From Cape Town to Cairo19 days & 18 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive in Cape Town, South Africa
Upon arrival in South Africa, you will be met by our representative and accompanied to your hotel located at the scenic Victoria & Alfred Waterfront where you will spend three nights.Cape Grace - 3 Nights
Day 2Cape Town
This morning, your private guide will pick up you up at your hotel for a half day tour of the city including a ride to the top of Table Mountain. Enjoy a 5-minute revolving cable car ride to the top. Explore the mountain's summit and absorb the breath-taking views before descending.Cape Grace (B, L)
Next your guide will take you to see the South African Museum, Castle of Good Hope and District Six Museum. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel.
Day 3Cape Town
This morning, you will be met at your hotel and escorted for a private, full day "Grand Slam Tour" inclusive of lunch, wine tastings and entrance fees to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Cape Funicular, Boulder Penguin Colony and Chapman's Peak Drive.Cape Grace (B, L)
Day 4To Madikwe Game Reserve
You will be met at your hotel and accompanied to the airport. Check in and board your flight to safari country. On arrival, you will be met by camp staff and escorted to a dreamy safari lodge where you spend two magical bush nights. Enjoy your first game drive this afternoon and search for Africa's "Big Five" - leopard, lion, elephant, buffalo and rhino.Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge - 2 Nights (B, L, D)
Day 5Madikwe Game Reserve
Tucked away in an exclusive slice of privately-owned land, within Madikwe Game Reserve, is the luxurious Makanyane Safari Lodge. A haven for wildlife enthusiasts, this exceptional retreat offers guests just eight magnificent suites that blend effortlessly into a surrounding forest. Each suite is made from local stone, wood and thatch and is encased in wrap-around glass walls, affording breathtaking views of the wilderness. Unwind in an open-fronted sitting room that leads onto a private sundeck and can take advantage of a beautiful en-suite bathroom with both indoor and al fresco showers.Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge (B, L, D)
The main guest areas include a sparkling infinity pool, perfect for cooling off after a successful day of adventures, a fitness center and a spa. When it comes to dining, the lodge offers a selection of mouth-watering menus that are inspired by local and international flavors, while an award-winning wine list completes your decadent dining experience. Adventures include twice-daily game drives as well as interpretive, guided walking safaris.
Day 6To Johannesburg
Board your flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival, you will be met and escorted to the hotel for a night of rest before your Botswana adventures begin!Intercontinental O.R. Tambo Airport Hotel (B)
Day 7To Chobe, Botswana
Board your flight to Kasane, Botswana. There, your guide will accompany you to a luxurious retreat in the heart of the bush, located on the edge of Chobe National Park, the second largest national park in Botswana, where some 80,000 elephants roam.Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero Lodge - 2 Nights (B, D)
Enjoy a full day taking in the beauty of the lodge and surrounding areas on game viewing activities.Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero Lodge (B, L, D)
From the lodge's hilltop position, enjoy far reaching panoramic views over the Chobe River and floodplain below. The main public area includes a lounge, library and dining room, which are linked to outdoor viewing patios. Relax in the split-level swimming pool or unwind with a pampering session in the full-service spa complete with a treetop treatment room.
Elephants feature heavily in any activity at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero, as the largest population left in Africa occupies this northern corner between Botswana, Zambia, Namibia and Zimbabwe. Game drives in open-sided 4 x 4 vehicles bring these grey giants into easy reach as they drink and frolic at the water's edge in their boisterous herds. Thrilling game drives led by qualified professional guides bring you close to hippos, buffalos, puku and other animals that gather on the banks of the Chobe River. The puku, a small rusty-brown antelope, alongside impala, kudu and red lechwe, are only a few of the common antelope found here. Naturally, lion and leopard are also found in the area.
Day 9To Nairobi
Bid farewell to Botswana as your driver accompanies you back to Kasane Airport for the flight to Livingstone, Zambia where you will board the non-stop flight to Nairobi, Kenya. Upon arrival, after clearing immigration and customs, you are met and escorted to a nearby airport hotel to rest up for the next safari adventures!Lazizi Premiere (B)
Day 10Nairobi / Masai Mara Game Reserve
Your driver will meet you at the hotel and accompany you to Wilson Airport to board your flight to the famous Masai Mara Game Reserve. Upon landing there will be a guide from the camp there to greet you and escort you to your lovely safari camp where you will spend the next two nights.Sanctuary Olonana Camp - 2 Nights (B, L, D)
Day 11Mara North Conservancy
Overlooking the Mara River, award-winning Sanctuary Olonana is the idyllic location to experience a classic and authentic safari in Kenya.Sanctuary Olonana Camp (B, L, D)
From the chef's organic garden, to the use of sustainable energy sources, Sanctuary Olonana sets a new standard with its light environmental 'footprint'.
