45 days

Grand Africa - Cairo to Cape Town

Grand Africa - Cairo to Cape Town

Cairo Museum

UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cairo

Edfu and Komombo temples

Luxor's open air museum

The Valley of the Kings

Nile cruise

The Great Pyramids and Sphinx

Nubean Aswan

The flamingos of Lake Nakuru

Lake Naivasha's hippos

Game drives in the Masai Mara

Masai Mara's mammal migrations

Tented camp stays

The 'Garden of Eden' of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ngorongoro Crater

The black-maned tree-climbing lions and flamingos of Lake Manyara National Park

‘The smoke that thunders' - Victoria Falls

Chobe National Park's river

Okavango Delta by 'mokoro'

Etosha National Park - game drives and floodlit waterholes

Seaside holiday town of Swakopmund

The orange blaze of Sossusvlei's desert dunes

Cape Town - South Africa's 'Mother City'

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

Game drives in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Serengeti

Trip rating
  • For the wildlife lover travelling through Africa's top national parks makes for one of life's most rewarding adventures. And on this grand adventure the icing on the cake is witnessing the ancient sites of Egypt. Let our local leaders introduce you to Africa's lions, elephants, leopards and pyramids of Giza!

     

    TRIP CHANGE FOR 2015:
    This tour will no longer visit Memphis or the Western Desert on Day 2.
    We have changed the day title on Day 11 to Lake Elementaita, Day 12 remains the same at Lake Nakuru to make the locations more accurate. Clients have always stayed at Lake Elementaita on Day 11.
    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

    • This grand adventure takes us from one end of the African continent to the other and offers an in-depth experience that combines ancient history with wildlife and breathtaking scenery.
    • uncover the mysteries of Egypt and admire pharaonic treasures as we embark on a cruise up the Nile, witnessing the local rural life along the river as we meander along.
    • the ‘Big Five’ await us as do many other members of the animal kingdom. Zanzibar is our perfect halfway stop with its stunning beaches and evocative old town.
    • Southern Africa offers us more stunning wildlife experiences, Mother Nature’s landmark places such as Victoria Falls, Okavango Delta, Fish River Canyon and Table Mountain.

    Itinerary

    Day 1-2 - Cairo

    • On arrival at Cairo International Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. This is simply an arrival day so you may arrive in Cairo at any time. Note that hotel rooms are generally only available after midday. The balance of the day will be free to explore your surroundings, but normally a welcome meeting will be held in the evening where you meet your tour leader and fellow travellers.
    • After breakfast the following morning, you will drive out to Memphis on the edge of the Western Desert, where a small museum marks the site of the ancient city. You'll then continue to its necropolis, Saqqara, where your guide will explain the significance of the various temples and colonnades.
    • At the centre of the complex is the step pyramid of King Djoser, believed to be over 5000 years old and the predecessor to the great pyramids at Giza. Nearby you will visit the tombs of the nobles, containing exquisite bas-reliefs of everyday life in ancient times. At the conclusion of your visit you will return to Cairo, where the rest of the day will be at your leisure to explore this busy metropolis or just relax at the hotel.
    Grand Pyramids Hotel or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 3 - Cairo - overnight train

    • The Egyptian Museum is simply one of the world's great museums, home to a stupendous collection of antiquities and the perfect introduction to your tour, exhibiting many of the region's treasures.
    • You will head there after breakfast and your expert guide will take you through Egypt's rich and fascinating dynastic history. You will then have some free time to explore on your own; you may wish to visit the Royal Mummy Room (optional and at extra cost).
    • You'll then drive out to Giza, home to perhaps the greatest iconic structures ever created by man - the Pyramids and the Sphinx. Instantly familiar yet retaining a mystique and power, getting up close to these incredible pharaonic tombs is captivating. For an additional charge you may be able to go inside the Great Pyramid of Khufu (or Cheops), although occasionally it may be closed to visitors.
    • Afterwards you'll return to the hotel, where there'll be plenty of time to freshen up and pack before you're transferred to the railway station for the overnight sleeper train to Luxor. Sleeping berths (beds and linen) are provided in private cabins and an airline-style dinner will be served. It is worth bringing additional snacks and your tour leader can help you to arrange this. A toilet is located at the end of each carriage.
    Sleeper Train
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 4 - Luxor

