(Johannesburg, Cape Town, Hermanus)
(Chobe, Linyanti, Okavango)
Take an epic journey through Southern Africa and discover a land that defies the imagination.
Behold Southern Africa’s many splendid offerings like the Dunes of Sossusvlei , the thundering Victoria Falls and the breathtaking coast of the Eastern Cape. Even the most seasoned traveler will be moved on this grand journey through famous national parks, mysterious deltas, barren deserts, and majestic rivers. Whether by foot, 4X4 or canoe, you’ll experience Southern Africa in a way few people ever do. From houseboats to tented camps, quaint lodges to modern hotels, your accommodations will offer the epitome of comfort and luxury.
Experience a guided tour of thunderous Victoria Falls, then hop in your own private 4X4 vehicle and explore the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park where Zambia's only white rhino can be spotted. Roam the Selinda Reserve, a private wildlife concession that links the Okavango Delta to the Linyanti Swamps, for a chance to glimpse hippo-killing lions, cheetah, wild dog, and leopard. Admire the fascinating and varied terrain of Namibia’s Sossusvlei desert and climb the shifting sands of some of the world’s highest dunes. You’ll be dazzled in the mother city of Cape Town with its daily markets, cobbled streets and spectacular vistas. Oh, and the wine’s not bad either. You’ve heard the phrase “trip of a lifetime” but have you experienced one yourself?
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Upon arrival into Johannesburg-South Africa, you will be met at the door of your aircraft with your name on a paging board, and your documents will be handed over to you. You will be assisted through immigration, baggage collection and customs.
Upon arrival you will receive all of your necessary documents for your trip which contains a detailed personalized itinerary, maps, restaurant suggestions, Top Tips for exploring each city or region and a 24 hour concierge service (for restaurant reservations, spa treatments, child minders, day tours etc).
A privately driven vehicle will provide you with a transfer between the Airport and your hotel, or vice versa, today.
This elegant hotel has captured the spirit of a bygone era while being at the heart of the pulsating vibrant corporate capital of Africa, Sandton Square. The hotel offers unsurpassed attention to detail and ensures that individual needs and tastes are catered for in every possible way. Beautiful Renaissance-inspired décor ensures that guests enjoy the utmost luxury both in their private suites as well as in the lounges and other public areas of the hotel.
Take your flight from Johannesburg to Livingstone today. The flight duration is approximately 2 hours.
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).
Meet your driver who will transfer you to your lodge.
Activities include a guided tour of Victoria Falls from the Zambian Side and a visit to the Semonga Village. You'll also have the opportunity to do a morning/evening gamedrive in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park where Zambia's only white rhino can be spotted, full range of game drives in the National Park using an open 4X4 vehicle driven by a professional guide. You'll also enjoy motorised boat Safaris Early morning or sunset river cruise, or try your hand at fishing on the great Zambezi River. You can choose two activities per day.
The Islands of Siankaba Lodge is the most classic of forested retreats. 25 miles from Victoria Falls, and just 30 miles from the magnificent Chobe National Park, lie two densely forested islands in the mighty Zambezi River. A place of spectacular natural beauty and a haven for an astonishing variety of plant and birdlife.Siankaba's seven secluded chalets, each with its unique and individually different view of the mighty Zambezi River, are linked by a foot bridge to a haute cuisine restaurant. All of this is located on two untouched 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.
Today you can enjoy two of the included activities offered by Sussi & Chuma (falls visit, game viewing, boat safari, village tour) or sign up for extra activities on location. You can sign up for spa treatments, tour the Zimbabwean side of the falls, flights over the falls, white water rafting, elephant back safari or the Livingstone Island visit. These extras are not included in the hotel cost.
Sign up for optional activities at your hotel (not included in tour price); helicopter, ultra-light, Gypsy Moth flights, elephant-back or horseback safari, white-water rafting, bungee jumping, Chobe game park day trip, jet boat, cultural tours, and more.
Transfer between Livingstone and Chobe lodges.
Upon arrival at the Zambezi Queen, board the ship and settle into your cabin. Enjoy a welcome cocktail before dinner and a briefing to cover the scheduled activities over the next couple days.
Try your luck out with fishing, maneuvre through the banks of the Chobe River for some more game viewing by boat, or visit a local village and experience some of the Botswanan culture.
