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Heidi’s Comprehensive Kenya, Tanzania, Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls, Sabi Sand & Western Cape

Heidi’s Comprehensive Kenya, Tanzania, Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls, Sabi Sand & Western Cape

29 Days

Comprehensive Kenya Tanzania Okavango Delta – 1 night Nairobi | 3 nights Masai Mara | 3 nights Serengeti | 3 nights Ngorongoro | 1 night Johannesburg | 3 nights Okavango Delta | 3 nights Victoria Falls | 1 night White River | 3 nights Sabi Sand | 5 nights Cape Town | 3 nights Franschhoek

Tour Consultant's Overview

Karina contacted me with regard to a comprehensive tour of Southern and East Africa. She wanted to witness the wildebeest migration so we started the tour in Kenya before moving into Tanzania for an all around East African experience. I suggested she add a night or two in the Okavango Delta as this is not too far from Victoria Falls which she also indicated an interest in experiencing. Karina also wanted to spend some time in South Africa so after some email correspondence we settled on dividing the time between a Sabi Sand safari with some additional nights in Cape Town and the winelands to end off the trip.

Trip Highlights

  • Masai Mara Luxury Camp
  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • Big Five Game Viewing
  • Motorboat & Mokoro Safaris
  • Cape Town City & Table Mountain
  • Franschhoek Winelands
  • Serengeti National Park Wildlife
  • Okavango Delta
  • Abundant Birdlife
  • Sabi Sand Game Reserve
  • Full Day Cape Point Tour
  • Wine Tasting & Tours

Itinerary

Your flight will land at Jomo Kenyatta Airport. Welcome to Africa! Look forward to a journey through majestic, unspoiled landscapes to fabulous game reserves where the dark continents incomparable wildlife is protected in its natural habitat.

After disembarking from the aircraft you will be met by our Customer Service Manager who will lead you to clear customs and immigration formalities and proceed to the arrivals lounge. You will be assisted to your transfer vehicles. Transfer by road to your hotel. Welcome dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Transfer time: Nairobi Airport to hotel: approx. 30 minutes

After breakfast you will be picked up and transferred to Wilson Airport to catch your scheduled flight to Masai Mara Game Reserve
Wilson Airport – Kichwa Tembo Airstrip: ETD 10:00 ETA 11:00

You are now in Maasai country, where sedentary crop farming gives way to nomadic cattle herding. Red-clad, spear-wielding Maasai warriors tend their multi-colored herds among the wild animals of the Loita Plains, admirably unimpressed by the presence of large predators.

Arrive at your tented camp in time for a sumptuous lunch. After lunch you have a short time to relax in your room or by the swimming pool. In the afternoon embark on you first game drive in this expansive game reserve, perhaps the only region left in Kenya where the visitors may see animals in the same super-abundance as existed a century ago. Return to the camp for dinner and overnight.

Possibly the most famous of the reserves and arguably the greatest wildlife destination in Africa the Masai Mara has become synonymous with the safari and is currently being featured in the BBC’s new series Planet Earth Live.

Nature doesn’t recognize borders and the 700 square miles of the Masai Mara Reserve effectively continue the northern sweep of neighboring Tanzania’s Serengeti plains, thus forming one huge ecosystem. The Mara lands are famous for the annual Wildebeest migration which occurs from June to October when the Mara becomes host to an almost unimaginable half a million wildebeest seeking the grasses raised by the spring rains of April and May. Having exhausted the grazing in the northern Serengeti the wildebeest head north en masse. This is an awesome sight in the true meaning of the word which, when coupled with the sound of thousands upon thousands of hooves pounding the earth, makes it an unforgettable spectacle.

The Wildebeest are not the only tenants of the land. The Mara is also the home to among others, zebra, elephants, and to the big cats; cheetahs, lions and leopards. Hyena, jackal, buffalo, eland, topi, impala, gazelle, warthog add to this huge diversity of wildlife.

Breakfast at the camp. Today after breakfast transfer back to Ol Kiombo Airstrip for your scheduled flight on Air Kenya Aviation to Serengeti via Migori. The flight departs at 08h45 and arrives at Migori Airstrip at 09h30; here you will be met and transferred by road to the Kenya/Tanzania border. Clear customs and immigration formalities on both sides of the border. Your Regional Aviation flight departs at 10h40 from Tarime Airstrip to Korgatende in Serengeti.

On Arrival at the Airstrip in Serengeti National park at approx. 12h30 you will be met by our driver/guide. Enjoy a short game drive en route to the lodge for lunch. The vast grasslands of the renowned Serengeti National Park provide what many consider to be the quintessential African game viewing experience.

