Best of East & Southern Africa

20 Days

Peech Boutique Hotel, standard room, this small eco-friendly boutique hotel is an oasis of calm and sophistication away from the hubbub of downtown Johannesburg (2 nights) Kambaku River Sands, Luxury Tent, enjoys a wealth of incredible biodiversity of both Fauna and Flora as well as the amazing White Lions of the reserve (3 nights) Welgelegen Boutique Hotel, Superior Room, an urban sanctuary in the heart of Cape Town, at the foot of Table Mountain (3 nights), Franschhoek Country House, Standard Room, situated on the outskirts of the Franschhoek Village, an ideal base to indulge your tastes for fine wines and world class cuisine (2 nights), Shinde Camp, Safari Tent, nestled on a lush palm island in the heart of the northern Okavango Delta which simply teems with animal and birdlife (3 nights), Ilala Lodge, Standard Room, situated on the Zimbabwean side of the mighty Zambezi River, it is the closest hotel to the magnificent Falls (2 nights) Palacina Hotel, an oasis of peace and calm in the bustling city of Nairobi (1 night), Governors Camp, Maasai Mara, nestled in the forest along the winding banks of the Mara River, it’s waters teeming with bird-life, hippo and crocodile (3 nights)

Activities

  • Explore the beauty of Cape Town and Cape Peninsula
  • Wine taste at some of the finest wineries in South Africa
  • Tour the spectacular Victoria Falls
  • Big 5 Game viewing
  • Game drives in national parks and private reserves
  • Bush walks
  • Mokoro excursions
  • The Great Migration
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Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1

Johannesburg

Welcome to Africa! Upon arrival, you’ll be transferred to the Peech Hotel in a lush neighborhood of Johannesburg. Enjoy dinner at the fabulous on-site restaurant before retiring for the evening.

Day 2

Explore Johannesburg

After breakfast, set out for a full day exploration of Johannesburg. Visit the Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill before heading to Joziburg Lane, a market located in a magnificent art deco building. Browse artists’ studios, graze on cheese platters, curries and traditional African eats in the hip eateries and sip on good coffee and craft beer before returning to the hotel for a restful evening.

Day 3

Timbavati Reserve and Safari

Today your safari begins! After breakfast, drive to Timbavati Reserve in the famed Kruger National Park ecosystem, arriving at the Kambaku River Sands safari camp in time for lunch. This afternoon, set out with your guide for a game drive, exploring the area around camp teeming with wildlife, including the Big 5, White Lions, Wild Dogs, Cheetah, Hippo, and Crocodile. Return to camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 4

Kruger National Park Safari

Today, set out early and head into the Kruger National Park. As the sun rises, stop for a hot breakfast set up right in the bush! Take your time enjoying the wildlife all around, heading back to camp in time for a late lunch and afternoon rest. This evening, enjoy a game drive around camp stopping for sundowner cocktails, taking in the sun setting over the dramatic landscape, before returning to camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 5

Timbavati Reserve Walking Safari and Bush Dinner

Getting out into the bush on foot is perhaps one of the most thrilling ways to experience safari in Africa. This morning, drive a short way from camp before setting out on foot with an armed guide. Learn to read wildlife tracks and discover some of the smaller elements of the African bush, which can not be seen nor appreciated from the safari vehicle. Return to camp for lunch and spend the afternoon enjoying the on site spa and pool. This evening, head out on a short game drive ending with a spectacular bush dinner under the African sky.

Day 6

Cape Town

This morning, transfer to Cape Town, one of the most beloved cities in the world. Arrive at Welgelegen, a boutique hotel in the heart of Cape Town. After settling in, walk towards Kloof Street and enjoy dinner at one of the many fantastic local restaurants.

Day 7

Cape Town Cableway, V&A Waterfront and Robbin Island

After breakfast, set out with your guide for a full day exploration of Cape Town. First, head to the Cableway, a fun way to reach the top of Table Mountain, taking in the dramatic views of the city and ocean below. Continue on towards the Victoria & Alfred waterfront, stopping for lunch at the Greenmarket Square. Hop on a boat to visit Robbin Island before heading back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 8

Cape Town Beaches

Today, explore some of Cape Town’s most epic beaches, including Boulders Beach, Camp’s Bay, and Clifton Beach. Finally, head to the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point. Extending south from Cape Town is the Cape of Good Hope, the peninsula that divides the Atlantic Ocean and False Bay.  Cape Point, a jagged, narrow strip of land that juts out into the Atlantic and acts as the continent’s southwestern-most point. Standing here will leave you feeling like you’ve reached the edge of the world.