Over the years, Sanctuary Olonana has also built strong relationships with the local Masai tribes by working with them to improve their level of health-education and lifestyle, and securing unrivalled access to their culture and local knowledge.
This luxury safari camp is an exclusive hideaway complete with library, swimming pool, and the freedom to enjoy a three course dinner deep in the bush or on the private river-view terrace of one of the 14 luxurious, recently rebuilt pavilions. For wildlife lovers, this is one of the best places in East Africa to witness the spectacle that is the wildebeest migration. Whether on foot or from the back of a 4x4, here, at the heart of Africa's big game country, the thrill of a traditional safari will never disappoint.
Day 12Masai Mara to Nairobi
After a morning game drive and breakfast your guide will accompany you to the airstrip to board your return flight to Nairobi. On arrival transfer to your hotel to relax and wash off the safari dust.Lazizi Premier (B)
Day 13To Cairo
Arrive at the International Airport in Nairobi and check-in for your flight to Cairo, Egypt. Upon arrival there will be a local representative to meet you and escort you to a luxury hotel.Four Seasons First Residence Hotel - 3 Nights (B)
Day 14To Cairo
Join your private Egyptologist to discover the pyramids of Egypt. This morning, travel to the famed city of Memphis, the capital of the Old Kingdom of Egypt and its necropolis and sacred center, Saqqara where you see the Step Pyramid, which was the earliest of all the classic memorials.Four Seasons First Residence Hotel (B, L)
After lunch at Mena House, discover the iconic Great Pyramids at Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Enjoy a short camel ride with a view of the Pyramids. Then embark on a voyage to pharaonic times at the fascinating Solar Boat Museum. Visit the mysterious Sphinx before returning to your hotel.
Pay a morning visit to the Egyptian Museum, repository of many of the glories of antiquity, including the spectacular treasures of the boy king Tutankhamun. Then experience the world renowned Royal Mummy room. Savor a tasty lunch before embarking on an exploration of the labyrinth of shops and alleyways in the ancient Khan el-Khalili Souq.Four Seasons First Residence Hotel (B, L)
Return to your hotel with some time at leisure and then in the evening you will get to experience a sound and light show at the Pyramids.
Day 16To Abu Simbel and Aswan
Early this morning, return to the airport for your flight to Abu Simbel and a tour of the spectacular rock-hewn Temples of Ramses II above the banks of Lake Nasser.Sanctuary Sun Boat IV - 3 Nights (B, L, D)
Continue to Aswan, where you will be met and escorted to your Nile Cruise Ship. The 5-star Sanctuary Sun Boat IV is moored in a private dock in Aswan. You will be welcomed by the reception staff. Lunch will be served on board and in the afternoon, visit the Granite Quarries, which supplied the ancient Egyptians with most of the hard stone used in pyramids and temples, and still hold a huge unfinished obelisk.
Day 17Cruise to Edfu
Breakfast buffet on board followed by a short motorboat ride to visit the romantic and majestic Philae Temple on the Island of Agilika. Later, an Egyptian cooking lesson will be presented on board.Sanctuary Sun Boat IV (B, L, D)
Enjoy lunch, while you cruise to Kom Ombo and visit the magnificent Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the crocodile-god Sobek. Afternoon tea will be served while you cruise to Edfu followed by a chance to explore the Temple of Horus at Edfu.
Tonight's dinner on board will be an "Egyptian Night" costume party for all guests, with a chance to dress up in traditional Egyptian "galabeyya". Dinner will be a lavish buffet of Egyptian specialties, followed by oriental music and dancing for everyone.
Day 18Cruise to Luxor
Breakfast buffet will be on board while sailing to Luxor. This morning your Egyptologist will guide you around the strikingly graceful Temple of Luxor dedicated to the god Amun and then onwards to the Temple of Karnak.Sanctuary Sun Boat IV (B, L, D)
After lunch, visit the Valley of the Kings. You will also have the chance to visit at least one tomb in the Valley of the Queens and visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. On the way back to the river Nile, you will pass by the famed Colossi of Memnon, known in Ancient Greek times for their haunting voices at dawn.
Return to your cruise for afternoon tea on board. Tonight's farewell dinner will be a gala dinner (jacket required), with white-gloved waiters serving gourmet cuisine.
