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Signature South Africa: Cape Town, Rovos Rail, Kruger & More

Duration
12 Days
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US$ 8,549

DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Discover the magic and splendour of Southern Africa on this 12-day luxury journey of South Africa. Starting in Cape Town, you’ll venture to the Cape Winelands, Johannesburg, and Kruger National Park. Recapture the romance and atmosphere of a by-gone era with 2 nights spent on-board the elegant Rovos Rail train.


This 12 day deluxe, private-guided tour emcompassesthe splendours of stunning South Africa. Experience the bustling cities of Cape Town, Pretoria and Johannesburg as well as spotting the Big 5 in  a luxury safari in Kruger National Park.

Your 3 days in Cape Town are full of the fabulous food and scenery that make it such a unique city. A private half day city tour visits highlights such as Table Mountain, Camps Bay and Greenmarket Bay. Another day sees you on a private wine and history tour just outside of the city. Learn about the history of winemaking in South Africa and some of the events that shaped it. 

Your final day in Cape Town is spent on a private guided tour of the peninsula including the picturesque Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and the spectacular views of False Bay. Visit the penguins of Boulders Beach, and enjoy some of South Africa’s most scenic surrounds. 

When it’s time to leave Cape Town, you will travel in style on the luxurious Rovos Rail, stopping in Kimberly along the way to learn the history of the famous diamond mines. Upon arrival in Pretoria you will get the chance to see a little of the “Jacaranda City”  before your transfer to Johannesburg

Time in South Africa’s largest city will be spent visiting the Aparthied museum and learning about the history of this dark era as well the important achievements of Nelson Mandela and other activists. Spend the afternoon in Soweto, a suburb bursting with important sites relating to social justice in South Africa.

You will then  be transferred to the airport for your flight to an unforgettable and luxurious safari in Kruger National Park, one of Africa's largest game reserves.. Enjoy 3 full days of game drives to spot the Big 5 among amazing scenery. Your safari lodge offers a multitude of ways to relax between drives,as well as world class cuisine. 

 

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Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 8,549

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Day 1

Cape Town Gold Service

Welcome to Africa! We are delighted that you have chosen to visit our beautiful country and we will ensure that the start of your journey with us is a superb experience. You can relax because we are the airport experts and we will get you to where you need to be. Your private service includes a complimentary refreshment, whilst we enjoy a conversation about your travel arrangements. This is the ideal time for you to ask any questions you may have about your holiday. Bags too heavy? No problem, a complimentary porter is available at your request. There are many airport facilities available to you. Whatever you need, we'll take you there. Connecting flight, transfer vehicle or car hire? You won't need to stress, we will co-ordinate and assist you to your next service. Even when you have left the airport, our relationship does not end there. Because you have booked our Gold Welcome service, you are guaranteed access to our nationwide emergency backup and support infrastructure. We are with you all the way.

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Cape Town Airport to Cape Town Hotels

Duration30 Minutes

Taj Cape Town

The Taj Cape Town opens to a precinct that includes the national and provincial parliaments, Government Avenue leading through the 350-year-old Company Gardens from St George's Cathedral, the cosmopolitan crafts of St George's Mall and Greenmarket Square and a diversity of culture, art, entertainment and cuisine. Taj Cape Town has two spectacular restaurants - Mint and The Bombay Brasserie - and an unforgettable seafood, champagne, Guinness and oyster bar known as The Twankey Bar. A fitness centre comprises a fully equipped Technogym, heated indoor pool, two saunas and male and female changing areas

Taj Cape Town's 176 exceptional rooms and suites offer an oasis-like retreat from the lively bustle of the city centre. The historic structure of Taj Cape Town is home to the exquisite Heritage Rooms and Suites, Tower Rooms and Suites, the Presidential Suite and the Taj Club.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration4 Nights
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Taj Cape Town

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    The Taj Cape Town opens to a precinct that includes the national and provincial parliaments, Government Avenue leading through the 350-year-old Company Gardens from St George's Cathedral, the cosmopolitan crafts of St George's Mall and Greenmarket Square and a diversity of culture, art, entertainment and …

