South African Adventure
Our voyage of discovery takes us through South Africa's most well-known game parks and ends in the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town.
Fascinating wildlife is waiting to be discovered on this South African rail adventure on the Pride of Africa - one of the world's great luxury trains. Our voyage of discovery takes us through South Africa's most well-known game parks and ends in the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Scheduled flights in Economy Class from London Heathrow to Johannesburg and Cape Town to London Heathrow
- 5 nights' hotel accommodation
- 9 nights on the Pride of Africa in twin or double bed Pullman Suites (all meals with wine, beer and drinks included)
- Excursions to Table Mountain and Robben Island
- 3 Game Drives
- A tour of Kirstenbosch botanical gardens and Cape Point including Flying Dutchman funicular railway
- Guided tours of Durban and Spionkop
- Guided tour of an ostrich farm
- Transfers in South Africa
- Flight taxes and charges
- The services of a professional Tour Manager throughout
Days 1 & 2 - Arrival in Johannesburg
We depart London Heathrow on Day 1 on a flight to Johannesburg, arriving on the morning of Day 2. We transfer to the Courtyard Hotel Arcadia in Pretoria for one night. During the day we visit the Voortrekker Monument, an enormous structure dedicated to the pioneer history of South Africa, set in a nature reserve close to Pretoria. For lunch we dine in a local restaurant. (Day 2 - L, D)
Day 3 - Pride of Africa
Today we board the Pride of Africa at the Rovos Rail Station in Capital Park, Pretoria. Our eight-night journey on this truly elegant train, in luxurious airconditioned suites, takes us across the African plains in comfort and style, with fine china, crisp linen and 5-Star service. All on-board meals and drinks are included, as are meals during off-train excursions. (B, L, D)
Day 4 - Kruger National Park
This morning we wake up early for a highlight of the tour - a game drive in Kruger National Park, the largest park in South Africa, where all of the 'Big Five' game animals can be found. Here we pursue antelope and track herds of elephant that make this huge wilderness their home - catch a glimpse of a leopard as it stalks its prey, or enjoy the thrill of viewing a lion from close range. We enjoy lunch in Kruger National Park before reboarding the train at Komatipoort. (B, L, D)
Day 5 - Mkhaya Game Reserve
Today, we enjoy the second of our game drives as we visit the Mkhaya Game Reserve, a protected area in Swaziland and also home to the 'Big Five', enjoying tea during the excursion. After re-boarding the Pride of Africa, we head towards Durban, passing through the incredible and verdant scenery of the St Lucia Wetlands. (B, L, D)
Days 6-8 - Durban & Spionkop Battlefields
We arrive in Durban today, and incredible city where we take a guided city tour and enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. After re-joining our train, we continue through the Valley of a Thousand Hills, an area of incredible natural beauty. Situated in the Kingdom of the Zulu, the evocative name comes from the numerous hills that cascade from the sky down to the Umgeni River. On Day 7, we take a tour of Spionkop, or 'Spy Hill', discovering the historical battlefield site with a local expert. In January 1900, this was the sight of a bloody battle between Boer farmers and British troops, who's miscalculated tactics led to an embarrassing defeat of what, at the time, was considered to be the mightiest army in the world. Following our time here, we also embark on a game drive in Nambiti Game Reserve, with another chance to spot Africa's incredible wildlife. Back on board, the train makes its way through the Drakensberg Mountains, a stunning area of natural beauty characterised by soaring peaks and verdant forests. Day 8 is spent at leisure on board the Pride of Africa. (Day 6 - B, L, D, Day 7 - B, L, D, Day 8 - B, L, D)
Days 9 & 10 - Elephants & Ostriches
This morning we travel to Addo Elephant Park for a game drive, exploring the landscape in open vehicles. The park is inhabited not only by elephants, but by lions, leopards, cape buffalo and rhinos. We return to the train in Port Elizabeth for lunch on board. After some free time this afternoon, the Pride of Africa continues to Oudtshoorn, home to the world's largest population of ostriches. On Day 10 we enjoy a fascinating visit to an ostrich farm, before continuing on to George. Leaving the train, we take a short drive to Fancourt Golf Estate for our dinner tonight. (Day 9 - B, L, D, Day 10 - B, L, D)
Day 11 - Featherbed Reserve
This morning we enjoy the scenic drive down the coast to Knysna, famed for its picturesque setting on the shores of a large estuary. Here we take a ferry out to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, accompanied by knowledgeable guides. Reboarding the train, we travel through the magnificent scenery on the famous 'Garden Route' to Riversdale. (B, L, D)
Day 12- To Cape Town
Our last day on board the Pride of Africa takes us through the wild scenery of the Cape Fold Mountains before the final leg of our journey to the beautiful city of Cape Town, set against the backdrop of Table Mountain. South Africa's cultural capital is one of the most vibrant destinations in Africa, and features some incredible architecture, including the Italian Renaissance-style City Hall, completed in 1905. Here we check into the 5-Star Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. (B)
Day 13 - Franschhoek & Stellenbosch
Today we travel by coach around two of South Africa's finest wine producing areas: the Franschhoek and Stellenbosch valleys. Here, we enjoy a delicious 'Boerebraai' lunch, a unique South African social event, where family and friends gather together to create a memorable dining experience. (B, L)
Day 14 - Table Mountain & Robben Island
This morning we make the cable car ascent of Table Mountain, to enjoy panoramic views of the city. Following time for lunch, this afternoon we take a ferry across Table Bay for a guided tour of Robben Island (weather dependent), where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. Today the site is a UNESCO World Heritage listed attraction. (B)
Day 15 - Cape Point
We journey to Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope via the stunning Chapman's Peak coastal drive. At Cape Point we take the Flying Dutchman funicular railway up to a vantage point, where we enjoy inspiring views. Later, we descend to Boulders Beach, home to the only penguin colony native to the continent of Africa. (B)
Days 16 & 17 - The Journey Home
Today is spent at leisure before we transfer this evening to the airport for our flight back to London Heathrow, arriving into Heathrow on Day 17. (Day 16 - B)
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Train and Hotel Accommodations
Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town
The 5-Star Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront is situated along the Atlantic Ocean, offering fantastic views of Table Mountain and Robben Island, with the magnificent Green Point Stadium, built for the 2010 World Cup, providing the backdrop. The hotel has a restaurant with an excellent reputation serving a range of cuisine, a bar and terrace. Leisure facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, fully equipped fitness room and a spa offering a selection of beauty treatments and therapies. The rooms are air conditioned and come with a king-sized bed or twin beds, telephone, satellite television, tea and coffee making facilities, a minibar and a hairdryer.
Courtyard Arcadia, Pretoria
Originally an early-twentieth-century manor house, the 4-Star Courtyard Hotel Arcadia in Pretoria has been restored into a delightful hotel, located close to many sights and attractions. The hotel features a bar and club lounge, a landscaped garden with a swimming pool and free WiFi.
Dates & Prices
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|28th October 2019||£8,690||Book Now|
|6th November 2019||£8,790||Book Now|
|18th May 2020||£6,495||Book Now|
|26th October 2020||£6,695||Book Now|
|4th November 2020||£6,995||Book Now|
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: Departs 28th October 2019 (£8,690), 6th November 2019 (£8,790), 18th May 2020 (£6,495), 26th October 2020 (£6,695), 4th November 2020 (£6,995)
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