Depending on your preference, there are a couple of options with regards to how your day is structured.

Meaning ‘endless plains’ in the language of the Maasai, this land of immense open spaces is home to literally millions of large herbivores, as well as the accompanying carnivores. The Serengeti is renowned for having the largest concentration of migratory animals in the world, and is also famous for its large lion population. The Serengeti National Park forms part of a huge conservation area, encompassing the adjacent Ngorongoro Conservation Area, as well as the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. With no fences or man-made barriers, huge numbers of wildlife move freely throughout this area. Arrive at the lodge at sunset after the afternoon game drive to enjoy your dinner and retire for the night.

After breakfast transfer back to Lobo Airstrip for your scheduled flight departing at 09h45 to Lake Manyara Airstrip where you arrive at 11h35. You will be picked up from the airstrip by your driver/guide with packed lunches and transferred with a scenic drive through the Ngorongoro highlands to your lodge situated on the rim of the Ngorongoro crater for lunch. The crater covers over 250 square kilometers (over 100 square miles) of land and is the home of the rare black rhino, prides of lion, elephant, cheetah and great herds of buffalo, antelope and wildebeest. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the African sunset. Dinner and overnight at Gibbs Farm

Exploring the unique Ngorongoro Crater – surrounded by the towering volcanic walls on every side and blessed with prolific and extremely well-habituated wildlife – almost feels like you’re driving through a zoo; only the surrounding crater scenery is jaw-droppingly impressive. With the greater Serengeti ecosystem so blessed with wildlife and scenic beauty, it is hard to imagine it could have anything more to offer, but the great East African migration steals the show.

Breakfast at the lodge, on both days you will descend 2000 feet (0ver 600 meters) to the floor of the crater for a full day crater tour with picnic lunch. Explore the forest areas that are inhabited by monkey and elephant, the lake area, where you may see the flamingos and the open savannah where the lions hunt for food. Return to the lodge at sunset to enjoy an African sundowner.

Today enjoy your final breakfast on safari, pick-up from your lodge and transfer back to Arusha for lunch. You will then be transferred to the Kilimanjaro International Airport where you will be assisted to connect to International flight for your outbound flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival in Johannesburg you are met and transferred to your hotel for your overnight stay.

Transfer time: Johannesburg Airport to Hotel: approx. 45 minutes

Johannesburg is South Africa’s largest city and is the financial and commercial capital of Africa. It is in this fast-paced metropolis that the country’s radical political and social transformation is most evident – this is the “Rainbow Nation” at work.

This morning you are met at your hotel and transferred to OR Tambo International Airport by our representative and assisted to your onward flight to Maun. Upon arrival at Maun Airport you are met and your board your light aircraft to your lodge in the Okavango Delta.

Upon arrival at your lodge you check for your 3- night stay. You are taken to your luxury room where you settle in before embarking on your afternoon game activity.

Return to your lodge in the early evening for dinner, before retiring to your suite.

Flight time: Johannesburg to Maun: approx. 2 hours
Transfer time: Maun Airport to Okavango Lodge: approx. 2 hours

Day 11-14 :
Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta is home to the Big Five and large herds of elephant and buffalo. Famed for its big cat and bird population, the Delta is a peaceful haven where animals have been protected for decades. Watch giraffe and other plains game march across the savannah. You might even catch a glimpse of rare wild dogs stalking the plains.

This morning you enjoy your morning game activity and breakfast before checking out of your lodge. You are met and transferred to your light aircraft where you board a flight to Kasane. Upon arrival in Kasane you are met and transferred by road to your hotel in Livingstone in Victoria Falls where you check in for your 3-night stay.

Besides being one of the seven natural wonders of the world and a World Heritage Site, Victoria Falls is the unchallenged adventure capital of Africa with more than 50 activities available.

Flying time: Okavango Delta to Kasane: approx. 1½ hours
Transfer time: Kasane Airport to Victoria Falls Hotel: approx. 1½ hours

Day 14-17 :
Victoria Falls

At 1708 metres wide, Victoria Falls is the most expansive curtain of water in the world and drops more than 100 metres into the sheer Zambezi Gorge. Straddling the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, these Falls and the Zambezi River are the central points in an area of spectacular scenic beauty: from the Falls themselves to the broad, picturesque course of the Zambezi River upstream, the rainforest adjacent and the stark jagged gorge downstream, the power and timelessness of nature’s forces are evident throughout.

