18 days from $13,320 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 value-based 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'll depart right away for the 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, known as The Smoke That Thunders, then explore Chobe, famous for its massive herds of elephant. Stop by the African penguin breeding colony on the Cape Town outskirts, 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
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Emergency Evacuation Insurance
  • Day 2 Nairobi to Masai Mara
    Nairobi to Masai Mara
    • Transfer - Nairobi - Masai Mara [5-6 hrs] - 4X4 - Kenya
    • Private Tour - Afternoon Game Drive
    • Park Fee - Included
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3 Masai Mara
    Masai Mara
    • Private Tour - Morning Game Drive - 4X4 - Kenya
    • Private Tour - Afternoon Game Drive - Big 5
    • Park Fee - Included
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4 Masai Mara
    Masai Mara
    • Private Tour - Morning Game Drive 2 - 4X4 - Kenya
    • Private Tour - Afternoon Game Drive - Rhino
    • Park Fee - Included
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5 Masai Mara to Isebania to Serengeti
    Masai Mara to Isebania to Serengeti
    • Transfer - Masai Mara - Isebania [2-4 hrs] - 4X4 - Kenya
    • Isebania Border Crossing -
    • Transfer - Isebania - Serengeti [3-5 Hours] - 4X4 - TZ
    • Park Fee - Included
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 Serengeti
    Serengeti
    • Private Tour - Morning Game Drive - 4X4/Guide
    • Private Tour - Afternoon Game Drive - Impala
    • Park Fee - Included
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7 Serengeti to Ngorongoro
    Serengeti to Ngorongoro
    • Transfer - Serengeti - Ngorongoro [5-6 hrs] - 4X4/Guide
    • Olduvai Gorge - Entrance
    • Park Fee - Included
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8 Ngorongoro
    Ngorongoro
    • Private Tour - Private Vehicle & Guide - 4X4/Guide
    • Crater Tour for Plantation Lodges - Entrance Fee
    • Park Fee - Included
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9 Ngorongoro to Arusha to Nairobi
    Ngorongoro to Arusha to Nairobi
    • Transfer - Ngorongoro - Arusha [2.5 hrs] - 4X4/Guide
    • Box Lunch - Included
    • Air - Arusha - Nairobi [Scheduled Flight (2 hrs)] - Y Class - Standard
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 10 Nairobi to Livingstone
    Nairobi to Livingstone
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Nairobi - Livingstone [Direct (3.5 hrs) Wed/Fri/Sun] - Economy
    • Shared Transfer - 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
    • Transfer - Livingstone - Chobe [2 hours] - Private
    • Muchenje Safari Lodge Activities
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 13 Chobe
    Chobe
    • Enjoy the Activities Included at your Chobe Camp
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 14 Chobe to Kasane to Johannesburg to Cape Town
    Chobe to Kasane to Johannesburg to Cape Town
    • Shared Transfer - Airstrip
    • Air - Kasane - Johannesburg [Direct (2 hours) ] - Scheduled Flight
    • VIP Meet & Greet & Assist - VIP service
    • Air - Johannesburg - Cape Town [Direct, 2 hrs] - Scheduled Flight
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 15 Cape Town
    Cape Town
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day City & Table Mountain - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 16 Cape Town
    Cape Town
    • Private Tour - Cape Point and Peninsula (with Lunch) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 17 Cape Town
    Cape Town
    • Private Tour - Winelands (with Lunch) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 18 Cape Town
    Cape Town
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
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Day 1: Nairobi

Enjoy a private airport transfer between your hotel and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.

While you are in our care your safety and security are our number one priority. As such, in the unlikely event of serious illness or injury, all 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: Crowne Plaza Nairobi

Situated in the trendy new Upper Hill financial district of Nairobi, Crowne Plaza Nairobi is the model of modern five-star elegance.  The property embodies an ideal fusion of thoughtful design and indulgence and comes ripe with opportunity to discover nearby Nairobi National Park and the Masai Mara game reserve to see big cats and giraffes.  Earthy textures and dark wood throughout Crowne Plaza Nairobi evokes the wild plains and acacia trees of Kenya's big game reserves.  The property offers a host of amenities and facilities including a luxurious health club, a stylish unisex hair salon, a 24-hour state of the art gymnasium, and an outdoor swimming pool.  Five floors comprised of Rooms, Suites, and Club Rooms are all equipped with the latest in technology, high speed complimentary Internet, Wi-Fi, mini bar, in-room safe, tea and coffee facilities, and 24 hour room service.

