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Travelmarvel

Grand African Journey

Cape Town to Nairobi

Trip Code: AFTKT29
29 Days
63 Meals
6 Countries
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  • Map & Itinerary
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Trip Inclusions

  • 28 nights in premium accommodation
  • Services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director
  • All flights within Africa
  • A private game park experience in Greater Kruger National Park
  • Enjoy the opportunity to embark on 19 exciting game drives
  • Additional services of local guides and expert game trackers
  • Tipping, game park fees and transfers

Travel & Accommodation

Blue water lapping against the shore with city in the far background, Africa
Breathtaking Cape Peninsula

Embark on this incredible scenic journey, stopping for lunch and let the penguins entertain you at Boulders Beach.

Hippo emerging from the water with a viewing boat in the background, Africa
Game Viewing at Sunset

Head out into the wilderness on a sunset game cruise and get up close to the Chobe River's unique wildlife.

Two large tents in an open field with mountains and trees in background, Africa
Kati Kati Tented Camp

Situated within the central Serengeti's rich vegetation, there is no better place to sleep under the African sky.

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Prices include transfers, tipping, all flights and taxes in Africa and Flying Doctor Service in East Africa
  • Surcharges will apply if not flying internationally with South African Airways booked by Travelmarvel
  • Begin your Africa holiday with a memorable two-night rail journey aboard the Blue Train from Pretoria to Cape Town. Enquire for further details
  • Prices are for land and specified flights only. Flights not specified in the itinerary are not included in the price
  • Replace 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 (enquire for details)
Africa Map AFTKT29 2019

Cape Town to Nairobi

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Insider Experience

Enjoy an included special or unique excursion or event

On arrival in Cape Town, be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a Welcome Reception tonight.

Stay: Three Nights: Cape Town, Southern Sun Waterfront Hotel

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Discover the breathtaking Cape Peninsula during a full-day tour.

Insider Experience

Tonight, back in Cape Town, partake in the art of African drumming before enjoying a delicious Welcome Dinner of Cape Malay cuisine.


Embark on a scenic journey which takes you along Chapman’s Peak Drive to Cape Point, where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet. The most south-westerly tip of Africa, Cape Point is covered in endemic fynbos and home to bays, beaches and rolling green hills and valleys. Stop for a light lunch then watch the penguins totter along the shoreline at Boulders Beach. Continue to historic Simon’s Town for some time to wander at your leisure. Named after Simon Van Der Stel, an early governor of the Dutch settlement, who arrived in the Cape in 1679, Simon’s Town is South Africa’s third oldest settlement. Van Der Stel chose it as a safe alternative to the stormy Cape coast during winter.

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Today begins with a cableway ride to the top of Table Mountain, followed by a city tour. With a free afternoon, perhaps choose from one of our select experiences. Take a ferry ride to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned; enjoy an African Heritage Tour; discover the Constantia Wine Valley; or enjoy the floral displays at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. We’ve left this evening free so you can check out what’s on the menu along the busy V&A Waterfront, which is lined with restaurants, cafes and shops.

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Travel through the Karoo region onwards to Oudtshoorn. Arrive at your hotel for a dinner of regional produce, including ostrich.

Stay: Oudtshoorn, Surval Boutique Olive Estate

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Come face-to-face with Africa’s enormous flightless birds as you tour an ostrich farm. Enjoy the chance to feed an ostrich by hand and see examples of the bird world’s largest eggs.


Today, discover the subterranean formations of the Cango Caves. Then follow the curves of the Garden Route to Knysna. Straddling the southern coast of South Africa, the 300-kilometre-long Garden Route takes its name from the stunning and ecologically diverse vegetation that typifies the region. Travel through grasslands, wetlands, forests and mountainous regions, passing the numerous lagoons, lakes and rivers that dot the coastline. In Knysna, enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. Perhaps join a whale watching select experience – seasonal (own expense).

Stay: Two Nights, Knysna, Protea Hotel Knysna Quays

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a visit to Featherbed Nature Reserve, a pristine piece of paradise on the Western Head of Knysna which is only accessible by ferry.


Cross the azure lagoon and be met by a park guide who will take you to the very top of Western Head by 4WD. After, you may like to participate in an optional bush walk.

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Visit Monkeyland Primate Reserve where you’ll gain first-hand insight into the conservation principles adopted at this sanctuary, which is also the world’s first free roaming multi-species primate sanctuary.


Continue along the Garden Route. Later, continue along the Storms River Mouth in Tsitsikamma National Park. Then journey through the coastal reserve of Tsitsikamma Forest on the way to Port Elizabeth, one of South Africa’s largest cities. Check in to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Stay: Port Elizabeth, Beach Hotel

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

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.


