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Grand African Expedition

(31 days, Cape Town - Johannesburg, 2015)
Grand African Expedition
This 31 Day Grand African Expedition explores some of Africa’s most beautiful locations, from Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg to Victoria Falls, Nairobi and Swaziland.

This 31 Day Grand African Expedition begins in Cape Town where you will enjoy a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain to witness its incredible views and then visit Boulders Beach, home to the protected land-based colony of African penguins. From Cape Town, you will travel along Route 62 via Montague and the Klein Karoo to Oudtshoorn, before continuing to Knysna and Durban, and visiting the World Heritage-listed Featherbed Nature Reserve and Storm’s River Mouth in the Tsitsikamma National Park.

Next you will journey through the Dolphin Coast and enter the heart of Zululand, known for its warm climate and sandy beaches. You will visit Shakaland, a unique re-creation of a Zulu village where the Village Chief will host a private tour and introduce you to traditional Zulu life. It is then onto Ghost Mountain and the world-acclaimed Operation Rhino, a program that successfully captures and relocates white rhinos to sanctuaries within South Africa and abroad. As you continue your travels, you will stop for a cruise on Lake Jozini before continuing through Big Bend to the Ezulwini Valley in Swaziland.

Your journey continues to Kruger National Park, South Africa’s largest national park, for a game drive on an open Land Rover. You will then continue onto Johannesburg, travelling along the popular Panorama Route to witness the stunning Blyde River Canyon, one of Africa’s natural treasures. Next, fly to Livingstone and witness the powerful and majestic Victoria Falls at close range, before enjoying a day trip to Chobe National Park for a game drive along the Chobe River. You will then visit Amboseli National Park, located beneath Mount Kilimanjaro, for a game drive through the savannah, witnessing elephants, birds and other wildlife.

Your tour continues through Shaba and Samburu National Park, Sweetwaters Game Reserve and Lake Nakuru National Park before ending in Masai Mara National Reserve for a once-in-a-lifetime event, witnessing the greatest wildlife spectacle, the Great Migration (seasonal).

5–star luxury

Ultimate Inclusions

  • Small group touring
  • Many two and three night stays
  • Fully escorted by experienced Tour Directors
  • Knowledgeable local guides and game rangers
  • Exclusive safari lodges and itineraries
  • Exhilarating game drives
  • Luxury coaches in South Africa and Zambia
  • 4x4 Land Cruisers in Kenya
  • Internal flights included in Africa NEW for 2015

Scenic Special Stays

  • Radisson Blu Waterfront In Cape Town
  • Simola Hotel and Spa in Knysna
  • Lion Sands River Lodge in Kruger National Park
  • Royal Livingstone Hotel at Victoria Falls
  • Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club

Scenic Enrich

Exclusive once in a lifetime experiences

  • At Ghost Mountain enjoy traditional dancing
  • In Zululand be welcomed by the village chief on a tour of a traditional village
  • Visit a Zambian village and local school
  • Learn about the Maasai tribesman in Amboseli National Park
  • Meet the children at the Lake Nakuru Baby Orphanage Centre
  • Enjoy a bush breakfast in the Masai Mara

Scenic Sundowner

  • Take a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River at Victoria Falls

Scenic Free Choice

  • 13 included options to choose from in five different locations

Dining Experiences

  • 68 superb meals including, 30 Breakfasts (B), 15 Lunches (L) and 23 Dinners (D)

Scenic Highlights

  • Tour of Cape Town including cable car ascent of Table Mountain
  • Cape Peninsula tour with penguin colony
  • Cango Caves and ostrich farm in Outdshoorn
  • Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve and Rhino Sanctuary
  • Game drives in Lion Sands in private concession of Kruger National Park
  • Game viewing cruise and game drive in Chobe National Park
  • Experience 4x4 game drives through Kenya’s greatest national game reserves
  • Visit Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary
  • Spectacular views of the Masai Mara from the air

