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Luxury train travel from Pretoria to Cape Town

15 daysFrom $14,635 per person

2020 Tour code: AFJ20

About the tour

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.

Highlights

What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Johannesburg

Self-transfer directly to your hotel, the 5-Star Courtyard Hotel Arcadia in Pretoria, and enjoy some free time before meeting your group and Tour Manager later that day.

Johannesburg
Day 2 - Pride of Africa

Today we board the Pride of Africa at the Rovos Rail Station in Capital Park, Pretoria. Our nine-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.

The Pride of Africa
Day 3 - Kruger National Park

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.

Kruger National Park
Day 4 - Hluhluwe Park

Today, we enjoy the second of our game drives on a visit to the Hluhluwe Game Reserve, one of the oldest of its kind in South Africa. Here, we have the opportunity to spot many fascinating creatures. After re-boarding the Pride of Africa, we head towards Durban, passing through the incredible and verdant scenery of the St Lucia Wetlands.

Hluhluwe Park
Days 5-7 - Durban and Spionkop Battlefields

We arrive in Durban today, and incredible city where we take a guided city tour and enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. After re-joining our train, we continue through the Valley of a Thousand Hills, an area of incredible natural beauty. Situated in the Kingdom of the Zulu, the evocative name comes from the numerous hills that cascade from the sky down to the Umgeni River.

On Day 6, we take a tour of Spionkop, or 'Spy Hill', discovering the historical battlefi eld site with a local expert. In January 1900, this was the sight of a bloody battle between Boer farmers and British troops, who's miscalculated tactics led to an embarrassing defeat of what, at the time, was considered to be the mightiest army in the world.

Day 7 is spent at leisure on board the Pride of Africa.

Durban
Days 8-9 - Elephants and Ostriches

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, continuing on to George. Leaving the train, we take a short drive to Fancourt Golf Estate for our dinner tonight.

Ostriches
Day 10 - Featherbed Reserve and Cape Town

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 Geatherbed Nature Reserve, accompanied by knowledgeable guides. Reboarding the train, we travel through the magnificent scenery on the famous 'Garden Route' to Riversdale.

Featherbed Reserve
Day 11 - To Cape Town

Our last day on board the Pride of Africa takes us through the wild scenery of the Cape Fold Mountains before the final leg of our journey to the beautiful city of Cape Town, set against the backdrop of Table Mountain. South Africa's cultural capital is one of the most vibrant destinations in Africa, and features some incredible architecture, including the Italian Renaissance-style City Hall, completed in 1905. Here we check into the 5-Star Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Cape Town
Day 12 - Stellenbosch Vineyards

Today we travel by coach around two of South Africa's finest wine producing areas: the Franschhoek and Stellenbosch valleys. Here, we enjoy a delicious 'Boerebraai' lunch, a unique South African social event, where family and friends gather together to create a memorable dining experience.

Stellenbosch
Day 13 - Table Mountain and Robben Island

This morning we make the cable car ascent of Table Mountain, to enjoy panoramic views of the city. The steep cliff s and rocky outcrops are home to a number of different animals and plants. Complimenting the vast array of flora is a stunning range of fauna, some of which, like the Table Mountain Ghost Frog, are found in no other place in the world.

Following some free time for lunch, this afternoon we then descend as we take a ferry across Table Bay for a guided tour of Robben Island (weather dependent) where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years between 1964 and 1982. Afterwards, we visit the site is UNESCO World Heritage listed attraction to Kirstenbosch, where we enjoy a guided tour of the botanical gardens, nestled at the foot of table mountain.

Table Mountain
Day 14 - Cape Point

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.

Cape of Good Hope
Day 15 - The journey home

Today is spent at leisure before you transfer this evening to the airport for your flight back home.

Includes
  • Scheduled flights
Cape Town

Additional information

Please note

Departure AFJ2003 will be in reverse.

Recommended Airport

We recommend that for this tour you arrange flights to O.R.Tambo International Airport, approximately 34 miles from your base in Pretoria. Our recommended departure airport is the Cape Town International Airport, approximately 14 miles from your final base in Cape Town.

Visa Requirements

It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.

Departure times

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.

Hotels

Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town

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Courtyard Arcadia

Courtyard Arcadia, Pretoria

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Train

The Pride of Africa

Reviews

86% of travellers would recommend this tour

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Mrs R Buckland

Submitted Dec 08, 2019

Great experience especially the train.spoiled only by BA.

Mr P Edmond

Submitted Dec 01, 2018

Arrangements, organisation, accommodation, food, drink, train and excursions all excellent and up to expectation except see below

Anonymous

Submitted Nov 30, 2018

A great way to see a lot of South Africa and in some style. The whole experience was amazing and well worth the money. Everything is arranged for you and you really only have to turn up. It is a 'full on' experience and much different from your normal beach tour. It ensures you do things you ordinarily would think twice about.

Mrs L Last

Submitted Jun 15, 2018

We had a great time, Rovos was brilliant

Mr T Edwards

Submitted Jun 16, 2017

Very good tour, the guide was very helpful. Train journey was certainly a eye opener.

Mr J Jordan

Submitted Jun 16, 2017

Service, food and train journey is first class as are all the tours and safari experiences.

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