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An African Extravaganza


Traverse the continent with tribal encounter, wildlife safaris and iconic city quests with An African Extravaganza. Travel to Kenya, Zambia, Botswana and South Africa as you get wild searching for the ‘Big 5’ and beyond. An African safari is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that you’ll get to experience in four countries. Take in the diverse cultures, raw wilderness and beautiful backdrops as you explore these untouched lands. 

Trip Type: Adventure, Cultural, Family, Wildlife

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Day By Day

Day 1 – USA to Nairobi
Today you will begin your Swain Destinations customized itinerary. Please note, international air has not been included in this package price.

Day 2 – Welcome to Nairobi, Kenya
Upon arrival at the Nairobi Airport, a driver will meet you to transfer you to your accommodation. 

Hemingways Nairobi
This 45-suite boutique hotel elevates the standard of luxury for travelers in the region. Beautiful in its symmetry and flooded with natural light, this plantation-style property is airy and spacious. Each of the 80 square-meter suites have a private balcony overlooking the iconic silhouette of the Ngong Hills, a magical view which can also be enjoyed over sun-downers at the Bar. The service is personal and sincere, offering a luxury experience from the moment you touchdown in Kenya.

Starting Accommodation: Hemingways Nairobi (B, L, D)

Day 3 – Nairobi to Laikipia
After breakfast, a driver will meet you in the hotel lobby to transfer you to the airport. You will fly to the Nanyuki Airstrip and then you will be transferred to your accommodation. 

The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille
Perched on the flanks of a wooded rocky hill in the heart of the private conservation area is The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille - a collection of four private, full-service, fully staffed villas for the discerning few. The four private villas are one, two or three bedrooms and are all individually designed and themed offering an incredibly high standard of accommodation with discreet butler service and wow factor. The property is ideally set up for families, groups of friends, honeymooners, and couples wanting privacy and exclusivity. Staying here is, notably, a 'holiday' and there is downtime to enjoy the numerous unique and special activities that the lodge and Laikipia offer.

Starting Accommodation: The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille (B, L, D)

Day 4 – Activities at The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille

Ol Lentille offers offer so much more than just game viewing! Laikipia is all about the variety of experiences it can offer, it's not just about game drives and the stunning landscape. With Ol Lentille you can see real community projects and culture, experience camel trekking, walking safaris, quad biking, mountain biking and wonderful spa treatments to name just some of what is offered.



Starting Accommodation: The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille (B, L, D)

Day 5 – Activities at The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille
Continue to explore The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille and all that Laikipia has to offer. 

Starting Accommodation: The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Laikipia to Maasai Mara
A driver will meet you in the lobby of your hotel to transfer you to the Nanyuki Airstrip. You will fly to Maasai Mara where you will be met and transferred to your lodge. 

Cottar's 1920s Safari Camp
There is a 1920's-era feel to this camp set near the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. This camp gives you the authentic feel of that unique era when the word 'safari' became indelibly imprinted on the imagination of the adventurer, past and modern. Extending an era of luxury and quality, Cottars Safari Service returns to the original spirit and essence of 'safari', reminiscent of a golden era - an era of romance, professional guiding, adventure and elegance.

The camp accommodates up to twelve clients in authentic white canvas tents, which are spacious and luxuriously furnished and incorporate original safari antiques from the '20's; private en suite dressing rooms and bathrooms (with old-fashioned showers and flushing toilets), the main bedroom and an outdoor veranda.



Starting Accommodation: Cottar's 1920s Safari Camp (B, L, D)

Day 7 – Activities at Cottar's 1920s Safari Camp
The Maasai Mara in the south of Kenya is famous for its astounding variety of wildlife. With both resident and transient populations of lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, giraffe, elephant, to name a few, as well as over 450 bird species, the vast fertile plains are dense with game. The area has been classified among the 'Seven Wonders of the World' due to the extraordinary annual migration from July to November when over 1.3 million wildebeest and zebras cross the Serengeti to the Mara in search of greener pastures.

While at Cottar's 1920's Safari Camp guests can enjoy, day and night game drives in land cruisers which are open sided. Guided Bush Walks are also available. Guests can also visit local communities or the Maasai Warrior School. For those who want something different river swimming and fishing is also available.

Starting Accommodation: Cottar's 1920s Safari Camp (B, L, D)

Day 8 – Continue to Maasai Mara region at Cottar's 1920s Safari Camp
Enjoy this day to experience all that the Maasai Mara region has to offer.