ALL TIPPING, PORTERAGE and GRATUITIES

Day 1: Cape Town
On arrival you will be met at Cape Town International Airport and transferred* to your hotel, located in the Waterfront area.
Three Night Special Stay: Cape Town
Day 2: Cape Town (B,D)
We begin this morning with an ascent of Table Mountain by rotating cable car for outstanding views of the city and surrounding bay. SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) a tour of Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned; or (2) a half day tour of the beautiful wineland region outside of Cape Town; or (3) a township tour of Nyanga and Gugulethu; or (4) an afternoon whale watching cruise (seasonal from July to September); or (5) a Harley Davidson ride.
Day 3: Cape Town (B,L)
Today is your tour of the most south-westerly point in Africa, Cape Peninsula. Take in spectacular views of the Cape of Good Hope from the summit of Cape Point, then a lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit Boulders Beach, home to the protected land-based colony of African penguins.
Day 4: Cape Town - Oudtshoorn (B,D)
Journey inland along Route 62 via the charming town of Montagu and the ‘Klein Karoo’ to Oudtshoorn, known as the ‘feather capital of the world’ due to its perfect environment for raising ostriches. Visit the breathtaking underground chambers of the Cango Caves before settling into your Dutch style villa and enjoying a dinner with Afrikaans specialties.
Overnight Stay: Oudtshoorn
Day 5: Oudtshoorn - Knysna (B,D)
Visit an ostrich farm this morning and learn about these unique birds. Then travel over the picturesque Outeniqua Pass to George and the Garden Route. SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) a guided tour of Monkeyland, the world’s only free-roaming multi-species primate sanctuary; or (2) Birds of Eden sanctuary.
Two Night Special Stay: Knysna
Day 6: Knysna (B,L)
Enjoy this morning at leisure in Knysna, then board your ferry for a short ride across to Featherbed Nature Reserve for panoramic views of the lagoon. A spectacular buffet lunch awaits under the Milkwood trees of the forest. Tonight there is free time to explore the Waterfront area of Knysna, famous for its oysters.
Day 7: Knysna - Durban (B,D)
Travel along the Garden Route to Storm’s River Mouth in the Tsitsikamma National Park. Continue onto Port Elizabeth to board your flight to Durban and then transfer to your hotel.
Overnight Stay: Durban
Day 8: Durban - Ghost Mountain (B,D)
Travel through the Dolphin Coast region amongst a sea of sugar cane fields to Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park. World renowned for its rhino conservation program, the Hluhluwe and Umfolozi Reserves are the oldest such havens in Africa, being founded in 1895. It was here that the world-acclaimed Operation Rhino was introduced during the 1960s, successfully capturing and relocating white rhino to sanctuaries within South Africa and abroad. Recently, Hluhluwe-Umfolozi has focused its efforts on saving the endangered black rhino. SCENIC ENRICH This evening enjoy a mesmerising display of traditional dancing.
Two Night Stay: Ghost Mountain
Day 9: Ghost Mountain (B,D)
Take a morning cruise on stunning Lake Jozini, where wildlife often come to the water’s edge. Enter Zululand, known for its sub-tropical climate and sandy beaches. SCENIC ENRICH Visit a traditional Zulu community in the Lebombo Mountains, where you are welcomed by the village chief and taken on a private tour to learn about Zulu life and customs.
Day 10: Ghost Mountain (B,D)
Travel into the tiny kingdom of Swaziland, through the magnificent valleys of Big Bend to your hotel situated in the Ezulwini Valley.
Overnight Stay: Swaziland
Day 11: Swaziland - Kruger National Park (B,D)
Kruger National Park is South Africa’s largest national park. A real treat awaits as you arrive at Lion Sands Private Game Reserve situated on a private concession within Kruger National Park. The Sabie River flows through it, and it has the highest recorded concentration of leopards in Africa. This afternoon, enjoy a game drive in an open 4x4 safari vehicle. This evening savour the surrounding African bushland whilst dining at the lodge.
Two Night Special Stay: Kruger National Park
Day 12: Kruger National Park (B,L,D)
Today you will explore this famous National Park as you embark on morning and evening game drives. Limitless game viewing is possible as your open Land Rover is able to traverse the entire Kruger National Park without restriction, even off road to track the ‘Big Five’. SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) a walking safari with a game ranger (moderate fitness required); or (2) wine tasting.
Day 13: Kruger National Park - Johannesburg (B)
Travel along the world renowned ‘Panorama Route’ and view the stunning Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and stop at God’s Window for breathtaking views. Arrive in Johannesburg late afternoon.
Overnight Stay: Johannesburg
Day 14: Johannesburg - Livingstone (B,D)
Transfer to the airport to meet your flight to Livingstone, Zambia. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel, set on the banks of the magnificent Zambezi River. This afternoon see the powerful and majestic falls at close range during your tour of the Zambian side of Victoria Falls. Tonight climb aboard the historic Livingstone Express steam train for a traverse of the Mosi-oa-Tunya Game Park, accompanied by a five course meal on board.
Three Night Special Stay: Livingstone
Day 15: Chobe National Park (B,L)
In nearby Botswana is Chobe National Park, a truly remarkable bio-diversity teeming with wildlife centred around the Chobe River where thousands of elephants, hippos and buffalos roam amongst lush vegetation. Enjoy a cruise along the river, dine at a river lodge and take an afternoon game drive along the shore in open safari vehicles.
Day 16: Livingstone (B)
SCENIC ENRICH Visit a typical Zambian village to gain an appreciation of traditional tribal life. Later explore the quaint town of Livingstone and the museum which showcases the life of David Livingstone, the famous Scottish missionary. SCENIC SUNDOWNERS board your vessel for a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River.
Day 17: Livingstone - Johannesburg (B,D)
Take a magnificent helicopter flight over Victoria Falls (own expense).

