Hills of Africa

A Taste of an African Mulit-generation Safari Vacation to Southern & Eastern Africa

Featuring Johannesburg, Victoria Falls, Arusha, Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater, Northern Serengeti

13 nights/14 days - Itineraries start at USD$9,000 per person




Day 1 - Johannesburg

Welcome to South Africa! On arrival at Johannesburg Airport, you will need to clear customs & immigration and collect your luggage. In the arrivals hall, you will be met by your Hills Of Africa Travel representative who will transfer you to City Lodge ORTIA.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: US Citizens do not require holiday visas to enter South Africa BUT you must have at least two blank pages in a valid passport per country you are visiting. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure from the last country visited.

City Lodge OR Tambo Airport

Based at Africa's busiest airport, City Lodge at OR Tambo Airport will provide business and leisure travelers with "home away from home" accommodation that is ideal for those commuting to and from Johannesburg and perfect for those who require immediate access to the airport. OR Tambo Airport offers a number of services, from banking to a wide range of retailers, so whether it's a good book or a scrumptious meal, the airport's facilities have everything you need. The hotel boasts boardroom and conference facilities, a fitness room as well as a deck with a pool, and a large commercial area with a coffee shop.

Accommodations: 2 x standard rooms on bed and breakfast basis for 1 night








Day 2 - Victoria Falls

Today, you will walk across to the Johannesburg International Airport, where you will check in for your flight to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. (This flight is not included in your itinerary price.)

Welcome to Victoria Falls. On arrival at Victoria Falls Airport you will clear customs & immigration and collect your luggage. You should then proceed to the arrivals hall (look for your name on a sign) where you will be met by your guide and transferred to Lokuthula Lodge.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION - US passport holders require visas to enter Zimbabwe AND must have at least two empty pages in their passports for each country visited. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure from the last country visited. Zimbabwe tourist visa costs: USD30 per person, single entry / USD45 per person, double entry. Please have exact amount in cash for visas as no change will be given . If you have day trips into Zambia, be sure to purchase a double entry visa.

Lokuthula Lodges

Lokuthula -pronounced 'Lock-oo-too-la' - in the local siNdebele tongue means 'Place of Peace'. An apt name for these well-appointed lodges set in tranquil, indigenous gardens where elephant roam and warthogs kneel to mow the lush lawns! This luxurious self-catering timeshare resort consists of 37 rustic thatched lodges, a mere four kilometers from the spectacular World Heritage Site of Victoria Falls. Situated within the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge resort estate, Lokuthula is surrounded by 80,000 hectares of unspoilt African bush and borders the unfenced Zambezi National Park. A nearby waterhole facilitates free passage of wildlife, including buffalo, elephant, hyena and a variety of plains game, between the park and the lodges.

Affiliated to Resorts Condominium International (RCI), Lokuthula has consistently achieved Gold Crown recognition - ranking the safari resort in the top five percent of 3,000 RCI resorts worldwide. RCI is the world's largest holiday exchange organization. Family-friendly facilities and access to riveting nightly entertainment at the fabulous, adjacent Boma - Place of Eating restaurant make Lokuthula Lodges the ideal family holiday venue. If deluxe dining's your preference, the award-winning MaKuwa-Kuwa Restaurant within the same resort is sure to please.

That African river of legend, the Zambezi, the description-defying Victoria Falls and the thrill of wildlife in pristine territory, topped with the Zimbabwean people's conviviality combine to place Victoria Falls in the top five destinations on the continent in 2008, according to TripAdvisor.com. Africa's adventure capital Victoria Falls provides activities unlimited, from the sedate to the extreme. For memories of a safari holiday you'll treasure for life, Victoria Falls is your destination, and Lokuthula Lodges your choice for luxurious, independent accommodation.

Accommodations: 1 x standard two-bedroom cottage on a bed and breakfast basis for 3 nights

Sunset Cruise - At 4:00pm this afternoon (after settling in a bit), you will be collected from the hotel lobby and driven to the Zambezi River above the Victoria Falls for a sunset cruise. Look for wildlife while you watch the African sun set over another day in Africa.

Ra-Ikane is named after one of David Livingstone's guides who led him to the Victoria Falls. This boat was handmade to resemble a turn of the century river launch and is luxuriously finished with teak superstructure, brass fittings and club chairs giving you a taste of Victorian splendor in the heart of Africa. The area of the Zambezi River where you will be cruising lies within a World Heritage site and is one of outstanding scenic beauty with a wide diversity of game and bird life. Large animals such as elephants, hippo and crocodiles are frequent sightings, as this area lies within Zambezi National Park.



