Departure: 01-12 September 2019 | Kenya to South Africa
This iconic Journey has been specifically chosen to offer the best possible experiences within the highlighted destinations from 01 to 12 September 2019.
- 1 night, Giraffe Manor – Nairobi, Kenya
- 2 nights, &Beyond Bateleur Camp – Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
- 2 nights, &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge – Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
- 1 night, Matetsi River Lodge – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
- 3 nights, &Beyond Ngala Tented Camp – Kruger National Park, South Africa
- 2 nights, One&Only Cape Town – Cape Town South Africa
What we love about this journey:
Tuck into memorable meals at the historic Giraffe Manor, the only place in the world where you can enjoy the breath-taking experience of feeding and photographing a giraffe over the breakfast table or at the front door.
Spend a fascinating afternoon with Jonathan Scott in the Masai Mara, acclaimed documentarian and host of Big Cat Diary, the long running BBC documentary series.
Relish exclusive candlelit dinners with awe-inspiring views, and spectacular game drives into the heart of this UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ngorongoro Crater.
Experience Victoria Falls from a unique perspective as you gaze on unparalleled scenery from above that promises unsurpassed views.
Experience the rare opportunity to participate in a rhino notching experience or meet the reserve’s anti-poaching unit and their highly specialized tracking-dog unit. Get up close and personal with these highly endangered giants of the African bush on this once in a lifetime experience, to assist in the conservation of rhinos.
A whirlwind of exclusive dining experiences at some of Cape Town’s most renowned restaurants awaits you, as well as a scenic helicopter flight over the magnificent Cape Peninsula.
To top it off relish an elegant closing banquet hosted by &Beyond CEO Joss Kent and Denis Goldberg, famed friend and fellow activist of the late Nelson Mandela.
A taste of what to expect…
Day 1: Nairobi
Arrive in Nairobi, Kenya and transfer to Giraffe Manor
Arrive into the private VIP customs area at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. After a warm welcome by your superb &Beyond private guides and ground staff, a private transfer vehicle will sweep you away to Giraffe Manor.
Overnight at Giraffe Manor in Nairobi
As one of Nairobi’s most iconic retreats, the historic Giraffe Manor offers a truly enchanting opportunity to interact with its resident herd of Rothschild giraffe. In the mornings and evenings, the giraffe visits the Manor, casually interrupting mealtimes by poking their long necks into the windows of the dining area in search of a delicious treat.
Day 2-3: Masai Mara National Reserve
Transfer from Nairobi to the Masai Mara
Linger over a delectable breakfast and a likely visit from the curious Rothschild Giraffes that make their home here. A private transfer will be waiting to take you to Wilson airport for your private charter flight into open plains of the Masai Mara. On arrival the wide smiles of the &Beyond team will accompany you on a short game drive to the camp.
Spend 2 nights at Bateleur Camp in the Masai Mara
Tucked away at the foot of the scenic Oloololo escarpment (the rim of the Great Rift Valley), in Kenya’s iconic Masai Mara National Reserve, is the classic and elegant &Beyond Bateleur Camp. Here, amidst the reserve’s astounding year-round concentration of animals, including the Great Wildebeest Migration, guests can experience an unsurpassed wildlife experience.
This romantic and totally private camp reflects the ambiance of Kenyan safaris of the ‘20s and ‘30s, and is situated where the famous final scene of the movie Out of Africa was filmed. Spend a fascinating afternoon with Jonathan Scott, acclaimed documentarian and host of Big Cat Diary, long running BBC Documentary series. Adventures abound with twice-daily game drives and spot-lit night drives. Optional activities include a hot air balloon safari or a community excursion that includes memorable interactions with the Maasai.
Spend the day in a hot air balloon, a safari game drive and an afternoon with an acclaimed documentarian
Dawn arrives with a chorus of bird calls in the bush. Sip a steaming tea or coffee and watch the morning sun turn the plains golden and green. Float silently above the plains with the rising sun, hearing only the occasional soft roar of the whisper burners as the balloon pilot takes you up over the game-dotted landscape. Lean back and relax after a sumptuous bush breakfast, surrounded by nothing but the sweeping expanse of the Masai Mara.
