Ultimate Icons of Africa Safari

An epic safari sojourn bursting with both style and substance. Tread the earth lightly as you journey seamlessly from Kenya to Cape Town via Victoria Falls and Botswana’s Selinda Reserve, staying at Africa’s most iconic properties along the way, each with their own remarkable conservation credentials.

Itinerary Summary

Duration
14 Days
Price
£16720
Destination
Trans Africa
Type
Tailor-Made
Duration Price Destination Type
14 Days £16720 Trans Africa Tailor-Made
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About this trip

This exceptional 13-night ultra-luxury safari includes a highly coveted overnight stay at Giraffe Manor, with Rothschild's giraffes as unusual breakfast companions, and three nights thrilling game-viewing in the famed Masai Mara, based at Cottar's 1920s Camp. Both properties are the embodiment of classic, romantic Kenya: picturesque, charming and steeped in history. Following an overnight interlude at the elegant Hemingways Nairobi, fly to Victoria Falls for two nights in exquisite tented style on the banks of the Zambezi River at Mpala Jena, part of the highly regarded Great Plains Conservation portfolio.

A light aircraft hop then brings you to the exquisite Zarafa Camp, brainchild of filmmakers Derek & Beverley Joubert. You'll be situated for three nights at Zarafa, surrounded on all sides by pristine game-rich woodland and floodplains. Afterwards, fly to Cape Town for a fittingly fabulous finale to this extraordinary journey, with three nights at Cape Town’s ultimate address – Ellerman House combines historic grandeur with an uncontrived sense of style and flair.

What makes this trip extraordinary?

  • Luxuriating in some of Africa’s most iconic hotels and camps.
  • Overnight at Giraffe Manor in classic ‘Out of Africa’ Kenya style.
  • Superb game-viewing in the Masai Mara based at Cottar’s 1920s Camp.
  • Seamless connection from Kenya to Victoria Falls, Botswana and Cape Town.
  • Overnight in Nairobi in classic Hemingways style.
  • Enjoy access to Victoria Falls from the luxurious Mpala Jena Camp on the banks of the Zambezi River.
  • Stay at the exquisite Zarafa Camp edging the Okavango’s game-rich floodplains and Zibadianja Lagoon.
  • Sojourn at Ellerman House in Cape Town with endless Atlantic views.

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A unique and unforgettable opportunity of a lifetime to experience Africa – 
from £16,720 per person, excluding international flights.

Day by day

Day by day

Day 1

Giraffe Manor, Nairobi, Kenya

Begin your adventure at the iconic Giraffe Manor, the embodiment of classic, romantic Kenya. As featured on the BBC/Netflix series Amazing Hotel, this elegant manor perfectly captures that classic ‘Out of Africa’ feel. Set amidst verdant acres of indigenous forest, Giraffe Manor is a sanctuary for both travellers and the endangered Rothschild’s giraffes that wander the grounds and frequently poke their heads through the windows, enchanting guests and providing a magical, memorable setting for visitors to begin their safari adventure.

Overnight: Giraffe Manor (D)

Days 2-4

Cottar’s 1920s Camp, Masai Mara, Kenya

Next, it’s on to Tatlers “Best Tented Camp in the World”, where the romance of safari under cream canvas tents meets the style of the bygone era of the 1920s: Cottar’s Camp. The camp celebrates its centenary this year, rendering it an African icon, an original. Operating within 7,000 private acres on the edge of the Mara puts it in prime game-viewing country, with breathtaking views and ample wildlife-spotting opportunities on game drives and bush walks. Here you can sip sundowners while watching golden sunsets, indulge in a bush bath on your secluded deck, respectfully visit Maasai villages, or even upgrade to an exhilarating balloon safari over the famous Masai Mara landscape.

Overnight: Cottar's Camp (B, L, D)

Day 5

Hemingways Nairobi, Kenya

This night will be spent in the sophisticated and tranquil ambience of 5-star luxury. A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Hemingways Nairobi is a jewel set between Nairobi National Park and the foot of the Ngong Hills, a true retreat from the bustle of central Nairobi in the peaceful suburb of Karen. An all-suite property providing full butler service, a brasserie, sunset bar, lounge and spa, this plantation-style property is perfectly placed for trips to Nairobi National Park, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and the Karen Blixen Museum – alongside an immersion in the magnificent views of the iconic Ngong Hills.

Overnight: Hemingways Nairobi (B)

Days 6-7

Mpala Jena, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

An easy direct morning flight from Nairobi has you arriving in Victoria Falls in time for lunch. An authentic taste of Africa awaits at Mpala Jena Camp, of course without compromising on luxury. Under flowing canvas and within earshot of the mighty Zambezi River, this sumptuous tented camp offers an exquisite experience in Zambezi National Park, overlooking a beautiful stretch of the Zambezi shoreline. Enjoy easy access to Victoria Falls, then retreat to your private plunge pool under the dappled shade of a mixture of indigenous trees, far enough away from the hustle and bustle to fully relax and unwind. Alternatively, discover abundant wildlife in open-vehicle game drives and walks, before soaking up the sunset on a boat trip, or simply watching creatures big and small come to the water's edge to lap at its liquid life.

Overnight: Mpala Jena Camp (B, L, D)

Days 8-10

Zarafa Camp, Selinda Reserve, Botswana

Next, it’s on to Zarafa Camp in the Selinda Reserve. Owned by acclaimed wildlife filmmakers Beverley and Dereck Joubert, this is one of the most exclusive camps in the country and the ultimate selection for Botswana. Your 3-night stay will allow you to savour the distinctively stunning views of the Zibadianja Lagoon from this lavishly romantic space in the heart of a wilderness wonderland. Wallow in your own private plunge pool or experience excellent game-viewing with the aid of expert guides to maximise your wildlife experience. Located on the private Selinda Reserve, look out for leopard, lion, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, and even painted dog, roan and sable. You can also spot hippos in the lagoon from the comfort of the camp. To top it all off, Zarafa is the perfect blend of luxury and a minimal carbon footprint, with all power coming from solar energy and all furniture sculpted from exquisite recycled hardwoods.

Overnight: Zarafa Camp (B, L, D)

Days 11-13

Ellerman House, Cape Town, South Africa

Spend the last part of your journey at Cape Town’s ultimate address, as you are welcomed in signature style in the Ellerman BMW and whisked to your seaside paradise of Ellerman House. Combining historic grandeur with an effortless sense of style and flair, all set in a jaw-dropping cliffside location overlooking the sea, here you can enjoy a splendid sense of isolation alongside spectacular views. Art is central to the spirit of Ellerman House, with works from the meticulously curated collection visible throughout the property, topped off with vibrant lawns and gardens as well as a well-stocked wine cellar. Start your days in the meditative calm of the cliff-edge gardens or languid laps of the glittering swimming pool, and enjoy a marvellous breakfast spread before a guided tour of the extensive art collection, a vivid and soulful journey through a century of South African art. Unwind with daily sunset cocktails set amongst granite rocks, opening onto the sunset-facing sea views to perfectly end your iconic African adventure.

Overnight: Ellerman House (B, L, D)

Day 14

Departures

The end of your epic Kenya to Cape Town safari sojourn, depart on onward flights.

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Low-mid season prices start from £16,720 per person sharing. High season prices start from £25,340 per person sharing.

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