President’s Pick A Grand Safari in Africa

"A few years ago, the question used to be which part of Africa do you choose, East or Southern? Combining the two not was an option. Thanks to new flight routes and the exploration of new adventures, the question now is where do you want to start, Nairobi or Cape Town. It’s the perfect safari for someone that has the time and wants to see as much as possible. Imagine, seeing Cape Town from a WWII motorcycle sidecar, engaging with the San people of Botswana’s Makgadikgadi before exploring the Okavango Delta by mokoro. Take in the awesome power of Victoria Falls, connect with an orphaned elephant at the Sheldrick Orphanage in Nairobi, and cap of the greatest safari with the greatest wildebeest migration in the Serengeti!"

Country Information

Botswana

Weather:

Summer: (Sept-April) Frequent rain and thunderstorms; days and nights are very hot, but cooling off after rain spells.
Winter: (May-July) Dry and cold days and nights especially in the early hours of the morning.

Time Zone:

Botswana is Greenwich Mean Time GMT +2 hours.

Flight Information:

Botswana Map

Upon arrival, proceed through immigration and baggage claims and customs. You can also exchange money at this time at the bank windows located in the airport. Big Five personnel will assist you with your baggage and escort you to your hotel & assist with check-in formalities.

Currency:

Pula (P) = 100 thebe. Notes are in denominations of P100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of P5, 2 and 1, and 50, 25, 10 and 5 thebe.

Kenya

Weather:

December through March are the warmest summer months. July and August are considered their winter and are the coolest months. September and October are springtime and weather again gets a little warmer.

In late July through September, you will see the annual migration of wildebeest into the Masai Mara. Although the sun is intense, early mornings and evenings can get quite cool, especially in the mountain areas.

Time Zone:

Kenya is GMT + 3 hours in the winter, and GMT + 2 in the summer

Flight Information:

Kenya Map

Travel in East Africa normally begins and ends at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi or Kenya Moi International Airport in Mombasa.

 

Upon arrival, proceed through immigration and baggage claims and customs. Big Five personnel will be waiting for you with a Big Five sign with your name on it. We will help you with baggage and escort you to your hotel and assist with check-in formalities.

Currency:

Kenyan Shilling (KES)

South Africa

Tanzania including Zanzibar

President's Pick A Grand Safari in Africa President’s Picks

(Countries Visited)

Botswana

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Kenya

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South Africa

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Tanzania including Zanzibar


(Interest Type(s))

Safari Tours

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Adventure Travel


(Tour Length)

24 Days


Tour Highlights

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  • Explore Cape Town, small but sophisticated, the Cape Peninsula and the stunning South Africa coastline from a vintage WWII motorcycle sidecar
  • Travel into Botswana’s incredible Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, part of the Kalahari Basin in central Botswana, and the largest salt flats in the world that encompasses dramatic scenery and fascinating, desert-adapted animal species
  • By boat or on foot, discover the Okavango Delta, one of the best known ecosystems in Southern Africa, where ancient cycles play out, while supporting vast herds of elephant, buffalo and hippo, as well as antelope, giraffe, zebra and the ever-present predators
  • In Nairobi, encounter the rescued elephants at a well-known elephant and rhino orphanage; before traveling into the fabled Serengeti Plains and  Ngorongoro Highlands  for some of the most awesome game viewing
  • Complete your extraordinary safari adventure at the beach on the exotic island of Zanzibar, where you can do as much or as little as you like

Day 1: Cape Town, South Africa
Welcome to Africa! On arrival in Johannesburg, clear immigration and customs before connecting on to Cape Town. Should your arrival aircraft be directed to the apron and not the terminal, you will be transported to the terminal by bus. As you step off the bus, you will be welcomed by an assistant who will assist with your connection for your flight to Cape Town. You will be met when you land in Cape Town and be transferred to your hotel. Scenically beautiful, Cape Town is a compelling mix of trendy modern and old-world elegance. Glamorous hotels, world-class dining and stunning vistas merge seamlessly with dynamic student suburbs and vibrant nightlife. Malay and African heritage is evident in the cuisine, traditions and entertainment while the architecture reveals a strong Dutch, German and English flavor and style. Contemporary art as well as traditional arts are displayed in a variety of galleries and modern boutique hotels. Wine bars and brandy tasting lounges will appeal to the fashionable set. Theater lovers will savor the finest in opera, ballet, drama and music.

