Day 1 - LONDON
Arrive in London and transfer to your accommodations at Four
Seasons London at Ten Trinity Square, where you meet your tour
leadership team and fellow guests over cocktails and dinner.
Day 4 - EGYPT
Arrive in Cairo and transfer to your luxurious hotel with unparalleled
Nile River views. This evening, enjoy a traditional candlelit dinner
accompanied by entertainment. The next day, set out to discover
the Giza Plateau, site of the pyramids of Mycerinus and Chefren, as
well as the Great Pyramid of Cheops. Built in the Fourth Dynasty
(approximately 2690 BC), it is the only survivor of the Seven Wonders
of the Ancient World. Then, accompanied by an Egyptologist, go up
close to the Great Sphinx, enjoying special private access to the paws
of the enigmatic monument. This afternoon, select from the following
Design Your Day activities:
Explore the Grand Egyptian Museum (subject to opening),
the world’s largest repository of ancient Egyptian artifacts,
including the entire collection of objects recovered from
Sharpen Your Bargaining Skills at Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, visiting workshops and stalls selling all manner of things from
glassware and leather goods to perfumes and fabrics.
Relax at Your Hotel and indulge in the many amenities on offer.
The next day, fly to Luxor, home to the Valley of the Kings, where
over 62 tombs belonging to the Pharaohs of the New Kingdom —
including Tutankhamun — were laid to rest. Enjoy lunch and a talk
by an archaeologist and then see the largest temple in Egypt, the
Karnak Temple, with its massive hypostyle hall that contains 134
perfectly aligned columns. Fly back to Cairo and choose to dine at
your choice of restaurants handpicked by our experts.
Day 7 - RWANDA
Arrive at Rwanda’s Kigali International Airport and continue to
Musanze, your gateway to Volcanoes National Park, where you
set out on your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to encounter the
mountain gorillas of the Parc Nationale des Volcanes, part of a
worldwide population of just 600. This is one of the world’s truly
memorable experiences — a look into these magnificent creatures’
eyes brings home the bond that exists between them and us. It
also underscores the poignant fact that they are on the edge
of extinction, and that your presence here contributes to their
continued survival. Learn the ins and outs of gorilla conservation
during a talk with a Gorilla Doctor. The following morning, choose
a Design Your Day option:
Trek to Spot Golden Monkeys, active and playful creatures
who live in bamboo trees at the base of the volcanoes.
Explore a Local Market to browse a variety of goods.
Relax and Enjoy a Massage at your lodge.
This afternoon, pay a visit to the research center established
by anthropologist Dian Fossey in 1967 and attend a talk by a
conservation expert. Later, enjoy a private visit to the Iby’iwacu
Cultural Center for an in-depth immersion into traditional
Day 10 - TANZANIA
From the towering volcanic peaks of Rwanda, your private jet takes
you to the sweeping, hill-dotted plains of Tanzania’s Serengeti
National Park — true safari country. Serengeti is home to the Big
Five (lions, leopards, Cape buffalo, rhinos and elephants), along
with giraffes, gazelles, zebras and wildebeest.
After a short charter flight into the heart of the Serengeti, arrive at
your luxurious lodge for three days of unforgettable game drives.
Observe the Serengeti’s priceless living bounty in the company of
the continent’s best driver-guides, unwinding at the end of the day
with a gourmet meal. Floating above the Serengeti for an exclusive
balloon safari, with a Champagne breakfast waiting for you upon
landing, more than justifies a pre-dawn wakeup call.
Between game drives, experience the varied pleasures on offer in the
Serengeti. You will also meet members of the local Maasai tribe, who
stage a performance just for you, and learn from local conservation
experts and lion researchers about efforts to help the people and
wildlife in the Serengeti coexist and thrive.
Day 14 - BOTSWANA
Your journey now takes you to Botswana, whose abundant
waters mirror the boundless African skies and provide life-giving
sustenance to a variety of wildlife. Fly to the Moremi
Game Reserve, widely acknowledged as the “predator capital
of the world.” Game viewing in the Okavango Delta is nothing
short of spectacular. Beyond predators, the delta draws large
concentrations of elephants, buffalo, red lechwes, giraffes and
impalas. Take advantage of game-viewing activities led by
deeply experienced driver/guides, or choose to take in the views
from your own private viewing deck. You also enjoy a mokoro
(canoe) ride for a rare safari opportunity across deceptively quiet
marshlands alive with crocodiles, bathing hippos, birds and tiny
red reed frogs (subject to water levels). After your game viewing,
return to your camp to relax, dine and enjoy its facilities.
