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Heidi’s Quintessential Cape Town, Victoria Falls, Chobe, Kenya & Tanzania Spectacular

Heidi’s Quintessential Cape Town, Victoria Falls, Chobe, Kenya & Tanzania Spectacular

14 Days

Cape Town Victoria Falls Chobe Kenya Tanzania – 3 nights Cape Town | 2 nights Victoria Falls | 1 night Chobe | 1 night Nairobi | 2 nights Masai Mara | 2 nights Serengeti | 2 nights Ngorongoro

Overview

Heidi from Pembury Tours is a consummate professional and her planning was meticulous. We had a long list of destinations and experiences we wanted to add to our itinerary. Heidi found a range of stunning accommodations and went to the effort of finding us additional cultural activities over and above our spectacular wildlife experiences, which was important for us. We cannot recommend Heidi enough and look forward to coming back to Africa soon – there is so much more to see!

Welcome to Cape Town, Mother City of Africa, and the Western Cape, an area which is regarded as one of the most beautiful regions in the world. 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.

Transfer time: Cape Town International Airport to Hotel: approx. 35 minutes

Cape Town, the Mother City of Africa, and the Western Cape; an area which is regarded as one of the most beautiful regions in the world. The City is a rare cultural gem, resulting from the amalgamation of Indonesian, French, Dutch, British and German settlers, the local Bushman and Hottentot tribes and the Bantu tribes from the North.

The impressive presence of Table Mountain stands proudly above the city, flanked by the legendary Devil’s Peak and historic Signal Hill. Beautiful white sandy beaches along a peaceful coastline frame the Cape Peninsula, which is famed for its unique floral kingdom, bountiful rivers and dams as well as for it’s magnificent countryside. The surrounding area extends far into the winelands, green in summer and red-gold in autumn.

The Mother City boasts a multitude of entertainment options, ranging from outdoor activities and adventures in the sun to a roaring night life under neon signs. The vast range of shopping opportunities includes haggling with shop holders at Greenmarket Square Flea Market, as well as breezing through sophisticated and stylish shopping malls. The huge variety of restaurants reflect the multicultural history of the Cape and caters for everyone’s taste, from fast-food outlets and casual meals to chic cuisine to very elegant fine dining.

This morning you make your way to Victoria Falls. Upon arrival at Victoria Falls International Airport, you are met by our representative and transferred by road to your hotel in the town of Victoria Falls. Upon arrival at your hotel, you are assisted to your room for your 3- night stay. There is time this afternoon to view the Falls.

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.

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.

Transfer time: Victoria Falls Airport to Ilala Lodge: approx. 20 minutes

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.

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 by road to Chobe National Park where you check in for your 1-night stay. This afternoon you depart for your afternoon game drive in the Chobe National Park.

Over 460 bird species have been recorded in the park, making it one of Africa’s premier venues for bird Safaris. A highlight of Chobe is taking a river cruise, which allows you to get up close with hippo, crocodile and a mind-boggling array of water birds. You also get really close to animals that come down to the river.

Transfer time: Ilala Lodge to Chobe Game Lodge: approx. 2 hours

This morning after your morning game drive and breakfast you check out of your lodge. You are met and transferred by road to Victoria Falls Airport where you board a flight a direct flight to Nairobi. Upon arrival in Nairobi you are met and transferred to your hotel for your over night stay.

Transfer time: Ilala Lodge to Chobe Game Lodge: approx. 2 hours

Flying time: Victoria Falls to Nairobi: approx. 3 hours

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 Kichwa Tembo 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 at the Airstrip. Enjoy a short game drive en route to the camp for lunch. The vast grasslands of the renowned Serengeti National Park provide what many consider to be the quintessential African game viewing experience.

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 camp at sunset after the afternoon game drive to enjoy your dinner and retire for the night at the luxurious

Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world, unequalled for its natural beauty and scientific value, it has the greatest concentration of plains game in Africa. The Serengeti National Park in Tanzania was established in 1952. It is home to the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth – the great migration of wildebeest and zebra. The resident population of lion, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, and birds is also impressive. There’s a wide variety of accommodation available, from luxury lodges to mobile camps. The park covers 5,700 sq miles, (14,763 sq km), it’s larger than Connecticut, with at most a couple hundred vehicles driving around.

The Park can be divided into 3 sections. The popular southern/central part (Seronera Valley), is what the Maasai called the “serengit”, the land of endless plains. It’s classic savannah, dotted with acacias and filled with wildlife. The western corridor is marked by the Grumeti River, and has more forests and dense bush. The north, Lobo area, meets up with Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve, is the least visited section.

Two World Heritage Sites and two Biosphere Reserves have been established within the 30,000 km² region. It’s unique ecosystem has inspired writers from Ernest Hemingway to Peter Mattheissen, filmakers like Hugo von Lawick and Alan Root as well as numerous photographers and scientists – many of which have put their works at our disposal to create this website.

The Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest on earth. The essential features of climate, vegetation and fauna have barely changed in the past million years. Early man himself made an appearance in Olduvai Gorge about two million years ago. Some patterns of life, death, adaptation and migration are as old as the hills themselves.

After breakfast transfer back to Seronera 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 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 or optionally visit a maasai village visit.

After breakfast, you will check out of your lodge and depart for a full Day Safari Tour on 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.

After breakfast you Bid this African Wonderland Farewell and you are transferred by road to Arusha City for Lunch and safari debriefing at a restaurant in Arusha. Thereafter, transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for your outbound flight.

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When this tour took place, the cost per person sharing was: $8580

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