Vic Falls to Kruger

9 Days | Safari in three epic game parks from Zimbabwe to South Africa

4.8 out of 5 based on 41 reviews submitted.
Overland
Wildlife
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CAD $1,583
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Experience three of southern Africa’s most phenomenal game-viewing sites in search of the world’s most spectacular wildlife – Hwange National Park, Kruger National Park and Matobo National Park. Spend nine days in search of the Big Five (that’s lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalo) and more on this journey through South Africa and Zimbabwe. Plus you’ll enjoy time in a traditional village in the Limpopo province and visit South Africa's modern capital – all the while uncovering Africa's incredible and diverse natural beauty.

Trip overview

Map of Vic Falls To Kruger including South Africa and Zimbabwe
Start
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Finish
Johannesburg, South Africa
Theme
Overland, Wildlife
Destinations
South Africa, Zimbabwe
Physical rating
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Style
Basix
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 22
Trip code
YBOP
This trip generates 41.99 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Enjoy an unforgettable opportunity to camp at the headquarters of the world's first all-female anti-poaching unit, the Black Mambas. Join them on an exclusive bush walk by day and then listen to their inspiring stories by the campfire in the evening.
  • Pay the elephants and lions of Hwange National Park a visit in an open-air safari vehicle. Plus, track rhinos on foot with an expert local guide in Matobo National Park – an exhilarating way to experience the wildlife of Zimbabwe.
  • Immerse yourself in the ancient culture of the Venda people with a village homestay in South Africa's Limpopo province.
  • Marvel at the unforgettable views of Blyde River Canyon. This spectacular gorge is up there with the world's largest and is probably the greenest of the lot.
  • Visit the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust and learn about the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife, human-wildlife conflict and anti-poaching efforts.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll learn about our Intrepid Foundation partner, Helping Rhinos. Donations support their all-female ranger program in South Africa, which specialises in fighting wildlife crimes and protecting rhinos, and other critically endangered animals, from poachers. Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This is an overland trip. That means you’ll be travelling with a group in a purpose-built vehicle, visiting remote communities, setting up your own tent (unless you’re on an Original or Comfort style trip), occasionally roughing it in the bush with no facilities, and getting the best possible views of the Big Five. For more info on this style of travel, see our Africa overland page: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/africa/overland
  • The African wild comes alive at sunrise, so there will be some early starts on this trip. The thrill of spotting your first lion or rhino will be well worth any loss of sleep!

Itinerary

Map of Vic Falls To Kruger including South Africa and Zimbabwe

Inclusions

Meals

8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners

Transport

Overland vehicle, Open safari vehicle

Accommodation

Camping with facilities (8 nights), Homestay (1 night)

Activities
  • Victoria Falls - Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust Visit
  • Hwange National Park - Guided 4x4 Game Drive
  • Hwange - Painted Dog Conservation visit
  • Matobo National Park - Rhino Tracking
  • Matobo National Park - San Rock Paintings
  • Makushu Homestay - Beading, Cooking or Dancing
  • Black Mambas HQ - Dinner by Lantern Light
  • Black Mambas HQ - Campfire Story Time
  • Black Mambas HQ - Snare Walk
  • Kruger National Park - Night Game Drive
  • Kruger National Park - Full Day 4x4 Game Drive
  • Panorama Route - Bourke's Luck Potholes
Add on activities
  • Victoria Falls - Standard Sunset Cruise (excludes USD10 NP Fee) - USD45
  • Victoria Falls - Bridge Tour - USD68
  • Victoria Falls - Bridge Swing - USD168
  • Victoria Falls - Traditional Village Tour - USD55
  • Victoria Falls - Whitewater rafting (Seasonal - excludes USD10 NP Fee) - USD126
  • Victoria Falls - River Song Sunset Cruise (excludes USD10 NP Fee) - USD75
  • Victoria Falls - Jet Boat (Seasonal - excludes USD10 NP Fee) - USD110
  • Victoria Falls - Helicopter flight (12 mins - excludes USD25 Fuel & NP Fee) - USD150
  • Victoria Falls - Helicopter flight (25 mins - excludes USD30 Fuel & NP Fee) - USD284
  • Victoria Falls - Victoria Falls Entrance Fee - USD50

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Days 6 (Homestay) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. This trip finishes upon arrival in Johannesburg on Day 9. Please do not book any flights until after 10 pm this evening.
3. The minimum age for this trip is 15 at the time of travel. Any travellers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian, or in lieu of a legal guardian, by an escort over the age of 18, appointed by their legal guardian. The legal guardian or their designee will be responsible for the traveller under the age of 18 day to day’s care. If a legal guardian elects to designate an escort in their lieu, they will be required to complete and sign a relevant document, to delegate their authority.
4. On occasion, especially during the peak months of May to September and December we are not able to secure campsites within the Kruger National Park. In this instance we will camp at a backpackers outside the park.
5. Our operator has advised that customers with no booster may have difficulty crossing the border into Botswana (and potentially Zimbabwe) without a negative test result. This information conflicts with various government travel advice websites. We recommend you check with your local consulate before travel to ensure you have the most up to date information.
6. Border crossing delays in the region have been sporadic and difficult to predict. What takes an hour one day may take four hours the next. This may affect the order of activities in the itinerary. We understand this uncertainty can be frustrating, and we strongly recommend packing a bit of patience and flexibility.

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Reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 41 reviews submitted.
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Maggie · Traveled April 2024
Our adventure and our itinerary with Intrepid was fantastic. Unfortunately our team leader was very disorganised.
Review submitted 30 Apr 2024

Leigh · Traveled March 2024
The thought of camping was a bit daunting to be honest but I needn’t have worried, it was fantastic! I loved the variety of experiences we had on this trip. The home stay was awesome, we met some amazing people and had so much fun with the locals. The game drives were out of this world and action packed. Fantastic trip
Review submitted 07 Apr 2024

Coralie · Traveled March 2024
Thoroughly recommend this trip from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg. Wildlife and scenery was outstanding. Crew were excellent at their roles and we had a great time. Thanks Intrepid.
Review submitted 03 Apr 2024

Georgia · Traveled March 2024
This trip was an amazing view into the life and culture in South Africa and Zimbabwe. We were able to see so many beautiful animals, like lions, hippos, cheetahs, zebras, giraffes, warthogs - the list goes on - and learned so much. The homestay and village visits were also a particularly special experience. The tents were super spacious and sturdy (get one to yourself for plenty of bag room)! Shout out to Njabulo, our guide, Fitz, our cook, and Chris, our driver! You all made this trip what it was!
Review submitted 02 Apr 2024

Leigh · Traveled March 2024
The thought of camping was a bit daunting to be honest but I needn’t have worried, it was fantastic! I loved the variety of experiences we had on this trip. The home stay was awesome, we met some amazing people and had so much fun with the locals. The game drives were out of this world and action packed. If you are short on time and/ or finances this gives you a great opportunity to experience Africa.
Review submitted 07 Apr 2024
Vic Falls to Kruger
From
CAD $1,583