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Rovos Rail Southern Africa Explorer

Break Available: All Year Round
13 Night Break

Price Per Person: From £8,965
(Excluding flights to Cape Town and back from Johannesburg)

This is the trip of a lifetime to Southern Africa!  It combines a journey on the famous Rovos Rail travelling from Victoria Falls to Pretoria, preceded by a 5 star stay in Cape Town and a sensational safari in Botswana.

Vibrant Cape Town and Table Mountain are two of the world’s must-see sights – add in the city’s history, scenery, culture and gastronomic delights then this is the perfect start to any celebratory trip.

Fly from city to remote bush for 3 days on safari in Botswana staying at a luxury camp in the paradise wilderness of the Okavango Delta.  Experience days of magnificent game viewing with your knowledgeable guide in 4×4 open game vehicles, by mokoro and on exhilarating boat safaris.

Arriving at the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls relax on the edge of the Zambezi River at the romantic Tongabezi, an award winning lodge that really is the stuff of dreams!

 

 

 

Highlights

  • Cape Town – Scenery, Culture, History & Gastronomy
  • Two Private Tours – including a Vineyard Visit & Wine Tasting
  • Botswana Safari in the Okavango Delta
  • Excellent Guiding & Service in Remote Camp
  • 4×4 Game Drives, Mokoro & Boat Safaris
  • The Awe-Inspiring Victoria Falls
  • Zambezi River Sunset Cruises & Scenic Flights
  • Luxury Train Travel on the elegant Rovos Rail
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Day 1
Fly to Cape Town. Private transfer to Hotel

Day 1
Fly to Cape Town. Private transfer to Hotel

Fly to Cape Town arriving mid morning.  You will be met and transferred to Cape Grace, your home for 4 nights in a Luxury Room including breakfast.  The hotel is fabulously located on a private quay between the V&A Waterfront and the city’s yacht marina.

Afternoon at leisure – we would suggest exploring the V&A Waterfront and/or take High Tea at the iconic “Nellie” or Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel as it is now known.  This is a scrumptious affair where you can seat yourself on the terrace or in the glorious gardens by the fountain.

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Day 2
Full Day Private Tour of Cape Point & Peninsular

Day 2
Full Day Private Tour of Cape Point & Peninsular

You will be collected from your hotel to travel along the Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay, to Hout Bay, a quaint village and fishing harbour with magnificent mountain views and beach.

Continue via Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breath-taking coastal drives, to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point which is perceived to be the meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

Go on to historic Simon’s Town, a village with charming Victorian architecture, a naval base and a large penguin colony at the beautiful Boulders Beach.

End the day with a visit to the well-known Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. The Garden is world-renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape Flora it displays as well as for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain.

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Day 3
At Leisure in Cape Town

Day 3
At Leisure in Cape Town

At leisure to explore the many sights of Cape Town.  There are so many things to do and see including:

  • Ascend Table Mountain by Cable Car
  • Watch Great White Shark Breaching in False Bay
  • Dine at The Test Kitchen
  • Take a Boat Trip to Seal Island
  • Hire a Classic Car and cruise the coastal roads of the Cape
  • Tour Robben Island
  • Embark on a Township Tour to see a Community Project in Action
  • Go Whale Watching or Shark Cage Diving
  • Hike up Lion’s Head
  • Visit the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront for diverse cuisine, five museums, Two Oceans Aquarium and shopping for the discerning traveller

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Day 4
Private Full Day Cape Winelands Tour

Day 4
Private Full Day Cape Winelands Tour

You will be collected from your hotel for this Private Winelands Tour to explore one of the most scenically beautiful areas in South Africa, visiting fascinating towns and taking a look into off-the-beaten track farms which revel in their old-world roots and influences. Today is about so much more than just sipping the wines.

Depending on time and season, stroll through the vines, learning about farming methods and techniques. Take an intimate wine-tasting and cellar tour and possibly meet the driving force behind the estate. If lucky, our behind-the-scenes experience could include grape picking or barrel tastings.

Spend time in Stellenbosch, browsing through its wealth of appealing stores and museums and sip local coffee blends in tempting cafes. Let the pairing of wine and olives awaken your senses before we meander through lush gardens bursting with life. Admire a collection of contemporary art, see the highest-growing vines and, from an elevated point, take in the stunning vistas over an old-world estate.

This afternoon, discover Franschhoek. Established by the French Huguenots in 1688, this town retains its historic charm but has fused it with a contemporary vibe. It boasts gourmet restaurants, appealing boutiques and art galleries.

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Day 5
Depart Cape Town by Air to Botswana

Day 5
Depart Cape Town by Air to Botswana

This morning you will be collected from your hotel with a Private Road Transfer to Cape Town Airport to meet with your flight to Maun, Botswana.

You will be met by your pilot and escorted to your light aircraft for your flight over the Okavango Delta.

