4 nights Cape Town | 2 nights Nairobi | 3 nights Masai Mara | 4 nights Mombasa
- Cape Town Beachfront
- Cape Peninsula Tour
- Penguins at Boulder Beach
- Robben Island Historical Visit
- Wine Tour and Tasting
- Stellenbosch Winelands
- Masai Mara Game Lodge
- Tropical Beach Relaxation
As avid international travelers we were looking to see as much of Africa as we could in a limited time. We had done a lot of research ourselves and felt we knew where we wanted to go. At that stage we contacted Kerry who really was attentive about the holiday we were envisioning. She made some suggestions that varied somewhat from our original plan. After our holiday we were really happy that we had taken her experience into account and allowed her to customize our arrangements. Things could not have worked out any better and we truly had the African Adventure that we had dreamed of. Thank you to Kerry for the hard work she put into arranging our holiday and also for the personal touch throughout. We will definitely use Kerry’s services should we, or any of our friends go to Africa in the future.
Tour Consultant's OverviewKeith and Ayla contacted me about their African holiday. They had done quite a bit of research on the trip and were keen to include Cape Town, safari in East Africa and ending with a beach destination. They were also keen to not be too rushed on their holiday and were happy to add in an additional night in Nairobi and include a Day Tour here to visit a few attractions around the city. The Masai Mara for the safari was a top priority on the list, which is a wonderful game reserve. For Cape Town, we included a few day tours around the city and countryside, along with a leisurely tour of the Cape Winelands. Ending their holiday with a few days on the beach at Mombasa and in the end, a lovely tour planned for these clients.
On arrival at Cape International Town Airport, you will be met in the arrivals hall by your guide from Paradise Tours. He will hand over your travel packs and transfer you to the Winchester Mansions, where you will spend 4 nights.
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.
Day trips include -
All day Cape Point and environmental tour
Visit to Robben Island
Half Day Cape Town City Tour
Full day Wine lands tour with tastings
This morning your driver will collect you from your hotel and transfer you to Cape Town International Airport where you board your flight to Jomo Kenyatta Airport, Nairobi, Kenya.
After disembarking from the aircraft you will clear customs and immigration formalities and proceed to the arrivals lounge where you are met by the customer service manager who will assist you to your transfer vehicle for your transfer to the Nairobi Serena Hotel.
You spend 2 nights in Nairobi.
You will be collected from the Nairobi Serena Hotel after breakfast and depart on your day of privately guided sight seeing in and around the capital city of Kenya.
Places of interest to visit include:
The Giraffe Center
Sheldrick's Elephant Orphanage
Lunch at "The Carnivore" Restaurant
Inner Nairobi City Tour including the Railway Museum
This morning your driver will meet you in reception from where you will be transferred to Wilson Airport for your flight to the Masai Mara. Upon arrival in the Masai Mara, you are met by your driver and transferred to Keekorok Lodge for your three night stay.
These two full days in the Masai Mara include all meals, a Morning Safari Drive, an Afternoon Safari Drive and day time safari activities such as bird watching. This is the perfect time to unwind and feel the magic of the African landscape.
After your morning game drive and breakfast, you check out of your room. You enjoy a lunch at the lodge before bidding farewell to this African wonderland. You are met at reception and transferred to the airstrip for your scheduled flight on Mombasa Air Services. The flight departs the Masai Mara and arrives in Mombasa at Ukunda Airstrip. On arrival, you will be met by the resort driver, who will then transfer you to Kole Kole Beach Resort & Spa, where you spend four nights.
Wake up each morning to the sights and sounds on the Tropical East African Coastline. Kole Kole Beach Resort and Spa is in one of the most idyllic resort areas in the world with a vast, uninterrupted stretch of white sandy beach, lapped by fascinating opal lagoons.
The morning is at leisure and you can enjoy a swim in the ocean this morning. Your driver will meet you in reception and from here, transfer you to the Ukundu Airstrip for your flight to Jomo Kenyatta Airport where you connect with your international flight home.
Winchester Mansions Hotel is an iconic Cape Dutch building and is the leading sea front hotel on Sea Point’s Promenade facing the Atlantic Ocean. It is two minutes’ drive from the trendy Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and is unique amongst Cape Town hotels for its spectacular seaside location. This charming and gracious hotel offers its guests grace, style and contemporary flair. It is a multiple winner of the “Best Luxury Hotel” category at the annual AA Travel Guide Awards and is a winner in the TripAdvisor Travellers Choice 2013 Awards, making the list of the Top 25 hotels in South Africa.
