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Grand African Safari

(24 days, Cape Town - Johannesburg, 2014)
Grand African Discovery
This 23 Day Grand African Discovery tour explores some of Africa’s most incredible national parks as you travel from Cape Town to Johannesburg through Tanzania and Kenya.

Your tour begins in the spectacular coastal city of Cape Town where you will enjoy a city tour, followed by a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain. Whilst in Cape Town, you will also enter the Stunning Cape Point Nature Reserve and travel to the top of Cape Point to witness some breathtaking views. You will then journey to Thornybush Game Reserve, which comprises 10,000 hectares of pristine African bushveld and is home to a variety of wildlife including the ‘Big Five’ - Elephants, Lions, Buffalos, Leopards and Black Rhinos. You will enjoy a guided game drive through the Reserve before travelling the beautiful Panorama Route to Johannesburg.

Next you will head to Livingstone and one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls before spending a day game driving along the Chobe River in the Chobe National Park. Your tour continues to Tanzania, where you will visit Tarangire National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater (‘Africa’s Eden’), dubbed the Eighth Natural Wonder of the World. Next, travel to Kenya visiting Amboseli National Park and Mount Kilimanjaro before continuing this African adventure through Lake Nakuru National Park and Masai Mara National Reserve where it’s possible to witness the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth, the Great Migration (seasonal). Finally, your tour concludes back in Johannesburg with an exclusive farewell bush breakfast and game drive.

23 night land tour from Cape Town to Johannesburg including Tanzania & Kenya

Scenic Tours Ultimate Inclusions

  • All-Inclusive Touring
  • ‘Must-see’ attractions
  • Exhilarating game drives
  • Authentic cultural experiences
  • Three night stay at a Private Game Lodge in Thornybush National Reserve – Kruger National Park
  • Three night stay at the Royal Livingstone Hotel located on the Zambezi River at Victoria Falls
  • Two night stay at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge spectacularly located on the rim of the crater
  • Three night stay in the Masai Mara, Kenya
  • Fully Escorted by experienced Scenic Tours Tour Director
  • Knowledgeable local guides and game rangers
  • Private airport transfers
  • Scenic Enrich – allowing you to live the destination, not just travel through it
  • ALL TIPPING, PORTERAGE and GRATUITIES INCLUDED

Included Scenic Enrich

  • Dine under the stars in the bush at Thornybush Game Reserve in Greater Kruger National Park
  • Gain an appreciation of traditional tribal life during your visit to a local village in Livingstone
  • At Ngorongoro Crater, enjoy a traditional dance performance by a local tribe
  • Learn about the complex Maasai culture during your visit to a Manyatta (village) in Amboseli National Park
  • In Lake Nakuru, meet the children at an orphanage setup by an Australian family to care for the local children and surrounding community
  • In the Masai Mara, enjoy the beautiful surrounds during your private bush breakfast

Included Scenic Free Choice

  • In Cape Town, visit Robben Island; or take a guided Township tour; or go on a tour of the Cape Winelands; or enjoy a whale watching cruise (seasonal)
  • In Thornybush Game Reserve, enjoy a walking safari with a game ranger; or a visit to Hlokomela Herb Garden
  • In Amboseli National Park, take a guided nature walk; or enjoy a relaxing massage
  • In Masai Mara, enjoy an Afrian cooking class; or guided nature walk

Included Scenic Dining

  • 54 superb meals including 1 Highlight Breakfast (HB), 22 Full Buffet Breakfasts (FB), 14 Lunches (L), 2 Highlight Dinners (HD) and 15 Dinners (D)
  • At Thornybush Private Game Lodge, enjoy a lavish dinner on the deck of the lodge
  • Climb on board the Livingstone Express for an unforgettable evening of high class dining while enjoying a classic steam train journey through the Zambian countryside

Included Scenic Special Stays

  • With stunning views of Table Mountain and a waterfront location, the Radisson Blu Waterfront captures Cape Town’s panoramic vistas
  • Situated in the famous Thornybush Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, Thornybush Private Game Lodge offers elegant accommodation and sublime cuisine, which is complimented by unrivalled big game viewing
  • Every detail of the 5-star Royal Livingstone Hotel will immerse you in the style and romance of a bygone era. With unique Zambezi River frontage, there’s no better place to contemplate the majesty of Victoria Falls
  • Perched on the rim of the collapsed Volcano, the Ngorongoro Crater, the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge enjoys magnificent views of the crater floor, home to vast herds of wild animals and big game