The Zambezi Queen is unique in that it's a sophisticated, elegant experience that has not lost the essence of all that is uniquely African. When looking at the design it is apparent that no expense has been spared in creating a house boat of a world class standard, and this is especially so, when one considers this boat was built on the banks of the Chobe River.
Relax during this short flight traveling between the Kasane airport and the airstrip in the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve.
Passengers weighing over 120kg will need to purchase an additional seat.Luggage restriction applicable to this flight: 20kg (44lb) per person, for both carry-on and checked luggage. Luggage dimensions must not exceed 25cm (10 inches) wide, 30 cm (12 inches) high and 62 cm (24 inches) long. 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.
The diverse ecology of the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve provides the ideal condition for many of the African sub-species to thrive here, specifically the enormous elephant population during the dry winter months. These conditions are perfect for grazing species such as impalas, lechwes, kudus, zebras, giraffes, buffaloes and bushbucks which in turn provides a rich food source for local carnivorous predators including lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs and spotted hyenas. Some of the rarer species like sable and roan-antelope also emerge from the thick woodlands during the dry winter season as well.
Selinda Camp rests on the banks of the eastern Selinda Spillway in northern Botswana. This prime location is deep within rich wildlife territory. Completely rebuilt in 2007, Selinda Camp is a relaxed, yet luxurious tented safari camp and has established itself as one of the gems in the region. Each of Selinda Camp's 9 spacious, sturdy canvas tents are shaded with thatch roofing and are raised on wooden decks. Just adjacent to the fire pit, “Zanzibari” doors lead down to a generous wine cellar. Commence your day with a light breakfast at dawn, or a hearty brunch on return from the morning activity. Enjoy afternoon tea and snacks before afternoon game watching, rounded off with a sumptuous dinner in the evening. Offering privacy and lush surrounds, the onsite plunge pool is a fabulous afternoon retreat. Explore the surrounding area with expert guides in search of fascinating wildlife, such as elephants, hyenas, wild dogs and hippos.
While at the lodge you'll have daily activities to choose from. Your guides will give you all of the options when you arrive at the camp. The Selinda Reserve is a private wildlife concession that links the Okavango Delta to the Linyanti Swamps along the Selinda Spillway. The area is well known for its hippo-killing lions, cheetah, wild dog, and leopard, as well as excellent sightings of plains game such as giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, impala, lechwe and elephant. On safari it is possible to see a tremendous diversity of species, from resident prides of lion to huge herds of elephant to packs of wild dog. And then there are the ungulates, from the rare roan to the ubiquitous zebra. Nocturnal wildlife is prolific as well, and there are frequent sightings of aardwolf and civet. Exploration of this vast area defies imagination. Explore the area by foot, 4x4, and canoe or quietly sitting in a hide, the sights and sounds of Botswana will come alive. It is an experience sure to expand the knowledge of even the most well traveled. Elephant are common around Selinda Camp, with densities during the dry season on a par with those of the Chobe National Park. At the peak of our dry winter months, we have counted around 9000 elephants in The Selinda Reserve. The lions that hunt hippos (the "surfing lions") are part of what has made this region famous. Their skill at hunting these huge animals is legendary. There is also the chance for the "spotted predators". The open plains are ideal habitat for cheetah while leopard viewing is rewarding when they are encountered. One of Africa's most endangered predators, the Wild Dog, is usually resident and the Selinda pack frequently dens in close proximity to our camps. Other common species include: buffalo (that sometimes congregate in huge herds numbering many thousand), giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, hippo, hyena, a variety of antelope including red lechwe, and the chance to spot a number of nocturnal species on our night drives.
This short flight travels from Linyanti to Okavango, Botswana.
At Mombo Camp you will have the opportunity to experience the following activities:
•100% Game drives. No water activities although guests will see water in the area at times.
•Game drives via 4 x open 4x4 Land Rovers each accommodating a maximum of six or seven guests, allowing each guest an outside seat (each vehicle is equipped with a tree book, a bird book, a mammal book, a pair of binoculars and insect repellent in a centre consol on each row of seats)
•Game drives on Chief's Island
•Night drives not possible at present.
