Day 1 Cape Town
Welcome to Cape Town. Your journey into wonder begins with a three night Special Stay. (Dinner)
Day 2 Cape Town
Ascend Table Mountain by rotating gondola for stunning 360 degree views.
Freechoice: Sample South Africa’s finest vintages with a winelands tour. Alternatively, visit Robben Island, take a township tour, or a Harley DavidsonTM ride. (Breakfast)
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. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 4 Cape Town > Thornybush Game Reserve (Kruger National Park)
Fly to Hoedspruit and transfer to Thornybush Private Game Lodge, adjacent to Kruger National Park and home to Africa’s ‘Big Five’, where you’ll enjoy a three night Special Stay. Set off on your first game drive this afternoon.
At the end of your afternoon game drive, partake in one of the most enjoyable of safari traditions – Sundowner drinks. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 5 Thornybush Game Reserve (Kruger National Park)
Specially adapted Land Rovers are able to game drive without restriction, to track the ‘Big Five’ – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo.
Dine under a starlit sky with the sounds of African wildlife. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 Thornybush Game Reserve (Kruger National Park)
Encounter Africa’s wildlife on your morning and evening game drives today. There is also an opportunity for a walking safari with your ranger. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 Panorama Route > Johannesburg
Travel the magnificent Panorama Route to Johannesburg and see the Blyde River Canyon – the third deepest in the world. Enjoy an overnight stay at your stylish hotel in Johannesburg. (Breakfast)
Day 8 Johannesburg > Victoria Falls
Board your flight to Victoria Falls and marvel at the world’s largest sheet of falling water. Check into your hotel for a three night Special Stay.
Be treated to a special Sundowners cruise down the Zambezi River and watch the teeming wildlife on the banks, drink in hand, just upstream from Victoria Falls. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 9 Chobe National Park
Enjoy a cruise on the Chobe River, home to vast herds of elephants and buffalo as well as a game drive along the shoreline. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 10 Victoria Falls
Visit a typical Zimbabwean village to gain unique insights into traditional tribal life. Get up close and personal during your visit to an elephant sanctuary.
Witness the power of Victoria Falls from the Zimbabwean side. Enjoy dinner in the beautiful Livingstone Restaurant. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 11 Victoria Falls > Nairobi
Helicopter flight - This morning, enjoy an optional helicopter flight over Victoria Falls for magnificent panoramic views (additional cost, please book on tour)
Fly to Nairobi for your two night stay at your elegant hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 12 Nairobi
Experience a unique encounter with a giraffe and learn about how these animals are endangered. 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.
Freechoice Dining: Choose between the local Carnivores Restaurant famous for its wide variety of meats roasted roasted over a fire pit on a traditional Maasai sword, or relax with dinner at the hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 13 Nairobi > Ngorongoro Crater
Journey into magical Tanzania and travel onto the Ngorongoro Crater, known as ‘Africa’s Eden’. Enjoy a two night Special Stay at your lodge, on the crater’s rim. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 14 Ngorongoro Crater
Witness sunrise over the crater before an extended game drive along the crater floor. The area is reputed to contain the largest number of predators in all of Africa. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 15 Ngorongoro Crater > Serengeti National Park
Step back in time with a visit to Olduvai Gorge, site of archaeological findings, including traces of pre-historic man dating back 3.5 million years. Later, enter Serengeti National Park with its vast central plains, made fertile by the ashes of the nearby highlands. Your two night stay is at the Serengeti Sopa Lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 16 Serengeti National Park
The Seronera Valley is renowned for its game viewing. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 17 Serengeti National Park > Amboseli National Reserve
Fly to Arusha and enjoy the marvellous view of Mount Kilimanjaro. Return to Kenya and to Amboseli National Reserve where massive herds of elephants migrate across the dry plains. Your lodge, your home for two nights, sits beside a major elephant trail with views of the mountain. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 18 Amboseli National Reserve
On your game drives today cheetahs and lions can often be seen stalking the plains. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 19 Amboseli National Reserve > Lake Nakuru National Park
Journey north into the heart of Kenya to Lake Nakuru. Enjoy a two night stay at Lion Hill Lodge, overlooking the lake. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 20 Lake Nakuru
Visit the Lake Nakuru Orphanage centre, established by an Australian family and draw a little closer to Africa and its wonderful people. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 21 Lake Nakuru > Masai Mara Reserve
The Masai Mara is home to 95 species of animals. Enjoy a two night stay inside the reserve at the Sarova Mara Camp. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 22 Masai Mara Reserve
Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight - Experiencing the savannah at dawn from a hot air balloon is a once-in-a-lifetime moment (additional cost, please book on tour).
