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Cape to Cairo... Ultimate Journey of a Lifetime (September 2018)

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32 Days
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This epic 32-day journey of a lifetime takes in an Africa that people only dream of. It includes life-changing “bucket-list” experiences, stays at iconic hotels, and some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet.


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The trip starts in Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world with Table Mountain as its immediate background.

This epic 32-day journey of a lifetime takes in an Africa that people only dream of. It includes life-changing “bucket-list” experiences, stays at iconic hotels, and some of the most spectacular scenery. The trip starts in Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world with Table Mountain as its immediate background.

Embark on the most luxurious train in the world. As you travel towards Victoria Falls you will stop in the diamond town of Kimberley and the capital city of Pretoria for short tours followed by two nights in the Madikwe Game Reserve. Continue through Botswana into Zimbabwe where guests overnight at the Victoria Falls Hotel. After crossing the mighty Zambezi River, the train joins the Tazara line in Zambia and continues to Chisimba Falls where guests enjoy a bush walk. The train climbs to the Tanzanian border then descends into the Great Rift Valley negotiating the tunnels, switchbacks and viaducts of the spectacular escarpment. As it climbs again to Dar Es Salaam, it traverses the Selous Game Reserve – the largest on the continent and a vision of timeless Africa. Here guests enjoy a game drive.

Enjoy two nights overlooking the Ngorongoro Crater and then spend two full days in the Serengeti where, given the time of year, the great migration awaits. The remarkable game experiences are not complete as next you fly to Rwanda. After spending time in the deeply moving Genocide museum, visit the area made famous by Dian Fossey, and trek with the endangered mountain gorillas.

For something completely different Ethiopia is culturally and historically unlike any other country in Africa. Here you will explore the world-heritage site of Lalibela to see the 11 monolithic rock-hewn churches.

The final leg of this, the ultimate African experience, is fittingly an exploration of Egypt. Your luxurious rooms in Cairo offer pyramid views. Your journey starts on the most luxurious train in the world and finishes with three nights on the luxurious, sophisticated and elegant Sonesta St. George Nile cruise.


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Duration
32 Days
Prices From:
US$ 49,999

Itinerary

Day 1

28 Sep 2018 | Arrive Cape Town

On arrival into Cape Town Airport you will be met at the aircraft and transferred by vehicle to the terminal building and escorted and assisted through immigration before being assisted with luggage collection. You will be accompanied through customs and into the arrival hall where our local client service officer will be waiting for you. You will then be transferred to your luxurious hotel for tonight.  The rest of the day may be spent at leisure.  This evening meet the rest of the group and enjoy a welcome cocktail party in “the Kraal”.

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Duration1 Night
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The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

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    The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa



    Perched on the very edge of the Atlantic Ocean, with the magnificent Table Mountain and Twelve Apostles Mountain Range as a backdrop, this luxurious hotel harmoniously blends with the natural beauty of its surroundings and serves as the perfect setting for gently restoring harmony to ...

    Perched on the very edge of the Atlantic Ocean, with the magnificent Table Mountain and Twelve Apostles Mountain Range as a backdrop, this luxurious hotel harmoniously blends with the natural beauty of its surroundings and serves as the perfect setting for gently restoring harmony to body, mind and soul. The hotel is just 15 minutes from the V&A Waterfront.

    The hotel offers an exceptional array of facilities - a garden and rock pool, mountain picnic trails, two restaurants, live entertainment in the Leopard Room Bar & Lounge, and a 16-seater cinema. The hotel offers complimentary scheduled transfers to Camps Bay and the V&A Waterfront between 8:00AM and 8:00PM.

    Experience the exquisite play of light on the mountains and sea from the peaceful comfort of 70 rooms and suites, each individually designer-decorated with understated elegance. The hotel is a natural choice for discerning travelers.

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Day 2

29 Sep 2018 | Depart Cape Town

We enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel before being transferred to the Rovos Rail lounge in time for our departure.

The Rovos Rail Edwardian Train departs from Platform 23 Cape Town Station at 11h00. We have time to freshen up in our suites before joining other guests in the midway Lounge or the Observation Carriage at the rear of the train. Lunch will be served at 13h00 in the dining cars.

Pass through Worcester on the way to the village of Matjiesfontein. At 15h00, reach the first of
three tunnels that will take us through the Hex River Pass. Be careful while walking through the
train as it passes through a third tunnel, 13.5 km long. If you are in your suite you may wish to
turn on a light. High tea will be served in the midway lounge car or observation car at the rear of
the train.

At 17h45 we may disembark at Matjiesfontein for a stroll through this quaint and historic little village. Of special interest is the museum on the platform and a collection of historic cars and railway carriages to the right of the Hotel. For refreshments, the pub in the Lord Milner Hotel is recommended. It was in this historical town of Matjiesfontein, a hundred years ago that Laird Logan set up a small refreshment hotel for the hungry and thirsty travellers of the Cape Government Railways (CGR). At 1900, the train departs Matjiesfontein. Dinner will be served
in the dining cars at 1930.

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Duration3 Nights
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Rovos Rail

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    Rovos Rail



    The golden age of luxury train travel has been renewed in the heart of the African bush. These beautifully restored trains consist of up to 20 coaches that can be drawn by steam, diesel or electric locomotives operating at various stages of the journey. The ...

