On a 10-day adventure in South Africa, discover why Cape Town is consistently named one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Then fly on to Johannesburg, gateway to some of the world's most renowned wildlife reserves. Scan the horizon of Kruger National Park for the "big five" and spend time in the wild with a conservationist from the National Geographic Big Cats Initiative. Experience Africa from the bottom up – while feeling as if you’re on top of the world.

Trip highlights

Carnivore Conservation Experience, A researcher from the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Cheetah Metapopulation Project will conduct a lecture and join us on a wildlife safari drive to share insights into the behaviour of cheetahs and other carnivores – and efforts to protect them. This National Geographic-sponsored project is part of the Big Cats Initiative.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens Guided Tour, Stop and smell the flowers on a tour specially designed for National Geographic travellers. Walk with a botanist through the incredible Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, named one of the “10 most magnificent gardens in the world” by National Geographic.

Panorama Route Scenic Drive, Enjoy a scenic drive along the famed Panorama Route. You’ll see magnificent mountains, panoramic passes, valleys, and waterfalls. There will also be stops at Blyde River Canyon, Bourke's Luck Potholes, and God's Window.

Itinerary - 10 Days

Day 1 Cape Town

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Transport:
Arrival Airport Transfer (1.00 hour(s))

Day 2 Cape Town (1B)

Visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden with an expert guide on a tour exclusively designed for our groups — the garden has been named one of the top gardens in the world by National Geographic Traveler magazine. Continue on to explore vibrant Cape Town and Cape Point, with a visit to the penguins at Boulders Beach.

Included Activities:
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens Guided Tour
Guided Cape Town Orientation Tour and Excursion to Cape Point

Transport:
Private Vehicle

Day 3 Cape Town (1B)

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 skydiving, abseiling, or, if you're really brave, cage diving for a close encounter with a great white shark. 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.

Additional Notes:
If you are interested in visiting Robben Island - you must book it directly with the museum on their website prior to travel: http://www.robben-island.org.za Due to high demand, it is common that this tour can be sold out over one month in advance.

Day 4 Cape Town/Johannesburg (1B, 1D)

Fly to Johannesburg. Enjoy a traditional South Africa Braai (barbecue) for dinner with your local CEO and fellow travellers.

Additional Notes:
Due to fluctuating flight times with the local carrier, there may either be some additional free time in Cape Town in the morning, or the opportunity to do a brief tour of Soweto when you arrive in Johannesburg. Your CEO will give you your flight times and full breakdown of what is possible, at your arrival meeting.

Included Activities:
Traditional South Africa Braai (Barbecue)

Transport:
Plane (2.00 hour(s))

Day 5 Johannesburg/Kruger National Park (1B, 1D)

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 near the Kruger National Park and this evening enjoy a delicious South African dinner in the boma.

Additional Notes:
Today is a very long driving day; however, we will make many stops along the way at sites along the Panorama Route.

Included Activities:
Panorama Route Scenic Drive

Transport:
Private Vehicle (7.00-8.50 hours, 500km)

Day 6 Kruger National Park (1B, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Kruger National Park Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive - Half day

Transport:
Safari vehicle (3.00 hour(s))

Day 7 Kruger National Park/Karongwe Private Game Reserve (1B, 1L, 1D)

For the next two days, enjoy ranger-led morning and evening wildlife safari drives in an open safari vehicle in Karongwe Nature Reserve. Search for buffaloes, elephants, leopards, lions, and rhinos – Africa's famed Big Five. With over 9,000 hectares (22,240 acres) of supreme African bushveld, Karongwe Private Game Reserve is home to many creatures, and our safari drives provide several opportunities for wildlife viewing.

We use various accommodations within the reserve (the location is based on availability). During your time here, you will either stay in lodge rooms or very comfortable permanent tents (both of equal quality and with similar amenities).

Additional Notes:
Wildlife safari drives are conducted with qualified wildlife rangers and Shangaan trackers who will share their vast experience of the African bush.

On some occasions, if space is unavailable, we may need to change accommodations or even use a different private reserve. In such a case, be assured we will choose other lodges or comfort camps (of equal quality) within the Greater Kruger area.

Included Activities:
Carnivore Conservation Experience

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 150km)

Day 8 Karongwe Private Game Reserve (1B, 1L, 1D)

Wake up before the sun (around 5am) and sip your morning coffee before heading 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, it’s time to return to camp and freshen up before dinner.

Included Activities:
Karongwe Private Reserve Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive

Day 9 Karongwe Private Game Reserve/Johannesburg (1B, 1D)

After one last wildlife safari drive, head back to the city. In the evening, enjoy dinner at our local guest house.

Included Activities:
Karongwe Private Reserve Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive

Transport:
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 500km)

Day 10 Johannesburg (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

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