The Grand African Safari Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Kenya Wildlife of Nairobi
Kenya Wildlife of Nairobi
The Grand African Safari Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Crowne Plaza Nairobi
Crowne Plaza Nairobi

Day 2: Nairobi - Masai Mara

This morning you'll meet up with your guide and head off to the Masai Mara. Approximate travel time is between five and six 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.

Accompanied by an experience guide, head out this afternoon on an exciting game viewing adventure. The locations visited will be determined by your expert guide as they have an intimate understanding of the daily routines of animals and how best to track them, and your afternoon excursion will visit several wildlife hot-spots with an aim to spot elusive animals such as the leopard. These spotted cats blend almost seamlessly into the tall grass and shrubbery, and are even more challenging to spot when in their favorite hangout, the trees. Exploring the region, your guide will take you to nearby watering holes where on a hot day you’ll spot many birds and mammals, including, with luck, the elusive leopard. After a thrilling afternoon game drive, you will be returned to your lodge in time to freshen up for a delicious safari dinner.

Accommodation: Mara West

Nestled against a wooded thicket and surrounded by savannah, Mara West combines luxury accommodations with the breathtaking adventures of an unforgettable African safari. The rooms are perched in secluded spots on the edge of the Oloololo Escarpment, offering guests panoramic views of the Masai Mara Game Reserve below and a sense of exclusive privacy. The camp is home to resident herds of gazelles, impalas, and zebras, as well as an abundance of bird life, and is visited regularly by a variety of wildlife passing to and from the park. The stunning beauty of the Mara, the uninterrupted grazing of the antelope, the night calls of the bush babies, and the early morning chorus of songbirds, all   combined with the comfortable and tasteful ambiance of the camp, is part of the Mara West experience and what makes it a unique paradise for nature lovers.

The Grand African Safari Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Kenya Masai
Kenya Masai
The Grand African Safari Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Mara West
Mara West

Day 3: Masai Mara

Just like the wildlife, your day’s adventure will begin bright and early this morning. Alongside an experienced tracker-guide, set out for the day’s first game drive and discover the dazzling bio-diversity of the Masai Mara Game Reserve. The most recognized animals are known worldwide as the African Big 5, and this group includes the African elephant, Cape buffalo, rhinoceros, leopard, and the king of the beasts, the lion. The term “Big 5” was first coined by big-game hunters as a way to acknowledge that these species were the most difficult and dangerous to track and hunt, however, in subsequent years the term has been adopted and re-purposed by the tourism industry and painted in patently positive light, focusing now on the preservation and protection of these magnificent creatures. Numerous other species of bird and wildlife also inhabit this dynamic region, including hyenas, gazelles, impalas, giraffes, zebras, vultures, cranes, eagles, falcons, and ostriches, many of which you’ll spot on this morning drive through the Masai Mara Game Reserve.

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: Mara West
The Grand African Safari Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Male Lion and Cub
Male Lion and Cub
The Grand African Safari Tours 2018 - 2019 -  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 explore to maximize your chances of seeing some of the many animals that call this land their home. Be sure to have your camera handy as amazing photo opportunities will present themselves; elephants on the riverbanks and hippos in shallow waters are common sights in this area.

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: Mara West
The Grand African Safari Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Hippopotamus
Hippopotamus
The Grand African Safari Tours 2018 - 2019 -  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 arrival, your guide will arrange the necessary documentation for your entry into Tanzania. 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 two hours 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 and villages. 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.

The Grand African Safari Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Tanzania Serengeti
Tanzania Serengeti
The Grand African Safari Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Mbalageti Camp - Bar & Pool
Mbalageti Camp - Bar & Pool

Day 6: Serengeti

This morning, your African adventure begins with an exploratory game drive through Tanzania’s oldest and most recognized National Park, the Serengeti. A land of unparalleled game viewing, from great herds of grazing herbivores to tactically cunning packs of carnivores, life on the plains of the Serengeti truly epitomizes the “circle of life.” A paradise for photographers and wildlife enthusiasts alike, it is all but guaranteed that you will spot giraffes and elephants feasting on shrubbery, impalas, gazelles and buffaloes traipsing carefully through the plains to avoid being noticed by on-looking lions, cheetahs and hyenas, and a spectacular range of bird life flitting through the sky.