    The golden age of luxury train travel has been renewed in the heart of the African bush. These beautifully restored trains consist of up to 20 coaches that can be drawn by steam, diesel or electric locomotives operating at various stages of the journey. The sleeping cars as well as the observation and dining cars have been splendidly refurbished in the style of the period but with an eye for modern comfort. The train carries a maximum of 72 passengers who are attended by highly motivated members of staff, and provides a cuisine of superb standard. Rovos Rail offers unique rail safaris through some of the most spectacular scenery in Africa. While taking in the savage beauty of the Eastern Transvaal, you will relive the romance and the adventure of the pioneers, slave traders, ivory hunters and gold prospectors who dared to conquer the region over a century ago.

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Day 3

30 Sep 2018 | Touring Kimberley

Breakfast will be served in the dining cars from 07h00 until 10h00. At 12h30 lunch is served in the dining cars. The train arrives into Kimberley at 14h30. Here we will disembark and proceed by coach for a tour of the city, the "Big Hole" and the Mine Museum. Rejoin the train at Kimberley Station at 16h00in time for high tea. Ten minutes after departing Kimberley, there is a shallow lake on the left hand side facing forward. On most occasions, there is a spectacular display of flamingos (approximately 23 000).

The "Pride of Africa" finally leaves the Northern Cape and Orange Free State as it crosses the Vaal River into Gauteng province, climbing steadily towards the skyscrapers of Johannesburg, the largest city in sub-Saharan Africa. It is on the heights of the Witwatersrand, some 1 800 m (6 000 feet) above sea level, that the greatest goldfields in history were discovered before the turn of the century. Dinner will be served in the dining cars at 19h30 as you pass through Bloemhof and Leeudoringstad en-route to Klerksdorp. Kimberley was among those South African towns besieged by the Boers during the Anglo Boer War (1899). The British Army under Lord Methuen attempted to relieve the town but suffered two serious setbacks at the battle of Modder River (28 November 1899) and Magersfontein (11 December 1899). The famous Black Watch regiment suffered terribly during this campaign, exposed to the intense heat and unable to advance or retreat under withering Boer Mauser fire. Finally, they broke and fled, a humiliating defeat, which lead to the siege being maintained for another two months. Rhodes was among the town's citizens who lived through the siege.

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Day 4

01 Oct 2018 | Arrive Pretoria

Breakfast will be served in the dining cars from 07h00 until 10h00. The train continues its journey towards Pretoria passing through Krugersdorp, Johannesburg and Germiston. Arrive at 11:30AM at Rovos Rails private Station in Capital Park, Pretoria. We enjoy a walking tour of the station and locomotive workshops (weather permitting) followed by lunch on the platform and a city tour of Pretoria at 14h15.

Pretoria, known as the "Jacaranda City" due to the thousands of Jacaranda trees that line the
wide city streets, was founded in 1855 by Marthinus Wessels Pretorius, son of one of the original Voortrekkers, Andries Pretorius. The city and its vicinity provide a solid frieze, marking the progress of the Afrikaner people and their interaction with other cultures. Two structures that
dominate the Pretoria skyline is the Union Buildings, designed by Sir Herbert Baker to serve as the Government's administrative headquarters, and the Voortrekker Monument, a massive
granite shrine commemorating the Voortrekkers. Pretoria was named capital of the Zuid-
Afrikaansche Republiek in 1860 and became the Administrative Capital of the Union of South
Africa in 1920. It maintained this status when South Africa became a Republic in 1961.

The train will depart Capital Park Station at 18h00 for Zeerust, in the Limpopo Province. At 19h30, enjoy dinner on the train, where the Train Manager will inform us about the game lodge visit planned for the following two days.

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Day 5

02 Oct 2018 | Madikwe Game Reserve.

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Duration2 Nights
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Tau Game Lodge

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    Tau Game Lodge



    Tau Game Lodge is a luxury safari lodge situated on the far northern border of South Africa, in malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve, the 4th largest game reserve in the country. The main Lodge has two levels and has a comfortable lounge, a conference room, ...

    Tau Game Lodge is a luxury safari lodge situated on the far northern border of South Africa, in malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve, the 4th largest game reserve in the country.
    The main Lodge has two levels and has a comfortable lounge, a conference room, bar and dining room which are semi open-air and overlooks the waterhole. Delicious buffet breakfasts and lunches are generally served in the main building or on the veranda next to the plunge pool, while dinner is served in one of the cosy boma's under the stars, or in the lapa next to the main lodge
    Tau Game Lodge can accommodate 60 people in 30 luxury thatched chalets. Furnishings and décor of Tau Game Lodge are Africa-inspired. The thirty luxury thatched chalets are spread out in U-formation on either side of the lodge and offer excellent views of animals approaching the waterhole from the opposite bank.

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Day 6

03 Oct 2018 | Madikwe Game Reserve

We proceed on an early morning game drive before spending the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the lodge facilities. Tea or coffee can be enjoyed before and during the morning game drive. Breakfast and lunch will be served at the lodge at 09h30 and at 13h00. Late this afternoon, we embark on our afternoon game drive with sundowners en route. Dinner will be served at the lodge at 19h00. Please ensure the train manager is in possession of your passport for border formalities that will take place tomorrow. 

