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Victoria Falls, Cape Town and the Garden Route

Marvel at the wonders of southern Africa

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Marvel at the wonders of southern Africa as you discover dynamic Cape Town, uncover the natural beauty of the lush Garden Route, bask in the majesty of Victoria Falls, and embark on a truly elegant rail journey on the luxurious Pride of Africa.

The itinerary for your journey
Tour highlights

What’s included

Days 1-3 - Discovering Cape Town
Cape Town

Meet Your Tour Manager and the rest of your group at the Sun Square City Bowl hotel and spend the rest of the day settling in. 

On Day 2 we are introduced to Cape Town with a guided tour, taking in its highlights. We travel to the summit of iconic Table Mountain by cable car (weather permitting), where we are afforded outstanding views across the city. Our next visit is to the Diamond Works, where we witness the art of diamond cutting first hand, seeing the expert craftsmanship that is required to create the jewellery, and learning the history of gold and diamond trading in South Africa. The rest of the afternoon is free. Surrounded by pristine beaches and verdant vineyards, Cape Town is one of the most thriving destinations in South Africa, and is known as a cultural hotspot. Take the opportunity to stroll amongst the diverse architecture, including the Italian Renaissance-style City Hall, discovering vibrant street art, world-class restaurants, and unique shopping opportunities.

On Day 3 we head to South Africa's southwesternmost promontory for a tour of the Cape Peninsula, discovering the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Chapman's Peak. We also visit Boulders Beach, a breathtaking area of white sands and clear waters that is home to a colony of African penguins.

Days 4-6 - The Garden Route
Knysna

After breakfast, we make the journey to Oudtshoorn along the magnificent Garden Route. Named for the remarkable natural beauty of the lush scenery it cuts through, this famous stretch of coastline runs between Port Elizabeth and Cape Town, at the southernmost tip of Africa's landmass. We visit Cango Caves where we take a tour of the eerie caverns, adorned with otherworldly and beguiling formations. We continue to our hotel for the night, the 4-Star Surval Boutique Olive Estate in Oudtshoorn.

Oudtshoorn is famed for its ostrich population, and we encounter these fascinating birds on a guided tour of an ostrich farm on Day 5. We continue east along the Garden Route, pausing at the peaceful coastal town of Sedgefield for a wine tasting and lunch at Benguela Cove, on the shores of beautiful Swartvlei Lake. Later this afternoon we arrive in Knysna, set on the beautiful and rugged Paradise Coast. Built up around a vast lagoon of the same name, Knysna is known for its annual oyster festival, a revered local delicacy. Our base for the next two nights is the 4-Star Rex Hotel, located close to the waterfront.

On Day 6, after a morning at leisure to discover Knysna's scenic charms, we enjoy a scenic boat trip on Knysna Lagoon, cruising the calm azure waters to the infamous Knysna Heads, which flank the narrow channel between the lagoon and the ocean beyond. We reach Featherbed Nature Reserve and disembark for a nature walk before returning to Knysna for the evening.

Days 7-8 - To Durban and the Pride of Africa
The Pride of Africa

We travel along the final stretch of the iconic Garden Route today, passing lush vegetation, golden beaches and a cornucopia of wild flora on our way to Port Elizabeth. En route, we enjoy a unique encounter with wildlife as we visit Monkeyland Sanctuary - the world's first free roaming primate sanctuary. Set within an indigenous forest area, the sanctuary cares for more than 700 primates across eleven species', including capuchin monkeys and endangered black and white ruffed lemurs. We also visit the Birds of Eden Sanctuary, where we can observe an incredible array of colourful African birds. Arriving in Port Elizabeth, we board our internal flight to Durban, checking into our hotel on arrival.

On Day 8, we embark on a two-night adventure aboard the sumptuous Pride of Africa to Pretoria, travelling through some of South Africa's most diverse and beautiful landscapes on what is known as the most luxurious train in the world. We pause to visit the world-famous ceramic collection at the Ardmore Ceramics Gallery before the Pride of Africa continues its journey north.

Days 9-10 - Nambiti Reserve and Pretoria
Pride Of Africa

We disembark this morning to visit Spionkop Lodge, where we have a choice of two excursions. You may like to embark upon an escorted tour of the historic battlefield, site of a futile battle in 1900 between Boer forces and British troops. Alternatively, enjoy a game drive in the 11,000 acre Spionkop Reserve, with the opportunity to spot a variety of wild animals. Our next excursion is to Nambiti Reserve, a private retreat which houses the magnificent 'big five' game animals. We embark on an incredible game drive across the savannah and grasslands here, hoping to catch a glimpse of lions, leopards, rhinoceroses, elephants and cape buffalo.