Day 9

Cape Winelands

After breakfast, drive into the rolling hills of the Cape Winelands.  Arrive at Franschhoek Country House in time for lunch.  Spend the afternoon exploring the area’s wineries, boutiques and galleries. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 10

Full day Cape Winelands

Today, get active in the Cape Winelands! After breakfast, set out into the mountains on horseback, taking time to appreciate the views. After lunch, hop on a bicycle to explore the charming village area before a series of afternoon wine tastings.

Day 11

Botswana Okavango Delta

This morning the wildlife safari continues! Fly to Botswana, arriving at Shinde Camp in Botswana’s Okavango Delta late in the afternoon. Your guide will pick you up at the airstrip and on the way to camp enjoy your first game drive in Botswana. Nestled on a lush palm island in the heart of the northern Okavango Delta, Shinde is an intimate, classic camp located on the edge of Shinde Lagoon,  which simply teems with animal and birdlife. Settle in and enjoy dinner and overnight in camp.

Day 12

Okavango Delta Game Drive and Mokoro Safari

This morning head out for an early morning game drive.  After lunch and an afternoon rest, hop into a traditional wooden canoe, called a Mokoro, for a game experience on the water. As you glide silently through the waterways, watch elephant drink, birds fishing for their dinner and perhaps even catch a glimpse of a predator on the banks.

Day 13

Okavango Delta Walking Safari and Night Game Drive

Today experience the thrill of walking in the bush! Accompanied by an armed guide, walk slowly from camp, learning more about tracking the wildlife and big game that surrounds camp. After lunch and an afternoon rest, head out for an early evening game drive, stopping for sundowner cocktails. Take a moment to appreciate the pristine wilderness as the sky turns fire orange before nightfall. Return to camp in the dark, using a spotlight to see nocturnal creatures as they emerge for the evening.

Day 14

Zambezi River Cruise

This morning, fly onward to Victoria Falls. Arrive at Illala Lodge in time for a late lunch. This evening, sit back, relax and take in the surrounding views of the great Zambezi river aboard a small boat. From this unique vantage point, view birdlife and wildlife up-close on the islands along the river.

Day 15

Victoria Falls Scenic Flight and Tour

Today, explore the largest sheet of falling water in the world! Board a helicopter for a scenic flight one the falls. Viewing the spectacular Victoria Falls from the air is one of the most breath-taking and exhilarating activities in Africa! Afterwards, enjoy a private guided tour of the mighty ‘Smoke That Thunders.’ Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 16

Nairobi

Today continue north, flying to Nairobi, Kenya. Transfer to Palacina, a warm, boutique hotel in the city center. Enjoy dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 17

Maasai Mara Game Reserve

After breakfast, head to the most iconic wildlife destination on the planet; the Maasai Mara. Arrive at Governor’s Camp, Kenya’s original safari camp, in time for lunch. This afternoon, set out on a game drive in the national park with one of the amazing guides. These guides are intimately in tune with the wildlife in and around camp, so in addition to spotting wildlife will share with you stories of specific prides of lion, the elusive local leopard and resident elephant as well. Return to camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 18

Maasai Mara Game Reserve Game Drive and Sundowners

Wake up early to experience the vast number of wildlife species in the area. Return to camp for lunch, served on the wooden deck overlooking the plains. Relax this afternoon before heading out for an early evening drive, stopping to watch the sun set over the plans while enjoying a sundowner cocktail. Return to camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 19

Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Game Drive & Hot Air Balloon Ride

This morning, wake early for a truly once in a lifetime experience; hot air balloon ride over the Mara plains. After silently gliding over Africa’s big game for an hour, enjoy a champagne breakfast in the bush. Spend the afternoon relaxing, reading and resting in camp before heading out on an afternoon game drive along the Mara River, teeming with life and activity. Return to camp for a late dinner and overnight.

Day 20

Travel home

Your epic African adventure has come to an end, After breakfast, fly back to Nairobi and transfer to the international airport for your flight home.

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