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Day 7

04 Oct 2018 | South Africa to Botswana

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Duration2 Nights
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Rovos Rail

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    The golden age of luxury train travel has been renewed in the heart of the African bush. These beautifully restored trains consist of up to 20 coaches that can be drawn by steam, diesel or electric locomotives operating at various stages of the journey. The ...

    The golden age of luxury train travel has been renewed in the heart of the African bush. These beautifully restored trains consist of up to 20 coaches that can be drawn by steam, diesel or electric locomotives operating at various stages of the journey. The sleeping cars as well as the observation and dining cars have been splendidly refurbished in the style of the period but with an eye for modern comfort. The train carries a maximum of 72 passengers who are attended by highly motivated members of staff, and provides a cuisine of superb standard. Rovos Rail offers unique rail safaris through some of the most spectacular scenery in Africa. While taking in the savage beauty of the Eastern Transvaal, you will relive the romance and the adventure of the pioneers, slave traders, ivory hunters and gold prospectors who dared to conquer the region over a century ago.

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Day 8

05 Oct 2018 | Hwange Game Reserve

Breakfast will be served in the dining cars from 07h00 until 10h00 as the train departs Plumtree.   A lecture will be given during the course of the morning. Please consult your Lecture Sheet for times and venue for the morning and afternoon lectures. Lunch will be served in the dining car at 13h00. A lecture will be given in the course of the afternoon. It would be a good idea if you familiarize yourself with the list of activities available at Victoria Falls. A list of activities will be available in the itinerary pack in your suite. You may book these excursions yourself at the hotel or beforehand on the train through the on-board lecturer. At 18h15, we will pass through Gwaai and Dete along one of the world's longest stretches of straight railway line, 114km and along the eastern edge of the Hwange National Park where occasional sightings of animals can occur. Dinner is served in the dining cars at 19h30 as the train heads for Thompson’s junction for the overnight stop.

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Day 9

06 Oct 2018 | Victoria Falls

Breakfast is served between 07h00 and 10h00 as the train heads towards Victoria Falls. Please pack a small overnight bag for our stay at the Victoria Falls Hotel and ensure that you have obtained your passport from the Train Manager. Our possessions will be safe in our suites. We will arrive in Victoria Falls at 11h00 where we will disembark from the train at Victoria Falls Station with our overnight bags and assemble on the platform before walking down to the Victoria Falls Hotel to register. During a welcome speech on the lawn, our bags will be delivered to our rooms. Please ensure that your passports are in your possession, as you will need them to change money or cross the border into Zambia. Currency exchange is available at the hotel and there is an ATM within walking distance. The hotel does have a business center and WIFI is available throughout. Lunch and dinner today, and breakfast and lunch tomorrow will be taken in either the Jungle Junction or the Stanley Room. All alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages consumed off the Train are at your own expense. Any meals taken in other venues are also at your own expense. Please be ready by 15h45 in the hotel foyer for a bus to take us to the Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River.

Note: Light snacks and drinks are included in our cruise. Dinner will be available at the buffet back at the hotel at 19h30. Seating will be at tables reserved for Rovos Rail guests.

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Victoria Falls Hotel

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    Victoria Falls Hotel



    Established in 1904, the Grande Victoria Falls Hotel overlooks the magnificent Batoka Gorge with the Victoria Falls only a 10 minute walk away along the hotel's private path, 22km from Victoria Falls Airport. This gracious 161 room Colonial-style hotel is set in lush gardens, and ...

    Established in 1904, the Grande Victoria Falls Hotel overlooks the magnificent Batoka Gorge with the Victoria Falls only a 10 minute walk away along the hotel's private path, 22km from Victoria Falls Airport.

    This gracious 161 room Colonial-style hotel is set in lush gardens, and includes 3 restaurants, a swimming pool, 2 floodlit tennis courts and a quaint chapel. The hotel epitomizes the romance of grand travel, offering guests total relaxation. The highlight is traditional high tea on the terrace, which offers a spectacular view of the Victoria Falls Bridge and the Batoka Gorge.

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    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gift Shop
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Library
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Medical Services
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Tennis
    • Water sports/ Equipment
    • Watersport Activities
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 10

07 Oct 2018 | Day at Leisure in Victoria Falls

Breakfast is served in the Jungle Junction restaurant until 110h00 and today is spent at leisure in Victoria Falls. If you have booked a morning activity, please ensure that you have checked out prior to departing as check out time is 10h00. Reception does have storage for your luggage. The following activities are available (at your own expense) and may be arranged beforehand on the train or at the Victoria Falls Hotel: A tour of the falls, a helicopter or fixed wing flight over the falls, Elephant back safari, or white water rafting and bungi jumping.   Lunch will be available at the hotel at 13h00 and 15h00. We will need to meet on the station platform at 15h00. Please hand your passport to the Train Manager for border formalities in Zimbabwe and Zambia. The train departs Victoria Falls at 16h00 for Zambia as high tea is served. After crossing over the Victoria Falls Bridge, the train will enter Zambia. Following a slow and winding route for seven miles, the train approaches the town of Livingstone (2977 ft. /907 m). Before the age of the aircraft, Livingstone was the principal entry point for Northern Rhodesia. Dinner will be served in the dining cars at 19h30. 

