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Kenya, Zimbabwe, South Africa & Egypt in 29 Days

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Essence of Africa

Emma, Travel Expert


Our most complete 4-country tour through the African continent, from the Maasai Mara to Cape Town, the Victoria Falls and the Great Pyramids.

  • Nature
  • Couples
  • Culture
  • Safari
  • Solo
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Victoria Falls
Blyde River Canyon
Cape Town
Kruger National Park
Nile River
All flights
All transfers.
Some meals
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until November 2022
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Discover the diverse cultures and wildlife of Africa! Spot the 'Big 5' on safari in Kenya, from Lake Nakuru to the Maasai Mara! See the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and head to Johannesburg in South Africa. Go in search of lions in Kruger, discover vibrant Cape Town, and journey to Egypt to see the magnificent Great Pyramids. End your adventure with a 4-night full-board Nile Cruise! 

1st Day: US - Night on board

It's time to discover the essence of Africa on an unforgettable journey throughout this diverse continent. Arrive at your US departure airport ready to check-in for a flight to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.* Night on board.

* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

2nd Day: Nairobi

Touch down and transfer to your hotel in Nairobi. The capital of Kenya, Nairobi is the jumping-off point for safaris into Kenya's most captivating wildlife reserves. Overnight stay in Nairobi. 

3rd Day: Nairobi - Amboseli National Park

Breakfast at the hotel and depart to Amboseli National Park, arriving in time for lunch at the Lodge. In the afternoon take an exciting photo safari tour. The park is known for its large elephant herds and views of immense Mount Kilimanjaro, across the border in Tanzania. Dinner and overnight stay in Amboseli.

4th Day: Amboseli National Park - Nairobi

Seize the day with a captivating morning safari as the sun slowly rises over the savannah. After breakfast at the lodge, return to Nairobi. Arrive and enjoy a free day to discover the sights of the capital at your own pace. Maybe take a look at The Nairobi National Museum for a taste of Kenya’s heritage. Additionally, you will find wonderful dining facilities, a beautiful botanical garden, and eclectic shopping facilities. Dinner at Carnivore Restaurant and overnight stay in Nairobi.

5th Day: Nairobi - Aberdares

Breakfast at the hotel. Set off to Aberdares today and enjoy lunch at Aberdare Country Club. The park contains a wide range of landscapes - from the mountain peaks that rise to 13,000 ft above sea level, to their deep, V-shaped valleys intersected by streams, rivers, and waterfalls. Moorland, bamboo forests and rainforests are found at lower altitudes. In the afternoon transfer to the lodge for a night of game viewingDinner and overnight stay in Aberdares.

6th Day: Aberdares - Lake Nakuru

Breakfast at the lodge. Today, discover the amazing birdlife and unforgettable landscapes of Lake Nakuru National Park, stopping to visit Thompson Falls in Nyahururu along the way. Arrive at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge in time for lunch. In the afternoon enjoy a game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park, located in the Great Rift Valley and home to huge flocks of flamingos. Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge in Lake Nakuru. 

7th Day: Lake Nakuru - Masaai Mara

Breakfast at the lodge. Set off to the famous Maasai Mara Natural Reserve, named after the unique Maasai tribe that inhabits the area and the Mara River that crosses it. Every year, it plays witness to the great migration, considered the eighth wonder of the natural world. Arrive in time for lunch at your lodge and, in the afternoon, head out for your first game drive in the iconic Maasai Mara Reserve to discover the varied wildlife. Dinner and overnight stay in the Maasai Mara.

8th Day: Maasai Mara

Today, choose between a full-day safari with a picnic lunch, or split your game drives into the morning and evening for a chance to see the immense size and diversity of this beautiful reserve and the changing landscapes as the sun rises and falls. In the plains, you can find herds of zebras, giraffes and gazelles and in the savannah, mighty lions dominate the environment, as well as hyenas and cheetahs crouched in the long grass. In the forested areas, you can watch hundreds of varieties of birds and monkeys, whilst the rivers are full of hippos and crocodiles, as well as elephants and buffalo. All meals at the camp and overnight stay in the Maasai Mara. 

