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South African Adventure

South African Adventure 2013

Cape Town to Pretoria

The departure of our South African Adventure tour leaving London on 6 November 2013 operates a slightly different itinerary to our tour on 14 May. The itinerary for the 6 November departure is outlined below.

Days 1-2 - London to Cape Town

We depart London on a flight to Cape Town, arriving on the morning of Day 2. On arrival we transfer to our hotel for four nights, the 5-star Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, superbly located overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The rest of your day is free to relax in Cape Town. Perhaps take a walk down to the vibrant V&A Waterfront set against a backdrop of sea and mountain views.

Day 3 - Cape Point

Today we enjoy a half-day tour of the Cape Peninsula including a visit to the small town of Hout Bay and a journey along the stunning Chapman's Peak coastal drive to the Cape of Good Hope nature reserve and Cape Point, the southwestern tip of Africa. At Cape Point, we take the Flying Dutchman funicular railway up to a vantage point where we enjoy inspiring views.

Day 4 - Table Mountain & Robben Island

This morning we make the cable car ascent of Table Mountain to enjoy panoramic views fo the city. We then descend to Kirstenbosch, where we enjoy a guided tour of the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, nestled at the foot of Table Mountain. This afternoon we taken an exhilarating cruise across Table Bay for a guided tour of Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. Today the site is a UNESCO World Heritage listed attraction.

Day 5 - Franschhoek & Stellenbosch

Today we travel by coach around two of South Africa's finest wine-producing areas: the Franschhoek and the Stellenbosch Valleys. At the Spier wine farm we have lunch in a Moyo Africa-style restaurant. We will also have the opportunity to sample some of the local wines during a wine tasting. We return to the hotel for an evening at leisure.

Day 6 - The Pride of Africa

We check out of our hotel after breakfast and transfer to the station where we board the Pride of Africa. Our eight-night journey on this truly elegant train, in luxurious air-conditioned 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. Lunch is served as we head north towards Worcester and tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner on board to mark the start of our journey.

Day 7 - Featherbed Reserve

On arrival in George we leave the train for a scenic drive to Knysna Lagoon. We take a ferry trip across to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, where we enjoy a morning at leisure. We re-board the Pride of Africa in George and later leave the train for dinner at the Fancourt Golf Estate.

Day 8 - Oudtshoorn

We arrive in Oudtshoorn mid-morning. Oudtshoorn is home to the world's largest population of ostriches and during our time in the town we visit a local ostrich farm. We return to the train in time for lunch, continuing our journey towards Port Elizabeth.

Day 9 - Addo Elephant Park

We depart Port Elizabeth this morning and travel to Coerney. Here we leave the train for the Addo Elephant Park, where we enjoy a game drive across the landscape in open vehicles. The park is inhabited not only by elephants but also by lions, leopards, cape buffalo and rhinos. We return to the Pride of Africa for lunch and travel on towards Rosemead, where we stop for the night.

Days 10-11 - Bloemfontein and Durban

We arrive in Bloemfontein after lunch on Day 10. We leave the train for a guided tour of the city, which certainly lives up to its name the 'City of Roses' as thousands of rose bushes line the streets. Rejoining the train we head towards Ladysmith. On Day 11 we arrive in Durban, where we enjoy a city tour before continuing our journey to Empangeni.

Days 12-13 - Mkhaya Game Reserve and Kruger National Park

We continue towards Swaziland on the morning of Day 12, arriving at the Mkhaya Game Reserve for an afternoon game drive. Both black and white rhinos live in Mkyaha, one of Swaziland's refuges for endangered species. On our return to the train we travel back into South Africa and on Day 13 we wake up early for one of the highlights of the tour - a game drive in Kruger National Park. Kruger is the largest park in South Africa, where all of the 'Big Five' game animals can be found. We pursue antelope, elephants and prides of lions in this wildlife sanctuary. We return to the train for brunch and continue our journey through Nelspruit to Waterval Onder where we stop for the night.

Days 14-16 - Pretoria and the journey home

We spend a final morning on board the Pride of Africa, arriving into Rovos Rail's magnificent private railway station at Capital Park, Pretoria, in the afternoon. Here we say goodbye to the Pride of Africa and transfer to the 5-star Sheraton Hotel for our final night in South Africa. On the morning of Day 15 we take an excursion to the Voortrekker Monument, an enormous structure dedicated to the pioneer history of South Africa, set in a nature reserve close to Pretoria. We later transfer by coach to Johannesburg Airport for our overnight flight to London, arriving in Heathrow on the morning of Day 16.



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