33 days

Classic Africa Safari

Classic Africa Safari

Masai Mara's mammal migrations

The flamingos of Lake Nakuru

Chobe National Park's river

Etosha National Park - game drives and floodlit waterholes

‘The smoke that thunders' - Victoria Falls

The children of East Africa Mission Orphanage

Game drives in the Masai Mara

Lake Naivasha's hippos

Tented camp stays

The beaches, cultural diversity and slave history of the 'spice islands' of Zanzibar

Cape Town - South Africa's 'Mother City'

Okavango Delta by 'mokoro'

Trip rating
  • From Nairobi to Cape Town, this is a truly comprehensive overland tour through the highlights of southern Africa. In 33 days you'll fit plenty in, but with enough time built-in to simply relax and take in all the sights and sounds of Africa.

     

     

    Why we love it

    • On the plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara and within the caldera known as Ngorongoro Crater, we find the Africa of our dreams;
    • incredible abundance of wildlife can be seen roaming the wide savannahs in what has often been described as ‘nature’s playground’.
    • Southern Africa gives us wildlife encounters of varied and contrasting terrains, from wetlands to salt pans and bright orange sandy deserts
    • the magnificent Okavango Delta and perhaps the hidden jewel of African wildlife reserves – Etosha National Park. Fish River Canyon

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Nairobi

    • On arrival in Nairobi, you are met and transferred to your hotel. Upon arrival in our Nairobi hotel our local representative will meet you to ensure that all is well. This representative will also provide details of a trip briefing to be held in the evening at the hotel, as well as any additional tours or activities that you may wish to enjoy whilst in Nairobi. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Please note this is an arrival day, so you may arrive at any time. Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, was established at the turn of the century by the Europeans as a stores depot during the building of the East African Railway. Without plan or design it established itself as the capital of the British protectorate, and today has a population of around three million comprising a mixture of African, Asian and European. While the predominant tribe is the Kikuyu, the city does not have one single dominating ethnic group. Its accidental choice as capital, virtually located on the meeting territories of three important tribes, has been diplomatically fortunate for the economic growth of the country. If you have spare time before the tour there are many places to visit in and around Nairobi. Options include Daphne Sheldrick's Elephant Orphanage, the Karen Blixen Museum, Langata Giraffe Centre and a meal at the famous Carnivore Restaurant, where meat lovers can taste a variety of barbecued game meat.
    Panafric Hotel or similar

    Day 2 - Lake Nakuru National Park

    • We depart Nairobi after breakfast and head north, driving along the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley.
    • AM visit to Elsamere lunch and boat activity - freshwater Lake Naivasha – the second largest lake in Kenya and the highest of the lakes (1884m) in the Great Rift Valley. We visit a house that contains much history. 'Elsamere' is the former home of the writer, Joy Adamson. 'Born Free' was written in 1960 and did much to bring the issue of African wildlife conservation into the mainstream. The house is a veritable museum that dedicated to the works of Joy and George Adamson, and of course there are many photos of Elsa – the lioness that started it all! It's also a great place to enjoy a sumptuous morning tea, with the lake as a serene backdrop. We get to enjoy a boat trip on the lake, where we look out for some of the many resident hippos that live on the waters.
    • After lunch heading to the East Africa Mission Orphanage, just outside Nakuru. Here we meet the children who call this orphanage home. They love to practice their English skills and also are excited to know more about the world - be warned they will have lots of questions for you! The East Africa Mission Orphanage looks after more than 100 children ranging in age from just a few days old to 15 years years of age. The complete needs of the children, including full school education, are provided for by the orphanage. This orphanage is actually the result of the dream of one family, who arrived in Kenya in 1997 with nothing more than two suitcases each. It is a charitable institution, registered with the Kenyan Government for the purposes of caring for the thousands of homeless orphans that would end up either dying a premature death through malnutrition, walking the streets in search of food or turning to prostitution as a means of survival. The orphanage is taking up the challenge to reach out to these children before they have to fend for themselves out in the streets. We are proud to help support the efforts of this family and their incredible orphanage, and is excited to be able to take clients right into the orphanage itself! on completion we return to our lodge for the night.
    Sleeping Warrior Camp or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 3 - Lake Nakuru National Park