Day 3 - Victoria Falls

Tour of the Falls - This morning, you will be taken on a private guided tour of Victoria Falls. The tour will begin with a visit to the world renowned Victoria Falls where you will explore the geological history of the area that created this magnificent spectacle. The sights, sounds, and aromas of the Falls are truly an awe-inspiring experience that provokes humbling feelings from within - here, indeed, is nature's supreme masterpiece. No photograph can begin to depict the reality, and nothing prepares you for your first sight.

To discover how Victoria Falls was formed and what local customs and traditions surround this area, it's well worth taking a guided tour. These tours of the Victoria Falls are extremely informative and end with a visit to the local art and crafts center.




Day 4 - Victoria Falls

Elephant Back Safari - This afternoon, your Hills of Africa Travel representative will transfer you to the Wallow, a sanctuary for elephants. Here you will begin your afternoon with an elephant back safari. This safari is not just a ride on the largest animal in Africa, it's an unforgettable experience where you will get to interact with the elephants as well as enjoy a ride through wilderness areas and beautiful riverine scenery.

Each of the elephants was orphaned at a very young age, and would have died if not saved by this program. The elephants have been given a second chance at life and you will get to enjoy it. They take 2 daily walks through the national park, which is an integral part of their day.

Game viewing from the back of an elephant is very different from the seat in a vehicle. The animals that you encounter see the elephant and not you, and react the way they would react to another animal in the bush, not a human.

Whilst on the ride, you may see other wild elephant as well as buffalo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and a host of other plains game. Along the Zambezi River, hippo and crocodile are common and there is a wide variety of bird species. Each elephant has its own handler and you will leave having witnessed the elephant's incredible skills, intelligence and willingness to respond to instruction.





Day 5 - Johannesburg

Today you will be collected from the hotel lobby and driven to the Victoria Falls Airport, where you will connect with your international flight to Johannesburg, South Africa. (This flight is not included in the itinerary price.)

Welcome back to South Africa! On arrival at Johannesburg Airport, you will need to clear customs & immigration and collect your luggage. In the arrivals hall, you will be met by your Hills Of Africa Travel representative who will transfer you to City Lodge ORTIA.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: US Citizens do not require holiday visas to enter South Africa BUT you must have at least two blank pages in a valid passport per country you are visiting. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure from the last country visited.

City Lodge OR Tambo Airport

Based at Africa's busiest airport, City Lodge at OR Tambo Airport will provide business and leisure travelers with "home away from home" accommodation that is ideal for those commuting to and from Johannesburg and perfect for those who require immediate access to the airport. OR Tambo Airport offers a number of services, from banking to a wide range of retailers, so whether it's a good book or a scrumptious meal, the airport's facilities have everything you need. The hotel boasts boardroom and conference facilities, a fitness room as well as a deck with a pool, and a large commercial area with a coffee shop.

Accommodations: 2 x standard rooms on bed and breakfast basis for 1 night





Day 6 - Arusha

This morning, you will walk across to the Johannesburg International Airport, where you will check in for your international flight to Nairobi and onwards to Kilimanjaro. (These flights are not included in the itinerary price.)

Welcome to Tanzania. When you arrive at the Kilimanjaro airport, you will need to clear Tanzanian customs & immigration controls, collect your luggage and proceed to the arrivals area. There you will be met by your Hills of Africa guide (look for your name on a sign) and transferred to your hotel, Lake Duluti Lodge, where you will be spending the night.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION - US passports require visas to enter Tanzania AND must have at least two empty pages in their passports for each country visited. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure from the last country visited. Tanzania tourist visa costs: USD100 per person. Please have exact amount in cash for visas as no change will be given. A valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate (issued at least two weeks before travel) is required of all travelers to Tanzania. Please keep this certification with your passport at all times.

Lake Duluti Lodge

Lake Duluti is a fine countryside retreat that perfectly combines an authentic African rural setting with outstanding amenities and service. The lodge is made up of 18 spacious contemporary African styled romantic chalets ideally positioned for maximum privacy inside an active coffee farm on the outskirts of Arusha. Guests can enjoy delicious, hearty meals prepared with fresh produce from the lodge's vegetable garden. Sunbeds dotted around the inviting infinity pool are perfect for a lazy afternoon. The Lakeshore Sundowner Lounge located at the edge of the shimmering lake is an idyllic spot for guests to savour refreshing drinks and light lunches. Guests in need of relaxation can head to the massage room for a bout of pampering. Tours to coffee plantations, vegetable farms and cultural villages, hiking, birdwatching, canoeing, nature walks and day trips to Mt Kilimanjaro are enough to keep the adventurous happy.

Accommodations: 1 x Family room on bed & breakfast for 1 night






Day 7 - Tarangire

After breakfast, you will be collected by your guide and transferred to Tarangire River Camp where you will be spending the next two nights. (Your guide will liaise with you on the departure time the previous evening.)

En route, you will be taken on a full day game drive in Tarangire National Park including a packed lunch, or lunch will be available at Tarangire River Camp.

TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK - Located approximately 110 kms southwest of Arusha, covering an area of approximately 2,600 sq kms, Tarangire National Park has a particularly high concentration of wildlife during the dry season from June to October, mainly congregating along the Tarangire River.

The park is also an ornithologists paradise with more than 300 species of birds, including the largest bird in the world, the ostrich and the heaviest bird that can fly, the Kori Bustard.

The best game viewing months are generally between June and October but for bird viewing is recommended to visit between the months of October and May.

Tarangire River Camp

Tarangire River Camp, set within 25,000 hectares of concession area, is just 3.5 km from the main entrance to Tarangire National Park. Guests are accomodated in 20 luxury safari tents, which are en-suite with hot and cold running water. The tents are tastefully furnished with all the comforts you will need whilst on safari and open out onto stunning views of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro.

Delicious dinners are served by candlelight in the thatch and timber elevated dining area, with dramatic views across the Masai plains and a friendly and attentive staff always on hand to cater to your every need. Activities at Tarangire River Camp includes game drives, guided walking safaris, bird watching on the shores of Lake Manyara, and cultural safaris visiting the Maasai and Datoga peoples whose bomas populate adjacent land.

Accommodations: 2 tents on full board basis for 2 nights. Premium alcoholic beverages are extra.









Day 9 - Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, you will be collected by your guide and transferred to Pakulala Ngorongoro Safari Camp where you will be spending the next two nights. (Your guide will liaise with you on the departure time from camp the previous evening.)

En route, you will be taken on a full day game drive in Lake Manyara National Park including a packed lunch.

LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK - Although Lake Manyara National Park is only 125 square miles, the shallow, alkaline lake consumes the majority of this area. The land portion of the Park is situated between the lake and the sheer rock walls of the Rift Valley escarpment towering 2,000 feet above. The Park is home to three distinct habitats including a lush groundwater forest, open floodplains and acacia woodlands. In just a two-hour round-trip foray into the Park, it is possible to see all the main highlights, offering the ideal quick safari for travelers who are short on time.

From the entrance gate, the road winds through an expanse of lush jungle-like groundwater forest where hundred-strong baboon troops lounge nonchalantly along the roadside, blue monkeys scamper nimbly between the ancient mahogany trees, dainty bushbuck tread warily through the shadows, and outsized forest hornbills honk cacophonously in the high canopy.

Contrasting with the intimacy of the forest is the grassy floodplain and its expansive views eastward across the alkaline lake to the jagged blue volcanic peaks that rise from the endless Maasai Steppes. Large buffalo, wildebeest and zebra herds congregate on these grassy plains, as do giraffes - some so dark in coloration that they appear to be black from a distance.

Lake Manyara National Park is a birding paradise, especially for waterfowl and migrants. Its lush green forests are one of the best places to see leopards. Lions hunt on the grassy shores of the lake and are known for their habit of climbing trees. Superb game viewing is offered throughout the year, but is at its peak from December to February and from August to September.

Pakulala Ngorongoro Safari Camp

Perched on the edge of the famous Ngorongoro Crater with magnificent views of the Crater floor. 11 safari tents offering a fusion of modern and classic accommodation, en suite bathrooms. There are no fences or boundaries in the camp: the tents are positioned to give a panoramic view of the crater, while wildlife can walk through the camp day and night. The camp is based on blending simplicity with a laid back style. In the evening, guests gather around the campfire for sundowners before dining. The camp works closely with the local Masai community who often provide dances and talks on Masai life, their cultures, traditions and ceremonies. Guest enjoys the opportunity to interact with the Masai, learning more about their traditional lifestyle.

Eleven spacious tents with with all the comforts made similar to the first expeditions of the pioneers hunters and adventurers exploring an unknown Africa. You can feel a sense of authenticity without pretense, with huge beds and handmade quilts covered with spotless white cotton feather to protect cold nights. A large bathroom fitted in the back, with showers. Pakalula Safari Camp offers guests all the comforts of the safaris of yesteryear: a fire, a potent symbol of life in the African bush. After the long safari day is over it is time to relax, hot water is carefully transported to each tent for a well deserved shower, and finally, around the large family style dinner table stories are told of the day's adventures.

Accommodations: 2 tents on all inclusive basis for 2 nights




Day 10 - Ngorongoro Crater

You will spend today exploring this world famous wildlife area with your guide with a drive into the Ngorongoro Crater. A packed lunch will be provided.

THE NGORONGORO CRATER - The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) is an extensive highland area along the eastern arm of the Rift Valley, with the world-renowned Ngorongoro Crater as its focal point. Not a national park in the strict sense of the word, the NCA was established to conserve wildlife and other natural resources, as well as to safeguard the interests of indigenous people and promote tourism. Thus, guests on safari have the unique experience of seeing Maasai herdsmen whose cattle graze side by side with the tremendous variety of wildlife found in the area.

