18 days from $12,222 per person*
  • Experience the best of Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana and South Africa.
  • See the Big 5 and more on countless game drives.
  • Private guided tour to world’s largest inactive volcanic caldera.
  • Discover Cape Town and Table Mountain by private guide.
  • Expert selection of stunning hotels and safari lodges.
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This once-in-a-lifetime tour highlights the best of Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana & South Africa. Meet the Big 5 in the world's best wildlife parks, feel the spray of the majestic Victoria Falls, waddle with penguins and explore Africa's finest cities by private guide.

Eastern Africa offers unrivaled panoramas which you’ll explore in your own private 4x4 vehicle. You are met at the airport on arrival and transferred to your hotel downtown. The next morning you can stay in town to enjoy sightseeing at the Karen Blixen Museum and Giraffe Manor - or depart right away to Masai Mara Reserve, known as Africa’s greatest wildlife reserve. Explore the grasslands and riverine forests in search of over 95 species of mammals and 570 recorded species of birds. And, if visiting during the months of July – October, behold one of the grandest spectacles Africa has to offer, the annual migration of zebra, Thomson’s gazelle and wildebeests. Roam the plains of Serengeti where your expert guide will get you up close and personal with elephants, lions and giraffe just to name a few! You might spot a rare black rhino as you descend into the crater floor of the Ngorongoro caldera, one of the seven natural wonders of Africa. Then fly down to Southern Africa to witness the thundering Victoria Falls, or perhaps spot a bobbing hippo as you relaxingly cruise up the Zambezi River. Famous for its massive herds of elephant, explore Chobe on safaris by boat and 4x4 ... Stop by the African penguin breeding colony and fall in love with some of the most charming birds you’ll ever meet. These are just a handful of the highlights awaiting you on your glorious grand African safari! ... Show More »

From luxurious tented chalets on the slopes of the wild savannah to charming city hotels nestled in lush, private gardens - you’ll experience the wonder of Africa in all its glory. When it comes time to discover Africa’s wild heart, safari guides will take you closer to the action than you ever imagined possible.

This trip offers unparalleled game viewing with evening relaxation in excellent quality tented camps and game lodges. Kensington Tours offers local support in each region you visit, another reason we deliver unbeatable value. Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance. « Show Less

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Nairobi
    Nairobi
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(6)
    • Emergency Evacuation Insurance - Plane
  • Day 2 Nairobi to Masai Mara
    Nairobi to Masai Mara
    • Nairobi - Masai Mara [5 to 6 Hour Drive] - 4X4 - Kenya(6)
    • Afternoon Game Drive
    • Park Fees - Masai Mara
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3 Masai Mara
    Masai Mara
    • Morning Game Drive - 4X4 - Kenya(6)
    • Afternoon Game Drive - Big 5
    • Park Fees - Masai Mara
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4 Masai Mara
    Masai Mara
    • Morning Game Drive 2 - 4X4 - Kenya(6)
    • Afternoon Game Drive - Rhino
    • Park Fees - Masai Mara
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5 Masai Mara to Isebania to Serengeti
    Masai Mara to Isebania to Serengeti
    • Masai Mara - Isebania [2-4 Hour Drive] - 4X4 - Kenya(6)
    • Isebania Border Crossing
    • Isebania - Serengeti [3-5 Hours] - 4X4 - TZ(5)
    • Park Fees - Park Fees
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 Serengeti
    Serengeti
    • Morning Game Drive - 4X4/Guide(5)
    • Afternoon Game Drive - Impala
    • Park Fees - Park Fees
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7 Serengeti to Ngorongoro
    Serengeti to Ngorongoro
    • Serengeti - Ngorongoro [5-6 hours] - 4X4/Guide(5)
    • Tour - Private - Olduvai Gorge - Entrance
    • Park Fees - Ngorongoro
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8 Ngorongoro
    Ngorongoro
    • Private Vehicle & Guide - 4X4/Guide(5)
    • Crater Tour for Plantation Lodges - 4X4/Guide(5)
    • Park Fees - Ngorongoro
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9 Ngorongoro to Arusha to Nairobi
    Ngorongoro to Arusha to Nairobi
    • Ngorongoro - Arusha [2.5 Hour Drive] - 4X4/Guide(5)
    • Box Lunch - Included
    • Arusha - Nairobi [Scheduled Flight (2hrs)] - Charter Hop
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(6)
  • Day 10 Nairobi to Livingstone
    Nairobi to Livingstone
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(6)
    • Nairobi - Livingstone [Direct (3hrs 15min) Wed/Fri/Sun] - Economy
    • Transfer - Shared - Airport Transfer To/From Islands of Siankaba Lodge - Transfer
    • Document Package - Documents
    • Island of Siankaba Activities
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11 Livingstone
    Livingstone
    • Island of Siankaba Activities +
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 12 Livingstone to Chobe
    Livingstone to Chobe
    • Livingstone - Chobe [2 hours] - Private
    • Muchenje Safari Lodge Activities
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 13 Chobe
    Chobe
    • Shared - Morning Game Drive
    • Tour - Shared - Boat Safari - Game Vehicle
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 14 Chobe to Kasane to Johannesburg to Cape Town
    Chobe to Kasane to Johannesburg to Cape Town
    • Transfer - Shared - Airstrip
    • Kasane - Johannesburg [Direct (2 hours) ] - Economy
    • VIP Meet & Greet & Assist - VIP service(4)
    • Johannesburg - Cape Town [Direct (2hr)] - Economy
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    Breakfast
  • Day 15 Cape Town
    Cape Town
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day City & Table Mountain - Vehicle/Guide/Driver(2)
    Breakfast
  • Day 16 Cape Town
    Cape Town
    • Tour - Private - Cape Point and Peninsula - Vehicle/Guide/Driver(2)
    Breakfast
  • Day 17 Cape Town
    Cape Town
    • Tour - Private - Day in the Winelands with Eagle Encounters at Spier Wine Estate in Stellenbosch - Vehicle/Guide/Driver(2)
    Breakfast
  • Day 18 Cape Town
    Cape Town
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
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Day 1: Nairobi

