Great Game Parks
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Trip Highlights
Start Destination
Cape Town
End Destination
Day 1
Arrive Cape Town
On arrival in the South African city of Cape Town, be met at the airport and transferred to your five-star hotel. This evening, meet your APT Tour Director and fellow travellers at a Welcome Reception.
Day 2
Cape Town, Freedom of Choice
Ride on the aerial cableway to the top of Table Mountain, enjoying time to admire the beautiful city and ocean stretching out beneath you. Your next stop is the District Six Museum followed by a visit to the Castle of Good Hope, the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa. Later, embark on a Constantia Winelands tour. Alternatively, take a ferry to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. Or set off on a township tour. This evening, join an African drumming session before enjoying a meal of Cape Malay cuisine.
Day 3
Cape Town, Cape Peninsula
Today’s picturesque journey takes you along Chapman’s Peak Drive to Cape Point, where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet. Continue on to historic Simon’s Town and then see penguins up close at Boulders Beach before returning to Cape Town for the evening.
Day 4
Cape Town, Kruger National Park
Your adventure continues as you fly from Cape Town to Kruger National Park. South Africa’s largest and most diverse game park, this is the perfect place for your first game drive. Arrive at your luxury lodge where you can settle in and enjoy the scenery during sundowner drinks.
Day 5
Kruger National Park
Explore the diverse landscapes of Kruger National Park on morning and afternoon game drives. Experience incredible encounters with Africa’s iconic Big Five and watch for unique bird species. Your day ends with an intimate boma dinner under the stars. Set by a crackling fire, you’ll dine by candlelight on traditional cuisine in an outdoor setting.
Day 6
Kruger National Park, Johannesburg
Bid farewell to Kruger National Park as you fly to Johannesburg where you will stay overnight before your flight to Botswana the following day.
Day 7
Johannesburg, Kasane, Embark River Safari
Fly to Kasane in Botswana, then travel by coach and boat into Namibia where you will be transferred to your river ship. Scenes of beauty reveal themselves as you cruise the Chobe River at sunset. Hippos emerge from the waters as the air cools, while elephants and cape buffalo congregate at the riverbanks for a drink at dusk. You may even spot Nile crocodiles lurking in the shallow waters. Conclude the day with a Welcome Dinner on board.
Day 8
Chobe National Park, Chobe River, Freedom of Choice
A river safari aboard the Zambezi Queen is a relaxed affair, allowing you to enjoy leisurely mornings on board. Relish the riverside scenery as you take breakfast on the deck and prepare for the day’s activities. Later, watch for wildlife close to the riverbanks as you cruise along the Chobe River, which is famous for its huge concentrations of elephants. After lunch, a journey to a local Namibian village offers an unrivalled insight into the local culture. Alternatively, try your hand at fishing for bream and tigerfish. Relax on board after dinner this evening.
Day 9
Disembark River Safari, Livingstone, Victoria Falls
Disembark your ship after breakfast and cross the border into Botswana then onto Zambia. Arrive at your hotel, set right on the banks of the Zambezi River. From here, it’s but a short walk across the hotel’s gardens to Victoria Falls, where the magnitude of this natural wonder reveals itself. Watch clouds of mist rise skyward as the waters of the Zambezi roar over the brink and into the seemingly bottomless chasm below.
Day 10
Livingstone, Freedom of Choice
Today, perhaps trace the steps of Dr Livingstone on Chief Mukuni’s Village Cultural Tour then visit the Maramba Market. Or enjoy an elephant safari along the Zambezi River. Alternatively, marvel at Victoria Falls from above on a helicopter flight. Afterwards, head back to your hotel and enjoy time at leisure.
Day 11
Livingstone, Johannesburg
Fly to Johannesburg where you will spend the evening before your journey to East Africa.
Day 12
Johannesburg, Arusha
Fly via Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to the city of Arusha. Located at the base of Mt Meru and close to a number of game parks, this is the perfect base from which to explore Tanzania. Transfer to your hotel and settle in with Welcome Drinks in the evening.
Day 13
Arusha, Tarangire National Park
Set out by 4WD to your camp, with incredible views over Tarangire National Park. Spend time relaxing before your first game drive.
Day 14
Tarangire National Park
The quiet plains of Tarangire National Park are home to wildebeest, zebra, buffalo and impala, but are most famous for the annual elephant migration. Watch for these gentle creatures along with a host of other animals on morning and afternoon game drives today. If you are lucky, you may see the unusual dwarf mongoose and gerenuk, although sightings are very rare.
Day 15
Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater
Meet the children of a small school in Tanzania before continuing to your lodge, set close to the rim of Ngorongoro Crater. Here, you have the chance to take an optional game drive through Lake Manyara National Park. Watch the sun dip behind the crater walls before dinner this evening.
Day 16
Ngorongoro Crater
Enjoy a full-day game drive along the floor of Ngorongoro Crater, including a picnic lunch. The crater’s high walls serve as a natural enclosure for an abundance of wildlife, including birds and wildebeest that gather around waterholes in incredible numbers.
Day 17
Olduvai Gorge, Serengeti National Park
Visit one of the world’s most important prehistoric sites, Olduvai Gorge, for a private tour and lecture. Watch for wildlife as you travel through World Heritage-listed Serengeti National Park later.
Day 18
Serengeti National Park
Wake to the sounds of the African bush and head out on an early morning game drive to glimpse the animals at their most active. You may find that the landscapes of the Serengeti are perhaps as alluring as the wildlife that calls the park home. Endless dry grasslands collide with a brilliant blue sky, while the iconic profiles of lone acacia trees stand beneath the blazing sun. On your afternoon game drive, the chance to spot Africa’s famous Big Five is high, thanks to the park’s density of both predators and prey. Back at your lodge this evening, swap stories of your sightings and adventures during dinner with your fellow travellers.
Day 19
Serengeti National Park, Masai Mara
Bid farewell to the Serengeti as you board a light aircraft for the flight to the border of Tanzania. After landing and crossing the border into Kenya, take a short flight to the Masai Mara. There’s some time to relax and explore your camp before heading off-road on your first game drive in the Masai Mara.
Day 20
Masai Mara, Freedom of Choice
Watch for large game on your morning game drive. Keen birdwatchers may look out for the kori bustard and the grey crowned crane. Later, take a nature walk or learn about traditional Maasai beading. Lunch will be set for you at camp before you visit a local village where you will experience the culture and lifestyle of the Maasai people. Wonder awaits on an evening game drive as the animals become more active. Raise a glass and celebrate your experience with sundowner drinks.
Day 21
Masai Mara
Today is yours to enjoy at leisure. Perhaps further explore the park or enjoy a day of rest and relaxation back at your camp. This evening, enjoy an unforgettable bush dinner under the African night sky, taking in the spectacular surrounds while you dine.
Day 22
Masai Mara, Nairobi
Fly to Nairobi and transfer to your hotel. Attend a Farewell Lunch, including a private performance by the Kenya Boys Choir. After, you may like to take an excursion to Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage (own expense, must be pre-booked).
Day 23
Depart Nairobi
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
Additional Information
  • Three nights at Table Bay Hotel on Cape Town’s V and A Waterfront
  • Two nights at Jock Safari Lodge, located within its own private reserve near Kruger National Park
  • Overnight stay at Arusha Coffee Lodge
  • Two nights at Tarangire Balloon Camp, located right in the heart of Tarangire National Park
  • Two nights at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti
  • Three nights at Karen Blixen Camp by the Mara River in the Masai Mara
  • Overnight stay at Hemingways Nairobi
Freedom to Choose