Then, fly northeast to Chobe National Park, passing over
forests, floodplains and marshlands en route. In addition to
elephants, the Chobe plain boasts buffalo, leopards, lions,
giraffes, kudus and hippos, all of which you may come across
during your guided game drives through Chobe National
Park. During your stay, you have the option to visit Victoria
Falls, the “Smoke that Thunders.” Your guides ensure the
best photographic opportunities while providing fascinating
facts and insights into this iconic natural wonder. Back at
the lodge, take time to unwind with a dip in the split-level
swimming pool, book a Vichy shower treatment at the spa
or grab a book from the library. Cap the evening with a lazy
cruise down the Chobe River, cocktail in hand.
Day 16 - SOUTH AFRICA
South Africa presents a landscape more familiar, if equally beautiful,
with modern cities and tended fields nestled alongside mountains
and scrubland. Arrive in Cape Town and transfer to the elegant
One&Only Cape Town for overnight and dinner at the restaurant
of your choice from our recommended options. The following day,
participate in your pre-selected Design Your Day activity:
Explore Cape Peninsula with a Scenic Helicopter Flight, flying
over Cape Point Nature Reserve and landing there to search for
African penguins on a beach known only to locals. Continue on
to the Cape of Good Hope for a gentle hike exploring secluded
beaches, shipwrecks and this region’s unique wildlife.
Tour the Famous Wine Regions of Stellenbosch and
Franschhoek, viewing vine-covered landscapes crowned with
beautiful Cape Dutch manors. Enjoy wine tastings and lunch
before returning to your hotel.
Visit Robben Island, South Africa’s most notorious prison,
where Nelson Mandela was confined, and then, weather
permitting, ride a cable car to the top of Table Mountain for
thrilling views of the Twelve Apostles range and Cape Point.
Enjoy a Day at Leisure at your hotel, including a spa treatment
of your choice.
In the evening, join fellow guests for dinner paired with exquisite
Day 18 - BENIN
Cross the heart of the African continent en route to Benin’s
capital of Cotonou, where you are greeted with a rousing display
of traditional drumming, singing and dancing. At Ouidah,
one of the epicenters of African Vodoun, known in the West as
Voodoo, tour the temple dedicated to the sacred python, which is
believed to bestow vitality and protection. Delve deeper into the
realm of Vodoun, a religion born in West Africa that migrated
to the Americas with the slave trade. Attend an authentic
Vodoun ceremony, and then roam through the Sacred Forest and
Foundation Zinsou, a modern museum of contemporary art. Visit
the historical Museum of Ouidah, located in an old Portuguese
fort built in 1721, its exhibits frankly recounting Benin’s role in the
Atlantic slave trade. Then explore Ganvie, a sensational village on
water, commonly referred to as the Venice of West Africa. A band
and a dance troupe welcome you as you arrive. Watch as vendors
in dugout canoes piled high with wares transact commerce. Take
some time to shop the floating market, and then settle in for a
relaxing canoe ride on the waterways of this exotic 300-year-old
Day 22 - MOROCCO
Arrive at Morocco’s Er Rachidia airport, where your A&K desert
team is ready to escort you by four-wheel-drive vehicle through the
city of Erfoud and into the desert for a drive across the dunes. Mount
a camel for a ride up the famous Erg Znagui sand dunes to your
private tented camp. Enjoy cocktails while watching a spectacular
sunset over the dunes, and then enjoy an unforgettable night in
the Sahara, complete with a traditional performance by Gnaoua
tribesmen and stargazing in the vast desert skies. The next day, fly
over the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech, arriving in time for lunch.
Drive to Souk Smarine, a maze of stalls bursting with textiles and
handcrafts, for a shopping extravaganza and a chance to take in
the city sights. Your final day starts with a visit to the Ben Youssef
madrasa and the Dar el-Bacha Museum, followed by bustling, lively
Djemaa el-Fna square, a kaleidoscope of activity. Later, enjoy a
carriage ride to the Majorelle Gardens, known for their vivid cobalt-blue
buildings. For your final evening, gather at A&K’s exclusive
Palm Grove camp for a lavish Berber feast, an unforgettable
celebration of your African adventure. The next day, board your
private jet for your flight to London, where you connect with your
international departure flight.