This morning after breakfast you check out of your hotel. You are met and transferred where you board a flight to Nelspruit via Johannesburg. Upon arrival in Nelspruit you are met and transferred to your lodge in White River for your over- night stay.

Transfer time – Hotel to Livingstone Airport: approx. 20 minutes
Flying time – Livingstone to Nelspruit: approx. 2 hours
Transfer time – Nelspruit Airport to White River Lodge: approx. 45 minutes

This morning you are transferred from White River to your lodge in the Sabi Sand Reserve, forming part of the Greater Kruger National Park. You check in for your 3-night stay.

This afternoon you set off on your afternoon game drive.

Transfer time: Nut Grove Manor to Sabi Sand Reserve: approx. 2 ½ hours

Forming part of the Greater Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sand Reserve has no fences and the wildlife is able to cross freely between the Sabi Sands and the rest of the Greater Kruger National Park. The safari experience in the Sabi Sand is highly personalised because game drive vehicles have exclusive traversing rights in their area. The Reserve is a remarkable natural sanctuary known for its exceptionally high concentration of animal and bird life. Close contact encounters are guaranteed as the animals are not threatened by the presence of vehicles thanks to sound conservation management policies. Safaris are led by experienced rangers coupled with local Shangaan trackers. With exceptional sightings of leopard (usually the most elusive of cats), lion, rhino, elephant and buffalo during game drives – visitors are never lacking in exciting photographic content.

This morning after your morning game drive and breakfast you check out of your lodge. You are met and transferred to Nelspruit Airport. You will check in for your flight to Cape Town. Upon arrival in Cape Town you are met and transferred to your hotel for your 5-night stay.

Transfer time: Sabi Sand Lodge to Nelspruit Airport: approx 2½ hours
Flight time: Nelspruit to Cape Town: approx. 2¾ hours
Transfer time: Cape Town Airport to Hotel: approx. 35 minutes

Day 21-26 :
Cape Town

Explore the Mother City and the Fairest Cape – from the oldest buildings in South Africa to trendy waterfront shopping; from majestic Table Mountain to sun drenched beaches; and from dramatic seascapes to verdant vineyards. Cape Town regularly tops many lists of world must-visit destinations and Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain has recently been voted one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Cosmopolitan and fashionable, the relaxed atmosphere and pavement café culture give Cape Town a Southern European feel – but with a distinctive African twist.

You are collected from the hotel this morning and are taken on a Full-day tour of the Cape Winelands, with its backdrop of majestic mountain ranges and lush valleys. We stop for wine tastings at a minimum of two wineries and you have the chance to purchase some of the wines you have tasted. We visit Stellenbosch, the “town of oaks” for a short guided tour of South Africa’s second oldest town.

A scenic drive over the Helshoogte Pass (Hell’s Heights) takes us to the Franschhoek Valley. French Huguenots settled in the Franschhoek Valley in the late seventeenth century, seeking refuge from religious persecution in Europe and bringing with them precious root-stock to establish the wine-growing industry in South Africa. After the tour you are dropped off at your Guest House in Franschhoek.

Day 26-29 :
Franschhoek

This morning you are met and taken on a Full Day Cape Winelands Tour. After your tour you are transferred to your guest house in Franschhoek.

The village of Franschhoek is at the heart of the Franschhoek Wine Route and is surrounded by craggy mountains and verdant vineyards. Many of the wine estates offer informative guided wine-tastings to the public as well as cellar tours or tours of the vineyards. Some of them also make cheese, chocolate and olive oil and offer tastings of these products alongside their wines.

Many of them have on-site restaurants offering food that ranges from gastronomical delights to picnic hampers to enjoy under the oak trees. Franschhoek village, South Africa’s “French Corner”, has a distinct French feel and is undoubtedly South Africa’s gourmet capital, with several of South Africa’s Top Ten restaurants. It is also filled with quirky shops.

This morning after breakfast you check out of your hotel. You bid this African Wonderland Farewell as you are met and transferred to Cape Town Airport where you connect with your International flight home.

Transfer time: Franschhoek Hotel to Cape Town Airport: approx. 1 hour

Nairobi: Norfolk Hotel

 

Masai Mara National Reserve: Kichwa Tembo Camp

&Beyond Kichwa Tembo is renowned for its gracious teams of Kenyan staff whose warm welcome, charming service and effortless energy delight guests from all over the world.

Laid out along the Sabaringo River on the edge of the Oloololo escarpment, &Beyond Kichwa Tembo Masai Mara Tented Camp looks out onto the plains of the Masai Mara. Set on a private concession leased from Masai landlords in the north of the Mara, the camp offers total seclusion and abundant wildlife.