Included Scenic Highlights

  • Tour the beautiful city of Cape Town
  • Enjoy a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain for spectacular views of Cape Town and the surrounding area (weather permitting)
  • Explore Cape Peninsula and take in the amazing views of the Cape of Good Hope from the summit of Cape Point
  • Encounter African penguins on Boulders Beach in the Cape Peninsula
  • Enjoy game drives in open Land Rovers on a private concession in Thornybush Game Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park
  • Tour the spectacular ‘Panorama Route’ between Kruger National Park and Johannesburg
  • Take a guided walking tour to spectacular Victoria Falls
  • Take a game viewing river cruise and game drive in Chobe National Park, Botswana
  • Explore the historic township of Livingstone
  • Enjoy sundowners during your sunset cruise on the Zambezi River
  • Learn about the unique and different cultures and traditions found in Kenya and Tanzania
  • Experience the sun rise over the rim at Ngorongoro Crater
  • Enjoy 4WD game drives in the stunning Lake Tarangire National Park and Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania
  • Three night stay in the Masai Mara
  • Experience 4WD game drives through Kenya’s greatest national game parks and reserves - Amboseli, Aderdare, Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara
  • Enjoy spectacular views of the Masai Mara during your included flight from the Masai Mara to Nairobi
Day 1: Cape Town
Welcome to the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town (flight not included). On arrival at Cape Town airport you will be met and transferred to your luxury hotel, ideally located along the Atlantic Ocean and within easy access to the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. The remainder of the day and evening are at leisure. Tonight, meet your Tour Director for a welcome briefing.
Three Night Special Stay: Cape Town
Day 2: Cape Town (FB,D)
This morning enjoy your Included city tour of Cape Town. Take a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain for outstanding views (weather permitting). The floor of the cable car rotates 360 degrees ensuring that everyone gets a view of the beautiful city and surrounds. Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE choose from: (1) a tour of Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned during the apartheid years; or (2) a tour of the Cape Winelands including cheese and wine tasting; or (3) a township tour of Cape Town; or (4) a whale watching cruise (seasonal). (Must be pre-booked).
Day 3: Cape Town (FB,L)
Today is your Included discovery of the most south-westerly point in Africa, Cape Peninsula. Enter the stunning Cape Point Nature Reserve and journey to the top of Cape Point for incredible vistas. The point thrusts its jagged edge into the Atlantic Ocean and affords magnificent views over the hills of the peninsula towards the Cape of Good Hope. Enjoy an Included lunch in a local restaurant before continuing to Boulders Beach, home to the protected land-based colony of African penguins.
Day 4: Cape Town - Thornybush Game Reserve (FB,D)
Transfer to the airport for your early morning flight (flight not included) to Johannesburg. Board your coach for your journey to the province of Mpumulanga and the Thornybush Game Reserve, which is 10,000 hectares of pristine African bushveld. Set in the heart of the rolling lowveld and incorporated into the Greater Kruger National Park, the Thornybush Game Reserve is home of the ‘Big Five’ and a variety of other African wildlife species. Enjoy your three night stay here at the exclusive Thornybush Private Game Lodge. Included this evening dine at the lodge whilst enjoying the views of the surrounding African bushveld.
Three Night Special Stay: Thornybush Game Reserve
Day 5: Thornybush Game Reserve (FB,L,HD)
Experience an Included early morning game drive through this amazing game reserve, which is predominantly open savannah. Limitless game viewing is possible as your open top Land Rover traverses through this private reserve, and is permitted to go ‘off-road’ to follow animals. After a sumptuous breakfast, enjoy some free time to relax and enjoy the facilities at the lodge before boarding your vehicle for an Included afternoon game drive and then Included SCENIC ENRICH dinner under a starlit sky in the bush.
Day 6: Thornybush Game Reserve (FB,L,D)
Experience another Included early morning game drive through the reserve. After breakfast, Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE choose from: (1) a walking safari with a game ranger (fitness level required); or (2) a visit to the Hlokomela Herb Garden. After some free time to relax and enjoy the facilities at the lodge, board your vehicle for an Included afternoon game drive and then an Included dinner on the decking of the lodge.
Day 7: Thornybush Game Reserve - Johannesburg (FB)
Travel via the magnificent ‘Panorama Route’, one of the most beautiful and popular travel destinations in South Africa. The stretch known as Blyde River Canyon is one of the natural wonders of Africa. The amazing canyon comes to an end at Bourke’s Luck Potholes. From many well-positioned vantage points you will have a view of the 33 kilometre long gorge. The Potholes are impressive rock formations that were shaped millions of years ago by erosion. Stop at God’s Window for breath taking vistas before continuing to Johannesburg.
Overnight Stay: Johannesburg
Day 8: Johannesburg - Livingstone (FB,HD)
Depart the hotel this morning for your transfer to the airport for your flight (flight not included) to Livingstone, Zambia. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel which is located a short stroll from Victoria Falls, on the banks of the magnificent Zambezi River. This afternoon see the powerful and majestic falls at close range during your Included tour of the Zambian side of one of the seven Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls.Tonight climb aboard the historic Livingstone Express steam train for an Included traverse of Mosi-oa-Tunya Game Park, accompanied by a five course meal on board while the sun sets.
Three Night Special Stay: Livingstone
Day 9: Chobe National Park (FB,L)
Included today is a day trip to Chobe National Park in neighbouring Botswana. On arrival there is an Included cruise on the Chobe River, home to the largest concentration of elephants in Africa, as well as buffalo, hippo and teaming birdlife. Lunch is Included before an afternoon game drive along the Chobe River banks.
Day 10: Livingstone (FB)
Today enjoy your Included SCENIC ENRICH visit to a local village to gain an appreciation of traditional tribal life.You will also explore the quaint town of Livingstone which is rich in scenery and heritage, and visit the Livingstone Museum. This afternoon explore this historic town further at your own pace or simply relax and enjoy the facilities of your luxury hotel before boarding your vessel for an Included sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Enjoy sundowners as you absorb this stunning setting from a most unique vantagepoint.
Day 11: Livingstone - Johannesburg (FB,D)
Transfer to the airport for your flight (flight not included) to Johannesburg, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight Stay: Johannesburg