Day 19Cairo - Depart
After breakfast, disembark and return by air to Cairo where you will connect on your departing flight.(B)
Internal Flights / Delays / Insurance: Internal flights in this brochure use jet airliners. Flight delays have become more commonplace, and additional costs may well be involved. This may be in the form of added accommodation costs, transfers and/or onward tickets. Cox & Kings will endeavor to ensure that arrangements go as smoothly as possible. As services are paid for in advance, any services missed due to delays and/or schedule changes are non-refundable. Many international flight tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable. The insurance policy offered by Cox & Kings is designed to mitigate the costs and effects of such delays in certain circumstances and we strongly advise that you are insured against such eventualities.
Airport Departure Taxes: The cost of our tours does not always include airport/overland departure taxes; it is necessary for you to pay these locally, in local currency. Departure taxes vary in each country and the rates will be advised before your departure from the U.S.A. These taxes are always subject to change and if they do so when you are traveling, your tour leader or our ground handler will advise you.
Generally, the road conditions in the Middle East & North Africa are fairly good. However, please be aware that some tours involve off-road driving, which can be uncomfortable, dusty and quite strenuous. The distance covered in some of our tours is also considerable, especially in Libya. If you have any problems with protracted road travel, please discuss this with your consultant. Types of vehicles vary according to the country visited and the numbers on a tour, but generally the following can be used as a guideline for the size of transportation provided: 2-3 passengers, sedan car; 4-6 passengers, minivan; 6-19 passengers, small bus; 20-28 passengers, medium bus. In destinations where conditions require it, off-road driving will be in 4-wheel-drive Land Cruiser / Land Rover vehicles.
Flights to the Middle East arrive/depart early in the morning and early check-in/check-out times may be required. Most domestic flights are scheduled early in the morning and can be prone to schedule changes. This is beyond our control. To avoid the heat during the warmer months, early morning starts are often made for sightseeing.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout the Middle East and hotels should not generally be compared to Western European standards. For our tours in the Middle East, we have chosen hotels primarily for their location and the facilities available. The hotels listed in the tour itineraries may occasionally be unavailable for the required dates. In this event, we will advise you of the alternative hotels, which will, where possible, be of the same or a higher standard than those featured in the itineraries. We may upgrade hotels featured in the brochure if better options in the same category become available. Christmas and New Year dinners are compulsory at some hotels - these will be charged as a supplement. Please note, all rooms reserved on your tour are standard unless specified; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g. to a deluxe, pyramid view or suite etc.), please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all tours, hotel check-in / out time is normally 12 noon, but this does vary between hotels. Early check-ins and late check-outs cannot be pre-booked, but can sometimes be negotiated on site.
In most cases, prices for individual arrangements and tour extensions are quoted excluding a guide. The supplement for a guide is available on request. For logistical reasons, some extensions are on a shared basis based upon a minimum of two passengers and not on a private basis.
Many of the sites in the Middle East are quite spread out and our tours consequently necessitate a reasonable amount of walking. While the walking is mostly easy going, a full-day sightseeing can be tiring and sometimes strenuous. At monuments there are many steep sections and uneven surfaces. A reasonable amount of fitness is required.
At certain times of year, particularly during winter, sightseeing during the Nile cruise is subject to change, based on navigational conditions and the captain, at time of sail. Due to the large numbers of cruise boats operating on the Nile, delays can occur, sometimes necessitating sailing at night. Embarkation and disembarkation of cruise boats usually involves descending and ascending a flight of steps. Cruise itineraries are based on full board, but all alcoholic beverages will be charged as extras. Star Goddess suites and Alexander the Great Yacht cabins are based on availability at time of booking. Children under 12 years are not allowed on the Alexander the Great Yacht.
Certain monuments and tourist attractions in the Middle East are closed on certain days for religious/holiday reasons. If in the event your visit to any of these cities falls on a day when these sites are closed, your tour will be adjusted accordingly.
Location: North Africa
Capital: Cairo (El Qahira)
Population: 84.5 million (2010)
Official Language: Arabic, English and French are widely spoken.
Religion: 90% is Muslim; the rest is Christian.
Electricity: Most areas 220 volts AC, 50Hz.
Official Currency: Egyptian Pound. US dollars are widely accepted. Major Credit Cards are widely accepted. ATMs are now common in large cities and tourist destinations.
Visas: Visas are required for American passport holders. Other citizens should check with the Egypt, Embassy regarding visa requirements.
Social Conventions: Islam in Egypt is not a religion reserved for Fridays and holidays - it is a shaping factor in all aspects of daily life. Dress should be conservative and women should not wear revealing clothes, particularly when in religious buildings and in towns (although Western style of dress is accepted at the main archaeological sites and in modern nightclubs, restaurants, hotels and bars in tourist destinations). Smart restaurants usually require more formal wear. Smoking is very common.
Photography: Tourists will have to pay a fee to take photographs inside pyramids, tombs and museums.
From Cape Town To Cairo
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