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The diversity of Africa is on offer in this incredible tour: from the rumble of the mighty Victoria Falls and pulsating Nairobi the vast plains of the Masai Mara. Starting at Tongabezi on the Zimbabwean side, you can take a helicopter flip to get a sense of their immense scale and impact. Go to sleep to the sounds of the surging water; tomorrow it is off to Nairobi in Kenya for energy of a different kind. Your city retreat is tranquil Hemingways Nairobi.

And then, the majesty of the Masai Mara beckons - Saruni Wild is your first stop for three days. At Saruni Mara, enjoy an unusual game-viewing experience from the solitude of a hot-air balloon, followed by a champagne breakfast wherever you land - it is a fitting toast to the splendour of Africa!

Itinerary Highlights

  • Helicopter flip over Victoria Falls
  • Tour the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
  • Visit AFEW Giraffe Centre
  • Hot-air balloon safari in the Mara

 

Day to Day Itinerary

Days 1-3

Flight over the Falls

Today you fly to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, where you will be transferred to Tongabezi Lodge, which offers exceptional accommodation on the banks of the Zambezi River just upstream from the mighty Falls. Set under shady trees, Tongabezi mixes romance and exclusivity and makes for an excellent honeymoon or romantic holiday retreat.

You have the rest of today and two full days to enjoy all that Victoria Falls has to offer. Not for nothing is this known as Africa's Adventure Capital: you can go white-water rafting down the Zambezi River or bungee jump from Victoria Falls Bridge. A flight over the Falls is included in your itinerary, as is a lazy sundowner cruise on the Lady Livingstone.

Other activities include Zambezi canoe trips, elephant-back safaris, game drives and market shopping. Be sure to take a walk to Victoria Falls to marvel at this incredible sight - peak flow is from March to May. 

Days 4-5

Nights in Nairobi

From Victoria Falls to Nairobi, where you check into Hemingways Nairobi. Overlooking the Ngong Hills in the tranquil neighbourhood of Karen, this luxurious boutique hotel is a haven of elegant charm, complete with personalised service and a relaxed atmosphere.

There is plenty to do and see in this vibrant capital. Nairobi National Park is known for its serval cats, giraffe, buffalo and leopard. To learn more about conservation, or to get up close and personal with some game, it is an easy trip to the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage or AFEW Giraffe Centre. You can also visit the Karen Blixen Museum to see how pieces from the life of the Out of Africa author.

Days 6-8

Off to the Mara

Follow the great herds and head for the Masai Mara, one of Africa's most venerated reserves. Here, you set up home at Saruni Wild. Situated in a picturesque valley in the northern conservancy of the Masai Mara, this tented camp is a tranquil bush retreat ideal for those yearning to reconnect with nature. Comprising just three tents, exclusive use of the camp for your family or friends is easily arranged, which also means private 4x4 access and expert Maasai guides for a truly memorable African safari.

The magnificent valley has a thriving resident population of elephant, giraffe, buffalo and impala as well as leopard and wild dog. Game viewing in the Mara North Conservancy rivals that of the central region with the added bonus that you are unlikely to see any other vehicles, and night drives are permitted which could lead to encounters with elusive species such as genet and white-tailed mongoose. Track animals and learn specialised bush skills passed down from generations of Maasai warriors. Walking safaris individually tailored to your interests and fitness level take you through the forests, springs and mountains of this pristine wilderness.

Days 9-11

Flying north

Staying in the Masai Mara and the Saruni family, you make your way to Saruni Mara, located in a private conservancy bordering the Masai Mara National Reserve and an ideal base from which to witness the annual wildebeest migration. Based on a close partnership with the local community and built in a hidden valley to exacting environmental standards, Saruni Mara is far removed from everyday life and designed to blend in with its dramatic surroundings.

This intimate lodge offers many opportunities to view animals up close and is perfect for a romantic or adventurous honeymooners. Get up early in the mornings to go on guided game drives to exclusive, sole-use areas or join Maasai warriors on escorted bush walks and explore the nearby hills on foot. At the end of the day, relax in the Maasai Wellbeing Space, a private treatment spa hidden in the valley's olive and cedar forest.

To toast your good fortune of being in Africa, a dawn hot-air balloon safari is included in your itinerary. Enjoy basking in the sun's rays as the creep over the horizon, waking the animals and making for another beautiful day in Kenya...

Inclusions

  • 11 nights accommodation
  • All road transfers as specified in itinerary
  • All charter flights as specified in itinerary
  • Sundowner Cruise in Livingstone
  • Flight over Victoria Falls
  • Hot-air balloon activity in the Mara

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 01 Jan 2015 - 04 Feb 2015 $9600
  • 05 Feb 2015 - 11 Mar 2015 $9600
  • 12 Mar 2015 - 15 Apr 2015 $8580
  • 16 Apr 2015 - 20 May 2015 $8530
  • 30 Jul 2015 - 02 Sep 2015 $10860
  • 03 Sep 2015 - 30 Sep 2015 $10860

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Liesel van Zyl

Liesel van Zyl

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"An affordable safari combining iconic experiences for a visually inspiring and memorable trip"

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