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Duration6 Nights
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Rovos Rail

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    The golden age of luxury train travel has been renewed in the heart of the African bush. These beautifully restored trains consist of up to 20 coaches that can be drawn by steam, diesel or electric locomotives operating at various stages of the journey. The ...

    The golden age of luxury train travel has been renewed in the heart of the African bush. These beautifully restored trains consist of up to 20 coaches that can be drawn by steam, diesel or electric locomotives operating at various stages of the journey. The sleeping cars as well as the observation and dining cars have been splendidly refurbished in the style of the period but with an eye for modern comfort. The train carries a maximum of 72 passengers who are attended by highly motivated members of staff, and provides a cuisine of superb standard. Rovos Rail offers unique rail safaris through some of the most spectacular scenery in Africa. While taking in the savage beauty of the Eastern Transvaal, you will relive the romance and the adventure of the pioneers, slave traders, ivory hunters and gold prospectors who dared to conquer the region over a century ago.

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Day 11

08 Oct 2018 | Zambia

Breakfast is served in the dining cars from 07h00 until 10h00. We spend the day on the train as we travel through Zambia. The train passes through Kafue. A lecture, taking place in the center of the train, will be given in the lounge car during the course of the morning. Please consult your lecture sheet for times and venue for the morning and afternoon sessions. Lunch will be served at 13h00 in the dining cars. The train passes through Lusaka. In the afternoon, a lecture will be given. After 62 km, the train will reach the important station of Kapiri Mposhi. Dinner will be served in the dining cars at 7:30PM as we make our way towards Kapiri Mposhi and the start of the Tazara railway line.

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Day 12

09 Oct 2018 | Zambia

Breakfast will be served in the dining car from 07h00 until 10h00. The train spends the entire day traversing vast, under populated hinterland. The train passes through Serenje. In the morning, a lecture will be given.   Lunch will be served in the dining cars at 13h00. A lecture will be presented in the afternoon. Please consult your lecture sheet for times and venue for the morning and afternoon sessions. We enjoy dinner at 19h30 in the dining cars.  Overnight at Kasama.

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Day 13

10 Oct 2018 | Zambia to Tanzania

Breakfast will be served in the dining cars from 06h00 until 08h00.  At 08h00, we disembark the train at Kasama for a morning excursion to Chisimba Falls. Comfortable clothing and walking shoes, suntan lotion and hats are strongly recommended. We depart from Kasama at 11h00 and travel towards the border.  Please ensure that the train manager has possession of your passports and completed forms. Lunch is served in the dining cars at 13h00.  Tea is served in the observation car at 16h30, as we pass through Chozi. We arrive in Nakonde at 17h40 on the Zambian border for passport and customs formalities. Continue to Tunduma on the Tanzanian border. Adjust your watch one hour ahead. Dinner will be served at19h30 in the dining cars. We depart Tunduma on route to Mbeya.

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Day 14

11 Oct 2018 - Selous Game Reserve

Breakfast will be served in the dining cars from 07h00 until 10h00.  We arrive in Makambako at 10h00 where we may enjoy a stroll through the town (time permitting). Depart and travel towards Mlimba. The train descends into the Rift Valley and through the Udzungwa Mountains as it negotiates the tunnels, switchbacks and viaducts of the escarpment towards the Selous. Please consult your lecture sheet for times and venue for the morning and afternoon sessions. Lunch will be enjoyed in the dining cars at 13h00.  Dinner is served in the dining cars at 19h30 as the train travels towards Kisaki.

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Day 15

12 Oct 2018 | Selous Game Reserve

Today we enjoy a game visit in the Selous Game Reserve, the largest in Africa at 55 000km² (time permitting).  Meals are enjoyed on board as the train departs Kisaki and descends into the Rift Valley from the highlands and traverses the fertile lands of Tanzania towards Dar Es Salaam. Tea is served in the midway lounge car and observation car.  Dinner is served in the dining cars at 19h30 as the train travels towards Gwata.

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Day 16

13 Oct 2018 | Dar Es Salaam to Arusha

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Arusha Coffee Lodge

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    Arusha Coffee Lodge lies cradled in the endless acres of Tanzania's largest coffee plantation. This exclusive, boutique hotel lodge has been designed around the farms' original plantation homes, radiating the warmth and invitation of the old colonial plantation homes historically distinctive to the coffee plantations. ...

    Arusha Coffee Lodge lies cradled in the endless acres of Tanzania's largest coffee plantation. This exclusive, boutique hotel lodge has been designed around the farms' original plantation homes, radiating the warmth and invitation of the old colonial plantation homes historically distinctive to the coffee plantations.

    Luxurious accommodation, fine cuisine, and roaring fires, beckon to the most seasoned traveler.

