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Classic Africa Safari - Peregrine Adventures
Classic Africa Safari - Peregrine Adventures
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Nairobi
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Ends
Cape Town
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Start in Nairobi and end in Cape Town! With the discovery tour Classic Africa Safari, you have a 39 day tour package taking you from Nairobi to Cape Town and through Nairobi, Kenya and 27 other destinations in Africa. Classic Africa Safari is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.
Age range
15 to 99 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel, Camping, Berth / Cabin, Lodge, Guesthouse, Houseboat, Resort
Max Group Size
12
Transportation
Jeep & 4WD, Boat, Private Vehicle, Plane

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  • SM
    Written on October 28, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    Peregrine Tour – Classic African Safari Feedback Overall experience: Excellent The principal objectives of this tour were all achieved. We were able to view and photograph nearly all the animals we hoped to see. We had good leaders and drivers and excellent company. Accommodation was satisfactory to excellent and transport was effective if subject to a few deficiencies. There were some hiccups but there was clearly a desire on the part of Peregrine to rectify these as possible. Health and safety One concern as that the transport truck on the last two legs had problems with broken bindings for one of the fuel tanks. The door to the passenger compartment also was jammed and could not be opened from the inside – a worry when we found ourselves sitting directly above the unsafe fuel tank. The door problem was eventually rectified but the fuel tank bindings broke a second time. Itinerary This was comprehensive and a reason we felt this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience most of the attractions of east and south Africa. The trip was certainly undertaken in an environmentally and socially responsible way. Culture We had good interactions with Maasai people, San bushmen and the Cape Malay community as well as with accommodation staff and other guests at the relevant venues. Local drivers/guides for the game drives were also communicative. Accommodation Most venues were excellent. There were some changes from the advised itinerary (which others in the party were given advanced warning of but we were not). Some of these were probably a change to better facilities (e.g. Lake Nakuru Lodge rather than Sleeping Warrior tented camp & Trailblazers Camp rather than Dqae Quare Lodge in Ghanzi). However, inability to stay a second night at Mopane Lodge, Damaraland and the need to move to Khorixas Rest Camp was a definite downgrade. Also the inability to stay at Namibia Desert Lodge and diversion to Swartfontein Hunting Lodge was a major problem given the additional time (2h15m each way) to reach Sossuvlei and Sesriem, despite the excellence of the Lodge itself. Half our group opted not to go on that day trip because of the additional time and the state of the vehicle. Transport – poor Activities – Excellent Meals – excellent The transport was something of a let-down. We appreciate that availability of good appropriate transport in Africa may be limited and what there is may suffer greatly regularly because of the state of the roads. Our benchmark was the truck used when we toured with Peregrine in Mexico last year which had been much more upmarket. However we had problems with each of the trucks used in Africa: 1) Kenya. Reasonable truck. There was no air-conditioning but it was not required in those temperatures. No microphone system for leader. Did have fridge and lockable safe. 2) Maasai Mara. Appropriate vehicles for game drives. Because of rains, tracks had become muddy and local drivers did not appear to have either expertise or equipment to cope and frequently got bogged. This caused a delay of over an hour for us to be picked up after a balloon ride. 3) Tanzania. Truck seemed similar to that used in Kenya but had problems with engine pressure and stalling so (thankfully) we had more time in game drive vehicles than planned. The truck also proved to be very leaky in both passenger and luggage compartments. 4) Victoria Falls-Cape Town. Truck was smaller than the previous two with uncomfortably narrower seats. There was a roof that could be raised but this was unsuitable unless people were very tall. The bindings securing it were continually failing so it rattled throughout. The actual roof was quite low and a real hazard for taller members of the group. It was not a suitable vehicle for an extended game drive (for which it was scheduled in Etosha) as those on inner seats would have had very limited views. The entire group opted to pay an additional US$90 each to use game drive vehicles provided by the lodge. There was an air-conditioning unit of variable effectiveness and initially it leaked badly and had to be switched off. There was no safe or fridge available. More seriously, half way across the Namibian desert, bindings for the second fuel tank broke. Some of the passengers helped to secure it temporarily with a chain and it was “repaired” in Swapokmund but promptly broke again the next day. Safety issues with the jammed door are mentioned above in “Health and Safety”. The transport company replaced the vehicle with a “Sprinter” bus which gave a much more comfortable ride over rough roads but had more limited viewing facility. 5) Namibian border. Because of the change of vehicle, the exit bureaucracy at the Namibian border caused major problems. The transport company were reputedly “too busy” to forward replacement papers for a few hours and we had to wait for 3-4 hours before we could leave the country. Crew Our leader on the first leg was excellent with good local knowledge and excellent communication skills. He demonstrated extraordinarily good prediction skills about the likely movement of animals. He was responsive to the needs and request of the group. The driver on our first leg was competent and safe. Our leader on the second and third legs was also first rate, enthusiastic, approachable, organised and communicative. Both leaders showed a commitment to a high level of responsible tourism. The driver on our second and third legs was also safe and helpful although did get caught a couple of times exceeding the local speed limit (we felt sorry for him as the signs had not been all that clear and helped with his instant fines). The roads were challenging to say the least and he coped well with the difficulties and the broken fuel tank straps. He was rather shy socially but did join the group and we enjoyed looking at his family photos. Booking process There were many emails back and forth but the local contact was always patient and helpful. Trip notes Some of these were out-of-date when we travelled but we had not been notified of alterations, especially regarding changes of accommodation (some others had received updating emails). Had the change to Swartfontein Lodge been notified well in advance with a caution about the transport distance but a well-deserved complimentary description of the lodge, this would have caused less disgruntlement among the party. General comment Peregrine may not be the cheapest tour company but do have a commitment to quality. When inevitable problems arise they do make a strong effort to ameliorate or correct them.
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  1. Introduction
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  1. Day 1: Nairobi
  2. Day 2: Lake Naivasha / Lake Nakuru
  3. Day 3: Lake Nakuru National Park
  4. Day 4: Masai Mara National Reserve
  5. Day 5: Masai Mara National Reserve
  6. Day 6: Masai Mara National Reserve
  7. Day 7: Migori
  8. Day 8: Serengeti National Park
  9. Day 9: Serengeti National Park
  10. Day 10: Ngorongoro Highlands
  11. Day 11: Ngorongoro Highlands
  12. Day 12: Zanzibar (East Coast Beaches)
  13. Day 13: Zanzibar (East Coast Beaches)
  14. Day 14: Zanzibar (Stone Town)
  15. Day 15: Johannesburg
  16. Day 16: Victoria Falls
  17. Day 17: Victoria Falls
  18. Day 18: Chobe National Park
  19. Day 19: Chobe National Park
  20. Day 20: Makgadikgadi Pans
  21. Day 21: Maun
  22. Day 22: Okavango Delta
  23. Day 23: Okavango Delta
  24. Day 24: Ghanzi – Central Kalahari
  25. Day 25: Windhoek
  26. Day 26: Etosha National Park
  27. Day 27: Etosha National Park
  28. Day 28: Damaraland
  29. Day 29: Damaraland
  30. Day 30: Swakopmund
  31. Day 31: Swakopmund
  32. Day 32: Sossusvlei
  33. Day 33: Sossusvlei / Sesriem
  34. Day 34: Fish River Canyon
  35. Day 35: Fish River Canyon
  36. Day 36: Orange River
  37. Day 37: Trawal
  38. Day 38: Cape Town
  39. Day 39: Cape Town

