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Unparalleled Southern African SAFARI!

Day 1-3: CAPE TOWN

On arrival into Cape Town International Airport, you will be met off the aircraft door and assisted through immigration and customs by our special support staff.

After formalities and luggage collection you will be met by one of our representatives for a private transfer to the Mount Nelson hotel.

The hotel is ideally situated for guests to explore the city, the V&A Waterfront and the best beaches (complimentary luxury transfers to V&A Waterfront and beaches are available on a first come, first serve basis between 8 am - 8 pm). When it first opened in 1899, Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel was designed to emulate the best hotels in Europe - right down to its heated main swimming pool, which was a first in Africa. A century on and it still does. Overlooking the iconic Table Mountain, the magnificent gardens or the fountain courtyard, its elegant Superior and Deluxe Rooms combine historic charm with modern-day luxuries, while its Junior, Studio, One Bedroom and Garden Cottage Suites offer exquisitely furnished, spacious accommodation.

Optional activities during your stay in Cape Town:

  • Explore the history of Cape Town and tour the Cape Peninsula with a private guide.
  • Take a cable car up to the top of Table Mountain for incredible views of the city below.
  • Visit Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned during apartheid.
  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation : 3 Nights Mount Nelson Hotel in a Deluxe Room
  • Vip Airport Assistanc
Day 4: CAPE TOWN "Blue Train Departure"

Private transfer from the Mount Nelson to Cape Town Station and board the luxurious Blue Train to Pretoria.

Lunch and tea on board the train as you admire the passing scenery. At Matjiesfontein you will disembark for a fascinating trip into the unique Victorian village.

Return to the train and enjoy an aperitif served in the lounge before an elegant black-tie dinner.

Overnight on the Blue Train in double pp sharing a deluxe suite.

Inclusive of all meals, high tea, drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and off-the-train excursions excluding French champagne, caviar, and external telephone calls.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation : Overnight on the Blue Train in Double PP Sharing a Deluxe Suite
  • Private Transfers
Day 5: BLUE TRAIN – PRETORIA

A leisurely day aboard The Blue Train today as you watch South African landscape from your comfort of your cabin or one of the many lounges onboard.

Enjoy breakfast and a three-course lunch before The Blue Train concludes its journey arriving into Pretoria Station at approximately 3:00 pm.

Transfer from the Blue Train station to Castello di Monte in Pretoria. If luxury is in the detail, then a stay at Castello di Monte is filled with pure indulgence whether you are walking the dramatic stairways made of the finest granite or feasting on the elegant art that adorns the walls you will be pressed to find a more extravagant surroundings.

  • Overnight at Castello di Monte, Pretoria with Breakfast included.
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Accommodation : Overnight at Castello di Monte
  • Private Transfers
Day 6-7: PRETORIA – OKAVANGO DELTA, SAFARI!

Early morning breakfast and depart by private transfer to Oliver Tambo International Airport.

Upon arrival at Maun Airport, you will be met by a Belmont Safaris representative and transferred by light shared aircraft to Belmond Eagle Island Lodge. The flying time is approximately 20 minutes.

Belmond Eagle Island Lodge enjoys a privileged position on a private island at the heart of the Okavango Delta. The only inland delta of its kind, it is an oasis of life in the center of the Kalahari Desert.

The Okavango Delta stretches over 16,000km2 and supports a staggering variety of animal, plant, fish and birdlife.

The area consists of endlessly changing channels, tributaries, and lagoons as well as floodplains, islands and mainland areas. Helicopter safaris provide a birds-eye view of this magnificent landscape.

  • Overnight for 2 nights at Belmond Eagle Island Lodge including all meals, premium brand spirits (exclusive of imported champagne, as well as VSOP spirits and South African Reserve Wines), 2 x daily game viewing activities, national park fees, laundry services and emergency evacuation insurance.
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation : Belmond Eagle Island Lodge
  • Private Transfers
Day 8-9: OKAVANGO DELTA – MOREMI SAFARI!

This morning, after a morning activity, you will be transferred by shared light aircraft to the Belmond Khwai River Lodge.

The time of departure from Belmond Eagle Island Lodge will be advised locally, the day before. The flying time is approximately 25 minutes.

Nestled on the edge of a leadwood and figtree forests, overlooking the vast Khwai River floodplains and beyond into the Moremi Wildlife Reserve, lies Belmond Khwai River Lodge. Here you are close to Africa's heartbeat, at the center of the world that has not altered much since life began. You can sense the big game heritage from the moment you arrive.

Activities offered at the camp include morning and afternoon game drives in open Land cruisers, as well as after-dark spotlight game drives.

A cultural visit to the local village can be arranged, as well as guided safari walks along the Khwai River. Belmond Khwai River Lodge is the first luxury camp in Botswana to introduce night vision binoculars on the evening game drives. Experience the ultimate safari thrill of following a pack of hunting predators at night, ogling manic hippo-feeding frenzies, or perhaps admiring the meticulous vision of nocturnal birds of prey such as the Giant Eagle Owl, the largest owl in the world, swooping down on tiny unsuspecting hedgehogs.

  • Overnight for 2 nights at Belmond Khwai River Lodge including all meals, premium brand spirits (exclusive of imported champagne, as well as VSOP spirits and South African Reserve Wines), 2 x daily game viewing activities, national park fees, laundry services and emergency evacuation insurance.
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation : Belmond Khwai River Lodge
  • Flight :
Day 10-11: MOREMI - VICTORIA FALLS (ZIMBABWE)

At a time to be advised, depart with with charter flight to Kasane ( clear customs and immigration) and then onward to Victoria Falls Airport, Zimbabwe on arrival, meet and greet and depart for private road transfer to Victoria Falls Hotel for finals 2 nights at this iconic hotel at one of the world Natural Wonders.

An elegant Edwardian colonial hotel that delivers the elegance of old-world travel in luxurious style. After traditional high tea, take a guided tour of the hotel, which dates back to 1904, or simply relax and enjoy the views of the Victoria Falls Bridge from the hotel's verandah.

  • Overnight for 2 nights at the Victoria Falls Hotel with breakfast and a guided visit to the Victoria Falls.
  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Overnight for 2 nights at the Victoria Falls Hotel
  • Flight : Guided VFA Visit
  • Private Transfers
Day 12: VICTORIA FALLS - DEPARTURE

Breakfast at the Victoria Falls hotel and private transfer to Victoria Falls Airport.

  • END OF SERVICES
  • Breakfast
  • Private Transfer to Victoria Falls Airport

As with all tailor-made journeys offered by OpentourAfrica any part of the itinerary can be modified to meet a client’s specific interests and there is no set departure date.

This proposed journey includes the finest southern African experiences: Botswana has always topped the list of ultra-deluxe safari destinations and the much adored "mother city" of Cape Town remains an absolute MUST for any global traveler - combine this with one of the finest rail experiences in the world and this remains an Extraordinary Journey.

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Reviewed by Nancy CA   May 23, 2017
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amazing african safari holiday.. loved
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