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Victoria Falls & Kenyan Discovery

(19 days, Johannesburg - Johannesburg, 2014)
Victoria Falls and Kenyan Discovery
On this 19 day tour you will witness one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls, experience the vibrancy of Johannesburg and explore the best sights of Kenya.

Your journey begins in South Africa’s largest city, Johannesburg before travelling to Livingstone, Zambia where you will witness one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the spectacular Victoria Falls. You will also enjoy a day trip to Chobe National Park with a game driving expedition along the Chobe River. Next we fly to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi before a trip south to Amboseli National Park, located beneath the tallest freestanding mountain in the world, Mount Kilimanjaro. You will also visit Kenya’s famous Safari Park and take a drive to Mount Kenya National Park, home to the extinct volcano, Mount Kenya, which dominates the landscape of the Kenyan Highlands.

Your next stop is Shaba and Samburu National Reserves where you will take a game drive and be on the lookout for giraffe, elephant, waterbuck, gazelle, buffalo and the rare Grevy’s zebra. Your tour continues to Sweetwaters Game Reserve where you will visit the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary, the only place in Kenya where this highly endangered species can be seen. You will then continue onto Lake Nakuru National Park and Masai Mara National Reserve where, depending on the time of year you are travelling, you will witness the Great Migration, the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth.

18 night land tour including 3 night stays in Livingstone and the Masai Mara National Reserve

Scenic Tours Ultimate Inclusions

  • All-Inclusive Touring
  • ‘Must-see’ attractions
  • Exhilarating game drives through Kenya
  • Authentic cultural experiences
  • Three night stay at the Royal Livingstone Hotel located on the Zambezi River
  • Three night stay in the Masai Mara
  • Fully Escorted by experienced Scenic Tours Tour Director
  • Knowledgeable local guides
  • Private airport transfers
  • Scenic Enrich – allowing you to live the destination, not just travel through it
  • ALL TIPPING and GRATUITIES INCLUDED

Included Scenic Enrich

  • Gain an appreciation of traditional tribal life during your visit to a local village in Livingstone
  • Learn about the complex Maasai culture during your visit to a manyatta (village) in Amboseli
  • 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 Amboseli National Park, take a guided nature walk; or enjoy a relaxing massage
  • In Masai Mara National Reserve, learn traditional East African recipes at your interactive cooking class; or enjoy a guided nature walk

Included Scenic Dining

  • 44 superb meals including 1 Highlight Breakfast (HB), 17 Full Buffet Breakfasts (FB), 12 Lunches (L), 1 Highlight Dinner (HD) and 13 Dinners (D)
  • 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

  • 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 the Victoria Falls
  • The Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club is set in over 100 acres of landscaped gardens and enjoys magnificent views of Mount Kenya

Included Scenic Highlights

  • Explore the historic township of Livingstone
  • Take a guided walking tour to the spectacular Victoria Falls
  • Take a game drive in Chobe National Park, Botswana
  • Enjoy sundowners during your sunset cruise on the Zambezi River
  • Experience 4WD game drives through Kenya’s greatest national game parks and reserves - Amboseli, Aberdare, Samburu, Shaba, Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara
  • Visit Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary to witness the safe and natural environment created for orphaned chimps
  • Enjoy spectacular views of the Masai Mara during your included flight from the Mara to Nairobi
Day 1: Johannesburg
Welcome to Johannesburg (flight not included). On arrival at Johannesburg airport you will be met by your Scenic Tours representative and transferred* to your hotel. The remainder of the day and evening are at leisure. Tonight meet your Tour Director for a pre-tour briefing.
Overnight Stay: Johannesburg
Day 2: Johannesburg - Livingstone (FB,HD)
Depart the hotel this morning for your transfer to the airport to meet your flight (flight not included) 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 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 3: 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 4: 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 vantage point.
Day 5: 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 6: 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 transferred to your centrally located hotel.
Overnight Stay: Nairobi
Day 7: Nairobi - Amboseli National Park (FB,L,D)
This morning, leave the bustling city behind and head south to Amboseli National Park, located beneath the tallest freestanding mountain in the world, the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro. Late this afternoon, experience an Included 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 8: 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 Amboseli National Park. Heading deep into the park you will encounter large concentrations of elephants, birdlife and other wildlife. This afternoon Included SCENIC ENRICH visit to a traditional Maasai Village where you will learn first hand about this complex culture. The Maasai are a truly independent and proud people and have one of the most famous traditional cultures on earth. Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE choose from: (1) a guided nature walk; or (2) a soothing massage.
Day 9: 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 Included 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 10: Aberdare National Park - Shaba National Reserve (FB,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. On arrival enjoy an Included afternoon game drive.
Two Night Stay: Shaba National Reserve
Day 11: Shaba & Samburu National Reserves (FB,L,D)
This morning rise early for your Included game drive viewing in Samburu National Reserve, with its striking backdrop of the Mathews Range. The diverse wildlife that can be found in this area include reticulated giraffe, elephant, waterbuck, gazelle, buffalo and the rare Grevy’s zebra. This afternoon enjoy an Included game drive for the chance to see strangely adapted Gerenuk and Orix.
Day 12: Shaba National Reserve - Mt Kenya & Sweetwaters Game Reserve (FB,L,D)
Today, journey towards the Equator between snowcapped Mount Kenya and the foothills of the Aberdare Mountains to Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary, the only place in Kenya where this highly endangered and remarkably intelligent species can be seen. The aim of the project was to set up a safe, secure and permanent refuge colony where orphaned and isolated chimps could be introduced, rehabilitated and taught to fend for themselves in an area as natural as possible. Later, we arrive at Fairmont Mt Kenya Safari Club. After lunch, join Maasai tribesman and celebrate with an Equator Crossing Ceremony including a certificate of achievement.
Overnight Special Stay: Nanyuki
Day 13: Mt Kenya - Lake Nakuru National Park (FB,L,D)
Today enjoy your Included game drive enroute 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 Lake Nakuru National Park, set in a picturesque landscape of surrounding woodland and grassland and home to large flocks of pelicans, pink flamingos, and other wildlife.
Two Night Stay: Lake Nakuru National Park
Day 14: Lake Nakuru National Park (FB,L,D)
This morning is 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. Later, an afternoon game drive in an area teaming with wildlife, then there is an Included SCENIC ENRICH opportunity to plant a tree to help regenerate the forested landscape.
Day 15: Lake Nakuru - Masai Mara National Reserve (FB,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. This afternoon enjoy an Included game drive through 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
Day 16: Masai Mara National Reserve (FB,L,D)
Enjoy Included 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. 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 17: Masai Mara National Reserve (FB,L,D)
Enjoy another day at Masai Mara National Reserve.
Day 18: Masai Mara - Johannesburg (HB)
This morning enjoy your Included SCENIC ENRICH exclusive farewell bush breakfast 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 hotel located in the lively shopping district of Sandton.
Overnight Stay: Johannesburg
Day 19: 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!

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