Day 1: Cape Town. Arrive Cape Town International Airport and meet your transfer to Cape Grace Hotel on V & A Waterfront. Welcome dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Day 2: Cape Town. Depart for Groot Constantia for wine tasting and a visit to Table Mountain (weather permitting). Enjoy lunch en route. Dinner at a restaurant at the V&A waterfront and overnight at Cape Grace Hotel.
Day 3: Cape Peninsula. Depart for full day tour of Cape Peninsula, including Fish Hoek, Simonstown, Cape Point, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Hout Bay and Kirstenbosch in the Winelands. Light lunch en route. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Pride of Africa
Transfer to Rovos Rail’s private lounge at Cape Town station. Depart Cape Town Station on Rovos Rail’s journey to Pretoria. Arrive Matjiesfontein in time to explore this Victorian village before dinner and overnight on the train.
Day 5: Kimberley; Pride of Africa. Arrive Kimberley. Visit to the Big Hole & Diamond Museum with ride on historic tram (if available). Depart Kimberley. Dinner and overnight on the train.
Day 6: Pretoria. Train arrives at Rovos Rail’s private station in Capital Park, Pretoria. Tour of Rovos Rail exquisite depot and equipment followed by lunch. Afternoon Pretoria city tour. Dinner & overnight at hotel.
Day 7: Pride of Africa. Depart Pretoria on Rovos Rail for Botswana. Border formalities at Mafikeng and Gaborone. Lunch, dinner and overnight on the train.
Day 8: Pride of Africa. Travel through Botswana. Day at leisure on the train. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.
Day 9: Victoria Falls Hotel. Breakfast and lunch on board. Arrive at Victoria Falls late afternoon. Transfer from the station to the Victoria Falls Hotel for dinner and overnight
Day 10: Victoria Falls Hotel. Day at leisure. Optional tour of Falls, helicopter ride, river rafting, walk with the lions, craft village, etc. Enjoy a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 11: Zanzibar
After breakfast, join your dedicated aircraft at Victoria Falls Airport for the flight to Zanzibar. Arrive Zanzibar mid-day and transfer to Zanzibar Serena Hotel for lunch. Enjoy an afternoon tour of Stone Town. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 12: Zanzibar; Ngorongoro Crater
Morning Island Spice Tour with lunch en route. Transfer to airport for afternoon flight to Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Upon arrival, board vehicles for 2½-hour drive via Lake Manyara to Ngorongoro Lodge. Dinner and overnight at lodge
Day 13: Ngorongoro Crater. After breakfast, enjoy a game drive excursion to the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater with lunch on floor of crater. Dinner and overnight at lodge.
Day 14: Serengeti Plains. After breakfast, transfer to Masek Tented Camp in Ndutu area, Serengeti Plains. Arrive at the camp in time for lunch and an afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at camp.
Day 15: Serengeti Plains. Breakfast at the camp. Morning and afternoon game drives in the Serengeti. Lunch, dinner and overnight at camp.
Day 16: Uganda, Lake Victoria. Early morning transfer to airstrip for domestic flight to Kilimanjaro Airport. After immigration and customs formalities, depart for one-hour flight to Entebbe, Uganda.
Upon arrival, passengers will be split into two groups. Group 1: Visit the chimpanzees on Ngamba Island. Group 2: Enjoy excursion to Jinja, source of the Nile. Each group will enjoy lunch en route. Dinner and overnight at the Lake Victoria Serena Resort.
Day 17: Uganda, Lake Victoria. This morning, Group 1 will enjoy excursion to Jinja, source of the Nile. Group 2 will viisit the chimpanzees on Ngamba Island. Dinner and overnight at the Lake Victoria Serena Resort.
Day 18: Khartoum. After breakfast, transfer to Entebbe Airport for flight to Khartoum, Sudan. Transfer to the Corinthia Hotel for lunch. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 19: Khartoum
This morning, choose between two options: Option 1: Full-day tour to the sites of Masawwarat es-Sufra and Naqa (packed lunch provided). Option 2: Half-day tour of Khartoum with lunch at hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 20: Lake Nasser, Egypt
Morning transfer to Khartoum Airport for flight to Abu Simbel, Egypt. Upon arrival, visit the Abu Simbel Temples. Board Kasr Ibrim for Lake Nasser cruise. Afternoon at leisure with lunch, dinner and overnight on board.
Day 21: Lake Nasser Cruise
Breakfast is served while cruising to Kasr Ibrim – sightseeing conducted from sun deck (entrance to site not permitted). Lunch en route to Amada. Visit the temples of Amada and Derr as well as the Tomb of Penout. Afternoon cruise to Wadi El Seboua. Dinner and overnight on board.
Day 22: Lake Nasser Cruise. Early morning visit to Wadi El Seboua, the temples of Dakka and Maharakka. Cruise to Aswan with lunch, dinner and overnight on board.
Day 23: Luxor. Morning transfer by road to Luxor. Visit Edfu Temple en route (packed lunch provided). Arrive Luxor and visit Karnak Temple. Dinner and overnight at the Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa.
Day 24: Luxor
Enjoy a morning tour to the West Bank of Luxor including Valley of Kings, Valley of Queens, the Temple of Hatshepsut and a photo stop at Colossi of Memnon. Lunch at hotel. Afternoon visit to Luxor Temple. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 25: Cairo
Morning at leisure; afternoon transfer to Luxor Airport for flight to Cairo. Upon arrival, transfer to Four Seasons First Residence Hotel with views of both the Nile and the Great Pyramids. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 26: Cairo. After breakfast, enjoy a visit to the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities followed by lunch at Al Azhar Park. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 27: Cairo. Morning tour of Giza Pyramids and Sphinx. Lunch en route. Afternoon tour of Saqqara and Memphis. Farewell dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 28: Cairo. Mid-morning transfer to airport for flight home OR let IRT make arrangements for extending your stay.
-January 17- Feb. 13 (northbound)
-February 4 - March 3 (southbound)
- If you want an even longer itinerary with more stops, including Namibia, please inquire.
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