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South Africa, Botswana & Kenya 2018/19

The Great MigrationOne of the world's 10 natural wonders. Witness the real circle of life as more than 6 million hooves stampede, crossing crocodile-filled rivers. To witness this amazing spectacle find out the best times to visit.
Explore the highlights of Southern Africa including Mthethomusha Game Reserve, the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls and the rolling plains of Kenya, on this incredible journey. Visit Table Mountain, cruise along the Zambezi River and spot the 'Big 5' across three diverse countries.Cosmopolitan CapeWe begin our journey in cosmopolitan Cape Town, where we'll explore the South African Museum, iconic Table Mountain and the natural treasure that is Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.Amazing Animal EncountersNo tour of Africa would be complete without a visit to its spectacular National Parks. We spend time at Mthetomusha Private Game Reserve on the border of Great Kruger National Park, and enjoy our first game drive to spot the 'Big 5' in their natural habitat. In Botswana, we enjoy two nights in an eco-luxury tented campsite within Moremi Game Reserve. Here we explore the Okavango delta and it's stunning ecosystem. Other highlights include brilliant boat safaris and game drives within Chobe National Park. Keep your eyes peeled for some of Africa's finest wildlife, including hippos, elephants, lions, buffalo and more!Thunderous waterfallsWitness the mighty Victoria Falls, a truly beautiful and spectacular sight. They form the natural border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, and we promise you will not be disappointed! We head to Kenya, setting for the famous novels "Out of Africa" and "Born Free". Here you'll track game in Samburu National Reserve, see majestic Mt Kenya, stunning birdlife at Lake Nakuru and cross the vast savannahs of the Maasai Mara.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Africa. Taxes included
  • 4 economy-class flights within Africa
  • 3 light plane flights within Africa
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding shared lodge open safari 4WD)

Accommodation & Meals

  • 5 nights in good quality hotels (4 star)
  • 2 nights in eco tented accommodation in Moremi Game Reserve
  • 11 nights in African lodges (4-4 star)
  • 2 nights in a luxury-style tent in the heart of the Maasai Mara
  • 20 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 15 dinners, including welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based national guide throughout southern Africa (based on min. of 6 people)
  • English-speaking locally based guides in southern Africa
  • English-speaking locally based driver/guide in Kenya (max. 6 people per vehicle)

Entrance Fees & Permits

  • Entrance fees to all national parks and reserves are included

Sightseeing

Discover the many sides of South Africa

  • Explore the picturesque city of Cape Town including SA Museum and majestic Table Mountain. The second most populous city in South Africa, learn of the history and modern-day Cape Town while witnessing some amazing scenery.
  • Tour the beautiful Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, one of Cape Town's national treasures.
  • Dine at a traditional African restaurant and enjoy the Diembe Drumming!
  • Spend 2 nights in a mountain lodge on the border of the Greater Kruger National Park.
  • Head out on game drives in Mthethomusga Game Reserve, bordering Greater Kruger National Park, where the 'Big 5' can be found.

Breathtaking Botswana

  • Spend 2 nights in an eco tent in the heart of Moremi Game Reserve.
  • Explore the magnificent Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta on earth, and view the giant Mopane forests and the Kwai floodplains.
  • Discover world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve from the water on mokoro canoe safaris.
  • Enjoy a river safari on the Chobe River observing life along the riverbanks.
  • Game drive through Chobe National Park in search of wildlife, including the majestic elephants the park is famous for.

The smoke that thunders

  • Spend 2 nights at amazing Victoria Falls with plenty of free time to relax and explore the local surrounds.
  • Take a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River onboard an Ra-Ikana (a 16 seater luxury boat built to replicate the 'Ma-Robert', Dr David Livingstone's boat).
  • Enjoy a guided excursion of the Falls including all 16 view points to see this natural phenomenon.
  • Experience a traditional Boma Dinner, complete with dancing, singing and drumming!

Witness Kenya's amazing wildlife and spectacular scenery

  • Visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, run by Dr Dame Daphne Sheldrick, one of the world's most extraordinary animal rehabilitation programs.
  • Visit The Giraffe Centre, an important conservation initiative created by the 'African Fund for Endangered Wildlife'. Feed and get up close and personal with these majestic creatures from elevated platforms.
  • Tour the Karen Blixen Museum, presenting a glimpse of the life of Karen Blixen, an extraordinary farmer and the author of 'Out of Africa'.
  • Explore rugged and remote Samburu National Reserve on game drives. The reserve attracts some amazing wildlife including giraffe, buffalo, waterbuck, zebra and much more!
  • Visit a Samburu Village and school for protected Samburu women and their children.
  • Discover Mount Kenya National Park, home to Africa's second highest peak, affording some of the most impressive views in east Africa.
  • Participate in a tree planting ceremony in Lake Nakuru.
  • Take a spectacular game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park, a sanctuary for migratory water birds.
  • Enjoy afternoon tea at Elsemere in Lake Naivasha, home to the late Joy Adamson, author of 'Born Free'.
  • Visit Lake Naivasha, a beautiful freshwater lake. Fringed by thick papyrus, it is one of Kenya's important horticultural areas with its yellow-barked Acacia Xanthophlea and is teeming with birdlife.
  • Spend 2 nights in a luxury tent in the heart of the Maasai Mara.
  • Experience unforgettable game drives in the Maasai Mara, Kenya's finest and most famous reserve. With its abundance of wildlife and rolling savannahs, it makes for amazing game-viewing. Keep an eye out for millions of wildebeest and zebras which migrate here annually.
  • Enjoy an incredible bush dinner under the Maasai Mara stars.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
23
Price From
AUD $18,395
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
4 to 12
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Slow paced, Small Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
18 Mar 201909 Apr 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $17,065
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South Africa, Botswana & Kenya 2018/19

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia
Day 2. Arrive Cape Town

'Welkom' to Cape Town! Meet your tour guide and fellow travellers for a welcome drink this evening.