The Mara National Reserve, measuring 373,000 acres, is only a fraction of the Greater Mara-Serengeti Ecosystem, much of which falls under ownership of pastoralists. Some of the ecosystem's prime game viewing lies within the conservation area surrounding the Reserve. Cottar's 1920's Safari Camp & Cottar's Private House are situated in an untouched exclusive 27,000-acre concession area in Olderikesi, bordering the Serengeti, Mara and LoBiondo reserves. The luxurious camp and the pristine area guarantee privacy and an abundance of wildlife. Located on the far south Eastern part of the Mara, guests will be the first to see the great wildebeest migration coming in and the last to see the herds heading back South into the Serengeti. Cottar's maintains the original safari tradition and feel of the 1920's. Cottar's does have a varied hilly terrain and wilderness feel to its area, making drives private. Pure wilderness, privacy & uninterrupted views.

Starting Accommodation: Cottar's 1920s Safari Camp (B, L, D)

Day 9 – Maasai Mara to Nairobi
You will be transferred from your camp to the Maasai Mara Airstrip where you will fly back to Nairobi. A driver will meet you in the arrivals hall to take you to the Hemingways Nairobi.

Starting Accommodation: Hemingways Nairobi (B)

Day 10 – Narobi to Cape Town
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Nairobi Airport for your flight to Cape Town. A driver will meet you in South Africa to transfer you to your accommodation. 

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
Nestling at the foot of Table Mountain and set in nine acres of lush gardens, the Mount Nelson Hotel is one of Cape Town's most elegant hotels offering unparalleled tradition, history and luxury.

The Mount Nelson Hotel boasts six individual wings, separated from the Main Hotel, each with its own unique character, private gardens and facilities. All rooms and suites are equipped with individually controlled air-conditioning units, a mini bar fridge, luxurious 100% cotton linen and non-allergenic foam pillows, luxury bathrooms containing amenities/toiletries and bathrobes, sewing kits, padded hangers, writing desks, mood lighting, satellite television, electronic safes and international plugs.



Starting Accommodation: Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel (B)

Day 11 – Cape Town City Tour

Today explore South Africa's oldest city, affectionately known as the Mother City. On this tour you will encounter unique cultures, architecture, historical sites and unforgettable scenery. Your guide will discuss which highlights to include on the tour based on your interests.

Bo Kaap/Cape Malay Quarter
Bo Kaap has a rich cultural, religious and architectural heritage, and is a mixed and cosmopolitan neighborhood with strong links to Muslim traditions and culture. The Cape Malays were originally shipped into the Cape Colony as skilled artisan slaves. The Bo Kaap is also home to the oldest mosque in South Africa, the Auwal Mosque, established in 1798.

Table Mountain
The top of Table Mountain offers spectacular views in all directions and gives a bird's eye view of the city. The upper cable car station is situated at 1,067 meters and the cable car floor rotates 360-degrees enabling visitors to take in all of the breathtaking views. There are numerous pathways on top, viewing decks, souvenir shops, a self-service restaurant and coffee shop.

Company Gardens
The garden is the oldest in the country and was formally established in 1652 by Dutch settlers who sought to establish a victualing station to service and re-provision spice-trading sailing shops on the long sea route to the East. The Company Gardens in the middle of the CBD, is also home to a beautiful rose garden, Japanese garden, fish pond and bird aviary. It is adjacent to numerous important landmarks, including the present day Houses of Parliament, the Iziko SA Museum and Planetarium, the SA National Gallery and other historical buildings.

Castle of Good Hope
One of the oldest buildings in South Africa. It was built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) as a maritime replenishment station. It is a fort rather than a castle. The Castle Military Museum depicts Cape military history with one of the most impressive sword collections in the country. The William Fehr Collection of historical paintings and period furniture, have a special relevance to the Cape. Key Ceremony performed during weekdays, followed by firing of the Signal Cannon. 

Green Market Square
Cape Town's oldest market, set on a cobbled square still has an exciting buzz with some colorful and eccentric characters. You can pick up local art, crafts, fabrics and artifacts from almost every country on the African continent.

City Orientation
Become acquainted with the oldest city in South Africa. You will be driven through the streets of the Cape Town city center where historic and important buildings will be pointed out to you.

Starting Accommodation: Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel (B)

Day 12 – Cape Peninsula Tour

Today travel around the Cape Peninsula, named by early explorers as the 'Fairest Cape'. On this tour you will encounter beautiful beaches, remarkable scenery, the mythical meeting place of the two oceans, local wildlife and world-famous botanical gardens. Your guide will discuss which highlights to include on the tour based on your interests.