Next, we travel northwest across the Highveld grasslands, arriving in Pretoria, the seat of South Africa's government, on Day 10. Our journey ends at the Rovos Rail Station and we transfer to the 3-Star Arcadia Hotel for one night.

Days 11-14 - Victoria Falls and return home
Victoria Falls

We transfer to Johannesburg this morning, where we board our flight to Livingstone in Zambia. A short drive takes us across the border into Zimbabwe, where we check into our hotel for three nights, the A'Zambezi River Lodge, located in a peaceful spot on the shores of the Zambezi River, near Victoria Falls.

On Day 12, we experience one of the highlights of our holiday as we visit this breathtaking natural wonder. Known as 'the smoke that thunders', these impressive waterfalls span the Zambia-Zimbabwe border, plunging dramatically into a chasm and down a series of basalt gorges, creating an iridescent mist that can be spotted from more than ten miles away. This evening, we are treated to a magical cruise along the Zambezi River, allowing us to admire the majestic African sunset as it casts a golden glow across the waters.

Day 13 is free for you to further soak up the splendour of incredible Victoria Falls. This evening, we enjoy a Boma farewell dinner, a traditional part of African bush culture which combines delicious food with a host of cultural entertainment.

Our time in Africa comes to an end on Day 14 we transfer back to Livingstone Airport for your flight to Johannesburg where you catch your flight back home.

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour features the same excursions, they may not necessarily be in the order listed above.

Recommended Airports

For this tour, we recommend you arrive into the Cape Town International Airport, approximately 18 miles from your first hotel. Our recommended departure airport is O. R. Tambo International Airport, which is situated approximately 773 miles away from your final hotel.

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 Dates

All prices are per person and assume full occupancy of the room.
Please always refer to the website for up-to-date prices and availability.

Trains
The Pride of Africa
Pride of Africa

The Pride of Africa offers unparalleled luxury and elegance, which recaptures the romance of the golden age of rail travel, whilst offering all the amenities one would expect from a 5-star hotel. Rohan Vos lovingly restored the carriages and steam locomotive which pulls us on the final leg of our journey.

We are served by an enthusiastic team of chefs who use fresh, local ingredients to create authentic regional cuisine.

The suites on board the Pride of Africa are the epitome of luxury. We include accommodation in the Pullman Suites, equipped with a comfortable sofa by day, which converts to double or twin beds at night. They feature an en suite bathroom with shower, shaver plug and hairdryer, writing table, personal safe for valuables and a bar fridge filled with beverages.

Hotels
Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town
Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town

The 5-Star Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront is situated along the Atlantic Ocean, offering fantastic views of Table Mountain and Robben Island, with the magnificent Green Point Stadium, built for the 2010 World Cup, providing the backdrop. The hotel has a restaurant with an excellent reputation serving a range of cuisine, a bar and terrace. Leisure facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, fully equipped fitness room and a spa offering a selection of beauty treatments and therapies. The rooms are air conditioned and come with a king-sized bed or twin beds, telephone, satellite television, tea and coffee making facilities, a minibar and a hairdryer.

Sun Square City Bowl, Cape Town
Sun Square City Bowl

The 4-Star SunSquare City Bowl is located in the very heart of the vibrant city of Cape Town, within walking distance of some of its spectacular restaurants, bars, galleries and shops. The hotel boasts a chic and modern design, with stylish guest rooms featuring hardwood or parquet flooring, air conditioning, a flat-screen television and complimentary Wi-Fi. Guests at the SunSquare City Bowl can take advantage of wonderful facilitates including an enclosed rooftop bar and pool, a fitness centre and a trendy restaurant, Vigour & Verve, which serves delicious South African specialities.

Protea Edward Hotel, Durban
Protea Edward Hotel

The 4-Star Protea Edward Hotel in Durban boasts a spectacular location on Durban's beach-front. The welcoming hotel is furnished throughout in a classic and comfortable manner, and the well-appointed guest rooms offer high-speed Wi-Fi internet, air conditioning, a desk, a flat-screen television, complimentary toiletries and tea & coffee making facilities.

Marine Hermanus, Hermanus
Marine Hermanus, Hermanus

In one of the best land-based locations in South Africa for whale watching, the fantastic 5-Star Hotel Hermanus sits on the cliffs over Walker Bay in Hermanus with views across a whale sanctuary. The building itself is a testament to the colonial style, set in a white building surrounded by green space. Amenities include a saltwater swimming pool, a spa and a restaurant. The elegant and charming rooms include a television, complimentary bottled water and complimentary WiFi.

