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Travel from Cape to Cairo

Great Plains Conservation
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
13 days
From: $ 10,200 $ 785 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Explore thunderous falls and adrenaline activities in and around the Falls
  • Explore Nairobi National Park
  • Enjoy the sounds of local musician
  • Enjoy a leading South African art collection

Short Description

The British dreamt of a Cape to Cairo, pan-African railway: It never happened for them. The Kenyans dreamt of Cape to Nairo(bi): It happened in 2017!

This package showcases the new Kenya Airways route linking Cape Town, Victoria Falls and Nairobi. Start in Cape Town for 3 nights at the elegant Ellerman House.

Fly directly to Victoria Falls and spend 2 nights at the new Mpala Jena Camp, Zambezi National Park. Victoria Falls offers many activities including a guided visit to the thunderous Falls and adrenaline activities in and around the Falls. Your journey will take you onto Kenya, where you will spend 1 night at The Emakoko, bordering the wildlife rich Nairobi National Park, which is one of the best places to see black and white rhino, followed by 3 nights at ol Donyo Lodge in the Chyulu Hills, overlooking Kilimanjaro and 3 nights at Mara Plains Camp in the Maasai Mara, with a chance to horse ride with Ride Kenya Mara.

Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Trip Type Private Guided
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Cape Town
End City Maasai Mara

Trip Includes

Ellerman House

Inclusive of breakfast, airport transfers to and from Cape Town International Airport, minibar, laundry, cocktails and canapes, Wi Fi and wine tastings.

Mpala Jena Camp

Fully inclusive of accommodation, wildlife viewing activities, meals, daily laundry, return Victoria Falls International Airport transfers which may be a combination of road and boat transfers or purely road transfers, one return road transfer to Victoria Falls town, one entrance ticket to see the Victoria Falls per guest’s stay on a self-guided basis, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (excluding premium brand spirits and champagne), mandatory nightly conservation levy and park fees.

The Emakoko

Fully inclusive of accommodation, National Park Fee, scheduled wildlife activities, meals, laundry, soft drinks, beer, house wine, non-luxury spirits (excluding champagne) and airport transfers (JKIA and / or Wilson Airport.

Ol Donyo Lodge And Mara Plains Camp

Fully inclusive of accommodation, National Park fees, scheduled wildlife activities (including horseback riding at ol Donyo Lodge), meals, laundry and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (excluding premium brands and champagne). Scheduled air transfers are included.

Great Plains Conservation reserves the right to review published rates in the event of currency exchange rate fluctuations or increases in costs or taxes, which are beyond our control.

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Itinerary

Day 1– 4: Ellerman House, Cape Town

Ellerman House Private Chauffeur will meet you at Cape Town International Airport. An easy transfer to the Hotel will allow you time to absorb the beauty of the City that is sheltered by the majestic Table Mountain. Once checked in you can enjoy a light lunch on the Terrace overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. 3 nights at Ellerman House in a superior house room, on a bed and breakfast basis.

Ellerman House is Cape Town’s most luxurious grand hotel. Situated in the prestigious Cape Town suburb of Bantry Bay (only 10min from the bustling city centre), this Cape Edwardian mansion demands your attention with its terraced lawns, outstanding art collection, unparalleled service and unique experiences. For over a quarter century, Ellerman House has been at the forefront hospitality innovation while embracing the classic elegance of the regal building. Prepare to be immersed in the rich South African culture while enjoying a leading South African art collection, tasting local flavours, enjoying the sounds of local musicians in one of countries most exclusive addresses.

With only 11 rooms, 2 suites and 2 three-bedroom villas, the property boasts two lounges, library, dining room, three dining terraces, spa, fitness centre, heated swimming pool, brandy lounge, Wine Gallery, Contemporary Art Gallery and champagne cellar – all exclusive to its guests.

Day 4– 6: Mpala Jena Camp, Victoria Falls

Transfer from Ellerman House to Cape Town International Airport for flight to Victoria Falls. Mpala Jena staff to collect you at Victoria Fall Airport and transfer you to Mpala Jena Camp.

2 nights at Mpala Jena Camp in a double luxury tent, with plunge pool, on a fully inclusive basis.

Mpala Jena camp is an exquisite and exclusive canvas tented camp, located on a private concession within the Zambezi National Park, just outside Victoria Falls.

The camp is named after the natural spring-line which runs through the centre of the concession, and also means “White Impala”, following regular sightings of a “ghost-like” albino impala in the late 1970’s.