9th Day: Maasai Mara - Nairobi - Victoria Falls

Breakfast at the camp.* Return to Nairobi and transfer to the airport ready to check-in for a flight to Victoria Falls. Named after Queen Victoria of England by the explorer David Livingstone, these impressive waterfalls are just one of the gifts that nature has given to southern Africa. Arrive and transfer to the hotel. Get comfortable at the hotel and perhaps explore the surroundings at your leisure. We recommend an optional Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River, an unforgettable way to spend your first night in Zimbabwe.** Overnight stay in Victoria Falls.

* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast.

** Optional Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River: Transfer to the jetty for a Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River. Includes drinks and snacks on board.

10th Day: Victoria Falls

Breakfast at the hotel. Today visit the Zimbabwe side of the awe-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage Site of Victoria Falls. Described locally as 'The Smoke That Thunders', Victoria Falls sits at the southern end of the Zambezi River, between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Spend some time admiring the power of the falls and visit different vantage points to discover the sheer scale of this natural wonder.  During the afternoon we recommend an optional Flight of the Angels Helicopter Experience * or the optional Guided Tour of the Falls from Zambia and Zimbabwe sides.** Return to the hotel for an overnight stay in Victoria Falls.

Optional Flight of the Angels Helicopter Experience (13 Minutes): To put the Victoria Falls into a true perspective, they must really be seen from the air. The sheer size and grandeur of the spectacle become all the more clearer from above. The huge Zambezi River flowing slowly south as the water spreads across the full width of a great rent in the earth before crashing over the lip in a burst of spray and then squeezing into a narrow, foaming, blast of water rushing down the zigzag funnel of the gorges.

** Optional Guided Tour of the Falls (Zambia and Zimbabwe): A guided tour of the falls enables you to delve into the local customs and traditions while gaining insight into how such an exquisite creation came to be. An aura of excitement envelopes everyone who lays eyes on this incredible spectacle and guided tours are conducted from both Zambia and Zimbabwe sides.

11th Day: Victoria Falls

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure or take our optional safari and river cruise in the Chobe National Park in Botswana, a must for nature lovers! Overnight stay in Victoria Falls.

* Optional Full-Day Excursion to the Chobe National ParkEmbark on a safari game drive in the Chobe National Park, known for its large herds of elephants and wandering prides of lions. Cruise along the Chobe River, and spot the local game before enjoying lunch at a safari lodge. Take in the spectacular landscapes and wildlife before returning to Zimbabwe for an overnight stay. You will need to take your passport and Botswana visa with you on this trip to cross the border. 

Please note: If you choose this optional excursion you will need to obtain a double-entry visa-on-arrival at Victoria Falls airport when you first arrive. Cost approx $50-70.

12th Day: Victoria Falls - Johannesburg

Breakfast at the hotel.* At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight to Johannesburg. Arrive in Johannesburg and transfer to the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure exploring the city and its diverse and vibrant neighborhoods. Tuck into the vibrant food scene and pop-up eateries. The city is a real cultural hub and it a great place to catch live music performances and indulge in trendy bars and restaurants. Overnight stay in Johannesburg.

* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast.

13th Day: Johannesburg - Mpumalanga - Kruger

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time transfer by road to Mpumalanga. You're headed for Kruger, home to some of the most iconic wildlife in South Africa. Along the way, visit some of the most iconic sights of the Panorama Route such as Blyde River Canyon and the Three Rondavels. You'll fall in love with the natural beauty of South Africa's landscapes! Arrive and transfer to the hotel to check-in. Dinner and overnight stay in Kruger.

14th Day: Kruger National Park

Begin the day early with a morning safari in the southern area of South Africa's most famous game reserve with breakfast on the go. The game viewing area is known as the 'Southern Circle' and is renowned for its rhinos and lions. Later in the day, enjoy an afternoon game drive to discover the amazing diversity of animals in one of the world's largest game reserves. Remember to bring comfortable shoes, warm and rainproof jackets, sunhat and protection and cameras to capture the beautiful wildlife. Dinner and overnight stay in the Kruger Region.