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Vaccinations

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Typhoid
Recommended for Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Hepatitis A
Recommended for Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Cholera
Recommended for Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Tuberculosis
Recommended for Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. Ideally 3 months before travel.
Hepatitis B
Recommended for Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. Ideally 2 months before travel.
Rabies
Recommended for Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. Ideally 1 month before travel.
Meningococcal meningitis
Recommended for Kenya and Tanzania. Ideally 3 weeks before travel.
Yellow fever
Recommended for Kenya. Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. Ideally 10 days before travel.

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Location
Nairobi is the starting point and Cape Town is the endpoint.
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TourRadar only requires a deposit of $600 to confirm this Peregrine Adventures booking. The remaining balance is then payable 60 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 21 July 2018 the full payment of $18,941 is necessary.
Cancellation policy
No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $18941 for Classic Africa Safari, but the deposit of $600 is non-refundable.
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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 8,865 km.
  • Nairobi (Kenya)
  • 66 km
  • Lake Naivasha (Kenya)
  • 44 km
  • Lake Elementaita (Kenya)
  • 17 km
  • Nakuru National Park (Kenya)
  • 144 km
  • Masai Mara (Kenya)
  • 172 km
  • Kisii (Kenya)
  • 55 km
  • Migori (Kenya)
  • 188 km
  • Serengeti National Park (Tanzania)
  • 55 km
  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area (Tanzania)
  • 153 km
  • Arusha (Tanzania)
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