Grand Africa

Overview

This 20-day adventure showcases some of the vast and diverse areas of Africa. This journey offers visits to some of the best places in eastern and southern Africa. From the beauty of Cape Town in South Africa to the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, as well as Chobe National Park in Botswana and the unique wildlife areas of Kenya and Tanzania, this tour finishes on the idyllic island of Zanzibar.

Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVE CAPE TOWN
On arrival at Cape Town International Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Three nights at the PORTSWOOD HOTEL.

DAYS 2 – 3 : CAPE TOWN
Enjoy a full-day tour showcasing the highlights of the Cape area, visiting Cape Point Nature Reserve and the Cape of Good Hope, Chapman’s Peak, Hout Bay and Sea Point. The next morning you will have another half-day tour of the city and Table Mountain. Afterwards you will have free time to relax and wander around the waterfront area. (B)

DAYS 4 – 5: CAPE TOWN – VICTORIA FALLS
This morning you will be transferred to Cape Town Airport for your flight to Victoria Falls (flight not included). On arrival, you will be transferred to VICTORIA FALLS SAFARI LODGE, where you will stay for the next two nights. The lodge overlooks a waterhole where wildlife come to drink. It also provides a regular shuttle to and from the Victoria Falls township and the falls. Enjoy free time to explore the area, with a sunset dinner cruise arranged on one of the evenings. (B)

DAYS 6 – 7: VICTORIA FALLS – CHOBE
Today, you will be transferred by road to Chobe National Park in Botswana. Your lodge is located on the banks of the Chobe River, just outside the park and next to a local village. You will spend the next two days exploring Chobe National Park with morning and afternoon game drives in open 4×4 vehicles plus boat cruises on the Chobe River. Two nights at CHOBE BAKWENA LODGE. (B, L, D)

DAY 8: CHOBE – NAIROBI
Today, you will be transferred to Victoria Falls airport for your scheduled flight to Nairobi (flight not included). On arrival you will be met by a representative of African Travel Specialists and transferred to SAROVA STANLEY for your two-night stay. The rest of your day is at leisure to explore the city. (B)

DAY 9: NAIROBI
This morning you will be collected from your hotel for your tour of the Karen Blixen Museum (made famous in the movie – Out of Africa) and the Giraffe Centre. At the Giraffe Centre you can hand feed the magnificent Rothschild Giraffes. You will have the afternoon free to explore the many markets, art galleries and museums of Nairobi. (B)

DAY 10: NAIROBI – LAKE NAKURU
Today, you will be driven into the Great Rift Valley where Lake Nakuru National Park is located. You will be transferred to your lodge within the park, noted for its rhino population and aquatic birds. After lunch, embark on a late afternoon game drive in the park after which you will return to the lodge by sundown. Overnight at SAROVA LION HILL LODGE. (B, L, D)

DAYS 11 – 12: LAKE NAKURU – MAASAI MARA
After breakfast, you will be driven to Lake Naivasha, for a boat ride on the lake and a walk on Crescent Island. Lunch will be at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge, before you are taken to your scheduled flight (included) to the Masai Mara. On arrival you will be met by your driver/guide and taken to your lodge. Here you will explore the rich grasslands and rolling hills known for the huge herds of plains game, black–maned lion, elephants and many other species. You may also like to take a guided walk or an early morning balloon safari (at additional cost) over this magnificent area. Two nights accommodation at MARA INTREPIDS. (B, L, D)

DAY 13: MASAI MARA – SERENGETI
Today you will depart from the Masai Mara to Serengeti (Tanzania) by air (flight included). On arrival at Seronera Airstrip you will be met and transferred with game viewing en-route to the lodge, arriving in time for lunch. Enjoy an afternoon game drive in Serengeti National Park. Two nights accommodation at SERENGETI SERENA LODGE.
(B, L, D)

DAY 14: SERENGETI
The day will be spent viewing game in the Serengeti. The area is regarded as having the greatest concentration of wildebeest, zebra, giraffe and antelope in Africa. During the migration, there are millions of hoofed animals crossing the treeless plains of the Serengeti. The Serengeti boasts large numbers of predators such as lion, cheetah, leopard and hyena. (B, L, D)

DAY 15: SERENGETI – NGORONGORO
After breakfast, you will travel by road to Olduvai Gorge, the world-famous archaeological site where you will stop for a picnic lunch. In the afternoon continue to the Karatu area, where you will arrive at NGORONGORO SERENA LODGE for dinner and spend the next two nights. (B, L, D)

DAY 16: NGORONGORO
This morning you will head into the crater for a full day of game viewing enjoying a picnic lunch on the crater floor. Return to the lodge in time for dinner. (B, L, D)

DAY 17: ZANZIBAR
After breakfast, depart by road to Arusha with a packed lunch box, arriving at the airport in time for your
scheduled flight to the island of Zanzibar (flight included). On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel set amongst mosques, minarets, Hindu temple towers and church spires in the middle of Stone Town. Three nights at KISIWA HOUSE. (B, L)

DAYS 18 – 19: ZANZIBAR
This beautiful “spice island” is a mix of many cultures and you will be captivated by the unique architecture, the exotic cuisine, the smell of spices, the hospitality of the people, the white sandy beaches and the clear blue sea. You will have two full days to explore the island at leisure. (B)

DAY 20: DEPART ZANZIBAR
After breakfast, you will be met and transferred to Zanzibar International Airport for your outbound flight, marking the end of your trip.