This exclusive camp is located within the game rich Kwara concession, which borders the Moremi Game Reserve on the northern edge of the Okavango Delta. This is an intimate camp, accommodating no more than 8 guests, providing intimate experience with personal service - vintage Africa. Game viewing is generally excellent, and a degree of off-road driving is permitted, in order to get better sightings. This increases the chance of seeing lion, leopard, and wild dog, for example. Night drives give you the chance to see some of the many and varied nocturnally active species.
The Okavango Delta features some of the best game viewing in all of Africa. Drives are typically done very early in the morning and last for a few hours, after which you return to the lodge for breakfast. (shared with other guests at the lodge).
Sit back and relax during this short hopper flight that departs the airstrip in Okavango and arrives at the airstrip in Maun.
Take your flight from Maun to Windhoek today.
Enjoy a private transfer to/from the Windhoek airport.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
The Heinitzburg Hotel, is situated in and overlooks Namibia's capital city Windhoek. This beautiful castle was commissioned in 1914 and is renowned for it's attention to detail and personal undivided attention received from both hosts and staff, emphasized in it's four-poster beds and hand-made wooden furniture. There is a lounge and bar, meeting and conference rooms, restaurant and an outdoor swimming pool for guests to enjoy. Lovers of authentic, historical artwork should head for the Knight's Room, situated in the original castle. Amenities include an outdoor dining and lounging area, along with valet parking. At Hotel Heinitzburg endeavour to balance traditional African friendliness and beauty with excellent European culinary art and a world-class wine cellar to make your stay with the Heinitzburg Hotela memorable one.
Enjoy your flight today from Windhoek airport to Geluk in Sossusvlei. Luggage is restricted to 20kg per person, soft bags only.
At the lodge you'll have activities such as Dune walks - you'll be free to explore the areas surrounding the Lodge on foot. Experience the tranquillity of the desert and marvel at the exceptional plant life, such as the quiver tree, with its attractive yellow flowers. Guided dune walks introduce guests to life below the sands, where many small animals spend the day in cooler burrows. Expeditions to the nearby San caves to view cave paintings can be arranged. Also enjoy exploring the desert on a ATV quad bike. These exciting expeditions are headed by an expert guide who ensures that the drives are sensitive to the delicate environment. These activities add a thrill of adrenalin to the desert.
Cradled against ancient mountains, looking out onto a broad rocky plain that rises towards distant dunes of fiery sand, Sossusvlei Desert Lodge boasts a location that is at once dramatic and serene. Fantastically formed rock formations vie for attention with massive sand dunes as the shifting rays of the sun bring the landscape to life.
Today you'll join other guest to go deep into the Namib Desert to Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. You'll have the chance to climb the shifting sands of some of the world’s highest dunes at Sossusvle. You'll also have the chance to admire the dramatic landscape of Deadvlei, where the fantastically twisted skeletons of dried trees indicate the site of an ancient lake. You'll return to the lodge for lunch.
Take your flight from Geluk Sossusvlei to Windhoek airport today. Luggage is restricted to 20kg per person, soft bags only.
Take your flight from Windhoek to Cape Town today.
Enjoy a private transfer between the airport and your hotel.
Kensington Place is located in the leafy Cape Town suburb of Higgovale, surrounded by Table Mountain and overlooking the city. This luxury boutique hotel boasts eight exclusively spacious suites. Sink into the total comfort of meticulously designed suites defined by a blend of luscious textures and contemporary detail. Breakfast is served throughout the day and a seasonal menu is always on hand should you wish to dine by the pool or on your private terrace. The city, its harbour and the surrounding mountains are all visible from each private terrace. Lush quiet gardens and an intimate pool surround the property. An urban retreat yet minutes from the city.
Today you will be met by your guide for an exploration of Cape Town, known affectionately as the Mother City. Your tour 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.
Table Mountain Cableway will be closed for annual maintenance on Monday 28 July 14 to Sunday 10 August 14.
This tailor-made tour by your resident wine expert is designed for the visitor who would like to experience and taste some of the other delectable delights that are also on offer in the winelands area in addition to some of the fantastic wines. The tour is geared not only for the tasting but for the educational value as well as learning about each product that you are introduced to. Your day can include Paarl, with its imposing Afrikaans Language Monument and of course the Franschhoek Valley, including exceptional estates such as Haute Cabriere, Moreson, La Motte and Grande Provence. You will delight in cheese tasting, chocolate tasting, olives and olive oil tastings and enjoy a lunch at one of the top restaurants or estates (lunch to be settled directly but wine tastings included). Return to your hotel late this afternoon.
