Group Size: 2 - 16 passengers
Departs: Scheduled Departures
Combining two of Bench Africa’s most popular scheduled tours allows guests to experience the Highlights of Africa. An all-encompassing adventure to Kenya and Tanzania visits the spectacular Serengeti National Park, the world famous Masai Mara, the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater and Amboseli National Park, standing in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro. Continuing to South Africa explore the highlights of this magnificent country including a safari experience in Kruger National Park, travelling the spectacular coastline along the Garden Route and spending time in the ‘Mother City’, Cape Town. Finishing at the mighty Victoria Falls, this 30 day tour offers the very best of East and Southern Africa.
Day 1 - Nairobi
On arrival at Nairobi International Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Tamarind Tree Hotel is ideally located just 5 kms to the southwest of Nairobi within the spacious Carnivore grounds and its iconic Carnivore Restaurant. The hotel offers easy access to all parts of the city, its national park, as well as to the country’s many diverse attractions via the neighbouring Wilson Airport and Southern Bypass. The nearby Langata and Karen suburbs are among the liveliest and most popular in Nairobi with world-class shopping malls and excellent restaurants.
Day 2 - Arusha
This morning after breakfast you will be met and transferred to Nairobi Airport for your onward flight to Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania. (B)
Flight from Nairobi to Kilimanjaro – Not included in costing.
On arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Arusha (approximately 48 KM / 1 hour).
Situated at the foothills of Mount Meru in the city of Arusha, Tanzania, the Mount Meru Hotel lies on 9 acres of lush landscape, surrounded by some of Africa’s most breath-taking vistas, rich with a diverse array of wildlife, etched against the fertile slopes of this beautiful mountain. Give your imagination wings as you sit at the mountain’s feet, and listen as it reveals stories it has kept hidden for centuries.
Tanzanian warmth and kindness is renowned all over the world and the opportunity to prove this fact much more than mere legend is an exhilarating opportunity to all at this pinnacle of splendour, and our home, the Mount Meru Hotel.
Day 3 - Ngorongoro Crater
Enjoy your morning at leisure. After lunch depart by road and drive through the Ngorongoro Highlands to your lodge in Karatu, located just outside the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (approximately 175 KM / 3.5 hours). (BLD)
Located in the Ngorongoro Highlands, the farm is only a short distance from the Ngorongoro National Park entry gate. 52 spacious chalets are built in the style of an old colonial farm, rustically decorated with local materials, complete with en-suite bathroom. Additional facilities include a swimming pool, outdoor deck, two dining areas and massage facility. The 500 acre working farm on the slopes of the crater features a six acre organic vegetable garden which not only supplies the lodge, but many other lodges and mobile camp operations throughout northern Tanzania. Enjoy fresh roasted coffee from the 15 acre plantation.
Day 4 - Ngorongoro Crater
Enjoy breakfast before descending over 600m down to the Ngorongoro Crater floor. Covering over 250 sq km of land, the Ngorongoro Crater is home to the rare black rhino, lion, elephant, cheetah and great herds of buffalo, antelope and wildebeest, and is one of Africa’s most unbelievable landscapes. Explore the forest and lake areas where you may see flamingos and open savannah. A picnic lunch will be served in the crater, before driving back late afternoon to Ngorongoro Farm House for dinner and overnight. (BLD)
Day 5 - Serengeti National Park
After breakfast we travel to Ol’Duvai Gorge, the site of Louis and Mary Leakey’s renowned archaeological discoveries. Their findings include some of man’s earliest known ancestral remains. Continue on to Tanzania’s abundant Serengeti National Park in time for lunch. This enormous park supports every variety of animal imaginable – from large predators to the smaller herbivores they prey on. Enjoy an afternoon safari in the Serengeti National Park and overnight at the Serengeti Sopa Lodge (approximately 200 KM / 4 hours). (BLD)
Located on the edge of the escarpment overlooking the plains of the south-western Serengeti National Park, home too many thousands of wild and rare animals, Serengeti Sopa Lodge lies within an area of outstanding natural beauty. An oasis of cool relaxation from the equatorial sun. The lodge allows its guests to experience magnificent sights and enjoy interaction with the land and animals difficult to find elsewhere, whilst at the same time enjoying the highest level of cuisine and hospitality. The lodge has 69 standard rooms, all with 2 queen size beds, carpeted, and tastefully furnished with local fabrics and pictures.