    • After an early breakfast on board, the train rolls into Luxor - a buzzing place with a great bazaar and situated close to some of ancient Egypt's most important and extraordinary sights.
    • You will transfer to your Nile cruise boat, which will be your home for the next four nights. You can relax by the pool on the boat or explore the town. Later in the day you'll take horse-drawn carriages to Karnak - one of the world's most celebrated temple complexes, built over a period of some 2000 years.
    • Your guided tour of the temple reveals the complex's finest sections. For the rest of the afternoon and evening you will be free to relax, shop in the bazaar (open until quite late) or perhaps experience the atmosphere of a local tea house.
    Riverboat
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 5 - Valley of the Kings - Luxor - Nile Cruise

    • You will rise early this morning (much earlier during summer) and head into the Valley of the Kings, where buried under the arid hills are over 60 tombs of pharaohs, many richly decorated with reliefs and paintings. It's a compelling place, vast and spectacular, and discoveries are still being made. Tutankhamun's final resting place is also located here, but entry to this small tomb is quite limited. It is at additional cost, but you will be given some free time when you will have the opportunity to visit it.
    • Your guide will explain the funerary rites of the ancient Egyptians and significance of the many paintings and hieroglyphics. You will visit three royal tombs and then continue to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, set in a spectacular natural amphitheatre. Your final stop will be at the Colossi of Memnon - giant statues that were once part of an impressive colonnade.
    • You'll return to the boat and enjoy lunch on board. There will be time to relax on deck or in your cabin before settuing sail for Edfu. Departure time may vary, depending on river traffic - please refer to the note regarding cruise schedules in the other information section. You will pass through Esna Lock, which can sometimes be a slow process depending on the number of vessels waiting to get through, and continue your journey upstream.
    Riverboat
    Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 6 - Nile Cruise (Edfu - Komombo)

    • This morning will find yourself moored near Edfu, an excellently-preserved temple dedicated to Horus - the falcon-headed god. You will disembark and explore the temple as well as experiencing the bustling town centre. Returning to your cruise boat you will continue travelling upriver, relaxing on the sundeck and taking in the surrounding sights - desert hills forming a backdrop to lush riverbanks, fishermen casting their nets and farmers working their land.
    • Arriving at Komombo, your short walk around the Temple of Sobek (the crocodile-headed god) that lies picturesquely ruined on the river's edge provides an interesting insight into the Greco-Roman period.
    Riverboat
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 7 - Aswan

    • You will arrive in Aswan, Egypt’s southernmost city and a place with an easygoing charm that is due in no small part to its large Nubian population.
    • Depending on your arrival time, you may visit the beautiful Temple of Isis that was rescued from the rising waters of the Nile and relocated on Philae Island (alternatively you will visit it tomorrow). It is an absolute gem, its decorative pylons featuring some of Egypt’s finest carvings - definitely one of the highlights of Upper Egypt.
    • The rest of the day is free to wander – and Aswan is a great place for it. The Nubian Bazaar is a must, while the excellent Nubian Museum is recommended by many. The waterfront promenade, or Aswan’s 'corniche', runs alongside the one of Nile’s most appealing stretches and is the perfect place to stop for a mint tea.
    • Aswan is a great little town and there are plenty of relaxing and interesting options here. Dusk is when the waterfront comes alive with families out strolling, socialising and relaxing along the corniche.
    Riverboat
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 8-9 - Aswan - Cairo - Nairobi

    • You will disembark our cruise boat and check into your hotel. The rest of the day will be free for you to make your own discoveries. The visit to Abu Simbel will take place this morning for those of you who booked this option with your tour leader back in Cairo. This optional trip is well worth it. With the four gargantuan statues of Ramses guarding the Great Temple, this is one of Egypt's most memorable sights.
    • A popular afternoon option in Aswan is a sailboat ride around the islands in a traditional felucca, stopping off at the botanical gardens on Kitchener's Island. Alternatively, take a camel ride to the Monastery of St Simeon - an abandoned 7th century fortress monastery located in the desert on the Nile's west bank.
    • Your tour leader will be on hand to help you arrange any excursions. Alternatively, you may just prefer to relax by the hotel pool or do some shopping in the friendly bazaar.
    • In the evening of Day 8, you will visit a Nubian village and enjoy the hospitality of your hosts as you dine out on some delicious local cuisine. You will also be treated to some Nubian dancing and may even have the chance to perform some of the moves yourself!
    • After breakfast on Day 9 you will be transferred to Aswan airport for the short flight back to Cairo where you will be transferred to your hotel. Today you will dive into another layer of Egyptian history: medieval Cairo. You'll head to Khan al-Khalili Bazaar, Cairo's oldest mosque and the Gayer-Anderson Museum. The 'Khan', sprawling around an old area known as Al-Azhar, is a quintessentially Cairo experience - a warren of alleys with stalls serving up a succession of intoxicating scenes and retaining a distinctly medieval and sometimes carnivalesque feel.
    • The tortuous streets and alleyways - and attendant hawkers - look like a scene from 1001 Nights as your tour leader takes you into the heart of the bazaar. You will explore the gold market, 'perfume street' and the spice market – where the scent of cumin, coriander and cardamon hangs in the air like a thick blanket of Damascene cloth (which can be purchased next door in the cloth market!). There's time for you to do some last-minute shopping here before you are transferred from your Cairo hotel to the airport for your overnight flight to Nairobi (flight not included).
    Overnight Flight
    Breakfast

