9-day Kruger, Matobo & Victoria Falls (Accommodated)

Tour Code 23KVF9A. Small Group Safaris
9 days from
$2'389 USD
USDwas 2515 USD
Plus 350 USD mandatory Safari Pass
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Group Size: Maximum 12. Age Group: 8+

See the wildlife of the famed Kruger, trek Rhino on foot and explore the mighty Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe


This comprehensive small group accommodated safari highlights some of the best National Parks and reserves in Southern Africa. Visit the Bakone open-air museum for a cultural experience and trek rhino at Zimbabwe's famed Matobo National Park. Ending in style with spectacular views over the thundering Victoria Falls and cruising the Zambezi.

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Day 1. Pretoria to Hoedspruit Highlights. Blyde River Canyon, South Africa. Accommodation. Nsele Lodge.

Leaving Pretoria, we cross striking mountainous vistas of the Mpumalanga province, to the breath-taking Blyde River Canyon – by area, one of the largest the world! We take a stroll to the viewpoint for a glimpse of its sheer size from above, offering a fantastic photo opportunity for the avid photographer. Moving on, we make our way to our accommodation for the night - in a tranquil setting in Hoedspruit - only a short drive from the Kruger National Park.

Day 2. Kruger National Park Highlights. Kruger National Park, South Africa. Accommodation. Nsele Lodge.

Safari clothes on, sun-protection packed, it’s time for our game drive in South Africa’s famous National Park – Kruger!

We travel from our lodge to the park by 4x4 safari vehicle and an eagle-eyed guide to view some of the 505 bird species, 148 mammal species, many reptile- and abundant flora species of the area. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars for optimum wildlife viewing.

Game driving during the morning and afternoon, we pause for lunch at one of the local rest-camps.

Day 3. Hoedspruit to Polokwane Game Reserve Highlights. Bakone Open Air Museum . Accommodation. Boma In The Bush.

This morning we make our way to Polokwane via flourishing citrus plantations and scenic mountain passes of the Limpopo Province. After settling into our accommodation, we head off to a cultural experience at the Bakone open-aired museum. It's here we learn about the traditional lifestyle & methods of the tribe.

Day 4. Polokwane to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Highlights. Bulawayo. Accommodation. Travellers Guest House, Bulawayo.

Bidding our farewells to South Africa, we cross into Zimbabwe and drive north to Bulawayo, the second largest city after its capital Harare. The city has wide tree-lined streets and is surrounded by early Victorian buildings and beautiful parks - a legacy of Cecil John Rhodes.

Our accommodation for the evening is situated just outside of the city & here we may unwind and relax after our day’s drive.

Day 5. Matobo National Park Highlights. Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe.

We rise early to meet our experienced guides and board our open safari vehicles to Matobo National Park. The reserve has the largest concentration of Black and White Rhino in Africa and if conditions are suitable, our guides will lead us on foot for a close view of these magnificent animals. We learn about the Bushman paintings that dot the wind-sculptured hills - holding a special cultural significance to the indigenous people here - before retracing our steps back to Bulawayo to overnight.

Day 6. Bulawayo to Victoria Falls Highlights. Zambezi Sunset Cruise - Zimbabwe. Accommodation. Shearwater Explorers Village.

Travelling north, we make our way to the stunning town of Victoria Falls and settle into our comfortable accommodation. Here our ground team will be on hand to assist with the planning of an array of optional activities available in the area.

No better way to end a day than a cruise on the mighty Zambezi. Soak up the African ambience as you sit back and relax in this tranquil setting. Keep your eyes peeled for elephant, buffalo, hippo and bird-life along the banks of one of Africa’s great rivers.

Day 7. Victoria Falls Highlights. Victoria Falls National Park. Victoria Falls Town - Activities. Accommodation. Shearwater Explorers Village.

This morning, we visit the mighty Victoria Falls themselves. At over a mile wide and some 100 metres deep, the falls (at high water) form the largest curtain of falling water in the world. With roaring water and water-spray visible up to 20-30 kilometres away on a clear day, no wonder the the locals named it Mosi Oa Tunya 'the smoke that thunders’.

After our Victoria Falls visit, why not sample local cuisine, take high tea overlooking the Zambezi, or opt for an optional activity. Victoria Falls town (known as the 'adventure capital') boasts a wide variety of activates - typically including rafting, canoeing, bungee jumps, abseiling, gorge swinging, horse riding, scenic flights and river cruises - all of which may be booked via the ground staff.

Day 8. Victoria Falls Accommodation. Shearwater Explorers Village.

Today explore the Victoria Falls area to the fullest. Apart from the adventure activities already mentioned, check out the markets, volunteer a day in some worthwhile local projects, or simply relax at the hotel pool edge. Alternatively, head over to neighbouring Zambia for the day to view the falls from a different perspective.

Day 9. Victoria Falls

After a well-deserved breakfast, our tour comes to an end.

Suggested Pre-Tour Accommodation.

Court Classique Suite Hotel

Court Classique Suite Hotel is set among the embassy buildings in suburban Arcadia, Pretoria. This 3-storey building is 3.9 km from the city centre allowing easy access to restaurants, cinemas shops and cultural attractions. It's also 6.5 km from the Pretoria National Botanical Garden. Court Classique Suite Hotel offers single and double ensuite rooms, free WiFi, a restaurant, swimming pool, a spa room and wine cellar.

Entrance view of the Curt Classique Hotel Double en-suite room Restaurant Pool area Kipepeo Spa

* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Suggested Post-Tour Accommodation.
Shearwater Explorers Village

The Shearwater Explorers Village is located 400m from the thundering Victoria Falls and 100m from the epicenter of the Vic Falls town. Comprising of 42 private rooms, the village represents budget accommodation at its finest. Facilities include: Bar, Swimming pool and a spa for those relaxation moments.

Twin Room Ensuite bathroom Dining and chill area Pool area

* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Additional Info

8 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 6 Dinners

Twin share rooms with en suite facilities

All tour highlights
Ground transport
Vehicle registration, road tolls and taxes
Accommodation as indicated
Meals as indicated
Park fees
Services of driver / wildlife guide

Included Highlights:
Blyde River Canyon
Kruger National Park, Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide
Bakone Open Air Cultural Museum
Matobo National Park, Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide
Victoria Falls Visit
Victoria Falls Zambezi Sunset Cruise
Travel insurance
Departure taxes
Airport transfers
Optional activities
Items of a personal nature
Meals not indicated
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Safari Pass

Each small group tour, Short Safari & Trek, Short Break and City Stay has a Safari Pass which is paid to your tour leader in Africa at the beginning of the tour (or pre-paid by arrangement prior to your tour). This is separate and in addition to the Tour Price, and covers selected park entries, activities and excursions along the way where payment goes directly to the supplier to ensure local suppliers benefit directly from the income.

350 USD

* This pass is a compulsory add-on for this tour.

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