As old as time, the seasonal flood from the Angola Highlands is the heartbeat of Botswana. Seeping along the panhandle and into the largest inland delta system in the world, the water creates a uniquely beautiful National Heritage Site, the incoming tide of life bringing with it birth, transformation and replenishment. These ancient, cyclical changes provide an exceptional safari experience and the area supports vast herds of elephant, buffalo and hippo, as well as numerous antelope, giraffe, zebra and the ever present predators.

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Days 5, 6 & 7
Spend 3 Days on Safari in the Okavango Delta

Days 5, 6 & 7
Spend 3 Days on Safari in the Okavango Delta

You will be met at the airstrip in a 4×4 vehicle by your guide and take the short transfer into Kwetsani Camp that sits on an elongated island covered with palm, mangosteen and fig trees.

Spend 3 Nights at Kwetsani in 1 Tree-House Tent beautifully furnished en-suite rooms each comprising a bedroom and lounge, and made of canvas, wood and glass.

The remote Kwetsani is located in the the 60,000 hectare Jao Concession offering spectacular game viewing and the feeling of exclusivity. Depending on water levels, Kwetsani offers excellent land and water activities, viewing wildlife by mekoro and on day and night 4×4 game drives.

Kwetsani is set in the most densely populated wetland area for red lechwe and sitatunga. Other species include hippo, crocodile, tsessebe, elephant, wildebeest, elephant, zebra, giraffe, lion, cheetah and leopard often sighted. Nocturnal animals like porcupine, aardwolf, serval, large spotted genet and lesser bushbaby can be observed on night drives. Many bird species are resident with Delta “specials” including wattled crane, slaty egret, rosy-throated longclaw and Pel’s fishing-owl.

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Day 8
Depart Kwetsani by light aircraft and Private Road Transfer to Victoria Falls

Day 8
Depart Kwetsani by light aircraft and Private Road Transfer to Victoria Falls

Depart Kwetsani after a morning game drive by light aircraft transfer to the border with Zambia.  You will receive a Private Road Transfer to Livingstone on the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls.

In his search for ‘’the Smoke that Thunders” David Livingstone discovered one of the most majestic sights in the world and to this day, the spectacular Victoria Falls has the power to leave man speechless with its beauty. It is beside this World Heritage Site that the quaintly colonial, Livingstone Town was born.

Livingstone provides the same escapades which make Victoria Falls so appealing: heart-stopping white water rafting, bungee jumping and glorious aircraft flips over the falls. The sprawling town of Livingstone is home to vibrant markets and museums dedicated to the local culture, history and rich railway heritage.

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Days 8, 9 & 10
3 Nights at Victoria Falls with Zambezi Sunset Boat Trips, Island Picnics, Rhino Search and Livingstone Museum

Days 8, 9 & 10
3 Nights at Victoria Falls with Zambezi Sunset Boat Trips, Island Picnics, Rhino Search and Livingstone Museum

Spend 3 Nights at Tongabezi Lodge, fully inclusive in an exclusive “House”, close to the spectacular Victoria Falls.

Warmly welcoming, Tongabezi on the Zambezi River merges quirky luxury, tranquil ambiance and a communion with nature. The use of natural fibres, thatch and wood, blend with flowing, romantic touches and influences from the African continent.

Spend lazy days in the beautiful large swimming pool, set in landscaped gardens, or enjoy a wide range of activities including boat safaris, island picnics, guided gorge walks, canoeing, a local village excursion and trips to the Victoria Falls.

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Day 11
Luxury Rail Journey: Victoria Falls to Pretoria on Rovos Rail - 1 Deluxe Suite

Day 11
Luxury Rail Journey: Victoria Falls to Pretoria on Rovos Rail - 1 Deluxe Suite

After a leisurely morning, depart Tongabezi with a short Private Road Transfer across the bridge spanning Zambia and Zimbabwe to the historic Victoria Falls Station.

At 1700 hrs Depart Victoria Falls mid afternoon for this epic three-night journey on Rovos Rail through some of southern Africa’s most beautiful scenery.  The “Pride of Africa” departs from Victoria Falls Station heading south-west towards the Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s largest game reserve.

Guests may freshen up in their suites before joining fellow travellers in the lounge car or observation car at the rear of the train.
At 1930 hrs Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Kennedy Siding for the overnight stop.

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Day 12:
A Game Drive in Hwange, Zimbabwe's largest wildlife reserve

Day 12:
A Game Drive in Hwange, Zimbabwe's largest wildlife reserve

An early start at 0500 hrs with a continental breakfast served in the dining cars until departure.

