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Cape Town to Kruger: Luxury South African Rail Journey

11 days from $8,995pp

What is tailor made? 100% custom | Exceptional experiences | Hand-picked guides | Lodging with character | Designed to your schedule, budget & interests

    Places visited:

  • Cape Town
  • Pretoria
  • Johannesburg
  • The Sabi Sand Wildtuin
  • Thornybush Private Game Reserve
  • Explore the charming city of Cape Town.

  • Enjoy tours of the Cape Peninsula, Winelands and Robben Island (included in the price).

  • Relax on a luxury rail journey through South Africa.

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

Audley Travel Specialist Anna

What our specialists say...

This luxurious journey combines some of South Africa's finest accommodation with several of the country's highlights. Starting in Cape Town, there is time to explore the sights and enjoy the superb restaurants before joining the luxury train, the Rovos Rail. You will spend two days travelling across the countryside, visiting the mining centre of Kimberley, before arriving in Pretoria. From here you will fly to a private reserve bordering the Kruger National Park for an exciting Big Five safari, staying at a luxurious lodge.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Cape Town
  • Pretoria
  • Johannesburg
  • The Sabi Sand Wildtuin
  • Thornybush Private Game Reserve
  • The Sabi Sand Wildtuin
  • Thornybush Private Game Reserve
  • The Sabi Sand Wildtuin
  • Thornybush Private Game Reserve
  • The Sabi Sand Wildtuin

Itinerary idea in detail

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Day 1 Cape Town

Cape Town

On arrival in Cape Town you will be met and transferred to the Cape Grace hotel. Start your time in the city with a trip up Table Mountain for some amazing views over the city and ocean.

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Day 2 Cape Town

Cape Town

Take a walking tour of the city this morning learning about the dramatic history of Cape Town and South Africa as you take in the scenic highlights of the Old City. In the afternoon, take the ferry to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned to learn more about the country's apartheid history.

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Day 3 Cape Town

Cape Town

Today will be spent exploring the Cape Peninsula. A 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 penguin colony.

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Day 4 Cape Town

Cape Town

You will spend today exploring the Winelands around Cape Town. There are numerous farms and vineyards to explore and some excellent tasting opportunities available.

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Day 5 Cape Town

Cape Town

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 6 Cape Town

Cape Town

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 7 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 at the luxurious Saxon Hotel.

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Day 8 Thornybush Private Game Reserve

Johannesburg , The Sabi Sand Wildtuin , Thornybush Private Game Reserve

This morning your driver will transfer you to Johannesburg airport for your light aircraft flight to the Sabi Sand reserve. On arrival at the Sabi Sabi private landing 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.

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Day 9 Thornybush Private Game Reserve

The Sabi Sand Wildtuin , Thornybush Private Game Reserve

Spend today on safari from your lodge. 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.

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Day 10 Thornybush Private Game Reserve

The Sabi Sand Wildtuin , Thornybush Private Game Reserve

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.

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Day 11 Return home

The Sabi Sand Wildtuin

You will fly back to Johannesburg today to meet your onward flights.

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