Simple yet contemporary, the Maasai-inspired suites are elegant and timeless, firmly entrenching &Beyond Kichwa Tembo as the unrivalled luxury tented camp of its size in the greater Mara. As guests arrive at &Beyond Kichwa Tembo, they are instantly welcomed by the commanding view. The spacious guest areas incorporate split-level spaces where guests can relax and unwind. The different layers can accommodate high guest volumes in peak season, yet still provide a sense of intimacy during quieter times. The large windows invite the Mara inside, making it feel like part of the guest area.

Guests can escape to the massage tent to indulge in a relaxing treatment or browse the redesigned Safari Shop, which offers the finest Kenyan handicrafts. The rim-flow swimming pool, literally on the edge of the Mara, boasts one of the world’s most extraordinary views.

12 Classic tents, 20 Superior tents and 8 Superior View tents, are laid out in immaculate grounds, with leisurely groups of warthog feeding right outside the tent doors.

Serengeti National Park: Elewana Migration Camp

Internationally renowned for the greatest wildlife spectacle on the planet, The Serengeti National Park located in north west Tanzania is the ultimate ‘wildlife show’ on earth. Across the globe authors and filmmakers have come to document the Annual Migration of hundreds of thousands of animals, but there is still only one way to understand and experience the true magnificence of this natural phenomena and that is to be part of it.

Serengeti Migration Camp is the embodiment of the ‘camp’ experience. Located next to the famous Grumeti River which is home to resident hippos that bark and wallow their days away, Serengeti Migration Camp has become synonymous with low-impact high-action game viewing in a landscape that is untouched since the dawn of time.

Hidden among the rocky outcrops Serengeti Migration Camp is located at the starting point of the Migration. Comprising of 20 luxurious elevated tents, each with spacious and richly furnished bedrooms, Serengeti Migration Camp blends seamlessly into the environment.

Each of the tents is surrounded by its own 360-degree verandah deck, which in turn creates your very own private sanctuary to enjoy the constant game sightings and the ever-present sounds of the bush.

The main ‘tent’ has a split-level lounge, a swimming pool, restaurant and viewing platforms that offer views across the river and the rugged landscape beyond. But it is the drama and proximity of the wild, which takes the experience of this camp to an altogether higher level.

Whether it is walking safaris with experienced and highly knowledgeable guides or the sensation of being as close to nature’s daily fight for survival, the sensory feast that accompanies any visit to Serengeti Migration Camp will no doubt rival anything experienced before.

Facilities in each tent include: En suite shower, flushing toilet, bathrobes and slippers, in-room electronic safe, internal telephone system and WiFi available in main lounge area

Ngorongoro Conservation Area: Gibbs Farm

Located on the outer slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater lies Gibb’s Farm. Founded in the 1920s as a coffee plantation, we embrace traditional East African hospitality with our roots extending deep into the land and our heritage here.

An idyllic retreat while exploring the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara national parks, as well as Lake Eyasi, on safari in Tanzania. Recline with a cup of freshly roasted coffee overlooking the Great Rift Valley in lush surroundings.

Farm Cottages: Immerse within the age-old rhythms of the farm, freshly roasted coffee in hand, from a private veranda. A welcome retreat, our cottages showcase hand-selected local artwork, many pieces from our “Artists in Residence” program.

17 refurbished one-bedroom cottages, twin queen beds or king-sized, are perfectly located around the farm. Each offers a private terrace, living area, en-suite bathroom, garden or valley view and outdoor shower to create a personal, richly appointed space to soak up the sense of welcome and rhythms of the farm.

Johannesburg: The Residence

The Residence is an extraordinary boutique hotel that is truly one of a kind. A warm, hospitable welcome awaits you at The Residence, located in the historic suburb of Houghton, which is also home to many famous residents including former president Nelson Mandela. The Residence exudes a charming air of quiet dignity, with an abundance of bougainvillea blossoms cascading down the terraced gardens. This is a blissful oasis where guests are treated with personalised service and are invited to make themselves at home. No effort has been spared in creating the most sublime surroundings to surpass your greatest expectations. Take a stroll through the manicured gardens and enjoy a game of tennis or swim a few lengths in the outdoor pools. Guests can work out in the fitness room.

The entrance hall leads through to the sumptuous lounge and sitting room with doors opening onto the long, spacious veranda offer a cool respite from the warm African sun. The air-conditioned suites are generously proportioned and designed for ultimate comfort and privacy, leading out to spacious balconies with tables, chairs and sun loungers shaded by large sun umbrellas. Here you can sit back and take in the views of the garden, tennis court and pool.

