Experience southern Africa from three unique perspectives as you explore Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula, observe wildlife on safari in Greater Kruger National Park, and encounter the mist and thunder of Victoria Falls.  

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 Victoria Falls  View of Cape Town from Table Mountain Credit: Tom Podmore  Cape Town's Table Mountain with Robben Island in foreground, South Africa  Cape of Good Hope, Cape Peninsula Credit:  Shashank Kumar  Kirstenbosch Gardens, outside Cape Town  Landscape of the Stellenbosch Wine District  Male lion on watch  Cape buffalo  Close-up of an elephant. Credit: Don Wilson  Viewing lions during a game drive  African rhino on the savannah. Credit: Smithsonian Journeys Expert Grant Nel  Elephant and calves amid acacia trees. Credit: Kirt Kempter  Viewing leopards on safari  The powerful and dramatic Victoria Falls

South Africa and Victoria Falls: A Tailor-Made Journey

10 days from $9,485

Experience southern Africa from three unique perspectives as you explore Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula, observe wildlife on safari in Greater Kruger National Park, and encounter the mist and thunder of Victoria Falls.  

or Call 855-215-8690

Overview

This following itinerary is a sampling of the experiences that we offer on a tailor-made journey to southern Africa. Working with our country specialists, you can customize your itinerary to fit your timing, your budget, and your interests, including accommodations, activities, and the places you visit.

Immerse yourself in the natural majesty of southern Africa, from the sweeping slopes of the Cape Peninsula and the wildlife-rich lowveld to the plunging waters of Victoria Falls. Delve into local history and culture in captivating Cape Town and explore the flora and fauna of Table Mountain National Park. Encounter a wide range of wildlife—including, with luck, the Big Five—on safari in a private game reserve. Then travel to Zambia to witness the drama of the incomparable Victoria Falls.

Highlights:

  • Take in expansive views of beautiful Cape Town from the top of Table Mountain, and trace the footsteps of Nelson Mandela on a tour of Robben Island.
  • Explore the spectacular Cape Peninsula and go wine tasting in the Cape Winelands on two private tours.
  • Enjoy three days on safari away from the crowds, watching for lions, elephants, rhinos, and much more in a private game reserve adjacent to Kruger National Park.
  • Experience the splendor of Victoria Falls, often called one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 - Cape Town, South Africa

Arrive in Cape Town, where you’ll be met by a private driver for the transfer to your hotel in the city. Enjoy the rest of the day to relax or start exploring. We suggest a walk on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, where shops and cafés share space with the new Zeitz MOCAA, a contemporary art museum housed in architecturally striking grain silo. (B)

Days 2 - South Africa

In the morning, ascend Table Mountain in a rotating cable car, taking in 360˚ views of the city and its extraordinary setting between sea and slopes. From the top, explore some of the many trails and viewpoints, looking out for wildlife such as the rock hyrax, or dassie, as well as some 8,200 types of plants, including many endemic fynbos species. Return to the V & A Waterfront in the afternoon to catch the ferry to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was held for 18 of his 27 years of imprisonment. Here join a local guide for a shared tour of the old prison and gain insight into the life of political prisoners during apartheid. (B)

Day 3 - Cape Town

Set out on a full-day excursion to the Cape Peninsula with your private driver-guide. Stop at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens to admire the diverse range of native flora, including a range of proteas and other fynbos that make South Africa’s Western Cape one of the world’s six floral kingdoms. At Boulders Bay, see the resident African penguin colony, and ride the funicular to the wild and windswept Cape Point. Along the way,  spot wildlife such as baboons, antelope and a variety of birdlife in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. You’ll have many opportunities to make photo stops in these magnificent landscapes. (B)

Days 4 - Cape Town

Your private driver-guide will pick you up this morning for an excursion into the Cape Winelands region to visit the three main towns. Your first stop is Stellenbosch, the second-oldest town in South Africa. Admire its canals and Cape Dutch architecture, and sample wines paired with desserts and chocolates. Then travel over the scenic Helshoogte Pass to Franschhoek, renowned as a culinary capital in South Africa, and enjoy a tour and tasting at a wine estate. Your final stop is Paarl, set at the foot of dramatic granite domes. Here, enjoy a final wine tasting before heading back to Cape Town. (B)

Day 5 - Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve

Your private driver will escort you to the airport for your flight to Skukuza Airport, inside Kruger National Park. You’ll be met by a private driver for the transfer to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, a private reserve within the Greater Kruger region. Watch for wildlife along the way to your lodge. Time permitting, set out on a game drive in the late afternoon, stopping for sundowner drinks to toast the days’ end. (B,L,D)

Days 6 and 7 - Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve

During two full days in this legendary wilderness, awaken early and head out on safari with fellow guests and your knowledgeable tracker and guide, observing wildlife at one of their most active times from an open vehicle.  Among the many species you may encounter are the Big Five—lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, and Cape buffalo—as well as wild dogs, monkeys, numerous ungulate species, and colorful birds. Return to your lodge for a hearty breakfast and time to relax. You may wish to join a guided bush walk to identify and learn about the smaller creatures of the bush, including insects, reptiles and birds, as well as the local plant life. Embark on another game drive this afternoon, tracking wildlife until after dark. Stop for a sundowner as the sun sets, and then watch for nocturnal species, such as chameleons and porcupines, under the vehicle's spotlights. (B,L,D daily)

Day 8 - Livingstone and Victoria Falls, Zambia

Transfer by private vehicle to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, watching for wildlife along the way. Catch a flight to Livingstone, the gateway to the Zambian side of Victoria Falls. A private driver will be waiting to bring you to your hotel on the banks of the Zambezi River. We recommend joining a guided sunset cruise along the Zambezi this evening for a wonderful introduction to the local landscape and wildlife, including birds, hippos, and crocodiles. (B)

Day 9 - Livingstone and Victoria Falls, Zambia

Enjoy a full day to discover Victoria Falls, one of the most dramatic waterfalls in the world. Here, the Zambezi drops suddenly into a narrow chasm, plummeting some 350 feet. The roar of the crashing water when the river is at its fullest gave the falls their local name, “the smoke that thunders.” You’ll have a range of opportunities to explore this World Heritage site as you wish, from a guided walk into the chasm, where you can feel the spray, to a scenic micro light flight for a spectacular bird’s-eye view. Canoeing, fishing and white water rafting are also options. The falls are within the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, where you can take a walk on one of the trails. Alternatively, meander through the bustling market and a fascinating museum in Livingstone, or take a trip across the bridge into Zimbabwe for an elegant afternoon tea at the historic Victoria Falls Hotel. (B)

Day 10 - Johannesburg, South Africa / Depart for Home

After breakfast, your private driver will escort you to the airport for your flight back to Johannesburg, where you’ll connect to your international flight home. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)