Our 15-Day Southern Africa Signature Safari is what we consider to be an ideal safari itinerary on a mid-range budget to see the best of Southern Africa within a limited time frame. Take in some of Southern Africa's top destinations – the spectacular Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe; Chobe National Park in Botswana; picturesque Cape Town and the Garden Route; the Kruger National Park and the famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve in South Africa.
- Visit Southern Africa's top tourist destinations on one unforgettable safari
- Semi-guided safari (different guides at each destination)
- Easy on your budget
- Majestic Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
- Chobe National Park, Botswana
- Cape Town, often voted one of the world's most beautiful cities
- South Africa's scenic Garden Route
- Kruger National Park safari
- Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Experience Southern Africa's best wildlife, landscape, scenery, waterfalls, rivers, beaches, cities, cultures, and game reserves on this flexible trip. The luxury level can be adjusted to suit your budget, ranging from three-star to five-star accommodation options.
Days 1 to 3
Arriving the night before, or on an early morning flight to Johannesburg, board a connecting two-hour flight to Victoria Falls, for a two-night stay at this magnificent marvel of nature. We arrange return airport transfers and accommodation on a bed-and-breakfast basis.
A variety of guided day tours and activities can be arranged as optional extras, or you can explore the falls on your own, at your own pace.
Days 3 to 5
A two-hour road transfer brings you to the Chobe National Park in Botswana. Spend two nights at a luxury lodge on the banks of the Chobe River, which offers the best boat-based game viewing in the world during the dry season, as well as open-vehicle game drives.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport. Fly back to Johannesburg from Kasane, followed by a two-hour connecting flight to Cape Town, South Africa's Mother City. Alternatively, we can arrange a road transfer back to Victoria Falls Airport, to board a direct flight to Cape Town.
Arrive in Cape Town in the evening. We transfer you to your hotel at or near the famous Cape Town Waterfront.
Days 6 to 8
Spend three nights and two full days in Cape Town, either on a self-drive basis or on a fully guided basis, and take in the highlights of this scenic and popular tourist city on the slopes of Table Mountain.
A visit to Cape Point is recommended and this scenic day tour also includes a visit to the penguin colony at Boulders Beach. Cape Point is where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans are said to meet.
Like Victoria Falls, Cape Town offers so much to see and do that you will have to be selective about how to best spend your available time. Have a look at our Cape Town Travel Guide for more information on what Cape Town offers, and keep in mind that this trip idea is flexible - you can spend more days in Cape Town if time and budget allow.
Days 8 to 10
On Day 8, collect your rental car and head east toward Knysna. Spend three nights exploring the beaches, mountains, caves, forests, and lakes of the picturesque Garden Route along the southern coast of South Africa.
This leg of the tour can be done on a self-drive basis in a rental car if you wish to keep costs down, or we can arrange a vehicle and guide to take you. Highlights include Cape Agulhas, the southern-most tip of Africa, the Cango Caves near Oudtshoorn, an optional lagoon cruise on the Knysna estuary, a walk through the Tsitsikamma forest to see the giant yellowwood trees, and various other activities.
After spending a final morning enjoying the scenery of the Garden Route, make your way to George (one hour from Knysna) or Port Elizabeth (about two and a half hours) for a late afternoon flight to Johannesburg, where you will overnight at one of the hotels near OR Tambo International Airport. Whether you fly from George or Port Elizabeth (Nelson Mandela Bay) will depend on what you want to see that morning. If you're planning to visit Oudtshoorn for the day, to see the Cango caves and perhaps an ostrich farm, we recommend booking a late afternoon flight from George Airport. If you're planning to drive east via the Crags to visit Tsitsikamma and perhaps Storms River Mouth, you are better off flying from Port Elizabeth late afternoon.
Overnight at an airport hotel in Johannesburg, ready to depart on safari the next morning.
Days 11 to 13
You'll be met early in the morning at the airport or nearby hotel by our tour guide. Depart for the world-famous Kruger National Park and start your game drive as we enter its gates during the early afternoon.