Today, an opportunity to take a magnificent helicopter flight over Victoria Falls (own expense).

Day 12: Johannesburg - Nairobi (FB,D)
This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight (flight not included) to Nairobi, the thriving capital city of Kenya. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your centrally located hotel.
Overnight Stay: Nairobi
Day 13: Nairobi - Tarangire National Park (FB,L,D)
Following breakfast leave the bustling city of Nairobi behind and travel to the Namanga border and enter Tanzania, home to interesting wildlife, inspiring landscapes and a rich, diverse culture. Continue your journey to Tarangire National Park, situated between Lake Manyara and the sheer rock walls of the Rift Valley escarpment. The Park is home to an amazing variety of birds and animals and its lush green jungle habitat is of stark contrast to other parks in Tanzania.
Overnight Stay: Tarangire National Park
Day 14: Tarangire Sopa Lodge - Ngorongoro Crater (FB,L,D)
Enjoy an Included early morning game drive through this beautiful and incredibly diverse park, which is well known for its lions, elephants and large troops of baboons. Travel to the world famous, Ngorongoro Crater, often called “Africa’s Eden” and the 8th Natural Wonder of the World. Our lodge is spectacularly located on the rim of the ancient crater, affording breathtaking views. This evening enjoy your Included SCENIC ENRICH traditional danceperformance by a local tribe performed in the grounds of the Sopa Lodge.
Two Night Special Stay: Ngorongoro Crater
Day 15: Ngorongoro Crater (FB,L,D)
Don’t miss the chance to rise early this morning and witness a spectacular sunrise over the crater. Following breakfast, enjoy an Included game drive through Ngorongoro Crater, reputed to contain the largest number of predators in Africa, due to the vast numbers of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle.
Day 16: Ngorongoro Crater - Amboseli National Park (FB,L,D)
After breakfast, continue your journey via Arusha and travel north into Kenya to Amboseli National Park, located beneath the tallest freestanding mountain in the world, the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro. Late this afternoon, en route to your lodge enjoy an Included game drive through the national reserve with its wide, dry plains and where the horizons stretch into the furthest distance and become one with the sky.
Two Night Stay: Amboseli National Park
Day 17: Amboseli National Park (FB,L,D)
The snow clad peak of Mount Kilimanjaro soars above you as you enjoy an Included game drive through the savannah and acacia scrub of the Amboseli National Park. Heading deep into the park you will encounter large concentrations of elephants, birdlife such as grey heron, stork and Egyptian goose and other wildlife, which are drawn to this area due to a series of large, lush swamplands. Enjoy your Included SCENIC ENRICH visit to a traditional Maasai village where you will learn first hand about this complex culture. The Maasai culture is a truly independent and proud culture and undoubtedly one of the most famous traditional cultures on earth. Maasai are semi-nomadic farmers and have resisted the urging of governments to adopt a more sedentary lifestyle. The Maasai live in harmony with most wild animals and have an aversion to eating game. As a result, Maasai land has East Africa’s finest game. Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE choose from: (1) a nature walk accompanied by the lodge’s resident nature expert; or (2) a soothing massage.
Day 18: Amboseli - Aberdare National Park (FB,L,D)
