Jewels of Africa (IQB)

11 Day Package from Nairobi to Cape Town

Africa is home to some of the world’s most marvelous sites, most endangered species, and most incredible people. And it’s time for YOU to experience it all! We coordinate the details for you—from hotels and transportation, to sightseeing and most meals, Monograms makes it easy to help you hit Africa’s biggest highlights.

Your African safari starts when you arrive in Nairobi. We can pick you up at the airport and help you manage the hassle of getting to your hotel. The next day, after an included breakfast, adventure off on your first game drive at Maasai Mara National Reserve – the most famous game area in Kenya. This reserve has a strong permanent population of wildlife, so stay on the lookout for the “Big 5” – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo. You will spend two full days at this reserve.

Next, fly south for a quick stop in South Africa’s capital city of Johannesburg before heading to Zimbabwe. A trip to Africa wouldn’t be complete without experiencing Victoria Falls. We've arranged for you to have a private, guided walk of the mighty falls and a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, where you'll have an opportunity to take photographs of the wildlife and sip on a drink as you watch a spectacular African sunset—the perfect ending to a day of discovery!

Finally, fly into beautiful Cape Town where your Local Host® will take you on a private tour of the city’s highlights. Ascend to the top of Table Mountain, visit the penguins at Boulders Beach, and stop at the Cape of Good Hope – the southernmost point on the African continent. The following day is free to explore on your own or you can join an optional excursion. Consider a visit to the beautiful Cape winelands for a magical day winery visits and tastings. From June to December you can also choose to go whale-watching in Hermanus, the self-proclaimed whale-watching capital of the world.

With Monograms, your dream vacation to Africa doesn’t feel so far out of reach. With all of the details arranged for you, all you have to do is pack your bags and prepare for this once-in-a-lifetime experience!


Always Included:

Your Choice of Hotels

We've carefully screened and selected the right hotels in the heart of the destination and you can choose your accommodations to match your style and budget.

Local Host

Private Safari Driver/Guide in Kenya; Local Hosts in Johannesburg, Victoria Falls & Cape Town

Meals Included

American breakfast daily4 lunches 3 dinners

Sightseeing & Activities

Private sightseeing and game drives, as outlined in the day-by-day itinerary; special features are shown in UPPERCASE

Baggage Handling

Monograms has taken care of porterage at your hotel, so feel free to let the bellman help get your luggage to your room with no tipping required.

Day-By-Day 2017 / 2018

FEATURED HIGHLIGHT

This unique package brings you the best of East & Southern Africa including private guided sightseeing in Cape Town & Victoria Falls and five exciting game drives in the famed Maasai Mara!

DAY
1
Arrive in Nairobi, Kenya

Welcome to Africa! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

DAY
2
Nairobi–Maasai Mara National Reserve Area

Today, drive to MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE, Kenya’s most famous game area. Stop for lunch en route before embarking on your first GAME DRIVE in search of the “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo.

DAY
3
Maasai Mara Area

Your Driver/Guide navigates you on MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES in the “Mara,” as it is called by the locals. Part of the Serengeti ecosystem, the reserve boasts a strong permanent population of game. When the Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra arrives, generally between August and early November, the population enlarges by almost 2 million. This provides a great food source for predators such as lion, cheetah, leopard, and hyena.

NOTE:
The Great Migration is a natural event, and the arrival/departure of the migrating herds varies slightly year to year.

DAY
4
Maasai Mara Area

Further explore this magical place during MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES. Watch for elephant, rhino, topi, cheetah, and more. Between drives, enjoy leisure time to relax.

DAY
5
Maasai Mara Area–Nairobi–Johannesburg, South Africa

After breakfast, board a plane for the quick flight back to Nairobi. Transfer to the international airport for your flight to Johannesburg.

DAY
6
Johannesburg–Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Today, fly north to Zimbabwe. This evening, enjoy a CRUISE on the Zambezi River, which affords you a great opportunity to photograph wildlife and a spectacular Africa sunset.

DAY
7
Victoria Falls

Today, visit mighty VICTORIA FALLS for an awe-inspiring experience. Enjoy a PRIVATE GUIDED WALK, where you will learn the history of the falls and hear fascinating details about the surrounding flora and fauna. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

NOTE:
During the dry season (September-December) and during dry years, water flow to Victoria Falls may be low.

