Africa’s Greatest Hits Tour
[Postponed to 2023] July 14-30, 2023 | US $6,690
Tour Price Per Person (sharing): US$ 6,290 (July 14-27)
Optional Extension to Lamu: US$ 1,390 (July 26-30)
International airfare not included
As 2023 will mark our 17th year of guiding socially responsible safaris to Africa, we have designed an incredible 17-day journey that visits Africa’s Greatest Hits! This adventure will take us through 5 African countries and will include Ryan & Liza’s very favourite places on the continent!
July 14, 15: Flight to Cape Town, South Africa
Your international flight takes you to Cape Town, South Africa (arriving July 15th). Upon arrival, Ryan and Liza will welcome you with champagne and cold face towels, before driving you to the nearby Clarendon Fresnaye Boutique Guesthouse for the night.
July 16: Robben Island & Table Mountain
After a delicious breakfast by the pool, cross the bay by boat to Robben Island – a World Heritage Site – where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 of his 27 years in prison. Our local guide will be a one of the former political prisoners who was imprisoned here during the Apartheid regime. Return to the Cape, and after a delicious lunch (included), take a cable car up beautiful Table Mountain (weather permitting) where we will have time to stroll around the top with some of the most incredible vistas in the country. After descending the mountain, we will visit Bo-Kaap (the Malay Quarter) before returning to our beautiful Clarendon Fresnaye Boutique Guesthouse for the night.
July 17: The Peninsula, Cape Point, The Cape of Good Hope & Constantia Wine Estates
The day starts on the Peninsula with a coastal drive through Clifton, Camps Bay, Hout Bay, and a stop on Chapman’s Peak for some breathtaking views. Then to the “reserve” as local surfers call it, for a visit to the southernmost tip of Africa at Cape Point and the famous Cape of Good Hope, followed by a visit to the Simons Town area to view the Boulders Penguin Colony. A special lunch (included) will be enjoyed on the False Bay stretch of coastline between Millers Point and Kalk Bay Harbour. We then head out to the Groot Constantia Wine region to taste this area’s fine wines, made famous by Louis XIV and Napoleon. Return to our Clarendon Fresnaye Guesthouse for the night.
July 18, 19: Chobe River, Botswana
After breakfast, transfer to the Cape Town airport for our international flight (not included) to Kasane, Botswana. Upon arrival, our open-sided Landcruisers will collect us and transfer us to the Chobe River where we will spend the next two nights at the eco-award winning Bakwena Safari Lodge. This lodge is well known for its socially responsible practices (eg. solar power, organic food, community development initiatives, and waste management). The park borders the beautiful Chobe river and is well-known for it huge herds of elephants that come down to the river each day to drink. Enjoy river-boat and land-based wildlife safaris, bird watching excursions, tiger-fishing expeditions, and the option to visit with indigenous communities along the way.
July 20, 21: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
After a final morning game drive, our drivers will take us across the border (1 hour drive) to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe — home of the magnificent Victoria Falls!! Spend the next two days relaxing at the historic Victoria Falls Hotel (Signature Wing Rooms) with a panoramic view of the Falls. Set under the shade of acacia trees on the banks of the river, enjoy pristine views of the famous river and the “smoke that thunders”. Lunch is served ‘alfresco’ on the veranda overlooking the rolling lawns and the Zambezi River, while dinner (not included) is served in a fine à la carte restaurant offering a delightful mixture of modern sophistication and old-world style. The first day we will explore the Zimbabwean side of the Falls, and then the second day we will cross the border into Zambia and photograph the Zambian side of the Falls.
July 22: Flight to Nairobi, Kenya
Enjoy a day at leisure, shopping for souvenirs in the picturesque town of Victoria Falls, or reading a good book and drinking a gin & tonic while overlooking the Falls. In the late afternoon, transfer to the Victoria Falls airport for your international flight (not included) to Nairobi, Kenya (July 22nd). Upon arrival in Nairobi, our drivers will welcome us with champagne and cold face towels, before driving us to the nearby Eka Hotel for the night.
July 23, 24, 25: Maasai Mara National Reserve
After breakfast by the hotel pool, our drivers will transfer us to the nearby domestic airport for our charter flight (included) over the Great Rift Valley to the world famous Maasai Mara National Reserve where we will enjoy exciting game drives providing us with the chance to photograph the full range of African wildlife (eg. lions, leopards, elephant, cheetah, giraffe, buffalo, hippos, etc). Spend three nights under canvas at the beautifully appointed Sentinel Mara Camp in superior tents with en-suite bathrooms, hot showers, and locally-grown organic food. This is an ideal location to witness the wildebeest masses as they migrate to the various river crossing points. Here, our days will be spent photographing wildlife from close range, spending time with the indigenous Maasai in their cultural village, and enjoying picnics out on the open savannah.
July 26, 27: Nairobi Departure Flight
After one last wildlife drive, board your charter flight (included) back to your Nairobi day room at the Eka Hotel near the international airport for a chance to swim, shower, and re-pack your gear. Transfer to the airport for your international flight home (arriving on July 27th), with memories of a unique adventure that will last a lifetime!
Optional Extension: The Culture of Lamu, Kenya:
July 26, 27, 28: Lamu, Kenya
After one last wildlife drive, board your charter flight (included) back to Nairobi, and then board your next charter flight (included) to the historic island town of Lamu. Spend the next 3 days exploring the old stone town and all it has to offer, relaxing by the pool, walking on the white sand beaches, and sailing along the coastline in a traditional wooden dhow. Our meals and nights will be spent at the award-winning Peponi Hotel overlooking the aquamarine waters of the Indian Ocean.
July 29, 30: Nairobi Departure Flight
After one last walk along the ocean, board your charter flight (included) back to your Nairobi day room at the Eka Hotel near the international airport for a chance to swim, shower, and re-pack your gear. Transfer to the airport for your international flight home (arriving on July 30th), with memories of a unique adventure that will last a lifetime!
Included for this safari:
- En-suite accommodations (based on double occupancy) as mentioned above
- Three meals a day (except dinners in Cape Town and Victoria Falls) and alcoholic beverages at Sentinel Mara Camp
- All park entry fees, conservation fees, airport transfers, and departure taxes.
- Services of exceptional English-speaking guides, knowledgeable of local region and culture.
- Long-range radio communication (and access to mobile phone) for the duration of the trip.
- Exclusive transport in 4×4 safari Landcruisers with unlimited kilometers
- All gratuities for porters, waiters, and room stewards.
- Leadership in ethical, socially responsible practices.
- Two domestic chartered flights (Tour) or four domestic chartered flights (optional extension) as mentioned in the itinerary.
- A day room in Nairobi before departure
- Complimentary bottled water in the vehicle
- Complete pre-departure information including packing lists, trip itinerary, and flight details.
- International airfare
- Travel/medical/cancellation/interruption insurance
- Tourist entry visas (Zimbabwe, Kenya)
- Alcoholic beverages (except at Sentinel Mara Camp)
- Dinners in Cape Town and Victoria Falls
- Gratuities for your drivers and any optional excursions.
- Souvenirs, laundry, phone calls, items of a personal nature.