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Cape Town to Kruger: Luxury South African Rail Journey

13 days from £8,970pp

Includes flights
What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

Itinerary highlights

  • Explore the charming city of Cape Town.

  • Enjoy tours of Cape Town, Cape Point & Peninsula, Robben Island and Winelands

  • Relax on a luxury rail journey through South Africa.

  • Search for the Big Five on safari in the Sabi Sands Wildtuin.

Price includes

Scheduled international flights
In destination transfers
Activities and excursions as detailed
All accommodation
  • Cape Town
  • Pretoria
  • Johannesburg
  • The Sabi Sand Wildtuin

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Cape Town.

Day 2 Cape Town

Cape Town

On arrival in Cape Town you will be met by one of our representatives who will guide you through customs before you are picked up by a private vehicle and transferred to your accommodation. You will have a quick turnaround for your half day city tour, where you can get acquainted with the city and learn about the dramatic history of Cape Town and South Africa and also take in the scenic highlights of the city.

Day 3 Cape Town

Cape Town

This morning you will meet in the heart of Cape Town to have a walking tour of the city with a local guide. This tour is a great experience to hear first hand what it was like to live through Apartheid. Your guide will also cover the various historical buildings and areas of Cape Town stretching all the way back to the Dutch and British colonial times. In the afternoon, take the ferry to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, to learn more about the country's political history.

Day 4 Cape Town

Cape Town

Today will be spent exploring the Cape Peninsula. A private guide will collect you early in the morning as you head off on the spectacular drive through Chapman’s Peak and on down to Cape Point, stopping to enjoy the pristine beaches along the peninsula. On the way back, you'll stop at Boulder’s Beach to visit Cape Town's famous African penguin colony and Kirstenbosch Gardens which is one of the biggest botanical gardens in Africa.

Day 5 Cape Town

Cape Town

You will be collected by your private guide today and will spend the day exploring the Winelands just outside Cape Town. There are numerous farms and vineyards to explore and there are some excellent tasting opportunities available. Your tasting at Waterford is quite unique as local wines are paired with chocolate.

Day 6 On-board train

On-board train

You will be transferred to the train station this morning to board the famous Rovos Rail as it departs from Cape Town heading through the Winelands to the historical village of Matjiesfontein where you can leave the train for a tour of the town. The journey continues through dinner as you head toward Pretoria.

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Day 7 On-board train

On-board train

Today will be a full day on the Rovos Rail as you visit Kimberley. From the station you will take an electric tram to the city centre where you can visit the Big Hole and the local museum before reboarding the train.

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Day 8 Johannesburg

Cape Town , Pretoria , Johannesburg

Today you will arrive into Pretoria around midday. You will be met at the station and driven to Johannesburg where you will stay overnight.

Day 9 The Sabi Sand Wildtuin

Johannesburg , The Sabi Sand Wildtuin

This morning your driver will collect you from your hotel and transfer you to Johannesburg airport for your light aircraft flight to the Sabi Sand Wildtuin. When you land on the strip, your ranger will meet you and drive you back to the lodge. This afternoon enjoy your first game drive in the reserve experiencing South Africa's Big Five up close, aided by your expert ranger in custom-made safari vehicles.

Day 10 The Sabi Sand Wildtuin

The Sabi Sand Wildtuin

There are two game drives each day, one in the early morning and the second in the late afternoon. After your early morning game drive you will arrive back at the lodge for a filling brunch. The rest of the day you have at leisure until the afternoon and your second game drive. Just before sunset you will stop to enjoy a sundowner as the light begins to fade. On your return back to the lodge you will have a night drive where you can look for nocturnal animals that you may not see during the day.

Day 11 The Sabi Sand Wildtuin

The Sabi Sand Wildtuin

Enjoy another day on safari today. A real highlight is to take a guided bush walk to gain a true perspective of the fauna and flora around you. The walks are carried out by specially trained and qualified game rangers and make for a wonderful experience.

Day 12 International return flight

The Sabi Sand Wildtuin , International return flight

You will be transferred back to the landing strip today and you will fly back to Johannesburg by light aircraft to meet your onward flight for your return journey back home.

Day 13 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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