    • This morning we visit Lake Nakuru National park the centrepiece of the park is the lake itself. Lake Nakuru is a soda lake which is home to massive numbers of flamingos - up to two million on occasion - and thousands of other birds. It has been described as the world's greatest ornithological spectacle and, at times, the lake is literally a sea of pink. In addition, the park itself also boasts substantial numbers of other species, including waterbuck, reedbuck, kudu and gazelle. Leopards are also to be found here, providing good chances for sightings (although there are no guarantees!). Perhaps we may also be fortunate enough to encounter one of Africa's most endangered animals - the rhinoceros. There is quite a good chance of seeing white rhinos, whilst black rhinos may prove to be more elusive.
    Sleeping Warrior Camp or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 4-5 - Masai Mara National Reserve

    • We head south-west to our next destination, the Masai Mara - arguably one of the finest game reserves in Africa. The area is known for its rolling green plains and riverine woodlands, and amongst the many species of game, we may be lucky to observe black-maned lion, leopard and cheetah. These predators find an abundant food supply in the massive herds of wildebeest, zebra, Thomson's and Grant's gazelle that roam the grasslands. We arrive at the park in time to enjoy lunch and settle in. In the afternoon we embark on a game drive, pausing to enjoy sundowners prior to heading back to camp in the early evening. As dusk falls we may see a variety of animals in the vicinity and listen to the sounds of the African night from our lodge. The next day we explore the park on morning and afternoon game drives and witness the wonderful procession of wildlife that inhabit this area. Wildebeest, zebra and gazelle are plentiful and, with luck, we may spot the predators keeping a casual eye on their movements. Elephant, giraffe and eland are also commonly sighted, along with plenty of bird life.
    JK Mara Camp or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 6 - Migori

    • We leave the Masai Mara behind and head to meet the truck and make our onward journey to Migori. On the way we will have a picnic lunch and visit a local Soapstone factory.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 7-8 - Serengeti National Park

    • This morning at 7am cross into Tanzania before heading to the Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti, which means 'endless plains' in Masai, is Tanzania's largest park, covering an area of 14,700 square kilometres. Its main claim to fame lies in the fact that it is home to over three million animals including a multitude of plains animals that provide for the greatest wildlife spectacle in the world. A unique phenomenon is the annual migration. Hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra trek the route annually, in some places simply grazing, in other places rushing madly across rivers and plains. The game most likely to be seen in the Serengeti in addition to the wildebeest and zebra are gazelle, lion, cheetah, warthog, hyena, hippo and ostrich. In all there are more than thirty-five species of plains animals, as well as a great profusion of bird life. The landscape changes within the park from the vast treeless central plains to thick scrub and forest in the north. Linking these areas is the savannah, dotted with acacia trees and magnificent rock outcrops.
    • Hot-air ballooning in east Africa offers an unforgettable way to see a truly spectacular part of the world and we strongly recommend booking this activity prior to departure. We enjoy a further full day of game drives on Day 8.
    Kati Kati Tented Camp or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 9 - Ngorongoro Highlands

    • (Driving time: approx 3 hours; game drive time variable) After an early morning game drive we depart for the Ngorongoro Crater. Upon arrival we check into our accommodation on the rim of the crater, overlooking arguably the world's greatest natural theatres.
    Ngorongoro Farmhouse or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 10 - Ngorongoro Highlands

