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.
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.
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.
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.
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