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Map of Southern Africa Experience including Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe

Delve into Southern Africa’s varied treasures, from its world-renowned wine region to its iconic safari landscapes and wildlife

Embark on an adventure of a lifetime as you journey across South Africa and Botswana to the region’s most iconic attractions. Travel across South Africa’s southern coast, enjoying a tipple at some of the region’s most exquisite wineries and sampling local specialties, like oysters in Knysna, along the way. Visit the quaint seaside town of Hermanus, the world’s best land-based whale watching destination. Then spend time exploring some of the continent’s most cherished and iconic safari regions where giraffes, zebras, hippos and a rich variety of wildlife all roam. Hike the spectacular rugged coastline of Tsitsikamma National Park, spot elephants in Addo National Park, and keep an eye out for the ‘Big Five’ (lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards and rhinos) at Greater Kruger National Park and Chobe National Park. Round out the adventure with a visit to the thundering Victoria Falls, one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Cape Town, South Africa
Finish
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Destinations
Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe
Style
Peregrine
Theme
Wildlife
Code
PFSAC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Taste South Africa’s acclaimed wine heritage with a special Wine tasting in the Cape Winelands, where ducks form part of the workforce and hand-crafted wines are waiting to be sampled.

  • Experience some of the world’s best whale watching without leaving dry land. Hermanus’ coastal walkways have the perfect spots to sit and watch the whales as they frolic in in the bay.

  • Take the ultimate South African wildlife adventure. Explore some of southern Africa’s largest reserves – Kariega Game Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park and Chobe National Park – in 4WD’s with expert local guides.

  • The thundering Victoria Falls is one of the world's most spectacular natural wonders, a phenomenon of sight and sound. Then return to the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, our feature stay on this trip, for views over their watering hole.

Is this trip right for you?

  • You will be unaccompanied on your flight from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg.

  • This is a unique Peregrine Africa trip as its slow paced itinerary uses a private comfortable air-conditioned minibus, and doesn’t include any particuarly long drives (which is usually part-and-parcel of travel on the continent).

  • This trip includes a hike in Tsitsikamma National Park that will take approximately half a day. However, there is a shorter walk option along the boardwalk if you are concerned about your fitness.

  • Some passengers will have been travelling together prior to the start of this trip. Please see our Highlights of Southern Africa trip to see what you're missing out on.

