13 Day Tour: September 13-25, 2021
- Base Pricing is always calculated for double occupancy.
- $880 supplemental for Solo Travelers.
Places to see
before you die
The Big 12
- Victoria Falls
- The BIG 12: Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Elephant, Black & White Rhino, Buffalo, Wild Dog, Zebra, Giraffe, Hyena & Hippo
- Round trip airfare from Chicago
- First Class Hotel Accommodations
- Daily Breakfast
- Daily Lunch
- Daily Dinner
- Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
- Admissions to all listed Attractions
- Roundtrip airport transfers in the Chicagoland area
- Guided by Bill Ball
- Baggage Handling
- All Gratuities
We start our journey to probably the most
wildlife rich area of the world. Here all Big 12
roam free—lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, black
and white rhinos, buffalo, wild dog, zebra, giraffe,
hyena and hippo. For birders nearly 900 species
await you. This is a wildlife paradise.
We land in Johannesburg, known locally
as Joburg, and tour this economic giant of Africa.
We will also tour the capital city of Pretoria. Here
the impressive British built capital building overlooks the city.
We head to one of Bill’s top choices for
national parks—Kruger. This is one of only a
handful in the world that you can find all 12 of the
Big 12. The many ecozones here makes this a great
place to find most of the big game. It starts today.
We will have two night drives which will increase
our species count by seeing animals that our nocturnal.
Our first full day in Kruger takes us to big cat territory. The Satara area has one of the highest densities of big felines than anywhere. This is a day you will remember for a long, long time.
As we explore Kruger today, we will be
looking for elephants, hippos, giraffes and zebras.
Of course, where prey is predators will be too. A
night drive in the Satara can often yield big cats
and some small ones too along with hyena, leopard
and bat eared fox.
Day Six We move up the park today into the forested areas where the biggest elephants with the biggest tusks are. At one of the camps is a special museum commemorating the biggest tuskers of all.
We head to Zimbabwe today. This country has one of the largest heads of elephants in the
world as well as rhinos, lions, wild dogs and Bill’s favorite antelope—the Sable. We will tour Bulawayo today including its wildlife museum.
We spend the day in one of the most diverse
parks in the world—there is something here for everyone.
For history buffs, there are war memorials and the grave
of one of the most important men in Africa’s history—Cecil
Rhodes. There are also some incredible cave paintings to
see. Best though are the natural wonders—the balancing
rocks and wildlife. This park is known for its rhinos both
white and black
We head to one of the best parks in Zimbabwe—Hwange. Known for it’s lions (Cecil the lion was
from here), elephants and wild dogs. This park prides itself on its number of rare and endangered animals. This
is also a birders paradise.
A full day in Hwange to add to the species count.
We should get up close to sable, roan and other speical
antelope species. More opportunity for lion, leopard and
wild dog too.
Today you will see one of the seven natural
wonders of the world today—Victoria Falls. This is one of
the most massive waterfalls in the world. At certain times
of the year the water force is so strong it appears to rain
from the spray.
Day Twelve & Day Thirteen
We fly home with incredible memories of wildlife, Southern African culture, Victoria Falls and
the people— always enjoy the people.