15th Day: Kruger National Park

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day at your leisure to explore the beautiful natural landscapes of Kruger and the White River. We recommend an optional day trip to Kruger National Park to experience more of its wildlife-rich eco-systems.* Dinner and overnight stay in the Kruger Region.

* Optional Kruger National Park Day Trip: Set off to the wilds of Kruger for your chance to spot the famous Big Five. Enjoy a slow drive through the national park, home to elephants, buffalos, giraffes, impalas, zebras and, of course, lions. An unforgettable day in the wilds of Southern Africa. Packed lunch included.

16th Day: Kruger - Johannesburg - Cape Town

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer by road back to Johannesburg, stopping to see the Union Buildings in Pretoria, the official headquarters of the South African government. Arrive in Johannesburg and transfer to the airport to catch a flight to Cape Town. Touch down in South Africa's 'Mother City', known for its towering Table Mountain, cosmopolitan culture and fabulous beaches. Transfer to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day exploring the neighbourhoods and sights of Cape Town. Overnight stay in Cape Town. 

17th Day: Cape Town

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, enjoy the hop on hop off tour ticket in Cape Town. South Africa's capital combines cosmopolitanism, culture, architecture, and the best of nature. With the hop-on and hop-off ticket, you will be able to do over 30 stops to enjoy some of the most remarkable attractions of the 'Mother City'. Take the Cableway and go up to Table Mountain where you can enjoy one of the most breathtaking views of Africa's landscapes. Transfer to the hotel and overnight stay in Cape Town.

18th Day: Cape Town

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a free day by discovering the city further. We recommend taking the optional Cape Winelands excursion, especially if you're a wine lover as this region is known for its award-winning whites and reds.* Overnight stay in Cape Town.

Optional Full-Day Wine Route Excursion with Wine Tasting: Set off into the lush Winelands outside of Cape Town and visit the wine producers in Stellenbosch for delicious wine tasting and a cellar tour.

19th Day: Cape Town

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a free day by discovering the city further. We recommend taking the optional excursion to the Cape Peninsula, a paradise of natural beauty, vineyards and coastal seal and penguin colonies!* Overnight stay in Cape Town.

* Optional Full-Day Cape Peninsula Excursion: Enjoy the delights of the Cape Peninsula including Clifton, Camps Bay, Llandudno and the amazing Twelve Apostles. Pass through Noordhoek and see the local ostriches before visiting the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point. Fall in love with the Penguin Colony and Boulder's Beach and see Simons Town and Muizenberg Beach.

20th Day: Cape Town - Johannesburg

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight to Johannesburg. Arrive back in vibrant Johannesburg and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. Explore the historic neighborhood of Soweto to visit the Apartheid Museum or immerse yourself in the city's vibrant street-food scene. Overnight stay in Johannesburg.

21st Day: Johannesburg - Night on board

Breakfast at the hotel.* The last leg of your epic African adventure begins today as you transfer to the airport to board a flight to Cairo. Night on board.

* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast.

22nd Day: Cairo

Touch down in Cairo and transfer to the hotel. Once you've settled in, the remainder of the day is free at your leisure to get to know the sights and sounds of Cairo, in the shadow of the Great Pyramids! Go shopping at the local souk or sample the national cuisine. Overnight stay in Cairo.

23rd Day: Cairo

Breakfast at the hotel. Get to know the Egyptian capital today with a tour of Cairo's most emblematic sights. Begin at the Giza plateau, home of the three Great Pyramids, built over 4,500 years ago and one of the original Seven Wonders of the World! Explore the pyramids and learn about their fascinating history as you walk in the footsteps of the pharaohs. Continue to the Great Sphinx to unearth more secrets of Ancient Egypt. The remainder of the day is free to explore Cairo at your leisure. We recommend an optional Pyramids Sound and Light Show.* Overnight stay in Cairo.