A privately driven vehicle will provide you with a transfer between the hotel and airport. After your guide has loaded up your luggage you will be driven through Nairobi admiring some of the sights (time permitting). Your guide will brief you on your itinerary en-route.

While you are in the care of Kensington Tours, your safety and security are our number one priority. As such, in the unlikely event of serious illness or injury, all Kensington Tours clients are covered by “Flying Doctors” Insurance policy. This emergency evacuation insurance covers the cost of the evacuation flight back to Nairobi for treatment.  This insurance policy however DOES NOT cover the cost of any medical treatment received. We highly recommend travel insurance for full coverage.

Accommodation: Fairmont Norfolk Hotel

The Fairmont Norfolk Hotel is situated in the centre of the bustling city of Nairobi and has grown over time with the city. Surrounded by private tropical gardens, the 165 guest rooms and suites are comfortable with all the necessities of home. Dining is offered at a number of on-site restaurants, and the breakfast buffet is especially delightful. Spend some time getting to know the city then escape to the tranquility of the hotel. At your pleasure, enjoy the wonderful swimming pool facilities, the health club, and the relaxing spa.

Wildlife of Nairobi
Wildlife of Nairobi
Fairmont Norfolk Hotel
Fairmont Norfolk Hotel

Day 2: Nairobi - Masai Mara

This morning you'll meet up with your guide and head off to the Masai Mara. The drive will be about 5 to 6 hours. Head directly into the park for game viewing and then return to the camp for late check-in or check-in first and then head out for an afternoon game drive. Chat with your guide for their recommendation based on your arrival time and park hours.

Head out this afternoon, accompanied by an experienced tracker guide, on an exciting game viewing adventure.  Search some of the area’s wildlife hot-spots, determined by your guide, as have an understanding of the games daily routines through tracking.  Some wildlife, for instance the Leopard, is more difficult to spot than others. These spotted cats blend almost seamlessly into the tall grass and shrubbery, and are even more challenging to spot up in their favorite hangouts, the trees.  Your guide will take you to nearby watering holes, where on a hot day you’ll spot many bird and wildlife species, including the elusive Leopard.

Accommodation: Kichwa Tembo

Laid out along the Sabaringo River on the edge of the Oloololo escarpment, &Beyond Kichwa Tembo Masai Mara Tented Camp looks out onto the plains of the Masai Mara. Set on a private concession leased from Masai landlords in the north of the Mara, the camp offers total seclusion and abundant wildlife. It was included as one of Travel & Leisure’s 500 Best Hotels, as selected by their readers.  Each of the tents and suites are laid out on immaculate grounds, with leisurely groups of warthog feeding right outside the tent doors.  Browse for souvenirs from your safari in the well-stocked Safari Shop or share your experiences around an evening cocktail in the bar. Meals packed with fresh ingredients and flavoured with aromatic spices are served in the simple but elegant dining room, open to the warm breezes coming off the Mara or beneath myriad stars looking out onto the African plains.

Masai
Masai
Kichwa Tembo
Kichwa Tembo

Day 3: Masai Mara

Just like the local wildlife, you’ll head out bright and early this morning, alongside an experienced tracker-guide for the day’s first game drive.  The eco-diversity and sheer size of the Masai Mara Game Reserve provides the necessary requirements to house a wide range of animal species.  The most recognized are known worldwide as the African Big 5, which includes the African Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Rhinoceros, Leopard, and the King of the beasts, the Lion.  The term Big 5 was coined by big-game hunters, as these species were the most difficult and dangerous to track and hunt.  Subsequently, the term was adopted by the tourism industry for marketing purposes, spinning a web of positivity opposed to the negative effect portrayed by the original terminology.  Numerous other species of bird and wildlife inhabit this dynamic location including Hyenas, Gazelles, Impalas, Giraffes, Zebras, Vultures, Cranes, Eagles, Falcons, and Ostriches.

