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South Africa, Botswana & Kenya

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Explore the highlights of Southern Africa including Mthethomusga Game Reserve, Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park and Victoria Falls, on this incredible journey. Visit Soweto, spot the 'Big 5' and cruise along the Zambezi River.Rich HistoryWe start our journey in Johannesburg, where we experience the incredible history of South Africa. We take a tour of Soweto, Nelson Mandela's home, and visit the powerful Apartheid Museum.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
  • 3 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 open safari 4WD)

Accommodation & Meals

  • 8 nights in good quality hotels (4 star)
  • 2 nights in eco tented accommodation in Moremi Game Reserve
  • 9 nights in African lodges (4-4½ star)
  • 2 nights in a luxury-style tent in the heart of the Maasai Mara
  • 21 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 17 dinners, including welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based tour director, guides and driver 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

  • Discover Johannesburg’s vibrant Soweto district including the former house of Nelson Mandela.
  • Tour the South Africa Breweries’ World of Beer, a museum dedicated to the history of beer in South Africa, and enjoy a tour and tasting.
  • Stop at Wild about Whisky, home to the largest whiskey menu in the southern hemisphere, and the famous Clock Shop in Dullstroom.
  • Visit the Three Rondavels view point for spectacular views over the Blyde River Canyon.
  • Enjoy a picturesque lunch on the Blyde River.
  • Travel along the scenic Panorama Route and see Gods Window, Bourkes Luck Potholes and Pinnacle Rock.
  • Stop in the town of Casterbridge, known for its many antique shops and galleries.
  • Visit Jane Goodall's Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary. Established in 2006, it is home to chimps that have been misplaced from their habitats in Africa.
  • 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

  • Explore amazing Victoria Falls from both the Zimbabwean and Zambian sides, 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!
  • Tour the Mukuni Village, home to the Leya people. See their homes and Chief Mukuni's Palace, and try some traditional food and beer.

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
24
Price From
AUD $16,595
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 100+
Group Size
1 to 12
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Marine/Cruise, Slow paced
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
ItineraryExpand
South Africa, Botswana & Kenya

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

Day 1. Depart Australia
Day 2. Australia - Johannesburg

'Welkom’ to Johannesburg, the largest city in South Africa, founded in 1886 on one of the richest gold reefs in the world. Johannesburg today is a vibrant, pulsating city, and its diverse population means that it still manages to present an authentic cultural experience. Meet your fellow travellers tonight for a welcome cocktail.

Day 3. Johannesburg

We explore Soweto today. Infused with the history of the struggle against apartheid and abuzz with the energy of the city of gold, Soweto is also the most metropolitan township in South Africa. Our sightseeing tour includes the Apartheid Museum and the former home of Nelson Mandela. We’ll also visit the South Africa Breweries’ World of Beer, a museum dedicated to the history of beer in South Africa, for a tour and tasting. This evening we’ll enjoy a group welcome dinner. [B,D]

Day 4. Johannesburg - Hazyview

We depart for Hazyview early this morning, travelling along South Africa’s famous Panorama Route. We’ll stop along the way at Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Pinnacle Rock and God’s Window, one of the most spectacular viewpoints on the route. [B,D]

Day 5. Hazyview - Mthethomusga Game Reserve

Special Experience:Visit the Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary. Established in 2006, it cares for chimpanzees rescued after being displaced from their natural habitat.

We continue to Mthetomusga Private Game Reserve, on the south-western border of Greater Kruger National Park, home to the 'Big 5’ and a myriad of birdlife. This afternoon we’ll head out on our first game drive! [B,L,D]

Day 6. Mthethomusga Game Reserve

Our day is devoted to viewing the abundant wildlife found in this beautiful park on morning and afternoon game drives. The rugged terrain of the park creates a number of unique ecosystems to discover. We’ll explore in open 4WD safari vehicles with an experienced ranger. [B,L,D]

Day 7. Mthethomusga Game Reserve - Okavango Delta

We bid farewell to 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 before a magical sunset cruise along the Boro River. [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.