The Sky Bar on the top floor offers spectacular views over the surrounding suburbs and Johannesburg’s renowned urban forest towards the city skyline beyond. What better place to enjoy sundowners while taking in the spectacular African sunsets, or sipping stylish pre-dinner cocktails. The comfortable relaxation areas invite you to lounge away a few hours, interspersed with socializing in the Jacuzzi or cooling off with a refreshing dip in the swimming pools. Fine dining is offered throughout the day.

Okavango Delta: Sable Alley

Having opened in April 2017 Sable Alley is situated in the Khwai Concession within a 200,000 hectare private wildlife reserve bordering the Moremi Game Reserve. The concession is operated as a joint venture partnership with the Khwai Community Trust ensuring that local people benefit from tourism whilst protecting this sensitive environment.

The Khwai Private Reserve provides access to diverse habitat on the northern edge of the Okavango Delta. This habitat includes water, flood plains, riparian woodlands and mopane woodland and supports healthy populations of plains game as well as predators including lion, leopard and wild dog. Elephants occur in abundance and there are sighting of the sable antelope for which camp is named.

The camp has incredible vistas, overlooking a lagoon and onward over vast flood plains, and comprises a recently refurbished main area with lounge, bar, fire pit and swimming pool. The ten twin and two family tents raised to provide in comparable views over the floodplains. All are en-suite with private verandas and both indoor and outdoor showers. Tents are solar powered.

Khwai Skybeds:
Khwai Skybeds are a unique concept providing an excellent way to experience the African bush from four meter high semi-thatched hides, allowing guests the opportunity to sleep under the stars with just a mosquito net separating them from the wild.

The hides at Skybeds are three-storey raised platforms, comfortably rustic they provide everything you need in the bush with fully enclosed bathrooms under each hide and private changing areas. Wholesome meals are cooked on the campfire and are served under the stars.

Victoria Falls; Zambia: Royal Livingstone

The Royal Livingstone is a luxurious 5*plus Hotel situated on the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls. The Royal Livingstone Hotel is carefully designed to be in harmony with the majestic landscape and brings a level of luxury and sophistication to the Victoria Falls. The Royal Livingstone is situated along the banks of the Zambezi River and is just a short walk from the entrance to the Falls. The Royal Livingstone Hotel consists of 17 colonial-style buildings, with large verandas. The main hotel incorporates the lounge, a restaurant and a bar. The interiors are designed to capture the opulence of a bygone era and inspired by the grand estate houses.

There are 173 spacious en-suite rooms. Each room has its own private balcony offering a spectacular view of the great Zambezi River and beyond. All guestrooms are luxuriously furnished, with crisp white linen and large comfortable beds to welcome and offer the perfect sanctuary to retire to, after a day spent exploring the mysteries and challenges of this remarkable retreat. Bathrooms feature spacious showers and Victorian style baths, with wildlife pencil sketches adorning the cool ivory-washed walls, reflecting the textures and moods of the Zambezi River. The Royal Livingstone Dining Room is a fine dining à la carte restaurant. Light meals and a sumptuous High Tea are served in the Lounge. End the day with a cocktail on the Sundeck right on the edge of the Zambezi River. There is an in-house spa.

White River: Nut Grove Manor

Nut Grove Manor is a hidden gem in the Lowveld where you can unwind in a laid back, private family atmosphere steeped in history. Its location is conveniently close to the best that the region offers – whether you are a leisure or business traveller – and yet is just far enough from the beaten path to offer peace and quiet. Our lovely subtropical garden is quite legendary for its tranquility and the panoramic views surrounding the property make this hideaway something truly special.

Nut Grove Manor offers both bed and breakfast and self-catering accommodation. It is close to many Lowveld attractions like the Kruger National Park and world-class facilities like the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport. Click here for a taste of all the attractions that await you in the area.

At Nut Grove Manor, we strive to give our guests so much more than just a room for the night. We believe in personal service and attention to the little details that will make your stay unforgettable.

Sabi Sand Game Reserve: Inyati Game Lodge

Situated in unquestionably one of the best game viewing areas in the Africa, Inyati Game Lodge offers you the ultimate experience combining wildlife and comfort. The Sabi Sand Reserve is home to the ‘Big Five’ (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo), as well as cheetah, wild dog and hundreds of other species of animals, birds and plants indigenous to the area.

