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‘Big 5’ Game Parks of Africa (20 days)

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from $11,285 incl. airfares

South Africa | Kenya | Tanzania | Zimbabwe | Botswana

This amazing safari is the ultimate way to experience 5 fantastic African countries and their most famous game parks. See the ‘Big 5’ of the animal kingdom without compromising on luxury. What’s the ‘Big 5’? It’s the lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo.

It is never an easy decision when planning to visit Africa, whether one should visit Southern Africa or East Africa, this safari removes the need to make that decision. Encompassing the very best that each area has to offer, this itinerary is designed with the wildlife enthusiast in mind. We visit some of the most recognised game reserves in Africa on this 20 day journey of discovery, taking in Amboseli Game Reserve, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Masai Mara National Reserve, Chobe National Park and the natural wonder of Victoria Falls. This is a very comprehensive itinerary that will leave you feeling completely satiated.

Price for 20 day tour:

From $8,140 for land only and from $11,285 per person twin share including economy class airfares ex Australia.

Cost per personEx AustraliaEx Johannesburg
01 Jan - 31 Decfrom $11,285from $7,750

Departs daily.
  • All flights ex Australia in Economy class including airport taxes
  • All superior lodge/hotel accommodation at 4 star properties
  • Transport in custom built safari vehicles
  • Professional, qualified guides throughout
  • Airport transfers
  • Most Meals as specified
  • All park and reserve entrance fees
  • Sightseeing and game activities as per itinerary


Day 1: Depart Australia for Johannesburg

Today, you will depart Australia on your flight to Johannesburg where upon arrival you will be met by a Representative for the commencement of your 20 Day Game Parks of Africa Tour. A courtesy shuttle service will transfer you from the airport to the nearby Emperors Palace casino complex, where you will be able to check into your hotel, the Peermont Mondior Concorde Hotel.

Day 2: Nairobi

After a sumptuous breakfast, check out and take the hotel’s courtesy shuttle transfer back to Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport, in time to check in for your onward flight to Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Nairobi, you will be met by your driver and transferred through the bustling streets of Nairobi toyour overnight accommodation at Southern Sun Mayfair Hotel. Tonight you will be treated to a welcome dinner in the Oasis restaurant. [B, D]

Day 3: Amboseli National Park

After breakfast, climb aboard your specially modified safari vehicle and once again weave your way through the Nairobi traffic before hitting the open road on your way to Amboseli National Park. For the next two nights you will be staying at the Amboseli Sopa Lodge, in the shadow of the incredible Mount Kilimanjaro. Over the next two days you will participate in game viewing activities in Amboseli National Park [B, L, D]

Day 4: Amboseli National Park

Today you will explore Amboseli National Park on morning and afternoon game drives. Amboseli is located in south-east Kenya with its southern boundary bordering Tanzania. It lies at the foot of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. This is a fantastic location to view elephants as they eat the lush grasses that are nourished by the run-off of the melting snow cap of Kili. A multitude of other mammal and bird species also occur in Amboseli and your day will be filled with magnificent sightings.  [B, L, D]

Day 5: Amboseli, Arusha & Lake Manyara, Tanzania

After an early breakfast, you will depart your hotel and drive to the border town of Namanga where you will exit Kenya and enter into Tanzania. Here you will meet your Tanzanian guide who will accompany you on the Tanzanian leg of your journey. You will head for the town of Arusha in time for lunch before continuing your journey to Lake Manyara where you will overnight at the Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge. [B, L, D]

Day 6: Lake Manyara & Ngorongoro Crater

This morning you will be able to do a game drive in the Lake Manyara National Park, and even though it is one of Tanzania’s smallest parks it boasts one of the highest concentrations of baboons which makes for some very entertaining game viewing. After the drive, return to camp for lunch before packing and setting off for the Ngorongoro conservation area, where you will be spending the next two nights at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge. [B, L, D]

Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater

Today we will descend into the vast  and magnificent Ngorongoro Crater. Here, resident game species go about their day to day life and allow us a glimpse into the life and death struggle that goes on constantly inside this unique biosphere. The Ngorongoro conservation authority has ruled that groups are only allowed to spend a maximum of 6 hours inside the crater, this is to protect the fragile ecosystem and also to prevent overcrowding, so after our allotted time, we will once again climb the steep sides of this remarkable place and return to camp for lunch.