Disembark for a game drive at The Hide in Hwange National Park.
Brunch is served in the dining cars until 13:00. The train travels between Dete and Gwaai along one of the world’s longest stretches of straight railway line – 114 kilometres – and passes Bulawayo: second city of Zimbabwe, capital of Matabeleland and industrial capital of the country.
Tea in the lounge car or observation car at the rear of the train.
Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to the border at Beitbridge. Dress: Formal

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Day 13
Journey across the Tropic of Capricorn

Day 13
Journey across the Tropic of Capricorn

Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00. The train leaves baobab country and travels south.
Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train crosses the Tropic of Capricorn.
Tea in the lounge car or observation car at the rear of the train. Travel through Warmbaths (so named for its mineral waters) and Nylstroom, christened by the Voortrekkers as the source of the Nile River as the town’s river happened to be north flowing.
Dinner is served. The train passes the escarpment’s edge where the Highveld drops precipitously. Dress: Formal

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Day 14
Arrival into the Jacaranda City of Pretoria

Day 14
Arrival into the Jacaranda City of Pretoria

From 0700-0900 hrs Breakfast is served in the dining cars before journey’s end at Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria at 10:00 – home of the Pride of Africa.

You will take a Private road transfer to Johannesburg O R Tambo International Airport to meet with your flight home.

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Accommodation

Where You'll Stay

Cape Grace Hotel

Cape Grace Hotel

Encircled by Table Mountain, the yacht marina, a working harbour and the bustling V&A Waterfront, there is no doubt that the 5 Star Cape Grace is the ultimate Cape Town destination.

Cape Grace has held pride of place on its own quay in the V&A Waterfront for the past 20 years, increasing its reputation for ultimate style, luxury and service in the perfect waterfront setting.

Cape Grace’s sense of place is emphasised by stylish interiors inspired by Cape Town’s heritage and floral kingdom. Each of the 120 luxurious rooms offer 5-star luxuries and extensive guest services.

Signal Restaurant provides a welcoming setting, where guests can enjoy fresh, local cuisine.  The innovative menu celebrates the Cape’s rich variety of culture with dishes that pay homage to local flavours and accent European classics.  On the water’s edge, Bascule Whisky Wine and Cocktail Bar is the perfect setting to take in the sights and sounds of the busy Waterfront surrounds.

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Kwetsani Camp

Kwetsani Camp

Kwetsani, one of the most remote camps in the Okavango Delta is situated on an elongated island covered with palm, mangosteen and fig trees.

Five luxurious "tree-house" tents are elevated so as to take in the view.  The main area includes a dining room and lounge area situated under a cool thatched roof and leads onto an expansive wooden deck that looks out over an enormous floodplain.

Safari activities include: game drives - both day and night, boating on the Delta, Birding safaris, mokoro adventures and star gazing.

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Tongabezi Lodge

Tongabezi Lodge

Tongabezi Lodge is a stylish and luxurious lodge on a sweeping bank of the mighty Zambezi River just eleven miles upstream of the majestic Victoria Falls.

Privately owned and run, Tongabezi combines an exclusive ambiance with the legendary warmth and hospitality of the people of Zambia.  It is arguably the most romantic lodge on the Zambezi and the Tongabezi experience lies in its ability to set the scene and inspire a little magical romance in everyone whether you are celebrating a special occasion or not!

The accommodation consists of 5 Houses and 6 River Cottages.  The more expensive Houses (or Suites) are individually named - Tree House is a favourite, completely open-fronted and perhaps not for the feint hearted.

Tongabezi offers a range of inclusive activities including visiting Victoria Falls, canoeing, picnics on Zambezi riverbanks and romantic Sanpan floating candlelit dining and a thrilling number of exclusive activities such as boat trips to Livingstone Island, where David Livingstone caught his first glimpse of the mighty Falls.

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Rovos Rail

Rovos Rail

Capturing the romance of a bygone era, Rovos Rail immerses travellers in colonial indulgence, while the beauty of Southern Africa unfolds before their eyes.

The meticulously restored “Pride of Africa” trains can accommodate up to 72 guests in 36 superbly appointed Suites. Period decor and tasteful finishes offer en-suite luxury. Choose from Pullman & Deluxe Suites whilst the spacious Royal Suites boast a Victorian bath from which to watch the world go by.  Attentive butler service and modern conveniences (personal safes, air-conditioning and a bar and fridge) ensure guests are comfortable at all times.

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Price Per Person: From £8,965
(Excluding flights to Cape Town and back from Johannesburg)
What's included & departure airports

What's Included?

  • VIP Meet & Greet at Cape Town International Airport
  • Private Airport Transfers
  • 4 Nights in a Luxury Room at Cape Grace
  • 2 Private Tours of Cape Town & Cape Winelands
  • 3 Nights on Safari in an Exclusive Camp in Botswana
  • 3 Nights in an Award winning Zambezi River Lodge at Victoria Falls
  • 3 Nights on the unique Rovos Rail – Deluxe Suite
  • Game Drive excursion into Zimbabwe’s largest game reserve

 

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