Best of Africa

 Best of Africa


AFRICA HIGHLIGHTS

  • Victoria Falls
  • Kruger National Park
  • Cape Town
  • Table Mountain Cableway
  • Cape of Good Hope
  • Cape Point
  • Boulders Beach & Penguins
  • Johannesburg
  • Pretoria – Nelson Mandela’s Influence
  • Nairobi
  • Maasai Mara National Reserve
  • Nyahururu
  • Thomson’s Falls
  • Mount Kenya
  • ​Ol Pejeta Conservancy
  • Menengai Crater
  • ​Lake Nakuru National Park
  • The ‘Big 5’ Game viewing

 

Best of Africa


Dates

  • 21 Days
  • March, 2018

Pricing

  • Tour Pricing: $9,795 USD

 

 

 

Best of Africa


DAY 1: WELCOME TO AFRICA!

 

A Volant representative will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Enjoy a welcome dinner and a leisurely evening.

DAY 2: CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

As South Africa's most visited and arguably most beautiful city, Cape Town will serve as our jumping off point for the trip. After spending our first morning together we will take our private car to the base of Tabletop Mountain and climb aboard the cable car. Although the ride may be short, the view is priceless. Once at the top make sure to soak in the 360-view of Cape Town and its surrounding landscapes. Tabletop Mountain has options for food as well as guided tours every hour on the hour. After lunch we will descend back to sea level and drive to the Castle of Good Hope. Built in the 17th century, the Castle of Good Hope is considered to be the best preserved example of a Dutch East India fort and oldest surviving building in South Africa. After our tour of the bastion fort we will take some time to explore the Bo’kaap neighborhood. Considered to be one of the oldest and most spectacular neighborhoods in Cape Town, the Bo'kaap is unique in its brightly colored homes and cobble stoned streets. With the remainder of the day we will explore the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront for dinner. Tonight we will sleep in Cape Town.

DAY 3: CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

Our second full day in Cape Town will be spent on a scenic road trip down through the Cape Peninsula to the Cape of Good Hope. The Cape Peninsula Loop is one of the most breathtaking drives in the world. Beginning just south of Cape Town we will drive along spectacular coastal towns and beaches. By mid morning we will have reached the most southern most part of the peninsula. While out on the cape we will have the opportunity to be whisked away by the Flying Dutchman Funicular. Taking us up Cape Point we will witness remarkable views of the ocean and the iconic lighthouse. After our ride we will explore the Cape Point Nature Reserve as well as the Cape of Good Hope. On our way back up to the city of Cape Town we will stop by Boulders Beach, located on the False Bay. This beach is home to one of the last remaining colonies of free range African penguins. Once we have received our fill of endangered wildlife and glorious beaches we will drive back north for one last night in Cape Town.

DAY 4: JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

After an early start to our day we will fly to Johannesburg, South Africa. Once we have landed we will drive our private car north for about 50 minutes to a town called Pretoria. While on a walking tour of Pretoria we will explore a wide range of museums and historic buildings. One such site, the Paul Kruger House, is a historic residence of former President to the South African Republic. Built in 1884 this now museum represents the era in which President Paul Kruger lived. Another local landmark is called the Voortrekker Monument. This statue was erected to commemorate 'The Great Trek,' an eastward journey made by Dutch-speaking pioneers (1835-1846) to expand their colony. Later in the day we will walk over to Pretoria's Union Buildings. This set of buildings are the official seat to the national government. Although we are not allowed to enter the buildings, the architecture and surrounding gardens are quite impressive. After dinner we will drive back to Johannesburg where we will sleep for the night.

DAY 5: KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, SOUTH AFRICA

 

Today will be spent in Kruger National Park. Leaving Johannesburg behind us for the time being we will be take a flight to Nelspruit, South Africa. Along our scenic route from the airport be sure to keep your eyes peeled for a sounder of warthogs or even pride of lions. We will make sure to stop along the way to get a taste of local culture and to fill our bellies. Arriving to our cozy bungalow in the late afternoon we will have the rest of the day to get settled and explore the camp. Consider yourself official on safari!

