Vic Falls to Kruger

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

4.8 out of 5 based on 33 reviews submitted.
Overland
Wildlife
From
ZAR  22,962
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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
Zimbabwe, South Africa
Physical rating
Indicates how physically exerting a trip is, and how fit you will need to be to enjoy it. More info on physical ratings
Style
Basix
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 22
Trip code
YBOP
This trip generates 53 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

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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 33 reviews submitted.
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Sarah-Bronte · Traveled December 2023
Incredible trip, the included activities were very well planned and we experienced such a range of activities! Tshepo was so informative and went out of his way to ensure we had the most amazing trip.
Review submitted 19 Dec 2023

Mary · Traveled December 2023
My Intrepid experience surpassed my expectations. I was kept informed leading up to and during all activities of the holiday. I learnt so much due to the well informed crew and felt secure in all aspects of the trip. Having a local Guide who shared his knowledge and welcomed feedback, meant we gained the full impact of our experiences. All events went to plan and the itinerary ran smoothly as a group. due to being well planned and daily briefings by our Leader Tshepo and his crew who worked together to make it all a success.
Review submitted 14 Dec 2023

Katy · Traveled November 2023
This trip is incredible for animal and adventure lovers! Chris, Joe and Lizzy went above and beyond to ensure our safety, knowledge and comfort was paramount throughout. The entire itinerary is packed full of animal magic and truly shows what African life is like. Camping facilities were brilliant too, I’ve never slept better! If in doubt, book!!!
Review submitted 06 Dec 2023

Mark · Traveled November 2023
Excellent trip if you enjoy looking at animals. Camping facilities are great and the guides were approachable, professional and informative. I would recommend this trip.
Review submitted 06 Dec 2023

Gregory · Traveled November 2023
I cried seeing the elephants and giraffes at sunset. We saw so much and did so much over 9 days! Camping in the bush was so great. The homestay in the village was an amazing experience. The group we were with was amazing. It's a life changing trip!
Review submitted 29 Nov 2023
Vic Falls to Kruger
From
ZAR  22,962