- Livingstone, I presume
Discover the power and beauty of Victora Falls in Livingstone, Zambia, during a stay beside them.
- Foodie Franschhoek
Explore South Africa’s major wine-producing area and culinary capital.
- The Cape Peninsular
Tour the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and historic Simon’s Town.
- The cats of Masai Mara
Stay three nights in Masai Mara with game drives every day to see the Big Five and a host of other wildlife.
- VIP door to door
Discover just some of Africa’s many highlights on this four-centre tour in Kenya, Zambia and South Africa…
Track big cats in Kenya’s Masai Mara, get drenched in the rainbow-tinted mist of Victoria Falls in Zambia, sample a fine tipple in the Cape winelands in the vineyards of Franschhoek and drink in views over Cape Town from iconic Table Mountain. This tour will tick these bucket list ambitions…
11 nights in hotels and 2 in flight
21 meals: 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners
- Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK
- Return flights and transfers
- Saga tour manager
- Welcome drink reception
- Porterage at all hotels
Excursions and visits
- Four game drives in Masai Mara Game Reserve
- Sunset cruise on the Zambezi River
- Victoria Falls walking tour
- Francshhoek vineyard tour and wine tasting
- Visit to Stellenbosch and the museum
- Cape Point, the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Boulders Beach
- Simon’s Town visit
Day 1 UK-Nairobi, Kenya
Take your included VIP door-to-door travel service to the airport and fly overnight to Nairobi.
Day 2 Nairobi-Masai Mara
Arrive in Nairobi and transfer to the Masai Mara Game Reserve. The Masai Mara offers plenty to see throughout the year, including elephant, lion, cheetah, baboon, giraffe, gazelle, jackal, hyena, Cape buffalo, ostrich and several species of antelope. Set in one of the most impressive natural backdrops in the whole of Africa, the great diversity of wildlife here has helped to make the Masai Mara one of Africa’s most popular tourist destinations.
You stay three nights at the locally rated 4-star Sarova Mara Game Camp. The camp, set in large grounds with a fish pond and small bird sanctuary, is surrounded by an electric fence. There are 51 tents, all with fixed roofs and floors, a modern bathroom and a furnished wooden deck. They also have power sockets, tea and coffee-making facilities. There is also a buffet-style restaurant, a bar, a spa offering massage and beauty treatments (extra charge) and an outdoor swimming pool with a pool bar. A safety deposit box and laundry service are provided for an extra charge. There is a Masai village or homestead next to the camp where you may enjoy dinner under the stars and traditional entertainment (for an extra charge) Settle in and enjoy lunch here before you head out on a late afternoon game drive in the Masai Mara. Dinner is at the camp tonight. L, D
Day 3 Masai Mara
Rise early for a game drive, returning to the camp for breakfast and a morning at leisure to relax and enjoy your surroundings. You can join in activities such as a safari or guided nature walk, organised by the camp. An extra charge will apply to these activities. After lunch look forward to another afternoon game drive. B, L, D
Day 4 Masai Mara
Most of today is given over to further wildlife-viewing opportunities, including early morning and late afternoon game drives here in one of the key game viewing destinations. B, L, D
Day 5 Nairobi
After breakfast, check out and take a scenic 260 kilometre drive back to Nairobi (with comfort stops). Arrive at the Somak Safari Lounge which offers refreshments, an air-conditioned lounge and washrooms with shower facilities. Here you can freshen up after your journey and relax over a light lunch. Afterwards, transfer to the locally rated 4-star Crowne Plaza Nairobi Airport Hotel, with dinner included here tonight. The hotel has two restaurants, a bar, fitness centre, outdoor rooftop pool, complimentary Wi-Fi and a spa (extra charge). All 144 air-conditioned rooms have a television, minibar, hairdryer, bathrobes and toiletries. B, L, D
Day 6 Nairobi-Livingstone, Zambia
After breakfast, travel to the airport for your flight to Livingstone in Zambia. Transfer from here to the locally rated 4-star Avani Victoria Falls Resort where you will stay for two nights with breakfasts included. Set close to the Falls, on the Zambian side of the Zambezi River, the resort is set in gardens with an outdoor pool and sun terrace. The hotel has two restaurants, a bar, coffee shop and a spa. The 212 air conditioned rooms have a television with satellite channels, free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities and a hairdryer. Alternatively you can upgrade to the locally rated 5-star Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel next door in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, where animals wander in the grounds and just a five-minute walk from the Falls. Accommodation at this elegant Victorian-style hotel is arranged in thatched two-storey buildings in gardens alongside the Zambezi River. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, casino, outdoor pool and a spa (extra charge). All 173 rooms have a balcony with views over the river, a television, minibar (extra charge), a safe and a coffee maker. The afternoon is at leisure. This evening, enjoy a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River before dinner, looking out for hippo and other wildlife. B
Day 7 Livingstone
The full grandeur of Victoria Falls will be unveiled this morning on an included walking tour on the Zambia side of the Falls. ‘Discovered’ by Dr David Livingstone in 1855, they were named in honour of Queen Victoria. They are nearly two kilometres wide, 91 metres deep and around 440 thousand litres of water cascades into the narrow chasm below every second! B
Please note: for departures in September, October and November, the walking tour will be on the Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls.
