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Arrive Tanzania, Kilimanjaro Airport. Transfer to hotel Rivertrees Country Inn - Garden Room. Overnight Moshi Springlands.Day 2: Saturday 08 September 2018
After breakfast, we depart form Arusha and drive to Munyara. By comparison with Ngorongoro and Tarangire, Manyara is much smaller but no less scenic. It is thus ideally suited as an introduction to safari touring. It is situated between the escarpment formed by the rift valley and the soda water lake Manyara. It is an ideal spot for bird lovers and is home to large groups of elephant as well as the 'tree climbing lion". We overnight at Kitela Lodge - Suite. (BLD)Day 3: Sunday 09 September 2018
This morning we drive to the Ngorongoro conservation area. The Ngorongoro conservancy is located in the Crater Highlands of North Eastern Tanzania. The conservancy, an intrinsic part of the Serengeti ecosystem, borders Serengeti National Park to the Northwest and is on the path of the annual wildebeest and zebra migration. From the vast Serengeti National Park plains to the Eastern arm of the Great Rift Valley, the Ngorongoro Conservancy Area stretches out into a stunning area of 8,292 Sq. KM. Its magnificent savannah plains, highlands and forest canopies harbour the Big 5, including a dense population of lions, wildebeests, zebras and gazelles.
We will descend into the crater for game viewing. Had it not become the world's sixth-largest unbroken caldera, then what is now known as the Ngorongoro crater could have been a towering volcanic mountain, as high as Kilimanjaro.
The crater is the flagship tourism feature for the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. It is a large, unbroken, un-flooded caldera, formed when a giant volcano exploded and collapsed some three million years ago. The Ngorongoro crater sinks to a depth of 610 metres, with a base area covering 260 square kilometres. The height of the original volcano must have ranged between 4,500 to 5,800 metres high. Apart from the main caldera, Ngorongoro also has two other volcanic craters: Olmoti and Empakai, the former famous for its stunning waterfalls, and the latter holding a deep lake and lush, green walls.
Enjoy a packed lunch in the crater and later proceed back to the lodge for your overnight stay. (B,PL,D)
After breakfast we head to the Munyara airstrip for the flight mid morning to the Serengeti Seronera on Coastal Aviation (Luggage allowance on domestic flights is 15kg per person in soft bags). On arrival, transfer to Ang'ata camp. The Ang'ata camps are mobile camps situated in Tanzania's most beautiful National Parks & Conservation areas. These camps are designed to offer the highest quality accommodations one would expect from a tented lodge.
This vast 14,763 km2 wildlife conservation area in north western Tanzania first came to public notice in 1901 when a troop of German soldiers was attacked by a raiding party of Maasai warriors. The Germans subsequently built a defensive structure called Fort Ikoma in the area, and maintained it until it fell to the British army in 1917. In 1921 the British Administration declared a 350 hectare nature reserve near a village called Seronera, and now the Serengeti’s administrative centre to protect lions, and this was the start of the Serengeti National Park which was eventually formed in 1951. The park came to international attention in 1957 when Bernard Grzimek, then President of the Frankfurt Zoological Society, and his son Michael, wrote a book called Serengeti Shall Not Die and, in 1959, they made a wildlife film with the same title. While the film won an Oscar at the annual American Academy Award presentations that same year, Michael was unfortunately killed in a plane crash while working on the documentary.