Situated on a private quay on the V & A Waterfront, the Cape Grace Hotel commands dynamic views over the working harbor, yacht marina and iconic Table Mountain. Spacious and classically decorated, the 120 rooms and suites incorporate world-renowned vistas from large French windows. Signal Restaurant offers superb Cape   and international cuisine while the Library and Bascule Whisky, Wine and Cocktail Bar afford elegant places to relax. The Cape Grace runs a daily Cape Wine Orientation Tasting which is an introduction to wines of the Cape. This five-star luxury boutique hotel is within easy distance of the main Cape attractions and an ideal base from which to explore. Cape Grace Hotel (B)

Day 2: Cape Town
Today is at leisure for you to enjoy as you like the stunning views from your hotel, or do a bit of shopping. Or just relax. This evening, enjoy a sundowner in unique fashion, sitting in a WWII era replica motorcycle with sidecars. Enjoy the views from your sidecar of Cape Town twilight like never before. Your driver will pick you up and will provide you with appropriate gear. Cape Grace Hotel (B)

Day 3: Cape Town – Cape Peninisula
Begin your day early to explore the stunning coast on a full-day private tour of the Cape Peninsula. Travel along the spectacular Atlantic Seaboard through the chic suburbs of Clifton and Camps Bay, and on to the scenic fishing village of Hout Bay. Next, drive along the famous Chapmans Peak Drive, which if it is open, hugs the dramatic cliff side with a 200-meter/656-foot drop on one side and the same 200-meter/656-foot rise on the other. This is a spectacular mountain pass. You continue south to reach the Cape of Good Hope National Park. Explore the rocky coastline and unique Cape Fynbos vegetation which is home to unique birdlife such as African black oystercatchers and Cape sugarbirds amongst others. You may see the Cape mountain zebra, bontebok, ostrich and baboon. Climb up to the famous Cape Point Lighthouse to capture the magical views over the bay. Alternatively, you can take the funicular train as an optional extra. This afternoon, visit the penguin colonies at Boulders Beach for a close encounter with these delightful African penguins. Drive through the historical naval village of Simonstown and over another spectacular mountain pass, Boyes Drive, and on to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens nestled on the lower slopes of Table Mountain. Discover some of the 4,000 of the 22,000 Southern African flowering plants are cultivated in a setting of mountain streams, pools and rolling lawns. Return to your hotel this afternoon. Cape Grace Hotel (B)

Day 4: Cape Town
Today you begin with Table Mountain (weather permitting). Enjoy delicious panoramic views over the Mother City and the Atlantic Seaboard with Robben Island in the distance lying sleepily in Table Bay Harbour. In the city itself, stop at the Company Gardens to walk through the garden and visit the South African Museum. Then on to the Castle of Good Hope. Built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company as a maritime replenishment station, the Castle of Good Hope is the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa. The drive through the city center will take you past the Houses of Parliament, the Grand Parade and City Hall from where Nelson Mandela first addressed South Africans after his release from prison in February 1990.

This afternoon, take a walking tour to discover something of Mandela’s story. When most people think of this leader and Cape Town, they may not see beyond Robben Island, but Cape Town has a captivating Mandela story to tell as it provided the setting for the unfolding of a series of significant and secretive meetings that led to the surprise release of Mandela and the unbanning of the ANC in February 1990. This 2.5-hour walk, which covers approximately 2km/1.24 mi. of the historic and cultural heart of Cape Town, is rich in elements of human drama with key players being a president, a chief of prison, a spy and a prisoner. Cape Grace Hotel (B)

Day 5: Cape Town / Maun, Botswana / Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
Today you are transferred to the Cape Town airport for your flight to Maun, Botswana, and you connect to a shared charter flight to the Makgadikgadi Pans.  

Please note: All luggage (check-in and carry on) is strictly restricted to 20 kgs (44 lbs.) per person, including hand luggage in a soft bag with no frames or rigid structures as they cannot fit in the small aircraft. Wheels on a bag are only permissible if they are not part of a solid frame or rigid structure of maximum dimensions 25 cm (10 inches) wide x 30 cm (12 inches) high and 62 cm (24 inches) long. Passenger weights are required prior to travel.

