Africa

JUL 18 WED

SAN FRANCISCO / AMSTERDAM

Your dream safari is only a day away as you depart from San Francisco aboard your KLM flight to Amsterdam.

JUL 19 THU

AMSTERDAM / NAIROBI, KENYA

Arrive in Amsterdam today, and connect with your KLM flight to Kenya. Jambo na Karibu! Hello and welcome to Nairobi, or in the Maasai language, “place of cool waters”. You are welcomed at the airport, and then driven to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

ACCOMMODATIONS: THE TRIBE (1 triple)

Tribe – The Village Market Hotel promises to be an escape from the mundane hotel room and brings you into a world of hip, chic design with an emphasis on detail and luxury.

The hotel’s many suites extend this level of luxury and are unrivalled in their sense of elegance and class. Every room is a testament of world class comfort and functionality while offering a cultural journey through hand-picked arts, crafts and furnishings from the farthest corners of Africa. This experience is accentuated only by the hotel’s public spaces with design elements at every glance.

The Tribe is adjacent to the The Village Market Shopping complex. It has an onsite gym in the Village Market as well as cinema, ten pin bowling alley, minigolf and great children facilities. Also offered is a Wellness Spa and gift shop.

Epic, the in-house restaurant serves Continental cuisine with an exquisite African Fusion. It is open daily for lunch and dinner.

JUL 19 THU

NAIROBI / KIGALI, RWANDA / PARC NATIONAL DES VOLCANS

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Kigali. On arrival in Kigali you will make your own way to Parc National Des Volcans and your reserved lodge.

ACCOMMODATIONS: SABYINYO SILVERBACK LODGE (1 twin & 1 single) Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge has been designed and built by Governors’ Camp, but it is owned by a community trust called SACOLA.  Governors’ Camp leases the lodge from SACOLA, who will use the income to finance its socio-economic development and conservation objectives in the area, which include water projects, education, health and informal industries. Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is therefore and exciting combination of a top quality lodge and a power for driving socio-economic development and conservation in the area.

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is situated on the edge of the Parc National des Volcans in North Western Rwanda, at an altitude of over 8,000 ft. The rainforests of the 5 Virunga Volcanoes are the last refuge of the Mountain Gorilla. The lush slopes of the volcanoes provide an appropriately dramatic natural setting for what is perhaps the most poignant and thrilling wildlife experience to be had anywhere. Roughly half of the world’s wild population of Mountain Gorilla’s is resident on the Rwandan slopes of the Virungas. Gorilla trekking, which can be strenuous, is not the only activity on offer. Sabyinyo Silverback lodge provides the perfect base from which to explore this fascinating corner of Africa. (B,L,D)

JUL 21 SAT
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JUL 23 MON

PARC NATIONAL DES VOLCANS

Enjoy the next three days at leisure or making your own arrangements at the Parc National Des Volcans.

ACCOMMODATIONS: SABYINYO SILVERBACK LODGE (B,L,D)

JUL 24 TUE

PARC NATIONAL DES VOLCANS / KIGALI / NAIROBI / KILIMANJARO, TANZANIA

Make your own way to Kigali airport for your flight to Nairobi where you will connect with your flight to Kilimanjaro. On arrival, you will be transferred to your reserved hotel.

ACCOMMODATIONS: PROTEA HOTEL AISHI MACHAME (1 triple)

Situated at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, Aishi is located a few miles from the Machame Gate where climbers commence their ascent of this most majestic mountain by way of the picturesque Machame Trail. Just 3 degrees south of the equator, the two world famous peaks of Kibo (19,340 ft) and Mawanzi (17,040 ft) are permanently snow-capped.

All en-suite bedrooms overlook landscaped gardens and snowy mountains. The rooms are equipped with modern amenities such as multi-channel television, electronic wall safe, telephone, tea/coffee-making facilities, mini-bar, and hairdryer.

The Restaurant at Protea Hotel Aishi Machame offers a selection of superb cuisine, where both local and international dishes can be enjoyed in the restaurant or on the terrace, for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The patio provides an ideal venue for Al Fresco dining or simply enjoying the views over afternoon tea or sundowners.

A heated swimming pool and fitness center are available all year round. All services and facilities are complemented by the caring and attentive attention to detail that pervades throughout Protea Hotel Aishi Machame. (B)

JUL 25 WED

KILIMANJARO / NGORONGORO

The morning is at leisure. This afternoon you will be transferred by road to the Ngorongoro Crater where the next two nights are spent at a lodge on the crater rim.