As a result of the Grzimeks’ efforts, the Serengeti is now one of the world’s best known National Parks, and with good reason. Its vast, endlessly rolling, Acacia-studded grassland savannahs, riverine forests, swamps, and hills and valleys are home to countless species of numerous wild animals - not to mention birds - as well as the 1.5 million wildebeest which annually migrate northwards - together with tens of thousands of zebras – into Kenya’s Maasai Mara Game Reserve for a month or two every year. (B,PL,D)
Enjoy a full day of game viewing and return to the camp for your overnight stay. (B,PL,D)Day 6: Wednesday 12 September 2018
Transfer from Angata Camp to Seronera Airstrip for your Coastal Aviation -flight from Serengeti/Seronera to Serengeti/Kogatende. On arrival, transfer from Kogatende Airstrip to Chaka Camp. Chaka Camp is a semi-permanent camp located in the Serengeti eco-system. "Chaka" means "bush" in Swahili and this is what the Chaka Camp is offering; an authentic and intimate bush experience in the middle of remarkable areas of the Serengeti’s pristine wilderness. The Camp moves twice a year to ensure its guests are very well placed to witness the Great Wildebeest Migration
From late May through October, Chaka Camp is located in Northern Serengeti. The camp is close to the Mara River, allowing easy access to several river crossing points in the area. During this time of year, the wildebeest migration is crossing the Mara River back and forth from Tanzania to Kenya. River crossings are common with crocodiles, hippos and large cats scattered throughout the area. Enjoy a game drive and later return to Chaka Camp. Overnight in a Standard Tent (BLD)
Enjoy a full day of viewing in the area. (BLD)Day 8: Friday 14 September 2018
Enjoy a second full day of viewing in the area. (BLD)Day 9: Saturday 15 September 2018
Transfer from Chaka Camp to Kogatende Airstrip for your Coastal Aviation flight Via Manyara To Arusha. On arrival, transfer Arusha Airport to Arusha Rivertrees Country Inn - Garden Room (BLD)Day 10: Sunday 16 September 2018
Transfer from Arusha to Kilimanjaro Airport
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Transfer Zanzibar airport to Pongwe Beach hotel. Pongwe is a small intimate hotel with just 16 traditional thatched cottages set in private gardens backing onto a white sandy beach and the calm azure blue waters of the Indian Ocean.
The hotel itself is a little off the beaten track about 35 kilometres outside of Stone Town on the North East coast of Zanzibar Island. Most of the journey is over a good quality tarmac road with just the last few minutes being over an unmade local road. As the property has large gardens and is tucked away from the busier areas of the island the beach here is refreshingly quiet and unspoilt.
Pongwe Beach Hotel in a Beach Front Room (B)
Day at leisure (B)Day 12: Tuesday 18 September 2018
Day at leisure (B)Day 13: Wednesday 19 September 2018
Transfer Pongwe Beach Hotel to Zanzibar airport
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Arrival at Vic Falls Airport, transfer to A’Zambezi River Lodge in a Standard - River Facing room, Bed and Breakfast. *Complimentary shuttle to the falls and town return at scheduled times.
A Zambezi River Lodge is the only hotel with a river frontage and jetty site in Victoria Falls. The lodge is situated at the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, approximately 25km from the airport on the banks of the Zambezi River. The lodge consist of 83 thatched covered rooms, which blend in perfectly with the lush green lawns. A Zambezi river lodge is perfect for those who want to relax and unwind against the backdrop of nature, whilst enjoying world class service. (B)
Today you will enjoy a tour of the Falls with lunch at Lookout Café. Entrance to the falls USD 30 pp payable direct.
In the evening, head out on an Evening Sunset Cruise. (Excl Park Fees) *river usage fee USD 10 pp and payable direct. (BL)
Day at leisure for optional tours like Elephant Back SafariDay 16: Saturday 22 September 2018
Transfers from A’Zambezi River Lodge to Vic Falls Airport.
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Arrival to Cape Town International airport and transfer to the Commodore Hotel in a Standard Room.