    Day 10 - Nairobi

    • On arrival in Nairobi, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Although you arrive at an early hour of the day, your hotel room in Nairobi will be ready for you.
    • Upon arrival in the hotel your local representative will meet you to ensure that all is well. This representative will also provide details of a trip briefing on the East Africa sector of your tour to be held at approximately 6.00pm 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 will be at your leisure.
    • 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 Africans, Asians and Europeans. 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
    Breakfast

    Day 11 - Lake Nakuru

    • We depart Nairobi after breakfast and head north, driving along the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley.
    • This morning we will drive to Elsamere, stopping for lunch with the lake as a serene backdrop. '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!
    • After lunch we will enjoy a boat trip on Lake Naivasha, where we look out for some of the many resident hippos that live on the waters. Lake Naivasha – the second largest lake in Kenya and the highest of the lakes (1884m) in the Great Rift Valley.
    • Continue to our tented camp, arriving in the early evening. Our camp is situated within the Lake Elementaita conservation area.
    Sleeping Warrior Camp or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 12 - Lake Nakuru

    • 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 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.
    • After lunch we will head 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 many 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 are excited to be able to take clients right into the orphanage itself!
    Sleeping Warrior Camp or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 13-14 - Masai Mara National Reserve

    • Today we head south-west to our next destination, the Masai Mara – arguably one of the finest game reserves in Africa. We will have an afternoon game drive on the way to our tented camp.
    • The next day we’ll explore more of the park with morning and afternoon game drives as we witness the wonderful procession of wildlife that inhabits the area. Wildebeest, zebra and gazelle are plentiful and, with any 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.
    • 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.
    • As dusk falls we may see a variety of animals in the vicinity of our camp too!
    Mara Leisure Tented Camp or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 15 - Migori

    • We leave the Masai Mara behind and make our way onward to Migori. On the way we will stop for lunch (own expense) and visit a local Soapstone factory in Kisii.
    • Kisii town is home to the best soapstone carvers in the continent. Their products are very popular in Australia, Europe and the USA. Kisii is a favourite stopover for tourists who want a taste of the exquisite Kisii carvings.
    Grabo County Dream Hotel or similar
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 16-17 - Serengeti National Park

    • This morning at 7am you will 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 35 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.
    Kati Kati Tented Camp or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 18 - Ngorongoro Highlands

    • After an early morning game drive we depart for the Ngorongoro Crater. Upon arrival we check into our accommodation just outside of the crater.
    • This small and exclusive lodge faces the Oldeani Volcano, and is located approximately 5 kilometres from the Ngorongoro Lolduare gate.
    Ngorongoro Farmhouse or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 19 - Ngorongoro Highlands

    • In the morning you will descend to the crater floor, where you will 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 two 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.
    • The afternoon will be at your leisure, you may choose to partake in walking activities, or a coffee tour.
    Ngorongoro Farmhouse or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 20-21 - Lake Manyara National Park - Zanzibar (East Coast Beaches)

    • You will depart for an early morning game drive in Lake Manyara National Park and a picnic lunch before heading to Arusha - Zanzibar. It is then time for fond farewells, as some of your fellow travellers may be leaving the trip in Arusha, along with the tour leader from the East Africa sector.
    • Those of you who are continuing to Zanzibar will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight. You will be unescorted for the Zanzibar sector, but our local representatives will be on hand to look after you.
    • On arrival you will be transferred to the east coast of the island. During your time by the beach you will 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.
    • Your 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 your busy safari.
    Breezes Beach Club or similar
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 22 - Zanzibar (Stone Town)

    • Your third day in Zanzibar will be spent in Stone Town, and the remainder of the day will be at your leisure - explore the winding alleyways and streets. The historic buildings hark back to a bygone era and the magnificent doors are are 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 your 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 23 - Johannesburg