We’ll return to the lodge for lunch and explore more of the reserve on a game walk this afternoon. [B,L,D]

Day 9. Okavango Delta - Chobe

After an early morning searching for game, we travel to the airstrip for our scenic flight to Kasane. From here, we’ll make our way into famous Chobe National Park, home to the highest concentration of elephants on earth and undoubtedly one of the most spectacular national parks in Africa. 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. Apart from elephants, it is home to huge herds of buffals and zebras. 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

Today 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 on board a Ra-Ikana - a replica of Dr David Livingstone’s boat 'Ma Robert’. [B]

Day 12. Victoria Falls

A morning guided walk takes us through lush rainforest to the spectacular falls, known by the locals as "Mosi-o-Tunya" (The Smoke That Thunders). Explore the trails and take in the amazing view from all 16 lookouts! [B,D]

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

Day 13. Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) - Victoria Falls (Zambia)

We cross the border into Zambia via the iconic Victoria Falls Bridge. Once in Zambia, we’ll visit Mukuni Village, home to the Leya people. Here we’ll see the village homes, Chief Mukuni’s palace, try the traditional cuisine and taste the local beer. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. [B,D]

Day 14. Victoria Falls - Livingstone - Nairobi

This morning is at leisure before our flight to Nairobi this afternoon. Less than 100 years ago, there was a river in an empty wilderness where Nairobi now stands. Despite health hazards and the ever-present danger from wild animals, Nairobi was established by 1907 and quickly grew to become the largest city between Cairo and Johannesburg. [B]

Day 15. Nairobi

Today we’ll visit The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, run by Dr Dame Daphne Sheldrick, which rescues and rehabilitates orphaned elephants and rhinos from ivory and horn poachers. We’ll then enjoy a visit to the Giraffe Centre and get up close and personal with these majestic creatures from the raised platforms. Later we’ll enjoy lunch at the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden, followed by a visit to the adjoining Museum. [B,L]

Day 16. Nairobi - Samburu National Reserve

Escaping the city,we travel north through rich farming areas and cross the equator before arriving in Samburu National Reserve, famous for its spectacular game viewing. After lunch we’ll head out on our first game drive in search of some of the wildlife unique to the area - the reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra and the Somali ostrich. [B,L,D]

Day 17. Samburu National Reserve

Keep an eye out for Samburu’s diverse range of wildlife including lion, buffalo and cheetahs, as well as the famous 'red elephants of Samburu’ 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 18. Samburu National Reserve - Mt Kenya National Park

This morning we depart for Mount Kenya National Park, home to Africa’s second-highest peak, Mount Kenya. We’ll enjoy lunch on arrival and then explore the forest on foot with a local ranger this afternoon. [B,L,D]

Day 19. Mt Kenya National Park - Lake Nakuru National Park

We travel through part of the famous Great Rift Valley this morning. There’s a chance for us to spot the endangered black rhino in beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park today. We’ll also participate in a tree-planting ceremony at our lodge before an afternoon game drive. [B,L,D]

Day 20. Lake Nakuru National Park - Lake Naivasha

Today we travel to magnificent Lake Naivasha and famous 'Elsamere’, 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 which contains memorabilia from the "Born Free" film. [B,L,D]

Day 21. Lake Naivasha - Maasai Mara

We travel to the famous Maasai Mara, one of the world’s finest game reserves characterised by its wide open plains and rolling savannahs, dotted with the occasional tree. This afternoon we’ll enjoy a game drive, spotting elephants, giraffes, zebras, gazelles and lions! [B,L,D]

Day 22. Maasai Mara

Our day in the Maasai Mara is devoted to discovering the incredible wildlife on morning and afternoon game drives. This evening we’ll enjoy an unforgettable bush dinner under a beautiful blanket of stars. [B,L,D]

Day 23. Maasai Mara - Nairobi - Australia

Today we bid farewell to Africa and begin our journey home. [B]

Day 24. Arrive in Australia