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Wild Africa – From Kenya to Cape Town – 17 Nights / 18 Days


Day 1: Nairobi – Ark

On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, clear Immigration /customs ,met by our representative person.  Proceed for Lunch at Aberdare Country Club. You will be requested to leave your main luggage in the Country club and carry a small overnight bag . Afternoon transfer in special club vehicle to the Ark Lodge, which is ideally located in the Aberdare National Park and overlooking a water-hole. You can watch a host of wild animals visiting the waterhole. This evening, enjoy a delicious dinner. Spend the night at the Lodge viewing various animals as they come to visit the waterhole and saltlicks. Dinner and overnight at the Ark Lodge.

Ark Lodge is in the heart of the Aberdare  National Park. Its unique tree lodge with a veranda that overlooks a floodlit waterhole.

Day 2: Ark – Sweetwaters

Breakfast at the lodge. Morning transfer to Aberdare country club with drive  to Sweetwaters Game Sanctuary via the Equator crossing . Sweetwaters Tented Camp is a sheltered oasis, clustered around a waterhole and set in the pristine calm of its own private reserve, one of only four private game reserves in Kenya.

Lunch at the camp. Afternoon game drives – cum – visit to the rescued chimpanzees’- and black rhino’s sanctuaries. The beautiful Sweetwaters Tented Camp lies in the heart of this privately owned 24000 acre ranch with magnificent views across the wildlife- studded plains to the snowcapped peaks of Mount Kenya. A visit to Sweetwaters Sanctuary would not be complete without a visit to see Morani, the tame black/blind rhinoceros on the property. There is also a 200-acre chimpanzee sanctuary.

Dinner and overnight at the  Serena Sweetwaters Tented Camp

Day 3: Sweetwaters – Lake Nakuru National Park


Depart after breakfast, drive via Thomson Falls to Lake Nakuru National Park arriving in time for lunch at your Lodge. Relax briefly before departing for an afternoon game drive.

Lake Nakuru’s claim to fame is anchored on its flamingos and the over 400 species of birds found here. The lake itself is a soda lake on the floor of the rift valley.

The sight of millions of flamingos is quite spectacular. From a distance, the lake appears ringed in pink. The lake has also earned a reputation as an important haven for endangered species, particularly the Rothschild Giraffe, the Black Rhino and white Rhino. Lions, Waterbuck, Buffalo and Baboons are all resident here.

Dinner and overnight at Lake Nakuru Lodge or similar.


Day 4:  Lake Nakuru National Park – Mara Game Reserve


Breakfast at the lodge, then drive out of the Great Rift Valley to arrive in Masai Mara in time for lunch. The Mara offers wildlife in variety and abundance that it is difficult to believe; over 450 species of animals have been recorded here. You will easily see Lions, Rhinos, Hippos, Crocodiles, Giraffe, Wildebeests, Zebras, Buffalo, Warthogs, Hyenas, and Jackals, Buffalo, and a variety of antelopes. It is in the Mara that the most spectacular event of natural wonder takes place. This is the annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra from the Serengeti (Tanzania) in search for water and pasture. Behind their heels are predators of the savanna – Lion, Cheetah, Jackals, Hyena and Vultures. Depart for an afternoon game drive until dusk.

Dinner and overnight at the Mara Sopa Lodge.

Day 5: Explore Mara Game Reserve


You spend a day in the Masai Mara on early morning and afternoon game drives. The trees in the distance might turn out to be a family of Giraffes. Those clumps of bushes might turn out to be a pride of Lions, and the rock that moves a Rhino lumbering out of your way. With diligence and some luck, you may encounter a family of Cheetahs, or a herd of Elephants crossing infront of you. Large animals are not the only entertainment – a family of warthogs may amuse you, running as fast as their little legs will carry them, until they forget why they are rushing and stop to re-group.

All meals and overnight at the Mara Sopa Lodge.

Day 6: Mara Game Reserve – Nairobi

After breakfast at the lodge, morning drive to Nairobi.  Check-in at the hotel.  Afternoon tour of Nairobi city (Nairobi’s ancient landmark building –parliament building /Kenyatta International conference Center  / Look  out  point where a spectacular city view of Nairobi /giraffe center. Carnivore Dinner. Overnight at Intercontinental Hotel.

Day 7: Nairobi – Johannesburg – Sun City


Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for your outbound flight.

Upon arrival into Johannesburg, you will be met by our representative and transferred to Sun City.

Known as Africa’s Kingdom of Pleasure, in the hills of the Pilansberg lies Sun City.  This resort offers everything from superb accommodation in four very different hotels as well as sizzling entertainment, casinos, extensive sporting facilities including the world famous Gary Player and Lost City Golf courses. Leisure facilities include a Water World offering a full range of water sports and the Valley of Waves, Africa’s only sub tropical water adventure park, boasting an 8.5 million-litre wave pool with 2-metre waves (The Valley of the waves closes each winter for maintenance- please check with us for the exact dates) For the eco minded the Gardens at Sun City have been declared National Botanical gardens and the adjacent Pilansberg National Park, South Africa’s third largest game reserve, boast the sought after ‘big five’ in a malaria free region.