On today’s afternoon game drive, the choice is up to you: search for the Big 5 or expand your horizons to discover something different. The Masai Mara not only has a rich mix of animals – it also has an incredible array of bird life that includes almost 450 different species.

Accommodation: Kichwa Tembo
The King and Prince
The King and Prince
Bateleur or Short Tailed Eagle
Bateleur or Short Tailed Eagle

Day 4: Masai Mara

The famed Masai Mara Game Reserve was named after the indigenous inhabitants of this land, the Maasai, and the provider of life to the area, the Mara River.  Game viewing is almost guaranteed at some point along the Mara River, and your experienced tracker-guide will know all the best spots to go to maximize this chance to see some of the many bird and wildlife species here.  Have your camera handy, as some amazing photo opportunities will present themselves from elephants on the riverbanks to hippos in shallow water.

Set out this afternoon with your tracker guide on another exciting game drive through the Masai Mara Game reserve.  The Mara area is one of the few places left in Africa where one can still spot Rhinos in the wild. It is estimated that there are only 4000 black rhinos left in Africa.  Your guide will take you to the locations where Rhino sightings have been recently reported to see if you can snap some photos of these elusive, lumbering giants.

Accommodation: Kichwa Tembo
Hippo
Hippo
Rhino
Rhino

Day 5: Masai Mara - Isebania - Serengeti

You`ll depart the Masai Mara Game Reserve today in a privately driven vehicle with guide and travel towards the Isebania border crossing.  Enjoy game viewing or depart first thing, driving past towns and villages along the way. Upon your arrival, your guide will arrange the necessary documentation for your entry into Tanzania. 

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Please be aware that this portion of the drive can be long depending on rains as this is a dirt road. In dry season you can reach the border in 2 hrs or less. Upon entry into Tanzania, you`ll notice an improvement in stability and comfort as roadway heading toward the Serengeti National Park is newly paved.  

When traveling across the Kenyan-Tanzanian border a few things must occur.  Upon arrival to the Isebania Border Crossing, you will switch vehicles and guides according to the country you'll be entering.
 
You will be required to purchase a Visa; for Kenya it’s a per person cost of 50$ USD, and for Tanzania it's a per person cost of 100$ USD for American Citizens and 50$ USD for all other Nationalities. 

Please Note: Visas must be paid in USD, and in CASH.  No bills can be older than 2006 as a local counterfeiting safeguard.  A Single entry Visa is valid for 3 months and can be used for multiple entries into Kenya and Tanzania.  It is also required that you have your Yellow Fever certification handy upon crossing. 

After you have crossed through Isebania Border you will switch vehicles and guides according to the country you'll be entering.

You`ll continue in your specialized, Tanzanian guided and driven vehicle towards the Serengeti Game Park. Please advise your guide if you would like to make any additional stops at shops, villages or stop at Lake Victoria. For instance, a stop at a local fishing village can be scheduled if you’re craving some cultural inspiration. Have your camera handy, as you enjoy some game viewing upon entry into the park whilst traveling to your Serengeti based lodging.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Upon entry into Tanzania, you`ll notice an improvement in stability and comfort as roadway heading toward the Serengeti National Park is newly paved.  Once you arrive in Serengeti you'll drive on dirt roads through the park and enjoy game viewing on your way to the lodge/camp. These dirt roads can be bumpy and/or muddy in rainy season. The approximate total travel time between Masai Mara and Serengeti can range between 6 to 9 hours depending on road conditions, traffic and weather.

Accommodation: Mbalageti Camp

Mbalageti Serengeti Camp features luxury tented chalets as well as lodge style standard rooms on the slopes of the rising Mwamweni Hill. Each room type is equipped with all the utilities of home, such as an en suite bathroom and a veranda with a stunning view. Dining takes place both in the bush, privately or with small groups, or in the dining tent, where local and continental cuisine forge new roots. English tea is served in the gardens with pastries daily. Activities range from spending some alone time in the loft reading books to a relaxing float in the tranquility pool, with the Serengeti plains as the backdrop.

Serengeti
Serengeti
Mbalageti Camp - Bar & Pool
Mbalageti Camp - Bar & Pool

Day 6: Serengeti

This morning’s African adventure begins with an exploratory game drive through Tanzania’s oldest and most recognized National Park, the Serengeti.  This location offers the most expansive game viewing in Tanzania. From predators to prey, great herds of grazing herbivores to tactically cunning packs of carnivores, life on the plains of the Serengeti can best be defined as a complete “circle of life.”  A photographic dream unfolds before your eyes as giraffes and elephants feast on tasty shrubbery, whilst impalas, gazelles and buffalos dance carefully through the plains as to not become the latest meal for on-looking lions, cheetahs and hyenas.

