Ultimate African Expedition

A tapestry of landmark moments, explore South & East Africa discovering Africa's best National Parks, mighty Victoria Falls & fascinating tribal villages.

31 Days
Cape Town to Nairobi
From (AUD)
$ 25,995
Dates & Pricing

2019 Cape Town > Nairobi

A tapestry of landmark moments

Africa is larger than your imagination can even conceive – and not simply large in size, but also in the splendour of its icons, and the magnificence of its landscapes.
In exploring Southern and East Africa on this journey, you’ll encounter many of its most awe-inspiring landmarks. View the sublime Table Mountain, even more spectacular if you’re fortunate enough to see it when clouds are draping gently over it. Marvel at breathtaking Victoria Falls, where white rapids plunge a hundred metres into the waters below. Explore the continent’s greatest national parks – Kruger, Chobe, the Masai Mara and Amboseli – and visit tribal villages where you’ll meet people and cultures pivotal to the region and its history.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
SZKG
Duration:
31 days
Departure City:
Cape Town
Return City:
Nairobi

Selected Itinerary

31 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Cape Town

    Welcome to wonderful Cape Town. Enjoy an exclusive three night Special Stay at your hotel, with spectacular views of the waterfront and Table Mountain. Tonight, meet your Tour Director for a welcome drink and dinner.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Cape Town

    Ascend Table Mountain by rotating gondola for wondrous 360 degree views.

    Sample South Africa’s finest vintages on a winelands tour. Alternatively, visit history rich Robben Island, take a township tour, or a Harley DavidsonTM ride.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  3. Day 3 - Cape Town

    Journey along the Atlantic coastline to Cape Point, stop at the Cape of Good Hope and visit Boulders Beach, home to an African penguin colony.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  4. Day 4 - Cape Town > Oudtshoorn

    Stunning semi-desert scenery awaits en route to the town of Oudtshoorn. Later, discover a wonderland of underground chambers at the Cango Caves, among the largest in the world, before your overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Oudtshoorn > Knysna

    Learn about Africa’s largest bird at a local ostrich farm, then head to Knysna on the Garden Route, famous for its oysters. You’ll enjoy an overnight stay. Enjoy a scenic lagoon cruise with expert commentary on the region’s flora and fauna.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Port Elizabeth > Durban

    Travel along the Garden Route to Port Elizabeth and board your flight to Durban. Enjoy a two night Special Stay at your hotel, the ultimate in colonial charm and style.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Durban

    Discover today the beach side town of Durban, famous for its Indian and colonial influences.

    Learn about the Anglo-Zulu war that took place close to Durban whilst sampling afternoon tea.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  8. Day 8 - Hluhluwe > Ghost Mountain

    The Dolphin Coast region of Natal has a sea of sugarcane fields. Enter Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park, world-renowned for its rhino conservation program. Later, check into your elegant hotel for a two night stay at the foot of Zululand’s legendary Ghost Mountain.

    This evening, you’ll be treated to a mesmerising display of traditional Zulu dancing, complete with dramatic local drumming.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Ghost Mountain

    Visit a Zulu community in the Lebombo Mountains, and be welcomed by the village chief for a private tour.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Ghost Mountain > Swaziland

    Arrive in the tiny kingdom of Swaziland. Journey through the magnificent valleys of Big Bend to your resort, nestled within an idyllic Botanical Garden, for an overnight stay. Enjoy time at leisure to explore the magnificent garden.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Swaziland > Kruger National Park

    Kruger National Park borders stretch an impressive 450 kilometres. You’ll enjoy a two night Special Stay at your lodge, on a private concession within the park. The Sabie River flows through it, home to the highest recorded concentration of leopards in Africa. Look out for the Big Five on a game drive in an open safari vehicle.

    At the end of your afternoon game drive, partake in one of the most enjoyable of safari traditions – Sundowner drinks.

    Take in the ambience over dinner at your lodge.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Lion Sands Game Reserve (Kruger National Park)

    Limitless game viewing possibilities await as you traverse the entire Kruger National Park in specially adapted Land Rovers to track the Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo.

    Encounter hippos by exploring the shores of the Sabie River on foot with a game ranger, or enjoy a fascinating lecture on wildlife. Alternatively, visit a local community.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Panorama Route > Johannesburg

    Travel the magnificent Panorama Route on the way to Johannesburg. View Blyde River Canyon, the third deepest in the world, then visit Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Check into your hotel for two nights.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  14. Day 14 - Johannesburg

    Explore Soweto with your local guide and visit Nelson Mandela’s house. Learn about 20th century South Africa at the Apartheid Museum.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Johannesburg > Victoria Falls

    Board your flight to Victoria Falls. The world’s largest sheet of falling water rises up to 108 metres high and spans a gorge carved out of a flat plateau. Check into your colonial hotel for your three night Special Stay. Tonight’s outdoor dinner features a mesmerising display of traditional dancing.

