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BEST OF AFRICA SAFARI

(6 COUNTRIES IN 30 DAYS - SOUTH AFRICA, ZIMBABWE, BOTSWANA, KENYA, TANZANIA & RWANDA)

SOUTH AFRICA – CAPE TOWN & SABI SABI, KRUGER PARK.
Day 1 – Table Bay Hotel, V&A Waterfront - Cape Town
Day 2 - Table Bay Hotel, V&A Waterfront - Cape Town
Day 3 - Table Bay Hotel, V&A Waterfront - Cape Town
Day 4 – Selati Camp, Sabi Sabi Reserve – Kruger Nat. Park
Day 4 – Selati Camp, Sabi Sabi Reserve – Kruger Nat. Park
Day 6 – Earth Lodge, Sabi Sabi Reserve – Kruger Nat. Park
Day 7 – Earth Lodge, Sabi Sabi Reserve – Kruger Nat. Park

ZIMBABWE – VICTORIA FALLS.
Day 8 – Victoria Falls Safari Lodge - Livingstone
Day 9 – Victoria Falls Safari Lodge - Livingstone

BOTSWANA – CHOBE & OKAVANGO DELTA.
Day 10 – Chobe Elephant Camp – Chobe Nat. Park
Day 11 – Chobe Elephant Camp – Chobe Nat. Park
Day 12 – Stanley's Camp – Okavango Delta – Kalahari Desert
Day 13 – Stanley's Camp – Okavango Delta – Kalahari Desert
Day 14 – Stanley's Camp – Okavango Delta – Kalahari Desert

KENYA – SAMBURU & MASAI MARA.
Day 15 - The Nairobi Serena Hotel - Nairobi
Day 16 – Samburu Elephant Bedroom Tented Camp - Samburu Nat. Reserve
Day 17 – Samburu Elephant Bedroom Tented Camp - Samburu Nat. Reserve
Day 18 – Samburu Elephant Bedroom Tented Camp - Samburu Nat. Reserve
Day 19 – Tipilikwani Luxury Tented Camp - Masai Mara Nat. Reserve.
Day 20 – Tipilikwani Luxury Tented Camp - Masai Mara Nat. Reserve.
Day 21 – Tipilikwani Luxury Tented Camp - Masai Mara Nat. Reserve.

TANZANIA – SERENGETI & NGORONGORO.
Day 22 - Speke Bay Lodge – Lake Victoria
Day 23 – Serengeti Serena Lodge - Serengeti Nat. Park.
Day 24 – Serengeti Serena Lodge - Serengeti Nat. Park.
Day 25 - Ngorongoro Serena Lodge - Ngorongoro Crater Conservation.
Day 26 - Ngorongoro Serena Lodge - Ngorongoro Crater Conservation

RWANDA - GORILLAS.
Day 27 – Kigali Serena Hotel - Kigali
Day 28 – Virunga Safari Lodge - Volcun Nat. Park - Ruhengeri
Day 29 - Lake Kivu Serena Hotel – Gisenyi
Day 30 – Departure.

 

SOUTH AFRICA

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL AT CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA.

Arrive at Cape Town International Airport. Pick up then transfer to Hotel and check in.

In the afternoon visit Table Mountain and do Cape Town Sightseeing Tour.

Overnight at Table Bay Hotel, V&A Waterfront – bed and breakfast.

 

DAY 2 – CAPE OF GOOD HOPE/PENGUIN COLONY & SEAL ISLAND.

Do Cape of Good Hope Full Day Tour, visit Penguin Colony at Boulders and Seal Island Boat Trip in Hout Bay.

Overnight at Table Bay Hotel, V&A Waterfront – bed and breakfast.

 

DAY 3 – ROBBEN ISLAND AND WINELANDS.

Do Robben Island Tour in the morning.

Afternoon in the Winelands for some wine tasting

Overnight at Table Bay Hotel, V&A Waterfront – bed and breakfast.

 

DAY 4 – CAPE TOWN TO KRUGER PARK (BY FLIGHT)

Take your schedule flight from Cape Town to Sabi Sabi Game Reserve in Kruger Nat. Park.

Pick up at airstrip and drive to Selati Camp. Do afternoon game drive.

Overnight at Selati Camp – fullboard.

 

DAY 5 – SABI SABI GAME RESERVE.

Whole day in the park with game drives.

Overnight at Selati Camp – fullboard.

 

DAY 6 – SABI SABI GAME RESERVE.

Drive to Earth Lodge inside Sabi Sabi Game Reserve.

Game drive in the reserve.

Overnight at Earth Lodge – fullboard.

 

DAY 7 – SABI SABI GAME RESERVE

Whole day in the reserve with game drives.

Overnight at Earth Lodge – fullboard.


DAY 8 – KRUGER NAT. PARK, SOUTH AFRICA TO KRUGER NAT. PARK, SOUTH AFRICA TO LIVINGSTONE, ZAMBIA (BY FLIGHT) THEN TO VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE (BY ROAD).


Take your schedule flight from South Africa to Zambia.
Arrive at Livingstone Airport, pick up and drive across the border to Zimbabwe.

ZIMBABWE

Arrive at Victoria Falls Hotel for check in.

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge provides luxury accommodation in Victoria Falls. Set high on a natural plateau, the westward facing Victoria Falls Safari Lodge borders the Zambezi National Park & is just four kilometers from the thundering Victoria Falls, Southern Africa's foremost attraction.

Enjoying uninterrupted views of spectacular African sunsets and year round game at its on-site waterhole, accommodation at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is ideally positioned to offer the most discerning traveller a taste of Africa at its best. Victoria Falls Safari Lodge offers outstanding Victoria Falls accommodation, Wedding and Group conferencing facilities, together with an authentic wildlife experience and warm hospitality.

Overnight at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge– bed and breakfast.

 

DAY 9 – VICTORIA FALLS TOUR.

After breakfast, transfer to Victoria Falls for a guided tour.