A 4-minute walk from shopping and entertainment at the V&A Waterfront, this harbour-view hotel is also an 8-minute walk from Two Oceans Aquarium and an 11-minute walk from the Cape Town Diamond Museum. The classic rooms feature mini bars, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. There's 24-hour room service. Amenities include a complimentary breakfast buffet, a cocktail bar and a relaxed restaurant, offering a harbour side terrace and international dishes. There's also a spa (with treatments for a surcharge) and a 24-hour gym, plus a business centre and 2 meeting rooms. (B)
Scheduled City Tour with Table Mountain Half Day Tour (Cable Car not Included)
A comprehensive city orientation tour starting with a trip up Table Mountain by cable car offering a panoramic view (weather permitting and cable way ticket for own account). At the summit are short walks to enjoy the magnificent vistas. Other highlights include a brief tour of the Malay Quarter, City Centre, Company Gardens, Castle of Good Hope (time permitting) and the South African National Museum.
Scheduled Cape Point Full Day Tour
(Boat Ride & Kirstenbosch Optional)
Departing from your hotel via the Atlantic Seaboard in the direction of Hout Bay. It is a lively, trendy part of the city where the beauty of the surroundings is matched only by the beauty of the people. The suburb of Llandudno is dramatically situated against giant granite boulders which keep it all but hidden from the rest of the Peninsula. The historic and picturesque town of Hout Bay has always been a popular destination. A seaside village that is alive with the sounds and smells of the forest and the sea. Take a cruise to view the seal colony at Duiker Island. Enjoy the crisp, clear air and spectacular view from one of the Cape’s most visited attractions, Cape Point. After lunch visit one of only two breeding colonies of the Jackass penguins on the African mainland in the charming naval town of Simons Town (B)
Depart on a scheduled Winelands Full Day Tour with a final transfer to Le Franschoek hotel.
Depart in the direction of the Hottentots Holland Mountains to enjoy the many wine estates of the Helderberg Wine Route, where the personalities of the wines are influenced by the proximity to the ocean and its cooling summer sea breezes. Depart for Stellenbosch, the second oldest European settlement in the country. The picturesque region boasts a multitude of wine estates and cellars where wine-tastings, cellar tours and meals can be enjoyed. Also visit the Village Museum Complex and Oom Samie se Winkel, a traditional general dealer before we continue to Franschhoek. The tranquil valley cradling the town of Franschhoek is one of the country’s most awe-inspiring landscapes, and one of its most prolific wine-producing areas. After more wine tastings, spent some time exploring the towns many restaurants, bistros and shops and a visit to the Huguenot Monument.
Located in the world-famous vineyards of the Western Cape, Le Franschhoek is set to become one of the most romantic Cape Winelands getaways in its class. Capturing the essence of 5 Star luxury, the impeccably appointed Le Franschhoek offers unparalleled views of the spectacular Franschhoek Mountains and is the perfect setting for a taste of the legendary Cape wine route. Situated on the site of one of Franschhoek's original country retreats, Le Franschhoek retains its exclusive charm but now has a Cape-contemporary feel. Features include a destination Camelot Spa, conference rooms, tennis, and bicycling to wine farms in the surrounding vineyards. Le Franschhoek also aims to cap the village's already-existing reputation as the country's gastronomic capital and guests are able to book a table for lunch at the unique Le Verger Restaurant where you may sit outdoors in a charming orchard, beneath a glass roof which enhances a spellbinding view. Other facilities include an authentic wine cellar, cigar lounge, and a culinary school while, with its enchanting setting, Le Franschhoek is the ultimate wedding venue. (B)
Day at leisure (B)Day 21: Thursday 27 September
Day at leisure (B)Day 22: Friday 28 September
Private Full Day Hermanus Tour
Travel along the False Bay coastal road to Hermanus. Best shore based whale watching. Spend time watching and photographing these magnificent giants from what must be the best shore based whale watching sight in the world. Time allowed for shopping in Hermanus Village and lunch with optional boat based whale watching also available. Return to Cape Town via Elgin and over Sir Lowry’s Pass travelling through the Helderberg region.
On arrival to Cape Town, transfer to the Commodore Hotel (B)
Transfers - The Commodore hotel-Cape Town International Airport
Credit card payments incur an additional 5% merchant charge If we reduced the hotels in Vic Falls and Cape Town to 3 star, we can reduce the cost by $360 per person
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