View Africa’s most impressive wildlife on morning and afternoon/evening game drives in open four wheel drive safari vehicles with expert guides and Shangaan trackers. Game drives traverse an area of 10 000 hectares (24 700 acres) and strict vehicle limits at sighting ensure the exclusivity of your game viewing experience.

Inyati has three family chalets, four standard chalets and four executive chalets. The chalets are all air-conditioned with an en-suite bathroom.

Inyati’s superbly positioned guest sitting and dining areas overlook the perennial Sand River, which provides a plentiful supply of water especially during the dry winter months. Other facilities include the Warthog Hollow bar, a swimming pool, air-conditioned gym and walk-in wine cellar. The traditional boma is used at night, (weather permitting) and is a truly memorable way to experience a safari evening under the African night sky.

Cape Town: The Radisson Blu Waterfront

The Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel is spectacularly situated right on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean overlooking its own private marina and famous Robben Island. So close to the ocean is the Radisson that a guest has described it as “like a cruise liner without the motion”. This is a first-class international hotel, combining high levels of luxury with friendly service and the warmth of true South Africa hospitality.
The hotel has 177 bright and elegantly designed bedrooms. The business-class bedrooms are extremely spacious and all have wonderful sea views and private balconies. The standard rooms have mountain views. Offering exceptional Cape Town dining, the in-house Tobago’s Restaurant boasts local and international cuisine. Tobago’s Bar and Terrace offers one of the best settings for sipping seaside cocktails. Enjoy Atlantic Ocean sunsets on the deck beside the rim flow swimming pool.

The Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel is ideally situated with the V&A Waterfront just a few minutes’ stroll away.

Franschhoek: Ashbourne House

Ashbourne House has eight beautifully decorated suites, a luxurious sitting room and breakfast area, which echo the luxury and flare of the guesthouse’s colonial heritage. Each suite is fitted with air-conditioning, a ceiling-mounted fan, fridge with minibar, tea and coffee tray, free wifi, television, a safe, hairdryer and heated towel rails in the luxury marble shower rooms, as well as private-use patio set. But no two rooms are the same. They have each been individually decorated and positioned to take full advantage of the patios and balconies with views onto the, shaded courtyard garden, mountains or a quiet, residential village street.

INCLUDED IN PRICE Masai Mara National Reserve: Daily Safari Programme at Kichwa Tembo Camp

Early Morning and afternoon game drives in the Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya’s best and most scenic game park. At the northern extremity of the unique Serengeti ecosystem, blessed with a permanent water supply, the Maasai Mara has a thriving, permanent population of plains game, augmented in the dry season by the migration of two million gnus and zebras from the vast, parched Serengeti plains. Of the hunter’s “big five,” elephant, buffalo, lion, and leopard are quite common, while even the much rarer rhino might come out of the thicket for you. Hyenas are plentiful and the cheetah, a 60-miles-per-hour daytime hunter, is often seen. Besides being the setting for the ancient and often tragic spectacle of the Great Migration, other marvels of the Masai Mara include giraffe, elephant, red-tailed monkeys and a host of antelope. Twice-daily interpretive game-drives led by our highly trained and experienced French guide, bird watching with resident guides and naturalists reveal the wonders of the Mara.

INCLUDED IN PRICE Serengeti National Park: Daily Safari Programme at Serengeti Migration Camp

The Migration:
Serengeti Migration camp is situated right in the path of the migration which has recently been coined as the The 8th wonder of the world. There is no better place to view this spectacle of monumental proportions. Nowhere else on earth is there a movement of wildlife on such a grand scale. This experience will change the traveler forever, and is an absolute must do!

Game Drives:
Day-long game drives are a must in the Serengeti. You can set-off early with champagne picnic breakfast and stay out all day carrying your delectable picnic lunch. You will be delighted and awed by the sheer numbers of game including the big-five.

Dining:
The dining experience at Serengeti Migration Camp is on a separate deck overlooking the Ndasiata Hills and the Grumeti River. Dine under canvas or al-fresco under the brilliant African skies.

Balloon Safaris:
Arrange for the timeless and inimitable Serengeti Balloon Safari. This is the experience of a lifetime and another must do. This experience must be booked in advance, so please make sure you request it when booking your safari to Serengeti Migration Camp.

Sundowner Cocktails:
The views are spectacular, the sunsets and cocktails on the sunset deck are an experience not to be missed.

