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A legendary South African rail experience

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20212022
12 days From £4,095 per person

2022 Tour code: BKJ22

About the tour

Discover the highlights of South Africa as we journey aboard the luxurious Blue Train from Cape Town to Pretoria. Ascend Table Mountain, sample local wines in Stellenbosch, and enjoy fantastic game drives during a wonderful three night stay at Kruger National Park.

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What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - London to Cape Town

To day, we fly from London Heathrow to Cape Town.

Day 2 - Cape Town

We arrive on Day 2. From here, we transfer to our hotel, taking in some of Cape Town's main sights on an orientation tour en route, before your evening is free to explore.

Day 3 - The Cape of Good Hope and Boulders Bay

We spend a full day today exploring the magnificent Cape of Good Hope, heading to Cape Point on the south-western tip of Africa. Here, we take the Flying Dutchman funicular railway to a lighthouse that sits at the top of the peninsula, admiring views across the Atlantic Ocean and the stunning Cape Peninsula coastline. After sitting down to lunch at a local restaurant, we travel along False Bay and through Simon's Town naval base to Boulders Beach, a pristine beach that's home to a colony of indigenous penguins.

Day 4 - South Africa's Vineyards

We visit one of Africa's most famous sights today, taking a cable car up iconic Table Mountain to enjoy the incredible, panoramic views over the city and ocean beyond. We continue by taking a coach out of the city for an excursion that introduces us to one of South Africa's most famous exports, wine. We travel into the verdant countryside to two of the country's finest wine-producing areas, the Franschhoek and Stellenbosch Valleys. We sample some of the excellent local wines and are treated to a delicious 'boerelbraai' lunch - an authentic social event that sees loved ones gather together to grill meat on an outdoor barbecue.

Day 5 - Cape Town

Today you're free to explore Cape Town further. The city is home to some gorgeous natural landmarks, incredible displays of street art, and brightly-painted buildings along the waterfront. You could visit Robben Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site which, along with Alcatraz, is possibly one of best-known prison islands in the world. Its notoriety largely centres around the fact that President Nelson Mandela and many of his colleagues were imprisoned here during the final years of the apartheid regime. The island now houses a fascinating museum detailing the struggle for democracy in South Africa.

Day 6 - The Blue Train

You have some free time to explore Cape Town further today before we transfer to the station for our iconic journey on The Blue Train. A butler escorts you to your cabin and provides an orientation tour of the train as we begin our journey to Pretoria. The service on The Blue Train is impeccable, and we enjoy all meals and included drinks while on board, including afternoon tea, aperitifs and, after our lavish formal dinner of local cuisine accompanied by wine from the Cape Winelands, a selection of post-dinner drinks.

Day 7 - Kimberley

We arrive in Kimberley, the capital of South Africa's Northern Cape and a town that enjoyed a prosperous past thanks to the discovery of diamonds in the area. Here, we visit 'The Big Hole' mine museum. The hill where diamonds were first found quickly disappeared under the pressure of over-mining and the resulting space became known as the 'Big Hole'. Nowadays the mine is no longer in use, but there is a fascinating museum detailing the history of the site, which includes some preserved or restored period buildings from the early years of the rush. We re-board the train for dinner before continuing on our journey.

Day 8 - Pretoria

After a delicious breakfast on board, we arrive in Pretoria, a city that's home to South Africa's government and Union Buildings. From here, we transfer to our hotel on the banks of the Sabie River, just 330 feet from the entrance to Kruger National Park and the perfect base for safari drives. Kruger National Park was founded in 1898 to create a protected area for wildlife, away from developers and poachers. Today, it's the largest National Park in South Africa, and one of the most famous safari parks in the world.

Day 9 - Kruger National Park Safaris

On both Day 9 and Day 10, we enjoy full-day game drives to track the iconic wildlife of Kruger National Park. A local, skilled ranger drives each Jeep, finding us the best locations to see the different species' that live here, and pointing out animals whose camouflage makes them almost impossible to spot. We start by tracking the big cats, still out from their night spent hunting. The park is also home to the 'Big Five' (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo), all of which we hope to see. There are also many other species to be seen, large and small, as well as fascinating plants and colourful birds.

The hotel provides us with a pre-prepared lunch ahead of each day's game drive, and we return to our hotel at mid-afternoon on both days. The rest of the day is then free for you to spend at leisure. You could relax in the spa or by the swimming pool, or take advantage of the nature reserve by the hotel and enjoy some extra game viewing at your leisure. A fascinating variety of bird life can be spotted, and bush walks can be organised by the hotel (payable locally).

Day 10 - Kruger National Park Safaris

On both Day 9 and Day 10, we enjoy full-day game drives to track the iconic wildlife of Kruger National Park. A local, skilled ranger drives each Jeep, finding us the best locations to see the different species' that live here, and pointing out animals whose camouflage makes them almost impossible to spot. We start by tracking the big cats, still out from their night spent hunting. The park is also home to the 'Big Five' (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo), all of which we hope to see. There are also many other species to be seen, large and small, as well as fascinating plants and colourful birds.

The hotel provides us with a pre-prepared lunch ahead of each day's game drive, and we return to our hotel at mid-afternoon on both days. The rest of the day is then free for you to spend at leisure. You could relax in the spa or by the swimming pool, or take advantage of the nature reserve by the hotel and enjoy some extra game viewing at your leisure. A fascinating variety of bird life can be spotted, and bush walks can be organised by the hotel (payable locally).

Day 11 - Kruger

Enjoy a free morning in Kruger. Later, we transfer to Johannesburg airport for our flight back to London Heathrow.

Day 12 - London

We arrive back in London today, where your tour concludes.

Additional information

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

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.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town

Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town

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Protea Hotel Kruger Gate, Kruger

Protea Hotel Kruger Gate, Kruger

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Mr P Spelzini

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Submitted 18 Apr 2019

Fantastic despite a long arrival journey. Great memories and some photos that can't be repeated.

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