Nairobi’s famous Safari Park is your Included lunch destination today, followed by a drive to Mount Kenya National Park, home to the imposing, extinct volcano, Mount Kenya which dominates the landscape of the Kenyan Highlands. This World Heritage listed National Park includes a variety of habitats ranging from higher forest, bamboo, alpine moorlands, glaciers, tarns and glacial moraines. This evening enjoy game viewing from the comfort of your lodge which overlooks a waterhole and salt lick that attracts numerous herds of elephant and buffalo.
Overnight Stay: Aberdare National Park
Day 19: Aberdare National Park - Lake Nakuru National Park (FB,L,D)
Continue your African journey to Lake Nakuru, set in a picturesque landscape of surrounding woodland and grassland and home to large flocks of pelicans and pink flamingos, and other wildlife. Enjoy your Included SCENIC ENRICH visit to the Nakuru Baby Orphanage Centre, established by an Australian family who have sold their home to care for the local children and the surrounding community. Enjoy lunch with the children for a memorable experience. This afternoon enjoy your Included 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. Its location affords panoramic vistas of the lake and the picturesque Lake Nakuru National Park.
Overnight Stay: Lake Nakuru National Park
Day 20: Lake Nakuru - Masai Mara National Reserve (FB,L,D)
This morning 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, and during the annual migration over 1.5 million wildebeest. This afternoon enjoy an Included game drive through the Masai Mara which is regarded as the jewel of Kenya’s wildlife viewing areas.
Three Night Stay: Masai Mara National Reserve
Day 21: Masai Mara National Reserve (FB,L,D)
Enjoy Included morning and afternoon 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 and hippos populate the streams and lakes and the woodlands and savannah are home to leopard, lion, hyena and cheetah. Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) an African cooking class; (2) or guided nature walk.

Opportunity to take a 1 hour Hot Air Balloon flight over the Masai Mara (own expense).

Day 22: Masai Mara National Reserve (FB,L,D)
Enjoy your second day of activites at Masai Mara National Reserve.
Day 23: Masai Mara - Johannesburg (HB)
This morning enjoy your Included SCENIC ENRICH exclusive farewell bush breakfast and game drive before boarding your Included flight back to Nairobi. During the short flight, take in the spectacular views over the landscape below. On arrival in Nairobi connect with your flight (flight not included, please book to depart after 4pm) to Johannesburg. On arrival in Johannesburg you will be transferred to your luxurious hotel situated in the heart of Sandton’s shopping district.
Overnight Stay: Johannesburg
Day 24: Johannesburg (FB)
After breakfast bid farewell to your newfound friends before your transfer* to Johannesburg airport for your onward or homebound flight (flight not included). We trust you enjoyed your Scenic Tours experience!

*Check transfer entitlements with your travel agent. For guests who have already received documentation - refer to your booking summary.

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May 2014
21
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Jul 2014
2
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Aug 2014
27
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Sep 2014
3
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Duration
24 Days
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AUD $15,450
per person twin share
Dates
21 May 2014
On Request
02 Jul 2014
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27 Aug 2014
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03 Sep 2014
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