Unmatched for its natural variety, there are few places on earth where such a tremendous diversity of landscapes exist inside a region this size. Apart from its wildlife riches, the NCA is also of great archaeological importance, with the remains of some of mankind's earliest ancestors discovered in the area.

The largest intact caldera in the world, the Ngorongoro Crater shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens anywhere. A permanent population of more than 30,000 animals inhabits a mere square 260km (100 square miles) in the 600m (2,000 ft) deep crater, making this one of the few places in Africa where guests stand a great chance of seeing the entire Big Five in the course of a single game drive.






Day 11 - Northern Serengeti

After breakfast, you will be collected by your guide and transferred to Manyara airstrip where you will board your shared, scheduled charter flight to Kogatende airstrip. (Your guide will liaise with you on the departure time from camp the previous evening.)

TBD Depart Manyara
TBD Arrive Kogatende


Please note there are strict guidelines regarding size and weight of luggage for charter flights. Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions document for details regarding these restrictions. Should you need to arrange for excess luggage to be stored while you are on safari, we are happy to help make these arrangements (extra charges will be applied for this service).

Upon arrival at Kogatende airstrip, you will be met by a Lemala guide and transferred to Lemala Mara where you will be spending the next three nights.

Lemala Mara

Lemala Mara is the ultimate seasonal camp in Serengeti, within touching distance of the Mara River and set under large Euclea trees in the heart of the best game viewing area of the Northern Serengeti. Here, in this immense remote wilderness, almost double the size of the Masai Mara, guests can enjoy fabulous landscapes and terrific game viewing with practically no crowds. Resident wildlife numbers are exceptionally high, with prides of lion up to 30 strong, but nothing compared to when the migration starts arriving from June onwards. The area then turns into a wildlife paradise par excellence. Through June, July and August the wildebeest continue moving through the area, crossing and re-crossing the Mara River before heading north towards the Masai Mara. Several large herds remain behind and weather changes could easily bring the vast herds flooding back into the area from the Mara. Migration and predator action lasts up to the end of October, assuring this area's reputation as one of the finest wildlife areas in Africa.

At the camp's superb location, Lemala guests will be amongst the vast herds of migrating wildebeest and zebra. Two of the largest crossing points on the river are nearby and occasionally guests may observe the exciting crossings from the comfort of the camp. The spectacular Lamai triangle, Wogakuria kopjes and Kogatende airstrip are all very easily accessible. Lemala Mara's naturalists/guides have exceptional local knowledge, enabling them to take guests to where the action is, in open 4x4 vehicles, away from the crowds. Lemala's vehicles are specifically designed for long game drives and come equipped with comfortable seats, charging units and a large refrigerator. The camp organizes great picnic breakfasts and lunches for those who want to go on full day game drives. Private vehicles can be booked in advance at extra cost and are subject to availability. The camp is open from 23 June to 31 October and has 11 tents (accommodating 22 to 26 guests). The new high specification tents are some of the most spacious and comfortable seasonal tents in Tanzania. Each tent is fitted with 2 double beds or 1 king size bed, warm duvets, flush toilet, large safari shower, running water, wooden cabinets and flooring, 24-hour solar lighting, outside lounger, games table and much more.

The mess tent offers separate living and dining areas with a central bar area and is beautifully decorated with sofas, side cabinets, rugs and chests. In the evening, guests gather around the campfire for sundowners before dinner hosted by the camp manager. House alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are included at meal time. Without a doubt, Lemala Mara is an exceptional camp with an beautiful location offering a high quality safari experience with superb local guides.

Accommodations: 1 x family tent on full-board basis for 3 nights including activities




Day 12 - Northern Serengeti

An untouched wilderness region, the northern Serengeti's Mara River area is relatively inaccessible and devoid of tourists. Comprising a vast pristine area of wooded rolling hills interspersed with open grassy patches and large granite outcrops, the Northern Serengeti boasts stunning landscapes and optimal wildlife viewing.

During the dry season, the Mara River famously transforms to a wild stampede with massive herds of wildebeest and zebra thundering across the river, while enormous Nile crocodiles lurk just below the murky surface.



Day 14 - Kilimanjaro

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kogatende airstrip by a Lemala guide, where you will board your shared, scheduled charter flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport. (Your guide will liaise with you on the departure time from camp the previous evening.)

TBD Depart Kogatende
TBD Arrive Kilimanjaro


Please note there are strict guidelines regarding size and weight of luggage for charter flights. Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions document for details regarding these restrictions. Should you need to arrange for excess luggage to be stored while you are on safari, we are happy to help make these arrangements (extra charges will be applied for this service).

On arrival at the Kilimanjaro Airport, you will need to transfer and check in for your onward, international flights home. (These flights need to be booked and are not included in itinerary costs.)




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