Today you are transferred to the Cape Town airport for your flight to Maun, Botswana, and you connect to a shared charter flight to the Makgadikgadi Pans. On arrival, you are welcomed and transferred to your camp. Jack’s Camp is located on the edge of the desolate Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in Botswana. This oasis of style and comfort lies in a palm grove and commands spectacular panoramas over harsh and breath-taking landscape: stark, white vistas and islands of palm trees. Ten roomy canvas tents are fashioned in classical 1940’s style with a few creative surprises. Persian rugs, high four poster beds, cool cotton sheets and mahogany and brass campaign-style furniture form a striking contrast with the rugged wilderness viewed from the comfort of one’s own verandah.

Once an ancient lake, the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans form part of the Kalahari Basin in central Botswana. The largest salt flats in the world, the area consists of stunning scenery and fascinating, desert-adapted animal species. Written into its history are the archaeological signs of stone-aged habitation. Arid and desolate, much of the landscape looks like another planet, the endless moonscape stretches of white sand continuing on to meet blue horizons. Baobabs claw at heated skies and rock formations dot the landscape, breaking the earth’s profile. Mineral-rich grasslands are completely transformed during summer rains. Springbok, gemsbok, eland, hyena and meerkats can be found in the desert landscapes. December to April, the rains usher in a complete renewal of the land. Sweet grasses and even water-filled pans draw migratory birds and game. Massive flamingo flocks bring color to the expanses of water, while large herds of zebra and wildebeest add a chorus of noise. Awe-inspiring cloud formations decorate the skies, and at night, the panoramic views of starry skies are spectacular. From April to October, massive herds migrate to the western boundary of the Makgadikgadi, the Boteti River, looking for food and water. Jacks Camp – Luxury Tent (B,L,D)

Days 6/7: Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
Enjoy the activities at your camp, which offers a menu of safari options including vehicle safari, quad-biking safari, walks with the San to learn how they see the nature and the land, geological and paleontological walks, visits to Chapman's Baobabs, encounters with a habituated meerkat colony and a brown hyena den. Some of these activities are available throughout the year while others are seasonal. Expertly guided nature drives go in search of the unique desert wildlife and incredible star gazing adds to the wonder of a stay at Jack’s. There are two distinctly different seasons and itineraries: the wet season ushers in the spectacular sight of the annual zebra and wildebeest migration, and the dry season allows guests the opportunity to explore the vast Makgadikgadi saltpans on quad bikes. Perhaps explore the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans on horseback (optional). Jacks Camp – Luxury Tent (B,L,D)

Day 8: Makgadikgadi Salt Pans / Okavango Delta
Today you are transferred to the Tsigaro airstrip for your shared charter flight to the Okavango Delta. On arrival, you are met and transferred to your camp.

Please note: All luggage (check-in and carry on) is strictly restricted to 20 kgs (44 lbs.) per person, including hand luggage in a soft bag with no frames or rigid structures as they cannot fit in the small aircraft. Wheels on a bag are only permissible if they are not part of a solid frame or rigid structure of maximum dimensions 25 cm (10 inches) wide x 30 cm (12 inches) high and 62 cm (24 inches) long. Passenger weights are required prior to travel.

Sleek and appealing, &Beyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp is in an exclusive wildlife concession on the edge of the Delta. From its island position, it boasts sweeping views over vast floodplains, and permanent water channels. Bright and attractive, nine safari tents are canvas and timber, the organic design (inspired by the water lily) incorporates soft pinks, greens and khaki which blend in with the pristine surrounds. Guests can make the most of the untouched natural beauty from appealing spaces. Each tent opens out to breathtaking views, decks, plunge pools and romantic private salas. Central spaces include intimate seating zones, dining areas and shady verandahs which lead onto an open air boma, ideal for candlelit dinners under the stars.

The seasonal flood from the Angola Highlands is the heartbeat of Botswana. Seeping along the panhandle and into the largest inland delta system in the world, the water creates a uniquely beautiful National Heritage Site, the incoming tide of life bringing with it birth, transformation and replenishment. These ancient, cyclical changes provide an exceptional safari experience and the area supports vast herds of elephant, buffalo and hippo, as well as antelope, giraffe, zebra and the ever-present predators. From March, the waters spread outwards, reaching the inner delta by June and peaking in July and August. The inbound flow creates a buzz of energy as it spans out towards Maun and the entire country. Depending on nature’s temperamental dictates, the flood levels vary each year, and are never under the control of man, which makes it hard to predict the upcoming season. The Delta may swell up to three times its size. Under natural forces, the face of the earth renews itself, the landscape of channels, grasslands, reed islands and lagoons burst with life and vitality. &Beyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp – Tents (B/L/D)