Take an included flight to Nelspruit via Johannesburg. Once you’ve touched down in Nelspruit, travel by coach to a private concession of 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.

Stay: Three Nights: Kruger National Park, Shishangeni Private Lodge

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Your day ends with a traditional outdoor boma dinner, allowing you to dine within an impressive setting under the stars.


During leisure time, perhaps make use of the lodge’s facilities or relax on your private deck. After lunch, an afternoon game drive offers you the chance to spot one, or perhaps all of Africa’s Big Five along with other animals.

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After breakfast, transfer back to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg. With a free afternoon and evening, perhaps take advantage of our select experience. You may like to spend some time exploring Soweto, a city with a tumultuous past and a rich heritage. Visit the Mandela House and learn about the legacy of Nelson Mandela and visit a local shebeen tavern. Spend the evening relaxing, or perhaps venture out and explore the nearby shops and peruse the restaurants close by.

Stay: Johannesburg, Southern Sun Hyde Park

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Take an included flight to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe where you’ll enjoy a guided walk before being transferred to your hotel on the Zambian side of the falls. Later this evening, enjoy a delicious dinner.

Stay: Two Nights, Livingstone, AVANI Victoria Falls Resort

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Enjoy a day to yourself to relax and explore the area around Victoria Falls. Perhaps revisit the falls at your own pace - it’s just a five minute stroll from your resort. Or, you may like to enhance your journey and choose from one of our select experiences. Fly over Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River during a helicopter or microlight flight. Alternatively, choose to take a sunset game-viewing cruise along the Zambezi River.

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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, you’ll head out on a spectacular sunset game-viewing cruise through the lush 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 Safariboat

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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.

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Head to Livingstone once more and take an included flight back to Johannesburg for an overnight stay. With the evening at leisure, perhaps dine at your hotel or maybe tempt your taste buds at a nearby restaurant.

Stay: Johannesburg, Peermont Mondior Hotel

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Bid farewell to your South African Tour Director as you are transferred to the airport for your 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.

Stay: Nairobi, Eka Hotel

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It’s time to explore Kenya. Your first stop is Amboseli National Park, arriving at Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge in time for lunch. Located against the magnificent backdrop of Mt Kilimanjaro and 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 Lodge

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

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.

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It’s onto the next adventure as you take a short flight to Nairobi. Continue by 4WD to Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge, arriving just in time for lunch. The afternoon is all about wildlife spotting, with an afternoon game drive. You may also wish to take advantage of the lodge’s beautiful surrounds and embark on a stunning nature walk around the property.

Stay: Two Nights, Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge

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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. 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.

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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 incredible 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.

Stay: Three Nights, Masai Mara, Mara Leisure Camp

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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 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.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

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 seem to have passed by so quickly with your fellow passengers and Tour Director.


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.

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Enjoy your final morning in the Masai Mara, then transfer to the airstrip and board your scheduled flight to Nairobi. Be met by a bus on arrival at Nairobi and then transfer to Arusha in Tanzania, with a packed picnic lunch to enjoy along the way. You’ll arrive later at The Arusha Hotel, believed to be one of the oldest in East Africa, established in 1894 and now offering a touch of nostalgia balance with modern. Arusha lies in the shadow of Mount Meru, an active but dormant volcano and Tanzania’s second largest mountain next to the colossal Mt Kilimanjaro. Unwind and enjoy a free evening in and around your hotel.

Stay: Arusha, The Arusha Hotel

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Arrive later 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.


Transfer to Arusha Airport for your flight into Serengeti National Park. You’ll be met on the ground by your driver guide for a game drive. Best known as a host to the epic Great Migration, the Serengeti 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 Camp

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A full-day of game drives at Serengeti National Park offers a closer look into life in Africa’s animal kingdom. 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. The day draws to a conclusion with dinner back at your camp later this evening.

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Leaving Serengeti National Park, take a 4WD out to Oldupai Gorge to explore one of the world’s most important archaeological sites. Then it’s off 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 wildlife, before heading to your charming accommodation. The rustic lodge is set in the coffee plantations on 750 acres of private farmland, offering views of lush hillsides and the imposing Oldeani Volcano.

Stay: Ngorongoro Farmhouse

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

In Mto wa Mbu, 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.


Travel to the tiny village of Mto wa Mbu. Enjoy an afternoon 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. Later, travel back to Arusha for the night, where you will savour dinner at your lodge.

Stay: Arusha, Mount Meru Game Lodge

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Today your grand African journey draws to a conclusion. The time has come to bid farewell to your Tour Director and new-found friends as you are transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport after breakfast, where you will board your included flight to Nairobi before your onward flight home.

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Everything was wonderful. There were great sight seeing trips and the guides were very knowledgeable.