 

DAY 6: KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, SOUTH AFRICA

For those who may be interested there will be an opportunity for a game drive to witness the early morning rituals of wildlife within the park. Later that morning we will have brunch and enjoy the afternoon at our leisure. Before dinner we will head out for another safari and continue to explore the park's flora and fauna. As one of the worlds premier game watching sites, Kruger National Park is home to 147 different mammals. Of these 147 species, the Big Five remain the most sought after while on safari. These Big Five include the African Lion, African Elephant, African Leopard, Black Rhinoceros and the Cape Buffalo. In the evening we will return to our rooms to rest before dinner. Due to the lack of both air and light pollution, Kruger National Park is a great place to stargaze. For all you city folks, watch as the night sky fills up with stars you've never seen before.

DAY 7: VICTORIA FALLS - MOSI-OA-TUNYA NATIONAL PARK, ZAMBIA

Today is the day we will first get a glimpse of the mighty Victoria Falls. We will start by flying out of the Nelspruit Airport to the Victoria Falls International Airport in Zimbabwe. Once we have transferred to our hotel we will take a scenic drive to the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia. Known by the indigenous as Mosi-oa-Tunya, or "The Smoke That Thunders," Victoria Falls lines the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Throughout the day there will be many photo opportunities of the falls as well as game viewing. Without any predators, animals like giraffes and elephants are free to roam the park. In the evening we will drive back into Victoria Falls where we will sleep for the night.

DAY 8: VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE

It is clear to see why these falls are considered to be one of the seven Natural Wonders of the world. Stretching over a mile wide with nearly a 360 foot drop, the Zambezi River creates the largest sheet of falling water in the world. The main falls are the most remarkable. At its peak water flows over 5 million cubic meters per minute. Be prepared to get wet! The mist that comes off the falls in remarkable. While in this UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site we will view the statue of David Livingstone the first European to gaze upon the mighty falls. As a famous missionary, physician and a pioneer of his time he named the falls in honor of his Queen. Much like the ultimate infinity pool we will also have the opportunity to take a dip along the lip of the falls in a place called the Devil's Pool. While walking through the surrounding rain forest make sure to keep an eye out for the many birds and small mammals that live here. After a magical sunset over the falls we will make our way back to our hotel for the night.

DAY 9: CHOBE NATIONAL PARK, BOTSWANA

About an hour drive southeast of Victoria Falls will land us in Chobe National Park. As the third largest park in Botswana, Chobe has the highest concentration of wildlife in all of Africa's parks. As the most diverse park we will be on the look out for huge herds of elephant and buffalo as well as their counterpart; the lion. After an unforgettable game drive we will spend the afternoon relaxing under the African sun.

DAY 10: CHOBE NATIONAL PARK, BOTSWANA - JOHNNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

We will continue to explore Chobe National Park in a private car. Late in the afternoon we will fly from Chobe National Park to Jonannesburg. For those who may be interested there will be an opportunity to get one last taste of South Africa's nightlife.

DAY 11: JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - NAIROBI, KENYA

Today will be dedicated to getting to Kenya. Enjoy a scenic flight over four African countries before arriving in Nairobi. As the capital and largest city of Kenya, Nairobi is home the world's only game reserve found within a major city. After a satisfying day of travel, settle in and rest up for a thorough exploration of the southwestern quarter of Kenya.

DAY 12: MOUNT KENYA - OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY, KENYA

 

Hop aboard a private vehicle for a three hour road trip to Nanyuki for sweeping views of Mount Kenya. As the highest mountain in Kenya and the second highest in all of Africa, after Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya and its surrounding national park have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. Use the second half of the day to tour the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. The Conservancy is renown as being the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa. Be sure to introduce yourself to Sudan, the world's last male white rhino. In partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service and the Jane Goodall Institute, Ol Pejeta has established the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Track lions, stroll through the bush, spot an elephant, enrich the lives of the rehabilitated mammals and get your safari on!

DAY 13: THOMSONS FALLS – LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK

Continue through the Kenyan countryside to the town of Nyahururu. Take the opportunity to see Thomson’s Falls or hike to the bottom for a closer look and a refreshing mist. Use the second part of the day to transfer and explore Lake Nakuru National Park. Along the way look west for views of the massive Menengai Crater. Continue to the national park for some of the best birdwatching in the world. Depending on the season, Lake Nakuru will have anywhere from thousands to millions of Flamingos nesting along the shores. In addition to the large Flamingo population there are 450 different bird species that call this park home.

