Classic Cape Town Kruger and Victoria Falls

Are you a traveller looking to experience Africa for the first time? If so, there are a few destinations you simply can’t miss. Safari Guru’s classic Cape Town Kruger and Victoria Falls journeys encompass the highlights, offering a unique glimpse into the diverse cultures, wildlife, and natural beauty of Southern Africa.

Sticking with the Safari Guru ethos of hand-crafted journeys, each itinerary is tailored to your preference. After all, one size does not fit all in the safari world.
Combining a Southern Africa safari and Zimbabwe packages often wraps up nicely in an 11 or 12-night package, and we create the perfect combination to allow our time-constrained travellers to see Southern Africa’s highlights while still taking in some mind-blowing wildlife viewing. We can add a little R&R on a houseboat if you wish, or end off with the turquoise waters of Mozambique’s famed islands lapping at your feet! After all, who wants to rush a holiday; we certainly don’t!

Classic Cape Town Kruger and Victoria Falls Itinerary

Let’s start with Cape Town. This vibrant city is known for its stunning beaches, vibrant nightlife, and rich history. One of the most iconic landmarks in Cape Town is Table Mountain, which offers breathtaking views of the city and its surroundings. The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is another popular attraction featuring shopping, restaurants, and entertainment. You can also take a trip to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years, and learn about the country’s dark history of apartheid.

Classic Cape Town Kruger and Victoria Falls journeys offer seaside dining in the Cape
Start or end your journey with seaside dining in the Cape, or one of the famous winelands in Franschhoek

Next up is Kruger National Park, one of the largest game reserves in Africa, covering an area of 19,485 square kilometres (7,576 sq mi). With a rich biodiversity and various landscapes, Kruger National Park is home to an incredible array of wildlife. Here, you’ll be able to see Africa’s “Big Five” up close and personal – lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos, and buffalo; visitors can also see many other species, such as giraffes, zebras, hippos, crocodiles, and various antelopes. The park is also home to over 500 species of birds, making it a great all-around destination for safari-goers.

As one of Africa’s most popular destinations, Safari Guru often recommends one of the many private reserves adjoining the park, allowing you to observe the animals in their natural habitat without the hustle and bustle of mass tourists. Some private reserves adjoining the Kruger National Park include the Timbavati, Thornybush and Manyeleti, all offering the same free-roaming wildlife since their border fence removal to create what is known today as the Greater Kruger National Park.

Although the park is open year-round, choosing the right time of year to visit is essential, including the right property to achieve your safari desires. The best time for game viewing is during the dry season, from May to September. During this time, the vegetation is less dense, making it easier to spot wildlife. The Kruger is considered a malaria area, so Safari Guru will advise on the best practices and times to travel to limit infection.

Classic Cape Town Kruger and Victoria Falls journeys ensure you get to see the big 5, such as these elephant
Enjoy Africa’s finest wildlife from the comfort of your suite

Finally, no trip to Africa would be complete without a visit to Victoria Falls. Located on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia, this stunning natural wonder is considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. With a width of 1.7 km and a height of 108 meters, the falls are truly awe-inspiring and accessible with scheduled flights from Kruger to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

There are many ways to experience Victoria Falls. One of the most popular is taking a guided tour of the falls, or a hike through the surrounding rainforest. You can explore the various viewpoints, including Devil’s Pool, which offers a thrilling view of the falls from the edge of a cliff. You can also take a helicopter or microlight flight over the falls for a bird’s-eye view.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can go bungee jumping, zip-lining, or white-water rafting on the Zambezi River. You can also go on a safari in the nearby national parks, such as Chobe National Park or Hwange National Park, to see elephants, lions, giraffes, and other African wildlife.

When traveling to Victoria Falls, be sure to pack comfortable walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, and insect repellent. You may also want to bring a raincoat or poncho, especially if you’re visiting during the wet season; otherwise read more on packing for your safari here.

Victoria Falls is a must-see destination for first-time travelers to Africa. With its stunning natural beauty, diverse wildlife, and thrilling activities, it offers an unforgettable experience. Whether you’re a nature lover, adventure seeker, or just looking for a unique vacation destination, Victoria Falls is sure to exceed your expectations.

Classic Cape Town Kruger and Victoria Falls people waterfall
The friendly people of Zimbabwe welcome travellers at Victoria Falls

These three destinations offer a perfect introduction to Africa and its unique offerings. From the bustling Mother City to the wilds of the African Savannah and the natural wonder of Victoria Falls, there’s something for every traveller. So what are you waiting for? Allow Safari Guru to design and book your perfect trip, and get ready for an adventure you’ll never forget.

Learn more about South Africa Safari Requirements and Zimbabwe Safari Requirements

Are you planning for next first safari, and a little unsure on where to start? Read our 6 Tips for Booking a Safari next?

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"Are these journeys suitable for groups of friends travelling together?"

Safari Guru creates tailored journeys for couples, multi-generational families and small groups wanting to travel together. The Classic Cape Town Kruger and Victoria Falls journey is the perfect itinerary for a small group to appreciate some of Southern Africa's highlights together.

Can we extend the itinerary to include more or less days in one particular location?

All itineraries are fully customised and tailored to suit each traveller's needs. Journeys can be shortened or extended with other experiences, such as a houseboat in Northern Botswana or a beach vacation in Mozambique. With some travellers preferring to stay longer in each destination, it is common for clients to request a Cape Town and Victoria Falls package while adding on safari components from Victoria Falls.

What if we want to avoid Cape Town and only visit the Cape wine region?

Safari Guru has preferred properties in the famous wine region of the Cape, and we will ensure your itinerary avoids the hustle and bustle of the city and your experience instead takes in the mountainous region of Franschhoek or the wild waters offering some of Africa's densest whale concentrations during the winter months. There's something for everyone.

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