Boat Trip to Seal Island
This small island is a sanctuary for thousands of Cape Fur seals as well as a variety of seabirds. The trip back provides beautiful views of Hout Bay. This fun outing is particularly popular with children.

Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve
Cape of Good Hope is one of the two world-renowned landmarks within the Table Mountain National Park, the other is Table Mountain. This part of the park is home to an array of fynbos, over 250 species of birds, buck, baboons and Cape mountain zebra.

Clifton and Camps Bay Beaches
The Mother City has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton are white and sandy offering spectacular views and sunsets.

False Bay
False Bay has one of the Cape Peninsula's most tranquil and picturesque stretches of coastline. Known for its scenic beauty, it encompasses small seaside villages along coastline. The most popular small towns include the historical naval village of Simon's Town, Muizenberg (known for its epic waves), St James (with its colorful huts), Kalk Bay (with great seafood restaurants), and Fish Hoek (with one of the best beaches).

Boulders - African Penguin Colony
Boulders Beach in Simons Town is home to the African penguin now said to number over 3000, though the species as a whole is listed as endangered. Wooden walkways allow visitors to view the penguins in the natural habitat. Children will love the penguins and their antics!



Starting Accommodation: Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel (B)

Day 13 – Cape Town to Victoria Falls
A driver will meet you in the lobby of your hotel to transfer your to the airport for your flight to Victoria Falls. Once arrived, a driver will meet you to transfer you to your accommodation.

The Victoria Falls Hotel
Echoing its glorious pedigree since 1904, The Victoria Falls Hotel features 161 rooms and suites - truly a five-star experience of pure grandeur. Style, glamour and sophistication are hallmarks of the Executive Suites, which are luxuriously appointed with warm, inviting décor.

A member of the prestigious, invitation-only The Leading Hotels of the World, The Victoria Falls Hotel is renowned for impeccable service, luxurious accommodation and exceptional facilities, including complimentary WI-FI for all guests.

Sunset Cruise - Zambezi Explorer
There are three decks onboard the Zambezi explorer. The two lower decks provide a 5-star luxury service where guests can choose from an exciting range of beverages and cocktails as well as a selection of delicious snacks. The 'Signature Deck' is the third level and it is pure luxury with gourmet hors d'oeuvres and premium beverages served from a private bar. Guests can relax in the comfort of the deep set couches and enjoy the extravagance of VIP service.

Able to seat 150 guests, the Zambezi Explorer is ideal for both leisure and corporate events, it is wheelchair-friendly and equipped with WI-FI. The Zambezi Explorer harnesses the abundant sunshine to generate solar power using an intricate network of photo-voltaic cells. To sail on the Zambezi Explorer is to endorse one's commitment towards a greener tomorrow.



Starting Accommodation: Victoria Falls Hotel (B)

Day 14 – Touring Victoria Falls
Tour of Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe Side
No surprise why Victoria Falls is one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World! You will understand it instantly as you tour the Zimbabwean side, for there are numerous spectacular vantage points along the width of the Falls, and the sight of this astounding gift of nature simply takes your breath away. Walk through the permanent, beautifully misty rain forest which flanks the Falls, stopping to marvel at the principal sites as it cascades to the depths below: the Main Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Rainbow Falls, the Boiling Pot, Cataract Island and Livingstone Island. Stand and watch, feel and listen to the spray and thunderous noise, as millions of liters of water tumble over the Falls into a series of narrow gorges below. The seventh Natural Wonder of the World puts on the most dramatic show for you, and you will be privileged to have watched it.

Elephant Encounter
This afternoon you will be collected from the hotel and transferred to the Elephant Sanctuary. The Wild Horizons Elephant Sanctuary and Orphanage has been a safe-haven to a myriad of orphaned and injured elephants since its conception in 1992. Whilst hand rearing these orphans we have come to understand that the best way to appreciate these magnificent creatures is to watch them living wildly and freely, and The Elephant Encounter activities will give guests the opportunity to unobtrusively interact with some of the biggest personalities in Africa, in a pristine environment overflowing with raw natural beauty.

An open design thatch Boma gives guests an uninterrupted view of the beautiful Masui River, and against this breath taking back drop, guests will be given an insightful and educational presentation on the sanctuary and the individual elephants, their lifestyle and their future release plans. The sanctuary was founded on the principle of conservation, and one of the most effective ways to evoke a sense of environmental responsibility is to show what stands to be lost.