Spend today searching out Impala, one of Africa's most beautiful and graceful animals. Previously thought to be part of the gazelle tribe, Impalas have been found to be so different that they are now classified as their own sub-family status. When frightened or startled the whole impala herd starts randomly leaping to confuse their predator. They can jump distances more than 10 meters (33 ft.) and 3 meters (9 ft.) high. Leopards, cheetah, lions and wild dogs prey on impala. Impala can reach running speeds of approximately 50 to 55 mph (80 to 90 km/h) to escape its predators. See if you can track these incredible animals!

Accommodation: Mbalageti Camp
Giraffe Snacking
Giraffe Snacking
Impala
Impala

Day 7: Serengeti - Ngorongoro

This African journey continues as you board a privately driven vehicle, accompanied by a local tracker-guide for your visit to the overwhelming large Ngorongoro Conversation Area.  You’ll depart the Serengeti National Park grounds at a somewhat slower pace as to get in some more game-viewing. At the Serengeti Welcome Centre you’ll have an opportunity to marvel at a panoramic view of the surrounding area from the lookout point.  A stop for a picturesque picnic is also scheduled during this journey.  Upon your arrival into the conservation area, you’ll head towards your overnight accommodation whilst taking in the overwhelming size of the Ngorongoro Crater.  The approximate travel time may vary between 5 to 6 hours depending on weather conditions and the number of stops you’ve made along the way.  During the heavy rainy season, longer travel times should be expected.

The massive Olduvai Gorge or Oldupai Gorge is often referred to as “The Cradle of Mankind.”  Beginning in the eastern Serengeti plains, the gorge is roughly some 48 kilometers long.  Resulting from millions of years of natural erosion, this gorge boasts a steep-sided ravine that cuts and stretches its way through the Great Rift Valley along eastern Africa.  The gorge is named after a commonly used plant by the Masai people with the scientific name of Sansevieria-Ehrenbergii, or Oldupai for short.

Accommodation: Kitela Lodge

The Kitela Lodge is a small, exclusive lodge situated on top of a valley overlooking a coffee plantation, the Eastern wall of the Ngorongoro crater, and a beautiful waterfall. Fffering guests a relaxing, quiet atmosphere surrounded by beautiful gardens, the Lodge consists of twenty spacious suites in cottages built in the style of an old colonial farm. Located on site is a heated swimming pool and soothing spa.

Life in the Crater
Life in the Crater
Kitela Lodge
Kitela Lodge

Day 8: Ngorongoro

You are provided with a personalized, experienced tracker-guide and private transportation today whilst exploring around the Ngorongoro National Park grounds.

Explore one of the most recognized wildlife conservation areas in Tanzania today.  Depart your camp or lodge in a privately driven vehicle, along with a local expert guide, for an approximately 20 to 30 minute drive towards the Ngorongoro Park Gate.  It will then take you another 20 minutes to reach the crater rim itself.   The Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest inactive, intact, and unfilled volcanic caldera.  This geological masterpiece was formed as a result of an extremely large volcanic explosion which caused the volcano to collapse in on itself, thus creating a crater.  The crater is roughly 20 kilometers wide and some 2000 feet deep, making the trip from crater floor to rim around 45 minutes by 4x4.  The extremely fertile crater floor is the reason why there is such a highly concentrated amount of wildlife here.  Over 20000 mammals call the crater home, including some of the only remaining black rhinos in the world.  The crater floor also boasts one of the highest carnivore densities in the world including large prides of lions, packs of hyenas and solitary predators like cheetahs and jackals.  A keen eye and expertly recommended search patterns from your guide, may help you spot some of the less common species like leopards, servals, and bat-eared foxes.

Accommodation: Kitela Lodge
Private Game Vehicle
Private Game Vehicle
Even Lions Bicker!
Even Lions Bicker!

Day 9: Ngorongoro - Arusha - Nairobi

From Ngorongoro, your guide will drive you to Arusha. This drive will take approximately 2.5 hours.

Enjoy a box lunch while you travel (included in tour price).

Take your flight from Arusha (ARK) to Nairobi (Wilson) today. The flight duration is approximately 2hrs. This flight may stop in Kilimanjaro prior to departing Tanzania on the way to Nairobi.

Luggage restriction applicable to this flight: 15kg (32 lb) per person, for both carry-on and checked luggage. Your checked luggage needs to be soft-sided - no wheels / no spine, a duffel bag is recommended. A small purse/backpack, is recommended as a carry-on, to keep your camera, passport, hat, sunblock or other items you need within easy reach.

