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Classic Africa Safari

Trip Length

Trip Code

36 days PFAS

Maximum Passengers

16 people
Minimum Age
15

Countries Visited

Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe

Start City

End City

Nairobi, Kenya Cape Town, South Africa
Classic Africa Safari

From Nairobi to Cape Town, this adventure combines some of East Africa's highlights with a comprehensive overland journey in southern Africa. In 36 days you'll fit a lot in but there's also lots of time to just relax and take in all the sights and sounds of Africa.

 

TRIP CHANGE FOR 2015:
We have changed the day title on Day 2 to Lake Elementaita, Day 3 remains the same at Lake Nakuru to make the locations more accurate. Clients have always stayed at Lake Elementaita on Day 2.
The order of the Southern section has also changed to give a more in depth tour of Botswana and Namibia. This has resulted in the other, following changes:
- No longer stops at Rundu and the Caprivi Strip
- Stopping overnight in Ghanzi (Central Kalahari) on the way to Namibia
- The addition of 1 night in Maun
- Added 1 night's accommodation at Makgadigadi Pans

We are now also including the following activities:
- An afternoon pan trip at Makgadigadi Pans
- A night of traditional dancing & Bushman interaction around the campfire in Ghanzi

Why we love it:

Classic Africa Safari


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi

Travel time: From Nairobi Airport to Hotel - Approximately 45 minutes

Accommodation: Panafric Hotel or similar, Nairobi

Activities:

Day 2: Lake Nakuru

Travel time: Approximately 4 hours driving

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Sleeping Warrior Camp or similar, Lake Nakuru

Activities:

Day 3: Lake Nakuru

Travel time: Game drive times variable

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Sleeping Warrior Camp or similar, Lake Nakuru

Activities:

Day 4-5: Masai Mara National Reserve

Travel time: Approximately 6-7 hours driving; game drive times variable

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Accommodation: Mara Leisure Tented Camp or similar, Masai Mara

Activities:

Day 6: Migori

Travel time: Approximately 6.5 hours driving

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Grabo County Dream Hotel or similar, Migori

Activities:

Day 7-8: Serengeti National Park

Travel time: Approximately 8 hours driving; game drive times may vary (not including time spent at border)

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Accommodation: Kati Kati Tented Camp or similar, Serengeti

Activities:

Day 9: Ngorongoro Highlands

Travel time: Approximately 5 hours driving; game drive times may vary

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Ngorongoro Farmhouse or similar, Ngorongoro Highlands

Activities:

Day 10: Ngorongoro Highlands

Travel time: Game drive times may vary

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Ngorongoro Farmhouse or similar, Ngorongoro Highlands

Activities:

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

Travel time: Approximately 4 hours driving, 1.5 hours flying; game drive times variable

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners

Accommodation: Breezes Beach Club or similar, East Coast - Zanzibar

Activities:

Day 13: Zanzibar (Stone Town)

Travel time: Approximately 1 hour driving

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Tembo Hotel or similar, Stone Town

Activities:

Day 14: Johannesburg

Travel time: Approximately 4 hours flying time

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Peermont Metcourt or similar, Johannesburg

Activities:

Day 15: Victoria Falls

Travel time: From Victoria Falls Airport to Hotel - Approximately 45 minutes

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge or similar, Vic Falls

Activities:

Day 16: Victoria Falls

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge or similar, Vic Falls

Activities:

Day 17-18: Chobe National Park

Travel time: Approximately 3 hours driving (border crossing times may vary)

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Accommodation: Thebe River Safari's or similar, Chobe National Park

Activities:

Day 19-20: Caprivi Strip

Travel time: Approximately 4-5 hours driving

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Accommodation: Rainbow River Lodge or similar, Caprivi Strip

Activities:

Day 21-22: Okavango Delta

Travel time: Approximately 8 hours driving (border crossing times may vary)

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Accommodation: Delta Boathouse or similar, Okavango Delta

Activities:

Day 23: Rundu

Travel time: Approximately 5-6 hours driving (border crossing times may vary)

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Kaisosi Lodge or similar, Rundu

Activities:

Day 24-25: Etosha National Park

Travel time: Approximately 7-8 hours driving

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners

Accommodation: Toshari Lodge or similar, Etosha National Park

Activities:

Day 26-27: Damaraland

Travel time: Approximately 7-8 hours driving

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Accommodation: Grootberg Lodge or similar, Damaraland

Activities:

Day 28: Windhoek

Travel time: Approximately 7-8 hours driving

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Roof of Africa or similar, Windhoek

Activities:

Day 29-30: Swakopmund

Travel time: Approximately 5-6 hours driving

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Accommodation: Hotel Zum Kaiser or similar, Swakopmund

Activities:

Day 31-32: Sossusvlei

Travel time: Approximately 9 hours driving

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Accommodation: Solitaire Guest Farm or similar, Sossusvlei

Activities:

Day 33: Fish River Canyon

Travel time: Approximately 9 hours driving

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Canyon Lodge or similar, Fish River Canyon

Activities:

Day 34: Orange River

Travel time: Approximately 4-5 hours driving

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Felix Unite or similar, Orange River

Activities:

Day 35: Lambert's Bay - Clanwilliam

Travel time: Approximately 8-9 hours driving

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Clanwilliam Lodge or similar, Cederberg Wine Region

Activities:

Day 36: Cape Town

Travel time: Approximately 3-4 hours driving

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch

Activities:


Your Trip

Extend your holiday

Many of our trips have extensions which can easily be added to the end of your existing itinerary:

PFRG - Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda
PFUG - Mountain Gorillas of Uganda
PFCX - Cape Town Extension
PFKP - Kruger Wildlife Experience
PFKW - Kalahari Extension

What's Included

Transport

Not Included

Optional Extras

We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.


What to know

Fitness

You do not need any real fitness for this safari besides the ability to get in and out of the safari vehicles and a mokoro (traditional dugout canoe). However please note that the roads, particularly in Kenya, are in quite poor condition and you may experience a fair amount of bouncing around.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.  We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.

Visas and Permits

Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.

Botswana
Australians, Americans, Canadians, British and New Zealanders do not currently require a visa for Botswana. For other nationalities that do require a visa to enter into Botswana, this is no longer able to be purchased upon arrival. Your visa will need to be pre-arranged - please contact your travel agent for assistance.

Kenya
Australians, Americans, Canadians, British and New Zealanders currently require a visa for Kenya. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent. Kenya visas are easily obtained at the airport or border crossing at a cost of US$50 for most nationalities based on single entry. For some nationalities a single entry Kenya visa allows the person to enter Kenya more than once provided travel is only between Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda within a 30-day period.

EAST AFRICA TOURIST VISA: Effective 1 January, 2014, The East Africa Tourist Visa will allow travel between Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda with the same multiple entry visa. The visa can be issued at any of the diplomatic representations of Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, at the immigration offices of the respective countries, or on line where applicable. The East Africa Tourist Visa is multiple entry visa and is be valid for 90 days.

Rwanda
For those beginning their trip in Rwanda, you can apply through the Rwanda Online Visa Application System. Under "Type of Visa" select "East Africa Tourist Visa." For more information contact your local Rwanda embassy.

Kenya
For those beginning their trip in Kenya, you can find information on the visa application process on the consular section of your local Kenya embassy's website.

Uganda
For those beginning their trip in Uganda, you can find information on the visa application process on the consular section of your local Uganda embassy's website.

The visa costs US$100.

Namibia
Australians, Americans, Canadians, British and New Zealanders do not currently require a visa for Namibia. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent. For those nationalities that do require a visa these need to be obtained prior to arrival in Namibia.

South Africa
Australians, Americans, Canadians, British and New Zealanders do not currently require a visa for South Africa. Upon arrival you will be given a free three-month multi-entry visa stamp. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent. Please note that you require six blank pages and your passport needs to have a minimum of six months validity to enter South Africa. Also note that to enter South Africa you may be required to show proof of onward travel plans and a valid yellow fever certificate (especially if entering or re-entering from East African countries or Zambia). A new immigration regulation will take effect from 1st October 2014, whereby parents will need to produce an original unabridged birth certificate if they are travelling with children. The new regulation has been put in place to protect children from being abducted, kidnapped and preventing child trafficking. The Department of Home Affairs has urged all parents to apply for unabridged certificates for their children. This is an requirement of the immigration regulation 6 (12)(a) for parents travelling with children. More information can be found here: http://www.nwivisas.com/nwi-blog/south-africa/grace-period-for-parents-travelling-with-children/#sthash.VKZSSlHE.dpuf.

Tanzania
Australians, Americans, Canadians, British and New Zealanders currently require a visa for Tanzania. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent. Care must be taken to ensure that your visa does not expire before your proposed date of entry to Tanzania (visas are usually valid for three months from the date of issue). It is recommended that visas should be obtained before departure. A visa fee of US$50 is charged to most foreign nationals. A visa fee of US$100 is charged for US citizens.