Starting Accommodation: Victoria Falls Hotel (B)

Day 15 – Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park
A driver will meet you in the lobby of your hotel to transfer you to the airport for your flight to Hwange National Park. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your accommodation.

Linkwasha Camp
Linkwasha Camp lies in Hwange's south-eastern corner, on a private concession. Situated on the same site as the old Linkwasha, the camp is close to the famed Ngamo Plains, which offer fantastic summer game viewing - to add to the already excellent winter viewing from the camp itself; Linkwasha overlooks a pan that is a magnet for game in the dry season.

The fresh, open and airy design of Linkwasha Camp is complemented by an eclectic mix of contemporary interiors with the original spirit and essence of safari. Eight en-suite luxury tents and one family tent look out over the waterhole, while the main area - including various multi-level decks, a pool area and a winter lounge complete with library - has the same uninterrupted view.



Starting Accommodation: Linkwasha Camp (B, L, D)

Day 16 – Activities at Linkwasha Camp

Hwange's mix of different veld and landscape types means that game viewing is productive year-round. Wildlife frequently encountered in our area includes lion, large herds of elephant, buffalo, leopard, spotted hyaena, giraffe, sable, blue wildebeest, impala, waterbuck and reedbuck. In summer, wildebeest, zebra and eland are found in abundance on the open plains, while in winter elephant congregate in enormous numbers around the waterholes.

Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe's largest and most popular national park, the private concession means that sightings of the prolific wildlife are exclusive and private.

Game Drives
Hwange National Park is the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe at 14 651 km² with varied habitats and vegetation types - meaning that game drives are exciting with always something new to be seen. (Wind-resistant ponchos are provided during winter months.)

Walking Safaris
Hwange was proclaimed some 80 years ago and has served as a haven for one of the densest concentrations of game in Africa. There is no better way to experience this park than on foot with one of our experienced safari guides.

Evening Drives
The Hwange 'night-act' includes nocturnal species such as lesser bush baby, spotted hyena, leopard, lion, Selous mongoose, pangolin, caracal, porcupine, scrub hare, spring hare and even honey badger.

Village visit
An authentic village experience takes place in a manner that is respectful to all parties. Usually around four hours and guided by one of the local villagers or a Wilderness guide, it often includes a guided tour of the school, meeting the headman or head-woman and enjoying cultural exchanges with the villagers.



Starting Accommodation: Linkwasha Camp (B, L, D)

Day 17 – Hwange National Park to USA
Today you will begin your journey back to the USA. A driver will meet you in the lobby to transfer you to the airport where you will fly back home via Victoria Falls. (B)

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Highlighted Activities

Cape Peninsula Tour
Cape Peninsula Tour
Cape Town
Length: Full-day
Maasai Mara National Reserve game viewing
Maasai Mara National Reserve game viewing
Kenya
Length: Half-day, Full-day


Hotels

City
Standard
Superior
Deluxe
Luxury
NairobiHemingways Nairobi
LaikipiaThe Sanctuary at Ol Lentille
Maasai Mara National ReserveCottar's 1920s Safari Camp
NairobiHemingways Nairobi
Cape TownBelmond Mount Nelson Hotel
Victoria FallsVictoria Falls Hotel
Hwange National ParkLinkwasha Camp


Pricing

Please note all prices listed below are approximations and subject to current rate of exchange adjustments. Each itinerary can be fully customized to your interests and needs.

Standard
Superior
Deluxe
Luxury
Twin Share
7/1/2019 - 8/31/2019$17,250
9/1/2019 - 9/30/2019$17,390
10/1/2019 - 10/31/2019$16,750
11/1/2019 - 11/30/2019$13,585
12/1/2019 - 12/19/2019$13,560
Single Traveler
7/1/2019 - 8/31/2019$21,340
9/1/2019 - 9/30/2019$21,625
10/1/2019 - 10/31/2019$20,885
11/1/2019 - 11/30/2019$17,225
12/1/2019 - 12/19/2019$17,145


Terms and Conditions

Prices are per person, twin/double share in USD. All highlighted savings are reflected in the price. Travel may be limited to certain days of the week. Hotels and tours remain subject to availability. Cancellation penalties and other booking or alteration restrictions may exist. Please note blackout dates may apply to Christmas, New Year and local special event periods. Pricing may increase over Holiday and special event periods and may not be reflected in price grid. Prices indicated remain subject to change without notice. Prices are not guaranteed until full payment is received and processed. CST #2012413-20 See our full Terms and Conditions: www.swaindestinations.com/terms