    • Today you will 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 and 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 24 - Victoria Falls

    • This morning you will take the courtesy airport shuttle from your hotel to Johannesburg International Airport, for your flight to Victoria Falls (flight not included). The shuttle service departs from the hotel at 20 minute intervals. On arrival at Victoria Falls you will be met and transferred to your boutique lodge.
    • The rest of the day will be at your leisure to wander around town and to book any optional tours or activities through local agents.
    • Optional activities include canoeing, inflatable kayaking along the upper Zambezi, white-water rafting, morning and afternoon game drives or walks in the Zambezi National Park. Or you might choose to enjoy a jaw-dropping helicopter flight over the falls and the Zambezi Gorges.
    Victoria Falls Safari Lodge or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 25 - Victoria Falls

    • This morning you will visit the magnificent Victoria Falls, named by Dr David Livingstone in honour of his English queen. Victoria Falls are considered one of the seven wonders of the natural world and, when in full flow, they form the largest sheet of falling water in the world. The falls are also commonly referred to by their Kololo name, Mosi-oa-Tunya, or 'the Smoke That Thunders' and you’ll see (and hear!) why on our morning tour. The US$30 entry fee to the falls is payable 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 2006.)
    • Once inside the park, your guide will take you through the falls area, stopping at different vantage points along the way to explain the history of the falls and its surroundings.
    • After your tour of Vic Falls, you will return to your lodge where the rest of the day will be at leisure. Tonight you'll share an incredible dinner at the Boma Restaurant. The mouth-watering main course is a buffet of local meats, which may include warthog, buffalo, crocodile, impala and more. Throughout the meal you'll be entertained with local song and dance, where everyone is given an African drum and encouraged to join the party.
    • Please note that if you don’t wish to join in with the drumming you may wish to choose an earlier session for dinner.
    Victoria Falls Safari Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 26-27 - Chobe National Park

    • This morning you will follow the Zambezi River to Botswana and make your way to Chobe National Park. You will arrive at your lodge at around midday, where you can relax by the pool or take an optional game drive or river cruise in Chobe National Park. This can be arranged locally with your Tour Leader.
    • On the morning of Day 27, you will wake early and take a dawn game drive in Chobe National Park, where you may see elephants drinking at the waters' edge, large herds of cape buffaloes and many impala within the park. In the afternoon you’ll take a breathtaking cruise on the Chobe River, ideal for spotting bird life such as saddle-billed storks, malachite kingfishers, fish eagles and beautiful bee-eaters as well as hippos, crocodiles and large families of elephants.
    • You will spend the next two nights in a chalet located just outside Chobe National Park.
    • You will be sure to see other people, boats and vehicles but you are also sure to see wildlife that can be the equal of anything anywhere in Africa.
    Thebe River Safari's or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 28-29 - Caprivi Strip

    • You will travel by road to Sepupa today, before crossing the border into Namibia and the Caprivi Strip.
    • A river drive through Mahango Game Reserve will offer you the chance to spot sable and roan antelopes, which the area is famous for. You will also see elephants, lions, buffalo and giraffes.
    • A visit to a local village to meet friendly villagers is a wonderful cultural experience.
    • From the village, you will drive on to the Caprivi National Park. Your lodge for the evening is perched on the banks of the Kwando River.
    Rainbow River Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 30-31 - Okavango Delta

    • This morning you will exit Namibia and re-enter Botswana at the Muhembo border. After completing immigration formalities you'll continue along the edge of the Okavango Delta to Sepupa, where you turn off the main road and on to the sandy river paths that take you to the edge of the Okavango River. The contrast between the arid country that you’ve been travelling through over the past day and a half and the lush and green riverine setting is quite remarkable.
    • At Sepupa you'll transfer to motorboats to travel along the upper reaches of the Okavango Delta system to your home for the next two nights, a houseboat in the middle of the Okavango Delta. From your floating home you will have the chance to experience the myriad waterways in traditional dugout canoes (mokoros).
    • In the afternoon you'll return to the houseboat to witness the often breathtaking sunset.
    Delta Boathouse or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 32 - Rundu

    • Today you'll drive through the Kavango Region to the border at Muhembo, where you re-enter Namibia and drive to the town of Rundu in the northernmost region of Namibia. On your way, you will cross the Red Line, a veterinary disease checkpoint that also represents a divide between the developed southern part of the country and the northern traditional part of the country. Along the way you’ll stop at small villages to see the local woodcarvers in action, with the opportunity to pick up a few souvenirs.
    • You will arrive at your accommodation in the late afternoon.
    Kaisosi Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 33-34 - Etosha National Park