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
The Grand African Safari Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Giraffe
Giraffe
The Grand African Safari Tours 2018 - 2019 -  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 Center 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 five to six 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 some 30 miles long and is the result of millions of years of natural erosion. The gorge features a steep-sided ravine that cuts its way through the Great Rift Valley stretching along eastern Africa, and is named after a commonly used plant by the Masai people with the scientific name of Sansevieria-Ehrenbergii, or Oldupai for short. This plant grows plentifully in the area, and is used for making bandages, rope, baskets, roofs and clothing. Today, discover the Olduvai Gorge firsthand alongside an expert local guide.

Accommodation: Ngorongoro Farm House

The Ngorongoro Farm House is a small and exclusive lodge facing the Oldeani Volcano, only 5 kilometers from the Ngorongoro Lolduare gate.  This unique property was built to offer visitors an authentic experience reminiscent of the atmosphere of the old days.  Inaugurated in 2003, this lodge offers various rooms, cottages, and suites, all rustically designed and decorated using local materials and furnishings, all for the purpose of providing each guest an imaginary journey to the life of days gone by.  Meals are served in the main building, or on occasion around the pool, and feature ample selections of locally inspired dishes or popular western fares.  Guests at this lodge can cool off in the pool or enjoy tension soothing massages after game drives.

The Grand African Safari Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Tanzania Life in the Crater
Tanzania Life in the Crater
The Grand African Safari Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Ngorongoro Farm House
Ngorongoro Farm House

Day 8: Ngorongoro

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

Today, set out to explore one of the most remarkable wildlife conservation areas in Tanzania; the Ngorongoro Crater. Departing from your camp in a privately driven vehicle alongside a local expert guide, you will make your way to the entrance of the park, and then drive a further 20 minutes to reach the rim of Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest inactive, intact, and unfilled volcanic caldera. This geological marvel was formed as a result of an extremely large volcanic explosion which caused the volcano to collapse on itself, thereby creating a gigantic crater. Roughly 12 miles wide and some 2000 feet deep, the trip from crater rim to floor takes approximately 45 minutes in a 4x4 vehicle. The extremely fertile crater floor has attracted incredibly dense populations of wildlife here, and at present over 25,000 large animals call the crater home, including some of the only remaining black rhinos in the world. The crater floor is also host to some of the highest concentrations of carnivores in the world, featuring large prides of lions, packs of hyenas and solitary predators like cheetahs and jackals. A keen eye paired with expertly procured search patterns from your guide is sure to help you spot a wide range of wildlife and perhaps some of the more elusive species like leopards, servals, and bat-eared foxes.

Accommodation: Ngorongoro Farm House
The Grand African Safari Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Private Game Vehicle
Private Game Vehicle
The Grand African Safari Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Elephant in Ngorongoro Crater Park
Elephant in Ngorongoro Crater Park

Day 9: Ngorongoro - Arusha - Nairobi

From Ngorongoro, your guide will drive you to Arusha. This drive will take approximately two hours and 30 minutes.

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

Board a flight flight in Arusha, Tanzania with service to Nairobi, Kenya. Approximate flight duration is two hours. This flight may stop in Kilimanjaro prior to departing Tanzania on the way to Nairobi.

Please note, strict luggage restrictions apply to this flight: 1) Maximum weight allowance of 32 lbs (15 kg) is permitted per person. 2) Baggage must be soft-shelled. 3) Additional baggage allowance can be arranged at additional cost, please speak to your Destination Expert for more information.

Enjoy a private airport transfer between your hotel and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Nairobi

Day 10: Nairobi - Livingstone

Enjoy a private airport transfer between your hotel and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.

Relax during this direct flight departing Nairobi en-route to Livingstone.  The approximate travel time is three hours and 15 minutes. This flight operates on Wed/Fri/Sun only.

Please note, strict luggage restrictions apply to this flight: 1) Maximum weight allowance of 50 lbs (23 kg) is permitted per person for checked luggage. 2) One piece of hand luggage is permitted, with a maximum weight of 15 lbs (7 kg). 3) Additional baggage allowance can be arranged at additional cost, please speak to your Destination Expert for more information.

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

Upon your arrival, you will receive all of the necessary documents for your trip which contains a detailed personalized itinerary with pick up and drop off times. Your document package includes, but is not limited to, a summary itinerary and any relevant e-tickets or vouchers.

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.

The Grand African Safari Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Zambia Livingstone
Zambia Livingstone
The Grand African Safari Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Islands of Siankaba
Islands of Siankaba

Day 11: Livingstone

Today you can enjoy two of the included activities offered by Island of Siankaba: 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).