Overnight at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge– bed and breakfast.

 

DAY 10 – VICTORIA FALLS TO CHOBE NAT. PARK.

After breakfast drive to Chobe Elephant Camp in Chobe, Botswana.

BOTSWANA

Chobe Elephant Camp is a newly built camp located on the edge of a rocky ridge overlooking the mighty Chobe River in the Chobe National Park, Botswana. Boasting sweeping views and spectacular game viewing opportunities; it’s ideal for guests seeking an authentic stay at an eco-friendly lodge. Built from timber and using renewable resources, the camp has minimal impact on the environment.

The camp can comfortably accommodate 24 guests in 10 suites and 1 family room. The atmosphere is a traditional farmstead in the midst of the African wilderness. Complete with a splash pool, communal lounge area and private verandah, it truly is a rustic escape with spectacular views over one of Botswana’s favourite game viewing areas.

Depart on a river cruise.

Take to the waters of the Chobe River with wild Horizons Chobe River Cruise. The Chance of seeing some game on the islands and riverbanks are good as are the likelihood of seeing some fantastic bird species as well as crocodiles and other wildlife. Elephant, buffalo, giraffe and hippo are common sightings with sable, leopard and numerous antelope also being regulars on guests check lists.

Overnight at Chobe Elephant Camp - fullboard

 

DAY 11 – CHOBE FOREST RESERVE.

Whole day in Chobe with activities.

Overnight at Chobe Elephant Camp - fullboard


DAY 12 - CHOBE TO OKAVANGO DELTA (BY CHARTER FLIGHT).

Drive to Kasane and take your charter flight to Stanley’s Camp.

Pick up at airstrip and drive to Stanley’s Camp.

Set in an amphitheatre of Ebony and Sausage Trees on the southern tip of Chief's Island, in 260,000 acres of untamed African bush, Stanley's Camp accommodates only 16 visitors. Bordering the southern section of the famous Moremi Game Reserve this private concession is located by definition in seasonal delta. The flood waters arrive in June, though there is often navigable water all year round due to the presence of the Mboro River. The beautifully-appointed tents evoke an atmosphere of "classic Africa," with hand-crafted beds, antique furniture and oriental carpets combining to create surroundings of colonial-era luxury.  This intimate camp is gathered around a large sitting and dining area which affords magnificent views over the floodplains of the Okavango Delta. From the swimming pool, watch giraffe and other plains game march across the savannah. You might even catch a glimpse of rare wild dogs stalking the plains. This is one of the best places in the world for seeing buffalo in large numbers, with herds often exceeding 2,000.
 
Stanley’s is a small luxury camp consisting of 8 classic styled safari tents raised on wooden decking. The delicately appointed tents exude classic Africa; handcrafted beds dressed with the finest linen, antique furniture individually selected and oriental carpets that transport you to early 19th century Africa. Each unit offers en-suite facilities, a private balcony and is equipped with a hairdryer, ceiling fan, and in-room safe. The camp also provides a torch as well as complimentary mosquito repellant & toiletries.  Hammocks and Morris chairs on the decks are perfect for relaxation in the African sunshine. The main building is raised on decking and offers extensive views over the surrounding floodplains. Stanley's is carefully blended into the existing tree line, its main support being a large sausage tree. Electricity is supplied by a combination of silent packed generator and battery system allowing 24-hour power supply.

Overnight at Stanley’s Camp - fullboard

DAY 13 AND DAY 14 – STANLEY’S CAMP

Both days at Stanley’s Camp with activities

You will have one elephant encounter on one of the days.

The adjacent bush around camp is rich with excitement: on game walks, day and nighttime drives, and mokoro excursions, guests can track a wide variety of big-game species, from Giraffe and Elephant to Lion and Leopard. Enjoy thrilling guided game drives in customized open-sided 4X4 vehicles. As Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp is situated on a private concession, night drives are offered and are usually combined with the afternoon activity. The accompanying professional guides are among the best in Botswana. Explore the area on foot with skilled, armed professional guides and experience the bush from a different perspective. The walks are highly educational and offer a completely different perspective of the Botswanan bush. Explore the Delta in a traditional dug-out canoe or mokoro (water levels permitting). Glide through reeds and lily ponds to get up close and personal with wildlife. As part of a unique learning adventure, visitors accompany our semi-habituated herd on daily foraging treks.  Immersed in elephant life, warm bonds of kinship grow from a newly found appreciation of these gentle giants.  Please note that no riding is offered.  The main objective is to initiate a relationship between the guests and elephants. The activity encompasses a leisurely paced walk with a trio of semi-habituated elephants, becoming personally acquainted with them, observing and interacting with them and a picnic lunch in their company.

Duration: 4 hours in the morning culminating in a picnic lunch in the bush.
Maximum number of guests: 10 on an activity.
Currently, Grey Matters, Doug and Sandi Groves’ Botswana-based company, supports the elephant trio: Jabu, Thembi and Morula.

You are invited to discover the elephants, from the bristled ends of their long tails to the tip of their powerful yet sensitive trunks.  Marvel at their big ears, thoughtful eyes and enormous padded feet. Trace the textures of their skin and the silken polish of their ivory. Explore the astonishing bonds of kinship forged over more than a decade between the elephants and their guardians in a wilderness of mesmerizing beauty. A delicate blink of Morula’s long lashes reveals her sensitive yet powerful personality. Jabu takes you, trunk in hand, with his bold and generous nature and together you slowly uncover the age-old secrets of the African elephant and the mysteries of the surrounding wilderness. Thembi, cute, boisterous and impossible to ignore, infatuates you and transforms your understanding of elephants to a deeper and more personal level. Elephants can live for 50 years, so when Doug and Sandi Groves adopted Jabu, Thembi and later Morula, rescuing them from culling operations that had left them orphans, they knew they were making a life-long commitment to the trio.

