THE GRAND AFRICA

23 Days

South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania

Highlights

Search for the renowned “Big 5” on included game drives within some of the most famous national parks across Africa

Travel to the Serengeti in the ideal season to maximise your chances of seeing the annual migration of wildebeest and zebra

Experience majestic wildlife viewing during your stay at a luxury private game reserve

Witness one of the seven natural wonders of the world, Victoria Falls

Enjoy some of Africa’s finest game viewing on safari in the Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Marvel at the majestic view of Victoria Falls on your included “Flight of the Angels”

Take the cable car to the summit of Table Mountain for views across Cape Town, one of the worlds most spectacular cities

Visit the world-renowned David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi

Inclusions

AIRFARES INCLUDED

FULLY ESCORTED HOLIDAYS

VISAS, TRANSFERS & TIPPING INCLUDED

SMALL GROUP TOURING

INCLUSIVE SIGHTSEEING

2021 TOUR DATES & PRICES

DATES

TWIN

SOLO

2-24 March 2021

Available

$19,995*

SPECIAL OFFER: Book and pay your deposit by 31 March 2020 to save $500 per person

$22,995*

SPECIAL OFFER: Book and pay your deposit by 31 March 2020 to save $500 per person

* Prices are per person. For additional information on this trip, including tour suitability and activity levels, please refer to the detailed trip notes below.

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DAY 1

AUSTRALIA TO JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

Our Escorted Escape begins today as we fly from Australia to Johannesburg. Tonight will be spent in the air en-route to South Africa.

DAY 2

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

On arrival in Johannesburg, we will be met by our tour leader and transferred to our hotel. The remainder of the evening is at leisure within the Emperors Palace complex.

Accommodation: Peermont Mondior

DAY 3

KRUGER PRIVATE GAME RESERVE, SOUTH AFRICA

We return to the airport for our flight to Hoedspruit, the gateway to the wonders of Kruger! Enjoy lunch in the surroundings of our beautiful lodge before heading out this afternoon on the first of our game drives. We have the added benefit of being located in a private game reserve, with highly experienced rangers and the ability to take our vehicles off-road to maximise our chances of animal sightings. Our Welcome Dinner is tonight at the Lodge Restaurant.

Accommodation: Moditlo River Lodge

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DAY 4

KRUGER PRIVATE GAME RESERVE, SOUTH AFRICA

On our morning and afternoon game drives we will explore different locations within the reserve to maximise our game viewing experience. There will be time between game drives to relax and enjoy the stunning surroundings of our lodge. Enjoy sundowner drinks and wonderful food whilst discussing today’s wildlife encounters.

Accommodation: Moditlo River Lodge

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DAY 5

FRANSCHHOEK, SOUTH AFRICA

We spend our last morning in Kruger with a final game drive before our flight to Cape Town. It’s a short drive to Franschhoek, a charming town with centuries-old vineyards and Cape Dutch architecture, located in South Africa’s Western Cape wine region.

Accommodation: Protea Hotel By Marriott

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DAY 6

FRANSCHHOEK, SOUTH AFRICA

Enjoy a relaxing morning meandering through the quaint village of Franschhoek before a gourmet lunch and vineyard tour at Le Petite Ferme, a stylish winery nestled amongst the vineyards on the slopes of Olifants Pass. After lunch we discover the historic Boschendal Wine Estate with a cellar tour and wine tasting.

Accommodation: Protea Hotel By Marriott

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DAY 7

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

Discover the beauty of Stellenbosch while we stop for morning tea, then sit back and enjoy the scenery on our way to Cape Town. On arrival, we’ll take the cable car to the summit of Table Mountain and drive through the coastal suburbs of Clifton and Sea Point. The beautiful V&A waterfront is only a short walk from the hotel.

Accommodation: The Portswood Hotel

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DAY 8

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

Today we’ll spend a full day exploring the stunning Cape Peninsula, following the coast down to the Cape of Good Hope – the views from the lighthouse are stunning! In the afternoon we’ll visit the fairy penguins at Simonstown.

Accommodation: The Portswood Hotel

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DAY 9

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

Today is free to further explore Cape Town, a beautiful city with a wide range of activities on offer. Stroll around the V & A Waterfront, browse the stores and markets or take a tour across the harbour to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela and other anti-apartheid activists were imprisoned.

Accommodation: The Portswood Hotel

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DAY 10

VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE

Have a leisurely start to the day and perhaps a sleep in, before we head to the airport for our flight to Victoria Falls. We are met on arrival and transferred to Ilala Lodge, our luxurious accommodation only a few minute’s walk from the falls. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings and watch out for the local wildlife on the grounds of the lodge.