Day 6 - Serengeti National Park
Experience the Serengeti National Park in full colour and sound during an entire day spent on game drives through the park (picnic lunch included). (BLD)
Day 7 - Lake Manyara National Park
After breakfast depart for Lake Manyara, a mineral lake in the basin of Africa’s Great Rift Valley. Lunch is taken at Kirurumu Tented Lodge, followed by an afternoon game drive in the park, the home of the so-called ‘tree-climbing lions’. Apart from the varied types of landscape including forest, swamp and savannah, Lake Manyara National Park supports a large variety of animals including giraffe, zebra, elephant, hippos, monkeys and a large variety of birdlife (approximately 225 KM / 5 hours). (BLD)
Kirurumu Manyara Lodge is located on the edge of Lake Manyara National Park about a 30 minute drive from Manyara Airstrip and about 2 hours from Arusha. In total there are 27 tented rooms, 2 honeymoon suites and 2 family cottages all of which are tented and raised slightly off the ground with a wooden decking, of which each has an amazing view of the Great Rift Valley of Lake Manyara National Park.
Day 8 - Elerai Conservancy
After breakfast depart Lake Manyara for Arusha and continue to Tarakea for border crossing into Kenya and on to Amboseli (approximately 355 KM / 7 hours). (BLD)
Satao Elerai is located in a quiet, unspoilt, unique setting on a 5,000 acres private conservation area 12kms south east of Amboseli National Park at the foot of Africa’s largest mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro. The camp looks over Amboseli National Park and Mt Kilimanjaro, giving you what is arguably the best location of any camp in the area.
The camp offers 12 tents and 5 suites. Each tent has its own en-suite bathroom with solar hot showers and a toilet with a view. Raised cedar wood floors, acacia poles and makuti (thatch) roofing complement the surrounding environment. Large balconies with relaxing day beds combine to offer the perfect place to lie as you take in the ambiance when relaxing.
The elegantly furnished suite rooms have large sliding doors that open out onto your own private veranda overlooking the plains below and Amboseli National Park. Elephants, giraffe’s and zebra are seen most days from the comfort of your room. Designed using natural rock and acacia wood, the bathrooms have their own naturally crafted bathtub and shower which is unique to Elerai.
Day 9 - Amboseli National Park
Following an early breakfast, depart on a full day game drive in Amboseli National Park. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the Park before returning late afternoon to Satao Elerai for dinner and overnight. (BLD)
Day 10 - Lake Naivasha
After breakfast, depart Satao Elerai and continue to Lake Naivasha, where you will arrive at your lodge in time for lunch. This afternoon is at leisure (approximately 350 KM / 6.5 hours). (BLD)
Set in one hundred and fifty acres of grassland studded with Acacia bushes and trees, the resort is not only home to the resident giraffe, waterbuck and both vervet and colobus monkeys, but it is also a night stop for the hippos when they leave the lake every night to come and trim the grass on our expansive lawns. Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge has 21 cottages built in a crescent shape, each has 4 rooms, 2 on the ground and 2 at the top, which totals to 84 rooms.
Day 11 - Masai Mara Game Reserve
After breakfast, depart Lake Naivasha past the extinct Volcano of Mt Longonot and Suswa, into the homelands of Kenya’s Masai. The Masai Mara Game Reserve constitutes the northern stretch of the Serengeti and has the richest concentration of animals in Kenya (approximately 250 KM / 5 hours). (BLD)
Masai Mara Sopa Lodge is set in the Oloolaimutia Valley, where the lodge totally blends in perfectly with its surrounding hillside landscape. The lodge has 86 rooms, 12 suites and 1 presidential suite, all of which have en-suite bathroom facilities with hairdryers. Every room and suite has a private, elevated veranda with views across the valley and on which guests can relax, sunbathe and watch resident birds and wildlife. Minibar are also available in each room. The lodge has direct-dial telephone facilities as well as satellite television and video options. The lodge has a freeform, freshwater pool which offers spectacular views over the valley.