Jabu, short for Jabulani, a Zulu name, means happiness and indeed Jabu’s zest for life is inspiring.  Jabu is a proud and handsome bull, who enjoys his role as alpha elephant of the small herd. He is kind, playful, generous, big-hearted and dependable. Of the three elephants he is the most independent and confident. Jabu loves interacting and building solid relationships based on mutual trust and respect. He is predictable and unconditional in his giving.

Thembi, is a common Zulu name meaning trust. Thembi is the sweetheart of the herd and the smallest in stature.  Perfectly formed, pretty and dainty, Thembi knows a few tricks for getting her way.  Smart and very social, she loves to be the centre of attention.

Morula, is named after a beautiful African fruit tree. Her strongest personality trait is one of great gentleness; she is mild-natured, sensitive and easily bruised emotionally.  She can be described as a wallflower but she blossoms beautifully when love and attention are focused directly on her.  Morula weaves a powerful magic of her own as in her quiet and subtle way she captures your heart with her sincere, loyal and sweet nature.

Overnight at Stanley’s Camp - fullboard

 

DAY 15 – STANLEY’S CAMP, BOTSWANA TO LIVINGSTONE, ZAMBIA THEN TO NAIROBI, KENYA.

Take your charter flight to Kasane Airport. Pick up and drive to Livingstone Int. Airport, Zambia.

Take your schedule flight from Zambia to Nairobi, Kenya.

KENYA

 

Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport - Nairobi on board flight…… at ……hrs, go through the passport control then down to the luggage collection hall. Collect your luggage from the conveyor belt and walk out to the arrival concourse. Someone shall be waiting for you holding a folder written 'TRAVEL CONNECTIONS'.

Drive from the airport to Nairobi Serena Hotel and check in. Rest of the day at leisure.

The Nairobi Serena is a beautiful garden hotel. The hotel's clean white silhouette rises at the edge of Nairobi's extensive Central Park. Surrounded by its own tropical garden, the hotel's rather stark lines are softened by cascades of plants and flowers growing on terrace areas and individual balconies. From the gardens, terraces, swimming pool, and many of the rooms, there is a striking view of modern Nairobi's distinctive skyline, especially beautiful at night. The Mandhari is one of Nairobi's finest a la carte restaurants. The elegance of the food, fine linens and silver is perfectly complemented by the inspired use of Kisii stone from western Kenya. The popular and more informal Café Maghreb is North African in style with arched recesses displaying pieces of brass and copper, and colourful tapestry screens separating tables. The Kisima Bar is decorated to reflect the importance of water themes in Swahili coastal life. 'Kisima' means watering hole in Swahili. There are low divans and stools, Swahili implements and murals on the walls.

Overnight at Nairobi Serena Hotel - bed and breakfast.

 

DAY 16 – NAIROBI TO SAMBURU NATIONAL PARK (BY FLIGHT – 1 HR 15MINS).

After breakfast transfer to Wilson Airport for your flight to Samburu departing at 0915hrs. Land at Samburu airstrip at approximately 1030hrs.

Pick up at airstrip by Travel Connections vehicle and driver and drive to camp.

Lunch shall be awaiting you at the Samburu Elephant Bedroom Camp. After lunch, have a short siesta then depart on your afternoon game drive.

Set on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River in Samburu National Reserve surrounded by doum palms and other beautiful indigenous trees and shrubs sits this small and exclusive camp of 12 luxury tents - all furnished in rustic African style while offering all the comforts expected of a luxury Camp (hot & cold running water, electricity and herbal products). The lounge and dining area offer vibrant safari colours with original oil paintings, soft intimate lighting designed to relax guests returning from an exciting game drive. Huge herds of elephant, prides of lion or the solitary leopard amongst other game are regular visitors around the camp providing excellent game viewing in spectacular scenic background of rugged rolling hills. Dining is a culinary experience with al-fresco breakfast, 3 course lunch and 4 course candle lit gourmet dinner set either under the African sky or inside the well-appointed dining area.

Dinner and overnight Samburu Elephant Bedroom Camp - fullboard.

 

DAY 17 AND DAY 18 – SAMBURU NATIONAL GAME RESERVE.

These days are dedicated to game viewing in Samburu National Game Reserve.

The Samburu National Game Reserve extends for an area of 105 square kilometers north of the meandering Ewaso Ngiro or 'Brown' river. It is part of a lava plain that includes a varied landscape of red dirt, thorn scrub, broken volcanic rock, dried river beds, steep hills, and rocky outcroppings, some large enough to be called mesas. Following the river curves, a riverine forest of doum palms, acacia, and tamarind is a magical contrast of cool green. It is attractive to the region's wildlife and visitors alike. There are elephants, hippos, crocodiles and leopards, as well as plains game, other small mammals and birdlife. The region is home to the rare Grevy Zebra with large furry ears, gerenuk antelope standing on hind legs to feed, Somali ostriches with their distinctive blue legs, and the shy oryx beisa.

Lunch and dinner at the club. Overnight at Samburu Elephant Bedroom Camp - fullboard.

 

DAY 19 – SAMBURU TO MASAI MARA (BY FLIGHT – 1 HR 45MINS).

After breakfast take your schedule flight on Airkenya Express at 0830hrs. Land at Masai Mara at approximately 1015hrs.

Pick up at airstrip by Travel Connections vehicle and driver then drive to Tipilikwani Tented Camp. 

Overlooking the vastness of the Masai Mara plains from the banks of River Talek is an exclusive, intimate yet vibrant Camp of 20 luxuriously appointed riverfront tents. The camp exudes warm and rich colours of Africa. Fine food, personalized service and traditional African hospitality complement its beautiful location.

Depart in the afternoon on game hunting.

Dinner and overnight at Tipilikwani Luxury Tented Camp - fullboard.

 

DAY 20 AND DAY 21 – MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE.

These days are solely reserved for game viewing in the vast Masai Mara National Reserve.

Do Balloon ride on the morning of day 20.