Healthy and ever-increasing population if wildlife species abound, with higher concentrations of buffalo and elephant during the months June through to October. The area is good for bird watching throughout the year, with a higher diversity during the months November through to April. This is the most environmentally and innovative camp within Zimbabwe’s Zambezi National Park.

The property is conveniently located 16 kilometres inside the Zambezi National Park which makes for easy access to Victoria Falls town and the wide range of activities there, but far enough away for the hustle and bustle that guests can relax and enjoy the incredible setting and wild habitat of the Park.

Day 6– 7: The Emakoko, Nairobi National Park

Transfer from Mpala Jena Camp to Victoria Falls Airport for your flight to Nairobi Jomo Kennyata International Airport. You will be met by the The Emakoko Team and transferred to the camp through Nairobi National Park to Camp.

1 night at The Emakoko in a double suite on a full board basis.

The Emakoko is a small, all-suite lodge of 10 rooms on the edge of Nairobi National Park, perched alongside a verdant river valley. It is the perfect base to explore the Nairobi National Park, renowned for its healthy rhino population, as well as a very convenient, traffic-free (other than wildlife blocking the tracks) base for those transiting between JKIA and Wilson airports.

Day 7– 10: Ol Donyo Lodge, Chyulu Hills National Park

Transfer from The Emakoko, to connect with a morning light aircraft flight from Nairobi Wilson to the Chyulu Hills (40-minute flight). 20-minute transfer from airstrip to lodge.

3 nights at ol Donyo Lodge in a pool suite on a fully inclusive basis with twice daily activities.

ol Donyo Lodge is a Relais & Châteaux and National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World member property with seven suites located on the slopes of the Chyulu Hills overlooking Mount Kilimanjaro. Choose between day and night game drives, walking, exploring lava tunnels, horse riding, mountain biking, sleeping under the stars on your roof-top bed, watch the big tusker elephants drink from the waterholes below the lodge, or just relax in your pool suite.

Set on the Mbirikani Group Ranch – 275,000 acres of immaculate, private wild Africa bordering the foothills of the Chyulu Hills National Park– ol Donyo Lodge blends contemporary design with the rich culture and history of the people of this area, the indomitable Maasai. This is an area rich in wildlife, where some of Africa’s last giant elephant bulls roam freely, where the haunting calls of leopards interrupt the night and where lion are being pulled back from the brink of annihilation.

The lodge itself was rebuilt in 2008 and sits in thick woodland on a gently sloping hillside with views out over the plains to a distant Kilimanjaro. Designed to merge your outdoor and indoor living, a series of unique suites and villas (no two are the same) appears to emerge from the arid landscape on either side of a palatial lounge and dining area. Six pool suites plus 1 two-bedroom family unit offers a harmonious blend of contemporary and rustic accommodation, merging the landscape into each suite. All of the rooms have their own plunge pool and enjoy roof terraces where intimate “star beds” can be set up, allowing guests the thrill of sleeping in style under a canopy of endless stars while connecting with their sense of place and self.

Days 10- 13: Mara Plains Camp, Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Maasai Mara

The Maasai Mara is one of Africa’s most famous wildlife parks. The image of acacia trees on endless wildlife filled grass plains epitomises Africa for many, add Maasai warriors and the conversation need go no further.

3 nights at Mara Plains Camp in a luxury tent on a fully inclusive basis with twice daily activities. The greater Maasai Mara Reserve offers unparalleled game viewing opportunities; large prides of lions, elephants and giraffes in grasslands, gazelles and eland to mention but a few. Aside from traditional open game drive vehicle safaris and hot-air ballooning over the Maasai Mara plains has become almost essential and you can even do a horseback safari.

Mara Plains Camp is a one-of-a-kind, seven tented camp located in the private 35,000-acre Olare Motorogi Conservancy, just on the northern boundary of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. This intimate camp blends the finest wildlife viewing with outstanding hospitality and guiding. No other camp offers the extensive traversing area of Mara Plains Camp, with access to a total of 100,000 acres of private conservancy land as well as the world-renowned Maasai Mara, home to the Great Migration. Each of the seven tents has deep canvas canopied ceilings, rough-hewn wood floors and accents of East Africa’s rich safari history. The well-appointed en-suite facilities (including a deep copper bath) plus the extensive private veranda complete what is genuinely a stunning concept. Each guest tent has a set of professional Canon camera and lenses available for guests to use on a complimentary basis. Add in a pair of Swarovski binoculars, and it is impossible not to see and capture the region’s incredible wildlife scenes.

The Olare Motorogi Conservancy is reputed to have the lowest vehicle density in the Maasai Mara region, while also having the highest concentration of big cats anywhere in Africa. There is only one guest bed per 350 acres, leaving the land unadulterated for the wildlife to roam and thrive, as nature intended.