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
The Grand African Safari Tours 2018 - 2019 -  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.

The Grand African Safari Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Elephants at Chobe National Park
Elephants at Chobe National Park
The Grand African Safari Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Muchenje Lodge
Muchenje Lodge

Day 13: Chobe

With one of the largest concentrations of wild game in all of Africa, Chobe never fails to amaze. Enjoy a day of included activities from your Chobe camp, allowing you to take full advantage of this wildlife mecca.

Accommodation: Muchenje Safari Lodge
The Grand African Safari Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Game Viewing
Game Viewing

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: 1 piece at a maximum of 20 kg (44 lb) per piece.

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 8Kgs.

At no time may a bag be accepted heavier than 32kg, this must either be repacked or be shipped as Cargo.

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 flight.

Board a flight in Johannesburg with direct service to Cape Town. Approximate flight time is two hours.

Please note, luggage restrictions apply to this regional flight: 1) Maximum of one checked bag, weighing up to 44 lbs (20 kg); Checked baggage cannot be larger than 35”x28”x17” (90cm x 72cm x 45cm). 2) Guests can also bring one piece of carry-on luggage with a maximum weight of 17 lbs (8 kg); carry-on luggage cannot be larger than 22”x13”x9” (56cm x 34cm x 23cm). Guests may also bring one slimline laptop bag.

Enjoy a private transfer between your hotel and Cape Town airport. 

Accommodation: Abbey Manor Guest House

Overlooking Table Bay and the beautiful city of Cape Town, Abbey Manor is ideally situated on the slopes of Table Mountain. Its ideal location is only minutes away from downtown, the waterfront, the beaches, Camps Bay and the Cape Town International Conference Centre. Each room is individually furnished to offer a romantic and tranquil atmosphere, with breathtaking and dramatic views of either the city or the surrounding mountains. Built in 1905, using an arts-and-crafts style, Abbey Manor has been fully renovated to ensure the greatest level of comfort.  Guests can enjoy a gourmet breakfast in the comfortable dining area or on the verandah.  The pool offers a refreshing option following a day of exploration, and the various lounge areas provide a peaceful resting post to reflect and refocus.

The Grand African Safari Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Abbey Manor Guest House
Abbey Manor Guest House

Day 15: Cape Town

Beat the crowds and start the day early with your private guide by visiting Cape Town’s most iconic landmark, Table Mountain. One of the most spectacularly bio-diverse places on Earth, an estimated 1,500 unique species of plant-life are found on Table Mountain alone, many of which are endemic and found nowhere else on the planet. Ascend by cable car as the mist from the clouds open up to the main plateau while striking views of Cape Town come into crystal-clear focus. Now with a better understanding of the city’s layout, walk past Cape Town’s storied past as your guide recounts the colorful histories of the Houses of Parliament, the Castle of Good Hope (South Africa’s oldest building) and the well-tended Company Gardens. Bargain your way through the lively Greenmarket Square in search of souvenir while meeting local artisans along the way. As you enter another one of Cape Town’s famed stop at Bo-Kaap, learn how the Cape Malay community, with its cobbled streets and brightly colored houses became one of city’ most vibrant neighborhoods. There’s no better way of understanding local history than through your Capetonian guide. From here you have the choice of being dropped off at the V&A Waterfront to experience this landmark at your own pace, with its many shops, restaurants and pubs - or at your hotel to end the tour. Should you choose to visit the waterfront, please speak to your Destination Expert for a range of recommendations for lunch.

Accommodation: Abbey Manor Guest House
The Grand African Safari Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Cape Town's Bo-Kaap District
Cape Town's Bo-Kaap District

Day 16: Cape Town

After meeting your expert local guide in Cape Town, begin the day with a visit to one of the more popular leisure hubs for locals – the glorious beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, where impressive white sand beaches hug the shoreline with the Twelve Apostles as a stunning backdrop. Learn about the fascinating history of this breathtaking land from your Capetonian guide as you begin the spectacular sea-side drive to the quaint village of Hout Bay. After a stop in the village, you will track along the extraordinary Chapman’s Peak Drive, known as one of the most picturesque roadways world-wide. With the flexibility to spend as little or as long as you would like in this region crammed with incredible panoramic lookouts, the benefits of having a private vehicle and guide truly come into play. Further along you will reach the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve where, at Cape Point, you will board a funicular or walk up the stairway that leads to the Cape Point Lighthouse; it is here that you will observe the meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans while enjoying fantastic views of False Bay. Departing from Cape Point, head northward to Simon’s Town to enjoy lunch (included). Although the city is host to a number of tasty dining options, consider indulging in fresh-caught fish & chips, the town’s specialty. After a refreshing lunch and a bit of time to learn about Simon’s Town, set off with your camera ready to visit Boulders Beach, a nearby nature preserve that is home to a colony of African penguins. Wrapping up your day’s adventure, tour the idyllic Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, a sprawling park brimming with rare and exotic plant-life that is surely one the finest examples of botany the world over, before being returned to your hotel.