Itinerary

Welcome to South Africa. On arrival in Cape Town you are met by a Peregrine representative at the airport and transferred to you hotel. The adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm today. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place.
Accommodation
  • The Commodore Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Complimentary airport arrival transfer
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Depart from Cape Town after breakfast and head towards lovely Stellenbosch. Visit Vergenoegd winery, a unique estate where you’ll get to meet the waddling workforce of runner ducks used to assist in the control of the snail and pest population in the vineyards. This is a practice the estate have been refining since 1984, and a big part of why Vergenoegd proudly carries WWF biodiversity certification. You arrive in time for the 9:45 am duck parade, and enjoy a cellar tour and wine tasting. Also stop in at the Lanzarac Winery, the home of the first bottled Pinotage, and enjoy a wine and chocolate pairing. There will be time for lunch in either Vergenoegd or Lanzarac, and the evening is at your leisure once you arrive in Stellenbosch.
Accommodation
  • Eendracht Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Stellenbosch - Vergenoegd Duck Parade & Wine Tasting
  • Stellenbosch - Lanzerac Wine and Chocolate Tasting
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Drive to Hermanus, a coastal town famous for southern right whale watching during the winter and spring. You travel there via Bettys Bay, stopping to visit the Penguin Colony at Stoney Point and the Harold Porter Botanical gardens. Upon arrival in the coastal town of Hermanus, around mid afternoon, there will be a chance to visit the Heart of Abalone, a working abalone farm. This is a chance to not only taste this sought-after delicacy but also get a glimpse behind the scenes of the industry. The rest of the evening free for you to relax and unwind.
Accommodation
  • Misty Waves Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Betty's Bay - Harold Porter Botanical Gardens
  • Betty's Bay - Penguin Colony
Optional Activities
  • Hermanus - Abalone Tour and Tasting - ZAR300
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Enjoy a free day in Hermanus. This town is considered to have the best land-based whale watching in the world. Perhaps enjoy one of the excellent walking trails along the coast. The 12-kilometre Cliff Path is perhaps the most popular of these. The views of Walker Bay and the Mountain Range are breathtaking, and during whale season the cliffs have the perfect spots to sit and watch the whales as they frolic in in the bay (season depending). The famous Whale Crier of Hermanus offers guided cliff path walks during the season. You could also climb aboard a boat to get a closer look at the magnificent sea creatures. Alternatively, tackle hiking trails in Femkloof Nature Reserve, or explore local markets.
Accommodation
  • Misty Waves Hotel or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Hermanus - Whale Watching Catamaran Tour - ZAR880
  • Hermanus - Grotto Beach Walk - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Drive to Oudtshoorn, via Mossel Bay. While stopped in Mossel Bay, perhaps visit the lighthouse or dip your feet in the Indian Ocean before a seafood lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy a wine and port tasting at Boplass in Calitzdorp. Arrive in Outdshoon, which is known as the ostrich capital of the world. At the turn of the 20th century it was full of 'feather barons' that grew rich from the popularity of ostrich feathers.
Accommodation
  • Hlangana Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Calitzdorp - Boplaas Port and Wine Tasting
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Spend some time with some meerkats today. On a fun 2–3 hour excursion, head to the burrows of these cheeky meerkats, pull up a chair and sip coffee while the sun comes up and the meerkats climb out into the sunshine. Watch these habituated wild animals, which are never fed or handled by humans, go about their daily routine of foraging and frolicking. It's rare to get this close to them in the wild. Return to the Lodge and enjoy breakfast before driving to the Swartberg Mountains, climbing through the switchbacks of the pass of the same name, looking out across the unique folds of the surrounding rocks. Descend into the town of Prince Albert, a contender for South Africa’s most charming town, full of the architecture of the 18th to 20th centuries. Return to the lodge via the Cango Caves, where you learn about their formation and history from a local guide. Browse the weird and wonderful rock formations including ‘Cleopatra's Needle’.
Accommodation
  • Hlangana Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Oudtshoorn - Meerkat Experience
  • Oudtshoorn - Cango Caves Guided Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
The Meerkat tours commence only at sunrise are dependent on fair weather, since these little creatures will not venture outside their burrows on cold and rainy days.
On your way to Tsitsikamma, stop in Knysna for an afternoon boat cruise to Knysna Heads, sampling local oysters and wine along the way. Arrive in Tsitsikamma and take in its magnificent raw beauty. Protecting both land and sea, steep ancient forests meet the breakers of the Indian Ocean at this park. It's a spectacular place of deep gorges, tidal pools and empty beaches, perfect for walking and viewing wildlife.
Accommodation
  • Tsitsikamma Village Inn or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Knysna Lagoon - Oyster Tasting Boat Cruise
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
Additional drinks, beverages and snack are not available on board the Oyster Tour. However passengers are welcome to purchase drinks from the bar at Quay Four Restaurant and bring them on board. Please remember your camera, sunscreen, sun hat and wind breaker (just in case!)
Enjoy a hike in Tsitsikamma National Park today. Your leader guides you on a beautiful walk along the boardwalk through a canopy of forest leading to the famous suspension bridge across the ocean. The narrow channel of sheer cliffs get its name, Storms River Mouth, from when the wind gets up and the water hurtles against the rocks, sending spray flying high into the air. After this you double back towards a waterfall. The return trek is approximately 9 kilometres and should take around half a day. However, there will be scenic options along the boardwalk for a shorter trek without the group if you are concerned about your fitness. Keep an eye out for fauna such as cape clawless otters, dolphins, tortoises, southern right whales (in season), baboons, monkeys and various birds. If the afternoon choose the option of regaining those calories burned with a tasting of the regions finest cheeses.
Accommodation
  • Tsitsikamma Village Inn or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Tsitsikamma National Park - Half Day Hike
Optional Activities
  • Tsitsikamma National Park - Cheese Tasting - ZAR210
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Travel to Kariega Game Reserve, a Big 5 private safari reserve, with elephants, lions and leopards (approximately 6 hours). Upon arrival freshen up in the beautiful lodge before lunch. The experienced game rangers will then drive you out on safari this afternoon/ evening in an open game-drive vehicle, traversing the valleys, grassy plains and African bushveld to bring you close to the Big 5 and other game roaming freely in their natural habitat. The private reserve incorporates 10,000 hectares of pristine African wilderness, as well as two abundant rivers - the Kariega and the Bushmans rivers.
Accommodation
  • Feature Stay at Kariega Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kariega Game Reserve - Afternoon 4x4 Game Drive
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Enjoy a morning game drive before transferring to Port Elizabeth Airport. Fly unescorted to Johannesburg. Your flight will depart in the early afternoon and you leader will provide you with your flight tickets. There will be a private arrival transfer waiting for you on arrival at Johannesburg. Often referred to as ‘The City of Gold’, Johannesburg thrived for many years after gold was discovered on the Witwatersrand in 1886. Since then, it has gained more notoriety for its tumultuous past. Though the divide in wealth continues to be apparent and it is important to keep your wits about you in this city, Joburg or Jozi (as the locals call it) is undeniably the beating heart of South Africa. Vibrant and diverse, a sprawl of trendy neighbourhoods boast outstanding museums and restaurants. Perhaps visit the culturally rich areas of Newtown, Braamfontein or Maboneng. The eye-opening Apartheid Museum is also well worth your time. Head back to the the hotel at 6 pm to meet your new leader and travel companions at another welcome meeting.
Accommodation
  • Holiday Inn Rosebank or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
You will be unaccompanied on your flight from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg. Please make sure that if you explore Johannesburg on your own that you get local advice as to where it is safe to walk, especially in the evening. The level of crime here may be higher than what you are used to.