Roll gently with the motion of the rumbling 4×4 as your expert guide positions the vehicle to provide the perfect photograph. Spend a golden afternoon immersed in the story behind the scenes of Big Cat Diaries with host and acclaimed documentarian Jonathan Scott. Witness the snorting, cavorting antics of the Great Migration’s wildebeest and zebra.
Day 4-5: Ngorongoro Crater
Private charter flight to Tanzania
Take a last look at the sweeping expanse of the Masai Mara below as your private charter flight departs for Tanzania via Migori or Jomo Kenyatta. Arrive into Manyara airstrip, Tanzania, where welcoming &Beyond guides await to transfer you up to the rim of the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. Arrive to a joyful, singing African welcome at &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge.
Spend 2 nights at &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
Perched on the edge of the world’s oldest intact caldera, the award-winning &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is fit for a king and queen. Here, guests can be forgiven for losing track of which era, or even continent, they are experiencing. A range of extraordinary experiences await at &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge.
Think…captivating sundowners in the company of charismatic Maasai warriors, exclusive candlelit dinners with awe-inspiring views, and a full-day game drive into the heart of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, with lunch served in a spectacular bush banquet on the crater floor.
Spend the day on the crater floor, dining on a grand lunch banquet and sipping sundowners
Breathe deeply and feel the cool, clear air of the crater rim fill your lungs. Stand high on the edge of a world cradled by the rugged walls of a perfectly preserved caldera. Try to fit the sheer grand scale of it all into a photograph (if you aren’t sure how to, ask your expert guide!)
Descend into the crater itself, into a sheltered world of predators and prey, dramatic chases and unforgettably scenic tableaux lit by shafts of golden afternoon sunlight. Dine on a grand lunch banquet set up just for you on the crater floor. Sip an icy sundowner at the rim and hear the wild cries of leaping Maasai rise into the clear night sky, borne upward by the sparks of a towering bonfire.
Day 6: Victoria Falls
Private charter flight to Victoria Falls
Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast up on top of the world before your private vehicle transfers you to Manyara Airstrip. Your private charter flight awaits to fly you to Kilimanjaro International Airport to meet up with the private jet. Depart Kilimanjaro for the majestic Victoria Falls, where the &Beyond Matetsi River Lodge team will be waiting to transfer you to the lodge.
Spend 1 night at Matetsi River Lodge
Combining an exceptional wildlife experience and 15km (9 miles) of private Zambezi River frontage, with easy access to the majestic Victoria Falls, Matetsi Private Game Reserve is an exclusive safari oasis that plays host to an incredible array of experiences.
Experience Victoria Falls from a unique perspective as you gaze on unparalleled scenery from above that promises unsurpassed views. Delight in a spectacular tour of the Victoria Falls followed by a beautiful sundowner boat cruise along a private stretch of river. The next morning after a delicious breakfast, enjoy thrilling game viewing adventures in 50 000 hectares (123 500 acres) of pristine wilderness.
Day 7-9: Kruger National Park
Private jet flight to the Kruger National Park
Spend a leisurely breakfast watching the sun play across the waters of the mighty Zambezi River. A private transfer will take you to Victoria Falls airport to board the private jet, bound for Kruger Mpumalanga Airport in Nelspruit, South Africa.
Arrive at this gateway to the Kruger National Park for a short charter flight to Ngala Airstrip, where the beaming &Beyond team will welcome you to the wildlife-rich bushveld of South Africa.
Spend 3 nights at &Beyond Ngala Tented Camp
While &Beyond Ngala Tented Camp never lets you forget that you are in the wild, there is nothing primitive about this chic and contemporary camp. The romance of canvas, with hypnotic night sounds, and flickering lanterns mingle with the simple sophistication of polished wooden decks, textured fabrics and clean lines.
Experience the rare opportunity to participate in a Rhino Notching experience. Get up close and personal with these highly endangered giants of the African bush on this once in a lifetime adventure, to assist in the conservation of rhinos. Additional exciting activities include game drives, bush walks, hot air balloon safaris or a scenic helicopter flight over the lowveld.
