Days
18
Price from
R101,205ZAR
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.


Start
Cape Town, South Africa
Finish
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Destinations
Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe
Style
Peregrine
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 – Addo Elephant National Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park and Chobe National Park – in 4WD’s with expert local guides.

  • Seek out the 'Big Five' of African game – lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and black rhino – with game drives in and around the Kruger National Park.

  • 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.

  • A morning Game drive in the Chobe National Park get you up close and personal with gnus, zebras and other wondrous wildlife.

Is this trip right for you?

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

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 where there is time to have lunch. 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
  • Feature Stay at 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
  • Feature Stay at Misty Waves Hotel or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Hermanus - Whale Watching Catamaran Tour - ZAR880
  • Hermanus - Grotto Beach Walk - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Drive Route 62 to Oudtshoorn. For lunch, a great option is Clarke of the Karoo Restaurant in Barrydale, which offers Karoo cuisine, Mediterranean dishes, Karoo Oysters and Cape Malay Bobotie among other specialties. 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.
Accommodation
  • Tsitsikamma Village Inn or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Tsitsikamma National Park - Half Day Hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Travel out to a private concession to the north of the Addo Elephant National Park (approximately 5 hours). Enjoy drinks and a finger-food lunch upon arrival. Take a game drive en route to tonight's superbly located accommodation, Kuzuko Lodge. While you are here, sunrise, sunset and night drives offer very different views of the landscape and animals – both diurnal and nocturnal. South Africa's third largest National Park lays the unique claim to the 'Big Seven' – not only lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino but also the Southern right whale and great white shark off the Algoa Bay coast. There are more than 700 elephants in the park. Adding to the wildlife collection are spotted hyena, leopard, antelope and zebra, as well as the Addo flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively here. After safari activities, retire to the accommodation which offers sumptuous cuisine and a ‘wilderness wellness centre’. End a memorable day with drinks on the deck.
Accommodation
  • Kariega Main Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Addo National Park - Afternoon 4x4 Game Drive
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
This 15000 hectare private section of the greater Addo Elephant National Park is home to the Big five as well as Cheetah. Being part of the arid Karoo region and just coming out of a severe drought the herd sizes in this unique reserve may not compare to what can be found in the likes of the Kruger National Park. However Kuzuko's qualified game rangers have a passion for this unique area and they go above and beyond to ensure that all guests leave having fallen in love with the Karoo and its unusual beauty.
Enjoy a morning game drive before transferring to Port Elizabeth Airport. Fly unescorted to 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 tucked away in the park. It faces a waterhole and has a view of the bush and the Drakensberg Mountains, as well as a swimming pool and an inviting bar.

Accommodation
  • Feature Stay at Cheetah Paw Eco Lodge or similar (1 night)
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. The 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 Cheetah Paw Eco Lodge or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • 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.
Accommodation
  • Feature Stay at Cheetah Paw Eco Lodge or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • 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 eight 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 foramtions around Bourke's Luck Potholes before arriving in Johannesburg. 
Accommodation
  • Holiday Inn Rosebank or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Fly from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls then follow the Zambezi across the Botswana border. The trip to Chobe National Park (Botswana's first) 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 G&T as the sun sets over the river. 
Accommodation
  • Chobe Safari Lodge or similar (1 night)
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 river cruise (optional activity), 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)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • 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 indescribable Victoria Falls, one of the world's true natural wonders forming the largest sheet of falling water in the world when in full flow. The guide will take you on a tour through the area and explain the history of the falls and their surroundings. Once the tour has finished, sit back with a drink at the lookout cafe and watch the sunset over this stunning natural sight.
Accommodation
  • Victoria Falls Safari Lodge or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
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, though you can request extra nights at your own expense.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

17 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 10 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, Boat, 4WD safari vehicles

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
  • Addo National Park - Afternoon 4x4 Game Drive

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Important notes

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
An optional single supplement is available on all nights of this trip (subject to availability).

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