    Be treated to a special Sundowners cruise down the Zambezi River and watch the teeming wildlife on the banks, drink in hand.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Chobe National Park

    Large concentrations of big game call Chobe National Park home. Embark on a game drive along the shoreline, where predators often come to drink. Later, enjoy a cruise on the Chobe River, home to huge herds of elephants and buffalo. Large pods of hippo and giraffe families inhabit the banks and woodlands.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  17. Day 17 - Victoria Falls

    Visit a typical Zimbabwean village for insights into traditional tribal life and meet the elephants as part of your visit to the elephant sanctuary.

    Later, witness the power of Victoria Falls with a tour of the Zimbabwean side of the world’s largest waterfall. Enjoy dinner in the beautiful Livingstone Restaurant to complete your day.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Victoria Falls > Nairobi

    Helicopter flight - Enjoy an optional helicopter flight over Victoria Falls. Enquire for details – additional expense, please book on tour.

    Fly to Nairobi and transfer to your elegant hotel for a two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  19. Day 19 - Nairobi

    Start your day with a giraffe encounter and learn about these endangered animals. Relive the romance of the movie Out of Africa during a visit to Karen Blixen’s home before travelling to Kiambethu Tea Farm. Wander through the tea fields and hear the stories of the first commercially grown tea in Kenya.

    Choose to dine at Carnivores restaurant, famous for a wide variety of meat choices that are all roasted on a traditional Maasai sword over a fire pit. Or, enjoy dinner at Café Maghreb in the hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Amboseli National Reserve

    Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest freestanding mountain in the world, commands the horizon as you approach Amboseli National Reserve. Massive herds of elephants migrate across dry plains, linking swamps with open pastures. On your game drives today and tomorrow, cheetahs and prides of lions can often be seen stalking the plains. Your lodge, your home for two nights, is situated beside a major elephant trail with views of the mountain.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - Amboseli National Reserve

    Go in search of wildlife on morning and afternoon game drives.

    Climb to the top of Observation Hill and gaze at the sunset views over Amboseli National Reserve, drink in hand.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  22. Day 22 - Amboseli National Reserve > Nanyuki

    Journey north to Ol Petaja Conservancy. Tonight you’ll stay at Sweetwaters Tented Safari Camp, situated right next to a waterhole.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  23. Day 23 - Nanyuki > Shaba National Reserve

    Visit a sanctuary for endangered chimpanzees, then take in magical views of Mount Kenya as you continue north to the Samburu ecosystem in central Kenya, home to a variety of wildlife not found anywhere else. You’ll get to enjoy a two night stay at your lodge, which straddles the river that waters the adjacent reserves.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  24. Day 24 - Samburu & Buffalo Springs Reserves

    Today, marvel at the diverse range of wildlife, including the Reticulated giraffe, the tree climbing gerenuk, Grant’s gazelle and the rare Grevy’s zebra, along with a multitude of other big game.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  25. Day 25 - Mount Kenya

    Arrive at Mount Kenya for your wonderful Special Stay and spend the afternoon relaxing at this charming property.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  26. Day 26 - Lake Nakuru National Park

    The shallow alkaline lake near the town of Nakuru is home to flamingos, pelicans and other birds. Enjoy a two night stay at your lodge overlooking the lake. Take game drives in search for black and white rhino, giraffe and many more.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  27. Day 27 - Lake Nakuru

    Visit Lake Nakuru Baby Orphanage Centre, established by an Australian family and enjoy lunch with the children.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  28. Day 28 - Masai Mara Reserve

    The Masai Mara is home to 95 species of animals and over 400 species of birds. The annual Great Migration from July to September attracts over a million wildebeest, zebra and impala, a phenomenon that has to be seen to be appreciated. Spend three nights at your camp inside the reserve.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  29. Day 29 - Masai Mara Reserve

    Game drives through the Masai Mara encompass all types of animals, from lion, cheetah and leopard, to vast herds of antelope and zebra. During migration season you get the chance to see the crossings at Mara River, renowned for its crocodiles.

    Visit a traditional Maasai village and learn about this complex and proudly independent culture, and
    their close association with the wild animals.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  30. Day 30 - Masai Mara Reserve

    Hot air balloon flight - Experience the savannah at dawn from a hot air balloon. Enquire for details – additional expense, please book on tour.

    Join your Maasai guide for a walking safari or take an African cooking class.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  31. Day 31 - Masai Mara > Nairobi

    Enjoy an exclusive farewell bush breakfast on the open plains of the Masai Mara, right amongst the wildlife.

    Board your light aircraft for a scenic flight over the reserve to Nairobi, then connect to your international flight. Please book flight to depart after 4pm.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

5-star luxury inclusions
  • The intimacy of small group touring with an average of 30 guests
  • 8 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • 3 Scenic Sundowners events
  • Your choice of 11 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining
  • 5 memorable Scenic Special Stays
  • Private concession game reserves
  • 70 meals – 30 breakfasts (B), 16 lunches (L) and 24 dinners (D)
  • Expert Tour Director and knowledgeable local and safari guides
  • All internal flights
  • Return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities

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