As this is a combination trip, the makeup of your group may change today. Some of the group may leave the tour, while new travellers will likely join. You will also meet your new tour leader.
Set off early for a drive to Greater Kruger National Park, arriving just in time for lunch. The afternoon and evening will be spent in a neighbouring game reserve searching for game by spotlight. Keep your eyes peeled from your 4WD vehicle for a glimpse of some of the elusive animals operating after dark, like the African civet. After the game drive, return to your intimate lodge facing a waterhole and the Drakensberg Mountains, as well as a swimming pool and sunset viewing deck.
Accommodation
  • Feature Stay at Panzi Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Private Game Reserve - 4x4 Game Drive
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
You may hear of the opportunity to see or interact with Lion Cubs within the Guernsey Private Nature Reserve. We recommend that Peregrine travellers bypass this activity, as it is contrary to Peregrine’s Responsible Travel guidelines. Professional wildlife conservation organisations, including Born Free and the World Society for Protection of Animals (WSPA), advise that habituating lions to humans can shorten their life and may result in lion-human conflict issues. While there is some merit in the argument that the money that you pay for the activity goes towards lion research, we feel that the negative impacts on the lions' rehabilitation far outweigh this.
An early start today sees the group heading into the Kruger National Park itself. Your lodge is within the Greater Kruger region, so the drive will take approximately 45 minutes and upon entry, you'll find yourself in the perfect position to catch a glimpse of one, or hopefully all, of the Big Five: lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant. Take breakfast at a picnic spot then proceed with a full day of wildlife safari, stopping off at waterholes and various other points to observe these animals in their natural habitat. The group will return to the lodge in the late afternoon and have a free evening to swim, relax and relive their favourite moments from the day.
Accommodation
  • Feature Stay at Panzi Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kruger National Park - Open Safari Vehicle Game Drive
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Return to Kruger National Park for another game drive. This is an opportunity to catch a glimpse of any animals the group didn't see the day before. Today's game drive will finish in time for sunset on the deck at your lodge – sparkling wine in hand to complement a locally sourced platter, including biltong.
Accommodation
  • Feature Stay at Panzi Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kruger National Park - Open Safari Vehicle Game Drive
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Rise early once more for a guided walk through the local bush, during which you'll learn about identifying trees, tracking animals and the local birds. The group will then begin the drive back to Johannesburg. There's a total driving time of 8 hours today, but there's also plenty of time to stop and explore along the way. Peer into the spectacular God's Window Viewpoint and take in the unique geological formations around Bourke's Luck Potholes before arriving in Johannesburg.
Accommodation
  • Holiday Inn Rosebank or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Morning Guernsey Bush Walk
  • Panorama Route - Bourke's Luck Potholes
  • Panorama Route - God's Window
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Fly from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls then follow the Zambezi across the Botswana border. The trip to Chobe National Park should take approximately 2–3 hours (100 km) not including border formalities, arriving at the lodge in time for a late lunch. Afterwards, take a cruise along the Chobe River looking for saddle-billed storks, malachite kingfishers, fish eagles and bee-eaters, as well as hippos, crocodiles and elephants. You'll be joined on this cruise by other travellers and there's a small bar onboard, so you can enjoy a drink as the sun sets over the river.
Accommodation
  • Chobe Safari Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Chobe National Park - River Safari Cruise
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Take a game drive through Chobe National Park, the first designated national park in Botswana. Chobe is known for its huge population of elephants and buffalo and you may well see them drinking at the local watering hole during the drive. Head back to the lodge then enjoy a free afternoon during which you may like to take another optional river cruise, walk through Kasane town dodging local warthogs, or take it easy at the pool near the river's edge for a seriously special sunset.
Accommodation
  • Chobe Safari Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Chobe National Park - 4x4 Game Drive
Optional Activities
  • Chobe National Park - River cruise - BWP410
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Head out on an optional game drive in Chobe National Park or alternatively take a leisurely breakfast at the lodge. In the afternoon, visit the unforgettable Victoria Falls – one of the world's true natural wonders, forming the largest sheet of falling water in the world when in full flow. Your expert guide will take you on a tour through the area and explain the history of the falls and their surroundings. Then head above the falls onto the Zambezi River for a 2-hour river cruise. The specially designed jet-propelled boats allow you to reach the shallow water among the islands directly above the Victoria Falls. Enjoy included drinks and snacks while meandering between the islands and getting a glimpse of the 'Smoke that Thunders' after it has rumbled over the edge of the falls. Also look out for crocodiles bathing in sunshine on the banks or elephants submerging themselves in the river.
Accommodation
  • Victoria Falls Safari Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Victoria Falls - Entrance & Visit
  • Victoria Falls – Zambezi River Premium Cruise
Optional Activities
  • Chobe National Park - 4x4 Game Drive - BWP295
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
If you choose to do the optional game drive this morning, there will be an additional 70 Pula fee to re-enter the national park.
Your adventure comes to an end after breakfast this morning. There are no activities planned for the day and no accommodation is included for tonight. If you would like to spend more time in Victoria Falls, we’ll be happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability).
Optional Activities
  • Victoria Falls - Canoe trail (full day) - USD185
  • Victoria Falls - Helicopter flight (25 mins) - USD299
  • Victoria Falls - Helicopter flight (12 mins) - USD165
  • Victoria Falls - Village & township tour - USD61
  • Victoria Falls - Whitewater rafting (half day) - USD130
  • Victoria Falls - Sunset cruise on the Zambezi river - USD50
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