Days 9/10 Okavango Delta
Enjoy activities from the lodge, including bush walks with a local San guide with whom the camp has had deep relations for decades. Guests walk in the company of a couple of local hunters, who are can impart a little of their incredible knowledge of the harsh Kalahari landscape, with plant gathering, trap setting, animal hunting and fire-making. Go on safari by vehicle, by motorboat, by mokoro canoe safari, on foot and at night to explore the name facets of the Kalahari. Mokoro canoe safaris are especially enjoyable because they offer a quiet and more subtle way to explore these beautiful landscapes. These trips are good all year but tend to be at their best during Jun/Oct, when the plains are usually flooded. Motorboat safaris tend to provide a better chance of encounters with larger wildlife. These trips tend to be slightly better during Jun/Oct, when the network of deep-water channels also expands slightly. On walking safaris, you can explore nearby islands in the company of an armed ranger, although in our experience these tend to be relatively low key in terms of animal interaction. Scenic helicopter flights are also available at a substantial additional cost. &Beyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp - Tent (B/L/D)

Day 11: Okavango Delta / Kasane / Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Return to the airstrip for your shared charter flight to Kasane, where you have a road transfer to your hotel at the Zimbabwe side of Victoria Falls.

Please note: All luggage (check-in and carry on) is strictly restricted to 20 kgs (44 lbs.) per person, including hand luggage in a soft bag with no frames or rigid structures as they cannot fit in the small aircraft. Wheels on a bag are only permissible if they are not part of a solid frame or rigid structure of maximum dimensions 25 cm (10 inches) wide x 30 cm (12 inches) high and 62 cm (24 inches) long. Passenger weights are required prior to travel.

When you wander through the lush rainforests above the Victoria Falls, newly baptized in the mist, your ears holding the echo of thundering waters, it isn’t hard to imagine that this might be where it all began. As the land cuts away beneath the ancient Zambezi River, the waters plummet dramatically into the Batoka Gorge, more than 100 m/328 ft. below. The angrily churned up spray shoots skyward, painting the landscape in billowing clouds of misty gray. This striking “smoke that thunders” can be seen for miles.

The vibrant town of Victoria Falls is known as the adventure capital of the world, and if your eyes light up at the thought of conquering the “Stairway to Heaven” or “The Terminator” in a raft, then this is the place for you. While the notorious Nyaminyami (Zambezi River God) watches from its mythical depths, and the majestic basalt cliffs allow your passage through the canyon’s exquisite landscape, adventure seekers are assured of a good time. Class V whitewater rafting, bungee jumping, abseiling, morning and evening game drives, river cruises, canoeing, bush walks, historic ruins, and fishing are all options at and around the falls.

Upstream from Victoria Falls, in the middle of the upper Zambezi River is the private island of Chundu, surrounded by the magnificent Zambezi National Park. The lodge sports a pristine sandy beach and scenic river environment with eight spacious chalets, (including two family units with an additional room). Constructed using wood, canvas, palm-thatched roofs and gauze, the chalets enjoy great vistas, luxurious comfort and pure island charm. En suite, open-plan bathrooms have free-standing baths and an outdoor shower with river views. Large decks boast day beds where you can relax in this tranquil atmosphere and keep watch for wildlife on the opposite banks. Between game drives, secluded island walks, canoeing and sunset cruises, you can cool off in the pool, or enjoy delicious meals in the dining room. The main lodge has a lounge, bar, wine cellar, fireplace and sprawling deck perfectly situated to watch the setting sun. Chundu Island (B/L/D)

Days 12/13: Victoria Falls
Enjoy some of the activities available from your lodge today. The adventures include Class V whitewater rafting, bungee jumping, abseiling, morning and evening game drives, river cruises, canoeing, bush walks, historic ruins, and fishing. Chundu Island (B/L/D)

Day 14: Victoria Falls / Nairobi
Today you are transferred from your lodge to the airport for your flight to Nairobi, Kenya. Welcome to Kenya! Upon arrival at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by the Big Five representative and assisted with a private transfer to your hotel, where the remainder of the evening is at leisure. The Hemingways Nairobi is a 45-suite luxury boutique hotel. Beautiful in its symmetry and flooded with natural light, this plantation-style property is airy and spacious. Each suite has a private balcony overlooking the iconic silhouette of the Ngong Hills, a magical view that can also be enjoyed over sundowners at the bar. Hemingways Nairobi (B)

