy a three-course meal around a roaring camp fire, sitting back and listening to the night calls of the delta wildlife. Depart from our island camp the next morning and continue wildlife viewing on foot and by mokoro with our local guides. Return to the main camp later this afternoon and opt to relax or take a swim. This evening, enjoy the deck overlooking the lagoon with hidden seating areas and a fire pit, perfect for stargazing.

Day 17 Okavango Delta/Maun

Transfer to the frontier town of Maun and enjoy an evening of culture and traditional foods with celebrated author Bonty Botumile and the Thari-E-Ntsho Storytellers. This local enterprise is dedicated to preserving Botswana’s heritage and providing youth with employment opportunities in the arts. Opt to take a scenic flight over the delta.

Day 18 Maun

Depart at any time.

Southern Africa Safari Experience

From AUD$11,498 Call 1300 363 742


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