Optional Pyramids Sound and Light Show: Experience the iconic Great Pyramids at night, as they are lit with dancing lasers and visuals, accompanied by atmospheric music. The perfect way to kick-start your Egyptian adventure!

Important: The order of the optional excursions may vary depending on your departure day. Optional excursions can only be reserved at the time of booking or up to four days after booking.

24th Day: Cairo - Luxor

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight to Luxor On arrival, transfer to the port to board your Nile Cruise Boat, your home for the next four nights. Get settled in your cabin and enjoy lunch and the views of the river Nile. In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Karnak, a huge complex of decayed temples, columns and other buildings. On the way back to the ship, stop at the impressive Temple of Luxor, dedicated to Amun-Ra, Mut and Khonu and built by Amenophis III and Ramses II. Back on the ship, enjoy the remainder of the evening at your leisure. Dinner and overnight on board.

25th Day: Luxor - Edfu

Full-board on board. Begin the day with a visit to the legendary Valley of the Kings, the burial site of the pharaohs between the 18th and 20th ancient Egyptian dynasties and the famous site of the tomb of Tutankhamun. After exploring the valley, head to the Valley of the Queens, where women of royal blood were laid to rest, and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, set on large terraces beneath the cliffs at Deir el-Bahari. Continue to the Colossi of Memnon, two imposing stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III, before returning to the ship as it navigates towards Edfu. Overnight on board.

26th Day: Edfu - Kom Ombo - Aswan

Full-board on board. Disembark the ship in Edfu and take a buggy ride to the magnificent Temple of Horus, the famous, falcon-headed Egyptian god. Explore the atmospheric temple ruins as you trace the footsteps of the pharaohs. Return to the ship and continue sailing south to Kom Ombo. Upon arrival explore the twin Temples of Haroeris and Sobek and see the amazing Nilometer, used to measure the rising and falling levels of the Nile, an important life source in Egypt. Return to the ship and relax onboard as you continue towards Aswan. Overnight on board.

27th Day: Aswan

Full-board on board. This morning, we recommend an optional visit to the amazing temples of Abu Simbel.* Today, enjoy a tour of Aswan to uncover the sights of this fascinating city. Explore the famous granite quarry, where the building blocks of many of ancient Egypt's monuments were produced and visit both the old and new Aswan Dams, monumental engineering works built in the 19th and 20th centuries respectively to control the flooding on the banks of the Nile. End the day with a peaceful ride in a felucca, a typical fishing boat, on the river Nile. Overnight on board.

Optional Excursion to Abu Simbel: Visit these amazing temples, carved on the western cliff of the desert by Ramses II in the Xl century BC. See the iconic 20-metre high statues, dedicated to the god Amon Ra, and the Temple of Nefertari, dedicated to the goddess Hathor.

Important: The order of the optional excursions may vary depending on your departure day. Optional excursions can only be reserved at the time of booking or up to four days after booking.

28th Day: Aswan - Cairo

Breakfast on board. At the indicated time, disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for a short flight to Cairo. Arrive in the capital and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure to get to know Cairo. While away the day visiting the amazing Egyptian Museum, where it's worth spending some time to really get the most out of its unbeatable exhibitions or go shopping in the busy city souks to bag a bargain. We recommend an optional excursion to the Saladin Citadel.* Overnight stay in Cairo.

Optional Excursion to Saladin Citadel: Visit the Alabaster Mosque and medieval fortification of Saladin Citadel, perched atop a hill in central Cairo and dating back to the 12th-century. Learn about the importance of the site to Egypt's Islamic heritage before walking through the Coptic Neighborhood, home to various churches. 

Important: The order of the optional excursions may vary depending on your departure day. Optional excursions can only be reserved at the time of booking or up to four days after booking.

29th Day: Cairo - US

Breakfast at the hotel.* Sadly, it's time to bring your unforgettable African adventure to a close. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the US.** Arrive in the US and end your trip, filled with treasured memories of your magical journey through Africa!

* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

** If your return flight departs in the evening, your arrival in the US will be the following day and the total duration of your trip will be 30 days.