Overnight: The Palace – Standard Luxury Room

Day 8: Sun City – Johannesburg

This morning you will depart early at 0800 from Sun City to Johannesburg, via a

Private Half Day Tour:

Begin with the Apartheid Museum opened in 2001 and is acknowledged as the pre-eminent museum in the world dealing with 20th Century South Africa, at the heart of which is the apartheid story.

For anyone wanting to understand and experience what apartheid South Africa was really like, a visit to the Apartheid Museum is fundamental. The museum is a beacon of hope showing the world how South Africa is coming to terms with its oppressive past and working towards a future that all South Africans can call their own.

In the afternoon, a wonderful opportunity to descend into a vast gold mine at Gold Reef City, named after the richness upon which the city of Johannesburg was built. Watch a gold pour, see the miners carry out their traditional tribal and gum boot dancing, learn a bit of their specially devised mine language – still used today to cover the many and diverse tribes who worked here. Stroll through the theme park reflecting the life of the mining town at the turn of the last century. There is plenty to do for young and old but remember to wear comfortable walking shoes. Your evening is spent at leisure.

Overnight:– Davinci Hotel & Suites – Standard Room

Day 9:  Johannesburg – Livingstone

This morning at 0800 you will be transferred to OR Tambo Airport for your flight to Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Zambia. Upon arrival in Livingstone, you will be met by a representative, who will transfer you to your hotel. This afternoon you will enjoy a sunset cruise (included in the cost, but no meals)

Overnight: Royal Livingstone Hotel – Standard Room

Day 10 : Livingstone


You will be collected from the hotel and taken on a guided tour of the famous Victoria Falls – a World Heritage Site. Thereafter you are free to explore further on your own, there are many other options available – book and pay for these locally. Adrenaline junkies can enjoy exhilarating Victoria Falls Adventure Activities including bungy jumping, kayaking, white water rafting, abseiling, river boarding, jet boating and helicopter flips.. For the less adventurous are also catered for with tours and safaris and activities such as game drives, river cruises,Elephant safaris, fishing safaris and cultural tours.
Overnight: Royal Livingstone Hotel – Standard Room

Day  11: Livingstone – Johannesburg – Port Elizabeth

This morning you will have your transfer to Livingstone Airport for your flight to Johannesburg (flight not included). There is a departure tax payable at Livingstone Airport US$25 (currently) per person (payable in cash)

Upon arrival in Johannesburg, you will be met by our representative and escorted to your onwards flight to Port Elizabeth (flight not included). Upon arrival in Port Elizabeth, you will be met by our representative and transfered to the hotel in Port Elizabeth  for the evening

Overnight: Radisson Blu PLZ – Standard Room(B)

Day 12: Garden Route – Port Elizabeth – Knysna


Today you will begin your Private Garden Route Experience. Depart Port Elizabeth for Plettenberg Bay, travelling via the coastline to the Tsitsikamma National Park. Tsitsikamma originates from the Khoi-Khoi language used by the local Inqwa Tribe that lived in the area some 1700 years ago meaning “a place of many/sparkling/abundant water”. In the afternoon travel to Knysna / Sedgefield for your overnight stay (No Entrance Fees Included, for clients own account)

Overnight: Lake Pleasant Living – 1 Bedroom Suite (B)

Day 13 : Garden Route – Knysna – Oudtshoorn


After breakfast, you will have the morning at leisure to explore the vibrant coastal town of Knysna, before continuing on to Oudtshoorn where your first stop will be at an Ostrich Farm, where you can enjoy an informative tour, where you will learn about the eggs, incubators and chicks (in season) and feed the ostriches by hand. Also enjoy the spectacular Cango Caves. Dinner and overnight in Oudtshoorn.

Overnight: Rosenhof Country House  – Standard Room (B)

Day 14: Garden Route – Cape Town


After an EARLY breakfast, depart at 0800 towards Cape Town, via Hermanus to Whale watch from the Look out Point or Hermanus Whale Watching. Meet at our booking office, ‘the Whale Shack’, 30 minutes  prior to departure. Once all seated we depart from the Hermanus harbour to visit the whales and other marine creatures along the way. A qualified whale specialist guide is on board to relate interesting facts and answer any questions en route.

After that stop at the Winelands if time permits. Hamilton Russell Vineyards – the most southerly wine estate in Africa and the closest to the sea – is located in the cool, maritime Walker Bay district, in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, behind the old fishing village of Hermanus. The estate specializes in producing highly individual, terroir driven Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, which are widely regarded as the best in South Africa and among the best in the New World. The evening is spent at leisure to explore the Mother City – Cape town.