    • In the morning we descend to the crater floor, where we hope to see some, if not all, of the 'Big Five'. Ngorongoro Crater is indisputably one of Africa's most beautiful nature reserves and is certainly one of the most spectacular settings found anywhere. It is the largest intact crater in the world and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1978. Geologically, Ngorongoro is the remnant of a volcano that blew apart, leaving a flat plain area ringed with steep walls. The Ngorongoro volcano, before it exploded and collapsed 2 million years ago, was one of the world's tallest mountains. Unlike the Serengeti and Masai Mara, the migration in the Ngorongoro Crater is scant, as it has an abundant year-round food and water supply, and the walls of the collapsed volcano discourage migration. Animals within the Ngorongoro Crater are less shy of people and safari vehicles, so it's easier to view the animals up close. Views from the rim of the crater are sensational. On the crater floor, grassland blends into swamps, lakes, rivers, woodland and hills. The Masai are permitted to water their cattle at the permanent lake and can be seen leading their animals in and out of the crater. The most commonly seen animals are lion, wildebeest, zebra, eland, bushbuck, cheetah, jackal, buffalo, Grant's gazelle, Thompson's gazelle and black rhinoceros.
    Ngorongoro Farmhouse or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 11-12 - Lake Manyara National Park - Zanzibar (East Coast Beaches)

    • We enjoy a morning game drive in Lake Manyara National Park with a picnic lunch. Arriving in Arusha it is then time for fond farewells, as some of us may be leaving the trip in Arusha, along with our tour leader from the East Africa sector. Those of us continuing to Zanzibar are transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport for our flight. You will be unescorted for the Zanzibar sector, but our local representatives will be on hand to look after you. On arrival you are transferred to the east coast of the island. During your time by the beach you can enjoy safe swimming, excellent snorkelling, diving and other water sports including wind surfing and water skiing. There is a fitness centre for those who want to do some exercise prior to the excellent meals served in the restaurant. Our wonderful resort is situated along a white sandy beach. There is a swimming pool, water sports, restaurants, bars and shopping bazaar. It's a perfect place to unwind in the middle of our busy safari.
    Breezes Beach Club or similar
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 13 - Zanzibar (Stone Town)

    • Our third day in Zanzibar is spent in Stone Town, where the remainder of our day is at leisure to explore around the winding alleyways and streets. The historic buildings hark back to a bygone era and the magnificent doors are features to look out for as impressive examples of Swahili heritage. Alternatively you might like to join a highly recommended tour of the spice plantations, which can be easily arranged through our local operator, Zanzibar Unique. On this spice tour you should see and taste a variety of spices (cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, etc.), as well as tropical fruits. Your guide may also introduce certain rare plants including the henna bush and lipstick tree before you are driven back to Stone Town.
    Tembo Hotel or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 14 - Johannesburg

    • Today you fly south to Johannesburg - the largest city in South Africa. You will be unescorted during this portion of the tour. You can expect to arrive at the Peermont Metcourt Hotel Johannesburg by mid-afternoon. On arrival please make your way to the shuttle terminus located in the Parkade building, between the domestic & international terminals. Wait for the Emperors Palace bus at the terminus. The shuttle runs every 20 minutes. Emperor's Palace houses a selection of restaurants for you to enjoy.
    Peermont Metcourt or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 15 - Victoria Falls

    • This morning you take the courtesy airport shuttle from your hotel to Johannesburg International Airport, for your flight to Victoria Falls. The shuttle service departs from the hotel at 20 minute intervals. On arrival at Victoria Falls you are met and transferred to our boutique lodge. Ideally situated in the centre of town, the lodge is also one of the closest to the falls. So close in fact that we can see the spray of the falls from your balcony. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure to wander around town and to book any optional tours or activities through local agents. Tonight we are transferred from our lodge to experience an incredible meal and musical performance at the Boma Restaurant, also known as The House Of Eating. Here we are welcomed with a taste of the local beer, Chibuku, which starts off our culinary adventure. Soups, freshly baked breads and salads are the first courses. Then the main meal arrives - a buffet style array of local meats, which may include warthog, buffalo, crocodile, impala and many more, and are cooked before your eyes on a flamed grill. A range of locally inspired, tasty dishes complement the meats. To complete the feast a number of delicious desserts are on offer. Throughout the meal we are entertained with local song and dance, whilst traditional storytellers may stop by with a colourful story or two. After dinner every guest is given African drum so that we can join in the entertainers. After we are taught how to hold the beat, all restaurant guests and musicians combine together to create some great African music, whilst the dancers continue to amaze us with their athletic ability. Please note that if you do not wish to join in with the drumming you may wish to choose an earlier session for dinner. A suggestion for this evening is to be transferred earlier to the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, where it is possible to enjoy a 'sundowner' at their outdoor bar that overlooks a waterhole. From here we are transferred the very short distance to the Boma for dinner.
    Victoria Falls Safari Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 16 - Victoria Falls - Chobe National Park