29 days trip including flights*

28 days and 27 nights in destination







Amboseli National Park




Aberdare National Park


Lake Nakuru National Park


Maasai Mara


Maasai Mara


Victoria Falls


Victoria Falls


Victoria Falls




White River


White River


White River


Cape Town


Cape Town


Cape Town


Cape Town





















* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.

The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.

Accommodation: 27 Nights

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Sunset Launch Cruise on the Zambezi River

In the evening, you will be transferred to the jetty to enjoy a Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River, which includes drinks and snacks on board. Look out for local wildlife and enjoy the scenic cruise.

Flight of the Angels Helicopter Experience (Zimbabwe)

Enjoy the Victoria Falls from the sky with a 13 Minutes Helicopter Flight.

Guided Tour of the Falls (Zambia and Zimbabwe)

Discover how the Falls were formed and what local customs and traditions surround them. These tours are extremely informative and end with a visit to the local art and crafts centre.
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The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. 
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  • Departures from main US airports.
  • International flights: US - Nairobi, Cairo - US.
  • International and internal flights: Nairobi - Victoria Falls, Victoria Falls - Johannesburg, Johannesburg - Cape Town, Cape Town - Johannesburg, Johannesburg - Cairo (night on board).*
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  • 22 nights in Charm and Superior category hotel accommodation, 1 night in-flight from Johannesburg to Cairo and 4-nights on board Nile Cruise.**
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  • 22 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 8 dinners and full-board on Nile Cruise.
  • Transfers and Safaris with an English-speaking guide.
  • Game drives and park entry fees.
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  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • 4-night Full-Board Nile Cruise in Egypt. ***
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  • Transportation in a 4x4 seater Safari Landcruiser in Kenya. ****
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Not included

Kenya visa* (check before traveling), Egypt visa**, vaccines, drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

* If you are traveling to Kenya with a US passport, you will require a Kenyan visa. This must be printed to present on arrival in Kenya. You can apply at For other passport holders, we recommend that you check with the Kenyan Embassy for more details.

** Visa issued on arrival. Price approx. $25.

Please note: tips in Egypt are mandatory and must be paid on arrival at the destination. Approx. $50 per person.

* Documentation of the internal flights will either be available in the "My bookings" section in your "Customer Area" 14 days before your trip or delivered to you on arrival at your destination. It is essential to fill in the passport information correctly for each passenger in the given boxes at the end of the reservations process.

** The allocated cruise ship may be changed due to routine maintenance, in which case you will be allocated a cruise of the same or higher category.

*** The itinerary indicated for Egypt corresponds to Saturday departures. Depending on the day of departure the order of the itinerary will be as follows:

Sunday: 1 night Cairo, 4 nights Nile Cruise, 2 nights Cairo

**** Passengers should bring only soft side bags on safaris.

Please note: tips in Egypt are mandatory and must be paid on arrival at the destination. Approx. $50 per person.

The US Department of state Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting

It is essential to fill in the passport information correctly for each passenger in the given boxes at the end of the reservations process.

If you have booked any of the optional activities in Victoria Falls, it is not necessary to purchase a visa for Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana. Instead, you can buy the KANZA UNIVISA which grants multiple entries into any of the three countries. The price is 50USD and it can be purchased on arrival at Victoria Falls International Airport.

  • Entry requirements
    Passport with a minimum of six months validity and two blank pages.
  • Visa
    A visa is required. This must be printed to present on arrival in Kenya. You can apply at
  • Currency
    Kenyan Shilling.
  • Language
    Swahili and English.
  • Electricity
    240 V. An adaptor is required - UK type plugs.
  • Health
    Please consult your doctor regarding the vaccination against yellow fever and malaria prophylaxis. Travellers over 60 years must consult their doctor as the Yellow Fever vaccine can have serious side effects.
  • Time zone
    UTC + 03:00.
  • Other useful information
    In Kenya, they drive on the left-hand side of the road.
  • Tourist Office website

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.

Children: 2 - 11 Years.


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