Wildlife Safari Tour: 12-Day Zimbabwe, Kruger & Cape Town

Author: Nidhi Sood on Feb 06,2023

Embark on a journey like no other as you experience the ultimate blend of outdoor wildlife adventures and bustling urban experiences in Southern Africa. Paddle through the breathtaking Okavango River Delta, feel the rush of the world-renowned Victoria Falls, and scale the heights of Table Mountain for stunning views of Cape Town. Along the way, search for the Big five on daily safaris, staying in traditional accommodations in the heart of wildlife reserves. This 12-day adventure promises an unforgettable experience for any lover of the great outdoors. 

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Our private tours typically range from $500 - $1000 per person/per night depending on chosen hotels and room categories, vehicles used, types of tours, flight cost, time of year and other factors. Make an inquiry for a customized trip quote.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Victoria Falls

Welcome to Africa! On arrival, meet your private guide, who will transfer you to your luxurious property. Relax at the swimming pool or enjoy a tranquil walk around the splendid escapade. Enjoy a delicious dinner and rest before readying for tomorrow's adventure.

Day 2: Hike to Victoria Falls and cruise the river at sunset

After breakfast, gear up for an exciting guided hike to Victoria Falls and a mesmerizing sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Explore the 2000-year-old, famous Big Tree, Livingstone's statue, Devil's Cataract, Danger Point, and many more stunning viewpoints along the 3 km trail. On reaching the river, enjoy a delicious lunch amidst the sounds of nature and rest for a while. After the hike, your private guide will take you for a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Relax to the sights and sounds of the river while sipping local wines. Cruise back to the jetty for transfer to the hotel.

Day 3: Travel to Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana

After a hearty breakfast, you'll transfer to Kasana Airport in Botswana. Here you will board your 45-minute charter flight to Moremi Crossing, where you await three nights at an all-inclusive hotel. Relax in your room, then head to explore the Okavango River Delta, just thirty minutes away. Take on guided bush walks, unforgettable safaris, and motorboat rides. Keep your eyes peeled for some of the reserve's famous residents, including leopards, cheetahs, and elephants. Savor sunsets over the river. Return to your hotel for dinner. 

Day 4: Explore the Okavango River Delta

Embark on guided birding and walking safaris in some of the camps, where you will experience the unique and diverse ecosystem of the Okavango Delta up close and personal. You will be able to observe a wide range of bird species native to the region. With the help of an experienced guide, you will be able to learn about flora and fauna and gain a deeper appreciation for the magic of this remarkable place. In the evening, it's time to try your hand at fishing. The Okavango Delta is renowned for its rich fishing grounds, and you'll have the chance to reel in some of the giant catfish and tilapia in the region. Whether you're an experienced angler or a complete novice, this experience is not missed. As the sun begins to set, return to your camp for a well-deserved rest and a delicious dinner under the stars.

Day 5: Outdoor adventures in Moremi

Continue your time at the Okavango River Delta and your beautiful riverside accommodation. Sip your morning coffee at the restaurant set in traditional, thatched-roofed huts while gazing across the marsh. Take a dip in the pool and enjoy local wines. Join a tour guide in search of wildlife on a horseback safari. View exotic animals, including elephants, hippos, and African antelope. Take a canoe ride at sunset and watch the sky change colors. Return to your hotel for dinner.

Day 6: Flight to bustling Cape Town

After breakfast, a charter flight will take you from Maun Airport to the buzzy coastal city of Cape Town, South Africa. On arrival in Cape Town, your private guide will transfer you to your cozy hotel. Spend your evening exploring the trendy neighborhood at leisure. Explore the markets for shopping some souvenirs and return to your hotel for dinner. 

Day 7: Meet penguins on the scenic Cape Peninsula

Embark on a journey along the magnificent coastline of Cape Town and be enchanted by the rolling hills covered in fynbos and indigenous wildlife. As you drive, the iconic lighthouse at Cape Point awaits your arrival. Climb the top and bask in the breathtaking panoramic views of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. After taking in the sights at Cape Point, head to Boulders Beach and prepare to be charmed by its most famous inhabitants- the African penguins. Take a stroll along the sandy shores, surrounded by granite boulders, and witness the playful antics of these magnificent birds as they dive into the cool waters. Finally, visit the world-renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, where you will be amazed by the rare and exotic plant species. Stroll through the picturesque gardens, surrounded by nature's beauty, and experience this peaceful paradise's tranquility. Return to your hotel for dinner. 

Day 8: Conquer Table Mountain

After breakfast, visit the iconic Table Mountain, one of the world's seven natural wonders. The breathtaking views from the cable car and summit will leave you awestruck. Discover the rich history of Cape Town as you stroll through the historic Malay Quarter and visit the Castle of Good Hope. Travel in history and immerse yourself in the city's colorful past. Indulge in a shopping session at the bustling Greenmarket Square or watch the boats come and go at the picturesque Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

Day 9: Flight from Cape Town to Shindzela

After a final breakfast in Cape Town, you'll board an hour's flight to Hoedspruit. On arrival, your host will transfer you to Shindzela Safari Camp, situated in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve in Kruger National Park. Here, you will be greeted by a knowledgeable guide who will take you on a journey through the heart of the bush to spot the giant mammals in their natural habitats and learn about the area's diverse insect and plant life. Your expert guides will also highlight some of the 350 bird species that call the Shindzela region home. Later, return to the camp for a delicious dinner, dip in the hot tub, and view the elephants graze outside your bedroom window. 

Day 10: Elephant Safari in the Savannah

On the second day, wake up to the sounds of the African wilderness and enjoy a delicious breakfast at your lodge, which includes an elephant Safari ride. As you explore the savannah, you'll encounter a variety of wildlife, including zebras, wildebeests, antelopes, and possibly even predators such as lions and cheetahs. In the late afternoon, you'll head back to your lodge for a delicious dinner and a restful night's sleep, lulled by the sounds of the wild.

Day 11: Kruger National Park Adventure

Wake up early and enjoy breakfast before departing for a full-day tour of Kruger National Park. You'll embark on a game drive, encountering the big five in their natural habitats, including lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and many more. You'll also have the opportunity to see a variety of bird species and learn about the unique flora and fauna of the park. During your drive, you'll stop for a delicious picnic lunch in the park and have time to rest and take in the beauty of your surroundings. In the late afternoon, you'll head back to your lodge for a final dinner on the savanna and one last opportunity to soak up the sounds and sights of the African wilderness.

Day 12: Farewell South Africa

Today is the day to say goodbye to beautiful South Africa. After breakfast, your private guide will drive you to the airport for the departure from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport.

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