The Masai Mara is the most popular game reserve in Kenya. It is an extension of the Serengeti Plains in Tanzania, and offers the best game viewing in Kenya. On these wide open rolling grasslands you can often see an incredible variety of different animals at one time. Perhaps a cheetah mother sits on a termite mound with her punky-looking cubs, while beyond, gazelle, antelope and zebra placidly graze. Giraffe might peer curiously through the trees, while elephants pass on silent feet and vultures circle above. Every year millions of wildebeests migrate north from the Serengeti to the green grass of the Mara. This exciting spectacle usually occurs sometime between July and October.

Even when animals are not highlighting the scene, the views by themselves are worth the trip.

Lunch, dinner and overnight at Tipilikwani Luxury Tented Camp - fullboard.

 

DAY 22 - MASAI MARA MASAI MARA TO ISEBANIA BORDER (BY ROAD – 3 HRS) THEN TO SPEKE BAY LODGE AT LAKE VICTORIA (BY ROAD – 4 HOURS).

After breakfast take picnic lunch and drive to Isebania Border. Cross over to Tanzania.

NORTHERN TANZANIA.

Drive to Speke Bay Lodge.

Speke Bay Lodge is located on the south-eastern shore of Lake Victoria in Tanzania, East Africa. It is 15 kilometers from the Serengeti National Park. Speke Bay is part of Speke Gulf, named after the famous explorer John Hanning Speke, who, in 1858, discovered Lake Victoria to be the source of the Nile. Embraced by savannah, the Lodge looks like a small village, stretched out along the shores of the lake. The main buildings and luxury accommodation are round in form, built to perfection, painted white and thatched with a grass roof in the traditional style of the local tribe, the Sukuma. Since the Lodge is outside but close to the Serengeti National Park, it is the ideal place to start or end your safari, or relax during your travels. Excursions in boats and on mountain bikes are offered, so you can truly experience Africa; you can fish from the beach for Tilapia, go out in a boat to catch Nile perch, or wander around on the Lodge's 100 hectares of savannah, looking for birds.

Dinner and overnight at Speke Bay Lodge - fullboard.

 

DAY 23 – LAKE VICTORIA TO SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK.

After breakfast take picnic lunch and depart for Serengeti National Park. Arrive at Serengeti Serena Lodge late in the afternoon.

Serengeti Serena Lodge is set high on a hill with breathtaking vistas of a landscape teeming with game. The lodge design is simple but stunning. Inspired by a traditional African village, separate rondavel 'huts' house the luxury guest rooms. From the overall impression to the smallest detail, the lodge is rich in local atmosphere created by indigenous handicrafts and art.

Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge - fullboard (breakfast, lunch & dinner).

 

DAY 24 - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK.

This day is solely reserved for game viewing in the park.

Serengeti is the most famous of Tanzania's national parks and is one of the world's last great wildlife refuges. On the seemingly endless and almost treeless plains, there are an estimated three million large animals in constant search of food and water. Most take part in a seasonal migration that is unparallel in nature. Driven by the rains, over one million wildebeest and a few hundred thousand zebra and gazelles move to fresh grazing lands, in columns of several kilometers length and crossing crocodile infested rivers without regard to losses.

Lunch, dinner and overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge - fullboard.

 

DAY 25 - SERENGETI TO NGORONGORO CRATER.

After breakfast drive to Ngorongoro Crater to arrive for lunch at the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge.

As if in a land before time, Ngorongoro Serena Lodge is built into the rim of a dormant volcano, the plant and ivy-covered native stone blending masterfully with its surroundings. Close by lies the Olduvai Gorge, the 'birthplace of man'. Today the volcano and surrounding landscape are part of a vast conservation area inhabited by the masai tribe, as well as an extra-ordinary variety of big game and birdlife. Most guest rooms have private terraces with views of the crater floor where countless animals make their home. At Ngorongoro Serena Lodge, visitors co-exist in perfect harmony with the natural environment and wildlife that inhabits it.

Arrive at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge late in the afternoon.

Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge – fullboard (breakfast, lunch & dinner).

 

DAY 26 – NGORONGORO CRATER NATIONAL PARK.

This day is solely reserved for a full day game viewing of the crater with picnic lunch.

Ngorongoro crater is without doubt one of the most outstanding natural features in the world and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1978. Stunningly beautiful, the 18 km wide and 600 meter deep caldera is teeming with wildlife and one of the best places to see black rhino. On a full day crater tour to this garden of Eden, with a picnic in a shady grove, most large mammals can be seen.

Lunch, dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge - fullboard.

 

DAY 27 – NGORONGORO CRATER TO ARUSHA (BY ROAD) THEN TO KIGALI, RWANDA (BY FLIGHT – 2 HR).

After breakfast drive to Arusha.

Transfer to Kilimanjaro Int. Airport, Arusha for your flight to Nairobi.

RWANDA.

Connect to your schedule flight from Nairobi, Kenya to Kigali, Rwanda.

Arrive at Kigali International Airport - Nairobi on board flight ….. at ….. hrs, go through the passport control then down to the luggage collection hall. Collect your luggage from the conveyor belt and walk out to the arrival concourse. Someone shall be waiting for you holding a folder written 'YOUR NAMES'.

Drive from the airport to Kigali Serena Hotel and check in.

Situated in Central Kigali, the ambassadorial and commercial heart of Rwanda and the city’s pre-eminent meeting place for diplomats and business people. The Hotel is situated only 10 km from Kigali International Airport. The accommodation comprises of 104 air conditioned rooms from the Presidential suite, luxury suites to deluxe rooms. The elegant Diplomat Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, while The Lounge Bar offers a choice of three purpose designed areas: the bar, the lounge and the terrace. The Kigali Serena Hotel offers sophisticated business facilities which include two conference rooms accommodating 600/400 delegates each, 3 other meeting rooms and an executive board room. A business center provides administrative services and business facilities.
The hotel also has a Gymnasium, swimming pool and wifi internet access.