The rooms are spacious and elegant and all of them have either sea or mountain views. There are 51 classic or contemporary loft style rooms and 25 suites, including one presidential suite.
Sip sundowners on the terrace whilst viewing the spectacular ocean sunsets and enjoy signature dishes from Harvey’s Restaurant. The Winchester’s beautiful colonnaded Courtyard, built in the style of an Italian piazza, is a tranquil oasis. Encircled by palm trees and water fountains, it makes a perfect setting for a romantic dinner under the stars. You can relax around the decked heated swimming pool and there is an in-house spa offering health and beauty treatments. There is a complimentary shuttle service between the hotel and the V&A Waterfront.
Situated on the outskirts of Nairobi Central Park shaded by Jacaranda, bouganvillea, and acacia trees. The tranquil setting belies its location – just moments from most city attractions, including art and cultural institutions, shopping, nightlife, and entertainment. 184 air-conditioned en-suite rooms consists of 163 standard rooms, 5 superior rooms and 16 suites, 24 hours room service, business centre and conference facilities, health club, bars, restaurants, swimming pool. It also has a beautiful gift shop and a hair dressing saloon. All rooms are appointed to the highest international standards and have been individually interior designed along pan-African themes. Service in each room includes air conditioning, minibar, room safe, hairdryer, satellite TV, double glazed windows, mosquito nets on request.
Dining facilities at Nairobi Serena Hotel include a restaurant and a cafeteria. There is also room service available. The hotel boasts a 24-hour front desk service. A currency exchange facility is also available.
The lodge lies at the southern end of Masai Mara Game Reserve. It is sited in the direct path of the annual migration and was first lodge to be built in Mara. Keekorok’s charm lies in the liberal use of local building materials. Sand stone, cedar wood and other indigenous materials are used in all rooms and public areas. A 300m walkway meanders through the riverine forest in front of Keekorok with a small bar at one end overlooking a dam where the resident hippo, if he is not on a ‘walk about’ finds his observers as fascinating as they find him.
Accommodation is in 74 twins and 10 single rooms all en-suite. Other facilities include a swimming pool, boutique, restaurant, bars, video lounge and conference facilities.
Located on the world famous Diani Beach, The Baobab Beach Resort and Spa is set within 80 acres of tropical gardens, overlooking the Indian Ocean. An oasis of tranquility and serenity, the Resort’s picturesque location is nestled on a coral headland overlooking vast stretches of golden beach. Shaded by indigenous coastal vegetation and exotic coconut palms the resort stretches over 500 metres of golden beach front offering the ultimate luxury beach holiday.
The resort comprises three luxurious properties – The Baobab, The Maridadi and Kole Kole, offering a unique selection of exquisite accommodation and facilities spread across the resort grounds. Guestrooms have been specifically designed to provide paramount comfort and luxury for all our clients. Guests may utilise leisure facilities across the resort including 3 swimming pools, dining areas and much more.
Kole Kole offers exceptional accommodation comprising superior rooms, deluxe rooms and exclusive suites. The more spacious deluxe room’s offer a magnificent, hand-carved four-poster king-size bed and the suites come with their own private jacuzzi. All rooms are sea-facing, peacefully set in tropical gardens around the property's elegant infinity pool.
This morning your guide will collect you for a Full Day Cape Peninsular Tour. We depart from your hotel and travel along the spectacular Atlantic Seaboard. We drive through the coastal suburbs of Sea Point, Bantry Bay and Clifton. We will stop for a photo opportunity of Table Mountain's impressive Twelve Apostles. We then travel on past Bakoven and Llandudno which are marked by shipwrecks which fell foul to the infamous Cape winter storms, then on to the scenic fishing village of Hout Bay.
You will also head over the 600m heights of Chapman's Peak Drive (if open), which is without a doubt one of the world's most spectacular mountain passes. You will also have a chance to watch Southern Right Whales frolicking just offshore from June to November.
