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We invite you on the journey across the whole of the African continent. The 30-day Cape to Cairo takes travellers from Cape Town to Cairo on a Journey of a Lifetime that offers the best accommodations and experiences while exploring Africa. This epic vacation transports you back to the Golden Age of Travel with an exclusive rail journey aboard the most luxurious train in the world. It also includes luxury accommodations, world-class guides and services, and life-changing encounters across nine countries. Gaze upon the majesty of Victoria Falls; see the Great Migration in the Masai Mara; come face-to-face with mountain gorillas in the rainforests of Rwanda; marvel at the ancient rock-hewn churches of Ethiopia; and explore the land of the pharaohs and the pyramids of Giza in Egypt.

Package Includes

  • Round trip airfare to Cape Town and return from Cairo
  • 29 night guided vacation
  • 17 nights in Superior Class accommodation
  • 11 nights aboard luxury train
  • 1 overnight flight
  • All transfers
  • VIP Meet & Greet on arrival in Cape Town, Nairobi, Kigali, and Cairo
  • Game-viewing and all park fees as described
  • Meals as per itinerary, including 5 Highlight Dinners
  • Guided sightseeing, including all entrance fees as listed
  • Gorilla tracking permit and all park fees
  • Tips and Gratuities to local guides and restaurants
  • Egyptian Visa for US and Canadian Passport holders
  • Domestic & Regional Airfares in business class where available
  • Services of Tour Escort throughout the trip

Vacation Features and Inclusions

  • Accent on experiencing Africa and not just touring
  • Personalized and intimate experience
  • Assistance of Goway’s local representatives enroute
  • Luxury accommodation
  • Most meals and many beverages, as stated in the itinerary
  • Memorable and unique dining experiences
  • All tipping enroute
  • Bellboy luggage service on tour
  • All sightseeing as described in the itinerary
  • All Airfares within Africa in business class as per itinerary
  • All entrances to museum, sites and parks
  • Hotel taxes
  • All transfers and touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • One of a kind exclusive departure
  • Goway’s promise of something “extra” special
  • Services of Goway Tour escort throughout the trip

 

Based on Double September 22, 2020
Vancouver, Toronto $79,999 + $865 tax
Calgary, Victoria, Kelowna, Edmonton $80,299 + $865 tax

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Itinerary

CAPE TOWN

24 September – Arrive in Cape Town. On arrival you’ll transfer by luxury vehicle to the extraordinary Silo Hotel. Your briefing on your epic journey is done on the Silo rooftop, sipping cocktails while enjoying spectacular views overlooking Table Mountain. Tonight enjoy a home-cooking experience with one of Cape Town’s top chefs.

Overnight – The Silo Hotel (D) 2 nights D

25 September – Explore Cape Town. This morning a scenic helicopter flight, over the Atlantic Seaboard, sets the standard for the day. Thereafter your privately guided tour takes in the highlights of Cape town including, Chapman’s Peak Drive, the Cape of Good Hope and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Lunch is specially prepared for you at Crofter’s Kitchen in Chef Nicky Gibb’s private home. Tonight celebrate Goway’s 50th anniversary at a Gala dinner in Stellenbosch with a gourmet tasting menu, with wine pairing. BLD

ROVOS RAIL

26 September – Visit to Matjiesfontein. You’ll be transferred to Cape Town station where you will board ‘The Pride of Africa’ at 11am. At 6pm you’ll arrive in Matjiesfontein and explore the quaint village.
Dinner and overnight on board. BLD

27 September – Kimberley’s Big Hole and Diamond Mine museum. Today you will tour Kimberley’s Big Hole and Diamond mine museum and visit the site. Ten minutes after departing Kimberley, a shallow lake appears on the left-hand side of the train where, on most occasions, there are spectacular flocks of Lesser Flamingos. Travel from the Karoo to the Highveld.
Dinner and overnight on board. BLD

28 September – Pretoria. At 10am you will arrive at Rovos Rail Station in Capital Park, Pretoria. Enjoy a walking tour of the station and locomotive workshops (weather permitting) followed by lunch on the platform and a city tour of Pretoria. Afterwards the train departs for Zeerust in the North West Province.
Dinner and overnight on board. BLD

TAU GAME LODGE, MADIKWE GAME RESERVE

29 and 30 September – Tau Game Lodge. For the next two nights you will stay at Tau, a luxury safari lodge in the Madikwe Game reserve. The lodge was designed to reflect the natural surrounds and makes use of natural resources wherever possible. Madikwe is the fourth largest reserve in South Africa. It’s diverse habitat in the reserve, from acacia, savanna to riverine, ensures a unique combination of species such as springbok, gemsbok, sable and impala. The birdlife is also spectacular as too are predators such as wild dog, cheetah and lion. White and black rhino, buffalo and elephant are also found here.