A privately driven vehicle will provide you with a transfer between the hotel and airport. After your guide has loaded up your luggage you will be driven through Nairobi admiring some of the sights (time permitting). Your guide will brief you on your itinerary en-route.

Accommodation: Fairmont Norfolk Hotel

Day 10: Nairobi - Livingstone

A privately driven vehicle will provide you with a transfer between the hotel and airport. After your guide has loaded up your luggage you will be driven through Nairobi admiring some of the sights (time permitting). Your guide will brief you on your itinerary en-route.

Relax during this direct flight departing Nairobi en-route to Livingstone.  The approximate travel time is 3 hours. This flight operates on Wed/Fri/Sun only.

Luggage Restrictions: On Economy class, each passenger is allowed 2 pieces of luggage each weighing 23kg and hand luggage of 12kgs. In Business class, passengers are entitled to 2 pieces each weighing 32kg and hand luggage of 12kgs.

Enjoy a shared transfer between the airport and the Islands of Siankaba Lodge.

Upon arrival you will receive all of your necessary documents for your trip which contains a detailed personalized itinerary with pick up and drop off times. This includes a Kensington Tours branded envelope with summary itinerary, e-tickets and map.

A host of exciting activities are available at Island of Siankaba. The following activities are included during your stay, but may be subject to seasonal variations: sundowner cruises, seasonal island picnic lunch, fishing (seasonal Mar-Nov), guided nature trail walk, mokoro excursions, nursery school visit, cultural tour of local villages on foot or by bamboo trail bike. One trip per stay to either the Zambian or the Zimbabwean side of the Falls – excludes cost of a Zimbabwe visa (a Kaza Visa is recommended).

Accommodation: Islands of Siankaba Lodge

The Islands of Siankaba luxury lodge is located on two private islands in the middle of the mighty Zambezi River situated between the ‘Seventh Wonder of the Natural World’, the magnificent Victoria Falls, and the world famous Chobe National Park. The lodge has been developed as a luxurious retreat with outstanding cuisine and uncompromising levels of personal service to exclusively sleep just fourteen guests. Each of Siankaba’s seven canvas chalets have been uniquely designed to maximize comfort and privacy whilst boasting spectacular views of the Zambezi River. The unique feature of the lodge is the series of walkways and bridges that link the two islands together. The quirky design incorporates the use of natural materials that blend in with the feel of the surrounding bush while taking full advantage of the beauty of the riverine setting.

Livingstone
Livingstone
Islands of Siankaba
Islands of Siankaba

Day 11: Livingstone

Today you can enjoy two of the included activities offered by Island of Siankaba, or sign up for extra activities at additional cost on location. You can sign up for massage treatments, a helicopter flight over the falls, white water rafting, or the Livingstone Island visit. These extras are not included in the hotel cost.

Accommodation: Islands of Siankaba Lodge
Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls

Day 12: Livingstone - Chobe

Transfer between Livingstone and Chobe lodges. 

Chobe is famous for its large herds of elephant and buffalo, along with numerous predators - including lions, leopards and wild dogs. There is a great diversity of plains game and an astonishing array of bird species. Guest staying at the Muchenje Safari Lodge can be assured that a variety of activities are made available for them to enjoy including:


•Game drives in open and truly comfortable 4x4 safari vehicles. Enjoy game drives with a knowledgeable and friendly professionally qualified guides – either early morning, afternoon or even the full day.


•Game viewing by boat on the Chobe River. A wonderful chance to see huge herds of elephants, as well as many other mammals and birds attracted to the water’s edge, not to mention those animals which also live in the River!


•Bush walking-safaris – Enjoy these treks which allow you to learn about the intricacies of the bush, your guide teaches you about the spoor, trees, plants and insects that make for such exciting and interesting additions to the wildlife experience.


•‘Night eyes’ – night game drives in the lodge’s own concession. The guide uses a spotlight to show the local ‘night life’, which can range from the small mammals, to buffalo and elephant.


•Village Visit -- Head off to the local village for a cultural experience and to meet the people that make Botswana the delightful country that it is.

Accommodation: Muchenje Safari Lodge

Last Eden of Chobe, Muchenje is a magnificent lodge in a stunning location. Muchenje sits on an escarpment with wonderful views of the Chobe River, and Namibia’s Caprivi Strip and seasonal flood plains. Enjoy game viewing and exceptional views from the convenience of their private veranda, the pool deck or one of the viewing decks. Staff offer a truly relaxed, homely atmosphere, where nothing is too much trouble. Just 20 guests are accommodated in intimate exclusivity. Each thatched, stone built cottage has private, panoramic views. The main Lodge area is extensive, and has been built to allow for excellent vistas, comfort and charm. Guests can relax in and its many quiet areas; from the viewing platforms and decks, the dining area and bar. Retail therapy is also at hand at the curio shop. Close by is the swimming pool, complete with deck and more excellent views where you can relax in the afternoon, and soak up the sun.