This transfer from Cape Town will take your guests along the R44 from Gordon’s Bay to Hermanus. This is regarded as one of the top scenic drives in South Africa, hugging the coastline with amazing views of False Bay. Between June and November, whales are often sighted on this drive. The route winds through the Kogelberg Nature Reserve, which is known for its beautiful fynbos. En route to Grootbos we will visit Stony Point in Betty’s Bay to view a colony with over 3500 African Penguins (the same penguins, guests would experience in Boulder’s). There are incredible pathways leading past the penguin nests and your guests will have many photographic opportunities of these amazing creatures.
Grootbos offers many wonderful adventurous trips that weave throughout the majestic reserve; it is the perfect place to recapture one’s outdoor spirit through the panoramic and beautiful scenery. On a guided walk through the nature reserve trails, visitors are far more likely to encounter birdlife which they would not have been able to spot and discuss if they had been in a vehicle. The Grootbos hiking trails offer so much to explore above the obvious flora and fauna. Animal tracks, local insects, flower details and much more are far more easily observed on the pleasant guided walks and hikes through the Grootbos reserve.
Other activities incldue: forest walks, visit the historic Klipgat Caves, spend a day at the beach, or enjoy 4×4 reserve drives through the last of the Cape’s Milkwood forests and the beautiful floral Kingdom. On another day you could choose to go horseback riding. One of the most satisfying and enriching ways of exploring Grootbos Nature Reserve is by horse back. The horses at Grootbos are ideal for beginners and experienced horse riders alike. Experienced staff look after 18 horses at the Grootbos stables, and accompany guests on rides.
Nestled between mountain and sea, the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a five-star eco-paradise showcasing the incredible Flora and Marine life of Gansbaai in the Southern Tip of Africa. Home of the "Marine Big 5" - whales, sharks, dolphins, seals and penguins; and with unparalleled floral diversity, Grootbos offers guests a one-of-a-kind luxury African experience. The 27 superbly designed lodges and villas offer luxury and comfort. Making a point to sourcing all of his ingredients close to home, Chef Duane Lewis promises delicious, outstanding cuisine. All of the wines served at the restaurant, with the exception of sparkling wines and champagne, come from within the Overberg region. After an action packed day of eco activities, a therapeutic full body massage is a must, leaving you in a state of absolute calm at the onsite spas. Venture out and enjoy whale watching, shark cage diving, horseback riding and more! For guests wishing for something a little lower key, there are beautiful flowers scattered throughout the reserve – perfect for a relaxing walk and bird watching.
Grootbos Nature Reserve has an exclusive boat trip, through Dyer Island Cruises, leaving every morning from Kleinbaai harbour. Besides seeing the amazing whales, this trip offers a complete experience of the Marine Big5, which includes the whales, dolphins, African Penguins, Cape Fur Seals and surface viewing of the Great White Shark. The boat comfortably accommodates 20 guests on its lower and upper decks, shelter from the sun, as well as snacks and drinks provided onboard. The boat also has specialized guides, who can provide all the facts about the whales as well as other interesting information about the magnificent marine life. As these gentle giants are very curious, they often swim right up to the boat to get a better view of the boat and the guests. This trip takes about 2 hours and is a marine experience not to be missed!
Grootbos boasts the last of the Cape’s Milkwood Forests and the beautiful Cape Floral Kingdom. For those who wish to venture farther you can sign up for other activities as well. Whale Watching - By land, sea or plane (from June to December). Shark Cage Diving - By air, boat or cage diving. Big 5 Marine Tour - By boat, enjoy sights such as penguins, seals, dolphins, sharks, or even whales. Scenic Flights - View mountains, vineyards, shipwrecks and even sharks and whales. View the southern most part of the African land mass from this unique perspective.
Today you'll depart seaside Hermanus and enjoy a drive through scenic mountains back to Cape Town to catch your flight home.
Depart from Cape Town international airport - end of itinerary.