Accommodation: Abbey Manor Guest House
The Grand African Safari Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Penguins near Cape Town
Penguins near Cape Town

Day 17: Cape Town

The world-famous Cape Winelands are known for more than just their award-winning wines. The region, replete with mountain ranges, Cape Dutch-style homesteads, quaint towns and meticulously kept vineyards, is a veritable postcard throughout. Alongside your private guide, wind your way through the picturesque heart of the Cape Winelands to tour a few of the county’s most popular and innovative wineries – tastings included – and to explore Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Walk under the cover of centuries-old oak trees as you explore the many cafes, boutiques and art galleries that colonial Stellenbosch has to offer, a canal-lined university town in the Western Cape.

Exiting the town, be sure to have your camera ready as you depart for Franschhoek through the scenic Helshoogte Pass. A town set within a gorgeous valley, Franschhoek was founded by French Huguenots in the 17th century and is often billed as the “gourmet capital of South Africa.” Enjoy a sample of fine wine at a local vineyard before testing the fabled culinary skills of local chefs at one of the many top-tier restaurants in town (your guide will make recommendations to suit your interests and appetite).

Working your way back toward Cape Town, you will also visit Paarl, one of the first farming districts in South Africa which is also home to a cluster of granite domes that the town is named after. Here you will enjoy your third and final wine sample before being returned to your hotel after an absorbing and serene day in the Cape Winelands and countryside.

Accommodation: Abbey Manor Guest House
The Grand African Safari Tours 2018 - 2019 -  The Cape Winelands
The Cape Winelands

Day 18: Cape Town

Enjoy a private transfer between your hotel and Cape Town airport. 

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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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.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Crowne Plaza Nairobi: Nairobi

Situated in the trendy new Upper Hill financial district of Nairobi, Crowne Plaza Nairobi is the model of modern five-star elegance.  The property embodies an ideal fusion of thoughtful design and indulgence and comes ripe with opportunity to discover nearby Nairobi National Park and the Masai Mara game reserve to see big cats and giraffes.  Earthy textures and dark wood throughout Crowne Plaza Nairobi evokes the wild plains and acacia trees of Kenya's big game reserves.  The property offers a host of amenities and facilities including a luxurious health club, a stylish unisex hair salon, a 24-hour state of the art gymnasium, and an outdoor swimming pool.  Five floors comprised of Rooms, Suites, and Club Rooms are all equipped with the latest in technology, high speed complimentary Internet, Wi-Fi, mini bar, in-room safe, tea and coffee facilities, and 24 hour room service.

The Grand African Safari Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Crowne Plaza Nairobi
Crowne Plaza Nairobi
The Grand African Safari Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Pool
Pool

Mara West: Masai Mara

Nestled against a wooded thicket and surrounded by savannah, Mara West combines luxury accommodations with the breathtaking adventures of an unforgettable African safari. The rooms are perched in secluded spots on the edge of the Oloololo Escarpment, offering guests panoramic views of the Masai Mara Game Reserve below and a sense of exclusive privacy. The camp is home to resident herds of gazelles, impalas, and zebras, as well as an abundance of bird life, and is visited regularly by a variety of wildlife passing to and from the park. The stunning beauty of the Mara, the uninterrupted grazing of the antelope, the night calls of the bush babies, and the early morning chorus of songbirds, all   combined with the comfortable and tasteful ambiance of the camp, is part of the Mara West experience and what makes it a unique paradise for nature lovers.

The Grand African Safari Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Mara West
Mara West
The Grand African Safari Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Mara West
Mara West

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.