The rest of the day you are free to do take a guided walk around the grounds of the lodge or simply relax by the pool at the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge. [B, L, D]

Day 8: Ngorongoro Crater & Serengeti National Park

Leaving after breakfast, you will travel via ‘Oldupai Gorge ‘ to the famed Serengeti National Park. You enter the park and continue on a game drive en-route to the Serengeti Sopa Lodge. The Serengeti is possibly one of the most quintessential African destinations and has, thanks to Hollywood and National Geographic, given rise to many people’s ‘mental image’ of what Africa looks like. You will not be disappointed. The vast plains, the flat topped acacia thorn trees, the seemingly endless herds of animals, this is the real Africa.  [B, L, D]

Day 9: Serengeti National Park

Morning and afternoon game drives in the Serengeti National Park allow you to experience some of the most spectacular game viewing on the continent. The Park abounds with a variety of big and small game, superb birdlife and breathtaking views. Some of the multitudes of animals we may encounter are elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, giraffe, cheetah and a vast array of plains game such as zebra, wildebeest, and gazelle.

The Serengeti and neighbouring Masai Mara is the scene of a spectacular mass migration that is constantly in motion.  Driven by the ever present need for food, millions of wildebeest, zebra and gazelles follow an enormous circular route that takes them from the southern Serengeti, around March/April on a constant journey that sees them back at their origin by the following year’s rain season.

By May/June they make their way to the Northern Serengeti where they will cross the Grumeti river, the first of numerous, treacherous river crossings that will have to be made on this journey. Mammoth crocodiles lay in wait for their annual feast as the animals are driven ever forward by hunger.

Around July/August they turn towards the north east and start heading for the Masai Mara, crossing into Kenya in September/October.  They gradually eat their way through the Mara in November/December and by January they start to move Southwards again in anticipation of the new season’s rains that will be starting to fall soon in the Southern Serengeti.

They start to arrive in the Southern Serengeti in again from February onwards and the whole process starts again. Along the way a whole new generation of animals has made its appearance and many have fallen along the wayside. This circle of life brings with it a magnificent spectacle and one of the most sensational game viewing experiences that you are ever likely to encounter, but bear in mind also that at any time of year, you will still see an abundance of game in most the areas that you visit on this safari. The migration is something that is controlled by environmental factors such as rain, bushfires, drought, disease and many other variables that we as humans have no control over, so to witness the migration, or rather a part of the migration while on your journey through this area is a privilege that we humans can only chance upon. Overnight you’re back at the beautiful Serengeti Sopa Lodge. [B, L, D]

 Day 10: Serengeti & Lake Victoria

This morning after breakfast, you will depart the Serengeti Sopa Lodge and drive to the town of Musoma on the shores of Lake Victoria; here you will board your boat transfer to Lukuba Island Lodge. After check in and lunch, enjoy an afternoon boat cruise on Lake Victoria.  [B, L, D]

Day 11: Lake Victoria & Masai Mara

Watch sunrise over Lake Victoria while enjoying breakfast, before boarding the boat for your transfer back to the mainland. From Musoma you head north again towards the border with Kenya at ‘Isebania’ where you will complete exit and entry formalities before again meeting up with your Kenyan guide who will be leading you through the Kenyan leg of your journey. From here we proceed to the Masai Mara National Reserve. The journey to the Masai Mara Sopa Lodge will be done as a game drive, arriving in time to check in and freshen up before dinner.  [B, L, D]

Day 12: Masai Mara

Today you will have the opportunity for early morning and afternoon game activities in the Masai Mara, in search of the perfect photo or that, as yet unseen animal that needs to be checked off the list. During the mid-day heat, you can relax around the pool, read a book on your private veranda overlooking the magnificent Mara or maybe the early mornings are catching up with you and a siesta is more appropriate. Overnighting again at the Masai Mara Sopa Lodge. [B, L, D]