DAY 14-15: MAASAI MARA NATIONAL PARK

 

Enjoy a scenic road trip through the Great Rift Valley to the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Also referred to as the Mara Triangle, this national reserve is home to all of the “Big Five” (African elephant, Black rhinoceros, Cape buffalo, African lion and African leopard). Expect a late arrival but enjoy the vast landscapes and wildlife along the way. If time permits enjoy an evening game drive.

Rise early for a morning game drive. Observe the beginning of a new day through the eyes of the 3 million large animals that live in the reserve. Witness the Great Migration, meet the indigenous Maasai people, and continue to be amazed by the unique cultural and natural beauty of the Great Rift Valley. Spend time between game drives relaxing and exploring the camp.

 

DAY 16-17: AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

 

After a relaxed morning take a short game viewing drive and head towards the airstrip. Board a sightseeing flight that takes you over the reserve and back to Nairobi. Enjoy a scenic drive through Southern Kenya to Amboseli National Park. Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure and explore the camp. Relax and prepare yourself for the adventure that awaits you in Tanzania.

Enjoy an early morning cup of Kenyan coffee or tea and depart the camp for an early morning game drive. Amboseli is famous for being the best place in Africa to get up close to the thousands of elephants that live here. Use your free time throughout the day to learn about the indigenous Maasai culture; buy a handmade souvenir or visit the Maasai Village. In the evening watch the sun kiss the mighty Kilimanjaro and sip on a sun-downer.

 

DAY 18: ARUSH - LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK

 

 

Depart Amboseli and cross into Tanzania at the Namanga Border. Proceed to Arusha for lunch. Continue to Lake Manyara National Park for the night. This park is famous for its tree’climbing lions, the only kind of their species in the world, as well as containing the largest concentration of baboons. This area offers an incredible array of ecological variations due to the ground water from the lake. The national park is rich in wildlife and a great place to bird watch.

 

DAY 19: NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA, TANZANIA

 

Continue west along the Great Rift Valley to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The conservation area encompasses the large grassy plains on the southern side of the Serengeti. The main feature of this area is the world’s largest volcanic caldera. The Ngorongoro Crater was made one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa in 2013 and is home to a dense population of the “Big 5” mammals. Enjoy a picnic overlooking the vast green crater. Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure.

 

DAY 20: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK, TANZANIA

 

After a relaxed morning transfer to the famous Serengeti National Park. Get settled at camp and join in on an afternoon game drive. The plains of the Serengeti are always thick in wildlife. Over a million wildebeest as well as thousands of zebra search for better grazing areas during their Great Migration. This mass movement of land animals is considered to be the largest in the world and has in fact been listed as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

Enjoy a full day following the migration, keeping in mind that the local predators aren’t too far behind. Large Nile crocodiles infest the rivers and patiently await the migration of their dinner. Watch as all three of Africas big cats (lions, cheetahs & leopards) play with their food and nap under the African sun.

Soak in those final moments on the last game drive as the trip comes to its end. In the evening enjoy one last sundowner and recount your favorite safari scenes.

 

DAY 21: ARUSHA - TOUR ENDS

 

Our tremendous journey and achievement comes to an end. Although no group activities will take place your Volant guide will ensure timely arrivals to the Kilimanjaro International Airport. Thank you for choosing Volant and safe travels!

 

 

 

 

Best of Africa


Inclusions

  • All Internal Flights (while on tour)
  • All Accommodations (3-4 star)
  • All Scheduled Meals
  • Transportation Throughout Tour
  • Airport Transfers
  • All National Park Entrance Fees
  • Personal guide throughout tour

Exclusions

  • International airfare (into Cape Town, South Africa and out of Nairobi, Kenya)
  • Entrance fees to museums and other attractions not listed in inclusions
  • Personal items: Laundry, shopping, etc.

Contact Us

 

 

By email: info@Volant.Travel

By phone: 801.651.7208

Cape Town

Johannesburg

Kruger National Park

Pretoria

Victoria Falls

Nairobi

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Lake Nakuru National Park

Menengai

Maasai Mara National Reserve

Mount Kenya

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