Day 12 - Masai Mara Game Reserve
Today you will get to see the real Kenya as you enjoy a full day game drive through the Masai Mara Game Reserve, searching for the ‘Big Five’ (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo), with a break for lunch back at the camp. (BLD)
Day 13 - Lake Nakuru National Park
Today you will travel to Kenya’s vibrant Lake Nakuru National Park. The park also boasts a good number of rhinos as well as leopard and lion. Lunch is taken at the lodge, followed by an afternoon game drive in the park (approximately 350 KM / 8 hours). (BLD)
Located on a range of hills that form the western limits of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, the lodge offers spectacular views over the vastness of Africa. The lodge, which has 84 rooms in total also overlooks Lake Nakuru and its surrounding National Park, one that is a paradise for bird watchers and wildlife lovers alike. Lake Nakuru National Park is mainly a wooded and bushy grassland with a wide ecological diversity and characteristic habitats that range from the lake waters to the escarpment and ridges.
Day 14 - Johannesburg
Enjoy a final game drive before driving to Nairobi for lunch. Later you will transfer to Nairobi Airport for your flight to Johannesburg, in South Africa (approximately 184 KM / 3 hours). (BL)
Flight from Nairobi to Johannesburg – Not included in costing.
On arrival you will be met and transferred to the Peermont Mondior.
The elegant 4 star Peermont Mondior hotel at Emperors Palace sets an exciting standard in world-class leisure and business accommodation. The hotel features 150 spacious rooms and suites furnished in contemporary African style. Its convenient location close to O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, makes it suitable for all travellers. Guests have access to the casino, dining, entertainment, convention and relaxation facilities of the Emperors Palace hotel, casino and convention resort. A complimentary shuttle bus service is available between the hotel and airport every 20 minutes between 06h15 and 22h45.
Day 15 - Hazyview
Depart after breakfast and travel to Mpumalanga via the magnificent Panorama Route. From many well-positioned vantage points one has views of the Blyde River Canyon which starts at Bourke’s Luck Potholes and ends at the Three Rondavels. Late afternoon arrive at your hotel located minutes from the Kruger National Park. (BD)
Perry’s Bridge Hollow is set in beautiful grounds just minutes from Kruger National Park and close to the Panorama Route – a dramatically scenic region home to highlights such as Blyde River Canyon, Pilgrim’s Rest, God’s Window and Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Perry’s Bridge Hollow is a delightful stop-over or holiday destination with something of interest to suit every kind of traveller, both young and old. The 31 spacious rooms offer relaxed, yet sophisticated accommodation in a beautiful indigenous garden setting. The colonial-styled custom furnished, air-conditioned rooms each feature satellite television, indoor and outdoor showers, mini-safes, tea and coffee making facilities, mini-fridges and private patios with Lowveld vistas. Time spent at the swimming pool in this beautiful garden setting is bound to leave you feeling refreshed and revived.
Day 16- Kruger National Park
Early this morning you will depart in an open safari vehicle for your first game drive through the park. At almost a million hectares, the reserve is the flagship of South African National Parks and is home to an impressive range of flora and fauna. Return to your hotel in the afternoon and spend the remainder of the day at leisure. An optional evening safari is available (at own expense). (BD)
Day 17 - Swaziland
After breakfast, travel to the Royal Kingdom of Swaziland. Enjoy a showcase of the traditional Swazi culture followed by lunch at a cultural village. This afternoon visit the Ngwenya Glass Works to see master craftsmen create beautiful sculptures and artwork from molten glass. (BL)
Set in the natural tranquillity of the Ezulwini Valley, the Royal Swazi Sun Hotel & Spa beckons guests from all corners of the world. Facilities at the resort include the Casino, The Royal Swazi Spa, the Convention Centre, an 18-hole championship golf course, lawn bowls, squash, tennis and horse riding. A variety of retail shops are available, providing stationery, clothing, newspapers and curios.