    The Taj Cape Town opens to a precinct that includes the national and provincial parliaments, Government Avenue leading through the 350-year-old Company Gardens from St George's Cathedral, the cosmopolitan crafts of St George's Mall and Greenmarket Square and a diversity of culture, art, entertainment and cuisine. Taj Cape Town has two spectacular restaurants - Mint and The Bombay Brasserie - and an unforgettable seafood, champagne, Guinness and oyster bar known as The Twankey Bar. A fitness centre comprises a fully equipped Technogym, heated indoor pool, two saunas and male and female changing areas

    Taj Cape Town's 176 exceptional rooms and suites offer an oasis-like retreat from the lively bustle of the city centre. The historic structure of Taj Cape Town is home to the exquisite Heritage Rooms and Suites, Tower Rooms and Suites, the Presidential Suite and the Taj Club.

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Day 2

Half Day Private Authentic Cape Town City Tour

Today you will be picked up from your hotel for a Half Day Private Cape Town City tour. No visit to Cape Town is complete without a tour of the "Mother City". Take a cable car to the summit of the legendary Table Mountain, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, (own account and weather permitting) with views of the City and surrounding layout of this southernmost tip of Africa.
You drive to Camps Bay, an affluent oceanside suburb of Cape Town, boasting a magnificent white sandy beach and once the hunting ground of Lord Charles Somerset. Wind your way along through Clifton, an exclusive residential area, home to some of the most expensive real estate in South Africa before meandering through Sea Point, the first 'commuter suburb' of Cape Town and now a recognized Orthodox Jewish community. En route you willl see the sweeping silhouette of the Cape Town Stadium before passing down Adderley Street considered the main street of the central business district.
The City Hall located on the Grand Parade is up next. Nelson Mandela made his first public speech after his release from the balcony of Cape Town City Hall.
Drive past the Castle of Good Hope, a Provisional Heritage Site. The Castle of Good Hope was originally built as a maritime replenishment station and is the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa!
You then pass Charly's Bakery, home of Charly's Cake Angels, stars of the Food Network Show before hearing a brief history of District Six en-route to a visit at the Company Gardens. The public section of the garden is enjoyed for its sheer floral beauty as well as its historical setting. It is bordered by numerous landmarks including the Slave Lodge, present day Houses of Parliament and St George's Cathedral, the seat of the Anglican church in South Africa.
You hear about Greenmarket Square, the location for the well that was once the town's main water supply during summer months when streams from Table Mountain dried up, before a visit to the Noon Gun where you witness the historic time signal and learn more about the history of the Bo-Kaap and its people as you move up the cobblestoned hills to the Malay Quarter, and marvel at the ice-cream colours of the quaint Bo-Kaap homes.
Your final stop. A jewellery showroom where you meet a master diamond cutter and witness the process of cutting and polishing a diamond. You may even witness the rare opportunity of pouring of a gold bar!

Duration4 Hours
Day 3

Full Day Private Wine and History Exploration

The Wine and History Exploration Tour departs at 08h00 with wine tastings, shopping and lunch at some of the most outstanding wine estates in the Cape. The first stop is Rustenburg Estate. Founded in 1682, this very exclusive Estate offers an extremely special atmosphere with spectacular gardens and exceptional wines. This is followed by a visit to the beautiful Delaire Graff Estate set in the most stunning grounds and manicured gardens. After a wine tasting at Delaire Graff Estate, travel to Franschhoek for lunch at a local restaurant. Next we stop at L'Ormarins, home of Antonij Rupert Wines for more wine tasting, followed by a visit to the Franschhoek Motor Museum, where we look back at more than 100 years of motoring history, with its unique and exciting collection of vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles and memorabilia. Depart for Cape Town, arriving at approximately 17h30.

Duration9 Hours
Day 4

Full Day Private Peninsula Tour

This morning you will be collected from your hotel. You drive along the exquisite stretch of coastline known as Millionaire's Paradise - from Clifton to Camps Bay, to the exclusive beach hamlet of Llandudno - towards the charming working harbour of Hout Bay. Embark on an up-close-and-personal Seal Island cruise (optional and own expense). Wind along the legendary Chapman's Peak Drive, hugging the cliffs and relishing the breath-taking ocean views, before visiting the wild and beautiful Cape of Good Hope Section of the Table Mountain National Park, an integral part of the world-renowned Cape Floral Kingdom. After lunch, (for own account) you meander back along the historical naval port of Simon's Town and the endearing penguin colony at Boulder's Beach (time permitting), Venture inland to your last stop of the day at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. With the sun setting over the tall peaks of Table Mountain the last rays sparkle on the trees and flowers.