Day 8 Livingstone, Zambia-Cape Town-Franschhoek, South Africa
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Cape Town. Drive out to the Cape Winelands for a two-night stay two kilometres from the town of Franschhoek at the locally rated 5-star Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa. This contemporary hotel is situated in the heart of the Cape winelands and offers amazing views of the Franschhoek mountains. It is the perfect relaxing base from which to explore the surrounding countryside. The hotel has three restaurants, a bar, lounge and spa (treatments extra charge). All 79 air-conditioned rooms have a telephone, tea and coffee-making facilities, safe, hairdryer and free Wi-Fi. Dinner is at the hotel tonight. B, D
Day 9 Franschhoek
Enjoy a full day exploring the winelands, so called for its rolling vineyards which thrive in the Mediterranean-like climate. This morning visit a vineyard for a tasting, then travel into the town of Franschhoek about an 10-minute drive from your hotel. You’ll have free time to explore this town, often referred to as the culinary capital of South Africa. Perhaps find somewhere to buy yourself some lunch – you’ll be spoiled for choice! Afterwards, drive to Stellenbosch. Founded in 1679 by the Dutch East India Company, it is the second oldest town in South Africa, and also the best preserved. Stellenbosch's Cape Dutch architecture that graces the tree-lined streets, coupled with quaint shops, galleries and cafes make it utterly charming. Explore its history further during a visit to the museum, returning to the hotel later this afternoon. Tonight the Saga shuttle bus will drop you into Franschhoek where you can have dinner at a place of your choice, and at your own expense, before the bus picks you up again. Alternatively, you can dine in the hotel at your own expense. B
Day 10 Cape Town
Check out after breakfast and depart for Cape Town. In 1652 Jan van Riebeeck sailed into Table Bay and laid the foundations of South Africa's oldest city. To this day, Cape Town has maintained a reputation for friendly hospitality. Cobbled streets, mosques and the flat-roofed pastel homes of the Bo Kaap area, formerly known as the Malay Quarter, give it a cosmopolitan appearance. You’ll stay for three nights, with breakfasts included, at the locally rated 4-star Commodore Hotel. It’s set on the lively Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, within walking distance of Table Bay with its many shops, bars and restaurants. The modern, low-rise hotel, decorated with a nautical theme, has a restaurant, lounge and bar, an outdoor swimming pool, and fitness centre (treatments at extra charge) and complimentary Wi-Fi. All 236 air-conditioned rooms have a television, telephone, tea and coffee-making facilities and a hairdryer. 24-hour room service is available (extra charge). There are plenty of places near the hotel where you can eat out tonight. B
Day 11 Cape Town
With the unmistakable plateau of Table Mountain as its backdrop, Cape Town is a delightful city to discover. Enjoy a day at leisure to explore this vibrant city. The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront has revitalised the working harbour and is packed with pleasure boats and an array of restaurants, bars and shops. Here you'll also find the Two Oceans Aquarium and the South African Maritime Museum with its large display of model ships. Perhaps browse the shops and spot Cape fur seals snoozing on the quay. Or go exploring further afield, taking the open-top bus to Table Mountain or visiting the Kirtsenbosch botanical gardens. An optional excursion gives an insight into township living. B
Day 12 Cape Town
An included tour reveals the beautiful Cape Peninsular. Join a full-day tour of the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, including Cape Point, the most south westerly corner of the African continent. While only a narrow finger of land, it's an area of beautiful bays, beaches, hills and valleys and fynbos. Within the Nature Reserve you may catch sight of zebra, antelope and baboons.