    • This morning you will drive to Etosha National 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 all that remains of a once great inland sea.
    • It is essentially dry for much of the year, resulting in a shimmering sea of white salt. However, a number of permanent springs located along its southern shores provide sustenance for the many wild animals that are attracted to the springs. During your stay, you might see wildebeest, zebra, springbok, kudu, giraffe, jackal, elephant and, with a little luck, lion, leopard, hyena or perhaps even a cheetah or two!
    • Check into your bungalow accommodation just outside of Etosha National Park. Time permitting, you may embark on a short game drive before sunset. You will spend two nights here, exploring the many regions of the park.
    • Enjoy included breakfasts and dinners at the camp restaurants, with lunches free for you to organise. You may choose to dine in the restaurants within the camp. Alternatively, there are small local shops that sell groceries at each of the camps - get together with your group to prepare a meal together or simply ask your guide to help recommend somewhere to eat.
    Toshari Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 35-36 - Damaraland

    • Leaving Etosha you will continue south to Damaraland. Today will be a long travel day and you should arrive at the camp early in the evening.
    • Damaraland is a region of contrasts. Home to Namibia's highest peak, ancient rock paintings, welwitchia plants and petrified forests, the whole area is a photographer's dream.
    • Your accommodation for the next two nights is situated in ancient the Huab Valley, in the area known as the Twyfelfontein Uibasen Conservancy. The lodge was designed to blend into the surrounding Namibian landscape and is constructed from natural stone and thatch. Facilities include a swimming pool, open dining room and a bar.
    • On Day 36 you will rise early and after breakfast spend the day visiting the surrounding sights such as Twyfelfontein Heritage Site, the Petrified Forest and Organ Pipes. Depending on what time of year it is you may be lucky enough to see the desert elephants in this area.
    • Day time temperatures in this area often peak around 30C so visits to the sights will be done as early as possible so you can spend the remainder of the day back at the camp by the pool or in the shade.
    Grootberg Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 37 - Windhoek

    • The old German colonial town of Windhoek has been blended into a modern city. The German architecture of the older buildings lends the town a historic atmosphere. Good examples of this German architecture can be seen in a number of buildings but the best are the Tintenpalast (Ink Palace), the Christuskirche (church), the gymnasium and the Genossenschaftshaus.
    Roof of Africa or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 38-39 - Swakopmund

    • Travel on through the Namib Desert today, to reach the Atlantic Ocean coastline – a beautiful, diverse, and colourful landscape. Your destination is the beachside town of Swakopmund on the Skeleton Coast.
    • Upon arrival at Swakopmund, you will check into your hotel and have free time to enjoy this gorgeous coastal town. The accommodation is within walking distance of the town, where you can enjoy a walk on the beach, open air markets, the local museum or even the Namibian National Marine Aquarium.
    • You may wish take an option trip north to Cape Cross - a breeding site for Cape fur seals. There can be in excess of 100,000 seals there at any given time, creating quite a spectacle. Quite a smell too, if the wind happens to change direction. You will wander the coastline and attempt to capture these beautiful creatures in a photo or two, and also visit the large cross that sits nearby, left there by Diego Cao, who was the first European person to arrive on Namibian soil in 1485.
    • There are also a number of optional activities available here for those who are interested; they all come at an extra cost.
    Hotel Zum Kaiser or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 40-41 - Sossusvlei

    • You will leave Swakopmund and head south today. You'll rise at dawn on Day 41 to head towards Sossusvlei taking in the breathtaking orange-blazed brilliance of the immense sand dunes as dawn's light first strikes their slopes.
    • Later in the morning you will walk into Sossusvlei, which is the end of an ancient riverbed. Depending on how energetic you feel, you’ll have the chance to climb Dune 45 and take in the expansive views from its peak.
    • This afternoon you will 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 bring our Namib-Naukluft National Park experience to a close.
    Solitaire Guest Farm or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 42 - Fish River Canyon

    • Travelling south and departing early from Sossusvlei, you will reach your destination at Fish River Canyon. Nearly 30 kilometres across and 160 kilometres in length, it is reportedly the second largest (and one of the least visited) canyons in the world.
    • In the afternoon the magnificence of the canyon is amplified, as the setting sun reflects off walls and changes their colour.
    Canyon Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 43 - Orange River