Overnight at Kigali Serena Hotel - bed and breakfast.

 

DAY 28 - KIGALI TO PARC NAT. DES VULCANS, RUHENGERI (BY ROAD - 2.5 HRS).

Early departure to Ruhengeri, a 2 hour drive from Kigali. The drive is on a good paved road through the countryside with it’s beautiful terraced hills that characterize the rural lifestyle of Rwanda.

Arrive at the Gorillas Office for registration at 07:30hrs. Then accompanied by the Parc National des Volcans excellent guides, drive to the edge of the park. Have a briefing by the guides on how to behave in the forest and in the presence of gorillas. Afterwards, enter the forest for GORILLA TREKKING.  Once in their presence of Gorilla’s the maximum permitted time in their company is strictly 1 hour. The trek will vary in length and location of gorillas. It will take between 3 and 6 hours. Thereafter, walk back to the parking lot and drive to the lodge for lunch.

The magnificent Virunga Safari Lodge, set on a stunning hillside, has eight bandas with a panoramic view of the Virunga volcanoes and the lakes Ruhondo and Bulera. The terraced gardens on this high ridge are now well established, with a magical sunken paradise garden as their focal point.

Overnight at Virunga Safari Lodge - fullbaord.

DAY 29 - GORILLA TREKKING AT PARC NAT. DES VOLCANS THEN TO GISENYI.
This morning have an early breakfast at the lodge, then drive 2 Kms to the Gorillas Office for registration at 07:30hrs. Then accompanied by the Parc National des Volcans excellent guides, drive to the edge of the park. Have a briefing by the guides on how to behave in the forest and in the presence of gorillas. Afterwards, enter the forest for GORILLA TREKKING.  Once in their presence of Gorilla’s the maximum permitted time in their company is strictly 1 hour. The trek will vary in length and location of gorillas. It will take between 3 and 6 hours. Thereafter, walk back to the parking lot and drive to the lodge for lunch.
Drive to the shores of Lake Kivu
 
Lake Kivu Serena Hotel is located in the Rwandan resort town of Gisenyi, on the shores of Lake Kivu, the sixth largest lake in Africa. The hotel is ideally situated on a sandy beach, with the nearby Virunga Volcanoes providing a spectacular backdrop on one side and a panoramic view of the lake on the other.
Accommodation comprises of 66 air-conditioned rooms, including 6 luxury suites, 23 family rooms and one room especially equipped for disabled guests. The restaurant offers a stunning view of the lake as you have breakfast, lunch or dinner. Lake Kivu Serena Hotel offers business facilities including a boardroom and three conference rooms available for business meetings, cocktails and banquets.
The hotel also has a gym, outdoor swimming pool and two tennis courts.

Dinner and overnight Serena Kivu Sun, Gisenyi

DAY 30 – GISENYI TO KIGALI (BY ROAD) THEN TO NAIROBI, KENYA
After breakfast drive to Kigali.
Transfer to Kigali Int. Airport for your flight to Nairobi, Kenya.

Depart as per your international flight back home.

 

COST:  USD 28,000.- PER PERSON SHARING IN DOUBLE ROOM

NOTE:

This itinerary can be customized according to the client’s wishes and interests.The above cost is based on 2 persons. The cost reduces as the number of persons in the team increases. (This safari does not have to be done in its entirety, you can choose which countries you want to visit and we shall provide the applicable cost for it).

 

Travelex

Included in South Africa-

  • All transfers
  • Accommodation and meals on bed and breakfast
  • Flight: Cape Town, South Africa to Livingstone, Zambia.
  • Accommodation at the Table Bay Hotel (5*) in the V&A Waterfront on Bed and Breakfast Basis
  • Half Day Guided Tour (13h00 - 18h00)
  • Full day Guided Tour x2 (08h00 - 18h00)
  • Table Mountain Cableway Tickets
  • Robben Island Tickets
  •  Entrance fees to - Cape of Good Hope
  • Penguin Colony
  • Seal Island Boat Trip
  • Wine and Cheese tasting

Included in Zimbabwe-

  • All transfers
  • Accommodation and meals as detailed in the itinerary
  • Guided tour of Victoria Falls

Included in Botswana-

  • Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary
  • Activities at Stanley’s camp including 1 four hour elephant encounter
  • Shared Game drives
  • All park entrance fees
  • River cruise at Chobe
  • 2 charter flights: Kasane to Stanley’s Camp & Stanley’s Camp to Kasane.


Included in Kenya:

  • All transfers
  • Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary
  • Exclusive Safari minivan with pop-up-roof-top.
  • Experienced English speaking driver guide
  • Game drives
  • All park entrance fees
  • 3 domestic flights: Nairobi to Samburu, Samburu to Masai Mara and Masai Mara to Nairobi, tax inclusive.
  • Balloon ride in Masai Mara
  • Mineral water in the vehicle


Included in Tanzania -

  • All transfers
  • Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary
  • Exclusive safari 4x4 vehicle for your exclusive use
  • Experienced English speaking driver guide
  • Game drives
  • All park entrance fees
  • Flight from Arusha to Nairobi.

Included in Rwanda -

  • Flights Nairobi/Kigali/Nairobi, tax inclusive
  • Exclusive 4x4 Safari vehicle for your exclusive use.
  • Experienced English speaking driver guide
  • Meet and greet with airport transfers
  • Bed & breakfast meal plan at Kigali Serena Hotel
  • Kigali city tour 
  • 1 day gorilla tracking permit,
  • Park entrance fees,
  • Services of professional trackers/guides whilst tracking.

 

Not included -

  • Visa fees for South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Kenya, Rwanda & Tanzania
  • International flights from home to Cape Town, South Africa and Nairobi, Kenya to home
  • Personal insurance policy
  • Personal effects and toiletries
  • Laundry and telephones.
  • Drinks
  • Tips.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMTION ON SOUTH AFRICA.