Day 15: Nairobi
This morning is at leisure for you to relax. Early this afternoon, visit the charming Giraffe Centre adjacent to Giraffe Manor where you have an opportunity to interact and feed the habituated giraffes. In the late afternoon, enjoy a special visit to the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage run by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust overlooking Nairobi National Park. The late David Sheldrick stands out, even today, as one of Africa's most famous and proficient Pioneer National Park Wardens of all time. With just one vehicle, and a handful of laborers, he was given the task of transforming a huge chunk of inhospitable arid land, previously uncharted and known only as the Taru Desert, into what today is Kenya's largest and famous Tsavo National Park. His wife, the late Daphne Sheldrick, was the first person in the entire world to successfully hand rear newborn fully milk dependent African Elephant orphans, something that spanned 28 years of trial and error to achieve. By the year 2008, the Trust had successfully saved and hand-reared more than 82 infant African elephant calves, two from the day of birth. A tiny newborn elephant is orphaned, often its mother and family gunned down to serve the ivory trade, its life support gone. Any survivors flee in terror, so the fate of the infant is usually suffering and death in hopeless and lonely isolation that it cannot understand. For an elephant, the family is vital. Its very existence depends upon its mother's milk for the first two years of life. In a perfect world, that elephant life would be filled with fun and joy through the companionship of friends and a close-knit and loving family all the days of its life. The trust is still run by the Sheldrick family and Big Five believes and champions this mission. By fostering an orphan in your name, you visit the orphanage when it is open only to fellow foster donors and not the public. Hemingways Nairobi (B)

Day 16: Nairobi / Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Today after breakfast, you are transferred to the Nairobi airport for flight to Kilimanjaro airport. On arrival, you connect to a regional flight to the Serengeti National Park. On arrival, you are greeted and transferred to your camp. The Serengeti is easily Tanzania’s most recognizable national park. It is also the largest, at 14,763 sq. km/5,700 sq. mi. of protected area that borders Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve. Far-reaching plains of endless grass, tinged with the twisted shadows of acacia trees, have made it the quintessential image of a wild and untarnished Africa. Its large stone kopjes are home to rich ecosystems, and the sheer magnitude and scale of life that the plains support is staggering. Large lion prides laze easily in the long grasses, families of elephants feed on acacia bark and trumpet to each other across the plains, and giraffes, gazelles, monkeys, eland, and the whole range of African wildlife is in awe-inspiring numbers.

A Tanzanian haven for serious safari seekers, Serengeti Bushtops is an oasis of five-star luxury within one of the world’s most magical settings. Picture yourself gazing out over the stunning scenery of the Serengeti. Imagine returning from safari and watching the sun set from the comfort of your tent’s private hot tub. Consider the thrill of watching the annual migration thunder across the mighty Mara River. Or simply revel in the thought of being pampered by your butler and the friendly staff, before enjoying fabulous cooking and fine wines in the comfort of the restaurant and shared spaces. This combination of safari adventure, first class facilities and blissful relaxation. Two family tents available for bigger families, especially since they are linked by a bridge to create a private family suite. Serengeti Bushtops (B/L/D)

Days 17/18: Serengeti National Park
Enjoy game activities from your camp. Although every day is different, you will see a cornucopia of wildlife, from herds of elephant to masses of buffalo, charging wildebeest and curious antelope, zebras and large lion prides laze easily in the long grasses, giraffes, gazelles, monkeys, eland, and the whole range of African wildlife is in awe-inspiring numbers. Then there’s the constant kaleidoscope of bird life, with vultures, goshawks and eagles soaring past secretary birds, sandgrouse and plovers, bustards and an array of fabulously-colored smaller birds. Serengeti Bushtops (B/L/D)