Duration8 Hours
Day 5

Cape Town Hotels to Cape Town Station

Duration15 Minutes

Depart Cape Town

The "Pride of Africa" train departs from Platform 23 Cape Town Station at 11:00am on its journey to Pretoria, covering with stately ease a 160 year old pioneering trail forged out of the African bushveld. Guests may freshen up in their suites before joining other guests in the midway Lounge car or the Observation carriage at the rear of the train.

Lunch will be served in the dining cars at 1:00pm. From Paarl in the heart of the winelands, the train starts to gain altitude almost imperceptibly, and over lunch reaches the first mountain terrace and the town of Worcester at approximately 3:00pm. At 3:30pm, you reach the first of four tunnels that will take you through the Hex River Pass. Be careful while walking through the train as it passes through a third tunnel, 13.5 km long. If you are in your suite, you may wish to turn on a light. You may disembark at Matjiesfontein for a stroll through this quaint and historic little village. Of special interest is the museum on the platform and a collection of historic cars and railway carriages to the right of the Hotel. For refreshments, the pub in the Lord Milner Hotel is recommended. At 7:00pm, the train departs Matjiesfontein. Dinner will be served in the dining cars at 7:30pm.

Cape Town, internationally known for the majestic beauty of Table Mountain, is the "Mother City" of South Africa, being the site of the first European landings and settlement in Southern Africa. The subtle interplay of sea and mountain that characterizes the Cape of Good Hope moved intrepid explorer Sir Francis Drake to call it "the fairest Cape in all the circumference of the globe", a description that settles quickly into the consciousness of all visitors.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner

Rovos Rail Suite Class

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Rovos Rail

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    The golden age of luxury train travel has been renewed in the heart of the African bush. These beautifully restored trains consist of up to 20 coaches that can be drawn by steam, diesel or electric locomotives operating at various stages of the journey. The …

    The golden age of luxury train travel has been renewed in the heart of the African bush. These beautifully restored trains consist of up to 20 coaches that can be drawn by steam, diesel or electric locomotives operating at various stages of the journey. The sleeping cars as well as the observation and dining cars have been splendidly refurbished in the style of the period but with an eye for modern comfort. The train carries a maximum of 72 passengers who are attended by highly motivated members of staff, and provides a cuisine of superb standard. Rovos Rail offers unique rail safaris through some of the most spectacular scenery in Africa.

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Day 6

Kimberley

Breakfast will be served in the dining cars from 7:00 until 10:00am. At 12:30pm, lunch is served in the dining cars. The train arrives in Kimberley at 2:30pm. Here you will disembark and proceed by coach for a tour of the city, the "Big Hole" and the Mine Museum. Rejoin the train at Kimberley Station at 4:00pm. Ten minutes after departing Kimberley, there is a shallow lake on the left hand side facing forward. On most occasions, there is a spectacular display of flamingos (approximately 23 000). The "Pride of Africa" finally leaves the Northern Cape and the Free State as it crosses the Vaal River into Gauteng province, climbing steadily towards the skyscrapers of Johannesburg, the largest city in sub-Saharan Africa. It is on the heights of the Witwatersrand, some 1 800 m (6 000 feet) above sea level, that the greatest goldfields in history were discovered before the turn of the century. Dinner will be served in the dining cars at 7:30pm as you pass through Bloemhof and Leeudoringstad en-route to Klerksdorp.

Kimberley was among those South African towns besieged by the Boers during the Anglo Boer War (1899). The British Army under Lord Methuen attempted to relieve the town but suffered two serious setbacks at the battle of Modder River (28 November 1899) and Magersfontein (11 December 1899). The famous Black Watch regiment suffered terribly during this campaign, exposed to the intense heat and unable to advance or retreat under withering Boer Mauser fire. Finally, they broke and fled, a humiliating defeat, which lead to the siege being maintained for another two months. Rhodes was among the town's citizens who lived through the siege.