The Grand African Safari Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Mbalageti Camp - Bar & Pool
Mbalageti Camp - Bar & Pool

Ngorongoro Farm House: Ngorongoro

The Ngorongoro Farm House is a small and exclusive lodge facing the Oldeani Volcano, only 5 kilometers from the Ngorongoro Lolduare gate.  This unique property was built to offer visitors an authentic experience reminiscent of the atmosphere of the old days.  Inaugurated in 2003, this lodge offers various rooms, cottages, and suites, all rustically designed and decorated using local materials and furnishings, all for the purpose of providing each guest an imaginary journey to the life of days gone by.  Meals are served in the main building, or on occasion around the pool, and feature ample selections of locally inspired dishes or popular western fares.  Guests at this lodge can cool off in the pool or enjoy tension soothing massages after game drives.

The Grand African Safari Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Ngorongoro Farm House
Ngorongoro Farm House
The Grand African Safari Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Pool Side Dining
Pool Side Dining

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.

The Grand African Safari Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Islands of Siankaba
Islands of Siankaba
The Grand African Safari Tours 2018 - 2019 -  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.

The Grand African Safari Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Muchenje Lodge
Muchenje Lodge
The Grand African Safari Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Poolside at Muchenje
Poolside at Muchenje

Abbey Manor Guest House: Cape Town

Overlooking Table Bay and the beautiful city of Cape Town, Abbey Manor is ideally situated on the slopes of Table Mountain. Its ideal location is only minutes away from downtown, the waterfront, the beaches, Camps Bay and the Cape Town International Conference Centre. Each room is individually furnished to offer a romantic and tranquil atmosphere, with breathtaking and dramatic views of either the city or the surrounding mountains. Built in 1905, using an arts-and-crafts style, Abbey Manor has been fully renovated to ensure the greatest level of comfort.  Guests can enjoy a gourmet breakfast in the comfortable dining area or on the verandah.  The pool offers a refreshing option following a day of exploration, and the various lounge areas provide a peaceful resting post to reflect and refocus.

The Grand African Safari Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Abbey Manor Guest House
Abbey Manor Guest House
The Grand African Safari Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Abbey Manor Guest House
Abbey Manor Guest House

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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.
  • Sarah J — October 06, 2017 — Africa

    Everything was seamless! The itinerary covered all of the highlights of Casablanca and Marrakesh with enough time for us to wander at our leisure. Our driver, Rashid and tour guide, Achmed were very knowledgeable and fantastic.... always on time, extremely well informed, tremendously kind, humorous and always flexible to our wants and desires.

  • Manuel G — October 06, 2017 — Africa

    Our guides, George, Ben and Michael were fantastic. Both George and Ben were amazing at spotting animals and knowing where to find them.

  • Barbara H — October 06, 2017 — Africa

    Trip of a lifetime! Our guides, George (Kenya) and Raymond (Tanzania), were both outstanding- knowledgeable, personable, patient, and accommodating.

  • Roxann Z — October 06, 2017 — Africa

    Your Egyptian team is fantastic. We loved Garonga safari camp.

  • Brian T — October 06, 2017 — Africa

    Our agent, Chelsea, made several suggestions that proved to be both 100% accurate / insightful and critical to the success / enjoyment of our trip. Our Kensington employed guide in Tanzania, Martin, was awesome and worked tirelessly to meet our desires and did everything in his power to find game and make our trip as easy as possible.

  • William H — October 06, 2017 — Africa

    Christine Richmond was a terrific asset in assisting our plans for a customized Africa trip. Every detail came off as planned and the entire trip was well organized.

  • Natalie D — October 23, 2017 — Africa

    The trip was amazing. The itinerary worked out great, even with a slight change. Our primary driver was Javier who was always pleasant and a joy to be with. Our primary guide was Marcos Jimenez. He was an excellent ambassador for Kensington and represented you very well. He was the consummate professional and was always very attentive and accommodating with Janice and I. In its entirety, Kensington organized a great trip that I would recommend to anyone. Thank you again for all of your help in planning this adventure.

  • Jeffrey G — October 23, 2017 — Africa

    We had a great trip. It was well planned and every detail was considered. The pre planning discussion with Kensington was methodical and they exercised great patience as we went back and forth on plans. The guides were terrific and the overall experience was very enjoyable. We’ve used Kensington on two safaris previously and we weren’t disappointed with their quality during our trip to Brazil. We will use them again and again...

  • Barbara H — October 23, 2017 — Africa

    All in all a fabulous trip! Loved every day of it! The Kensington agent I spoke with to coordinate this trip was fabulous and responsive. She did a marvelous job!

  • Robert Z — October 23, 2017 — Africa

    Sarah Roberts was fantastic, very available and responsive, also calls from in country rep we're nice. Drivers and guides all top rate, knowledgeable, friendly, patient.

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