Elephants at Chobe National Park
Elephants at Chobe National Park
Muchenje Lodge
Muchenje Lodge

Day 13: Chobe

Set out into the wilderness of the Chobe National Park alongside an experienced local guide from your lodge.  Explore this famous African game viewing destination during this once in a lifetime opportunity where you’ll experience all that this recognized National Park has to offer.  Keep your camera handy as the local big game can appear at any time including elephants, buffaloes, leopards, lions, giraffes, kudus and hippos.  Exploring this dynamic flood-plain provides a unique game viewing experience including the daily elephant migration as they continue their ongoing pursuit of fresh drinking water.

Gliding across the picturesque Chobe River is considered by many as one of the finest game viewing experiences in all of Africa.  Boasting from 80000 to 120000 plus elephants in the park alone provides visitors with very frequent sightings of these majestic creatures along the waterways and flood plain-lands.  Other African wildlife including hippos, buffalo, crocodiles, and water fowl are also often seen on these dynamic waters.

Accommodation: Muchenje Safari Lodge
Lioness and her Cubs
Lioness and her Cubs
An Elephant Bath!
An Elephant Bath!

Day 14: Chobe - Kasane - Johannesburg - Cape Town

The lodge's staff will provide a shared transfer to the airstrip.

Fly today between Kasane and Johannesburg with Air Botswana.

Luggage restrictions applicable to this flight: Hand luggage: One piece not exceeding 8kg (18lb) and maximum dimension of 56cm (L) 36cm (W) 23cm (H). Checked luggage: One piece not exceeding 23 kg (50 lb) and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches).

Upon arrival into Johannesburg, South Africa you will be met on arrival inside the airport by airport staff with your name on a paging board. You will be assisted through immigration, baggage collection, customs and on to your onward connecting flight.

Take your flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town today. The flight duration is approximately 2 hours.

<i><small>Luggage restrictions applicable to this flight:The general free allowance is 20Kg in Economy Class.90cm x 72cm x 45cm (including handle, wheels and pockets) total dimensions 207cm.

Hand luggage: One bag allowed in addition to one slimline laptop bag. No bag should exceed 56cm x 36cm x 23cm (total dimensions of 115 cm including handles and wheels) weighing not more than 7Kgs. </small></i>

Enjoy a private transfer between the airport and your hotel.

Accommodation: Cape Cadogan

The Cape Cadogan boutique hotel is quintessential Cape Town, with each of its bedrooms individually decorated with touches of history, blended with contemporary chic and bohemian influences. Guestrooms feature comfortable, high-quality linens and beddings, top-end bathing amenities, and most importantly a spacious sense of home. Like the city, oblivious to the world rushing by, Cape Cadogan has a laidback quality which makes you want to sink deeper into your armchair and soak it all in. You can take a walk to the buzzing bistros, boutiques, cafes and restaurants of Kloof Street, where you can enjoy the energy of the city and truly experience Cape Town.  From Cape Town International Airport, it will take about 30 minutes to the Hotel.

Cape Town
Cape Town
Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel
Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel

Day 15: Cape Town

Today you will be met by your guide for an exploration of Cape Town, known affectionately as the Mother City. On your tour you will take in the Houses of Parliament, the Castle (built between 1666 and 1679, this is South Africa’s oldest building), lively Greenmarket Square with its daily market, the Company Gardens and of course Table Mountain which will give you spectacular views over the city and Peninsula (cable car fee is not included as it is weather dependent). On your descent, you stop at the Bo Kaap, home to the Cape Malay community, with its cobbled streets and brightly coloured houses. From here you have the choice of being dropped off at the Waterfront to experience this vibrant location at your own pace, with its many shops, restaurants and pubs - or at your hotel to end the tour.


*Table Mountain Cableway will be closed for annual maintenance on 25 July to 7 August.

Accommodation: Cape Cadogan
Cape Town
Cape Town

Day 16: Cape Town

Today you embark on a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula. You take in the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, before crossing over to Hout Bay. From here you drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve via Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breathtaking coastal drives, where you will board a funicular to the top of the Peninsula. Here you will witness the symbolic meeting of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans with spectacular views over False Bay. You enjoy lunch near here (not included – own account) before continuing to Simonstown, the naval base, and visiting the African Penguin breeding colony at Boulders Beach. En route back you stop at the world renowned Kirstenbosch Gardens before returning back to your hotel.