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Day 7

Arrive at Pretoria

Breakfast will be served in the dining cars from 7:00am until 10:00am. The train continues the journey towards Pretoria passing through the goldfields of the Witwatersrand. Enjoy lunch in the dining cars at 1pm. Arrive at Rovos Rail Station in Capital Park, Pretoria at 5:00pm where your journey ends.

Pretoria, known as the "Jacaranda City" due to the thousands of Jacaranda trees that line the wide city streets, was founded in 1855 by Marthinus Wessels Pretorius, son of one of the original Voortrekkers, Andries Pretorius. The city and its vicinity provide a solid frieze, marking the progress of the Afrikaner people and their interaction with other cultures. Two structures that dominate the Pretoria skyline are the Union Buildings, designed by Sir Herbert Baker to serve as the Government's administrative headquarters, and the Voortrekker Monument, a massive granite shrine commemorating the Voortrekkers. Pretoria was named capital of the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek in 1860 and became the Administrative Capital of the Union of South Africa in 1920. It maintained this status when South Africa became a Republic in 1961.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

Pretoria Station to Johannesburg International Airport

Duration30 Minutes

Da Vinci Hotel

Opening early 2010, Legacy's latest hotel and all suites development is located adjacent to the prime location of Nelson Mandela Square. This is Legacy's fourth hotel on the cosmopolitan square in the heart of the Sandton business and leisure district. One could speak of the opulence of the rooms, the restaurant and lounge, pioneering fitness centre and health spa but we would suggest you come and see for yourself. Guests can enjoy the endless edge swimming pool, or perhaps, even the convenience of luxurious shopping at the Legacy Corner Mall, Michelangelo Towers Mall and Sandton City a lift trip away. We'd prefer to just call this the "Legacy Lifestyle".

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Da Vinci Hotel

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    Opening early 2010, Legacy's latest hotel and all suites development is located adjacent to the prime location of Nelson Mandela Square. This is Legacy's fourth hotel on the cosmopolitan square in the heart of the Sandton business and leisure district. One could speak of the …

    Opening early 2010, Legacy's latest hotel and all suites development is located adjacent to the prime location of Nelson Mandela Square. This is Legacy's fourth hotel on the cosmopolitan square in the heart of the Sandton business and leisure district. One could speak of the opulence of the rooms, the restaurant and lounge, pioneering fitness centre and health spa but we would suggest you come and see for yourself. Guests can enjoy the endless edge swimming pool, or perhaps, even the convenience of luxurious shopping at the Legacy Corner Mall, Michelangelo Towers Mall and Sandton City a lift trip away. We'd prefer to just call this the "Legacy Lifestyle".

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 8

Private Apartheid Museum Tour - Half Day

Apartheid was dismantled more than a decade ago, but its horror lives on, in a stark white building in Johannesburg. It is the Apartheid Museum and it takes visitors on a journey you're unlikely to forget in a hurry. An inspiring journey from the dark days of 'whites only' privilege, through to Nelson Mandela's historic release. View documentary film snippets, texts, sound clips and live accounts recapture life in the old South Africa.

Duration4 Hours

Private Half Day Soweto Tour

Today you will enjoy a Half Day Private Soweto Tour. You know the name. It's a legend. SOWETO, acronym for South Western Township, is home to over 2 million people, who, despite living in crowded and chaotic conditions, have a tangible sense of community, one which ironically, the ordered, walled, elitist northern suburbs lack. Inside Soweto, guests visit the Kliptown Open Air Museum where delegates met in 1955 to adopt the Freedom Charter, now the cornerstone of the Bill of Rights and the South African Constitution. This journey continues to Regina Mundi Church, site of many secret underground meetings of the then banned political parties. The next stop is the Hector Pieterson Museum, and discover the cause of the tragic riots which led to his death; guests will pass Mandela House, and give you time to visit this fascinating little museum (own account). Finally we take you past the largest stadium in Africa, Soccer City, host of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final. Soweto is unlike a suburb you've ever seen or been to, yet the history of struggle encapsulated here is a cornerstone of the South African Story.