    • This morning we visit magnificent Victoria Falls, named by Dr David Livingstone in honour of his English queen. These falls are also commonly referred to by their Kololo name, Mosi-oa-Tunya, or 'the Smoke That Thunders'. Before we start our guided tour, we need to pay US$20 entry fee to the falls at the national park gate and this must be paid for in US dollars cash. (These are Zimbabwean Government regulations. Please ensure you have the correct money and that the notes are not issued prior to the year 2000.) Once inside the park our guide takes us through the falls area, stop at the different viewpoints and explain about the history of the falls and its surroundings. These magnificent falls are considered one of the seven wonders of the natural world and, when in full flow, form the largest sheet of falling water in the world. We then follow the Zambezi River to Botswana and make our way to Chobe National Park, where we enjoy a cruise on the Chobe River. Along the way we look out for elephants and lions without having to reach for our binoculars. We may even get close enough to the wildlife for close-up photography. The bird life on the water is often spectacular and we are sure to be enthralled by sightings of saddle-billed storks, malachite kingfishers, fish eagles, goliath herons and beautiful bee-eaters, to name but a few. There are good numbers of hippopotamus in the river and from time to time we may see crocodiles on the river banks, although they are surprisingly shy, or perhaps a large monitor lizard seeking to make a meal of crocodile eggs. We also spend the night in a mobile camp inside Chobe National Park itself and get to experience this African nature wonderland at night, long after all the day-trippers have left.
    Thebe Safari Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 17 - Chobe National Park - Kwando River - Mudumu National Park Region

    • We enjoy an early morning game drive in Chobe National Park, where we may see elephants drinking at the waters' edge. The park also boasts large herds of cape buffaloes. Please note that a visit to Chobe National Park itself is not a complete wilderness experience, as we are sure to see other people, boats and vehicles when inside the park. We leave Botswana and enter Namibia travelling west along the Caprivi Strip, a 500 kilometre narrow finger of land that connects the rest of Namibia with the Zambezi River. Midway along this strip we stop to spend a night at our lodge just outside the Mudumu National Park. This afternoon we have the option to partake in several activities offered by the lodge. These range from a boating, fishing, birdwatching (over 400 species recorded here) or joining a guided game drive or a game walk. In this subtropical region we get a chance to photograph animals that are rare to other areas of Namibia, such as hippo, sable antelope, lechwe, tsessebe and buffalo, to name but a few.
    Namushasha Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 18-19 - Okavango Delta

    • This morning we exit Namibia and re-enter Botswana at the Muhembo border. After completing immigration formalities we continue along the edge of the Okavango Delta to Sepupa, where we turn off the main road and on to the sandy river paths that take us to the edge of the Okavango River. At Sepupa we transfer to motorboats to travel along the upper reaches of the Okavango Delta system to our home for the next two nights, which is a houseboat in the middle of the Okavango Delta. From our floating home we have the chance to experience the intricacies of the waterways using basic, traditional dugout canoes, known as mokoros. Normally it's a case of two passengers and one poler per mokoro, with the passengers sitting down whilst the poler stands at the back and navigates the way through the myriad waterways, passing palm islands and travelling through lagoons sometimes covered in water lilies or boasting wonderful reflections in the more open areas. Travelling in this manner allows us to delve further afield into the delta in a manner that seems entirely appropriate to our surroundings - a fine way to enjoy the tranquil waterways in this unspoiled part of Africa. The silence may only be broken by the quiet 'whoosh' of your canoe moving on the water or the calls of the many species of birds that live in the area. In the afternoon we return to our houseboat to take a motorboat ride out to witness the often breathtaking sunset.
    Delta Boathouse or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 20 - Rundu