Cresta Mowana Safari & Resort, Kasane
Cresta Mowana Safari & Resort

Located in Kasane, close to the Chobe Game Reserve, the 4-Star Cresta Mowana Safari & Resort sits in tranquil surroundings on the banks of the mighty Chobe River. Rooms are spacious and comfortable, and feature a flat-screen television, minibar, tea & coffee making facilities and a balcony with views over the stunning gardens and river.

Facilities at the hotel include a swimming pool which is specially designed to blend into the surrounding landscapes, and a luxurious spa which offers a wide range of treatments. The on-site Serondella Restaurant serves a range of cuisine including local African dishes, and there is also a well-stocked cocktail bar. Both are in excellent locations overlooking the Chobe River, perfect for relaxing and taking in the spectacular African sunsets.

Protea Hotel by Marriott, Knysna Quays
Protea Hotel by Marriott, Knysna Quays

Located in an enviable position on the waterfront of Knysa and overlooking the stunning Indian Ocean, is our hotel, the 4-Star Potea Hotel Marriott Knysa Quays. As well as a restaurant serving delicious breakfast food until 10:30am, this hotel also boasts of a heated swimming pool. The rooms are comfortable and air-conditioned throughout, and come well equipped with an in-room safe, a hair dryer, a minifridge, a television, complimentary Wi-Fi, and tea & coffee-making facilities.

Rex Hotel, Kynsna
Rex Hotel

The 4-Star Rex Hotel in Knysna is located close to Knysna Waterfront on South Africa's world-famous Garden Route, close to the many fabulous boutiques and cafes that line the serene lagoon. The hotel offers wonderful facilities including a contemporary restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, and a 24-hour reception. The sophisticated guest rooms feature a coffee machine, complimentary W-Fi and air conditioning.

Surval Boutique Olive Estate, Oudsthoorn
Surval Boutique Olive Estate

The elegant 4-Star Surval Boutique Olive Estate in Oudtshoorn is housed in a restored 18th-century building in a serene farmland setting, offering a fantastically calm and picturesque respite for its guests. Boasting sweeping views across the Schoemanshoek Valley and Swartberg Mountain Range, the hotel offers excellent amenities including a comfortable lounge, a swimming pool and a restaurant. Guest rooms are individually styled with a luxurious finish which takes inspiration from indigenous South African design.

Radisson Blu, Port Elizabeth
Radisson Blu, Port Elizabeth

Just a brief two-minute walk from Port Elizabeth's seafront, the 5-Star Radisson Blu Hotel Port Elizabeth is the perfect base to explore the colours and sights of South Africa. Contemporary décor combined with comfortable furniture makes this hotel a delight to stay in. Services here include a swimming pool, a natural spa, a fitness area, a restaurant and a bar. The rooms provide complimentary WiFi, a safe, a television and tea & coffee making facilities. 

Arcadia Hotel, Pretoria
Arcadia Hotel

Offering comfortable, well-equipped guest rooms in a prime location in the centre of Pretoria, the 3-Star Arcadia Hotel provides an ideal base. En-suite rooms come with modern amenities, including air conditioning, a television, tea & coffee making facilities and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access. The Arcadia Hotel also boasts two on-site dining outlets, the eMonate Restaurant & Bar and the Tshukudu Lounge & Bar.

Courtyard Arcadia, Pretoria
Courtyard Arcadia

Originally an early-twentieth-century manor house, the 4-Star Courtyard Hotel Arcadia in Pretoria has been restored into a delightful hotel, located close to many sights and attractions. The hotel features a bar and club lounge, a landscaped garden with a swimming pool and free WiFi.

Avani Victoria Falls Resort, Victoria Falls
Avani Victoria Falls Resort, Victoria Falls

Overlooking the beautiful Zambezi Lake and a 5 minute walk away from the spectacular Victoria Falls is the 3-Star Avani Victoria Falls Resort, our base for our time here. The rooms are vibrant and comfortable, decorated with delightful pops of colour, and come with a television, a minifridge, air-conditioning, an in-room safe, up to 250MB per day of complimentary Wi-Fi, and tea & coffee-making equipment. 

Azambezi River Lodge, Victoria Falls
Azambezi River Lodge

The 3-Star Azambezi River Lodge at Victoria Falls is located on the shores of the mighty Zambezi River and provides guests with comfortable and scenic accommodation. With lush gardens, an outdoor pool with a poolside bar, a restaurant serving traditional African food and its own private jetty, this is a wonderfully serene base for visitors to the nearby waterfall. The charming, thatched covered guest rooms have air conditioning, a television, tea & coffee making facilities and a balcony or terrace with garden or river views.

Upgrades

We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!

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