Cheetahs in Kruger National Park, South Africa

Wonders of Southern Africa: Kruger, Victoria Falls, Okavango Safari

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Countries Visited

Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Places Visited

Johannesburg, Greater Kruger, Sabi Sands Private Reserve, Livingstone...

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Suggested Duration

12 Days

Southern Africa's wild wonders delight in their diversity, each a new expression of nature's untouchable power. The Kruger is raw and rugged, classic Big Five territory made exclusive by private reserves and opulent lodges. Victoria Falls is breathtakingly intense, yet complemented by the serene Zambezi River. The Okavango Delta is lush and enchanting, a landscape that can be explored many different ways. This safari in Southern Africa combines the very best of all three wonders.

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Trip Highlights

  • Surround yourself with the wonders of the wild with eight days of evocative African safari
  • Get immersed in the drama of Kruger, one of Africa's largest Big Five ecosystems and a haven for all the famous safari encounters
  • Start with three days of pure luxury safari at Royal Malewane, an exclusive lodge that combines Big Five encounters with spa indulgence and style
  • Continue the Kruger adventure with two nights in the Sabi Sands, a chance to explore more of the vibrant landscape
  • Float in a hot air balloon across the Greater Kruger area and admire the incredible vistas of the Panorama Route
  • Marvel at the power and scale of Victoria Falls, the epic cascade that drops like a curtain across the Zambia-Zimbabwe border
  • Take a break from the safari by lounging along the Zambezi River and enjoying a helicopter ride above Victoria Falls
  • Complement the Kruger savannah safari with three days of safari in the Okavango Delta, a vast wetland that's filled with Africa's great mammals
  • Enjoy a flexible program of activities and see the Okavango from complementary angles, including a mokoro (traditional canoe) safari, walking safari, game drives, and nighttime drives

Detailed Description

Southern Africa's landscape is scattered with great scars as nature unfolds at its most untouched and untamed. The Zambezi River slices through Zambia before it disappears into the chasm that is Victoria Falls. The Okavango River explodes to create the world's largest wetland and a utopian world for migratory wildlife. The Kruger savannah stretches seamlessly across South Africa to extend like a giant birthmark that never fades. This luxury safari combines these three Southern African wonders to offer a compelling journey through a wilderness realm. Spectacular Big Five safari is punctuated by the tranquility of the Zambezi, while a series of aerial experiences helps showcase the true scale of the wonders with a hot air balloon above Kruger, a flight into the Okavango, and a helicopter ride above Victoria Falls.

Start with first days in Kruger at the luxurious Royal Malewane, a perfect base to start your adventure. An award-winning spa will alleviate the aches of travel while giraffe and elephant are regularly found drinking from your private plunge pool. Game drives offer a Big Five animal introduction with an emphasis on quality encounters with the region's legendary characters. Next, you will transfer to the Sabi Sands, where the abundance of sights is elevated. Another luxury lodge ensures you continue the combination of peaceful moments with classic Kruger safari excitement. In total, five nights in the Greater Kruger ecosystem will help you to connect fully with Southern Africa's largest and most iconic savannah.  Rhinos and lions are often the highlights, but the finest memories could also be rare antelopes or a personal encounter from your lodge verandah.

Next, you will fly north to connect planes in Johannesburg before your days spent along the Zambezi River at Livingstone. The rumble of Victoria Falls can be heard from the riverfront lodge, and that intensifies when you walk alongside the cascades. A helicopter flight will unravel the scale, and the relaxed itinerary helps prepare you for the next Big Five safari. On day nine, a micro flight takes you across Botswana and into the Okavango Delta, the world's great oasis in the desert. Canoe safaris are complemented by walking safaris, and traditional game drives offer a raw adventure in a natural world. Rather than having a spa, your camp is designed to engulf you entirely in a primitive wildlife world. Expect surprise at every turn and always an inspiring evening soundtrack. 

Starting Price

$5,539 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

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  • Some or all activities and tours
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Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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