We understand that different travellers have different interests. APT’s Freedom of Choice Sightseeing Inclusions allows you to tailor your holiday to suit your interests and tastes.

In Cape Town, Chobe National Park, at Victoria Falls and in the Masai Mara - See your Freedom of Choice Sightseeing Inclusions here. Check the specific itinerary details for the Freedom of Choice Sightseeing Inclusions on your Africa holiday.

Additional Information

4 Day Rovos Rail Pre-Tour Extension

  • A rail option is available beginning in Pretoria. Prices are based on a Pullman Suite on Rovos Rail, subject to availability at time of booking. Prices include the services of a Train Manager. This extension does not include gratuities or the services of an APT escort. Refer tour code AFRZ18. Please enquire for further details and pricing

Masai Mara Balloon Safari 

  • Set off on a breathtaking balloon safari over the Masai Mara. Gain a true appreciation of the expansive landscapes as you keep an eye out for unique wildlife that roam the rugged plains. This is available at an additional cost and must be pre-booked.  Please enquire for further details and pricing

Included Experiences
  • Game park experiences in Kruger National Park, Chobe National Park, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park and the Masai Mara
  • Two-night Chobe River Safari aboard the Zambezi Queen
  • Services of APT Tour Directors and local guides throughout your trip
  • All tipping, airport transfers, game park fees, sightseeing and porterage
  • All flights within Africa, including small plane flights in East Africa
  • Freedom of Choice Inclusions in Cape Town, Chobe National Park, at Victoria Falls and in the Masai Mara
  • Includes 50 meals - Enjoy 22 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches and 15 Dinners

Trip notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Price includes all flights and airport taxes within Africa. This is based on flying South African Airways on the international ticket from Australia booked by APT. Taxes subject to change
  • All prices are based on a Balcony Suite on the Zambezi Queen, subject to availability at time of booking
  • Flying Doctor Service in Kenya and Tanzania is included
  • Prices are for land, cruise and specified flights only
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