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Human Origins Safari 2017-11-05T09:53:21+00:00

Project Description

Discover our origins on this African safari to Tanzania’s Olduvai Gorge and South Africa’s Cradle of Humankind, the home of Homo Naledi.

Human Origins Safari

The search for the origin of our species is an ongoing, beautiful adventure, and the recent discovery of Homo Naledi in South Africa has again brought it into the limelight. Set out to follow in the footsteps of discovery from Tanzania where it all began, to South Africa where the latest chapter unfolds.

Begin with the site of the landmark discoveries at Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania, and take in the wonders of Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti on an African Safari. Continue the story in South Africa’s Cradle of Humankind before embarking on a thrilling South Africa safari, ending off in magnificent Cape Town.

Itinerary

17 Days / 16 Nights

This tour has been carefully designed to give you a taste of the exciting, endless possibilities and can be tailored to suit your exact preferences.

DAY 1 – 3: NGORONGORO CRATER
Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met by a member of the &Beyond team who will assist you to your scheduled flight to Manyara airstrip. At Manyara you will be met by a representative from &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge who will drive you to the lodge.

The Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, within the Serengeti, is home to more than 30 000 protected animals. It is an area of spectacular beauty and excellent game viewing, a truly unique safari destination in Africa. The Ngorongoro Crater, once a gigantic volcano, is the largest intact caldera in the world. Some maintain that before it erupted, it would have been higher than Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. Today, long since having collapsed and eroded, it is an extensive highland area with the famous 600 metre deep Ngorongoro Crater as its focal point. Nearly three million years old, the ancient caldera shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth. Fresh springs and a large soda lake quench the thirst of all the inhabitants. Black rhino are protected within its rim, giant tusked elephants wander the forests, black-maned lions stalk the grasslands, and flamingos crowd the soda lakes.

During your stay at &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, embark on a privately guided excursion to Olduvai Gorge. Explore the breathtaking surrounds of the archaeological site of Olduvai Gorge, the Cradle of Mankind, best known as the home of the earliest remains of homo sapiens, discovered by Mary Leaky. Move on to crescent-shaped volcanic ash dunes known as Shifting Sands, which slowly creep across the desert floor in response to prevailing winds.

Spend three nights at &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. Accommodation is in a suite with ensuite bathroom with bath and shower. Your stay includes three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, scheduled safari activities, refreshments on game drives and laundry.

DAY 4 – 7: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
After your early breakfast, you will be transferred to Manyara Airstrip for your scheduled flight into the Serengeti.

The Serengeti National Park, meaning “endless plains” in the Masai language, is undoubtedly one of the world’s most celebrated Wilderness areas and is an ongoing source of inspiration to writers, filmmakers and photographers. It is Tanzania’s oldest game reserve, renowned for the part it plays in the annual Great Migration, when an estimated three million antelope – mostly wildebeest – migrate to Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve. This epic, seasonal journey is a deeply moving experience and a wonderful photographic subject. Here visitors to the park can roam its sprawling plains on exhilarating game drives or hop into a hot-air balloon ride for an once-in-a-lifetime wilderness adventure.

Spend four nights at &Beyond Serengeti Under Canvas. Your stay includes three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, scheduled safari activities, refreshments on game drives and laundry.

DAY 8-10: JOHANNESBURG
Tuck into a sensational breakfast feast before departing on your flight to Kilimanjaro for your international flight to Johannesburg. On arrival in Johannesburg you will be met by a friendly andBeyond representative, who will guide you to the Intercontinental O.R. Tambo to freshen up and get some rest. After a relaxed breakfast, an andBeyond transfer will be waiting to take you into vibrant Johannesburg.

Renowned as Africa’s richest square mile, the suburb of Sandton offer visitors the opportunity to step into the world of upmarket shopping outlets, boutique stores and first-class eateries. Home to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and top investment banks, Sandton has become South Africa’s bustling financial centre. Towering Manhattan-style skyscrapers dot this vibrant city, once a sleepy area that boasted smallholdings and sandy horse trails. Must-see attractions include Sandton City Shopping Centre, Nelson Mandela Square (home to a six-metre bronze statue of the former president), the Montecasino complex, with its shops, restaurants, theatres and casinos, as well as the adjacent bird garden, as well as the South African National Museum of Military History.

Head off to the internationally famous fossil sites of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. A specialist guide takes you into the Sterkfontein Caves, and fossils can also be viewed at the Robert Broom Museum with is located on the site. Your tour starts at the scientific exhibition which consists of four large show cases that feature life like models of hominids, a sabre tooth cat, a reconstruction of a mined cave vs. a pristine cave, cave formations and geologies, early life forms, fossils in general (mammals and homo), specific finds (like Mrs. Ples, Taung Child, Little Foot), details of fossilization, paleo botany and landscapes.

Spend one night at The Residence Houghton in a Luxury Suite. Your stay includes accommodation, welcome drink, breakfast, luxury evening turndown, complimentary use of spa facilities (sauna and steam room), complimentary wifi, limited complimentary soft drinks in mini bar, and complimentary tea and coffee (including a Nespresso machine in your room).

DAY 10 – 12: SABI SAND GAME RESERVE
Enjoy a tantalising breakfast before your transfer to the airport for your flight to Skukuza. On arrival a friendly member of the andBeyond team will meet and transfer you to andBeyond Kirkmans Kamp.

