10 days

Colours of Africa

Colours of Africa

Wildlife safari in Greater Kruger National Park

Blyde River Canyon - the largest green canyon in the world

Chobe National Park's river

‘The smoke that thunders' - Victoria Falls

Trip rating
  • The dream of an African safari lures a lot of travellers to Kruger and Chobe. This trip will not only help you to tick off those Big Five from your Bucket List, it will let you do it in comfort with nights spent in your own private chalets and at a riverfront lodge.

     

    This trip will be discontinued from 01 January, 2015 and replaced with our new Independent Experiences - trip codes PFKPX, PFVFX and PFCHX.

    Why we love it

    • The chance to see giraffe, kudu, impala, baboon, hippo, crocodile, warthog, wildebeest, impala, waterbuck, spotted hyena, jackal, zebra, elephant, lion, cheetah and the elusive leopard!
    • Cosy accommodation, including our own private camp sleeping in comfortable chalets with en suite facilities, and a riverfront lodge.
    • Get the adrenaline pumping at Victoria Falls with optional activities including canoeing and inflatable kayaking along the upper Zambezi, white-water rafting or a helicopter flight over the falls and the Zambezi Gorges.
    • Enjoy an incredible meal and musical performance at Victoria Falls’ Boma Restaurant with a mouth-watering main course of local exotic meats!
    • Take a boat trip on the magnificent Chobe River to spot hippos and spectacular bird life!

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Johannesburg

    • Your grand adventure will begin at 6am on Day 1. Leaving Johannesburg, ‘The City of Gold’ behind you will head for Greater Kruger National Park, arriving just in time for lunch.
    • Your accommodation for the evening will be an intimate lodge tucked into the Greater Kruger, crafted with local materials and boasting just 14 intimate rooms. The lodge also has a swimming pool perfect for late afternoon refreshment, and a little bar. The staff are also incredibly helpful and friendly.
    Thornhill Safari Lodge or similar
    Lunch | Dinner

    Day 2 - Greater Kruger National Park

    • You will awake early today and head into the park itself. Upon entry you will find yourself in prime game viewing territory, perched to catch a glimpse of the Big Five.
    • Breakfast will be a picnic in the park, fuelling you for the full day of game viewing ahead. You will continue on through the park, stopping off at various points and waterholes to observe the incredible animals go about their daily life.
    • You will return to the lodge in the late afternoon, where you can enjoy an evening of relaxation.
    Thornhill Safari Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 3 - Blyde River Canyon

    • You will head to the Drakensberg Escarpment today. Travelling along the Panoramic Route, you will experience some of the most glorious scenery in South Africa.
    • Some of the sights you will catch en route are God's Window, Bourke's Luck Potholes, Three Rondavels and the stunning Blyde River Canyon.
    • After a full day of exploration, you will return to the lodge to relax by the fire.
    Thornhill Safari Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 4 - Greater Kruger National Park

    • Today is your final day at the lodge, so you will have a free day to enjoy it.
    • There will also be a number of optional activities available to those who are interested.
    • You will be taken to a neighbouring game reserve in the afternoon, for one final game drive by spotlight. This is a great opportunity to catch a glimpse of the elusive animals that operate after dark.
    • You’ll return to the lodge for a Boma dinner after the drive.
    Thornhill Safari Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 5 - Greather Kruger National Park - Johannesburg

    • It is another early start today for a guided bush walk in the area, where you’ll learn some interesting details about the natural world, including tree, spoor and bird identification.
    • You will head back to Johannesburg after the walk, taking some time to stop along the way and enjoy some beautiful views across the Blyde River Canyon.
    • You will arrive back in Johannesburg in the evening, and will have the remainder of the night free to enjoy the city or relax in your hotel.
    Peermont Metcourt or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 6 - Victoria Falls

    • You will take a courtesy shuttle from your hotel to the airport today (they depart every 20 minutes). From here you will fly to Victoria Falls. Upon arrival in Victoria Falls you will be transferred to your lodge. You will have the afternoon free. Take a stroll around town and book any optional activities that you’d like to do while you’re here with local tour operators.
    • Tonight you'll share an incredible dinner at the Boma Restaurant. The mouth-watering main course is a buffet of local meats, which may include warthog, buffalo, crocodile, impala and more. Throughout the meal you'll be entertained with local song and dance, where everyone is given an African drum and encouraged to join the party.
    • Please note, if you don’t wish to join in with the drumming you can choose an earlier session for dinner.
    Victoria Falls Safari Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 7 - Victoria Falls

    • Today your time in Victoria Falls will be free to spend at your leisure, so you can enjoy some of the activities Vic Falls is known for.
    • Optional activities include canoeing, inflatable kayaking along the upper Zambezi, white-water rafting, morning and afternoon game drives or walks in the Zambezi National Park.
    • Or you might choose to enjoy a jaw-dropping helicopter flight over the Falls and the Zambezi Gorges. There are a range of curio and craft shops for those seeking a less vigorous day.
    Victoria Falls Safari Lodge or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 8 - Chobe National Park

    • This morning you’ll be taken on a guided tour of Victoria Falls. A US$30 entry fee will be payable at the National Park gate which must be paid in cash (These are Zimbabwean Government Regulations. Please try to ensure you have the correct money and that the notes are not issued prior to the year 2006.)
    • Once inside the park, your guide will take you through the falls area, stopping at vantage points along the way to tell you about the history of the falls and its surroundings.
    • After returning from the tour, you’ll check out of the guesthouse. You’ll be collected by the Botswana operators at approximately 10.30am and transferred west along the Zambezi Valley road to Kazangula - a travelling time of about 50 minutes on a sealed road. Here you will complete border formalities and cross into Botswana. Please bring your passport and sufficient US dollars to purchase a new Zimbabwe visa, if necessary, when returning!
    • From there, it’s just a short drive to Chobe Safari Lodge, which is situated on the riverfront outside of the National Park. After settling in and enjoying lunch, there’ll be time to relax until mid-afternoon when you’ll take a game drive in the park.
    • You’ll almost certainly see elephants drinking at the waters' edge – and keep your eyes open for the park’s large herds of buffalo too!
    • You will return to the lodge for dinner just after dusk.
    • Chobe Safari Lodge is a delightful lodge offering various styles of accommodation. We usually use the rondavels - comfortable individual circular thatched units with private facilities and balconies. The lodge is situated on the southern bank of the mighty Chobe River, bordering the national park. Its bar is a great place to enjoy a drink at the end of the day and dinner is often served outside with a smorgasbord of options. The lodge pool is a great place to cool off and relax during the warmer part of the day.
    Chobe Safari Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 9 - Chobe National Park

    • You will have a full day today, including an early morning game drive, relaxation back at the lodge during the heat of the day, and a mid-afternoon boat trip out on the river.
    • The bird life on the river can be truly spectacular with sightings of saddle-billed storks, malachite kingfishers, fish eagles, goliath herons and beautiful bee-eaters. There are good hippopotamus numbers in the river too and, you might even spot a crocodile on the riverbanks - although they are surprisingly shy!
    • Please note that a visit to Chobe National Park itself is not a complete wilderness experience – you'll be sure to see other people, boats and vehicles inside the park, but the beauty of Chobe is that you’re also bound to see wildlife that’s equal to anything anywhere in Africa!
    Chobe Safari Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 10 - Victoria Falls

    • You’ll enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the lodge before being collected at 9.00am for a transfer back to either Victoria Falls township or Victoria Falls Airport, where your tour will end on arrival at around 10am.
    • Please do not book a flight departing from Victoria Falls before 12pm. Additional accommodation and transfers can be pre-booked, (at additional costs), if you would like to extend your stay in Victoria Falls.
    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • Experienced English-speaking specialist local guides at each location
    • Entrance fees and game activities at all National Parks (except Victoria Falls)
    • Authentic accommodation, including a private camp with comfortable chalets, all with en suite facilities, and a cosy private guesthouse.
    • Transport, including in open 4WD vehicles on safari
    • Departure transfer

    Not Included

    • Arrival transfer
    • International flights
    • Airport departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Meals unless specified in the itinerary
    • Insurance
    • Laundry - may be available at locations where we stay two or more nights
    • Optional tours or activities during free time
    • Flight from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls on Day 6. Please speak to your Travel Agent to help book this flight.

    Safety Information

    It is recommended that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information prior to your departure.
    Peregrine strongly recommends the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Please leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Most of our hotels will have a safety deposit box, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
    A specialist guide will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While the guides will endeavour to assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and Peregrine makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your specialist guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.
    FIRE PRECAUTIONS:
    Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.
    TRAFFIC AND DRIVING CONDITIONS:
    Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Be aware that traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home.
    PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:
    While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.
    SWIMMING POOLS:
    You may stay at hotels with unfenced pools and no life guard on duty.
    UNFENCED SITES:
    On some trips where you will be staying within a national park, please note that at times you may be staying in unfenced sites. While this is a fantastic experience, there are a few safety rules that must be adhered to. While staying in national parks it's important that you listen to any advice given by your leader/guide and the park rangers regarding responsible and safe behaviour.
    BALCONIES:
    Some hotel balconies don't meet UK standards in terms of the width of the balcony fence being narrower than 10cm.
    SEAT BELTS:
    Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in the western world or from your home country and not all the transport which we use provides seat belts.

     

  • Map Itinerary

  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    Colours of Africa

    Marilyn - Klemzig, SA, 23 Jun, 2011
    5
    Overall Rating

    The most memorable part - the accommodation, hospitality and service provided at Umlani, together with the caring staff. The tree-house experience was magnificent and well worth recommending. 

    Local game spotter at Umlani was Moses - excellent in his knowledge and affinity for his country.

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Trip at a glance

Trip Code PFCA
Start City: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
End City: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Style: Small Group

What to know

The flight from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls on Day 6 is not included. A US$30 entry fee to Victoria Falls National Park needs to be paid in US dollars cash locally. This tour is not accompanied by a Peregrine tour leader.

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