Safety tips for travelers in South Africa
Crime in South Africa, like many other places in today's world, can be a problem, but all you really need to do is take the usual sensible precautions and follow some basic safety rules.  Know where you're going before you set off, particularly at night, watch your possessions, don't walk alone in dodgy areas, lock your doors at night.  And, like anywhere else, there are some areas of the major cities which are known to be more risky than others. It is easy to avoid these and still have a good time.  If you cannot avoid such areas, then avoid wearing visible jewellery or carrying cameras and bags over your shoulder. Keep mobile phones and wallets tucked away where no one can see them. Check beforehand that the areas you plan to visit are safe by asking hotel staff or police. Other sensible advice is not to hitchhike, or accept or carry items for strangers.

ATM safety
When using automatic teller machines (ATMs) in South Africa, practice the generally accepted safety precautions you would employ when at home. Never accept an offer from a stranger to help you with your transaction. If your ATM card is withheld by the machine, you can approach the bank to release it, or call the helpline number that can be found at the ATM.

Banks and foreign exchange in SA

With a favourable exchange rate for many international currencies, you'll find South Africa a very inexpensive destination. And an easy one – our financial institutions are world-class, with no shortage of banks, bureaux de change and automatic tellers.

Rands and cents
South Africa's unit of currency is the rand, which is divided into 100 cents. Coins come in denominations of 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, R1, R2 and R5, and notes in denominations of R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200.

How far will my money go?
A long, long way. With a favourable exchange rate for the major international currencies, you'll find South Africa a very inexpensive destination.

Banking made easy
You'll also find South Africa an easy destination. From the moment you step off the plane you'll start seeing banks, bureaux de change and automatic tellers all over.The banks are generally open from 9am to 3.30pm Mondays through Fridays, and 8.30am to 11am on Saturdays, but those at the airports adjust their hours to accommodate international flights. The major banks have branches as well as automated teller machines (ATMs) in most large towns – and all over the cities. International banks (see the "foreign exchange services" links below) have branches in the major cities. Thomas Cook (represented by Rennies Travel) and American Express foreign exchange offices are also available in the major cities.

Credit cards and cash
All major credit cards can be used in South Africa, with American Express and Diners Club enjoying less universal acceptance than MasterCard and Visa. In some small towns, you may find you'll need to use cash.

Phoning to, from, and in South Africa
South Africa has extremely well-developed communications infrastructure, with extensive fixed-line phone networks and six mobile phone service providers – two of them virtual mobile providers – with widespread coverage.

You can rent mobile phones – we call them cellphones – from the airport on arrival.
Telkom and Neotel provide fixed-line services, with Neotel focusing more on commercial services.
Telkom public telephones use coins, phonecards or Worldcall. Phonecards and Worldcall can be purchased at most retail stores, petrol stations, post offices and airports.

Health tips for travellers
Nothing can spoil a holiday more than feeling off-colour, and nothing can dull the pleasure of your holiday memories more than getting ill far from home. There are a number of health issues that you should be aware of, particularly if you're from the northern hemisphere. However, while there are risks anywhere, South Africa has a relatively salubrious climate and our levels of water treatment, hygiene and such make it a pretty safe destination.

Inoculations
If you're an adult, you won't need any inoculations unless you're travelling from a yellow-fever endemic area (the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America), in which case you will need certification to prove your inoculation status when you arrive in South Africa. It is recommended that you have the required inoculations four to six weeks before you travel to South Africa (a yellow fever inoculation certificate only becomes valid 10 days after inoculation - after which it remains valid for 10 years). Hepatitis B inoculations are recommended for children up to the age of 12 who have not completed the series of injections as infants. Booster doses for tetanus and measles can also be administered.

Medical facilities
Medical facilities in cities and larger towns are world-class, but you will find that in rural areas the clinics and hospitals deal with primary health needs, and therefore do not offer the range of medical care that the large metropolitan hospitals do. Trained medical caregivers are deployed round the country, so help is never far away.

The sun
We have a warm sunny climate and sunscreen and a hat are recommended whenever you are out of doors during the day, particularly between 10:00 and 16:00, regardless of whether there is cloud cover or not. Even if you have a dark complexion, you can still get sunburned if you are from a cooler climate and have not had much exposure to the sun. Sunglasses are also recommended wear, as the glare of the African sun can be strong.

Can I drink the water?
High-quality tap (faucet) water is available almost everywhere in South Africa, treated so as to be free of harmful micro-organisms, and in any area other than informal or shack settlements, is both palatable and safe to drink straight from the tap. In some areas, the water is mineral-rich, and you may experience a bit of gastric distress for a day or two until you get used to it. Bottled mineral water, both sparkling and still, is readily available in most places. Drinking water straight from rivers and streams could put you at risk of waterborne diseases - especially downstream of human settlements. The water in mountain streams, however, is usually pure and wonderful.

In the Cape, particularly, the water contains humic acid, which stains it the colour of diluted Coca-Cola - this is absolutely harmless, and the water is wonderful. You may also find this colouring in tap water in some areas. It's fine - it just looks a bit weird in the bath.

Do I need to take malaria tablets?
Many of the main tourist areas are malaria-free, so you need not worry at all. However, the Kruger National Park, the Lowveld of Mpumalanga and Limpopo, and the northern part of KwaZulu-Natal do pose a malaria risk in the summer months. Many local people and some travellers do not take malaria prophylaxis, but most health professionals recommend you do. Consult your doctor or a specialist travel clinic for the latest advice concerning malaria prophylaxis, as it changes regularly. Whether you take oral prophylaxis or not, always use mosquito repellent, wear long pants, closed shoes and light long-sleeved shirts at night, and sleep under a mosquito net in endemic areas (the anopheles mosquito, which carries malaria, operates almost exclusively after dark). It is advisable to avoid malarial areas if you are pregnant.

Where can I smoke?
The law prohibits smoking in most public spaces, including airports and railway stations. Most restaurants have designated smoking and non-smoking areas.

