Grand African Journey
Cape Town to Nairobi
Travel & Accommodation
Map & Itinerary
- 27 nights in premium accommodation
- All flights within Africa
- Services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director, local guides and expert game trackers
- 63 meals, tipping, game park fees and transfers
- A private game park experience in Kruger National Park
- Enjoy the opportunity to embark on 19 exciting game drives
- Meet the locals during a Maasai Village Experience
- Opportunity to upgrade Days 13 and 14 in Chobe with two nights aboard a Chobe Princess Safariboat. Enjoy game viewing from the boat and a range of nature activities
Map & Itinerary
- Itinerary subject to change
- Prices include transfers, tipping, all flights and taxes in Africa as per itinerary and Flying Doctor Service in East Africa
- Surcharges will apply if not flying internationally with South African Airways booked by Travelmarvel
- Begin your African Holiday with a memorable two-night rail journey aboard the Blue Train from Pretoria to Cape Town (AFTB4). Contact for details
- Prices are for land only. Flights not included unless stated in the itinerary
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Some days of your itinerary provide an opportunity to select a touring variation
Arrive Cape Town (South Africa)
Arrive in Cape Town, where we’ll meet you on arrival and transfer you to your hotel located by the tourist friendly V&A Waterfront precinct. For those wishing to seek extra time and touring in Cape Town, pre-tour accommodation and Select Experience touring is available.
Stay: Three Nights, Cape Town, Southern Sun Waterfront Hotel
Tonight, try your hand at African drumming before a Welcome Dinner of Cape Malay cuisine.
A city alive with creativity, colour, sounds and tastes, be ready to fall in love with Cape Town. The magnetism of the city’s icon, Table Mountain, takes hold as you ride the cableway up to its summit. Then, discover the intricacies of the city on a guided tour.Daily :
Cape Town, Cape Peninsula
Discover the breathtaking Cape Peninsula during a full-day tour. This scenic journey takes you along Chapman’s Peak Drive to Cape Point. The most south-westerly tip of Africa, Cape Point is covered in endemic fynbos and home to bays, beaches and rolling green hills. Enjoy a light lunch before watching the penguins at Boulders Beach. Then, pause in historic Simon’s Town. We’ve left this evening free for you to explore the V&A waterfront.
Enjoy a day of Insider Experiences.Daily :
Cape Town, Oudtshoorn
Farewell Cape Town this morning and travel under the cloudless skies of the Karoo region, showcasing a well preserved semidesert eco-system. Arrive at your hotel for a delicious dinner of local produce, including ostrich.
Stay: Oudtshoorn, Surval Boutique Olive EstateDaily :
Tour an ostrich farm and come face-to-face with Africa’s enormous flightless birds as you enjoy the chance to feed an ostrich by hand.
This morning, discover the subterranean formations of the Cango Caves. After, enjoy your Insider Experience. Then, join the Garden Route to the charming coastal town of Knysna, where you will enjoy a free afternoon to spend how you please.
Stay: Two Nights, Knysna, Protea Hotel Knysna QuaysDaily :
Knysna, Featherbed Nature Reserve
Visit Featherbed Nature Reserve, a pristine piece of paradise on the Western Head of Knysna which is only accessible by ferry.
This morning perhaps join an optional boat tour from Plettenberg Bay, for the opportunity to view dolphins (Apr-May) or whales (Jun-Oct) and other wildlife. Later, enjoy your Insider Experience. Cross the lagoon and join a park guide for a 4WD journey to the top of Western Head. Take some time to enjoy the stunning view and later, perhaps join an optional bushwalk into ancient sea caves.Daily :
Knysna, Port Elizabeth
Make a stop to visit Monkeyland Primate Reserve, the world’s first free-roaming multi-species primate sanctuary.
Depart Knysna and continue along the Garden Route. After your Insider Experience, continue along the Storms River Mouth and through Tsitsikamma Forest on the way to Port Elizabeth. Check in to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day all to yourself.
Stay: Port Elizabeth, Beach Hotel or similarDaily :
Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg, Kruger National Park
Arrive at Shishangeni Private Lodge where you will stay for the next two nights in your own thatched chalet with a private game-viewing deck.
Board an included flight to Nelspruit via Johannesburg, then travel to a private concession of land within Kruger National Park. Excitement reaches an all-time high as you head out on your first game drive through the lodge’s private concession. Experience the thrill of looking for the wildlife of Africa in one of the nation’s greatest game parks. Enjoy sundowners amidst the African bush before dinner back at your lodge this evening.
Stay: Two Nights, Kruger National Park, Shishangeni Private LodgeDaily :
Kruger National Park
You’re treated to a taste of South Africa tonight with an authentic outdoor boma dinner beneath the starlit sky.
A morning game drive brings the chance to track down Africa’s Big Five along with a host of other animals that call the park home. Then, during leisure time before your afternoon game drive, perhaps relax by the pool or on your private deck.Daily :
Kruger National Park, Johannesburg
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Johannesburg. With a free afternoon and evening, perhaps take advantage of our select experience – a visit to the township of Soweto.