Walking Safari:
A great way to explore the stunning diversity of the Serengeti is on foot , where you will be accompanied by a professional walking Safari Guide whose knowledge of local flora, fauna, culture and history is unmatched.*

INCLUDED IN PRICE Ngorongoro Conservancy Area: Full Day Crater Tours

The crater floor of Ngorongoro; the Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest intact caldera in an exceptional geographical position, forming a spectacular bowl of about 265 square kilometers with sides up to 600m deep, the stalking ground of around 20,000 to 30,000 wild animals at any one time.

The crater floor consists of a number of ecological environments that include grassland, swamps, forests and Lake Makat, a central soda lake filled by the Munge River. All these various habitats attract various wildlife to drink, wallow, graze, hide or climb. Although animals are free to move in and out of this contained environment, the rich volcanic soil, lush forests and spring source lakes on the crater floor tend to incline both grazers and predators to remain here throughout the year.

INCLUDED IN PRICE Okavango Delta: Daily Safari Programme at Sable Alley

Awake to a gentle wake-up call at dawn. After tea or coffee and a few biscuits or rusks, your guide will be on hand to discuss your game activity hopes in eager anticipation of taking you on an adventure of a lifetime. Hop into an awaiting safari vehicle or motor boat and set off on an enthralling morning game activity.

The Okavango Delta is home to a large number of species adapted to the semi-aquatic lifestyle, such as the elegant red lechwe and shy sitatunga. Lion, cheetah, leopard and African wild dog may be encountered, while families of hippo hide in the deeper channels and lagoons. The area supports the continent’s largest surviving concentration of elephant and buffalo, while roan and sable antelope roam the open woodlands.

Upon your return to your Lodge, a delicious breakfast is ready to be served. Enjoy a leisurely walk near the camp with an armed guide or simply savour the sights and sounds of the lodge and surrounds in the comfort of your exclusively luxurious tented suite ahead of a scrumptious lunch. Indulge in a refreshing dip in the lodge pool or treat yourself to an afternoon siesta. Late afternoon tea will then be served ahead of another enthralling game drive experience where you can observe the wildlife of the area and their habits as the day begins to end.

Alternatively an afternoon boat ride adventure can be enjoyed on a mokoro dug-out canoe or a motorised boat, allowing you the opportunity to explore the Delta at eye level. Upon your return a mouth-watering dinner will be served under a canopy of stars and the African velvet sky above.

SUGGESTED Victoria Falls: View The Falls

 

As you approach the Falls and hear the water pounding and witness the vapour rising, you quickly understand why local tribesman called the Falls “Mosi-oa-Tunya” (the smoke that thunders).

This vapour has the effect of adding moisture in the form of humidity to the air in the “splash zone”, so that a unique, small rainforest ecosystem clings to the edge of the Falls, providing a toehold for no less than 70 shrub and 150 herbaceous species, as well as trees such as pod and Natal mahogany, ebony, Cape and strangler fig and Transvaal red milkwood.

INCLUDED IN PRICE Victoria Falls: Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi

Follow in the footsteps of David Livingstone and travel up the Zambezi River above the Falls. There are several companies offering boat trips on the Zambezi River. Especially recommended is an evening sundowner boat cruise or a dinner cruise. As afternoon fades into twilight, animals come down to the river to drink as you go by.

SUGGESTED Victoria Falls: Chobe Day Trip

This full-day tour departs daily from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, to the Chobe National Park in Botswana. You are collected from your hotel between 07h10 and 07h30 and are transferred to the Kazungula border where your Botswana Guide will meet you.

From here you proceed straight to the River where you will spend the morning game viewing along the Chobe River. Tea, coffee & biscuits are provided. The morning cruise ends at around 12h30 and you are then taken to a hotel on the riverbank for lunch. After lunch, you board safari vehicles for an afternoon game drive in the Chobe National Park where you will have the opportunity to enjoy an abundance of wildlife.

After your game drive, you are taken back to the Kazungula Border where you will be met by your Zimbabwean Guide for your return transfer to Victoria Falls, arriving at approximately 18h30.

INCLUDED IN PRICE Sabi Sand Reserve: Daily Safari Programme at Inyati Game Lodge

Upon arrival at your safari lodge you are given a welcome drink and your safari experience will be explained to you by your lodge host. There will be time to settle in before afternoon High Tea followed by your first game drive. Game drives take place in the early morning and evening to ensure game viewing when animals are most active. Night game drives provide a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the predators, particularly the leopard for which this area is renowned. You return to your lodge in time for a sumptuous safari cuisine dinner.

The next day after a light snack you are taken on a morning game drive. You return to the lodge for a grand brunch. There is time to relax around the sunny pool, do some bird-watching from the observation deck or read a book in the peace of your room’s private verandah. After High Tea you set off on another evening game drive, returning again in time for dinner. On your day of departure, you will do a morning game drive and will leave the lodge after brunch.

