Fascinating wildlife is waiting to be discovered on this South African rail adventure on the Pride of Africa - one of the world's great luxury trains. Our voyage of discovery takes us through South Africa's most well-known game parks and ends with four nights in the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town.
We depart London Heathrow on Day 1 on a flight
to Johannesburg, arriving on the morning of Day 2.
We transfer to the 5-Star Lombardy Hotel in Pretoria for one night.
During the day we visit the Voortrekker Monument, an enormous
structure dedicated to the pioneer history of
South Africa, set in a nature reserve close to Pretoria. For lunch we dine in a local restaurant.
Today we board the Pride of Africa at the Rovos Rail Station in Capital Park, Pretoria. Our eight-night journey on this truly elegant train, in luxurious airconditioned suites, takes us across the African plains in comfort and style, with fine china, crisp linen and 5-Star service. All on-board meals and drinks are included, as are meals during off-train excursions.
This morning we wake up early for a highlight of the tour - a game drive in Kruger National Park, the largest park in South Africa, where all of the 'Big Five' game animals can be found. Here we pursue antelope and track herds of elephant that make this huge wilderness their home - catch a glimpse of a leopard as it stalks its prey, or enjoy the thrill of viewing a lion from close range. We enjoy lunch in Kruger National Park before re-boarding the train at Komatipoort.
We begin today with an early game drive in the picturesque Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Reserve - the oldest reserve in South Africa and also home to the 'Big Five'. After exploring the vast expanses of rolling hills and valleys teeming with animal and bird life, we enjoy a sumptuous brunch on board our train. The rest of the day is spent admiring the ever-changing scenery as we travel alongside the St Lucia Wetland Park en-route to Durban.
We continue on the Pride of Africa through the Valley of a Thousand Hills to Lions River this morning. Here we pay a visit to Ardmore Ceramics' local studios, showing vibrant African art and sculpture, before returning to the train in time for lunch. We continue to Kroonstad this afternoon. On Day 7 we arrive in Bloemfontein, popularly known as the 'city of roses'. The city certainly lives up to its name, with thousands of rose bushes lining the streets, as you will see when we enjoy a guided tour of the city's main sights. Rejoining the train, we travel to Port Elizabeth through the Drakensberg Mountains, a stunning area of natural beauty characterised by soaring peaks and verdant forests.
This morning we travel to Addo Elephant Park for a game drive, exploring the landscape in open vehicles. The park is inhabited not only by elephants, but by lions, leopards, cape buffalo and rhinos. We return to the train in Port Elizabeth for lunch on board. After some free time this afternoon, the Pride of Africa continues to Oudtshoorn, home to the world's largest population of ostriches. On Day 9 we enjoy a fascinating visit to an ostrich farm, before continuing on to George. Leaving the train, we take a short drive to Fancourt Golf Estate for our dinner tonight.
This morning we enjoy the scenic drive down the coast to Knysna, famed for its picturesque setting on the shores of a large estuary. Here we take a ferry out to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, accompanied by knowledgeable guides. Reboarding the train, we travel through the magnificent scenery on the famous 'Garden Route' to Riversdale.
Our last day on board the Pride of Africa takes us to the beautiful city of Cape Town, set against the backdrop of Table Mountain. Here we check into the 5-Star Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
Today we travel by coach around two of South Africa's finest wine producing areas: the Franschhoek and the Stellenbosch valleys. We explore the fertile wine heartlands, nestled amongst imposing mountain ranges, and enjoy lunch at a local wine estate. We will also have the opportunity to sample some of the local wines during a tasting.
This morning we make the cable car ascent of Table Mountain, to enjoy panoramic views of the city. We then descend to Kirstenbosch, where we enjoy a guided tour of the botanical gardens, nestled at the foot of Table Mountain. Following time for lunch, this afternoon we take a ferry across Table Bay for a guided tour of Robben Island (weather dependent), where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. Today the site is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed attraction.
We journey to Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope via the stunning Chapman's Peak coastal drive. At Cape Point we take the Flying Dutchman funicular railway up to a vantage point, where we enjoy inspiring views.
Today is spent at leisure before we transfer this evening to the airport for our flight back to London Heathrow (via Johannesburg), arriving into Heathrow on Day 16.
Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.
Our Nov 8th 2017 departure runs a reverse itinerary with an outbound flight from London to Cape Town and returning from Johannesburg. Please note, an increased deposit may be required for upgrades & variations.
Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.
British Citizens do not require a visa to enter South Africa
An escorted experience and all travel arrangements
Comfortable accommodation in your destination
Delicious meals included
Exciting excursions and free time to explore
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