Stay: Johannesburg, Southern Sun Hyde ParkDaily :
Johannesburg, Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
Tonight, head to Dusty Road for a traditional dinner, cooked the Zimbabwean way on open flames and in cast iron pots.
Take an included flight to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. This afternoon, enjoy a walk where your guide will enlighten you on the history and culture of the local area before being transferred to your hotel.
Stay: Two Nights, Victoria Falls, Victoria Falls Safari LodgeDaily :
Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
With a full day at leisure, enjoy unlimited access to the falls, only a short walk from your hotel. Perhaps enhance your journey by taking a helicopter or microlight flight, or head out on a sunset cruise.Daily :
Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park (Botswana)
UPGRADE TO A CHOBE PRINCESS SAFARIBOAT
Ask about replacing Days 13 and 14 in Chobe with two nights aboard a Chobe Princess Safari Boat. Enjoy game viewing from the boat and a range of nature activities.
Cross the border into Botswana and arrive later in the heart of Chobe National Park, home to the largest concentration of game in Africa. As the sun begins to set, head out on a sunset game-viewing cruise through the waterways. This is the best time of the day to see large herds of elephants, as well as a plethora of other animals that flock to the banks of the Chobe River. Later, retreat to your modern bush-style accommodation, which sits at the doorstep of where four African countries meet: Botswana; Namibia; Zimbabwe; and Zambia.
Stay: Two Nights, Chobe National Park, Chobe Bush Lodge or upgrade to a suite on a Chobe Princess SafariboatDaily :
Chobe National Park
Today you will embark upon an enticing game drive adventure through Chobe National Park. Here, ensure you have your camera ready as you delight in the many chances to spot Africa’s famous mammals, thanks to the park’s high density of elephant herds and lion prides. At the end of the day, return to your lodge to enjoy some down time and dinner.Daily :
Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls, Nairobi (Kenya)
Head to Victoria Falls once more and take an included flight to Nairobi. This evening, you’ll meet your East African Tour Director, who will provide you with an introduction to the next chapter of your incredible adventure into East Africa.
Stay: Nairobi, Ole Sereni HotelDaily :
Nairobi, Amboseli National Park
It’s time to explore Kenya. Your first stop is Amboseli National Park. The signature attraction here is spotting hundreds of elephants set to the backdrop of Mt Kilimanjaro. Bird watchers will also delight in knowing that 370 bird species can be spotted in the area. Arrive at Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge in time for lunch. Located in the heart of this world-famous national park, the lodge offers you the perfect base from which to embark on your Kenyan safari. After lunch, you will enjoy an afternoon game drive to look for the Big Five as well as hippos and a variety of water fowl which can be found near the park’s wetlands. Sundowner drinks at Observation Hill rounds out a perfect first game drive in Amboseli National Park. You’ll then return to the lodge to relax and enjoy an expertly prepared dinner.
Stay: Two Nights, Amboseli National Park, Amboseli Serena Safari LodgeDaily :
Amboseli National Park
The morning takes you to a Maasai village where you’ll wander about the homes the Maasai have built with their own hands. Delight in their unique and colourful jewellery and interact with the villagers to learn about their daily life.
Wake early then enjoy some tea and a snack in preparation for another exciting day. For this afternoon’s game viewing, your expert game driver/tracker will be on hand to ensure you get the best possible opportunities to see the animals of Kenya. A highlight is the chance to view elephants roaming against the backdrop of Mt Kilimanjaro. Travelling in such small groups today, you’re able to get up close to this fabulous wildlife show. In between game drives, you’ll return to the lodge to relax and indulge in delicious meals.Daily :
Amboseli National Park, Nairobi, Lake Nakuru National Park
It’s onto the next adventure as you take a short flight to Nairobi. Continue by 4WD to Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge, situated on a spectacular range of hills that form the western limits of Africa’s Great Rift Valley. You will arrive just in time for lunch. You may also wish to take advantage of the lodge’s beautiful surrounds and embark on a stunning nature walk around the property. The afternoon is all about wildlife spotting, with a game drive. Afterwards, enjoy dinner at your lodge this evening.
Stay: Two Nights, Lake Nakuru Sopa LodgeDaily :
Lake Nakuru National Park
Bound by rocky escarpments and brimming with hordes of animals, a day of game drives at Lake Nakuru National Park offers yet another window into life in Africa’s animal kingdom. On the floor of the Great Rift Valley, surrounded by wooded and bushy grassland, this beautiful park will leave you spellbound. This morning, look for awe-inspiring white rhinos around the soda-encrusted lake at the centre of the park. Keep your eyes locked on the grassy plains in search of zebras, buffalo and graceful Rothschild’s giraffes. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a leopard. Return to your lodge for lunch, then it’s another round of game drives to see any animals that may have been hiding in the morning. Later, return to your lodge, where a delicious dinner awaits your taste buds.Daily :
Lake Nakuru National Park, Masai Mara
Awake to the sounds of the African bush as you prepare to journey to your next destination. Soak up the dramatic landscapes of the Great Rift Valley, which stretches from the Middle East all the way to Mozambique. Onwards, you’ll be greeted by the endless plains of the Masai Mara, a region famous for its big cat population, including leopards, lions and cheetahs. The vast open spaces provide excellent game viewing, which is why this reserve is one of the most well-regarded for wildlife in all of Africa. At certain times of the year, you may see enormous herds of wildebeest, gazelle and zebra travelling to and from the Serengeti in search of food during the seasonal Great Migration. Plus, you can also see the predators who follow them. This afternoon, head out on an exhilarating game drive, noticing how different these landscapes are compared to those you experienced in Southern Africa. At the end of a thrilling day of exploration, perhaps unwind with a drink before sitting down to dinner this evening at your lodge.