ACCOMMODATIONS: NGORONGORO SERENA LODGE (1 triple)

This unique lodge clings to the rim of the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, the largest and most perfect volcanic crater on Earth. Long and low, the lodge is built from local river stone and camouflaged with indigenous vines.

Hugging the contours of the jagged Crater rim, the lodge takes its inspiration from the so- called ‘Cradle of Mankind’, the prehistoric site of Olduvai Gorge, which lies close by. Linked by arched stone passages and timbered decks, its walls are decorated with stylized prehistoric cave paintings and lit by flaring torches. At the stone heart of the

lodge burns a glowing fire, which is kept constantly alight. Decorated with cave paintings, the rooms are strung around the Crater rim. Each has its own rock- enclosed balcony, and all enjoy completely uninterrupted views of the volcanic amphitheater far below.

The rooms feature brass lamps, embossed leather headboards, wildwood mirrors, Maasai carvings and stylized prehistoric cave paintings. Room facilities include telephone, WiFi, laundry services, and safe.

The split-level rock-built dining and bar area features a wall of windows, which look down on to the constantly changing vistas of the crater below while double doors lead out on to a broad viewing terrace. Clustered around a glowing central fireplace, the space is decorated with prehistoric cave paintings and lit by stylized torches. Breakfast and lunch are presented in buffet-style. Fixed dinner menus feature a salad buffet, soup, entrée, pudding, cheese and biscuits and tea or coffee.  Bush dining for breakfast, lunch, or dinner can also be arranged. (B,L,D)

JUL 26 THU

NGORONGORO CRATER

This morning descend to the crater floor some 2000 feet below the rim for a half day of exploring in this extinct, collapsed volcano.  Within the 100 square miles of the crater is one of the densest concentrations of game to be found in Africa. Acclaimed as one of the wonders of the Natural World, the Crater is a veritable haven for wildlife.

Elephants amble along well-worn tracks while large prides of lion jealously guard their territorial domain. Gazelle quietly gaze, surrounded by zebra and wildebeest, whilst the endangered rhino, ever vigilant, feeds not far from the lake. Lake Magadi, the permanent water source with Ngorongoro Crater, often seems to be tinged pink when the throngs of flamingo congregate for food. Ngorongoro bird-life matches the animal population for variety and species.

ACCOMMODATIONS: NGORONGORO SERENA LODGE (B,L,D)

JUL 27 FRI 

NGORONGORO / MANYARA / SERENGETI

After breakfast drive to the Manyara airstrip where you board your scheduled flight bound for the Serengeti Airstrip. You will be met and transferred to your camp for the next three nights.

Serengeti – the very name fires the imagination and is derived from the Masai language meaning “endless plains”. The Serengeti offers the greatest concentration of plains animals in Africa. More than two million wildebeest, half a million Thompson’s gazelle and a quarter million zebra gather for annual migrations, attracting a great deal of predator attention from lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena.

Your days are filled with game viewing activities, morning and afternoon, when the animals are most active.

ACCOMMODATIONS: SERENGETI BUSHTOPS (1 triple)

At the exclusive Serengeti Bushtops, explore the romantic expanse of the Serengeti plains from the evocative surrounds of your own luxurious safari tent, where the finest in bush hospitality is set amongst one of nature’s most spectacular landscapes.

Serengeti Bushtops is situated in the northern sector of the UNESCO World Heritage Serengeti National Park, 15 miles from the famous Mara River and right in the path of the spectacular wildebeest migration route (end of July to November depending on rain). Access is by light aircraft from Arusha to the nearby Kogatende airstrip.

There are just 12 luxurious, contemporary tents, each facing the sunset and boasting almost 1200 square feet of open-sided living area designed to enhance the overwhelming sense of space. Bedecked with beautiful wooden flooring, the tents also host lavish facilities including en-suite shower area, large private terrace, your own telescope for game viewing and 24-hour butler service.

Explore the vast plains of the Serengeti, witnessing its natural dramas on morning and evening game drives in state of the art 4×4 vehicles with the camp’s excellent guides. Perhaps find a secluded spot for a romantic bush picnic, or pre-book a thrilling walking safari (extra cost).