    The Arusha Coffee Lodge accommodation consists of 18 plantation houses lavishly furnished, featuring split-level living room area and a private deck patio. Offering every guest amenity and fancy, the Arusha Coffee Lodge is the place to relax and rejuvenate before or after a Tanzanian Safari. Laze around the swimming pool, enjoy a sun-downer at the Safari Bar, and unwind after a delectable meal in the lounge with a good liquor and a fireside chat.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Boutique(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Fireplace
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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Day 17

14 Oct 2018 | Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Today after breakfast at our hotel, we will be transferred to Arusha airport for our scheduled morning flight to the Lake Manyara Airstrip. On arrival we will be met by our driver guide and transferred to Ngorongoro - the largest intact caldera in the world. Its enduring charm stems from its overwhelming physical beauty and the abundance of wildlife permanently resident on the crater floor. We arrive for check in and lunch, and have the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

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Duration2 Nights
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Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

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    Ngorongoro Crater lodge consists of three adjacent, glamorous camps with 30 Maasai-inspired suites perched on stilts on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. From the outside, this unobtrusive lodge resembles a magical Maasai village, and was described by travel magazine, Discover Africa, as "Versailles meets ...

    Ngorongoro Crater lodge consists of three adjacent, glamorous camps with 30 Maasai-inspired suites perched on stilts on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. From the outside, this unobtrusive lodge resembles a magical Maasai village, and was described by travel magazine, Discover Africa, as "Versailles meets Maasai in the game lodge at the edge of the world".

    Set in classic crescents, each stone and thatch suite has spectacular views of the crater from large glass windows in the bathroom, lounge and bedroom, yet is almost invisible from the crater floor. North and South Camp have 12 suites each, while intimate Tree Camp has six suites. Inspired decor and eclectic design makes the accommodation at Ngorongoro Crater ideal for celebrating a special occasion.

    Each sumptuous suite at Ngorongoro Crater is discreetly tended by a personal butler, who will bring you tea in bed, stoke your fireplace and draw your bath, scattering the water with rose petals, ready for your enjoyment.

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    • Art Gallery
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Fireplace
    • Gift Shop
    • Massage Treatments

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Day 18

15 Oct 2018 | Ngorongoro Conservation Area

After breakfast we descend into the crater for a half-day crater tour. We return to the lodge in time for lunch and spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure.   This evening we will enjoy private sundowners on the rim of the crater before returning to the lodge for dinner.

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Day 19

16 Oct 2018 | Serengeti National Park

After breakfast we embark on a road transfer to Lake Manyara Airstrip for our flight to the Serengeti National Park. On arrival we will be met by our driver guide and enjoy a game drive en-route to our lodge. The Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly the most famous wildlife sanctuary in the world, unequalled for its natural beauty and has the greatest concentration of plains game anywhere. The vast, flat central plains, made fertile by the ashes of the volcanoes of the Ngorongoro highlands, are places of huge skies, of shimmering heat hazes, yet also of delicate wild flowers blooming after the rains. We arrive in time for lunch and a short siesta and thereafter join our driver guides for the first game drive in this famous park.

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Duration2 Nights
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Lemala Kuria

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    Situated in the best location within the Serengeti National Park, this 10 tent camp has been designed in such a way, that not only is it an eco-camp, but also harmonizes perfectly with its surroundings. Each location of the guest tents have been meticulously selected ...

    Situated in the best location within the Serengeti National Park, this 10 tent camp has been designed in such a way, that not only is it an eco-camp, but also harmonizes perfectly with its surroundings.

    Each location of the guest tents have been meticulously selected ensuring privacy, but at the same time giving each one unsurpassed and dramatic vistas of the gentle grassed slopes, open woodland and tree lined watercourses, which all make up the beautiful north Serengeti landscape.

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Day 20

17 Oct 2018 - Serengeti National Park

We enjoy another day in the Northern Serengeti with morning and afternoon game drives. The Northern Serengeti is remote and quite undisturbed. It offers some of the best experiences in Serengeti. The predator population here is good and the birdlife prolific. The contrasting lands complement this unrivalled beauty.

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Day 21

18 Oct 2018 | Serengeti to Kigali

After breakfast we will be transferred to the local airstrip for our scheduled flight to Kigali via Mwanza. Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, we will proceed through customs and immigration and will be met by our local representative outside the baggage hall area, and will be introduced to our Safari driver / guide. Thereafter you will be transferred to the Kigali Serena Hotel where we will have a detailed briefing on our safari.

"The land of a Thousand Hills", Rwanda is a green undulating landscape of hills, gardens and tea plantations. It offers tourists a one-of-a-kind journey - home to one third of the world's remaining Mountain Gorillas, one third of Africa's bird species, several species of primates, volcanoes, game reserve, resorts and islands on the expansive Lake Kivu, graceful dancers, artistic crafts and friendly people.

The magnificent Virunga Mountains are situated in the Northern Province of Rwanda on the border of Rwanda, DRC and Uganda. These mountains consist of six volcanoes, 125 square kilometres of mountain forest, and are home to the famous gorilla families.

The Volcanoes National Park was first gazetted in 1925 as a small area bounded by Karisimbi, Bisoke and Mikeno Volcanoes, intended to protect the gorillas from poaching. It was the very first National Park to be created in Africa.