Day 3. Cape Town

We discover the cosmopolitan city on a sightseeing tour this morning. Highlights include the South African Museum and iconic Table Mountain (weather permitting).

Special Experience: Nestled at the eastern foot of majestic Table Mountain, the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is one of Cape Town's natural treasures. Explore the stunning landscapes on a garden tour.

Tonight we'll enjoy a group welcome dinner, accompanied by djembe drumming. [B,D]

Day 4. Cape Town - Mthethomusha Game Reserve

This morning we fly to the Kruger region and continue to Mthetomusha Private Game Reserve, on the border of Greater Kruger National Park. This afternoon we'll head out on our first game drive! [B,D]

Day 5. Mthethomusha Game Reserve

Our day is devoted to viewing the abundant wildlife found in this beautiful park, on morning and afternoon game drives. [B,L,D]

Day 6. Mthethomusha Game Reserve - Johannesburg

After one last morning game drive, we transfer to the airport for our flight to Johannesburg. [B]

Day 7. Johannesburg - Okavango Delta

We leave South Africa and fly to Maun, gateway to the incredible Okavango Delta. From here we'll enjoy a scenic flight in a light plane over the beautiful delta into Moremi Game Reserve. This afternoon we'll head out in search of game by boat. [B,D]

Day 8. Okavango Delta (Moremi)

Special Experience: This morning we cruise along the delta in a traditional mokoro can, admiring the amazing birdlife and scenery of one of the richest ecosystems in the world as it is bathed in morning light. [B,L,D]

Day 9. Okavango Delta - Chobe

After an early morning searching for game, we travel to the airstrip for our flight to Kasane. From here, we'll make our way into famous Chobe National Park. This afternoon we take to the water for a boat safari as the sun sets. [B,D]

Day 10. Chobe National Park

We explore Chobe National Park today on morning and afternoon game drives. Known for having one of the largest populations of elephants in Africa, it's also home to huge herds of buffals and zebra. Hopefully we'll spot large prides of lions lazing the day away in the shade as well. [B,L,D]

Day 11. Chobe - Victoria Falls

We cross the border and travel to Victoria Falls, the world's largest waterfall, forming part of the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Tonight we'll relax on a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River. [B]

Day 12. Victoria Falls

A morning guided walk takes us through lush rainforest to the spectacular falls. Explore the trails and take in the amazing view! [B,D]

Special Experience: This evening we enjoy a boma dinner, with traditional dancing and drumming.

Day 13. Victoria Falls - Nairobi

Enjoy the morning at leisure before our flight to Nairobi this afternoon. [B]

Day 14. Nairobi

Today we'll visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, run by Dame Daphne Sheldrick, which rescues and rehabilitates orphaned elephants and rhinos from ivory and horn poachers. Then get up close and personal with the giraffes at the Giraffe Centre.

Later we enjoy lunch at the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and visit the adjoining Museum. [B,L]

Day 15. Nairobi - Samburu National Reserve

Escaping the city, we travel north and cross the equator before arriving in Samburu National Reserve. After lunch we'll head out on our first game drive! [B,L,D]

Day 16. Samburu National Reserve

Keep an eye out for Samburu's diverse range of wildlife on morning and afternoon game drives today. [B,L,D]

Special Experience: Visit a Samburu village and school to learn about 'a day in the life' of a Samburu woman and her children.

Day 17. Samburu National Reserve - Mt Kenya National Park

Today we travel to Mount Kenya, Kenya's highest mountain. Here we'll explore the forest on foot with a ranger. [B,L,D]

Day 18. Mt Kenya National Park - Lake Nakuru National Park

A chance for us to spot the endangered rhino in beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park today on an afternoon game drive. [B,L,D]

Day 19. Lake Nakuru National Park - Lake Naivasha

We'll participate in a tree-planting ceremony at our lodge this morning before we travel to Lake Naivasha, the home of the late Joy Adamson, author of "Born Free". Its rich heritage and idyllic scenery make it the perfect place to enjoy afternoon tea and visit the house containing memorabilia from the "Born Free" film. [B,L,D]

Day 20. Lake Naivasha - Maasai Mara

We travel to the famous Maasai Mara and enjoy a game drive, spotting elephants, giraffes, zebra, gazelles and lions! [B,L,D]

Day 21. Maasai Mara

Our day in the Maasai Mara is devoted to discovering the incredible wildlife on morning and afternoon game drives. [B,L,D]

Special Experience: This evening we'll enjoy a special bush dinner under a beautiful blanket of stars.

Day 22. Maasai Mara - Nairobi - Australia

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 23. Arrive Australia