You'll also visit historic Simons Town named after Simon Van der Stel who developed the Stellenbosch winelands in the 17th century. Built around a natural harbour in beautiful False Bay on the Cape Peninsula, it's still the home of the South African Navy, and the town is steeped in naval history. Don't miss the canine statue of ‘Just Nuisance’, a Great Dane who was officially enlisted as an able seaman in the Royal Navy during World War II and buried with full military honours. En route back to your hotel you’ll stop at Boulders Beach where you'll see the colony of African penguins who now live here, having grown from a nesting pair in 1983 to around 2,500 birds!. B, L
Day 13 Cape Town
After breakfast, enjoy a free morning to explore further or pick up some souvenirs. Transfer to the airport this afternoon for your return overnight flight to the UK. B
Day 14 UK
Arrive back in the UK for your included VIP door-to-door travel service home.
Dinner on the Royal Livingstone Express train
You’ll transfer late afternoon to the station at Kilometre ‘0’ of the Mulobezi Line where the Royal Livingstone Express with its five restored carriages will be waiting ‘at steam’. Board the Lounge Car and enjoy drinks and snacks. The train will set off on the ‘Cape to Cairo’ mainline to the Victoria Falls Bridge. The train will stop on the bridge for about 20 minutes and guests can disembark to take photos. The train continues to the Palm Grove siding where it stops while a five-course set dinner is served. Afterwards the train returns to the starting point and you’ll be transferred back to your hotel.
Please note the train only operates on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Optional on 13 nights itinerary
Lunch on Livingstone Island
Take a boat trip to Livingstone Island in the Zambezi River above the Falls, the point from which the explorer first saw them. In low water season you may be able to swim in Devils’ Pool, a natural ‘infinity’ pool at the edge of the Falls.
Optional on 13 nights itinerary
Victoria Falls from Zimbabwe
The Devil’s Cataract in Zimbabwe is the deepest point of the Falls. During low water more water passes over this side. You’ll need to buy a visa that allows you to pass from Zambia to Zimbabwe. Walk along the Zimbabwe side of the falls, stopping at different vantage points along the way. See the mist created by the sheer force of the Zambezi hitting the rocks below. There is a network of surfaced tracks and you are advised to wear light shoes which will dry out quickly, as in the peak season you will get very wet, even with the waterproof ponchos provided. Water levels at the Falls depend on the season. Lower levels can be expected from July to January, while the high season, from February to June, often brings heavy mists.
Please note: If you would like to take this optional excursion into Zimbabwe you will need to purchase aa KAZI visa on arrival in Livingstone, which will allow them to access Zimbabwe or Botswana for the day.Only available on dry season departures.
Optional on 13 nights itinerary
Cape Town, South Africa
Post-holiday extension with breakfasts included
Extend your tour with two further nights at the Commodore Hotel in Cape Town, with breakfasts included, for more time to explore Cape Town’s Victoria and Alfred Waterfront – the hub of one of the world’s most picturesque working harbours. A Saga representative is available on a daily basis to help you plan your time in Cape Town.
Lake Naivisha, Kenya
Pre-holiday extension - Full board
Day 1: UK-Nairobi-Lake Naivisha. Before your main tour, depart the UK and fly overnight to Nairobi.
Day 2: Lake Naivisha. Upon arrival you can freshen up at the Somak Safari Lounge before your approximately two-hour drive to Lake Naivisha. This freshwater lake is part of the Great Rift Valley. Stay two nights at the locally rated 3-star Lake Naivisha Sopa Lodge on a full-board basis. Settle in and enjoy the afternoon at leisure with dinner here tonight. L, D
Day 3: Lake Naivisha. After breakfast join a nature walk on Crescent Island. There are no predators on the island so it’s safe to walk among the wildebeest, giraffes and zebra here. Return to the lodge for lunch. This afternoon you’ll drive to the Elsamere Field Study Centre for high tea and a talk on the lives of Joy and George Adamson whose conservation work was largely funded by Joy’s famous book ‘Born Free’. B, L, D
Day 4: Masai Mara. Depart after breakfast for your drive to the Masai Mara Game Reserve the Sarova Mara Game Camp where you’ll join the main tour. B
Upgrade to the Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel
This locally rated 5-star hotel occupies a prime spot on the Zambian side of the Zambezi, just a a 15-minute walk from Victoria Falls. Relax on a veranda or on the deck with a sundowner and observe zebra, giraffe and monkeys wandering the hotel lawns.
The restaurant, bar and and lounge of this beautifully furnished, colonial-style hotel overlook the river and you can see the mist from the Falls too. There is an outdoor pool and sun terrace, a spa and gym. All 173 rooms have a private veranda. Upgrade for an extra supplement.