Southern African Loop

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Embark on a grand adventure through southern Africa - a region brimming with vibrant displays of life and diversity. From the hum of modern commercial cities, to the wild beauty of national parks, to the stillness of remote mountain kingdoms, this trip provides iconic experiences and memorable moments without sacrificing on comfort. Be uplifted by the exuberant people that inhabit this corner of the world, intrigued by the fascinating history and thrilled by encounters with the animal kingdom. On walks through ancient forests, safaris across the savanna and visits to tribal villages, there are constant reminders of Africa's beauty around every corner just waiting to be discovered.

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Johannesburg/Greater Kruger National Park

Journey along the famous Panorama Route to Kruger, stopping at Blyde River Canyon for extravagant views.

Days 3-4 Kruger National Park

An open-vehicle night drive is a chance to see nocturnal creatures in action. Early next morning, head out on more game viewing and birdwatching safaris.

Day 5 Swaziland/Hlane Royal National Park

Be entertained by Swazi song and dance at a village, then continue on to Hlane National Park to track white rhinos on foot.

Days 6-7 Southern Mozambique

Enter magnificent Mozambique and be captivated by the stunning coastline. Snorkel, swim, dive or cruise the warm waters.

Day 8 Zululand/St Lucia Estuary

Explore the scenic banks of Lake St Lucia, home to thousands of species of birds, mammals and reptiles.

Day 9 Durban

Gain insight into the lives of the Zulu people, then relax in Durban.

Days 10-11 Drakensberg

Take in the fresh mountain air on a mountain hike.

Days 12-13 Lesotho Highlands

Pass through the spectacular Golden Gate National Park before hitting the highlands of Lesotho.

Days 14-15 Wild Coast/Mazeppa Bay

Kick back on the beach, explore the coastline and experience the customs of the local Xhosa people.

Day 16 Addo Elephant National Park

Once just an elephant sanctuary, this national park now also shelters lions, leopards and rhinos.

Days 17-18 Garden Route/Tsitsikamma National Park

Visit breathtaking Tsitsikamma National Park, home to the highest bungee jump in the world. This one is strictly for the adventurous!

Day 19 Oudtshoorn

See impressive stalactites and stalagmites adorning the Cango Caves and visit the ostrich capital of the world.

Day 20 Stellenbosch Wine Region

Visit a winery to learn the secrets of making South Africa's top quality whites and reds.

Days 21-22 Cape Town

Get swept away in the epic natural beauty of Cape Town.

Day 23 Lambert's Bay

View enormous flocks of gannet birds before enjoying a fresh seafood feast in this small seaside town.

Day 24 Orange River

Cross the border into Namibia and stay in a lodge on the banks of the Orange River.

Day 25 Fish River Canyon

After a morning canoe ride, journey to one of the world's largest canyons.

Day 26 Sossusvlei

Travel to the vast and imposing sands of the Namib Desert.

Days 27-28 Swakopmund

Spend a morning exploring the desert with a local guide and climb the famous Dune 45. Travel to Swakopmund to enjoy boutiques, German architecture and adrenaline sports.

Day 29 Windhoek

Experience the melting pot of cultures in Namibia's capital.

Days 30-31 Damaraland

Search out desert elephants, then travel to the Skeleton Coast National Park to see massive seal colonies.

Days 32-33 Etosha National Park

Spot cunning predators and peaceful herbivores on game-spotting expeditions.

Day 34 Rundu

Relax in a riverside lodge in Rundu.

Days 35-36 Okavango Delta

Accompanied by local guides, explore the waterways of the Okavango Delta. Travel on foot and in a mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe to spot the many birds and animals that thrive in this ecosystem. Soak up the tranquillity of the delta at night on a houseboat.

Days 37-39 Caprivi Strip

Marvel at ancient rock paintings on a guided walk, before heading to the Caprivi Strip.

Day 40 Chobe National Park

With elephant herds, thick forests and marshes that are home to nearly all of Africa's major species, the Chobe National Park is a great demonstration of nature's beauty. Watch the sun slide over the horizon on a cruise down the Chobe River.

Days 41-44 Victoria Falls

Witness the unstoppable force of nature channelled through Victoria Falls.

Day 45 Hwange National Park

Venture out into the national park on a 4x4 safari to spot elephants.

Days 46-47 Bulawayo

Home to a large population of rhinos, the Matobo National Park is a fascinating place to explore.

Day 48 Masvingo

Head to the oldest colonial settlement in Zimbabwe to explore the ruins of an ancient city.

Day 49 Tzaneen

Learn about the customs and beliefs of the Lobedu tribe. Explore the Modjadji Nature Reserve, home to forests of ancient cycads.

Day 50 Johannesburg

The journey ends in South Africa's lively commercial heart.

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