Back at the camp relax amongst the serene surrounds, enjoy a massage on the deck of your tent while herds of giraffe saunter past in the distance. Only in Africa! Enjoy time by the fire or in the lounge and bar and savor the à la carte gourmet meals served within the elegant, open-sided mess tent with the vast Serengeti as your backdrop. The camp also has a wine cellar, library and internet access. (B,L,D)

JUL 28 SAT 
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JUL 29 SUN

SERENGETI Depart into the early morning splendor of an African sunrise at the start of your first game drive of the day.

Negotiating roads and tracks, your guide slowly transports you to a world of primordial savagery combined with unrivaled scenic splendor, revealing sights and sounds of astonishing realism.

A lion relaxing, temporarily satiated after its morning hunt, contented elephant carefully guarding their young as they traverse the bush, a startled warthog running with tail erect, the ungainly and seemingly endless herds of wildebeest quietly munching grass in company with the zebra – these are some the images you will collect and preserve on film.

As the day progresses, your guide continues to use his obvious experience by leading you to locations of outstanding natural beauty where you are able to observe the wildlife quietly and at your leisure.

Game drives end just before dusk when you are returned to the familiar surroundings of your lodge. Pleasantly tired but brimming with excitement about your experiences during the day, it is luxury to enjoy a hot shower before dinner. Relax with after dinner drinks watching the many species of game grazing in close proximity to the camp. The atmosphere is amazingly peaceful. The night enfolds you, leaving you with thoughts of this diverse and wonderful country.

ACCOMMODATIONS: SERENGETI BUSHTOPS (B,L,D)

JUL 30 MON

SERENGETI / ARUSHA / KILIMANJARO / ZANZIBAR

This morning you will be transferred to the airstrip for your flight to Arusha where you will connect with your flight to Zanzibar. Upon arrival you will be transferred by road and boat to Mnemba Island where you will spend the next three nights.

Zanzibar is a slumbering paradise where green cloves, bread leaf, rice, cinnamon and coconuts grow. The annals of Zanzibar read like a chapter from “The Thousand and One Nights” and doubtless evoke many exotic and erotic images in the minds of travelers. Otherwise known as the Spice Island, it has lured travelers to its shores for centuries, some in search of trade, some in search of plunder and still others in search of an idyllic home. The Sumerians, Assyrians, Egyptians, Phoenicians, Indians, Chinese, Persians, Portuguese, Omani Arabs, Dutch and English have all been here at one time or another.

Mnemba Island lies about 2 kilometers off the North Eastern Coast of Zanzibar, protected by ten miles of virginal coral reef rich in fish and corals.

ACCOMMODATIONS: MNEMBA ISLAND LODGE – ZANZIBAR (1 twin & 1 single) Mnemba Island Lodge offers “Barefoot Luxury” on this private island (1.5km in circumference). Surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, Mnemba Island Lodge is a blissfully private tropical island paradise.

In the dancing shadows of tropical palms, ten secluded cottages nestle within verdant tropical vegetation. Tastefully built in local materials of Palm matting, timber and thatch, the cottages have en-suite bathrooms and a private verandah overlooking the lagoon.

Sea breezes waft through the central bar-lounge and the spacious open-plan dining area, where meals of fresh seafood and tropical fruit are served satisfying the most discerning palate.

Relaxation is the hallmark at Mnemba, but boating and fishing, as well as snorkeling and diving off the coral reefs, are irresistible diversions in this idyllic retreat. There can be no better way to end a vacation than at this blissful haven, where balmy waters lap the sun- soaked shore.  (L,D)

JUL 31 TUE
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AUG 01 WED

ZANZIBAR Enjoy two full days at leisure in this Indian Ocean paradise. The calm warm seas around Mnemba offer irresistible water activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, fly fishing and swimming directly from the beach at no additional cost.

Excellent birdwatching, beautiful walks around the Island or simply suntanning on the pristine beach may also be enjoyed. Optional extras include diving courses, deep-sea fishing, a tour of the ancient ‘Spice Island’ of Zanzibar, and a range of relaxing massages and therapeutic treatments.

ACCOMMODATIONS: MNEMBA ISLAND LODGE – ZANZIBAR (B,L,D)

AUG 02 THU

ZANZIBAR / DAR ES SALAAM / AMSTERDAM

After the morning activities, you will be transferred by boat and road to Zanzibar airport in time for your flight to Dar Es Salaam where you will connect with your flight to Amsterdam. (B)

AUG 03 FRI

AMSTERDAM / SAN FRANCISCO

Arrive in Amsterdam this morning and connect with your flight to San Francisco. Arrive home this same day with memories to last a lifetime!