Accommodation: Cape Cadogan
Penguins
Penguins

Day 17: Cape Town

This delightful drive winds its way to the heart of the Cape Winelands, through superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads. Head off to the wine country via the N2 to the heart of South Africa's wine industry, Stellenbosch, boasting great beauty and culture that is steeped in South African history. En-route you stop at Spier Wine Estate where you’ll visit the wildlife rehabilitation, conservation, education and eco-tourism centre at Eagle Encounters. Get up close and personal with the ambassador species at the centre and learn more about the world of raptors. You then head to the village of Stellenbosch and walk down the canal-lined avenues, in the shade of giant oak trees and beautifully preserved historic buildings. With the sheer vastness of wine estates on offer, you are truly spoilt for choice when you enjoy your first wine tasting of the day at the Waterford Estate or similar.

Travel over the Helshoogte Pass to the town of Franschhoek, historically dating back to the 17th century when the French Huguenots arrived.  Billed as the Gourmet Capital of South Africa, this charming town, in a most picturesque valley, retains a French Huguenot style. You will enjoy a wine tasting before taking time to enjoy the fabled culinary skills of the Franschhoek chefs at one of the many award winning restaurants (lunch not included in cost). Onward to Paarl, one of the Cape’s first farming districts. The town is set at the foot of the cluster of remarkable granite domes from which it takes its name. Your last stop for the day is at a wine estate on the Paarl wine route. Return to the bustle of city life after an enthralling day in the countryside, arriving back at the hotels at approximately 17:30.

Accommodation: Cape Cadogan
Eagle Encounters
Eagle Encounters

Day 18: Cape Town

Enjoy a private transfer between the airport and your hotel.

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Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
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Fairmont Norfolk Hotel: Nairobi

The Fairmont Norfolk Hotel is situated in the centre of the bustling city of Nairobi and has grown over time with the city. Surrounded by private tropical gardens, the 165 guest rooms and suites are comfortable with all the necessities of home. Dining is offered at a number of on-site restaurants, and the breakfast buffet is especially delightful. Spend some time getting to know the city then escape to the tranquility of the hotel. At your pleasure, enjoy the wonderful swimming pool facilities, the health club, and the relaxing spa.

Fairmont Norfolk Hotel
Fairmont Norfolk Hotel

Kichwa Tembo: Masai Mara

Laid out along the Sabaringo River on the edge of the Oloololo escarpment, &Beyond Kichwa Tembo Masai Mara Tented Camp looks out onto the plains of the Masai Mara. Set on a private concession leased from Masai landlords in the north of the Mara, the camp offers total seclusion and abundant wildlife. It was included as one of Travel & Leisure’s 500 Best Hotels, as selected by their readers.  Each of the tents and suites are laid out on immaculate grounds, with leisurely groups of warthog feeding right outside the tent doors.  Browse for souvenirs from your safari in the well-stocked Safari Shop or share your experiences around an evening cocktail in the bar. Meals packed with fresh ingredients and flavoured with aromatic spices are served in the simple but elegant dining room, open to the warm breezes coming off the Mara or beneath myriad stars looking out onto the African plains.

Kichwa Tembo
Kichwa Tembo
Outstanding views
Outstanding views

Mbalageti Camp: Serengeti

Mbalageti Serengeti Camp features luxury tented chalets as well as lodge style standard rooms on the slopes of the rising Mwamweni Hill. Each room type is equipped with all the utilities of home, such as an en suite bathroom and a veranda with a stunning view. Dining takes place both in the bush, privately or with small groups, or in the dining tent, where local and continental cuisine forge new roots. English tea is served in the gardens with pastries daily. Activities range from spending some alone time in the loft reading books to a relaxing float in the tranquility pool, with the Serengeti plains as the backdrop.

Mbalageti Camp - Bar & Pool
Mbalageti Camp - Bar & Pool

Kitela Lodge: Ngorongoro

The Kitela Lodge is a small, exclusive lodge situated on top of a valley overlooking a coffee plantation, the Eastern wall of the Ngorongoro crater, and a beautiful waterfall. Fffering guests a relaxing, quiet atmosphere surrounded by beautiful gardens, the Lodge consists of twenty spacious suites in cottages built in the style of an old colonial farm. Located on site is a heated swimming pool and soothing spa.

Kitela Lodge
Kitela Lodge

Islands of Siankaba Lodge : Livingstone

The Islands of Siankaba luxury lodge is located on two private islands in the middle of the mighty Zambezi River situated between the ‘Seventh Wonder of the Natural World’, the magnificent Victoria Falls, and the world famous Chobe National Park. The lodge has been developed as a luxurious retreat with outstanding cuisine and uncompromising levels of personal service to exclusively sleep just fourteen guests. Each of Siankaba’s seven canvas chalets have been uniquely designed to maximize comfort and privacy whilst boasting spectacular views of the Zambezi River. The unique feature of the lodge is the series of walkways and bridges that link the two islands together. The quirky design incorporates the use of natural materials that blend in with the feel of the surrounding bush while taking full advantage of the beauty of the riverine setting.