By day and night, the camp is a sanctuary for resident animals, including many of the Maasai Mara’s 300 bird species. After dark, larger mammals frequent the camp and Maasai warriors escort guests to and from their rooms. Hippos snorting and leopards barking often provide the night’s chorus.

Mara Plains also offers walking safaris and day & night game drives. Hot air ballooning is available and should be booked in advance and is subject to availability and additional cost. Departures are very early in the morning to allow time to transfer to the nearest launching point. Night drives are particularly prolific in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, and while they take patience, sightings commonly include lesser known nocturnal mammals and even lion and hyena hunts.

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the staff and food and rustic luxury were wonderful

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We stayed at Mara Expedition camp in mid Feb 2018 after having to be switched from our original planned location at Mara Plains Camp due to a lioness and her cubs denning under our reserved tent! However we loved Mara Expedition and the staff and food and rustic luxury were wonderful. We had the BEST guide (Kevin) and simply sensational sightings literally from the drive in from the airstrip until the last moment of our transition day. Can not recommend highly enough. Just after our stay the torrential Mara rains and flooding started and the camp was washed away as it sits on the bank of the Ntiakntiak river. But they are rebuilding and planning on reopening shortly.
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the best locations in the Mara

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I have been at Mara Plains Camp in Kenya. It is one of the best locations in the Mara, great for all cats . Top Service and Guiding . One of my favorites.
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We just returned home from our trip to the Duba and Zarafa camps! WOW! Without a doubt, both of these camps were exceptional. The decor and layout of our rooms was absolutely stunning. Our game drives were terrific—almost daily afternoon rainstorms provided us with some of the best rainbows we’ve ever seen. The daytime temperatures were comfortable and very pleasant this time of year. We had a wonderful time and highly recommend either of these camps for a first class experience. If I had to choose between them, I think I would pick the Duba camp since it was newly renovated and closer to the airstrip— but both camps truly are fantastic.
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both camps truly are fantastic

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We just returned home from our trip to the Duba and Zarafa camps! WOW! Without a doubt, both of these camps were exceptional. The decor and layout of our rooms was absolutely stunning. Our game drives were terrific—almost daily afternoon rainstorms provided us with some of the best rainbows we’ve ever seen. The daytime temperatures were comfortable and very pleasant this time of year. We had a wonderful time and highly recommend either of these camps for a first class experience. If I had to choose between them, I think I would pick the Duba camp since it was newly renovated and closer to the airstrip— but both camps truly are fantastic.
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I can't thank the team at Selinda and Duba Plains for amazing safari experience and for helping me through an unexpected difficult time. I highly recommend Great Plains
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A dream come true!! Thank You team Selinda. Thank You Botswana and all the amazing animals.

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Extending Your Stay with Us

Great Plains Conservation has a variety of authentic camps and mobile experiences in Botswana, Kenya and Zimbabwe. We would be happy to facilitate and plan any extended stay you might require in Southern and East Africa.

BOTSWANA

Zarafa Camp / Duba Plains Camp / Duba Explorers Camp / Selinda Camp / Selinda Explorers Camp

KENYA

ol Donyo Lodge / Mara Plains Camp / Mara Expedition Camp

ZIMBABWE

Mpala Jena Camp / Sapi Explorers Camp / Sapi Springs Camp

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Accomodations

Ellerman House

Inclusive of breakfast, airport transfers to and from Cape Town International Airport, minibar, laundry, cocktails and canapes, Wi Fi and wine tastings.

Mpala Jena Camp

Fully inclusive of accommodation, wildlife viewing activities, meals, daily laundry, return Victoria Falls International Airport transfers which may be a combination of road and boat transfers or purely road transfers, one return road transfer to Victoria Falls town, one entrance ticket to see the Victoria Falls per guest’s stay on a self-guided basis, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (excluding premium brand spirits and champagne), mandatory nightly conservation levy and park fees.

The Emakoko

Fully inclusive of accommodation, National Park Fee, scheduled wildlife activities, meals, laundry, soft drinks, beer, house wine, non-luxury spirits (excluding champagne) and airport transfers (JKIA and / or Wilson Airport.

Ol Donyo Lodge And Mara Plains Camp

Fully inclusive of accommodation, National Park fees, scheduled wildlife activities (including horseback riding at ol Donyo Lodge), meals, laundry and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (excluding premium brands and champagne). Scheduled air transfers are included.

Great Plains Conservation reserves the right to review published rates in the event of currency exchange rate fluctuations or increases in costs or taxes, which are beyond our control.

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