Morning and evening game drives ensure excellent game-viewing. Tau Game Lodge (D) 2 nights BLD

VICTORIA FALLS

01 and 02 October – On board the Pride of Africa. Travel through Botswana and into Zimbabwe. Your train manager will arrange the border formalities. Lectures are given on board. You’ll travel along the eastern edge of the Hwange National park where occasional animal sightings can occur. BLD

03 October – Arrive Victoria Falls. This afternoon enjoy a sunset cruise on the spectacular Zambezi River. Dinner is at the Jungle Junction at your iconic hotel. Victoria Falls Hotel (D) BLD

04 October – At leisure to explore Victoria Falls. Known as the Adventure capital of Africa there are so many activities you can choose from. These include a Tour of the Falls, a scenic helicopter flight over the falls, white water rafting, bungi jumping (if you’re so inclined), visiting markets for curio shopping, or just relaxing and enjoying the spectacular gorge view at your hotel. You depart Victoria Falls at 4pm. Dinner and overnight on board BD

ZAMBIA & TANZANIA

05 October to 09 October – Experience days at leisure on the train as you travel through Zambia and Tanzania and descend into the Rift Valley. The onboard historian will entertain and enlighten you. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the array of meal and drink choices, and staff will take care of your every need.

Excursions to Chisimba Falls in Zambia and a game drive in the Selous are planned. BLD

MASAI MARA

10 October – Arrive Nairobi. Today you disembark in Dar es Salaam. You will be transferred to the airport for your private charter flight to Nairobi. Tonight you will stay at Hemingways, considered the best luxury hotel in Nairobi. BDF

11 October to 13 October – Cottars 1920’s camp. The next three days you will experience the best that Africa has to offer. You ill soar above the Masai Mara in a hot-air balloon, followed by a champagne breakfast in the bush. You will experience day and night game-drives with your professional guide. Bush walks are on offer too. You will have a cultural visit to a local Masai village and perhaps enjoy a spa treatment.
The activities are tailored to give you the most authentic African safari experiences with a guiding style that is different from other safari operators. Cottars emphasize the quality not the quantity of the wilderness and wildlife, the emotional intelligence of the guide to become your friend in a short time, and to have guests appreciate and join the pace of the wilderness.

Cottars 1920’s Camp (D) 3 nights BLD

GORILLA EXPERIENCE

14 October – Fly to Kigali. After an early morning game drive, you will fly via Nairobi to Kigali. A special dinner awaits. Serena Kigali (F) BDF

15 October – Kigali City Tour and Genocide memorial. Your tour today gives you great insight into Rwanda’s history, and just how far it has developed. You will also visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial, which, through education and peace-building, honours the memory of the more than one million Rwandans killed in 1994. You will drive to your Singita Kwitonda Lodge on the border of Volcanoes National Park where the rest of your day is at leisure.

Singita Kwitonda (D) 2 nights BLD

16 October – Gorilla trekking. Singita Kwitonda Lodge provides a contemplative, nurturing space in which to appreciate the transformative experience of coming face to face with the forest’s gentle giants. You’ll set off early in the morning for a briefing at Volcanoes National Park’s headquarters where you’ll be matched with a guide. The distance of each gorilla trek is varied, so depending on which family group guests are allocated, the duration is anywhere from a couple of hours to a full day.

Tonight a special dinner is planned to recall your magical experience with the gorillas.

CHURCHES OF LALIBELA

17 October – Kigali to Addis Ababa. Today you’ll drive back to Kigali for lunch, and then continue to the airport for your flight to Addis Ababa.

Sheraton Hotel (D) BL

18 October – Rock-hewn churches. After breakfast you’ll fly to Lalibela, where over the course of the day you’ll visit the extraordinary man-made rock-hewn churches. Truly awe-inspiring, these churches were not constructed from the ground up, but chiseled out of the town’s red volcanic rock instead.
Tonight enjoy a traditional Ethiopian feast. Mezena Lodge (M) BLD

EGYPT

19 October – Fly to Cairo. Today is a leisure day in Addis Ababa, where you have a day room booked for you, before your flight to Cairo. BL

20 October. This morning is at leisure to enjoy the magnificent Mena House. In the afternoon you’ll have a private guided tour of the new Grand Egyptian museum (subject to official opening date). After your tour there is a special cocktail function for you at a venue overlooking the pyramids. Mena House (D) 3 nights BL

21 and 22 October – Exploring Cairo. The next two days are spent exploring Cairo with your own qualified Egyptologist. You will visit the pyramids and the Sphinx and you have the option to enter the Grand Pyramid. Discover the ancient cities of Memphis and Sakkara, which is dominated by the famous step pyramid of King Zoser. Your sight-seeing includes the Egyptian museum, the Citadel and the mosque of Sultan Hassan. Your last afternoon finishes at the Khan el-Khalili bazaar. Tonight there is a special farewell dinner.