DAY
8
Victoria Falls–Cape Town

Today, fly to beautiful Cape Town (via Johannesburg), widely referred to as the “Mother City” by locals.

DAY
9
Cape Town

Start your PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR with a CABLE-CAR RIDE up Table Mountain (weather permitting). Here, you will enjoy stunning views of the city and its surroundings. Next, stop at Boulders Beach, where you will visit a COLONY OF ENDANGERED AFRICAN PENGUINS, known for the unique sound they make. After lunch, continue to CAPE POINT NATURE RESERVE. Stop at the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point, the southwesternmost point of the African continent, for incredible panoramic views. On your return journey, skirt the rocky coastline as you ascend Chapman’s Peak Drive, one of the most spectacular drives in the world, then continue through the fishing village of Hout Bay. The evening is at your leisure in Cape Town.

DAY
10
Cape Town

Enjoy a full day at your leisure. Your Local Host is happy to make recommendations.

DAY
11
Cape Town

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Included Hotels

*The "STARTING AT" price is based on December 28, 2017, which is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).

Nairobi
Maasai Mara National Reserve Area
Johannesburg
Victoria Falls

Four Points by Sheraton Nairobi Hurlingham

Argwings Kodhek Rd
Hurlingham, Nairobi, Kenya

Check-in - 11:00
Check-out - 10:00

The hotel provides comfortable accommodation and amenities for the discerning traveler with a focus on superior service. From the rooftop, you can enjoy panoramic views of Nairobi and the Ngong hills. On a clear morning, the beautiful and majestic Mount Kenya can be seen in the distance.

Location & Highlights

Located in Hurlingham, one of Nairobi's main commercial districts, the hotel is a 30 minute drive from Kenyatta International Airport.

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Cable/Satellite
  • In-Room Safe
  • Pay Movies
  • Desk
  • Room Service
  • Climate Control
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Coffee Maker
  • Phone
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Internet Access
  • Mini-bar
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Complimentary Toiletries

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Fitness Room
  • Gift Shop
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Pool
With a contemporary African decor, the superior rooms meet the requirements of today's traveler. Each room is spacious and tastefully furnished, creating a haven of comfort and relaxation.

Other Hotel

Monograms offers an impressive choice of hotels pre-selected for their location, amenities and service. When booking your package check to see what other hotels are available for your dates. Some hotels may not be available for this package.

Nairobi
Maasai Mara National Reserve Area
Johannesburg
Victoria Falls
Cape Town

Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel

Harry Thuku Road
Nairobi, Kenya

Check-in - 12:00
Check-out - -

Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel has played a leading role in Kenya's colorful history, and continues to be Nairobi's finest and best-known luxury hotel. The town and later the modern city of Nairobi grew up around the hotel, which is still the traditional starting point for safaris and the Lord Delamere Terrace is modern Nairobi's most famous meeting place.

Location & Highlights

Set amid tranquil gardens close to the city center of Nairobi.

Room Amenities

  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Hair Dryer
  • Voicemail
  • Mini-bar
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Air Conditioning
  • Window Opens
  • In-Room Safe
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Desk
  • Room Service
  • Phone
  • Television
  • Internet Access

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Gift Shop
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Concierge desk
  • Currency Exchange
  • Ice Machine
  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Luggage Storage
  • Pool
  • Spa Services
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Parking/Valet
  • Business Center
Whether passing through on business, or at the start or end of a Kenyan safari adventure, Fairmont The Norfolk is a peaceful haven for all guests. The spacious rooms in this charming Nairobi hotel are set around tranquil courtyards, offering scenic views and excellent comfort. All guest rooms are tastefully furnished with a lavish bed, plush arm chair and coffee lounge table, and a private ensuite marble bathroom. The well appointed rooms and suites have been lovingly restored over the years to offer luxurious modern facilities, whilst maintaining their historic charm and unique personality. The latest renovations include the recently refurbished Delamere and Acacia Wings, to unveil modern features including chic mini cabinets, multimedia hubs and rainfall showers encased in frameless glass cubicles.