Day 18 - KwaZulu-Natal
Enjoy a morning visit to the Swazi Candle Factory before travelling into KwaZulu-Natal, arriving at your hotel this afternoon. Embark on an afternoon scenic drive with views over Lake Jozini and a visit to a local and authentic Zulu homestead. (BD)
At the foot of the legendary Ghost Mountain in Mkuze, Northern KwaZulu-Natal lies the privately owned 4 star Ghost Mountain Inn – a perfect setting to experience the allure of Africa in stylish comfort. This intimate and beautiful hotel is the ideal location from which to explore the array of wildlife and coastal reserves in Maputaland and the Elephant Coast. Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the abundance of wildlife and the scenic splendours of this rich and diverse region during game drives, guided walks, cultural excursions and boat cruises in the company of knowledgeable rangers. Back at the hotel, the spa offers a range of skin and body treatments and healthy lunches in a tranquil environment. Those who prefer the relaxing sound of birdsong and the warmth of the African sun will find their respite at the poolside within the glorious gardens of Ghost Mountain Inn.
Day 19 - Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve
Transfer to the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, the oldest game reserve in South Africa, for an afternoon game drive. This is where the white rhino was saved from extinction. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon and enjoy dinner. (BD)
Day 20 - Durban
Continue the journey along the Elephant Coast to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park – a UNESCO World Heritage site. Embark on an estuarine boat trip. Today’s journey finishes in Durban. (B)
Behind the tree-lined street, one steps into the quiet sophistication of The Benjamin Boutique Hotel. This is one of Durban’s historic buildings which has been transformed into a hotel, yet retains the charm of yesteryear. Florida Road is home to approximately 30 restaurants offering a wide range of cuisines and also boasts a bustling night life. The 43 double rooms are all air-conditioned with en-suite bathrooms and have satellite TV and Wi-Fi.
Day 21 - Port Elizabeth
Depending on the departure time of your flight, embark on a brief City Tour before flying to Port Elizabeth. (B)
Flight from Durban to Port Elizabeth – Flight not included in costing.
On arrival at Port Elizabeth Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Just 300 metres from Blue Flag beaches, the Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth boasts majestic views of the Indian Ocean, ideal for all travellers. Guests appreciate the hotel’s contemporary architecture, urban interiors and convenience to shopping, golf and entertainment destinations. 173 rooms and suites are thoughtfully equipped with free high-speed, wireless Internet access, tea and coffee provisions, and a minibar. An on-site restaurant, the Tabú Grill, offers up delicious grilled dishes, an extensive wine list and views of the ocean as a romantic backdrop. Guests can also keep up with workout routines at the gym or head to the Camelot Spa to relax and rejuvenate.
Day 22 - Plettenberg Bay
Depart Port Elizabeth and travel via the coastline to the beautiful Tsitsikamma National Park. Enjoy a walk along the suspension bridge across the Storms River Mouth Gorge, which offers incredible views and photo opportunities. Continue to Plettenberg Bay for dinner and overnight. (BD)
Hunters Country House combines gracious elegance with sheer comfort and impeccable service with warm hospitality. Far from the madding crowd, yet conveniently close to a wide variety of leisure activities. Enjoy each of Hunter’s Country House luxurious room types, all individually designed and decorated with its own distinctive atmosphere.
Day 23 - Plettenberg Bay
After breakfast visit Birds of Eden, the largest free-flight bird aviary in the world. Proceed to Hog Hollow Horse Trails for a horse-drawn carriage and wine tasting experience followed by lunch (at own expense). Return to the lodge for the remainder of the afternoon at leisure before dinner. Optional: Discuss the availability of additional activities on offer in the area with your guide. (BD)
Day 24 - Knysna
After breakfast enjoy a cruise along the Keurbooms River. Visit Knysna – the ‘Gem of the Garden Route’ and explore the waterfront area before travelling to Oudtshoorn – the ‘feather capital’ of the world. Visit a working ostrich farm for a guided tour before arriving at your hotel for dinner. (BD)
De Opstal Country Lodge is a luxury 4 star accommodation in the picturesque valley of Schoemanshoek, near the world famous Cango Caves of Oudtshoorn. The beautiful farm house, stables and milking parlour date back to 1830. All the buildings in the complex have been creatively converted into modern, quaint en-suite bedrooms with the retention of an atmosphere of rustic charm. The terracotta floors, heavy wooden doors and shutters and wide timber ceilings bear the scars, buckles and blemishes of generations of use and give the entire complex an authentic feel. In this relaxed atmosphere Albertus, Matilda and staff treat their guests to wholesome country hospitality and food, reminiscent of a bygone era.