17 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 10 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, Boat, Open safari vehicle, Plane

Accommodation

Hotel (4 nights), Feature Stay Hotel (2 nights ), Feature Stay Lodge (3 nights), Lodge (8 nights)

Included Activities

  • Complimentary airport arrival transfer
  • Stellenbosch - Vergenoegd Duck Parade & Wine Tasting
  • Stellenbosch - Lanzerac Wine and Chocolate Tasting
  • Betty's Bay - Harold Porter Botanical Gardens
  • Betty's Bay - Penguin Colony
  • Calitzdorp - Boplaas Port and Wine Tasting
  • Oudtshoorn - Meerkat Experience
  • Oudtshoorn - Cango Caves Guided Tour
  • Knysna Lagoon - Oyster Tasting Boat Cruise
  • Tsitsikamma National Park - Half Day Hike
  • Kariega Game Reserve - Afternoon 4x4 Game Drive
  • Private Game Reserve - 4x4 Game Drive
  • Kruger National Park - Open Safari Vehicle Game Drive
  • Morning Guernsey Bush Walk
  • Panorama Route - Bourke's Luck Potholes
  • Panorama Route - God's Window
  • Chobe National Park - River Safari Cruise
  • Chobe National Park - 4x4 Game Drive
  • Victoria Falls - Entrance & Visit
  • Victoria Falls – Zambezi River Premium Cruise

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SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
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