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Southern Africa GRAND with Rovos Rail

Day 1: CAPE TOWN "Arrival"

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 one of our representatives will lead you to 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.  

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Mount Nelson Hotel
Day 2: CAPE TOWN "Cape Peninsula Privately Guided"

Breakfast at the Mount Nelson and a full day dedicated to the Cape Peninsula and surrounding areas with your private vehicle and professional day. The guide and vehicle are flexible to customize the days to your specific requirement.

Depart for the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, along one of South Africa’s most scenic and popular routes. Proceed through Sea Point and visit Hout Bay with the possibility of the Seal Island excursion. Then it’s on to Cape Point where (by tradition) to marine ecosystems and oceans meet.

Experience the grandeur of one of the highest sea cliffs in the world, the drama of the two mighty oceans meeting to become one, the scenic splendor, intriguing history and abundant visitor attractions of the Cape of Good Hope at the south-western most tip of Africa. There is a choice to either walk up to the point or ride on the funicular Lunch en route included (drinks excluded).

After lunch visit Boulders Beach, which is home to a growing colony of the vulnerable African (or ‘Jackass’) penguin, which may easily be viewed at close quarters from the boardwalk. Simonstown is the location of the headquarters of the South African Navy and the town’s naval associations go back to the time of the British occupation of the Cape when it was the base for their South African squadron. Twenty-one buildings along the main street are over 150 years old and have been restored to their original Victorian splendor.

Continue through Muizenberg, and time permitting visit the  Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Sprawled over 560 ha on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, these world-renowned gardens are dedicated to the preservation of the indigenous plants of Southern Africa. Some 6000 different species are grown here, including ancient cycads and many species of protea, erica, pelargoniums and ferns. Throughout the year, the gardens are a colorful blaze of flowers, shrubs, and trees. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon. 

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation : Mount Nelson Hotel in a Deluxe Room
Day 3: CAPE TOWN "Cape Town &. Woodstock Art and Design Privately Guided"

Breakfast at the Mount Nelson and depart for a privately guided full day tour of Cape Town City and the Woodstock art & design quarters. The guide and vehicle are flexible to customize the days to your specific requirement. Your journey starts from the top of Signal Hill or Table Mountain (weather permitting) to enjoy the best views of the City as well as to understand its layout.

Continue driving towards the City Centre to learn about the history and the making of the City while visiting the Castle of Good Hope, the City Hall and discovering the facts that led to the forced removals in the District Six and the years of segregation. To get a feel of Cape Town and its people take a stroll around the Historical Centre walking into the Company Garden, being the true heart of the City and home to the Parliament Building, the Saint George Cathedral and many other historical buildings. Bo-Kaap, home to the vibrant Cape Malay community and then onto the heart of Woodstock with its hub of creative minds, working studios, and boutiques.

Visit various artisans as they take you through their works, ranging from sculptures and leather accessories to the ceramic artwork.

Overnight at Mount Nelson Hotel in a deluxe room with breakfast.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation : Mount Nelson Hotel in a Deluxe Room
Day 4-7: CAPE TOWN - GREATER KRUGER, MAKANYI PRIVATE GAME RESERVE, SAFARI!

After breakfast depart with a private transfer to Cape Town International Airport. Upon arrival at Hoedspruit, private transfer to Makanyi Private Game Lodge (approximately 1-1.5 hours) where you will stay for four nights with all meals, house drinks and scheduled game viewing activities included.

Makanyi offers day time and night time 4x4 game drives, as well as guided bush walks. A stunning big-five safari and contemporary property in Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park.

Each of Makanyi’s seven luxury suites overlooks a magnificent dam, and features an extra-large bed, spacious living area, indulgent bathroom and shower, private deck with loungers and an outdoor shower. All suites ensure the highest quality and service, with premium amenities including a mini bar, Wi-Fi, telephone and tea and coffee facilities found in every room. Two of the seven suites are honeymoon Rooms, located furthest away from the main lodge to maximize privacy. The Honeymoon Suites include romantic add-ons, such as a four poster bed and a private plunge pool on the deck.

Typical days can be spent enjoying the twice-daily game drives, relaxing by the pool, dining within the stunning outdoor Boma, under starry skies, or relaxing within the inviting lounge areas.