    • You will leave Fish River Canyon today and head on to Orange River. You should reach your destination on the banks of the river by mid-afternoon.
    • The Orange River is the longest in South Africa, running from high up in the Drakensberg mountain range and on to the Atlantic Ocean.
    • The river is significant for its role in transporting diamonds which in turn leaves the deposits that are found along the Namibian coastline.
    Felix Unite or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 44 - Lambert's Bay - Clanwilliam

    • Set off this morning on a canoe trip down the Orange River, before leaving Namibia behind and crossing the border into South Africa and to the small seaside town of Lamberts Bay.
    • Its white beaches, lobsters and incredible wildlife have earned it the name ‘diamond of west coast’, but in reality, Lamberts Bay is a quaint fishing town tucked into the western Cape Province - it is best explored by foot.
    Clanwilliam Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 45 - Cape Town

    • Visit Cape Gannet Island. In August and September, you may catch flocks of beautiful gannet – they use the island for breeding. This is a great opportunity for keen bird watchers - this colony is the most accessible of the six located in South Africa and Namibia.
    • Observing these creatures as they wheel, land and settle into their designated positions within their community is truly a spectacle.
    • Have lunch at a local restaurant dubbed one of the "Top Ten Sea Views to Dine For" by National Geographic
    • You will travel on to Cape Town today, where your trip will end upon arrival.
    • If you intend to fly out of Cape town today, please don't book a flight before 10.00pm. You can choose to stay on in Cape Town if you wish, ask about additional accommodation when you book the trip.
    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • The services of Peregrine’s expert English-speaking local tour leaders
    • Arrival transfers in Cairo, Nairobi, Zanzibar and Victoria Falls
    • Professional local guides at some sites
    • Four nights on a comfortable Nile river cruise boat sailing from Luxor to Aswan, with sightseeing stops along the way
    • Sightseeing at Cairo's Egyptian Museum, Pyramids, Sphinx, Gayer-Anderson Museum, Ibn Tulun Mosque and Khan al-Khalili Bazaar (including entrance fees where applicable)
    • Sightseeing at Karnak Temple, including a horse-drawn carriage ride, Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut, Colossi of Memnon, Memphis, Sakara , Philea, Edfu and Komombo Temples (including entrance fees where applicable)
    • Transport by air-conditioned sleeper train in a private, two-person sleeping berth with beds and linen, an ‘airline-style’ dinner and breakfast, and toilet facilities located at the end of each carriage
    • Authentic accommodation throughout your tour
    • 1 day in Lake Nakuru National Park; 2 days in Masai Mara National Reserve and surrounding area (including entrance fees where applicable).
    • 2 days in the Serengeti National Park; 1 day in Ngorongoro Crater and 1 day in Lake Manyara National Park (including entrance fees where applicable).
    • 4x4 game drives in Lake Nakuru National Park, Masai Mara National Reserve and in the Ngorongoro Crater.
    • A visit to Victoria Falls National Park, 2 days in Chobe National Park and 2 days in the Okavango Delta (including entrance fees where applicable).
    • Cruise on the Chobe River
    • Two nights sleeping on a houseboat on the Okavango Delta
    • 2 days in Etosha National Park, 2 days in Damaraland, 2 days in Swakopmund and 1 day in Namib-Naukluft National Park.
    • Domestic and international flights within tour

    Not Included

    • International flights, excluding those flights within the tour
    • Airport departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Meals unless specified in the itinerary
    • Insurance
    • Laundry - but there will be opportunity to do some hand-washing in the camps where we stay for 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.

  • Map Itinerary

  • 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.

    Grand Africa - Cairo to Cape Town

    Brian - Canada, 22 Jun, 2012
    5
    Overall Rating

    This is an excellent trip segment. It covers a lot of ground and has several very early morning days - I guess that is a necessary evil if we are to include all the sites or activities that we had to do.

    Grand Africa - Cairo to Cape Town

    terrie& greami - Australia, 31 Aug, 2012
    5
    Overall Rating

    We were overwhelmed by the professional skills, kindness and knowledge that Huda provided throughout the tour. Huda ensured that all members of the tour were attended to to ensure all members enjoyed the same amazing experience.her vast knowledge provided us with a greater understanding of Egyptian history as well as the day to day customs of her people. Our tour exceeded all expectations. Thank you Peregrine for providing such an amazing and talented tour leader for this tour.

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Trip Code PFGA
Group size 16 - 16
Start City: Cairo
End City: Cape Town, South Africa
Style: Small Group

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