Includes

20 nights accommodation on a
twin share basis
• Meals as indicated (B, L, D)
• Sightseeing, game viewing and
excursions as per itinerary
• Experienced driver/guides
• Entrance fees where applicable
• All transfers where indicated
• Flights as detailed in itinerary

NOTE: Based on a minimum of 2
passengers travelling together.
To make the most of seeing the
Migration, the East Africa portion
may be reversed. The itinerary is
flexible and can be amended to suit.
Accommodation is 4-star throughout
and most activities are included.

Subject to change without notice.

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Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge is set on a crater rim overlooking the Ngorongoro crater described as the eighth wonder of the world. The lodge is built from local river stones and camouflaged with indigenous vines. Designed to blend completely into the landscape. Strung around the Crater rim, each with its own rock-enclosed balcony, the 75 rooms feature brass lamps, embossed leather headboards, wildwood mirrors, Maasai carvings and stylised prehistoric cave paintings. Each room enjoys uninterrupted views over the Crater’s unmatched splendour. 

Portswood Hotel

Part of Cape Town’s colonial history, the Portswood Hotel was originally built as a Convict Station with the current restaurant built over the well and holding cells for prisoners en-route to Robben Island. Located on the V&A Waterfront, the 103-room hotel is a mere 22km from Cape Town International Airport.

Peermont Mondior Hotel at Emperor's Palace

The Peermont Mondior Hotel at Emperors Palace is located 5 minutes from Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo Airport. There is a restaurant and a cocktail bar and is a short walk to all the restaurants, bars and casino in the Emperor’s Palace complex. As it is located within the secure complex, it is safe to walk to the restaurants and bars. There is a complimentary shuttle to and from the airport.

Kisiwa House

Kisiwa House is located on a quiet street in the heart of Stone Town, within easy walking distance to significant landmarks, museums, antique shops and restaurants. This hotel features nine luxurious and spacious rooms, a courtyard lounge and restaurant, the perfect places to unwind in after a hard day at the beach!

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge

Set high on the saddle of tree-clad ridge commanding panoramic views over the Serengeti, the Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge is the ultimate fusion of traditional African architecture and world-class style. The lodge features thickly thatched, stone-built rooms, spaciously set amongst groves of indigenous trees. Enjoy a drink at the bar or take a dip in the pool, all whilst enjoying the lilac-streaked sunset over the Serengeti.

Mara Intrepids

Mara Intrepids sits above a sweeping bend in the Talek River, overlooking the plains of the Masai Mara. The camp has 30 elegant guest tents which sit on a shady raised platform with sweeping views over the riverbanks, and each has a large 4-poster bed, traditional style furniture and modern en-suite bathrooms. The guides at Mara Intrepid are amongst the best in the Mara.

Sarova Stanley

The Sarova Stanley Hotel was opened in 1902, located right in the middle of Nairobi and has assuredly retained its Victorian elegance. The rooms are furnished in colonial style and ambiance, but with all modern conveniences. In addition to the suites, there are three categories of guest rooms equipped with an outdoor or atrium view.

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

The 98-room Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge is an international-style lodge brilliantly positioned on the eastern edge of Tanzania’s UNESCO-listed Ngorongoro Crater with stunning views over the crater. The central areas of this lodge are all within one large glass-fronted building, shaped in two rondavels and adjoined by a central well-lit atrium. Enjoy sights from a glass-enclosed balcony with two rocking chairs that has stunning views over the crater.

Sarova Lion Hill Lodge

Sarova Lion Hill Lodge is situated on a hillside bordering Lake Nakuru, with expansive views of the lake in the heart of Lake Nakuru National Park. Chalet-style rooms and suites at Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge have private patios with panoramic views of the flamingo pink rimmed Lake Nakuru. The lodge is a two-hour drive from Nairobi or just a 30-minute flight by private charter to the park airstrip.

Chobe Bakwena Lodge

Chobe Bakwena Lodge is an eco-luxury retreat comprising 10 rondavel style chalets, including 2 family units. Each chalet offers a river view, as well as laid-back luxury with its own raised deck with daybeds overlooking the river. The lodge’s chefs prepare simple African fusion dishes inspired by Setswana cuisine. There is also a lounge, restaurant and the Rain Tree bar overlooking the river, as well as the swimming pool.

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

Set high on a natural plateau, Victoria Falls Safari Lodge borders the Zambezi National Park and is just 4 km from the thundering Victoria Falls. Of the 72 bedrooms, 6 are split level suites with a lounge, cloak-room, and balcony on one level and a bedroom and en suite bathroom upstairs. The lodge is renowned for its cuisine especially the world famous Boma restaurant. Offering every comfort, Victoria Falls Safari Lodge offers outstanding accommodation and hospitality together with a chance to see the wildlife that visits the lodge’s waterhole.

Kisiwa House

Kisiwa house is located in a quiet street in the heart of stone town, within walking distance of the significant landmarks, antique shops and restaurants. The hotel has 10 luxuriously appointed rooms all with a modern zanzibari feel. Each room has plush interiors with every amenity including flat screen tvs, wireless internet, air-conditioning and tea/coffee makers. There is a rooftop restaurant onsite serving traditional and continental specialties.

Lahia Tented Lodge

Discover Lahia Tented Lodge, where luxury meets wilderness. Immerse yourself in the rugged beauty of the Central Serengeti, all from the comfort of spacious, canvas tents with modern comforts. Accommodating 25 tents, Lahia Tented Lodge is situated 90km from the Serengeti National Park and is the ideal place from which to experience the thrill of safari.

Lion's Paw Camp

Positioned right at the very edge of Ngorongoro Crater, Lion’s Paw Camp offers a unique view across the caldera.  Guests indulge in tranquil luxury, and are spoilt every sunrise and sunset with views across the vast savannah. Enjoy thrilling game drives to explore the diverse landscape, immerse yourself in the local Maasai culture, and make unforgettable memories at this intimate camp.