South African time
South Africa does not change its clocks during the year, and there are no regional variations within the country. South African Standard Time is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean (or Universal Standard) Time, one hour ahead of Central European Winter Time, and seven hours ahead of the USA's Eastern Standard Winter Time.

Tipping
Tipping is common practice in South Africa for a range of services. In restaurants the accepted standard is around 10% of the bill, although sometimes a gratuity will be included (often in the case of a large party). Barmen are tipped a similar percentage.

The seasons
Summer - mid-October to mid-February
Autumn - February to April
Winter - May to July
Spring - August to October

Don't leave home without ...
The best way to travel is plan ahead. Your trip will be easier, safer and more enjoyable.
First, get the tiresome but important admin bits out of the way. Check your passport isn't about to expire and whether you'll need visas. Organise travellers' cheques well in advance as well as travel and medical insurance. Check and double-check your travel details and don't forget to confirm your flights – including onward connections and returns. Put in your order for special meals on flights, or children's meals, if necessary.

What to pack
Given our moderate climate, you'll be comfortable during the summer months in light, summer-weight clothes most of the time, but do pack a jacket, socks, good shoes and a rain jacket. Pack sunscreen – lots of it – as well as a hat, sunglasses and beach wear. Make sure you have at least one cotton shirt, with a collar, for sun protection. Stock up on insect repellent and, if you're planning to be in a malaria area, plan to wear long sleeves and long pants for evenings. Bring good walking shoes.  If you’re visiting in winter, pack warm clothes, including a fleece, as it can get nippy in mornings and at night. South Africans don’t generally use central heating and the cold can take visitors by surprise. Pack a bandanna or cotton scarf as well as a versatile wrap, sarong or kikoi. If you’ll be watching game, aim for reasonably neutral colours but it’s not compulsory to look like an extra on the set of Out of Africa. Pack something warm for game drives: a windbreaker or hoodie is ideal. South Africans are relatively casual, but you'll need something more formal to change into on the Blue Train and at exclusive hotels.

Drugs and medication
If you are on any pharmaceutical drugs, or medication as it is known here, bring them along as well as a spare prescription. Custom regulations allow you to bring in one month’s supply for your personal use. It’s a good idea to get a letter from your doctor, confirming your medication. Drugstores are known as “pharmacies” here.

Important documents
Make two copies of all your important documents, such as your passports, itinerary and emergency contact information. Take one copy with you, packed in a different bag to the original, and leave a copy at home with an easily contactable person. Try to memorise all your important details – passport numbers, credit card numbers, etc. If you lose your bag, this information will be very useful.

Can I use my hairdryer?
Electricity is generally 220/230 volts, 15 amps, and is supplied through either 15- amp three-prong or 5-amp two-prong plugs, in both cases with round pins. If you're bringing anything electrical, bring an adapter – or buy one here. Generally, 110V video chargers work safely on the 220V supply. Television is on the PAL system.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON BOTSWANA.

Currency
Local currency is the Pula (P), and Thebe (T). Notes are in denominations of P5, P10, P20, P50 and P100. Coins are in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 Thebe, P1 and P2.

The US Dollar is the currency of preference. When you are tipping, or purchasing at craft-markets, it helps to be carrying $2 and $5 bills. The reason for the preference in the informal business trades is that it makes trade easier across borders like Zambia and Zimbabwe, obviating the need to convert between local currencies. One dollar is one dollar. No Conversion!

Languages
The official language is English and the national language is Setswana. The Setswana word "Pula", means "rain".

Credit Cards:
Major hotels, shops, and restaurants accept credit cards, though smaller establishments might not.

Shopping:
Tourists usually stock up on curios when visiting Botswana. Local handiworks worth buying include handwoven baskets, San jewellery, and traditional Herero dolls.

Tipping:
Tipping is not required but is always appreciated. Safari guides, especially, rely on visitors’ tips as a means of earning a decent living. In more urbanized areas, a 10% is usually expected.

Religion:
Indigenous beliefs 85% and Christian 15%.

Climate:
Botswana is almost all desert (80% of the country is covered by the semi-arid Kalahari Desert. The climate reflects the country's geography, with hot days and cool nights throughout the year. The rainy season is from November to March.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR KENYA AND TANZANIA

  • KENYA/TANZANIA TOURIST VISA

Visas are readily obtained at the Airport upon arrival as well as from the Kenya/Tanzania Embassies and High Commissions abroad prior to departure.
Kenya Entry Visa = USD 50.- per person
Tanznia Entry Visa= US$100 per person

  • CURRENCY

Tanzania money is called Tanzania Shillings, abbreviated as Tshs.  1 US$ is equivalent to about Tshs. 1,300/=. Most banks in Kenya and Tanzania open between 09:00hrs and 15:00hrs. There are however bureau de change in every urban center and the open as earlier as 08:00hrs and close at 17:00hrs. Hotels and lodges change currencies as well.

  • VISA/MASTER CARDS

      Most lodges and hotels included shops accept the use of Visa/Master cards.

  • WATER

On the whole safari, it is recommended that you use only mineral water for drinking. Tap water may be used for shower and brushing of teeth, but we do not recommend that you drink it. The hotels and lodges have enough mineral water and you may also purchase this en-route when you make short breaks between the destinations.

  • WEATHER

January is quite hot in East Africa. Summer runs from December to March and rain, if any will be little. The nights could however be cool. You will require warm clothing during the evenings i.e. jackets, long sleeved blouses and shirts, trousers etc. For the day, you may need casual clothing as t-shirts and shorts.

  • PHOTOGRAPHY

Generally, photography is allowed in Kenya and Tanzania. (The animals get a monthly wage for posing for the photos, so you are encouraged to take as many shots as you wish). Do not take photos of strangers, police officers, military personnel, presidential motorcade, masai herdsmen and women or any other traditionally dresses persons. You may seek permission first before taking shots of strangers and masai people. Your driver will be at your service for any assistance that you may need.

