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Grand African Safari

(24 days, Cape Town - Johannesburg, 2015)
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.

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 and Tanzania
  • Internal flights included in Africa NEW for 2015

Scenic Special Stays

  • Radisson Blu Waterfront In Cape Town
  • Thornybush Game Lodge in Greater Kruger National Park
  • Royal Livingstone Hotel at Victoria Falls
  • Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

Scenic Enrich

Exclusive once in a lifetime experiences

  • Visit a Zambian village and local school
  • Enjoy a traditional dance performance at Ngorongoro
  • 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

  • 11 included options to choose from in four different locations

Dining Experiences

  • 54 superb meals including, 23 Breakfasts (B), 14 Lunches (L) and 17 Dinners (D)

Scenic Highlights

  • Tour of Cape Town including cable car ascent of Table Mountain
  • Cape Peninsula tour with penguin colony
  • Game drives in Thornybush Game Reserve in Greater Kruger National Park
  • Drive the spectacular Panorama Route
  • A 5 course dinner on board the Livingstone Express luxury train
  • Game viewing cruise and game drive in Chobe National Park
  • Experience 4x4 game drives through Kenya’s & Tanzania’s greatest game reserves Amboseli, Samburu, Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara
  • 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 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) 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 - Thornybush Game Reserve (B,D)
Transfer to the airport for your early morning flight 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.
Three Night Special Stay: Thornybush Game Reserve
Day 5: Thornybush Game Reserve (B,L,D)
Experience morning and evening game drives 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. SCENIC ENRICH Dine in the bush under a starlit sky in the wild.
Day 6: Thornybush Game Reserve (B,L,D)
Today enjoy further morning and evening game drives to different sections of the reserve where cheetah and wild dogs are often spotted. SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) a walking safari with a game ranger (moderate fitness level required) or; (2) a relaxing foot massage. During the day visit the Hlokomela Herb Garden a local charity encouraging work ethic in the community. Enjoy an African style dinner on the deck of the lodge, while animals come to drink at the river below.
Day 7: Thornybush Game Reserve - Johannesburg (B)
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 breathtaking vistas before continuing to Johannesburg.
Overnight Stay: Johannesburg
Day 8: 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 9: 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 10: 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 11: 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 12: 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 13: Nairobi - Tarangire National Park (B,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 (B,L,D)
Enjoy an 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 eighth Natural Wonder of the World. Our lodge is spectacularly located on the rim of the ancient crater, affording breathtaking views. SCENIC ENRICH Witness a traditional dance performance by a local tribe performed in the grounds of the Sopa Lodge.
Two Night Special Stay: Ngorongoro Crater
Day 15: Ngorongoro Crater (B,L,D)
Don’t miss the chance to rise early this morning and witness a spectacular sunrise over the crater. Following breakfast, enjoy an extended 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 (B,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 a 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 (B,L,D)
The snow clad peak of Mount Kilimanjaro soars above you as you enjoy a 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. 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. They are in harmony with most wild animals and have an aversion to eating game. As a result, Maasai land has East Africa’s finest game. SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) a nature walk; or (2) a soothing massage.
Day 18: Amboseli - Aberdare National Park (B,L,D)
Journey back through the outskirts of Nairobi to the city’s famous safari park for lunch then continue onto Aberdare National Park where your lodge has a unique viewing platform over a waterhole and salt lick that attracts herds of elephant and buffalo.
Overnight Stay: Aberdare National Park
Day 19: Aberdare National Park - Lake Nakuru National Park (B,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 diverse wildlife. 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. This afternoon 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. 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 (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, 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 21: Masai Mara National (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 22: Masai Mara National (B,L,D)
Enjoy your second day of activites at Masai Mara National Reserve.
Day 23: 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. Sandton Square has a vast range of retail shops as well as countless eateries and restaurants.
Overnight Stay: Johannesburg
Day 24: Johannesburg (B)
Farewell your fellow guests and transfer* to the airport for your onward or homebound flight.

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May 2015
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Jun 2015
17
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Jul 2015
10
29
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Aug 2015
5
26
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Duration
24 Days
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AUD $17,925
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Dates
20 May 2015
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17 Jun 2015
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10 Jul 2015
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29 Jul 2015
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05 Aug 2015
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26 Aug 2015
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