    • Today we drive through Kavango Region to the border at Muhembo, where we re-enter Namibia. We leave the sandy river paths along the edge of the Okavango River; the contrast between the lush and green riverine setting we've been travelling in and the fairly arid country to which we are heading is quite remarkable. We arrive at our accommodation in the late afternoon and have time to explore the area on foot and enjoy a sundowner in this unusual desert wetland.
    Nkwazi Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 21-23 - Etosha National Park

    • This morning we drive to Etosha Nationl Park; Namibia's largest and best known national park and the third largest wildlife sanctuary in the world. The Etosha Pan (the word 'pan' meaning either a wet or dry waterhole) that forms about a third of the park is a vast shallow depression 139 kilometres long and 50 kilometres wide, and is the all that remains of a once great inland sea. Most of it is dry for much of the year, resulting in a shimmering sea of white salt. However, a number of permanent springs are located along its southern shores and these sometimes hold water left by the rainy season, which provides sustenance for the large quantities of wildlife. Many wild animals are attracted to these springs and, during the course of our stay, we hope to see wildebeest, zebra, springbok, kudu, giraffe, jackal, elephant and, with a little luck, lion, leopard, hyena or perhaps even a cheetah. Upon arrival into the park, we check into our accommodation before taking a short game drive before sunset. We spend three outstanding nights in Etosha National Park and explore the varied regions of the park by staying in the park's rest camps. Included breakfasts are taken at the restaurants, whilst lunches and dinners are at your own expense. For these other meals, you may like to eat in the restaurants localed within the camp. There are small local shops that sell groceries at each of the camps. The usual routine involves waking up a little before dawn to start our morning game drive when the sun comes up, as this is often one of the most productive times of the day when most animals tends to be more active. After what is hopefully an exciting morning's drive (every game drive is different and, as you are not in a zoo, there are no guarantees!), we return to camp for brunch and to relax during the heat of the day. Alternatively you may wish to take a swim or spend some time at the waterhole, before the next drive. We set off again in the afternoon and expect to return to a little before sunset. It is always a treat to watch the sunset before enjoying supper and then going out to view the star-filled night sky.
    Okaukuejo Chalets or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 24 - Himba Village - Otjitotongwe - Gelbingen

    • Leaving Etosha we continue south to visit the Himba people in their village. Descendants of Herero herders, they are semi-nomadic people and are unique in that they have rejected modern ways in favour of traditional beliefs and methods. The women have elaborately plaited hair and incredibly smooth skins, due to an ointment that they make purely from natural products. The struggle for the Himbas will be retain their identity in the face of a modern world that is fast encroaching, bringing with it the inevitable changes. We can also make a optional visit to Kamanjab and visit the Otjitotongwe Cheetah Park. Many cheetahs are being persecuted in Namibia by farmers because they pose a threat to livestock, so this centre helps to protect them and provide them with a home. A drive in a truck around the large enclosed areas out the back enables us to meet several cheetahs. We may also get a very close-up encounter with lodge's tame cheetah near the house.
    Gelbingen Guest Farm or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 25 - Khorixas

    • Heading on, we pass through some small towns and continue deeper into Damaraland, an incredibly picturesque region where prehistoric water courses merged with open plains, grasslands, massive granite koppies and distant mountains to carve out a unique landscape. The area is also home to several free roaming species including desert elephant, black rhinoceros, ostrich and springbok. We spend the day exploring, by travelling through impressive and sometimes breathtaking semi-desert scenery, distinguished by amazing shapes and colours and sometimes weird vegetation. This is literally a land of vast open spaces and far horizons. On arrival at the great rock amphitheatre of Twyfelfontein, we stop to view some of the hundreds of rock engravings and imagine what life must have been like here thousands of years ago. Some of these etchings actually date back to the early Stone Age. In 2007 these were put on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Unbelievably, some 2000 figures are engraved here into the rocks and serve as key artefacts which help archaeologists to uncover more information about the traditions, rituals and beliefs of local tribes. It is a bit of a scramble to reach some of the best etchings, but well worth the effort. We then continue a short distance to Khorixas, the capital of the region.
    Igowati Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 26-27 - Cape Cross - Swakopmund