Explore the rocky coastline and unique Cape Fynbos vegetation which is home to unique birdlife such as African Black Oystercatchers and Cape Sugarbirds amongst others. The opportunity is also there to view small animals such as the Cape Mountain Zebra, Bontebok, ostrich and Baboon as we enter the Cape of Good Hope National Park. Climb to the famous Cape Point Lighthouse to capture the magical vistas of False Bay, and stop at the south western most point of Africa - the fabled Cape of Good Hope. (A funicular is an optional extra for those who prefer).
Lunch (for your own account) will be at one of the restaurants of your choice after having been giving suggestions by your guide. We will visit Boulders Beach for an exciting close up encounter with African Penguins. Drive through the historical naval village of Simons town and over yet another spectacular mountain pass; Boyes Drive, where you will take in views of the quaint fishing harbour at Kalk Bay as well as the seaside villages of St James and Muizenberg.
Visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens - with time to browse these magnificent gardens set on the slopes of Table Mountain before returning to the city.
Your guide will meet you in reception and from here you make your way to Ferry Terminal. You are booked on the 09h00 Robben Island Tour.
Robben Island – You take the ferry from the V&A Waterfront across Table Bay to Robben Island. An ex-prisoner takes you on an extensive tour of the prison, which includes a visit to Nelson Mandela's cell, the limestone quarry and the old leper colony. After the tour, you take the ferry back to the Waterfront, where your guide will meet you.
For nearly 400 years, Robben Island, 12 kilometres from Cape Town, was a place of banishment, exile, isolation and imprisonment. It was here at Robben Island that rulers sent those regarded as political troublemakers, social outcasts and the unwanted of society.
During the apartheid years Robben Island became internationally known for its institutional brutality. The duty of those who ran Robben Island and the Robben Island prison was to isolate
opponents of apartheid and to crush their morale. Some freedom fighters spent more than a quarter of a century in prison on Robben Island for their beliefs.
Those imprisoned on the Island succeeded on a psychological and political level in turning a prison 'hell-hole' into a symbol of freedom and personal liberation. Robben Island came to symbolise, not only for South Africa and the African continent, but also for the entire world, the triumph of the human spirit over enormous hardship and adversity.
Robben Island has not only been used as a prison. It was a training and defence station in World War II (1939-1945) and a hospital for leprosy patients, and the mentally and chronically ill (1846-1931). In the 1840s, Robben Island was chosen for a hospital because it was both secure (isolating dangerous cases) and healthy (providing a good environment for cure).
During this time, political and common-law prisoners were still kept on Robben Island. As there was no cure and little effective treatment available for leprosy, mental illness and other chronic illnesses in the 1800s, Robben Island was a kind of prison for the hospital patients too.
Since 1997 Robben Island has been a museum. The museum on the Island is a dynamic institution, which acts as a focal point of South African heritage. The Robben Island Museum runs educational programmes for schools, youths and adults, facilitates tourism development, conducts ongoing research related to Robben Island and fulfils an archiving function.
After you arrive back at the ferry terminal, you will meet your guide for the half day City Tour. This is a comprehensive city orientation tour starting with a trip up Table Mountain by cable car. You and your guide can enjoy a short walk at the summit and admire the incredible scenery.
You will be taken on a city tour, which includes a visit to two or three of our famous museums, the Castle of Good Hope and the Malay / Muslim quarters. You will drive through the city center and go past the houses of parliament, and visit the company gardens.
Please note that tours are subject to a change in direction due to weather, traffic and time restraints.
A tour of the Malay Quarter
The flower sellers and the Castle of Good Hope.
After the tour, you dropped off at your hotel and the evening is at leisure.
Today you join the Cape Explorer Wine Country Day Tour & Tastings. The bus will stop outside the Winchester Mansions at 08h45, so please be at the bus stop by 08h30. There is only 1 bus per day.
Escape to the Cape's famous wine country on this full-day tour from Cape Town.
Taste regional wines from two different wineries in the Franschhoek and Stellenbosch wine valleys, including both big-name and family-run estates. Learn about the winemaking process during guided tours of the vineyard and their wine cellars.
A great opportunity to enjoy lunch in the quaint, historic village of Franschhoek.
o Professional live guided tour by wine specialist guide (in English)
o FREE wine tastings at 2 wine estates
o FREE cheese pairing
o FREE cellar tour
o FREE Wi-Fi & USB ports aboard the bus
o Transport by air-conditioned coach
o A photo stop at Blouberg for that picture postcard view of Table Mountain from across the water
o Lunch for your own account
After the Wine tour, the bus will drop you off outside the hotel and the evening is at leisure.