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Duration1 Night
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Kigali Serena

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    Kigali Serena



    Ideally located on one of Kigali's most charming boulevards, the Kigali Serena Hotel is built around a polished granite atrium, which showcases the very best of Rwandese cultural art. The hotel is in central Kigali, just 10 kilometres from Kigali International Airport and is close ...

    Ideally located on one of Kigali's most charming boulevards, the Kigali Serena Hotel is built around a polished granite atrium, which showcases the very best of Rwandese cultural art. The hotel is in central Kigali, just 10 kilometres from Kigali International Airport and is close to the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre. The hotel offers 148 rooms that are presented in typically pan-African style with either twin or queen-sized beds.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Newsstand
    • Restaurant
    • Swimming Pool
    • Tour Desk

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Day 22

19 Oct 2018 | Kigali to Ruhengeri

After breakfast at the hotel, we will have a short safari briefing by our Customer Service representative; and then check out. We will be collected for a Kigali City Tour.
Kigali city is inhabited by one million people and is divided into three districts—Gasabo, Kicukiro and Nyarugenge. The Kigali City Tour begins as a historic journey through the city with a guided tour from the first modern building from which the capital city was first founded, to the rapidly growing neighborhoods that are changing the face of the city. Kigali is one of the friendliest, cleanest and safest of Africa’s cities attracting numerous visitors and investors to the capital. Kigali City was founded in 1907 as a small colonial outpost by Dr. Richard Kandt, the first German colonial resident of Rwanda. His residence at the base of Mount Jali and Mount Kigali in the heart of the city has been converted into the Natural History Museum in honor of Dr. Kandt’s work, and is one of the first stops on the tour.

Along the tour, we will pass by Kigali’s older commercial “quartiers”, business and residential areas, visit historic sites commemorating the 1994 Tutsi Genocide, take a guided tour within the Gisozi Genocide Memorial, a grim reminder of a senseless massacre of innocent’s lives in 1994. Learn about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to the 1994 genocide; learn about other genocides in the world and how this country has dealt with that past. Tour more and see the new developments in Rwanda; the recovery has been incredible, a testament to humankind’s resilience. The history of Rwanda dates back centuries, Kigali has been a part of it for 100 years. Founded in 1907 as a German settlement, Kigali did not become the capital until Rwanda’s independence in 1962 when it replaced the colonial seat of power in Butare.

Lunch will be at the Serena Kigali Hotel. After lunch we will depart on a scenic drive westwards to Ruhengeri, the base for Gorilla trekking at the Parc National des Volcans. The town itself, located only 25km from the Uganda boarder, is relatively small with a population of about 70,000 people. The Town has great views of the surrounding volcanoes.

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Duration2 Nights
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Virunga Lodge

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    Virunga Lodge


    The magnificent Virunga Lodge is set on a stunning hilltop in a spectacular location with a panoramic view of the Virunga volcanoes and shimmering lakes Ruhondo and Bulera. The lodge has been described as having "the best view in the world" and as "one of ...

    The magnificent Virunga Lodge is set on a stunning hilltop in a spectacular location with a panoramic view of the Virunga volcanoes and shimmering lakes Ruhondo and Bulera. The lodge has been described as having "the best view in the world" and as "one of the finest lodges in Africa". The lodge's eight bandas offer elegance and great comfort, with their 'organic, bush-chic' design reflecting the local building style. Each banda has its own terrace with spectacular views of the volcanoes or lakes.

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Day 23

20 Oct 2018 | Ruhengeri – Gorilla Trekking

After an early breakfast at our lodge, we will be transferred at 06h30 to the Volcanoes National Park Headquarters. Registration takes place at 07h00 and the park staff will determine which group of gorillas we will visit.

The park staff will discuss our fitness level and advise us of the trekking times and conditions to the various groups based upon their location in the park the previous evening. There are a total of 80 gorilla permits available each day with a maximum of eight trekkers visiting any one group.

Once we are put into our groups, each group’s Lead Guide will do a briefing of the trekking procedures as well as the “do’s and don’ts” while in the presence of gorillas. After the briefing, we will return to our vehicle for the drive up the mountain to the starting point. Trekking can take from two to six or more hours if the gorillas move before the park rangers locate them the next morning. The guides stop frequently to allow us a chance to rest and take photos along the way. We will return to the lodge for lunch. We can either spend the afternoon at leisure or take an optional visit to the twin lakes of Bulera and Ruhondo or the local markets.

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Day 24

21 Oct 2018 | Kigali to Addis Ababa

After breakfast at the lodge, we will check out and drive to the Iby’Iwacu Cultural Center for a short visit. Thereafter, we will leave with packed lunches for Kigali and proceed to the Airport for check in for our onward flight to Addis Ababa. On arrival we will be met by Goway’s local representative and transferred to our hotel. Our dinner is included at the hotel tonight.

The name of the city, in Amharic, means “new flower”. Founded in 1886 by Menelik II, it is located at 2,500 meters above sea level in one of the highest parts of the Entoto mountain chain (3,000 meters above sea level). It enjoys an excellent climate all year round, with an average temperature of 25°C. Addis Ababa is a pleasant city with wide avenues of jacaranda trees, interesting museums and one of the largest open air markets in Africa, known as the “Mercato”. It also has a good number of restaurants.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Sheraton Addis

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    Sheraton Addis



    The Sheraton Addis Hotel is located in the center of Addis Ababa and in the vicinity of the National Museum, United Nations Conference Center, the UNECA headquarters, the Merkato and Bole International Airport (7km). The hotel is a sanctuary of Ethiopian grandeur, where a landscape ...