Stay: Three Nights, Masai Mara, Fig Tree CampDaily :
Today presents the unique opportunity to experience the Masai Mara from the skies on a magical hot-air balloon ride. There is simply no better view of the vast landscapes. Enjoy breakfast while hearing the sounds of the bush as you get ready to head out on another thrilling game drive. The Masai Mara delivers those quintessential safari scenes of endless grassy plains, peppered with acacia trees and powerful predators who stalk unsuspecting prey. Thanks to your expert game driver/tracker, you’ll enjoy a remarkable morning in the wild on the prowl for wildlife. Return to the lodge for a delicious lunch before a free afternoon gives you the chance to relax and unwind.Daily :
Delight in a memorable bush dinner this evening and experience the flavours of the region. As you dine under the African night sky, take a moment to reflect on the adventures that have seemed to pass by so quickly with your fellow passengers and Tour Director.
Today presents the final opportunity to head out on exciting game drives to tick the final animals off your spotting list. Experience the beauty of an African sunrise and discover the morning rituals of the local wildlife during some tea and a snack ahead of today’s first game drive. Afterwards, enjoy a leisurely breakfast before the rest of the morning at leisure. This afternoon’s game drive, meanwhile, once again brings you plenty of chances to catch a close-up look at the animals that call the expansive grasslands of the Masai Mara home.Daily :
Masai Mara, Nairobi, Arusha (Tanzania)
Enjoy your final morning in the Masai Mara, then transfer to the airstrip and board your scheduled flight to Nairobi. From here, you will board a connecting flight to Kilimanjaro Airport, where you will be transferred to your game lodge. Nestled between the Usa River and a wildlife sanctuary, Mount Meru Game Lodge is located in an idyllic location.
Stay: Arusha, Mount Meru Game LodgeDaily :
Arusha, Lake Manyara, Mto wa Mbu, Ngorongoro Crater
Travel to the tiny village of Mto wa Mbu to visit a local school and see what daily life is like for the students. You’ll end the tour at a local restaurant where you can try a range of East African dishes.
Enjoy a morning game drive at Lake Manyara, famous for its flamingos and baboons which reside here. As you head off-road, keep an eye out for the tree-climbing lions. After your Insider Experience, head to your charming accommodation, set in the coffee plantations with views of the Oldeani Volcano.
Stay: Farm House Valley LodgeDaily :
Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park
Arrive at Kati Kati Tented Camp in the central Serengeti. Relax by the campfire before dinner, then retire to your tented room with an ensuite. Situated in an idyllic spot within the rich vegetation, there is no better place to sleep under the African sky.
Travel to World Heritage-listed Ngorongoro Crater. Marvel at the lush green scenery as you descend down the high crater walls. Enjoy a picnic lunch and go in search of the unique wildlife that roams this special place. Then take a 4WD out to Oldupai Gorge to explore one of the world’s most important archaeological sites. It’s then onto Serengeti National Park, best known as a host to the epic Great Migration. The park is also famous for its predators who spend their days pursuing impalas, zebras, buffalo, gazelle and more.
Stay: Two Nights, Serengeti National Park, Kati Kati Tented CampDaily :
Serengeti National Park
A full-day of game drives at Serengeti National Park offers a closer look into life in Africa’s animal kingdom, as well as being one of the final opportunities to tick some more animals off your spotting list. In the morning, head out in search of wildlife, armed with your camera ready to capture the wildlife that appears before you. Return to your camp for lunch, then later it’s another round of game spotting with an afternoon game drive. Perhaps spot some of the wildlife who may have been hiding this morning. Return to your camp for dinner.Daily :
Serengeti National Park, Arusha
Depart Serengeti National Park for your return flight back to Arusha for the night, where you will savour a Farewell Dinner at your wonderful lodge.
Stay: Arusha, Mount Meru Game LodgeDaily :
Arusha, Kilimanjaro, Depart Nairobi
Sadly, your journey draws to a conclusion. After breakfast, transfer to Nairobi Airport, where you will farewell your new-found friends and Tour Director before boarding your onward flight home.Daily :
Want to explore even more?
Then why not extend your Africa adventure with these easy add-ons to the start or finish of your Travelmarvel land journey? Begin by discovering South Africa aboard the iconic Blue Train, or stay and taste you way around the world-class Cape Winelands. For more rest and relaxation, round off your trip with a beach-side stay on the spice isle of Zanzibar. Simply, visit our Extensions & Upgrade Africa page for more information or to make a booking.
Everything was wonderful. There were great sight seeing trips and the guides were very knowledgeable.