Nairobi Serena Hotel

Kenyatta Ave.
Nairobi, Kenya

Check-in - 12:00
Check-out - 10:00

Despite its central location, the Nairobi Serena hotel is a quiet sanctuary amid the bustle of one of Africa's most dynamic cities. The interior décor reflects an entirely pan-African theme featuring art and inspiration from Ethiopia, the Maghreb, West Africa and East Africa. Offering a wide range of dining experiences, The Nairobi Serena is renowned for its 'Mandhari' fine-dining restaurant, which is universally acknowledged as one of Kenya's finest.

Location & Highlights

Located in central Nairobi, just moments from most of the cities attractions including art & cultural institutions, shopping, nightlife and entertainment.

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Climate Control
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Air Conditioning
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Television
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Room Service
  • Hair Dryer

Hotel Amenities

  • Dry Cleaning
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Beauty Salon
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Gift Shop
  • Spa Services
The 183 guestrooms are presented in a fusion of international and pan-African design. All rooms include internet access, safes, minibars, LCD TVs with satellite, complimentary bottled water, coffee and tea.

Activities & Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

Maasai Mara National Reserve Area
Victoria Falls
Cape Town

Maasai Mara National Reserve Area

Maasai Village

Learn more about this semi-nomadic tribe, famous for herding cattle and their distinctive red clothing.

Price Range: $

Victoria Falls

Game Drive in Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve

Journey to Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve for an exciting game drive.

Price Range: $$$

Helicopter Flight Over Victoria Falls

Take to the sky for great views of Victoria Falls.

Price Range: $$$$

Village Visit

Visit a rural village for fascinating interactions with the local people and gain an insight into their life and culture.

Price Range: $$

Fishing the Zambezi River

Fish the Zambezi River for one of the world's great freshwater game fish, the powerful Tigerfish.

Price Range: $$$

Home Hosted Dinner

Join a local family for dinner and fascinating conversation all while learning about the local culture and traditions.

Price Range: $

Cape Town

Cape Winelands

Sample wine and explore the picturesque valleys and vineyards in the beautiful Cape Winelands outside of Cape Town.

Price Range: $$

Cape Malay Cooking Safari

Visit the historic Bo-Kaap, or Cape Malay area, where you will learn about the culture and visit a local home for a cooking class.

Price Range: $$

Cape Town Apartheid Tour

Embark on a thought-provoking journey into South Africa¿s Apartheid past with an expert private guide.

Price Range: $$$$

Insider

Johannesburg
Cape Town

Johannesburg

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Johannesburg, South AfricaMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Johannesburg, South Africa. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Johannesburg and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Johannesburg and South Africa insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host®

Ian is a proud South African who has been guiding since 1999. Ian loves animals and over the years he has obtained a comprehensive knowledge of the animals of South Africa, their habits and environments; especially whales, great white sharks and elephants. Ian’s diverse career history stretches from working in the largest winery in South Africa, owning and running an advertising company for 10 years, to selling power transmission equipment from USA. As a tour-guide Ian feels he has found his niche in life and that is to show visitors a truly wonderful country!

Newtown

Newtown Cultural Precinct is where some of Johannesburg’s hot and happening cultural scene can be found. At the heart of Newtown sits the famous Museum Africa as well as the Market Theatre complex. Newtown is part of the inner city regeneration project and promises to be Joburg’s most popular tourist hotspot.

Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens

This nature reserve features over 600 species of flowering plants, 210 species of birds, as well as a number of reptiles and small mammals.

Days of Gold

Spend a day at the famous Gold Reef City, where you can go underground on a mine exploration and relive the old gold rush days of Johannesburg.

Union Buildings

Designed by British architect Sir Herbert Baker Built in 1913 to accommodate the offices of the Prime Minister the buildings now house the offices of the State President. Set in terraced gardens modeled on the famous Villa d’Este at Tivoli near Rome, Italy, you can take in magnificent views of the city or visit the Delville Wood memorial commemorating South African soldiers who died in the Battle of Delville Wood in World War I.

In nearby Pretoria

Kruger House

President Paul Kruger lived in a house situated just three blocks from Church Square, from 1884 until 1900. The Victorian gabled house – which represents a simplified version of the neo-Gothic style - is a museum and displays his furniture, stagecoach, private railway coach and all of his personal effects. A few hundred meters to the west, is Pretoria’s Old Cemetery, Helde Akker (heroes’ acre) where President Kruger lies buried.

