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South African Adventure

(Tour code: AFJ17)Luxury train travel from Pretoria to Cape Town

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.

Tour Highlights
  • Voortrekker Monument
  • Robben Island
  • Luxury train journey on the Pride of Africa
  • Kruger National Park
  • Hluhluwe Reserve
  • Wine region of Stellenbosch
  • Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope
  • Ride on the Flying Dutchman funicular railway
  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
  • Cape Town and Table Mountain
What’s Included
  • First Class Rail
    8 Nights On Board The Pride of Africa
  • 5* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
    5 Nights' Accommodation
    Selected Lunches
  • All Transfers Included
    Selected Porterage
  • Return Scheduled Flights
    Upgrades Available

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

Our tours of Africa typically depart the UK in the evening, between 7pm and 9:20pm.

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.

Days 1-2

Arrival in Johannesburg

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.

  • Scheduled flights
  • Day 2 - Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 2 - Voortrekker Monument
The Pride of Africa
Day 3

Pride of Africa

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Kruger National Park
Day 4

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Kruger National Park Game Drive
Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Reserve
Day 5

Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Reserve game drive

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Game Drive
Days 6-7

Lions River, Kroonstad and Bloemfontein

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.

  • Days 6-7 - Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Day 6 - Ardmore Ceramics
  • Day 7 - Bloemfontein tour
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, before continuing on to George. Leaving the train, we take a short drive to Fancourt Golf Estate for our dinner tonight.

  • Days 8-9 - Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Day 8 - Game drive
  • Day 9 - Ostrich farm
Featherbed Reserve
Day 10

Featherbed Reserve

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Featherbed Nature Reserve
Cape Town
Day 11

To Cape Town

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.

  • Breakfast
  • KWV Brandy Cellar
Day 12

Franschhoek and Stellenbosch

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • Wine-tasting
Table Mountain
Day 13

Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch and Robben Island

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.

  • Breakfast
  • Cable-car to Table Mountain
  • Kirstenbosch tour
  • Robben Island tour
Cape of Good Hope
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.

  • Breakfast
  • Cape of Good Hope
Flying home
Days 15-16

The journey home

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.

  • Scheduled flights
  • Day 15 - Breakfast

Please note

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


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