Guests can also visit the well-equipped gym, be pampered with an authentic Africology spa treatment, or embark on a specialist Photography or Art safari course.

Having teamed up with local wildlife artist Warren Cary, the lodge holds four-day workshops which include special art tuition classes around the game drives. Similarly, keen photographers can take part in a private photographic safari course, utilizing a specially adapted safari vehicle, including professional tuition, technical support and equipment hire with Hilton Kotze.

This is a boutique luxury lodge with a lot to offer and guests will certainly appreciate the attention to detail and the staff's expert knowledge - together with the team's shared passion for the incredible wildlife. Four nights in a suite at Makanyi Private Game Lodge including all meals, selected beverages, and all safari activities.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation : Lodge
Day 8: MAKANYI – JOHANNESBURG AIRPORT - PRETORIA

After your final early morning safari and breakfast at Makanyi, depart by private air charter to Oliver Tambo airport.

Upon arrival at Oliver Tambo, you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to the Castello de Monte hotel 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 our walls you will be pressed to find a more extravagant surroundings.

Overnight at Castello di Monte, Pretoria with Breakfast included.

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Castello di Monte, Pretoria
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Day 9-11: PRETORIA "Rovos Rail to Victoria Falls!"

Breakfast in hotel and private transfer to the Rovos Rail train station, Pretoria central. This epic luxury train journey combines contrasting scenery in Africa and game-viewing with the glamor and excitement of the golden age of rail. This beautifully restored train comprises luxury coaches drawn by vintage steam locomotives. Which have been splendidly refurbished in Edwardian style with special attention to detail, comfort, and luxury.

This three-night adventure begins with the train’s departure from Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria. It then winds its way north through Warmbaths, so named for its mineral waters.

The through Nylstroom, christened by the Voortrekkers as the source of the Nile River. The train then passes the edge of the escarpment and crosses the Tropic of Capricorn en route to the border with Zimbabwe.

After formalities at Beitbridge the next morning, the train travels on the BBR line to Bulawayo. The second city of Zimbabwe, the capital of Matabeleland and industrial capital of the country. The following day sees the train traveling along one of the world’s longest stretches of straight railway line – 114 kilometers – before traversing Hwange National Park, a rich and diverse wildlife sanctuary where animals can be spotted from the train and a game drive excursion is enjoyed.

After a service stop at Thompsons Junction, the sojourn ends at the incomparable Victoria Falls on the mighty Zambezi River.

The surrounding areas offer travelers many recreational opportunities including cruises, whitewater rafting as well as superb game viewing and photo safaris.

3 Nights on the Rovos Rail: Includes

  • Accommodation
  • All Meals
  • All Alcoholic and Other Beverages
  • 24-hour Full Room Service and Bar Facilities
  • Limited Laundry Service
  • Excursions Accompanied by a Qualified Tour Guide (Where Applicable)
  • Entrance Fees to Places of Interest
  • Government Tax
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation : Rovos Rail
Day 12-13: VICTORIA FALLS

Private transfer from Victoria Falls station to the Victoria Falls Hotel. Popularly knows as “The Grand Old Lady of the Falls”, the Victoria Falls Hotel is situated in the Victoria Falls National Park, a world heritage site, and is a member of the exclusive Leading Hotels of the World group.

The Edwardian-style five-star hotel, built in 1904 and much of the original memorabilia of a bygone era still lines the walls. Victoria Falls Hotel has 161 rooms and offers world-class service, food and beverage choice and preparation second to none, make the hotel a magnet for international visitors and locals alike.

Overnight for 2 nights at the Victoria Falls Hotel with breakfast. A privately guided half day tour of the Victoria Falls is included during your stay.

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Victoria Falls Hotel
Day 14: VICTORIA FALLS "Departure"
Private Transfer from the Victoria Falls Hotel to the Victoria Falls Airport. END OF SERVICES
  • Breakfast

The Rovos Rail train experience has to be one of the most iconic, as it travels its way through some 1 600 kilometers of Southern African scenery from Pretoria to the town of Victoria Falls, home to one of the SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD.

The extravagant elegance of the most luxurious train in the world with the thrilling close encounters of with the extraordinary African fauna assures this to be a journey of a lifetime.

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