Day 25 - Cape Town
After breakfast take a tour of the Cango Caves – one of the natural wonders of the world. Leave Oudtshoorn, travel via Route 62 with a lunch stop in Barrydale (at own expense), before arriving into Cape Town early evening. (B)
The Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town is situated in the heart of the city’s most sought-after areas. Being a short walk away from the famous V&A Waterfront and other Cape Town sights is just the start of this iconic accommodation landmark’s appeal. Postcard views of the harbour and of Signal Hill are rivalled only by the stylish, inviting presence of the hotel itself. Recently refurbished, the award-winning Cape Town hotel offers 537 beautifully-appointed rooms, with a host of amenities and services on offer, including free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, a fully-equipped fitness centre and an outdoor pool.
Day 26 - Cape Town
This morning you will be collected for your scheduled full day Cape Point & Peninsula Tour – an awe-inspiring tour with breathtaking views, historic and picturesque coastal villages to the towering headland of Cape Point. (B)
Day 27 - Cape Winelands
Today you embark on your scheduled full day tour to the Cape Winelands. A delightful drive, winding to the heart of the region through superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads. (B)
Day 28 – Victoria Falls
This morning after breakfast you will be collected from the hotel for a scheduled City Tour – a geographical and cultural extravaganza showing you Cape Town from its historical beginnings to the dazzling, modern city it is today. Table Mountain ticket excluded (as weather permitting). (B)
After the tour you will be met and transferred to Cape Town Airport for your flight to Victoria Falls, in Zimbabwe.
Flight from Cape Town to Victoria Falls – Not included in costing.
On arrival at Victoria Falls Airport you will be met for your scheduled road transfer from Victoria Falls Airport to Ilala Lodge. This transfer takes approximately 20 minutes, during which time your driver will give you a brief but informative commentary on the area and places of interest.
Offering distinguished accommodation with gracious and secluded ambiance, the décor evokes a bygone era of adventure and discovery. The elegant hotel is close to the Falls and town centre and borders the National Park, so wildlife is often seen on the lawns as well as the spray from the Falls themselves. The lodge offers 52 air-conditioned rooms, plus four suites, all with en-suite bathroom, patio doors opening on to gardens or balcony, overhead fans and satellite TV together with the fabulous Palm Restaurant.
Day 29 - Victoria Falls
Today is free to explore Victoria Falls, one of the Natural Wonders of the World, browse the local markets and to experience the many optional activities on offer (at own expense). (B)
Day 30 - End of Highlights of Africa
This morning after breakfast you will be met and transferred to Victoria Falls Airport for your onward flight. (B)
Dates and Pricing
- 25 Mar 19 $9,805 $11,160
- 08 Apr 19 $10,060 $11,425
- 15 Apr 19 $10,175 $11,540
- 22 Apr 19 $9,925 $11,290
- 03 Jun 19 $10,455 $12,170
- 08 Jul 19 $10,975 $13,205
- 19 Aug 19 $11,215 $13,445
- 02 Sep 19 $11,215 $13,445
- 16 Sep 19 $11,215 $13,445
- 30 Sep 19 $11,215 $13,445
- 08 Oct 19 $11,065 $13,270
- 15 Oct 19 $11,215 $13,445
- 28 Oct 19 $10,810 $12,980
- 11 Nov 19 $10,810 $12,980
- 18 Nov 19 $10,780 $12,920
- 25 Nov 19 $10,780 $12,920
Prices shown are per person based on twin share. Seasonal supplements and minimum night requirement may apply. Solo traveller and extra night prices available on request. Luggage restrictions may apply. International flights not included.