    • We travel south away from the heart of Damaraland and then head across the gravel plains of the Namib Desert towards the Atlantic Ocean coastline. Upon reaching Swakopmund we turn north to Cape Cross, on the southern end of the Skeleton Coast. Cape Cross is a huge breeding site for Cape fur seals, with numbers reaching up to 100,000. With so many seals concentrated in a small area we are greeted with an incredible sight and sometimes an incredible smell, especially if the winds are blowing the wrong way! The shoreline here and the surrounding waters are usually a seething mass of seals. We wander along the coastline and seek out some great photographic opportunities. The site also contains a large cross and an informative plaque about the person whom left the cross there - Diego Cao, who in 1485 was the first European person to land on Namibian soil. Our base for the next two nights in Swakopmund is a centrally located lodge, walking distance to the town's many attractions. Your time in Swakopmund will be free to explore the many options available in this beautiful coastal place. You may decide to wander through the numerous (and often eclectic) shops, stroll along the stretches of beach, barter for souvenirs in the open-air curio market, enjoy a coffee at one of the cosy cafes, explore the excellent local museum or get nautical at the Namibian National Marine Aquarium. Alternatively, there are various optional activities that can be arranged (at additional cost). These include such adventures as, scenic drives to Sandwich Harbour, fishing trips (both from the beach or in a boat), quad biking (4 wheel motorbikes) or sandboarding trips in the nearby dunes, amongst others.
    Hotel Zum Kaiser or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 28 - Walvis Bay - Sesriem

    • We leave Swakopmund and head south to Walvis Bay to look at the bird life that is attracted to the large lagoon. Flamingos can often be found here in large numbers. We then re-enter the stark flatness of the Namib Desert and traverse Kuiseb Canyon, experiencing spectacular mountain desert vistas and sand dunes. We stop at the single store of Solitaire for some scrumptious afternoon tea (own expense) created by Moose, which is renowned throughout Namibia! As we are now at the easternmost edge of the dune fields of the country, the scenery is stunning, with the grassy savannah interspersed with free roaming wildlife such as springbok, oryx and ostrich. We reach our accommodation in the late afternoon, in time to settle in and enjoy the sunset. This is sure to whet our appetite for the even more impressive sights to come and is a perfect way to end the day. On both evenings here, we get to enjoy excellent country-style meals in the dining area.
    Sossus Desert Camp or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 29 - Namib-Naukluft National Park

    • The effort required getting up and departing before dawn should be well and truly worth it! As we drive in towards Sossusvlei the stars fade and, as pre-dawn light brushes the dunes, the full impact of this incredible scene begins to hit you. When dawn arrives, the scene becomes breathtaking. The colours of some of the greatest dunes blaze orange, as the sun first strikes their slopes. The sheer size of it all, together with the impact of light and shade on the ridgelines, leaves most people speechless. Later in the morning we walk into Sossusvlei, which is the end of an ancient riverbed. Usually it is devoid of water, but in recent years some unseasonal and heavy rains on occasions have turned it into a lake, surrounded by mountains of sand. There is the opportunity to climb Dune 45, depending on how energetic you feel. It can be quite hard work as your feet seem to slip and slide away from beneath you, but the rewarding views make it all worthwhile. This afternoon we visit nearby Sesriem Gorge - a small, but fascinating area where the desert strata has been cut away by the force of occasional floodwaters over thousands of years. A trip out to Elim Dune is the perfect way to end our experiences in Namib-Naukluft National Park.
    Sossus Desert Camp or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 30-31 - Fish River Canyon - Cederberg

