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Luxury Tour

Great African Odyssey

FROM $31,995

Discover Africa from the amber desert of Namibia, to the lush flora of South Africa’s Garden Route. Encounter incredible wildlife along the way on game drives across the continent, including Kruger National Park, the Serengeti and the Masai Mara.

  • DURATION 33 DAYS
  • TYPE LUXURY LAND JOURNEY
  • OPERATES JUNE, JULY, AUGUST 2017
  • DEPARTS WINDHOEK

ITINERARY

DAY 1 ARRIVE WINDHOEK

Be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel to enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your fellow guests this evening. (D)

Stay: Windhoek, Hotel Heinitzburg

DAY 2 WINDHOEK, SOSSUSVLEI, NAMIBRAND NATURE RESERVE

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Capture the changing colours of the Namib Desert with sundowners at Chateau Plains.

Board your private plane and fly to Sossusvlei. Set off on an excursion to learn about the Namib Desert and the unique creatures and plants that have adapted to survive here. Board a short flight to NamibRand Nature Reserve. (BLD)

Stay: NamibRand Nature Reserve, Wolwedans Dunes Lodge or Camp

DAY 3 NAMIBRAND NATURE RESERVE

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Discover Namibia on 4WD excursions.

Tonight, enjoy a dinner prepared by the lodge’s desert chef. (BLD)

Stay: NamibRand Nature Reserve, Wolwedans Dunes Lodge or Camp

DAY 4 NAMIBRAND NATURE RESERVE, ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a dolphin cruise and lunch at Walvis Bay followed by a picnic lunch on the beach.

Re-board your private plane and fly over the Sand Sea, which stretches along Namibia’s entire Atlantic coast. Continue by plane to Onguma Private Game Reserve. (BLD)

Stay: Onguma Private Game Reserve, Onguma Tented Camp

DAY 5 ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

During your morning and afternoon game drives, experience the wildlife of Etosha National Park. Within the desert of the Etosha Salt Pan, elephants, lions, giraffes and various breeds of birds congregate around the various waterholes. You may spot zebras, cheetahs, leopards or black rhinos. (BLD)

Stay: Onguma Private Game Reserve, Onguma Tented Camp

DAY 6 ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

Today presents yet another opportunity to explore Onguma Private Game Reserve via morning and afternoon game drives. After breakfast, head out with your experienced tracker to spot wildlife. (BLD)

Stay: Onguma Private Game Reserve, Onguma Tented Camp

DAY 7 ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK, WINDHOEK, CAPE TOWN

Savour your last breakfast in Etosha National Park then board your plane and fly to Windhoek, where your Namibia Private Air Safari ends. From here, fly to Cape Town in South Africa and transfer to your hotel. (B)

Stay: Cape Town, Table Bay Hotel at the V and A Waterfront

DAY 8 CAPE TOWN

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing

Choose from a visit to the Constantia Winelands or take a ferry to Robben Island. Another option is to set off on a township tour.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Dining

Tonight, choose from a selection of local restaurants to dine at.

Ride the aerial cableway to the top of Table Mountain, then visit the Castle of Good Hope. (BD)

Stay: Cape Town, Table Bay Hotel at the V and A Waterfront

DAY 9 CAPE TOWN, CAPE PENINSULA

Enjoy a full day of the picturesque Cape Peninsula. Travel along Chapman’s Peak Drive to Cape Point, visit historic Simon’s Town and Boulders Beach, a sheltered beach made up of inlets in between granite boulders. Here, you will see the colony of African penguins who call the beach home. (BL)

Stay: Cape Town, Table Bay Hotel at the V and A Waterfront

DAY 10 CAPE TOWN, OUDTSHOORN

Travel the Garden Route to Oudtshoorn. Visit Cango Caves and sample Karoo cuisine during dinner. (BD)

Stay: Oudtshoorn, Rosenhof Country House

DAY 11 OUDTSHOORN, FREEDOM OF CHOICE, KNYSNA

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing

This morning, choose whether to spend time with creatures great or small. Perhaps embark on a meerkat safari; or enjoy an elephant feeding experience.

Continue your journey to Knysna.

Stay: Knysna, Turbine Hotel and Spa

DAY 12 KNYSNA, FEATHERBED NATURE RESERVE

Take a ferry to Featherbed Nature Reserve and travel by 4WD to Western Head for panoramic views of Knysna Lagoon. Enjoy a buffet lunch amid the lush forest. (BL)

Stay: Knysna, Turbine Hotel and Spa

DAY 13 KNYSNA, PORT ELIZABETH

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Dining

Tonight, choose where to dine from a selection of restaurants.

This morning enjoy a choice of activities. Perhaps visit Monkeyland Primate Reserve, where you’ll see primate species roam free. Alternatively, enter the world’s largest aviary dome. Afterwards, continue on your journey to Port Elizabeth. (BD)

Stay: Port Elizabeth, Boardwalk Hotel and Spa

DAY 14 PORT ELIZABETH, KRUGE NATIONAL PARK

Fly via Johannesburg to Kruger National Park, arriving later at the private game reserve of Ngala. Enjoy sundowner drinks. (BD)

Stay: Kruger National Park, Ngala Safari Lodge

DAY 15 PUMBA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE, KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Savour a boma dinner in Kruger National Park.

Travelling through the lodge’s private reserve on morning and afternoon game drives, you will share the land with very few others, increasing your chance of animal sightings. (BLD)

Stay: Kruger National Park, Ngala Safari Lodge

DAY 16 KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, JOHANNESBURG

Fly to Johannesburg where you will stay overnight before your flight to Livingstone. (B)

Stay: Johannesburg, D’Oreale Grande Hotel

DAY 17 JOHANNESBURG, LIVINGSTONE

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Savour dinner aboard the Royal Livingstone Express train.