Visit a traditional Maasai village and learn about this complex and proudly independent culture and their close association with the wild animals.
Freechoice: Join your Maasai guide for a walk. Alternatively, join an African cooking class. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 23 Masai Mara > Nairobi
Enjoy an exclusive farewell bush breakfast out on the open plains of the Masai Mara amongst the wildlife.
Board your light aircraft for a scenic flight over the reserve to Nairobi for an overnight stay. (Breakfast)
Day 24 Nairobi > Giza (Cairo)
Bid farewell to Southern Africa as you fly from Nairobi to Cairo. At Giza enjoy a two night Special Stay, where you’ll be able to soak up the magnificent view of the Great Pyramids right from your balcony.
Enjoy drinks and canapés as the sun sets over the Pyramids. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 25 Giza
Be awed by the sheer magnitude of the Pyramids and visit the Solar Boat Museum housing the restored cedar wood barge dating back to 2500BC before marvelling at the 20 metre limestone monolith of the Sphinx. This evening watch the laser light display and entertaining show at the Pyramids. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 26 Giza > Luxor
Fly to Luxor and relax in the beautiful gardens of your hotel, your Special Stay for tonight. Discover the antiquities housed in the Luxor Museum followed by a walk through the colourful local markets. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 27 Luxor > Nile Cruise
Optional Balloon Flight - Choose to add an optional hot air balloon flight for a fascinating bird’s-eye view of the ancient sites. Additional cost, please book on tour.
Cross to the West Bank of the Nile and be astounded by the well-preserved, colourful hieroglyphics adorning the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. See the impressive monument to Queen Hatshepsut, then admire the well-preserved temple of Ramses III. Return to Luxor and embark on your luxurious private charter on board the boutique Sanctuary Sun Boat III and settle into your elegantly appointed cabin. Late afternoon tour the vast open-air temple complex of Karnak, and be awed by the enormity of the pillars as you walk through the impressive Hypostyle Hall.
Raise your glass and toast the start of your Nile cruise with drinks and canapés. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 28 Nile Cruise
Today travel to Dendera. Marvel at the vibrant colours of the hieroglyphics adorning the roof of Hathor’s temple before returning to Luxor and visiting the impressive Luxor temple. This evening’s entertainment will delight with the colours of the whirling dervishes and the mesmerising moves of a Nubian dancing performance. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 29 Nile Cruise
Follow the course of the ancient Pharaohs’ processions along the Nile as you cruise south where villages and majestic temples line the banks of the river against the backdrop of the desert. This afternoon explore Kom Ombo temple, perched high on the east bank and dedicated to Sobek, the crocodile god.
A fun night awaits on board with a lively and colourful Galabeyya party with Egyptian delicacies, music and dancing. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 30 Nile Cruise
Cruise south to reach charming Aswan, the home of the Nubian people. Discover the Osiris temple complex of Philae, then visit the stone quarries to learn about ancient carving techniques and see the enormous unfinished obelisk. A leisurely afternoon awaits as you savour your last moments on board and take a felucca cruise on the Nile. Tonight join the Captain and crew for a farewell Gala Dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 31 Nile Cruise > Aswan
Freechoice: Visit a traditional Nubian village or take a motorboat to the upper reaches of the Nile. Alternatively, discover the vibrant botanical gardens.
Be ensconced in luxury during your Special Stay, admire the sweeping views over the Nile from the comfort of your balcony.
Discover the history and famous faces of the hotel before picturing yourself as Agatha Christie, pen in hand, as you enjoy pre dinner drinks at The Terrace, followed by an elegant dinner at restaurant 1902. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 32 Aswan > Cairo
Fly to Abu Simbel and visit one of Egypt’s most magnificent monuments, the enormous World Heritage-listed temples of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari, rescued from the rising waters of the Aswan Dam. Later, fly to bustling Cairo for your two night stay. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 33 Cairo
Discover the priceless antiquities in the Egyptian Museum including the artefacts recovered from Tutankhamun’s tomb and a selection of Royal Mummies.
Freechoice: Discover Islamic Cairo or explore Old Cairo. Alternatively, visit the ancient site of Saqqara.
This evening join your Tour Director for a farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 34 Cairo
Say farewell as you transfer to Cairo airport. (Breakfast)