Duration4 Hours
Day 9

Johannesburg Hotel to OR Tambo International Airport

Duration40 Minutes

Lion Sands Narina Lodge

Narina has a distinctly African feel. The main deck is on stilts overlooking the Sabie River, and the suites are connected by an elevated wooden walkway. The lodge comprises 9 suites. Game sightings are exceptional at Narina. In winter, elephant and buffalo are seen daily, with large herds making their way down to the river in a cloud of dust. Lion prides are frequently seen, lazing in the shade of large figs and leopards make an occasional appearance. Resident wildlife includes bushbuck, nyala, kudu, warthog, baboons and vervet monkeys. Hippos and crocodiles are present in the river, and are often seen on the sandbanks. The large sycamore fig tree in front of the main deck attracts a myriad of birds, including broad billed rollers, green pigeons, trumpeter hornbills and lilac-breasted rollers. The focus of a visit to Narina Lodge is on personal privacy, safari game drives and indulging in delicious food at every opportunity.

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Duration3 Nights
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Lion Sands Narina Lodge

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    Narina has a distinctly African feel. The main deck is on stilts overlooking the Sabie River, and the suites are connected by an elevated wooden walkway. The lodge comprises 9 suites. Game sightings are exceptional at Narina. In winter, elephant and buffalo are seen daily, …

    Narina has a distinctly African feel. The main deck is on stilts overlooking the Sabie River, and the suites are connected by an elevated wooden walkway. The lodge comprises 9 suites. Game sightings are exceptional at Narina. In winter, elephant and buffalo are seen daily, with large herds making their way down to the river in a cloud of dust. Lion prides are frequently seen, lazing in the shade of large figs and leopards make an occasional appearance. Resident wildlife includes bushbuck, nyala, kudu, warthog, baboons and vervet monkeys. Hippos and crocodiles are present in the river, and are often seen on the sandbanks. The large sycamore fig tree in front of the main deck attracts a myriad of birds, including broad billed rollers, green pigeons, trumpeter hornbills and lilac-breasted rollers. The focus of a visit to Narina Lodge is on personal privacy, safari game drives and indulging in delicious food at every opportunity.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Boutique(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Golf
    • Internet Access
    • Library
    • Lounge(s)
    • Medical Services
    • Parking

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Day 10

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 11

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 12

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Meet and Greet at Cape Town Airport
  • Private arrival airport transfer in Cape Town
  • Private departure transfer to Cape Town Rail Station
  • Private transfer from Pretoria Rail Station to Johannesburg hotel
  • Private departure airport transfer in Johannesburg Airport
  • Shared arrival and departure airport transfers from Skukuza Airport
  • 4 nights in deluxe accommodations in Cape Town at Taj Cape Town
  • 2 nights in deluxe accommodations on board Rovos Rail in a Deluxe Suite
  • 2 nights in deluxe accommodations in Johannesburg at the Da Vinci Hotel
  • 3 nights in deluxe accommodations in Kruger National Park at Lion Sands Narina
  • Private-guided Cape Town City Tour (excludes Table Mountain Cable car  ticket)
  • Private-guided Wine and History Exploration Tour including 2 wine tastings
  • Private-guided Peninsula Tour
  • Matjiesfontein excursion (self-guided)
  • Small group tour of Kimberley's Diamond Mine Museum and Big Hole with guide
  • Private-guided Apartheid Musuem Tour
  • Private-guided Soweto Tour
  • 2 shared safari activities per day at Lion Sands Narina Lodge including:
    • Early morning and afternoon game drives (max 6 guests per vehicle)*
    • Guided game walks (max 6 guests per group)
    • Hippo experience
  • Entrance fees
  • Government taxes
  • Guest Conservation Contribution and Recovery & Rebuilding Levy at Lion Sands Narina Lodge
  • Limited laundry on Rovos Rail
  • 1 bottle of water per person on Authentic Cape Town Tour
  • 2 bottles of water per person/ per day on Wine & History Exploration and Peninsula Tours
  • All beverages on Rovos Rail, excluding international/French champagne
  • Tea, coffee, soft drinks, and a selection of beers, spirits and house wines at Lion Sands Narina Lodge
  • 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners

*Please note maximum vehicle capacities are subject to change without prior notice

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Meals & beverages not explicitly listed as included
  • Gratuities
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees if applicable

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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