Museum Heartland

Pretoria offers a number of fantastic museums, grouped together as Museum Park. Why not visit the Natural Cultural History Museum of Science and Technology, the Transvaal Museum and the GeoScience Museum, to mention just a few.

Voortrekker Monument Heritage Site

Perched conspicuously on top of one of the many hills that surround the city of Pretoria, is the imposing Voortrekker Monument. This enormous granite construction commemorates the Voortrekkers (pioneers) who trekked from the Cape, between 1835 and 1854, in search of independence from British rule.

Tswaing Meteorite Crater

Situated 40 km to the northwest of Pretoria, the Tswaing Meteorite Crater is known as the Pretoria Saltpan. One of the best-preserved meteorite craters in the world, this crater is home to a few stone artifacts of the Late Stone Age as well as an impressive wetland.

Cape Town

Meet Lionel, one of your Local Hosts in Cape Town, South AfricaMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Cape Town, South Africa. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Cape Town and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Cape Town and South Africa insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host®

Robert has been involved in tourism for almost 30 years. He began his career as a driver and when that was not enough to fill his desire for tourism, he began his studies to become a tour guide. With numerous years of experience in travel and tourism, Robert continues to delight everyone he meets by sharing his passion for travel. He is eager to share his extensive knowledge of South Africa to give travellers an experience of a lifetime!

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

Set against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain in Cape Town, Kirstenbosch is rated as one of the most magnificent botanical gardens in the world. It is actually part of a larger nature reserve that is dedicated to preserving the diverse flora of this region and other parts of South Africa. It is part of the Cape Floral Kingdom which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. This is a must visit while in Cape Town if you love plants or learning about unique habitats.

Bo-Kaap

Also known as the "Cape Malay Quarter" this lively Cape Town neighborhood is famous for its colorful houses, ranging from lime-green and pink to orange. Founded by former slaves in the 1750s, it has a fascinating history and is a true melting pot of cultures. Walk through the neighborhood and absorb the atmosphere and consider stopping for a traditional Malay meal at a local restaurant or visit the Bo-Kaap Museum to learn more about the history of the neighborhood and the people that call it home.

District Six Museum

This moving and informative museum documents the history of this vibrant area that was bulldozed during the Apartheid years. Through the use of photographs and testimonials the moving story of the 60,000 people who were forcibly displaced comes to life. For history buffs this is the one museum in Cape Town that is not to be missed.

Cape Town Diamond Museum

Did someone say diamonds? South Africa has storied history of diamond mining that is chronicled at this museum. Diamonds were discovered in South Africa in 1867 and within ten years 95% of the worldwide supply was coming from this rugged country at the southern tip of Africa. From the birth of a stone to the final polishing to colorful characters the story of diamonds in South Africa is a fascinating one. Add to that the convenient location in the heart of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and it is easy to add this to your visit.

*The "STARTING AT" price is based on December 28, 2017, which is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).

Dates & Prices do not include air travel.
Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Monograms, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $2,179. Required intra-vacation air segments are Maasai Mara/Nairobi; Nairobi/Johannesburg; Johannesburg/Victoria Falls; Victoria Falls/Johannesburg; Johannesburg/Cape Town. Air prices were effective on July 13, 2016 and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your vacation, air prices may be higher.

Safari package includes park entrance fees of $240 per person.

Upgrade to a 4x4 vehicle in Kenya is available for $70-$180 per person (depending on party size). Ask for details at time of booking.

2018 departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications. Details will be available in July 2017.

NOTES:

  • Bottled water is included on all game drives in the Maasai Mara.
  • All game viewing is done at your own risk. We will require a signed liability waiver prior to travel.
  • Check with your travel agent or physician regarding the latest health requirements for travel to Kenya, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.
  • We do not recommend this vacation to people with serious back problems, as it can be quite rough while driving on/off game park trails.
  • Due to limited capacity on safari vehicles and flights in Kenya, your suitcase must be soft-sided and cannot exceed 33 lbs including hand luggage.

* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).