Luxury Rail, Cape Town & Malaria-free Safari Collage
On arrival into Oliver Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, you will be met and transferred to Pretoria to spend a night at Castello di Monte as preparation for the Blue Train departure on Day 2.
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 our walls you will be pressed to find a more extravagant surroundings.
- Overnight at Castello di Monte, Pretoria with Breakfast included.
Early morning breakfast and transfer to the Blue Train Station. The Blue Train for one night.
The next 27 hours shall be spent onboard this luxurious train passing through the beautiful hinterland of South Africa, stopping at the famous diamond town, Kimberley, to take a step back in time to the days of the diamond rush.
- Inclusive of all meals, high tea, drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and off-the-train excursions excluding French champagne, caviar, and external telephone calls.
On arrival into Cape Town at midday, you will be privately transferred to the boutique hotel, Clarendon Bantry Bay, your home for the next three days. Perched majestically atop the sparkling waters of the Atlantic Ocean, the Clarendon Bantry Bay is a spectacular fusion of sophistication and boutique luxury.
The Décor in each of the rooms is a contemporary mix of classic design and local flavor. Flooded with light and blessed with ocean views at every turn, The Clarendon Bantry Bay promises an unforgettable stay. The service is excellent, full English breakfasts are delicious and sumptious and included in the rate. Wifi internet is offered at no extra cost.
A very special place in an unbelievable location close to shops, restaurants, beaches and the main attractions. You will spend the next couple of days exploring the sights of Cape Town;
- Take a cable car up Table Mountain.
- Hop on the ferry to Robben Island.
- Drive down to the Cape of Good Hope.
- Relax on one of the many beaches.
- Dine at some of Africa’s finest restaurants – a favorite of ours is The Test Kitchen at Woodstock Old Biscuit Mill.
This morning you will be privately transferred to Le Franschhoek tucked away in a vineyard in the heart of the Cape Winelands.
Le Franschhoek is a convenient base from which to explore the Cape Winelands. The hotel even has a dedicated travel desk to help you plan your adventures! After a day of wine tours and tastings, treat yourself to a massage or floatation bath at the hotel’s Camelot Spa.
Top off your day with dinner at Dish (Le Franschhoek’s à la carte restaurant), lunch at Le Verger, or a nightcap at the Terrace Bar & Lounge.
After breakfast, depart with a private transfer toward the Karoo, Montague to the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. It is also phenomenally stylish and it is malaria free!
Sanbona offers a serene introduction to a wildlife, both flora, and fauna, (including the big five) that is free to thrive and roam feral in a dramatically rugged terrain, where one of the Cape's most threatened bush species, Renosterveld, is protected. While they have the big five here, including a gloriously healthy pride of white lions, you don't feel threatened on your drives and it is, therefore, an excellent introduction for the bush-first-timer. Dwyka Tented Lodge, complete with 9 of the most outstanding, authentic, and romantically decorated tents.
Overnight for 3 nights at Dwyka Tented lodge: inclusive of breakfast, lunch, dinner, game drives, guided walks, tea, coffee, water, game drive beverages, tourism levy and 14% Vat (all other beverages are excluded and can be settled upon departure).
South Africa is the only country in Africa that can officially offer a fully malaria-free safari experience. The other countries all carry a malarial risk and the risk tends to increase over the rainy seasons. This makes South Africa your best (and your only) bet.
South Africa’s winter, from May to September, is generally considered to be the most desirable time to go on safari. This is the dry season, when grass and vegetation are more sparse, so you’re more likely to see animals traveling in packs and the night skies are better for constellation-viewing in winter.
But don’t discount the summer wet season. After the first rains fall and low season kicks in — usually around October — you’ll find less-crowded parks and lower rates on accommodation. Migratory birds return in early summer, and late summer — April specifically — is birthing season, so you might spot a family of antelope with a newborn hopping through the brush. Also, the land is a lot more lush due to the rainfall, which makes for more scenic drives.
No matter when you travel, expect radical weather changes
over the course of the a day. Dress for game drives in layers — you’ll
want to adjust from cool mornings to midday heat — and always bring rain