Day 19: Serengeti National Park / Ngorongoro Highlands
This morning you transfer to the airstrip for your flight to Manyara airstrip. On arrival, you are met and transferred to the Ngorongoro Highlands and to your hotel. The Manor at Ngorongoro, has nine luxurious cottages (18 suites), family cottage, and magnificent main Manor House, is one of the first safari lodges of its kind to blend East African hospitality with old-world Afro-European architecture and decor. Adjacent to the famous Ngorongoro Conservation Area and within a 1500-acre Arabica coffee estate, The Manor is reminiscent of an elegant up-country farm home in the Cape Dutch-style of architecture. Each of 18 Manor Cottage Suites has its own private entrance and adjoining private sun terrace. A double open-fronted, log-burning fireplace divides a room interior that mirrors the traditional Cape Dutch architecture. The en suite bath and shower room features a Victorian-style claw-footed bath, as well as twin vanity basins and large ‘rainfall’ shower. Every detail of The Manor has been designed with your comfort in mind. Each of the cottages has been carefully positioned to maximize the views of the adjacent verdant hills but at the same time to maintain the intimacy and privacy of this old- world Manor home. The Manor at Ngorongoro (B/L/D)

Day 20: Ngorongoro Highlands
Early this morning you head into the Ngorongoro Crater and enjoy a full day private game drive on the floor. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is inhabited by 30,000 animals, all protected within the confines of the crater walls. Resident zebra, wildebeest, Grants and Thomson’s gazelle are a predator's dream. Tanzania’s few remaining black rhinos are protected and regularly sighted in the crater, as are large herds of buffalo. Huge tusked elephants, black-manned lions, cheetah and spotted hyena are also found, as well as thousands of lesser and greater flamingoes in the soda lake. Enjoy a thrilling day in the crater, this is perhaps the best place in East Africa to get close to rhinos and lions and other predators among the hundreds of animals. Enjoy a bush lunch at the ideal spot this afternoon, just you, the wilderness, and each other. This afternoon, return to our accommodations for overnight. The Manor at Ngorongoro (B/L/D)

Day 21: Ngorongoro Highlands / Arusha / Zanzibar
Return to the airstrip today for your flight to Zanzibar via Arusha. On arrival, you are met and transferred to your resort. Along the Bwejuu – Paje Beach, named as one of the top 30 in the world by Conde Nast Traveler magazine, Baraza is Zanzibar’s most exclusive boutique resort. Baraza Resort and Spa is a five-star all-inclusive hotel voted among the top 60 best new hotels in the world by Conde Nast Traveler. With just 30 villas, this stunning fully inclusive resort evokes the heritage of Zanzibar dating back to the era of the Sultans. The luxury hotel is a fusion of Arabic, Swahili and Indian design, with Swahili arches, intricate hand-carved cement décor, beautiful antiques, handmade furniture and intricate brass lanterns. The name Baraza itself means “meeting place” and represents community, social interaction, and relations. All the Zanzibari furniture in the hotel is handmade by local artisans who have perfected the art of wood carving, for which Zanzibar is so famous. Architecturally, Baraza is a journey through the grand, beautiful designs of the style of Sultans Palaces of Zanzibar. Baraza Beach Resort and Spa (B)

Days 22/23: Zanzibar
Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous region of Tanzania, composed of the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 25–50 km/16–31 mi. off the coast of the mainland, and consists of many small islands and two large ones: Unguja, the main island, referred to as Zanzibar, and Pemba Island. The capital is Zanzibar City, on Unguja. Its historic center is Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Zanzibar's main industries are spices, raffia, and tourism. In particular, the islands produce cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and black pepper. For this reason, the Zanzibar Archipelago, together with Tanzania's Mafia Island, are sometimes called the "Spice Islands" (a term also associated with the Maluku Islands of Indonesia). Immerse yourself in the crystal-clear water of the Indian Ocean, sip a freshy cut coconut from our waving palm trees, indulge in a massage, dive the Coral reef, experience our warm, genuine Swahili hospitality. Learn to play the bao game, traditional weaving, coconut harvesting, and cultural cooking. Learn to dive at the only PADI 5* Gold Palm and National Geographic Dive Centre in Zanzibar. Water Club is the place to experience the very best of the Indian Ocean. Learn kite surfing, wind surfing and kayaking. Baraza Beach Resort and Spa (B,L,D)

Day 24: Zanzibar / Depart
Transfer back to the airport for your flight onwards where you connect to your flight home. (B)

SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT ELEPHANTS: Elephant-back safaris: Please note that Big Five does not participate in any elephant-back safaris. The decision was made due to the abusive way some of animals are trained and treated. Based on our founding principles, our approach to animal welfare issues, and our sustainable principles, we agree with many others who are against any abusive methods of training or mistreatment. Please note that this decision does not reflect on those properties and parks who do things the right way.

 

Land price, per person, double occupancy: Price starts from US$1600 per person per day.

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