Day 13: Masai Mar& Lake Nakuru

This morning after breakfast you head north, out of the Masai Mara and drive through interesting little villages and small towns getting an interesting view of everyday life in Kenya. We arrive at Lake Nakuru National Park and check in at the Flamingo Hills Tented Camp before departing on a game drive in this beautiful park.  [B, L, D]

Day 14: Lake Nakuru & Nairobi

This morning we have a last opportunity for an early morning game drive before departing for Nairobi, were we should arrive at our hotel around lunchtime. The afternoon can be spent at leisure around the glorious pool at Southern Sun Mayfair Hotel or just relaxing in the calming gardens; don’t eat too much for lunch because this evening you will be treated to a sumptuous dinner at one of Nairobi’s most famous restaurants, the Carnivore. [B, D]

Day 15: Nairobi/Johannesburg

Today, you bid farewell to east Africa, as your driver negotiates the Nairobi traffic one last time, on your way to the airport, arriving in time to board the flight to Johannesburg. The hustle and bustle of the city will seem a little alien to you now, after being in the wilderness for a while, but it will only be an overnight stay at the Peermont Mondior Concorde Hotel before you will once again be able to experience the wonders of Africa again. [B]

Day 16: Johannesburg/Chobe

After another superb breakfast, please take the courtesy shuttle to the airport in time to check in and board your flight to Victoria Falls. Upon arrival at Victoria Falls, you will be met by a representative and transferred from Victoria Falls airport, across the border into Botswana. You will then proceed to the small frontier town of Kasane and check in at the Chobe Safari Lodge.

This afternoon, take a game drive in the world famous Chobe National Park. Chobe is world famous for its huge elephant and buffalo herds. It is not uncommon to see over 200 elephants making their way down to the river in the late afternoon to quench their thirst in the cool waters of the Chobe. This is one of the most densely, game populated areas in the world so the game viewing is magnificent. [B, L, D]

Day 17: Chobe

Today will once again be dedicated to game viewing. Early morning and late afternoon game activities will allow you to get engrossed in the lives of the creatures that you are viewing. This afternoon you will get a slightly different perspective as you take a boat cruise on the beautiful Chobe River. Hippos, crocodiles and other creatures that live in and around the water will diversify your game viewing experience. After a sensational sunset you will return to the lodge for dinner. Once again, you overnight at Chobe Safari Lodge.  [B, L, D]

 Day 18: Chobe & Victoria Falls

There is one last opportunity to do a game drive this morning before being transferred back to into Zimbabwe to the magnificent Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. The view from the various decks and verandas over the waterhole is wonderful and just sitting overlooking this sipping a cocktail is a fantastic way to end a day.

This afternoon you will be met in the foyer of the hotel where a driver will escort you to your Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River. Snacks, local beers, wine and soft drinks are included on the cruise. [B]

Day 19: Victoria Falls

After a wonderful breakfast overlooking the waterhole, you will be met at reception again and taken on a guided tour of the Victoria Falls . You will have ample opportunity to walk along the entire length of the gorge, gazing in wonder at the sheer magnitude of the falls as you try to capture this on camera. (Make sure you bring some good quality plastic bags for your camera as the spray from the falls can get very thick). When you have filled your senses with the sight of the falls, you may want to catch the transfer back to your hotel at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge or spend the day bartering for curios in the curio village or undertake one of the many other activities available in Victoria Falls. [B]


Day 20: Victoria Falls

Today, your wonderful journey will sadly come to an end. After breakfast you will be transferred to the Victoria Falls Airport for your flight to Johannesburg. This is where your physical safari terminates but the journey will go on in your mind for years to come. You will return home brandishing many wonderful photographs of this holiday but it’s the memories that the camera can’t capture that makes Africa such a special place to visit. [B]

Optional Tours and activities that are available in Victoria Falls
  • Fixed wing or helicopter flight over Victoria Falls
  • Walking with lions
  • Elephant back safari
  • White water rafting
  • Canoeing
  • Night Game drive
Additional Details:

There are strict luggage restrictions that apply for all departures from South African International Airports of 20 kilos per person in Economy Class. Anything over this will be charged at R280 per kilo (approx. AUD35 per kilo).

Pre and post tour accommodation is available.

We take great care in preparing our itineraries however sometimes factors beyond our control may require modifications at a moment’s notice.