Iconic Africa: Kenya & Zimbabwe with Victoria Falls
Based on the expeditionary nature of our trips, there may be ongoing enhancements to this itinerary.
Below please find the day-by-day itinerary for this expedition. Unless otherwise noted, daily excursion options are included in the cost of the trip. We do our best to adhere to the scheduled itinerary, but in the spirit of our expeditionary style of travel we may deviate slightly to take full advantage of encounters with the destination and its people, culture, and wildlife.
Depart USAJune 18
Board your independent flight to Kenya.
Nairobi, KenyaJune 19
Arrive in Nairobi and transfer to the Hemingways Hotel for overnight.
Nairobi / Maasai MaraJune 20
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for a charter flight to the Maasai Mara, home to the semi-nomadic Maasai people and the highest concentration of wildlife on earth. Set out for the remote Little Governors’ Camp, reachable only via boat along the Mara River. Our intimate base for the next three nights, Little Governors’ exudes a classic, Colonial safari feel; canvas tents with plenty of modern comforts sit around the curve of a popular watering hole, and families of warthogs and even elephants have been known to wander through the camp. Spy many more on an afternoon game drive, stopping for sundowner drinks and the magnificent silence.
Maasai MaraJune 21 — June 22
Days begin at dawn with a hot cup of Kenyan coffee and morning game drives. Little Governors’ sits in one of the best viewing areas of the entire Mara, and vehicles stop frequently for prime Instagrammable shots. For an entirely different perspective, take an optional hot-air balloon safari or a guided walk with a Maasai scout, perhaps encountering a tower of giraffes or cackle of hyenas before a barbecue bush breakfast with champagne. After lunch, head back to the bush; you also might visit Mara Rianda, a traditional Maasai homestead nearby, or a number of community and conservation projects that the camp supports. Go birding, get a massage, or simply unwind on your tent’s wooden deck.
Maasai Mara / NairobiJune 23
There is time for one last game drive on the Mara before an afternoon flight back to Nairobi. Enjoy dinner and overnight at the Hemingways Hotel.
Nairobi / Livingstone, ZambiaJune 24
Take an early morning flight to Livingstone, then transfer to Toka Leya Camp in Zambia’s Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Africa’s most popular tourist attraction, Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya (“the smoke that thunders”) dramatically plummets over 300-foot cliffs, spraying fountains of mist that can be seen from your camp a few miles away. The falls’ constant spray creates a unique rainforest ecosystem of endemic plant species, and an afternoon drive introduces its resident birds along with buffalo, bushbuck, vervet monkey, and baboon. The park also hosts a small but growing population of endangered white rhino. Return for cocktails by the infinity pool or convivial fire pit.
Victoria FallsJune 25
Don a rain poncho for a mist-soaked tour of Victoria Falls. Flowing from the Zambezi River and forming the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, this 5,603-foot-wide curtain of water is truly one of nature’s most humbling sites. Toka Leya’s en-suite tents feature expansive decks overlooking the mighty river, and guests often spot hippos, elephants, and crocodiles; spy even more during a sunset wildlife cruise. Anglers are able to catch and release a variety of Tilapia, and rhino tracking tours with a park scout can be arranged. You also might wish to visit the nearby Mukuni village or one of the colorful markets in Livingstone.
Livingstone / Hwange National Park, ZimbabweJune 26
Practice yoga or indulge in a riverside massage before a mid-day transfer and charter flight to Hwange National Park. Zimbabwe’s largest national park hosts one of the densest concentrations of wildlife in all of Africa, including tens of thousands of elephants. Located in a coveted private concession on the park’s southeastern corner, the chic Linkwasha Camp sits at the doorstep of the game-rich Ngamo Plains and overlooks a pan that’s a hub of animal activity. Hop in a 4X4 for an overview drive, then return to your colossal tent with eclectic décor and oh-so-comfy bed.
Hwange National ParkJune 27 — June 28
A mix of desert, grassland, and woodland habitats invites a diverse range of wildlife to Hwange, including 400 bird species and more than 100 mammal. Two full days of game drives and walking safaris offer ample opportunity to encounter lion, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, and a variety of antelope; a speeding cheetah or elusive leopard are occasionally spotted. Night drives bring out bushbaby, spotted hyaena, mongoose, and honey badger. In between, you meet exuberant schoolchildren in a nearby village or learn about the camp’s conservation and anti-poaching efforts. Take a dip in the pool, curl up with a book from the library, or sit back on your deck and watch hundreds of elephant and buffalo drinking from the waterhole.
Hwange National Park / Victoria Falls / USAJune 29 — June 30
Bid farewell and board a morning flight to Victoria Falls Airport, then connect with your flight homeward via Johannesburg. Arrive in the USA the next day.