After breakfast, your guide will meet you at reception at 09h00 for your full day tour.
This morning you will visit the Giraffe Centre - This is your chance to encounter the Rothschild Giraffe, an endangered giraffe species and one of the 3 species found in East Africa. The Giraffe Centre which is run by The African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (A.F.E.W) was established in an attempt to save the endangered Rothschild giraffe. The Rothschild giraffe had lost its natural habitat in western Kenya due sub-division and resettlement and only 130 Rothschild giraffe were remaining. The Giraffe Centre is home to about 14 resident Rothschild giraffes. At the Giraffe Centre, you will be able to hand feed, observe and even kiss the friendly Rothschild giraffes.
Next is a visit to the Sheldrick’s Elephant Orphanage. Born from one family’s passion for Kenya and its wilderness, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is today the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world and one of the pioneering conservation organisations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa.
You then stop for Lunch at the famous Carnivore Restaurant (lunch for your own account).
From here you continue on for city tour of Nairobi, with a visit to the railway museum and snake park.
You return to your hotel and the evening is at leisure.
The Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya covers an area of 1 510 square km. This vast protected landscape is one of the top wildlife destinations in Africa, and is Kenya's flagship conservation area. It has fenceless borders with a number of private conservancies, as well as with Tanzania's Serengeti National Park, forming the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem. The lack of fences allows one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth to make place unfettered – the great migration.
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 rangers, bird watching with resident guides and naturalists reveal the wonders of the Mara.
The Masai Mara was named for the Maasai people who inhabit the area, and for the Mara River, which flows through this great reserve. In addition to the abundant wildlife in the reserve, no Masai Mara safari would be complete without a cultural experience with the Maasai people.
Game viewing in the Masai Mara is excellent all year around thanks to the diverse population of resident game, including the Big 5 – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino – plus popular species like zebra, giraffe, hyena, eland and gazelle. The Mara’s big cats are even the stars of a popular wildlife TV series.
From July to November, the wildebeest migration, reaches the Mara - the sheer number of wildebeest arriving in the area is staggering. The migration is a dramatic mass movement of almost 2-million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle in a seasonal annual cycle driven by rainfall. To reach the Mara’s fresh grazing, wildebeest make dramatic river crossings, facing enormous crocodiles, to feast on the Mara plains and regain their strength. November's short summer rains trigger the last leg of the migration, when the wildebeest move south to their Serengeti calving grounds. The calving season also happens in the Mara between December and January. Known as the green season, it’s a time when surface water is plentiful and wildebeest, zebra and antelope give birth to their calves, foals and fawns. With so much easy prey around, it is also a good time for predators to raise their cubs and pups, making for wonderful photographic opportunities.
The Kenyan coast is one of the most idyllic resort areas in the world with a vast, uninterrupted stretch of white sandy beach, lapped by fascinating opal lagoons.
Mombasa, Kenya's second largest city after Nairobi, offers travellers an exotic taste of the African tropics steeped in centuries of seafaring history. This cosmopolitan tourist hub is actually an island connected by bridges and ferries to the Kenyan coast. Stretching for miles along the mainland to the north and south, Mombasa's beach resorts preside over palm-studded strands fringed by shimmering coral reefs. Tourists flock here to enjoy the many things to do - from dolphin spotting trips on traditional dhows and deep-sea fishing to diving and snorkeling the wrecks and reefs and basking on the sun-splashed shores. But in the city itself, on the bustling island, a world of history and culture awaits.
Thanks to its legacy as the largest port in East Africa, Mombasa is a cultural melting pot. British, Asian, Arabic, Omanis, Indian, and Chinese immigrants have enriched the city's architecture and cuisine, and many mosques and temples grace the city streets. In the Old Town, where fragrant spices waft from local markets, you can step back in time and explore the ancient buildings. Beyond the city, wildlife parks, villages, and ancient ruins round out the wealth of water-based fun.
Mombasa is a Swahili founded and ruled city. It was founded between the 1st and 5th century. At certain times it was occupied by the Portuguese, Arabs and British and originated back in the 16th century. Mombasa's culture today still exhibits that of its past. Historical ruins like Forte Jesus de Mombaça (Fort Jesus), an historic Portuguese fort, and the Old Town are