  • POWER VOLTAGE

All regions in Kenya and Tanzania are supplied with 240 volts. Almost all sockets you will find on safari are those that take in the rectangular prongs plug. You may however need to carry an adaptor just in case the two bottom holes are too wide apart for the charger prongs to go in. Most lodges and hotels will provide you with an adaptor if you do not have one. It will be very rare to find sockets with rounded prongs.

  • TIPPING

As a sign of appreciation, you may offer some tips to those who offer services at the hotels on the entire safari. However, tipping remains entirely on you. Should you feel like tipping for services rendered, we recommend that porters and waiters be given at least US$ 1.- For the driver-guide, we recommend a tip of between US$ 5.-  to US$ 7.- per person per day.

  • DO'S AND DON'TS IN THE NATIONAL PARKS AND RESERVES.
  • Do not throw litter or leave litter. There are litter bins at designated places or you may leave them in the bus.
  • Do not feed the animals, i.e. monkeys, baboons etc
  • Do give the animals the right of way and do not disturb wildlife
  • Do not take any plant or animals, dead or alive.
  • Do not start fires or throw cigarettes
  • Do stay in your vehicle except at designated viewing points
  • Do not shout, laugh loudly, play radio or cassettes as this will keep away the animals.
  • Do enjoy yourself to the fullest

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON THE MOUNTAIN GORILLAS AND THE PARC NATIONAL DES VOLCANS.

As you may be aware,  there are only about 650 mountain gorillas remaining in their natural habitat in the world. These habitats are in DR Congo, Uganda and Rwanda. Presently, Rwanda not only enjoys the best security in the region but also has the easiest access routes for visiting the mountain gorillas.
We also organize thrilling treks to visit these gentle giants in their misty mountain home, also known as the Virunga mountains (a chain of volcanoes with altitudinal ranges of 3500m - 4507m).
Gorillas are found in the forests surrounding the volcanoes.

There are currently four habituated gorilla families that can be visited. In order to minimize the behavioral disturbances to the gorillas, only 8 people a day are allowed to visit each of the four families  This means that only 32 people are allowed in the park daily. The limits serve to protect the gorillas from the risk of exposure to human-borne diseases.

In order to execute your bookings effectively, the following information is required:

Ø Intended period of stay in Rwanda
Ø Number of participants in your group
Ø How many gorillas visits you intend to make (each gorilla permit cost US$420 per person per day)
Please note that children under 15 years are not allowed in the park.

PARK NATIONAL DES VOLCANS (Volcanoes National Park)

Situated 91 kms NW of the capital Kigali, it's a 2 hours drive to the town of Ruhengeri. You are then driven on to the starting point in Kinigi where the hike begins to the edge of the forest. Here, you will get a brief break for instructions on how to behave in the presence of gorillas. The tracking then begins.  Once you locate the gorillas,the maximum permitted time with them is strictly one hour. Once inside the forest, the following must be observed

Ø No spitting in the park
Ø No littering
Ø No coughing in the direction of the gorillas
Ø Only speak in whispers
Ø Do not point at the gorillas
Ø Movement around the gorillas must be unthreatening
Ø No venturing behind thick shrubs. You may surprise a gorilla
Ø If you get stung by a nettle, do not cry out, scream, shoot-out loud or make any sudden moves
Ø If a gorilla charges or vocalizes, do not look directly at it. Stand perfectly still unless the guide asks you to crouch or move back.


ESSENTIALS ITEMS FOR THE HIKE.

Ø Long pants (jeans/khakis) and long sleeve shirt
Ø Good hiking boots
Ø Light weight rain coat
Ø Cap/hat
Ø Camera (no flash) / personal camcorder
Ø Drinking water

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON RWANDA.
Visas
Visas are required for citizens of most countries except Burundi, Democratic Rep. of Congo, Canada, South Africa, Germany, Hong Kong, Kenya, Mauritius, Sweden, Tanzania, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States.

If there is no Rwandan Embassy in your vicinity, let us know in advance so that we can assist with the issuance of a visa on arrival.

Packing
Don’t forget a windbreaker or a light raincoat. When tracking for gorillas you will be in a rain forest, so it will more likely than not … rain. You will need good walking shoes, socks and a hat if you are gorilla tracking. Garden gloves are also recommended to avoid stinging nettles.
A light sweater for the evenings is recommended and generally long sleeves and trousers worn at this time will help keep the mosquitoes away.
If you swim, bring your swimming costume, the main hotels in Kigali all have swimming pools. If your itinerary includes Lake Kivu at either Kibuye or Gisenyi you will have the opportunity to swim in the lake.
A torch should be recommended for every adventure destination and Rwanda is no exception.
Electric Voltage
Voltage is 220V
Drinking Water
It is NOT advisable to drink water from the taps. You will be able to get bottled water wherever you go. One must also remember to carry water with them on the actual tracks.
Credit cards
The unit of currency is the Rwanda franc. The US dollar is the hard currency of preference. Very few places in Rwanda accept either credit cards or traveller's checks. Only the major hotels in Kigali and Kivu Sun Hotel in Gisenyi plus a few airlines accept them.
Camera and film
Bring both. Lots of the latter. Do not forget plenty of batteries. There is no charge for private filming in the parks but there is a fee for commercial filming and prior arrangements have to be made.
Vaccinations
The only one you will need for Rwanda is Yellow Fever. We strongly suggest that you see your doctor about malaria precautions.
Communication
Rwanda has an excellent cell phone network covering almost the entire country. International phone calls can be made easily. Appropriate SIM cards for the network are readily available everywhere, even in remote towns, and cell phones can be purchased or rented from major shops in Kigali. Most towns of any size will have several Internet cafes and computer centres.

Travel Connections wishes you all an unforgettable safari.

Should you need further details, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me.

Thanks and best regards,

Felix Koskei
Managing Director.
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P. O. Box 3698,
00100-Nairobi,
Kenya.
Tel: +254-20-2333603/4
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