INCLUDED IN PRICE Cape Town: Half Day Cape Town City & Table Mountain Tour

Explore one of the world’s most beautiful cities. You will visit the historic Castle, District Six and the Bo-Kaap Malay Quarter with its narrow cobbled streets and colourful mosques. During your city tour, you view the Houses of Parliament, the City Hall and the Slave Lodge and will enjoy a walk through the Company Gardens. Weather Permitting: Enjoy the scenic cable car ride up Table Mountain, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

INCLUDED IN PRICE Cape Town: Full Day Cape Point Tour

You are collected from your hotel by a tour guide and taken on a drive along the Atlantic seaboard via glamorous Clifton to the quaint seaside village of Hout Bay. We continue via the scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive to Cape Point. Looking at this dramatic promontory jutting into the sea gives one an idea why early sailors nicknamed it the Cape of Storms. We then follow the coastline northwards via Simonstown, where you can visit the penguin colony of Boulders Beach. We also visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, which is dedicated to the extraordinary variety of plants found in the Cape Floral Kingdom. A leisurely drive through the leafy southern suburbs will bring us back to the city bowl in the late afternoon.

SUGGESTED Cape Town: Full Day Private Foodie Tour

Your Guide will collect you at your hotel reception at 09h00 this morning. Although you are treated to a full day of food, please ensure you eat breakfast at your hotel as the day is spent snacking through various locations. A Full Lunch will be served at 13h30.

Known as the “Rainbow Nation”, South Africa’s diverse culinary influences will be sampled as we visit local eateries and artisans. Stops can include the Company’s Gardens, established by the Dutch as a supply station between Europe and the East; the Bo Kaap, Cape Town’s colourful Cape Malay quarter; the trendy suburb of Woodstock, or the famous Bree Street known as the place to be amongst local foodies. Tastings vary from week to week, depending on what is available and in season.

Your Tour includes 4 to 5 food or drink tastings, lunch and Return Transfer. You are dropped off at your hotel in the late afternoon and the evening is at leisure.

INCLUDED IN PRICE Franschhoek: Full Day Cape Winelands Tour

You are collected from the hotel this morning and are taken on a Full-day tour of the Cape Winelands, with its backdrop of majestic mountain ranges and lush valleys. We stop for wine tastings at a minimum of two wineries and you have the chance to purchase some of the wines you have tasted. We visit Stellenbosch, the “town of oaks” for a short guided tour of South Africa’s second oldest town.

A scenic drive over the Helshoogte Pass (Hell’s Heights) takes us to the Franschhoek Valley. French Huguenots settled in the Franschhoek Valley in the late seventeenth century, seeking refuge from religious persecution in Europe and bringing with them precious root-stock to establish the wine-growing industry in South Africa.

SUGGESTED Franschhoek: Wine Tram

The Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour is one of the best ways to discover the true essence of the Franschhoek Valley – picturesque vineyards, breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world-class cuisine, fine wines and a 300 year history.

Passengers aboard the hop-on hop-off tour will experience a unique and leisurely way to see the Franschhoek Valley as they journey through rolling vineyards in an open-side tram and open-air tram-bus stopping in at some of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine estates. A combination of tram and tram-bus transports passengers around a loop of stops allowing them to hop-off at each stop and experience the activities on offer, be it wine tasting, a cellar tour, lunch or simply a stroll through the vineyards and when they are ready, hop-on to continue the tour. The tour takes passengers right into the heart of the Franschhoek Valley, with a narration focusing on the history of Franschhoek and wine cultivation in the valley, complimentary wine tastings and unparalleled views of the valley and vineyards.

The Blue Line visits the following estates: Mont Rochelle, La Couronne, Holden Manz, La Bourgogne, La Bri, Rickety Bridge and Grande Provence. The Red Line visits the following estates: Maison, Eikehof, Leopard’s Leap, Dieu Donne, Chamonix, Rickety Bridge and Grande Provence.

Karina S , USA

Heidi designed the ultimate safari holiday for us and was an absolute professional throughout the process of planning and booking this tour – she communicated promptly and shared her expertise with us freely. The experiences and accommodation options covered our entire wish list and exceeded our expectations. We will treasure these memories forever! Thank you once again and know that we will be recommending Pembury Tours to all of our friends and family for certain!

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Cost Per Person Sharing

When this tour took place, the cost per person sharing was: $19620

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