    • Travelling south, we reach our destination at Fish River Canyon. In a country of scenic superlatives, this canyon is perhaps the 'jewel in the crown'. Nearly 30 kilometres across and 160 kilometres in length, it is reportedly the second largest (and one of the least visited) canyon in the world. We walk along the rim and, in the late afternoon, watch the canyon walls change colour, as they are tinged with golden rays from the setting sun. We then wind our way across a mountainous plateau to reach the Gariep River, which marks the border between Namibia and South Africa. Beyond the border are the dramatic mountains of the Cederberg range. Laden with citrus farms, Cederberg is also the highest wine-growing region in the country and, time-permitting, we may get to sample some of the local wines. Please note that in the early days of spring after the desert rains have fallen, the fields are transformed by an explosion of colour with the onset of the annual wildflower season (August and September only).
    Canyon Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 32 - San Cultural Centre - Cape Town

    • Travelling south we stop 70 kilometres northwest of Cape Town is !Khwa ttu, a cultural centre showcasing the unique customs and traditions of the San people. Also known as 'bushmen', these people are considered the original indigenous people of southern Africa. After a fascinating guided tour where a San guide tells us the story of his people, we enjoy lunch. We then continue on the road into the heart of Cape Town, set dramatically at the foot of Table Mountain. Our hotel is located just a few minutes away from the V&A Waterfront with its restaurants and live entertainment or you may choose to stay closer to home, there is a selection of cafes and restaurants literally at the doorstep of your hotel.
    Cape Milner Hotel or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 33 - Cape Town

    • Our tour ends after breakfast. If you have not been to Cape Town before and can spare the time, then its definitely worth extending your stay a few days to discover this vibrant city and its beautiful surrounding regions in depth. Not-to-be-missed excursions include catching the cable car up to the top of Table Mountain, taking the ferry across to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years, and a day trip down to Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope peninsula.
    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • The services of Peregrine’s expert English-speaking local tour leader and specialist local guides throughout the tour.
    • Arrival transfer in Nairobi, Zanzibar and Victoria Falls
    • Game drives and entrance fees (where applicable) in Masai Mara Nature Reserve, Serengeti National Park, Mudumu National Park, Chobe National Park and Etosha National Park.
    • Cultural experiences by stopping in small villages to discover the local way of life.
    • Cruise on the Chobe River.
    • Two nights sleeping on a houseboat on the Okavango Delta enjoying a sunset motorboat trip and a mokoro excursion.
    • Wine-tasting in Cederberg hills.

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Airport departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Meals not specified in the itinerary
    • Insurance
    • Laundry - may be available at locations where we stay two or more nights
    • Optional tours or activities during free time
    • Tips - this is something to consider, and it might be worthwhile speaking to your group about making a group contribution at the end of the trip

    Safety Information

    It is recommended that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information prior to your departure.

    Peregrine strongly recommends the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Please leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Most of our hotels will have a safety deposit box, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

    Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your group leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and Peregrine makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

    FIRE PRECAUTIONS:
    Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.

    TRAFFIC AND DRIVING CONDITIONS:
    Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Be aware that traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home.

    PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:
    While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

    SWIMMING POOLS:
    You may stay at hotels with unfenced pools and no life guard on duty.

    BALCONIES:
    Some hotel balconies don't meet UK standards in terms of the width of the balcony fence being narrower than 10cm.<

    SEAT BELTS:
    Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in the western world or from your home country and not all the transport which we use provides seat belts.

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  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    Classic Africa Safari

    Robyn & Mike - Australia, 17 Mar, 2013
    4
    Overall Rating

    In Kenya,Tanzania and Botswana the opportunities to spot game exceeded our expectations - we were blown away by how close we could get to the wild animals. The guides were brilliant at spotting. The scenery in Namibia was on a grand scale although it was much hotter and drier than we had expected. You need to be prepared for lots of time on bumpy roads.

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Trip Code PFAS
Group size 6 - 15
Start City: Nairobi
End City: Cape Town, South Africa

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