Southern Explorer Safari | African Travel

Kruger National Park, South Africa
Kruger National Park, South Africa

Southern Explorer

11 days | Cape Town to Johannesburg

Experience the vibrant culture, scenic beauty and natural wonders of South Africa on this 11-day Southern Explorer adventure from African Travel. Spectacular Cape Town and Kruger National Park are artfully combined with the majesty of Victoria Falls.

This 11-day itinerary includes 4 nights in Cape Town, 3 nights at the Sabi Sabi Private Reserve, 1 night in Johannesburg, and 2 nights at the Victoria Falls.

African Travel is a leader in African safaris and offers a wealth of safari adventures, which can be customized to fit your travel type.

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the breathtaking scenery of the Cape of Good Hope and the surrounding winelands on privately guided sightseeing tours.

  • Discover the rainforests surrounding the thundering Victoria Falls, then take a helicopter flight, and be awed by the sheer size and grandeur from above.

  • Experience the golden glow of an African sunset as you meander along the Zambezi River on a sundowner dinner cruise.

  • Enjoy twice daily game drives in search of Africa’s “Big Five” – the leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo and mighty lion.

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Africa
Victoria Falls

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1: Arrive in Cape Town, South Africa

After a warm welcome upon your arrival in Cape Town, South Africa’s “Mother City,” you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of your day is at leisure.

DAY 2: Cape Town

Explore the stunning Cape Peninsula. Drive past the sparkling beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton and wind your way along legendary Chapman’s Peak Drive to the rocky seascapes of the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Continue along the coast to the delightful penguin colony at Boulders Beach. 

DAY 3: Cape Town

Today, explore the nearby winelands. Learn about the process of winemaking, from grape to goblet. Visit the Paarl valley and the picturesque village of Franschhoek, the gourmet capital of the Cape. Take a stroll through historic Stellenbosch with its Cape Dutch architecture.

DAY 4: Cape Town

Meet the people empowering their local communities through grassroots development programs. Visit an urban garden or a literacy workshop. In the evening, enjoy a vibrant and authentic African culinary experience.

DAY 5: Cape Town – Kruger Private Reserve

After a couple of short flights, you begin your safari adventure within a private reserve bordering the famous Kruger National Park, home to an abundance of wildlife. Soak up the tranquility of the African bush before embarking on your late afternoon game drive.

DAY 6: Kruger Private Reserve

Meet your expert safari ranger and hop aboard an open safari vehicle for a thrilling game drive. Photograph away as you spot the Big Five and other wildlife found on the reserve. On your late afternoon drive, pause for a sundowner as the sun dips below the horizon.

DAY 7: Kruger Private Reserve

With your skilled ranger, explore the rare sights and wonders of the bush during your game viewing activities today. Take a guided walk through the bush or arrange for a candle-lit alfresco dinner as the Southern Cross begins to twinkle.

DAY 8: Kruger Private Reserve – Johannesburg

Set out early on your final safari in search of those hard-to-spot cheetahs and the Big Five. Return to camp for a hearty breakfast and relax until you transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg. On arrival, you are transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

DAY 9: Johannesburg – Victoria Falls

Fly to Victoria Falls, hailed as one of the world’s Seven Natural Wonders. Later this afternoon, sail upstream on a sunset dinner cruise. As the sun sets, be ready to see hippos cavorting in the river or elephants as they make their way to the riverbank for their last drink before settling down for the night.

DAY 10: Victoria Falls

Keep an eye out for rainbows as you walk the misty rain forest trails of Victoria Falls. Then take a helicopter flight and witness the sheer size and grandeur of the Falls from above. 

DAY 11: Victoria Falls – Johannesburg

After a delicious farewell breakfast, you are transferred to Victoria Falls Airport for your flight back to Johannesburg. You may be leaving Africa behind, but you’ll return home with memories that will last forever.

Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge, South Africa
Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge


Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa | Cape Town
Award-winning Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa has the ideal setting, dramatically poised above the Atlantic Ocean and flanked by the majestic Twelve Apostles and Table Mountain ranges.

Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge | Kruger Private Reserve
For decades Bush Lodge has been Sabi Sabi’s flagship lodge, famed for its warmth, vibrancy and legendary hospitality. Spacious, air-conditioned thatched suites feature en-suite bathrooms with al-fresco glass-fronted indoor showers. Viewing decks are the ideal setting to relax while spotting game and bird watching.

Sandton Sun | Johannesburg
Elegant hotel linked to the Sandton City Shopping Center with spacious accommodations, a rooftop bar and an outdoor deck with contemporary dining, large fire pits and breathtaking sunset views.

The Victoria Falls Hotel | Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Known as “the grand old lady of The Falls,” the Edwardian-style hotel was built in 1904 and is surrounded by tropical gardens, lily ponds and century-old shade trees. Guest rooms echo its rich colonial heritage and Stanley’s Terrace offers perfect views of the Victoria Falls Bridge

Dates and Pricing

2022 & 2023 Departures | From $10,295 per person

Price does not include airfare to and from departure and arrival city. Internal airfare is an additional cost.

Contact us for complete dates and pricing details.


  • Before you Go Welcome Gift – Safari starter kit includes stylish bag, safari swag, and how-to guides on tipping, weather and travel
  • Dedicated US-based Safari Specialist
  • Choice of Meet & Greet Services ranging from basic airport transfers to VIP services
  • Five-star accommodations
  • Expert guide
  • Sightseeing activities specified in itinerary
  • Breakfast Daily, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners


Valley of the Elephants | Chobe National Park, Botswana

4 days | From $2,195 per person

Experience extraordinary elephant viewing on this 4-day safari into Chobe National Park. Boat down the Chobe River and take thrilling game drives to view a full menagerie of wildlife and the chance to see unique species like the Chobe bushbuck and puku.

Three nights accommodation at Chobe Game Lodge.

About African Travel

As the longest established luxury safari operator focused exclusively on the African continent, African Travel, Inc. is dedicated to creating and providing the ultimate African experience. 

African Travel offers a broad range of trips and styles. Its dedicated team has lived and traveled extensively throughout the continent and shares their wealth of expertise on every safari vacation. 

Customize your travel with one of these travel types:

Tailor Made –  Create your own bespoke travel experience, the most popular travel style.

Safari Vacation Packages – Choose from over 30 inclusive travel packages, each with a private guide and five-star accommodations.

Group Safaris – Perfect for an intimate group of family and friends.

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