Arriving at your hotel, set beside the Zambezi River, enjoy some time to settle in before taking a short walk to Victoria Falls. Watch clouds of mist rise skyward as the waters of the Zambezi roar over the brink and into the seemingly bottomless chasm below. (BD)

Stay: Royal Livingstone Hotel

DAY 18 JOHANNESBURG, SOWETO

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing

Today, perhaps trace the steps of Dr Livingstone on Chief Mukuni’s Village Cultural Tour then visit the Maramba Market. Or enjoy an exciting rhino walking safari. Alternatively, marvel at Victoria Falls from above on a helicopter flight.

Afterwards, head back to your hotel and enjoy time at leisure to relax. (B)

Stay: Royal Livingstone Hotel

DAY 19 CHOBE RIVER

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy game viewing on safari boats on the Chobe River over two days.

Travel by coach and boat through Botswana into Namibia and transfer to your water villa on the Chobe River. Enjoy unobstructed views of Sedudu Island, known for its high density wildlife. (BD)

Stay: Chobe River, Chobe Water Villas

DAY 20 CHOBE RIVER

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing

Visit a Namibian village or try tiger fishing.

Wake to a beautiful sunrise overlooking the Chobe as you prepare for another day of safari boat rides, and see the many elephants that call the Chobe River home. (B)

Stay: Chobe River, Chobe Water Villas

DAY 21 CHOBE RIVER, JOHANNESBURG

Fly back to Johannesburg where you will spend the night before continuing on your journey. (B)

Stay: Johannesburg, D’Oreale Grande Hotel

DAY 22 JOHANNESBURG, ARUSHA

Fly via Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to Arusha. This is the perfect jumping off point for your Tanzanian safari. Transfer to your hotel which is located on a coffee plantation. Settle in with Welcome Drinks in the evening. (B)

Stay: Arusha Coffee Lodge

DAY 23 ARUSHA, TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Visit the village of a Maasai tribe.

Set out by 4WD to your camp, which overlooks Tarangire National Park. Relax before your first game drive in the park. (BLD)

Stay: Tarangire Natinal Park, Tarangire Balloon Camp

DAY 24 TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

The quiet plains of Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park are home to wildebeest, zebra, buffalo and impala, but are most famous for the annual elephant migration. Watch for these gentle creatures along with a host of other animals on morning and afternoon game drives today. (BLD)

Stay: Tarangire Natinal Park, Tarangire Balloon Camp

DAY 25 TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK, NGORONGORO CRATER

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Meet the children at a local school.

Continue to your lodge, set close to the rim of Ngorongoro Crater. Here, you have the chance to take an included game drive through Lake Manyara National Park. Watch the sun dip behind the crater walls before dinner this evening. (BLD)

Stay: Ngorongoro Crater, Acacia Farm Lodge

DAY 26 NGORONGORO CRATER

Descend into Ngorongoro Crater and enjoy a full-day game drive along the crater’s floor as well as a picnic lunch here today. The crater’s high walls serve as a natural enclosure for an abundance of native wildlife. You are likely to see a variety of bird species, including crowned cranes, ostriches, plovers and bustards, while wildebeest, gazelles and zebras all roam freely. (BLD)

Stay: Ngorongoro Crater, Acacia Farm Lodge

DAY 27 OLDUVAI GORGE, SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Take a private tour of Olduvai Gorge, known as the ‘cradle of mankind.’

Enjoy the chance to watch for wildlife as you travel through the incredible surrounds of the World Heritage-listed Serengeti National Park. (BLD)

Stay: Serengeti National Park, Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

DAY 28 SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Head out to an early morning game drive. Later, enjoy the infinity pool and views of the waterhole at your lodge. On your afternoon game drive, the chance to spot a huge variety of wildlife is high. (BLD)

Stay: Serengeti National Park, Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

DAY 29 SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK, MASAI MARA

Board a light aircraft and fly to the border of Tanzania. After landing and crossing into Kenya, take a short flight to the renowned Masai Mara, home to the nomadic Maasai people who have lived here for centuries. Shortly after arriving, head off-road through the savannah on your first game drive. This is one of the best places in Africa to spot big game. You may see the Big Five Look out for the Big Five, as well as cheetahs and hyenas. (BLD)

Stay: Masai Mara, Karen Blixen Camp

DAY 30 MASAI MARA, FREEDOM OF CHOICE

Wake to the sounds of the bush in the heart of the Masai Mara. Perhaps embark on a balloon safari over the Masai Mara (own expense, must be pre-booked). Head out on a morning game drive. Wonder awaits on an evening game drive as the animals become more active. Raise a glass and celebrate your experience with sundowner drinks. (BLD)

Stay: Masai Mara, Karen Blixen Camp

DAY 31 MASAI MARA

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Savour a Masai Mara bush dinner.

You can choose to further explore or enjoy a day or rest and relaxation within the surrounds of your camp. (BLD)

Stay: Masai Mara, Karen Blixen Camp

DAY 32 MASAI MARA, NAIROBI

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a private performance by the Kenyan Boys Choir.

Fly to Nairobi and transfer to your hotel. Come together for a Farewell Lunch. You may like to take an optional excursion to Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage (own expense, must be pre-booked). (BL)

Stay: Hemingways Nairobi

DAY 33 DEPART NAIROBI

Transfer to the airport after breakfast. (B)

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