November 08, 2012
"I am a world traveller and this was one of my top three vacations ever! Kensington Tours did a great job with EVERY little detail, from the planning to being met and catered to every step of the way. The highlight of our trip was actually our stay in Swakopmund when we stayed on the South Atlantic & went for an exciting boat ride to see all the sealife up close and personal (like a seal coming onboard the boat!), a roller coaster dune ride in a 4 X 4, the balloon ride over the red sand dunes over Namibia and several champagne brunches in the middle of the desert. Also, will never forget all the sundowner game drives which ended with our favorite cocktail, watching the sunset with wildlife close at hand! Unforgettable. Thanks Ivona for planning it all!"
Mark Masterson ,
October 26, 2012
"We recently returned from a wonderful 8 day tour of Kenya. Steven Kinyua is an exceptional Kenyan guide. He has a wonderful sense of humor, and made our Kenya safari a wonderful learning experience we will cherish for years.
Irene Saurwein ,
April 21, 2014
"I thought that both Raymond and Mike were outstanding guides. Our trip was wonderful. The only point I want to make that the food at the Farm House was not very good. Pretty disappointed. Our stay at the Serena in both locations was great. Overall great trip that we will never forget."
Francis Quinn ,
April 21, 2014
"The Mbugani Camps were nice but the beer was warm and they don't have ice. The owner was a great guy. Enjoyed Mara West. The staff and food were great. The second evening the loud mouth owner conducted a business meeting on the front porch disrupting a peaceful cocktail hour. It was totally inappropriate since he was very loud and discussed his business dealings with Kensington with others. They also need an ice machine. They ran out every night. Albert is probably the best guide I have ever had. Very knowlegeable. Mike was great too. Fabulous trip. You guys did a great job. We had a wonderful time."
Shayna Maislin ,
April 21, 2014
"Our party of 4 believe that we were given incorrect information regarding the type of suitcase that we should purchase for this trip. We were advised to buy a suitcase that was soft sided and no wheels. We arrived in Africa to see many others going on Safari with suitcases that had wheels. It was difficult for us to manouever our bags. I would highly recommend the tour guide that we had in the Serengetti . He was extremely knowledgeable, very helpful and courteous. We learned a great deal from Wasari . Our tour guide in the Mara was just ok . It would have been great to have the tour guide that we had in Serengeti for the complete trip. We understood that he could have crossed over from Tanzania into Kenya to get us . There was one flight within the country that we felt we may have been better off driving. We all believed that our Sales consultant could have spent more time with us on the phone going over the itinerary and guiding us through some of the decisions that we were making. For example Lake Manyara was not really necessary and perhaps we could have used that extra day in Zanzibar . These are some of the decisions that we felt our consultant could have assisted us with . We all agree that Kensington has first class staff working for them in Africa. All the camps that we stayed at were absolutely beautiful except perhaps for the one in Lake Manyara. All in all it was a spectacular trip!"
Jeanne Tarvin ,
April 21, 2014
"The tour was absolutely fabulous. It all started with the planning. Kathryn graciously accommodated our tight schedule and multiple needs, including a mid-trip change in plans. The tour guides and drivers were all great and extremely knowledgeable. The accommodations and meals were fantastic. I was apprehensive about going to China not knowing the language but it worked out great!"
Frank Manna ,
April 21, 2014
"Our guided transfers were exceptionally accommodating even though our flights were considerably delayed. The Annavillanas Jungle Lodge was spectacular for location, accommodations and food. The Rio Carnival experience was unique and unforgettable and our seats were wonderful. Loved the location of our hotel in Rio.......right on the street of Copacabana Beach.......fantastic. "
Michael Melvin Marsh ,
April 21, 2014
"The trip was very special and i credit Sunita Singh for helping to make it such. We worked on the itinerary for three months and she was very helpful, knowledgeable and present."
Lucy Gilkes ,
April 21, 2014
"The whole trip was wonderful but the guides were what made it for us. They were knowledgeable and thoughtful a pleasure to spend time with."
Janine Chey ,
April 21, 2014
"Our trip to Masai Mara via Kensington ran very smoothly. We stayed at the Mara West Lodge. Beautiful location atop a ridge overlooking the Masai Mara plains. Our luxury tents were quite comfortable and the staff/service at the lodge were great. Meals were very nice especially the daily soups. Our guide, Steve, was also great...so knowledgeable and eager to show us many interesting things. He planned our daily game drives and took us on a nature hike one afternoon. He clearly knows and understands this ecosystem. He has an amazing eye, finding animals in fields of tall grasses. Our entire family had an amazing time, trip of a lifetime...would love to go back!"
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