Experience a rhino-notching adventure or spend the day with the Anti-Poaching tracker dog unit
Today you will embark on an adventure unlike any other. You will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join in on a rhino notching experience. As this is a sensitive project involving a live animal, the rhino notching team will choose either your second or third day to pursue the activity.
Here, you will have the opportunity to witness the capture and darting of either a black or a white rhino. A wildlife vet will locate and dart the rhino from the vantage point of a helicopter, whilst you, and the ground crew, follow in open 4×4 safari vehicles. Once darted, the veterinary team will notch the sleeping animal’s ear for research and security monitoring, as well as insert a microchip into the horn, enabling researchers to correctly identify different rhino on the reserve.
Should the rhino notching activity not be available, spend the day with the anti-poaching tracker dog unit learning how they fight the dangers of poaching each day, and spend time with these highly specialized canines in their daily routines.
Explore the bush on twice-daily game drives that venture out in search of the Big Five, as well as a host of other fascinating creatures. Ngala is fortunate to have had regular sightings of the endangered African wild dog, so make sure to keep an eye out for this fascinating animal. The early morning game drive will leave in the cool grey of dawn, with the mysteries of the bush lying open before you.
Your experienced ranger and tracker team will discuss what you hope to see prior to the drive and will do their best to find all your favourite animals for you. After breakfast there is the option to set off on a bush walk and explore the finer details of your surroundings, from animal tracks to plants, insects and birds. Another game drive sets off in the late afternoon, continuing after dark for a glimpse into the nocturnal lives of Africa’s predators.
Day 10-11: Cape Town
Private jet transfer to Cape Town
Take off over a crowd of waving arms and smiling faces as you depart Ngala for Kruger Mpumalanga airport. The jet stands ready to take to you fabulous Cape Town, the Mother City of South Africa. On arrival the magnificent &Beyond Cape Town team will be waiting, bursting with smiles, information and anecdotes of this magical city.
Spend 2 nights at One&Only Cape Town
Experience Cape Town by summitting Table Mountain by cable-car, take the time to spend the rest of your day exploring this iconic city at your leisure. Wind your way through a scenic tour of the Peninsula, taking in the sights of Hout Bay, Chapmans Peak, Boulders Beach with its adorable penguins, lunch at the historic Harbour House and a visit to Cape Point where two oceans collide. Return to your hotel by way of a scenic helicopter flip over iconic Table Mountain.
Alternatively, sample the finest among South Africa’s renowned wines on a expertly guided tour of the famed Cape Winelands. Enjoy a leisurely day roaming this scenic corner of Africa before returning to Cape Town via helicopter flight over the Peninsula. `
On your last evening with us, enjoy an elegant closing banquet hosted by &Beyond CEO, Joss Kent, and Denis Goldberg, famed friend and fellow activist of the late Nelson Mandela.
Summit Table Mountain, tour the Cape peninsula by helicopter and sample the finest Cape wines
Experience Cape Town through the eyes of andBeyond. Summit Table Mountain by cable-car, then decide how to spend the rest of the day.
Wind your way through a scenic tour of the Peninsula, taking in the sights of Hout Bay, Chapmans Peak, Boulders Beach with its adorable penguins, lunch at the historic Harbour House and a visit to Cape Point where two oceans collide. Return to your hotel by way of a scenic helicopter flip over iconic Table Mountain. Or..,
Sample the finest among South Africa’s renowned wines on a expertly guided tour of the famed Cape Winelands. Enjoy a leisurely day roaming this scenic corner of Africa before returning to Cape Town via helicopter flight over the Peninsula.
Delight in a smorgasbord of dining options and wine tasting that has been prepared to suit whatever taste. On your last evening with us, gather one last time for an elegant closing banquet hosted by Joss Kent and Denis Goldberg, famed friend and fellow activist of the late Nelson Mandela, at the Two Oceans Aquarium, where we honour the journey you have taken, and look forward to the next.
Day 12: Departure
Transfer from One&Only Cape Town to Cape Town International Airport for departure
Join us for a final delicious breakfast as we bid farewell and transfer you to the airport for your departure flight.