Grand African Safari

23 Days
Cape Town to Nairobi
From (NZD)
$ 24,015
$ 23,015
Dates & Pricing

2020/2021 Cape Town > Nairobi

Essential Africa

Close your eyes and think of Africa and you’re likely to picture one of the iconic attractions in this itinerary. After all, this journey was designed to introduce you to Africa’s true essence.
The wonder of it all is that the Africa of your imagination is accessible to you. It’s a place with vast herds of elephants and antelope, where lions roam the plains, and cheetahs that chase down their prey with spectacular speed. It’s a place with many monumental wonders; Cape Town’s Table Mountain, and Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls, to pick out just two. It encompasses all the splendour of Kenya’s highest mountain peaks and Tanzania’s great rolling grasslands. And best of all, it’s available right here in one complete, convenient and wondrous journey.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
SZCT
Duration:
23 days
Departure City:
Cape Town
Return City:
Nairobi

23 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Cape Town

    Welcome to Cape Town. Your journey into wonder begins with a three night Special Stay.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Cape Town

    Ascend Table Mountain by rotating gondola for stunning 360 degree views.

    Freechoice

    Sample South Africa’s finest vintages with a winelands tour. Alternatively, visit Robben Island, take a township tour, or a Harley DavidsonTM ride.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  3. Day 3 - Cape Town

    Journey along the Atlantic coastline to Cape Point, stop at the Cape of Good Hope and visit Boulders Beach, home to an African penguin colony.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  4. Day 4 - Cape Town > Thornybush Game Reserve (Kruger National Park)

    Fly to Hoedspruit and transfer to Thornybush Private Game Lodge, adjacent to Kruger National Park and home to Africa’s ‘Big Five’, where you’ll enjoy a three night Special Stay. Set off on your first game drive this afternoon.

    Sundowners

    At the end of your afternoon game drive, partake in one of the most enjoyable of safari traditions – Sundowner drinks.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Thornybush Game Reserve (Kruger National Park)

    Specially adapted Land Rovers are able to game drive without restriction, to track the ‘Big Five’ – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo.

    Enrich

    Dine under a starlit sky with the sounds of African wildlife.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Thornybush Game Reserve (Kruger National Park)

    Encounter Africa’s wildlife on your morning and evening game drives today. There is also an opportunity for a walking safari with your ranger.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Panorama Route > Johannesburg

    Travel the magnificent Panorama Route to Johannesburg and see the Blyde River Canyon – the third deepest in the world. Enjoy an overnight stay at your stylish hotel in Johannesburg.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  8. Day 8 - Johannesburg > Victoria Falls

    Board your flight to Victoria Falls and marvel at the world’s largest sheet of falling water. Check into your hotel for a three night Special Stay.

    Sundowners

    Be treated to a special Sundowners cruise down the Zambezi River and watch the teeming wildlife on the banks, drink in hand, just upstream from Victoria Falls.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Chobe National Park

    Enjoy a cruise on the Chobe River, home to vast herds of elephants and buffalo as well as a game drive along the shoreline.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  10. Day 10 - Victoria Falls

    Enrich

    Visit a typical Zimbabwean village to gain unique insights into traditional tribal life. Get up close and personal during your visit to an elephant sanctuary.

    Witness the power of Victoria Falls from the Zimbabwean side. Enjoy dinner in the beautiful Livingstone Restaurant.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Victoria Falls > Nairobi

    Optional Helicopter Flight - Enjoy an optional helicopter flight over Victoria Falls. Enquire for details (additional cost, please book on tour).

    Fly to Nairobi for a two night stay at your elegant hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  12. Day 12 - Nairobi

    Experience a unique encounter with a  giraffe and learn about how these animals are endangered. Relive the romance of the movie Out of Africa during a visit to Karen Blixen’s home before travelling to Kiambethu Tea Farm. Wander through the tea fields and hear the stories of the first commercially grown tea in Kenya.

    Freechoice Dining

    Choose between the local Carnivores Restaurant famous for its wide variety of meats roasted roasted over a fire pit on a traditional Maasai sword, or relax with dinner at the hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Nairobi > Ngorongoro Crater

    Journey into magical Tanzania and travel onto the Ngorongoro Crater, known as ‘Africa’s Eden’. Enjoy a two night Special Stay at your lodge, on the crater’s rim.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Ngorongoro Crater

    Witness sunrise over the crater before an extended game drive along the crater floor. The area is reputed to contain the largest number of predators in all of Africa.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Ngorongoro Crater > Serengeti National Park

    Step back in time with a visit to Olduvai Gorge, site of archaeological findings, including traces of pre-historic man dating back 3.5 million years. Later, enter Serengeti National Park with its vast central plains, made fertile by the ashes of the nearby highlands. Your two night stay is at the Serengeti Sopa Lodge.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Serengeti National Park

    The Seronera Valley is renowned for its game viewing.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Serengeti National Park > Amboseli National Reserve

    Fly to Arusha and enjoy the marvellous view of Mount Kilimanjaro. Return to Kenya and to Amboseli National Reserve where massive herds of elephants migrate across the dry plains. Your lodge, your home for two nights, sits beside a major elephant trail with views of the mountain.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Amboseli National Reserve

    On your game drives today cheetahs and lions can often be seen stalking the plains. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Amboseli National Reserve > Lake Nakuru National Park

    Journey north into the heart of Kenya to Lake Nakuru. Enjoy a two night stay at Lion Hill Lodge, overlooking the lake.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Lake Nakuru

    Enrich

    Visit the Lake Nakuru Orphanage centre, established by an Australian family and draw a little closer to Africa and its wonderful people.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - Lake Nakuru > Masai Mara Reserve

    The Masai Mara is home to 95 species of animals. Enjoy a two night stay inside the reserve at the Sarova Mara Camp.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  22. Day 22 - Masai Mara Reserve

    Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight -  Experiencing the savannah at dawn from a hot air balloon is a once-in-a-lifetime moment (additional cost, please book on tour).

    Enrich

    Visit a traditional Maasai village and learn about this complex and proudly independent culture and their close association with the
    wild animals.

    Freechoice

    Join your Maasai guide for a walk. Alternatively, join an African cooking class.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  23. Day 23 - Masai Mara > Nairobi

    Enrich

    Enjoy an exclusive farewell bush breakfast out on the open plains of the Masai Mara amongst the wildlife.

    Board your light aircraft for a scenic flight over the reserve to Nairobi airport where it’s time to say farewell to new found friends. Please book flight to depart from Nairobi after 4pm.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Highlights
  • Stay on the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town with stunning backdrops of Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean
  • Experience the excitement of a game drive in search of the Big Five and enjoy the safari tradition of Sundowners
  • Feel the spray of the water from Victoria Falls while enjoying your guided tour
  • See Africa’s ‘Garden of Eden’, Ngorongoro Crater
  • Watch the elephants at play on your Chobe River cruise

5-star luxury inclusions
  • Fully escorted group touring
  • 5 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 8 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining
  • 2 Scenic Sundowners events
  • 4 memorable Scenic Special Stays
  • Private concession game reserves
  • 55 meals – 22 breakfasts (B), 16 lunches (L) and 17 dinners (D)
  • Expert Tour Director and knowledgeable local and safari guides
  • All internal flights
  • Return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities

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