Zimbabwe
Australians, Americans, Canadians, British and New Zealanders currently require a visa for Zimbabwe. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent. For trips to Zimbabwe you may require either a single or double entry visa. Both single and double entry visas are obtainable on arrival currently costing between US$30 and US$60 (depending on nationality). If you choose to travel to the Zambian side of Victoria Falls your Zimbabwe visa will not expire as long as you do not spend the night out of Zimbabwe.

Insurance

You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.

Responsible Travel

Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.

Customs and Culture

Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.

Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.

Further Reading

Botswana

Botswana-Lonely Planet

The Guide to Botswana-Alec Campbell

Birds of Southern Africa-Newman

The Chobe-Bruce Aitken

The Lost World of the Kalahari-Laurence Van der Post

Okavango-Sea of Land, Land of Water-Bannister & Johnston

Kenya

East Africa-Lonely Planet

Going Down River Road-Meja Mwangi

Out Of Africa-Karen Blixen

Night Of The Lions - Kuki Gullimann

African Nights - Kuki Gullimann

Namibia

Lonely Planet Namibia

The Struggle for Liberation-Alfred T Moleah

The Burning Shore-Wilbur Smith

South Africa

South Africa - Lonely Planet

The Covenant - James A Michener

Cry The Beloved Country - Alan Paton

The Power of One - Bryce Courtenay

Long Walk to Freedom - Nelson Mandela

White Thorn - Bryce Courtenay

Tanzania

East Africa - Lonely Planet

Going Down River Road - Meja Mwangi

Flame Trees of Thika - Elspeth Huxley

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe Lonely Planet

Travel & Adventure in South East Africa-F.C. Selous

Birds of Southern Africa-Newman

The Mammals of Zimbabwe, Zambia & Malawi Smithers


Important Information

Our ground operator will collect and keep one copy of the key pages in your passport in the unlikely event of an emergency. Please bring this along to the initial group meeting.


Road Conditions and Infrastructure in Africa
Roads in Africa are often in very poor condition, which makes it hard on vehicles. Our vehicles are serviced regularly and are generally in good condition, but breakdowns can and do happen. The infrastructure in Africa is not always what we are used to and travelling on their roads can sometimes be very bumpy experiences. The travelling times indicated in our Trip Notes is just a rough guide and is dependent on various factors that may be outside our control, such as road conditions, weather and time spent at borders.

In Southern Africa the distances covered fairly large and some of the roads and tracks are not exactly smooth, or free from dust, but the rewards are exceptional. We endeavour to make things as comfortable as possible, by travelling in a custom-built safari vehicle with large windows for exceptional game viewing and staying in local guesthouses, lodges and hotels.


Luggage Allowance
Please keep your luggage to a minimum. One small soft-sided bag plus a day pack (no more than 15-20kgs per person for both items) is essential - NO HARD CASE SUITCASES.

Luggage Restrictions
Some of the internal flights of this tour use smaller airlines that have luggage restrictions. Please ensure your luggage doesn't weight more than 15kg or you may need to pay for excess luggage.

Flights
As an arrival transfer is included, please ensure the correct details are provided to Peregrine prior to your departure. A representative will then meet you at Nairobi International Airport on arrival. Your tour ends on arrival in Cape Town on the final day. Please ensure departure flights are not booked to depart prior to 2.00pm.

Drive Times

The travel times listed in the day to day itinerary are a guide only. Please be aware that delays may occur and please be patient - it's all part of the experience afterall!

The travel times do not include time spent on game drives as these can vary with each departure.


Unescorted Days

You will be unescorted for the Zanzibar and Johannesburg section of the tour. You will say farwell to your East African Tour Leader in Arusha, and you will meet your new Tour Leader in Victoria Falls who will accompany you to Cape Town.

Our local representatives will be on hand to look after you in Zanzibar and Johannesburg should you require any assistance.

ITINERARY DISCLAIMER:
Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements deriving from past travellers' and local operator feedback. The information given in this itinerary may differ slightly to that in the brochure. It's imperative that you print and review a final copy of your itinerary a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. For the latest updated itinerary please visit our website: www.peregrineadventures.com Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some of the changes that may occur in our itineraries could be due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transportation. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for the chance of possible modifications to the trip en-route.

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

25 September 2014


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