You'll spend two nights on safari in the southern part of Kruger, which is considered the best area for game viewing. All game drives are conducted by an experienced, English-speaking guide, using an open safari vehicle. Breakfasts, dinners, entrance fees, and game drives are all included in the tour price.
Accommodation in Kruger is in basic, comfortable bungalows with air-conditioning and a small en-suite bathroom. If budget allows, we can upgrade you to a luxury lodge.
Days 13 and 14
At lunchtime on Day 13, we make our way to one of the private game reserves adjacent to Kruger, such as the Klaserie, Timbavati or, if budget allows, the famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve (only the luxury option includes the Sabi Sand Game Reserve - the budget and mid-range options include a less expensive private reserve).
We end this signature safari in style, with two nights at a private game lodge in the Greater Kruger Park where all meals and game drives are included in the cost, and the open land rovers are permitted to go off-road to get closer to the animals.
After a final early morning game drive and breakfast, it is time to check out and make your way back to the closest airport. This safari ends either in Hoedspruit or in Nelspruit (depending on the choice of private game reserve for the last two nights). From here you can catch a one-hour flight back to Johannesburg, in time to connect with an evening flight back home. Upon request, we can also arrange a six-hour road transfer back to Johannesburg on the last day to keep costs down – but we do recommend flying.
Customise this trip
Our Signature Safari is a trip idea, not a fixed itinerary. The time frame of 15 days is the shortest realistic timespan in which to see all the above destinations. The Cape Town and Garden Route legs are intended to show you the highlights only. The time frame is too short to allow you to see everything.
If time and budget allow, you can spend more time at any of the destinations along the way. Or you can leave out a destination if time and budget are limited. We can adjust this itinerary to suit your preferences.
We highly recommend spending one or more extra nights at Cape Town and perhaps along the Garden Route. You can also spend longer time on safari, or add a night at the end to see the scenic Panorama Route.
The estimated rates below are based on the itinerary as outlined here, excluding local flights, but including accommodation, airport transfers, meals as specified, game drives, and a rental car from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth.
Remember that you do not have to do the Cape Town and Garden Route legs by driving yourself around in a rental car. That would be the most affordable option, but we can also arrange a fully guided trip for you.
Please send us an enquiry so we can work out a customised quote for you. As always, a quote or proposal from us is clear, transparent, never more expensive than the total cost of booking everything directly and there are never any hidden fees or surprise costs on a Wild Wings trip. Not even a credit card surcharge.
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This is a rough guideline only, as the cost can vary dramatically depending on whether you choose a self-drive or fully guided trip, your choice of accommodation, the date of travel and the number of people in your group. Your choice of rental car, activities you wish to include and of course the cost of local flights will also affect the final price.
All rates on our website are provided to give a price estimate only and should not be seen as a firm quote. Likewise, our currency converter will give you a rough idea of the price in another currency, but should not be seen as a firm quote. It is only intended as a guideline, based on the daily interbank exchange rate. Please contact us to receive an accurate, free quote with no obligation.
- Two nights accommodation at Victoria Falls (bed and breakfast)
- Two nights accommodation in Kasane, at Chobe National Park (full board)
- Three nights accommodation in Cape Town (bed and breakfast)
- Two nights accommodation along the Garden Route (bed and breakfast)
- One night accommodation in Johannesburg (bed and breakfast)
- Two nights accommodation in the Kruger National Park (dinner, bed and breakfast)
- Two nights accommodation at a Private Game Reserve (full board)
- All airport transfers
- All game drives at Chobe and in Greater Kruger
- Kruger Park entrance fee and daily conservation fees
- Meals as specified above
- Rental car for Garden Route leg of your trip
- All Flights
- Park fees and entrance fees (except for Kruger National Park)
- Day tours and activities at Victoria Falls
- Day tours and activities in Cape Town
- Day tours and activities along the Garden Route
- Meals not specified
- Optional extras and personal expenses
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