Overnight: Table Bay Hotel – Standard Luxury Room

Day 15: Full Day City Tour + Robben Island


This morning you will be collected at 0830 for your Private Full Day Tour. We start the excursion with an ascent up Table Mountain by cable car – weather permitting (the cost of the cable car ticket is NOT included). After this visit the City centre. See the Company Gardens the Castle of Good Hope and the Malay Quarter. And lastly call at the vibrant Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Enjoy a quick lunch (Not included) Depart on the ferry from the V&A Waterfront for a guided tour of Robben Island and the prison where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated.

Castle of Good Hope

Robin Island Prison where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated

Note: Robben Island visit is included in the cost, but weather permitting and subject to availability. The evening is spent at leisure with a vehicle at your disposal to enjoy Capetown by Night.

Overnight:– Table Bay Hotel – Standard Luxury Room

Day 16: Full Day Cape Peninsula Tour

Cape of Good Hope

This morning you will be collected for your Full Day Private Tour. Travel along the Atlantic coastline via the scenic drives of Oudekraal to the fishing village of Hout Bay. Join a boat cruise to seal island. Crossing over the mountain at Constantia Nek, travel to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Have the option of using the funicular to the main viewing site at Cape Point. We then leave the reserve and continue along the False Bay Coastline to lunch (cost not included) and then we visit the penguin colony at Boulders Beach.

Overnight: Table Bay Hotel – Standard Luxury Room

Day 17 : Full Day Private Tour

Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve

This morning you will be collected for your Full Day Private Tour. Visit the following sights:  Winelands in the morning, De Rust Estate – home of Paul Cluver Wines – is located in the cool-climate Elgin Valley and forms part of a world heritage site called The Kogelberg Biosphere. De Rust Estate is part of the world’s first wine and bio-diversity route which stretches around the Groenland Mountain; a mentor of the Thandi black economic empowerment wine-producing project and a provider of eco-tourism adventures. Kirstenbosch in the afternoon. Whether for a casual stroll, a more stenuous walk or a lazy picnic, the gardens are a must-see when visiting Cape Town. In the late afternoon, you will be transferred to Cape Town Airport for a flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival in Johannesburg you will be met by our representative and escorted to the Complimentary Shuttle Bus for the Hotel.

Overnight: D’Oreale Grand – Standard Room

Day 18 : Johannesburg – Departure

This morning you will be transferred the Complimentary Shuttle Bus to Johannesburg Airport for your onwards flight home.

INCLUSIONS

Kenya portion:

*             1-night accommodation at Ark Lodge on F/B

*             1-night accommodation at Sweetwaters camp on F/B

*             1-night accommodation at Lake Nakuru Lodge on F/B

*             2-night accommodation at Mara Sopa Lodge on F/B

*             1-night accommodation at Intercontinental Hotel on B/B

*             Additional meals as specified in the itinerary

*             Transportation in an exclusive 4 x 4 vehicle in Kenya

*             Services of an experienced safari driver-guide

*             Complimentary mineral water only while on safari.

South Africa and Zambia (Victoria Falls) portion:

*             11-night accommodation with breakfast

*             Entrance fees to sights as per itinerary

*             Transport in a Luxury Vehicle with English Speaking Driver – Guide

EXCLUSIONS:

*             All Meals not specified as per above itinerary

*             All Drinks

*             Porterage at Airport and Hotels

*             Items of a personal nature (i.e. internet, curio, laundry, beverages, etc.) unless specifically quoted for above

*             Tips and gratuities

*             Excess baggage fees and airport departure taxes

*             Visa and passport fees

*             Anything not specifically quoted for in the “includes” above

*             Personal Accident Insurance (PAI)

*             Value Added Tax (VAT) 14%

*             Tourism Levy

*             Airport Surcharges

*             24 Hour Free Roadside Assistance

*             Companion Manual, including Area Maps

COST

TOUR: USD 4805 @ INR 47.00 (CURRENT EXCHANGE RATE)

with Private Guide = INR 225835 per person

AIR FARE: BUSINESS CLASS FOR SECTOR BOM/NAIROBI/JOHANNESBURG/NAIROBI/BOM in C CLASS

+ INTERNAL SECTOR (ECONOMY): Approximately INR 99000

VISA: ZAMBIA + SOUTH AFRICA = INR 4755

TOTAL COST: INR 329590*

Notes: Rates are strictly subject to availability of services at the time of booking.

* Rates are subject to increase due to unforeseen changes in fuel and any government imposed taxes. E. & O.E  4 Rates are subject to fluctuations in exchange rates. 4 All outdoor activities are weather permitting 4 Gold Reef City is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays  4 Kindly note that the Gary Player Golf Course is closed on Mondays and the Lost City Golf Course is closed on Tuesdays for routine maintenance. 4 Smoking is not allowed on the vehicles.  Comfort stops will be made en route. 4Credit card payments attract a 5% service fee.

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