More than 65 000ha’s make up the Sabi Sand Game Reserve which borders the Kruger National Park. Made up of a number of private game lodges – each one differing in atmosphere – a visit to the area guarantees a never-to-be-forgotten experience of the African Bush. With no fences between the farms (or for that matter between them and the Kruger Park), animals wander across vast stretches of grazing land as they did years and years ago. With one of the richest game populations in the country, the chances of seeing the Big 5 (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino) are excellent. The Reserve is also home to a host of other animals – but be warned: chances are, one visit to the area, will probably lead to many more!

Spend three nights at &Beyond Kirkman’s Kamp in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve in a suite with ensuite bathroom. Your stay includes three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, soft drinks, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffee, scheduled safari activities, refreshments on game drives, nature walks (one hour) accompanied by experienced, armed trackers and laundry.

DAY 13 – 16: CAPE TOWN
After your morning game drive and breakfast you will be transferred to Skukuza Airport for your scheduled domestic flight to Cape Town International Airport. On arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you will be transferred to Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel.

With Table Mountain – one of the most spiritual places on earth – at its heart and two oceans at its feet, the city of Cape Town, strategically situated at the south-western tip of Africa, has been famed for centuries as the Tavern of the Seas. Vibrant, cosmopolitan and an eclectic mix of old and new, this laid-back city is as much at home with its 17th century castle – whose cannons have never been fired in anger – as it is with its sleek skyscrapers and trendy malls. Home to South Africa’s first Mosque, oldest wine farm, a 350 year-old garden and timelessly beautiful beaches, it’s no surprise the legendary Flying Dutchman and his spectral ship have spent eternity sailing the city’s shores.

During your stay in Cape Town, experience the best that the fairest Cape has to offer:

Enjoy an exclusive shopping experience, looking for the most amazing products made by local South Africans with Sandra, owner of Exclusive Shopping Tours. Depending on the guests’ requirements, shopping excursions can be booked for a few hours to a couple of days, where you will be shown the most amazing South African products and may also be introduced to some of the country’s renowned artists. Sandra can also assist with finding the most reliable, cost effective ways to send goods back home as well as any further sourcing/purchasing of products and co-ordinating of purchases for shipment.

Spend the day leisurely cycling through the beautiful Cape winelands — stopping to sip on fine wines and snack on the delectable treats of the region along the way. This adventurous off-the-beaten-track experience allows guests to explore several superb estates in Stellenbosch with the spirited Bikes ‘n Wine travel outfit. Guests meet their guides in the morning at a café on famed Long Street, followed by a brief historic walk through the picturesque Company Gardens to central station. Here, they board a local train and enjoy a scenic trip to Stellenbosch. The train arrives at Lynedoch Eco-Village, where guests are assigned their bicycle and equipment. This adventure covers a little over 14 kilometres, with stops at three superb wineries, and is suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

A unique African eatery set in a historic Cape Town building, GOLD Restaurant offers a spectacular entertainment experience as well as a set 14-course menu filled with Cape Malay and African-inspired cuisine. Your evening will start with an interactive Djembe drumming session before you choose a table in one of the beautiful dining areas, each adorned with unique African décor. Traditionally clad staff will explain the origins of each dish as it is served, while tall, graceful Mali Puppets dance around your table, accompanied by drummers and singers.

Spend four nights at Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, your stay includes accommodation, breakfast, luxury chauffeur driven transfers within a 10 km radius of the hotel, complimentary internet access, suitcase unpacking services on request, bottled water on turndown, gymnasium with 24 hour access and state of the art facilities, use of sauna, steam room and plunge pool at Librisa Spa, secure under cover parking on site, local newspapers and a condensed version of New York Times on request.

DAY 17: DEPARTURE
After a last delicious breakfast, an andBeyond representative will be waiting to transfer you to Cape Town International airport for your outbound flight.

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Meet and Greet service at Kilimanjaro Airport
  • All scheduled road transfers:
    • Manyara Airstrip / &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
    • &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge / Manyara Airstrip
    • OR Tambo international/Sandton
    • Sandton/OR Tambo International
    • Skukuza/Kirkmans
    • Kirkmans/Skukuza
    • Cape Town International/Mount Nelson
    • Mount Nelson/Cape Town international Airport
  • All scheduled air transfers:
    • Arusha Airport / Manyara Airstrip
    • Manyara Airstrip / Serengeti Airstrip
    • Serengeti Airstrip / Kilimanjaro Airport\
    • Kilimanjaro Airport / OR Tambo International Airport
    • OR Tambo International Airport / Skukuza Airport
    • Skukuza Airport / Cape Town International Airport
  • Tanzania National park fees / Conservancy fees
  • Crater fees for one visit to Ngorongoro Crater
  • Tanzania Tourism Development Levy
  • Sabi Sand Park fees
  • Morning Balloon Safari over the Serengeti
  • Entrance fees Cape Town attractions/tours
  • Full Day Winelands by bicycle
  • Gold museum Dinner and Drumming
  • Private Half-Day Cape Town Tour
  • Specialist Shopping Guide (half day)
  • Entrance fees Olduvai Gorge and Cradle of Humankind
  • Airport taxes for domestic flights
  • Airport taxes for international flights
  • Administration Fee
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance