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(Tour code: AFJ20)

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.

  • Addo Elephant Park
  • Luxury train journey on the Pride of Africa
  • Kruger National Park
  • Hluhuwe Park
  • Guided tours of Durban and Spionkop
  • Knysna’s Featherbed Nature Reserve
  • Ride on the Flying Dutchman funicular railway
  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
  • Cape Town, Table Mountain and Robben Island
What’s Included
  • First Class Rail
    9 Nights On Board The Pride of Africa
  • 4-5* Accommodation
    5 Nights' Accommodation
  • Selected Porterage

South African Adventure 2020Tour Details

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Days 1-2 Johannesburg

Arrival in Johannesburg

We fly to Johannesburg, arriving on the morning of Day 2. We stay at the Courtyard Hotel Arcadia in Pretoria for one night. We visit the Voortrekker Monument, an enormous structure dedicated to the pioneer history of South Africa, set in a nature reserve close to Pretoria. We also visit the town of Soweto. For lunch, we dine in a local restaurant.

  • Scheduled flights
Day 3 The Pride of Africa
The Pride of Africa

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.

Day 4 Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park

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.

Day 5 Hluhluwe Park
Hluhluwe Park

Hluhuwe 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.

Days 6-8 Durban

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 7, we take a tour of Spionkop, or 'Spy Hill', discovering the historical battlefield 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.

Following our time here, we also embark on a game drive in Nambiti Game Reserve, with another chance to spot Africa's incredible wildlife. Back on board, the train makes its way through the Drakensberg Mountains, a stunning area of natural beauty characterised by soaring peaks and verdant forests. Day 8 is spent at leisure on board the Pride of Africa.

Days 9-10 Ostriches

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 10 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.

Day 11 Featherbed Reserve
Featherbed Reserve

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.

Day 12 Cape Town
Cape Town

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.

Day 13 Stellenbosch

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.

Day 14 Table Mountain
Table Mountain

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.

Day 15 Cape of Good Hope
Cape of Good Hope

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. 

Later, we descend to Boulders Beach, home to the only penguin colony native to the continent of Africa.

Days 16-17 Cape Town
Cape Town

The journey home

Today is spent at leisure before we transfer this evening to the airport for our flight back to London Heathrow, arriving into Heathrow on Day 17.

  • Scheduled flights

Please note

Departure AFJ2003 will be in reverse.

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.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Flights from London to Johannesburg and from Cape Town to London
  • All rail and coach travel throughout
  • Porterage included at Pretoria and Cape Town stations

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 5 nights' hotel accommodation including 1 night at the 4-Star Courtyard Hotel Arcadia in Pretoria, and 4 nights at the 5-Star Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront in Cape Town
  • 9 nights on board the Pride of Africa

Delicious meals included

  • 36 meals including 14 breakfasts, 12 lunches & 10 dinners
  • All wine, beer and drinks on board the Pride of Africa


Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Cape Town including Table Mountain and Robben Island
  • Excursion to Knysna's Featherbed Nature Reserve
  • Guided tour of an ostrich farm
  • Game drives in Kruger National Park, Hluhuwe Park and Addo Elephant Park
  • Guided tours of Durban and Spionkop

Enhancing your Tour

  • Upgrade your flight to World Traveller Plus from £500 per person each way
  • Upgrade to Deluxe cabin from £2395 per person (twin share)

British Citizens do not require a visa to enter South Africa

Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

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