    The Sheraton Addis Hotel is located in the center of Addis Ababa and in the vicinity of the National Museum, United Nations Conference Center, the UNECA headquarters, the Merkato and Bole International Airport (7km). The hotel is a sanctuary of Ethiopian grandeur, where a landscape of vibrant greens and colorful wildflowers meets the African sky. Experience an exceptional level of personal service in one of the 294 guest rooms and suites at the Sheraton Addis Hotel. From glittering pools with enchanting underwater music to an indulgent menu of soothing massages at the hotel's Aqva Club to a large variety of restaurants with sophisticated options to dine and socialize, the Sheraton Addis Hotel delights all the senses. The Gaslight Night Club located in the hotel is one of Addis Ababa's greatest nightlife places.

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Day 25

22 Oct 2018 | Lalibela

After an early breakfast we depart for the airport for our flight to Lalibela which is located at an altitude of 2,600 meters above sea level. The city contains 11 monolithic churches that were built in the twelfth century and are carved out of the pink granite rock; they have been classified as one of the wonders of the world. Each church has a unique architectural style; all are superbly carved and most of them are decorated with well-preserved paintings. The entire city may be described as a sculpture dedicated to the glory of God.  Today is dedicated to visiting the first and second group of churches and the city itself. We will have lunch at Ben Ababa Restaurant before flying back to Addis Ababa by a private charter flight. This evening we have a farewell dinner at the Sheraton Addis Hotel where we have also secured rooms in order to freshen up and relax before we are transferred to the airport for our flight to Cairo.

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Day 26

24 Oct 2018 | Addis Ababa to Cairo to Luxor

We depart Addis Ababa early this morning for Cairo.

On arrival into Cairo International Airport we will be met and assisted by Goway’s local representative and transferred to the domestic terminal for our charter flight to Luxor. On arrival into Luxor we will be transferred to the port where we will board The Oberoi Philae, our deluxe floating hotel for the next 5 days. After lunch we visit the Luxor and Karnak Temples, a holy city of pylons (monumental gateways), hypostyle halls, colossal statues, shrines, and obelisks built over centuries and dedicated to the God Amon-Ra, his consort Mut and their son Khonsu.

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Day 27

25 Oct 2018 | Luxor to Esna

After breakfast, we visit the West Bank across the Nile from Luxor, where we will find the Valley of the Kings which includes the tombs of the Theban rulers.   This is followed by a visit to the temple of Medinet Habu, Dier El Madina and on the way back, stop at the Colossi of Memnon.  We set sail for Esna where we overnight on board.  The small town of Edfu is situated on the west bank of the Nile, 56 km south of Esna and 105 km north of Aswan. Today, Edfu is an important centre for sugar production and pottery-making. The site of Edfu was known as Wetjetser-hor (classical name-Apollinopolos Magna), the place where the god Horus was worshipped and where the battle between Horus and his traditional enemy, Seth, in the ancient mythology took place.

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Day 28

26 Oct 2018 | Esna to Kom Ombo

Today we visit the Temple of Edfu, the best preserved temple of the ancient world, dedicated to Horus the Falcon God before sailing to Kom Ombo where we visit the twin temple of Kom Ombo. One side of the temple is dedicated to the Crocodile God Sobek, God of Fertility and Creator of the World. The other side is dedicated to the Falcon God Haroeis, also known as Horus the Elder.  The construction of the Temple of Komombo began in the 2nd century and completed in the 1st century BC. The temple is built in imposing Graeco – Roman style and is in a particularly beautiful setting overlooking the Nile. The Chapel of Hathor, just to the south of the temple, now houses a few crocodile mummies from the nearby crocodile necropolis. 

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Day 29

27 Oct 2018 | Kom Ombo to Aswan

We depart Kom Ombo and sail to Aswan. We visit the High Dam and the Temple of Philae. Just north of the border between Egypt and Sudan lays the Aswan High Dam, a huge rock fill dam which captures the world's longest river, the Nile, in the world's largest artificial reservoir, Lake Nasser. The dam, known as "Sadd El-Aali" in Arabic, was completed in 1970 after 10 years of work. A short trip on a motorboat to the temple of Philae will bring us to a magnificent vista of the island, before landing at what would have been the ancient quay on the south side. The temple was dedicated to the goddess Isis and has many legends connected to it. The most well-known legend tells the story of how Isis found the heart of Osiris here after his murder by his brother Seth. Aswan, Egypt's sunniest southern city and ancient frontier town located about 81 miles south of Luxor, has a distinctively African atmosphere. Its ancient Egyptian name was Syene. Small enough to walk around and graced with the most beautiful setting on the Nile, the pace of life is slow and relaxing. We overnight onboard in Aswan.