Accommodation: Ilala Lodge

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DAY 11

VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE

Board the unforgettable ‘Flight of the Angels’ helicopter tour this morning and marvel at the majestic views of the falls and iconic Zambezi river from the air. We will also enjoy the panorama of the falls from land while exploring the national park. Take to the Upper Zambezi River in the afternoon on a sunset cruise; sit back and enjoy the view while sipping on a cocktail.

Accommodation: Ilala Lodge

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DAY 12

NAIROBI, KENYA

We are travelling at the perfect time of year to experience the full power of the Falls in all its glory. Today, have a relaxing start to the day before we cross into Zambia to see the falls from a different aspect – spend part of the day in this amazing destination before we return to the airport for our flight to Nairobi in the afternoon.

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Nairobi Airport

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DAY 13

NGORONGORO CRATER, TANZANIA

This morning we fly to Arusha and make our way towards the Ngorongoro Crater. We spend the afternoon on a game drive through Lake Manyara, a beautiful scenic national park. The park offers varied ecosystems, breathtaking views and incredible ecological variety in a small area, rich in wildlife and an amazing number of birds. Later this afternoon we drive to our lodge on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater.

Accommodation: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

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DAY 14

NGORONGORO CRATER, TANZANIA

After breakfast we descend some 610 metres into the crater for a full day game drive complete with picnic lunch. Prides of lions, herds of Cape buffalo, rhino, giraffes, golden & black-backed jackal, zebra, cheetah, leopard and spotted hyena freely roam on the plains of the crater floor. In the afternoon we visit a Masai village and learn about one of the earth’s oldest cultures.

Accommodation: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

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DAY 15

LAKE NDUTU, TANZANIA

The drive from Ngorongoro to Ndutu is a game drive in itself. En-route your driver-guide will search for the migratory herds who usually frequent the area at this time of year. The dense population of the migratory herd, along with their young offspring, encourage predators such as lion, leopard and cheetah to move into this area to take advantage of the vulnerable calves.

Accommodation: Lake Ndutu Luxury Lodge

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DAY 16

LAKE NDUTU, TANZANIA

We have the whole day ahead of us in the Ndutu area, spotting all varieties of wildlife. Each day is different, but we focus of course on the Great Migration. Zebra and wildebeest are the most numerous of the migrating animals here. Our driver-guide will also be on the lookout for other wildlife, using his expertise to try to find elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and cheetah – just some of the many, many species you will encounter in this awe-inspiring location.

Accommodation: Lake Ndutu Luxury Lodge

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DAY 17

SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK, TANZANIA

We make our way across the Serengeti via the beautiful high lying farmland as we enter the heart of wild Africa. The endless plains, rolling into the distance as far as the eye can see, are home to resident herds of buffalo, topi, hartebeest and impala, waterbuck, reedbuck and dik-dik, giraffe, warthog and birdlife of all colors and sizes. We enter the Seronera Valley, famous for its abundant lions and leopards.

Accommodation: Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge

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DAY 18

SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK, TANZANIA

We continue our focus in the Seronera Valley on a full day game drive. Large prides of lion are renowned in this area, and we are most likely to encounter cheetah on the rolling southern plains towards the Naabi Gate. The lines of sausage trees along the Seronera riverbanks provide the perfect environment for leopards to camouflage themselves on sun-dappled branches.

Accommodation: Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge

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DAY 19

NAIROBI, KENYA

After breakfast, we farewell the Serengeti and fly to Kenya’s capital Nairobi. The afternoon is free to relax and enjoy the facilities at our hotel.

Accommodation: Eka Hotel

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DAY 20

NAIROBI, KENYA

We visit two important animal rehabilitation centres today. The world renowned David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is known for its successful elephant and rhino rescue and rehabilitation programme, while The Giraffe Centre specialises in the conservation of the endangered Rothschild Giraffe. This evening, we’ll celebrate our travels with a group farewell dinner and raise a glass to toast our incredible adventure.

Accommodation: Eka Hotel

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DAY 21

NAIROBI, KENYA TO DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Relax this morning at the hotel before we transfer to the airport for our flight to Dubai. This evening we stay inside the airport terminal at the transit hotel to ensure a good nights rest before the long flight back to Australia.

Accommodation: Dubai Transit Hotel

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DAY 22

IN TRANSIT

Today is spent travelling.

DAY 23

AUSTRALIA

Our Escorted Escape ends. On arrival, farewell your new friends and tour host as you head home.

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