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg, then transfer to your hotel.
Overnight Stay: Johannesburg
Day 18: Johannesburg - Nairobi (B,D)
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Nairobi, the thriving capital of Kenya. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight Stay: Nairobi
Day 19: Nairobi - Amboseli National Park (B,L,D)
Travel south to Amboseli National Park, located beneath the tallest freestanding mountain in the world, the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro. Late this afternoon, take a game drive through this national reserve with its wide, dry plains and massive herds of elephants which migrate past the lodge every day.
Two Night Stay: Amboseli National Park
Day 20: Amboseli National Park (B,L,D)
Enjoy morning and evening game drives through the savannah and acacia scrub of Amboseli, your first taste of Kenyan open plain safaris. SCENIC ENRICH Visit a traditional Maasai village and learn about this complex culture, a truly independent and proud people. SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) a guided nature walk; or (2) a soothing massage.
Day 21: Amboseli - Aberdare National Park (B,L,D)
Journey back through the outskirts of Nairobi onto Aberdare National Park where your lodge has a unique viewing platform over a waterhole.
Overnight Stay: Aberdare National Park
Day 22: Aberdare National Park - Shaba National Reserve (B,L,D)
Continuing north, arrive at Shaba National Reserve which lies adjacent to Samburu National Reserve. Popularly known as the ‘Samburu Ecosystem’, these reserves sustain a variety of free ranging wildlife species.
Two Night Stay: Shaba National Reserve
Day 23: Shaba & Samburu National Reserves (B,L,D)
Game drives today are in the Samburu National Reserve and/or Buffalo Springs Reserve, with striking backdrops of the Mathews Range. The diverse wildlife that can be found in this area include reticulated giraffe, elephant, the tree climbing gerenuk, gazelle, buffalo and the rare Grevy’s zebra.
Day 24: Mount Kenya & Sweetwaters Game Reserve (B,L,D)
Travel towards the equator between snow-capped Mount Kenya and the foothills of the Aberdare Mountains to Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Later, we arrive at the stunning Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club. After lunch, join Maasai tribesman and celebrate with an equator crossing ceremony including a certificate of achievement.
Overnight Special Stay: Mount Kenya
Day 25: Mount Kenya - Lake Nakuru National Park (B,L,D)
Today enjoy your game drive en route to the Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge, which is nestled along the Lion Hill overlooking the spectacular flamingo pink rimmed Lake Nakuru.
Two Night Stay: Lake Nakuru National Park
Day 26: Lake Nakuru National Park (B,L,D)
SCENIC ENRICH Visit the Lake Nakuru Baby Orphanage Centre, established by an Australian family who care for the children and the surrounding community. Enjoy lunch with the children for a memorable experience. The Lake Nakuru area is teeming with wildlife including rhino and giraffe, as well as the world famous flamingo population.
Day 27: Lake Nakuru - Masai Mara National Reserve (B,L,D)
Continue to Masai Mara National Reserve, where a once in a lifetime experience awaits as you witness the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth – the Great Migration (seasonal). It has been recorded that the Masai Mara attracts 95 species of mammals, amphibians and reptiles and over 400 bird species, then during the annual migration over 1.5 million wildebeest. Your game drives traverse the Masai Mara which is regarded as the jewel of Kenya’s wildlife viewing areas, the pinnacle being the hazardous Mara River.
Three Night Stay: Masai Mara National Reserve
Day 28: Masai Mara National Reserve (B,L,D)
Take a hot air balloon over the Masai Mara (own expense).

Enjoy game drives through the Masai Mara which is situated in the Great Rift Valley in primarily open grasslands and home to the largest population of lions in Kenya. Vast herds of zebra, impala, antelope, gazelle and giraffe grace the landscape, hippos populate the streams and lakes, and the woodlands and savannah are home to leopard, lion, hyena and cheetah. SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) African cooking class; or (2) a guided nature walk.
Day 29: Masai Mara National Reserve (B,L,D)
Enjoy another day at Masai Mara National Reserve.
Day 30: Masai Mara - Johannesburg (B)
SCENIC ENRICH Exclusive farewell bush breakfast on the plains of the Masai Mara. Take in the spectacular views on your flight back to Nairobi, then connect to your flight to Johannesburg. On arrival, transfer to the lively shopping district of Sandton.
Overnight Stay: Johannesburg
Day 31: Johannesburg (B)
Farewell your fellow guests and transfer* to the airport for your onward or homebound flight.

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31 Days
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