Day 1 ARRIVE IN NAIROBI, KENYA.
Welcome to Africa! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.
Day 2 NAIROBI–MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE AREA.
Today, drive to MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE, Kenya’s most famous game area. Stop for lunch en route before embarking on your first GAME DRIVE in search of the “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo. (B,L,D)
Day 3 MAASAI MARA AREA.
Your Driver/Guide navigates you on MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES in the “Mara,” as it is called by the locals. Part of the Serengeti ecosystem, the reserve boasts a strong permanent population of game. When the Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra arrives, generally between August and early November, the population enlarges by almost 2 million. This provides a great food source for predators such as lion, leopard, and hyena. (B,L,D)
The Great Migration is a natural event, and the arrival/departure of the migrating herds varies slightly year to year.
Day 4 MAASAI MARA AREA.
Further explore this magical place during MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES. Watch for elephant, rhino, topi, cheetah, and more. Between drives, enjoy leisure time to relax. (B,L,D)
Day 5 MAASAI MARA AREA–NAIROBI.
Join your Driver/Guide for one last GAME DRIVE this morning. Later, board a plane for the quick flight back to Nairobi where you will overnight. (B)
Day 6 NAIROBI–VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE.
This morning, fly to Zimbabwe. This evening, enjoy a CRUISE on the Zambezi River, which affords you a great opportunity to photograph wildlife and a spectacular Africa sunset. (B)
Day 7 VICTORIA FALLS.
Today, visit mighty VICTORIA FALLS for an awe-inspiring experience. Enjoy a PRIVATE GUIDED WALK, where you will learn the history of the falls and hear fascinating details about the surrounding flora and fauna. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)
During the dry season (September-December) and during dry years, water flow to Victoria Falls may be low.
Day 8 VICTORIA FALLS–CAPE TOWN.
Today, fly to beautiful Cape Town (via Johannesburg), widely referred to as the “Mother City” by locals. (B)
Day 9 CAPE TOWN.
Start your PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR with a CABLE-CAR RIDE up Table Mountain (weather permitting). Here, you will enjoy stunning views of the city and its surroundings. Next, stop at Boulders Beach, where you will visit a COLONY OF ENDANGERED AFRICAN PENGUINS, known for the unique sound they make. After lunch, continue to CAPE POINT NATURE RESERVE. Stop at the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point, the southwesternmost point of the African continent, for incredible panoramic views. On your return journey, skirt the rocky coastline as you ascend Chapman’s Peak Drive, one of the most spectacular drives in the world, then continue through the fishing village of Hout Bay. The evening is at your leisure in Cape Town. (B,L)
Day 10 CAPE TOWN.
Enjoy a full day at your leisure. Your Local Host is happy to make recommendations. (B)
Day 11 CAPE TOWN.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)