23 October – Depart Cairo with a lifetime of memories. After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight back home.

 

 

Visa Requirements (subject to change – please check with each country before booking)

SOUTH AFRICA: Canadians do not need a tourist visa to enter South Africa. However, upon arrival, immigration officials will issue a temporary residents visa (TRV) for up to 90 days. Check the expiry date of your TRV to ensure you don’t overstay.
BOTSWANA: Tourist visa: Not required for stays up to 90 days
ZAMBIA: Zambian entry visas can be obtained online through the Zambian Immigration portal. You can also obtain a single- or double-entry tourist visa on arrival in Zambia, payable in U.S. dollars.  Check with the Zambia Department of Immigration for more details on Zambian visas and employment.
RWANDA: Canadians must be in possession of a visa to visit Rwanda. Citizens of all countries get 30 days visa upon arrival, without prior application.
ETHIOPIA: Canadians must have a valid visa to enter the country. You may obtain a visa online or on arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. This is subject to change without warning. Obtain a visa before arrival to avoid possible complications. To obtain an Ethiopian evisa – Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
EGYPT: Canadians must be in possession of a visa to visit Egypt. Although a tourist visa to Egypt can be obtained at Egyptian airports for 25 USD for single entry, or 60 USD for multiple entry (the fee is subject to change at any time by the Egyptian authorities), it is advisable to obtain a visa to Egypt from the nearest Egyptian Embassy or consulate prior to arrival. You may also apply for a tourist visa online through the website visa2egypt.gov.eg. There are other websites purporting to offer electronic visas, some of which reportedly charge double the official price, but the link above is the only official Government of Egypt portal for this service.

KENYA: Canadian passport holders can obtain an e-Visa approx. U$51pp prior to departure online at subject to change. http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html

TANZANIA: Canadian passport holders are required to obtain a visa prior to departure, applied through the Consulate in Ottawa. Approx. fee of C$80pp Subject to change.

A Kenya visa is required for this tour and must be obtained in advance. To apply for your visa in advance, please go to www.ecitizen.go.ke to submit an application and register yourself as a visitor. You will need a scanned copy of your passport as well as a passport photo to apply for the visa. Please allow for ample time as it may take up to a week or more to process. Bring a printed copy of your visa to present upon arrival in Kenya. The current cost of the single entry visa through this website is $50 USD, rates are approximate and can be changed at any time based on governing authority. Should you wish to use an alternate visa service provider, additional processing fees may apply.

*For guests continuing on the Tanzania extension, please note that the cost of the unused dayroom in Nairobi has been deducted from the price of your extension.

Health *When travelling outside Canada, you may be at risk for a number of vaccine preventable illnesses. You should consult a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic preferably six weeks before you travel.  Due to limited supply of selected vaccines,  consider visiting earlier.  Some countries require proof of immunization in order to enter. It is prudent to assess your personal health status with a travel clinic or your family doctor before booking vacation, some immunizations have restrictions.

Terms & Conditions

All rates are per person, based on double occupancy in Canadian dollars (unless otherwise stated) New bookings only. Space and price may be limited and subject to availability at the time of booking.  Errors or omissions may occur on the above information with no guarantee of being honoured. Terms and conditions apply. Tax is not included in the above base fare. Above tax amount includes $30 per adult Booking Management Fee.  Not included in the above rates: Xpresspost fee, recommended medical, cancellation or baggage insurance. Child rate is applicable when travelling with 2 paying adults sharing 1 hotel room, using the existing bedding. Price Match Policy: Travel Best Bets makes every effort to remain competitive by offering our ‘Match or Beat Any Price’ offer however due to certain restrictions  there will be some product we cannot match or beat. Please note the star ratings found on www.travelbestbets.com are determined by Travel Best Bets based on a number of factors and may not match the star rating found in the Tour Operator’s brochure. Please view our star ratings by clicking here. Due to an increasing volume of disputed bookings, we will only accept payment for air only travel to India, the Philippines and the continent of Africa through the following means: book and pay cash in person or by direct deposit into our business account – once the transaction is verified and a copy of the receipt emailed or faxed to our office, we will confirm the booking. Please contact us for details on how to book using this method.Please note there maybe a tax increase when FREE connectors are added with Air Canada Vacations. Please contact [email protected] for photo credit information. BPCPA #3287