Day 30

28 Oct 2018 | Aswan to Abu Simbel to Cairo.

We disembark the cruise ship after breakfast and transfer to Aswan airport for our flight to Abu Simbel.

Abu Simbel is one of the most impressive archeological sites in all of Egypt, not only for its historical significance, but for the great engineering success in moving these temples to their present location.

On arrival at Abu Simbel, we will be met by our local supplier, given our pre-arranged entry tickets and escorted to our waiting bus. We will enjoy the exclusive services of an Emeco guide who will take us on your tour of the great temple of Abu Simbel, dedicated to the glory of Pharaoh Ramses II. Upon completion of our tour we will be directed to re-board the bus to the airport to join our flight to Aswan.

On arrival into Cairo International Airport we will be met and assisted by Goway’s local representative and transferred to the Mena House Hotel. The rest of the afternoon is spent at leisure.

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Duration2 Nights
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Mena House, Garden Section

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    Mena House, Garden Section



    This 40-acre property is located opposite the Pyramids and served originally as a royal hunting lodge. A 20-minute drive from downtown Cairo, the hotel is divided into the Palace, the Garden and the Swimming Pool sections. All rooms are in an ornate Arabesque style with ...

    This 40-acre property is located opposite the Pyramids and served originally as a royal hunting lodge. A 20-minute drive from downtown Cairo, the hotel is divided into the Palace, the Garden and the Swimming Pool sections. All rooms are in an ornate Arabesque style with balconies and marble bathrooms and the Pyramids hover in the background. Guests can play golf on the 18-hole course in the shadow of these wonderful structures. Facilities of the Mena House include a European-style casino, a discotheque, excellent restaurants and bars.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Golf
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Horseback Riding
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Nightclub/Disco
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Secretarial Service
    • Tennis

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Day 31

29 Oct 2018 | Touring Cairo

Today we embark on a full day tour including the Egyptian Museum, Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx.  The Egyptian Museum is the most important depository of Egyptian antiquities anywhere in the world. It features artifacts from the Pharaonic and Graeco-Roman periods, including the celebrated mummies of ancient Egypt's king and Tut Ankh Amun treasures.  The pyramids were reckoned by the Greeks to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World.  A single pyramid is built of 2,300,000 blocks, each weighing an average of two and a half tons. In the face of such immensity, one cannot help but feel the wonder and awe that so many writers & artists have sought to convey over the centuries. The Cheops Pyramid is especially interesting since its interior burial chambers are open for inspection by the public. Not far from the Pyramids is the Great Sphinx of Giza, which dates from the time of Chephren (2620BC). Hewn from natural yellowish limestone & standing 65 feet high & 187 feet long, this unforgettable statue combines the head of a Pharaoh with a lion’s body.  Lunch is at a local restaurant.  This evening we enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel.

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Day 32

30 Oct 2018 | Depart Cairo

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel.  We have arranged late check out  at the hotel therefore you may enjoy the facilities until it is time to depart on your transfer to Cairo Airport for your onward international flight.

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DEPARTURES:

September 28, 2018

PRICING:

US $49,999 twin sharing
US $61,935 single

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • The only Goway idea that is specifically designated a “Journey of a Lifetime”.
  • Accent on experiencing Africa and not just touring
  • Small Group size limitation to ensure a more personalized and intimate experience.
  • The services and assistance of Goway’s local representative’s en route.
  • Luxury accommodation throughout, including some of the world’s iconic hotels and lodges.
  • Most meals (as indicated by the itinerary) and many beverages, as stated in the itinerary.
  • Memorable and unique dining experiences.
  • All tipping en route, eliminating the bother of tipping every driver, guide, waiter, etc.
  • Bellboy luggage service on tour
  • All sightseeing (with no hidden extras) as described in the itinerary
  • All airfares within Africa:
  • Dar Es Salam to Arusha
  • Arusha to Lake Manyara
  • Serengeti to Kigali
  • Kigali to Addis Ababa  - Business class
  • Addis Ababa to Lalibela
  • Lalibela to Addis Ababa
  • Addis Ababa to Cairo  - Business class
  • Cairo/Luxor
  • Aswan/Abu Simbel
  • Abu Simbel/Aswan
  • Aswan/Cairo
  • All entrances to museums, sites, and parks as described in the itinerary, as well as the Gorilla permit in Rwanda.
  • Hotel taxes
  • All transfers and touring in air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Goway's unique travel companion booklet, neck pillow, deluxe travel bag, travel wallet, baggage tags and souvenir photos.
  • One of a kind exclusive departure.
  • Goway's promise of something "extra" special

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • International airfares and taxes, as you and your fellow travellers will originate from different cities. As airfare experts, we can arrange the best airfare from your hometown on our recommended international carriers. Please enquire.
  • Pre and Post journey accommodation and touring, for which we can make recommendations and arrange.
  • Excess baggage charges levied by the airlines.
  • Any services and activities not stated in the itinerary.
  • Meals and beverages not stated in our itinerary
  • Passport and visa fees and service charges for obtaining visas. We will assist and advise.
  • Laundry and other items of a personal nature.
  • Additional Gorilla-visit permits.
  • Curios
  • Insurance. It is compulsory that you have adequate health and travel insurance. If Goway is not providing this, we will require proof.
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