Islands of Siankaba
Islands of Siankaba
Room
Room

Muchenje Safari Lodge: Chobe

Last Eden of Chobe, Muchenje is a magnificent lodge in a stunning location. Muchenje sits on an escarpment with wonderful views of the Chobe River, and Namibia’s Caprivi Strip and seasonal flood plains. Enjoy game viewing and exceptional views from the convenience of their private veranda, the pool deck or one of the viewing decks. Staff offer a truly relaxed, homely atmosphere, where nothing is too much trouble. Just 20 guests are accommodated in intimate exclusivity. Each thatched, stone built cottage has private, panoramic views. The main Lodge area is extensive, and has been built to allow for excellent vistas, comfort and charm. Guests can relax in and its many quiet areas; from the viewing platforms and decks, the dining area and bar. Retail therapy is also at hand at the curio shop. Close by is the swimming pool, complete with deck and more excellent views where you can relax in the afternoon, and soak up the sun.

Muchenje Lodge
Muchenje Lodge
Poolside at Muchenje
Poolside at Muchenje

Cape Cadogan : Cape Town

The Cape Cadogan boutique hotel is quintessential Cape Town, with each of its bedrooms individually decorated with touches of history, blended with contemporary chic and bohemian influences. Guestrooms feature comfortable, high-quality linens and beddings, top-end bathing amenities, and most importantly a spacious sense of home. Like the city, oblivious to the world rushing by, Cape Cadogan has a laidback quality which makes you want to sink deeper into your armchair and soak it all in. You can take a walk to the buzzing bistros, boutiques, cafes and restaurants of Kloof Street, where you can enjoy the energy of the city and truly experience Cape Town.  From Cape Town International Airport, it will take about 30 minutes to the Hotel.

Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel
Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel
Balcony View
Balcony View
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Katie M. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    Our Kensington Tour to Tanzania was excellent. All of our accommodations were top-notch, our flights were fantastic, and every single detail was taken care of. We were extremely impressed with how welcoming and knowledgeable our guides were.

  • Neal F. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    Best trip ever. Sarah was a delight to work with and answered all of our questions and concerns professionally and courteously. It was a trip of a lifetime and everything was fantastic. Thank u Sarah and thank you Kensington

  • Rachel F. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    Kensington Tours gave us a wonderful trip with the best guide and accommodations. They helped us book flights to avoid long drives and answered all of our questions going above and beyond. Thank you for all your help giving my family and I a trip of a lifetime! We cannot wait to go back to Africa and do it again using Kensington!

  • Jeffrey L. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    We wanted the full safari experience and Kensington was able to deliver it. We had the perfect mix of tents and lodges and honestly can say we saw about everything we could have in our time there. Our Kensington guide Elijah was very knowledgeable and friendly. He was basically a member of the family by the end of the trip. The entire trip was planned out perfectly. Thanks to Kensington and we hope to travel with them again in the future.

  • Sarah M. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    We had such a tremendous trip! We covered a lot of geography, plants and animals - both aquatic and land based. Every guide we had was knowledgeable and very personable. When Grootbos and then Madikwe found out it was my husband's birthday - our guide at Grootbos "Nita" arranged a private party for him (and us) and our chef and butler at Little Madikwe, Violet and Patience, baked cupcakes and got a small group together to sing happy birthday - in English and Afrikaans! We could never have seen so much on our own. The knowledge we gained about South African people, places, animals and history made this our trip of a lifetime! Thank you!

  • Sasha T. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    We had the most amazing time on our trip. Very grateful to Kensington for organizing all the pick ups and details so we didn't have to think or worry - we could just enjoy ourselves. Will absolutely recommend this trip to family and friends and hope to use Kensington again in the future for our next adventure. Thanks so much!

  • Kristin C. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    From the minute we landed, everything was taken care of. Every driver and guide we had were very friendly and efficient. The highlight of our trip was our stay at Kapama Southern Camp, everything about this place was amazing. We were all sad to leave and would love to return there in the future. Would highly recommend booking as many people there as possible.

  • Eric W. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    Madagascar is a very poor country with spotty infrastructure. We used Kensington for their knowledge of the area and their resources and we are very pleased. Our driver for the trip was very professional and knowledgeable of the area and the guide that we used for the rainforest walks was equally knowledgeable and professional. Bari, our guide, had a passion for the area and wanted to make sure we were able to get the best picture of each sighting. Franco, our driver, had a passion for his country and the sights and he was a definite asset on our trip.

  • Tom B. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    Guides were incredibly well-informed and taught my wife and I about the environment, animals, and culture. Our tour would have just been commonplace, without them.

  • Mary R. — July 20, 2016 — Africa

    Going with Kensington Tours was a great decision. The transfers between resorts was handled very professionally and extremely smooth. I will plan my next trip to South Africa with Kensington. Money well spent!

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