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Bucket List Africa

Inspirational safari to Zimbabwe, South Africa, Botswana and Kenya

THE ultimate African odyssey. This bucket-list Africa vacation is designed for those who want to tick off as many highlights as possible, and to do it in style. Your own 'Out of Africa' experience, this epic trip will have you visiting 4 countries, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Kenya, all while being hosted in the finest accommodation on offer. Begin in one of the world's most beautiful cities, Cape Town staying at the exclusive Ellerman House, a historic Cape Edwardian mansion in Bantry Bay with spectacular Atlantic Ocean views against the dramatic backdrop of Lion's Head. All the local attractions such as the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, Camps Bay, and V&A Waterfront are 10 minutes by car and Clifton's sheltered beaches are within walking distance.

It is then time to fly into the wilds of the Okavango Delta in Botswana to stay at the luxurious tented camp, Mombo Camp, situated in arguably the best game area on the continent, home to enormous concentrations of plains game and predators, which begin virtually on Mombo's decks. When you aren't enjoying game drives with some of the best guides in Africa, expect to be wined and dined by the attentive and friendly staff.

No bucket-list trip to Africa is complete without a visit to Victoria Falls, one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. You will visit the Falls on the Zimbabwean side staying at Mpala Jena Camp, overlooking the Zambezi River. Other activities in the area include river cruises, fishing, rhino tracking and a host of adrenalin adventures such as white water rafting and bungee jumping.

End off this once-in-a-lifetime experience in the home of safari, Kenya, in its most famous park, the Masai Mara. Staying at Mara Plains Camp, within a private conservancy, bordering the national reserve, you can expect the lowest vehicle density in the Maasai Mara region, while also having the highest concentration of big cats anywhere in Africa. From July to Oct, the great wildebeest migration arrives in the Mara and adds even more drama to an eco-system already teeming with wildlife. The luxury tents at Mara Plains are elegant yet understated, with touches of Africa as well as the early colonial explorers. Enjoy day and night game drives here and why not end off on a high with a hot air balloon safari.

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Day by Day summary

  • Starts - Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Cape Town International
  • 4 nights - Ellerman House, Cape Town, South Africa
  • 4 nights - Mombo Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana
  • 2 nights - Mpala Jena, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • 1 night - Hemingways Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
  • 4 nights - Mara Plains Camp, Maasai Mara, Kenya
  • Ends - Transfer to Nairobi International for your international flight home

At a glance

  • Country Icon Botswana, Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe
  • Nights Icon 15 Nights
  • City Icon City
  • Safari Icon Safari

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Guide Price

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Includes flights from JFK
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Mpala Jena sunset cruise fishing


  • THE quintessential African safari adventure
  • Cape Town, one of the worlds most beautiful cities
  • See one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls
  • Africas most renowned safari areas, the Maasai Mara and Okavango Delta
  • Exclusive, remote, and ultra-luxurious accommodation
Itinerary Details


Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Cape Town International

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Day 1 - 5

Arrive at Cape Town Airport where you will be met and chauffeured to your elegant hotel in Bantry Bay.

  • 4 nights
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Ellerman House
Bed & Breakfast | Classic House Room
South Africa

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Day 5 - 9

Return to Cape Town Airport today for a flight to Maun in Botswana. Here catch a light aircraft flight to the Okavango Delta. Your guide will be at the airstrip to take you to your camp with a game drive en route.

  • 4 nights
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Mombo Camp
All Inclusive | Tented Room

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Day 9 - 11

A light aircraft flight will take you to Zimbabwe's Victoria Falls Airport where you will be met and driven to your lodge.

  • 2 nights

Mpala Jena
All Inclusive | Tented Room

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Day 11

Today fly to Nairobi in Kenya. A driver will meet you and drive you to your hotel in the city for the night.

  • 1 night

Hemingways Nairobi
Bed & Breakfast | Deluxe Room

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Day 12 - 16

From Nairobi Wilson Airport you will fly by light aircraft flight to the Maasai Mara. Meet your guide for the transfer to your camp.

  • 4 nights
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Mara Plains Camp
All Inclusive | Luxury Tent

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Day 16

Return via light aircraft to Nairobi Wilson Airport. From here you will be transferred to the International Airport to connect with your international flight.

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  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as specified
  • Light aircraft transfers as detailed in the itinerary
  • All scheduled safari activities offered by the camps or lodges
  • Road transfers as detailed in the itinerary
  • National Parks and conservation entry fees
  • Carbon-offsetting with One Tree Planted
  • Conservation donation to Save the Rhino
  • Community projects contribution with Uthando
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  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Additional activities not offered as scheduled by the accommodation
  • Visas and visa fees where relevant
  • Beverages with the exception of all inclusive hotels
Indulge your passions


This sample trip offers countless adventures and activities to ensure lifetime memories are made. From unforgettable thrills to indulgent relaxation, choose those that appeal most and we will curate your perfect itinerary.

  • Big 5 Safari Icon Big 5 Safari
  • 4 WD Safari Icon 4WD Safari
  • Birdwatching Icon Birdwatching
  • Boat Trip Icon Boat Trip
  • Guided Walking Safari Icon Guided Walking Safari
  • Night Drive Icon Night Drive
  • Ocean Safari Icon Ocean Safari
  • Helicopter Flights Icon Helicopter Flights
  • Hot Air Balloon Flights Icon Hot Air Balloon Flights
  • Scenic Flights Icon Scenic Flights
  • Shark Diving Icon Shark Diving
  • Cultural Experience Icon Cultural Experience
  • Canoeing Kayaking Icon Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Cycling Icon Cycling
  • Fishing Icon Fishing
  • Golf Icon Golf
  • Hiking Icon Hiking
  • Kids Bushcraft Icon Kids Bushcraft
  • Food Experience Icon Food Experiences
  • Photography Safari Icon Photography Safari
  • City Sights Icon City Sights
  • Natural Wonders Icon Natural Wonders
  • Wellness Spa Icon Wellness/Spa
  • Wine Tour Icon Wine Tour
Enriching encounters


Whether you want to tick the Big Five off your bucket list or seek out specific safari species, our expert guides reveal the typical wildlife sightings to expect on this sample trip.

  • African Wilddog
    African Wilddog
  • Zebra
  • Wildebeest
  • Thompson Gazelle
    Thompson's Gazelle
  • Rock Hyrax
    Rock Hyrax
  • Pels Fishing Owl
    Pels Fishing Owl
  • Orca
  • Lion
  • Leopard
  • Lechwe
  • Humpback Whale
    Humpback Whale
  • Hippo
  • Great White Shark
    Great White Shark
  • Elephant
  • Crocodile
  • Cheetah
  • Cape Fur Seal
    Cape Fur Seal
  • Buffalo
  • Black Rhino
    Black Rhino
  • Baboon
  • African Fish Eagle
    African Fish Eagle
  • African penguin
    African Penguin
  • Southern right whale
    Southern Right Whale
  • Maasai Giraffe
    Maasai Giraffe
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