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Join an African adventure of a lifetime: explore captivating Cape Town, experience the natural wonders of Victoria Falls, relish exciting Big Five game safaris, classic luxury rail journeys and sample fine estate wines.

Your incredible African adventure begins with a three-night stay in quintessential Cape Town. During your stay, you’ll enjoy a marvellous escorted tour of Cape Town’s Peninsula, taking in dramatic views of the iconic Twelve Apostles and spotting resident Cape Fur Seals and endangered penguins.

Next, you’ll transfer to Stollenbosch and its stunning Winelands region for another three-night stay, where you can sample world-renowned wines on an exclusive wine tasting tour, before embarking the luxurious Rovos Rail.

Harking back to a more elegant era, the extraordinary scenic journey offered by the Rovos Rail will undoubtedly be a highlight of your holiday. During your fantastic four-day rail experience you’ll follow a passage from Cape Town to Pretoria, passing through incredibly diverse African landscapes, with fascinating stops in Matjiesfontein and Kimberley.

After disembarking the iconic Rovos Rail, you’ll enjoy a thrilling stay at the secluded Bakubung lodge set amid breathtaking Pilanesberg National Park, experiencing adrenaline inducing game drives to track down Africa’s ‘Big Five’, before relishing an overnight stay in Johannesburg, a former gold mining settlement and vibrant metropolis.

From here, you’ll fly to Livingstone, Zambia for the final segment of your ultimate African experience holiday. You’ll partake in an escorted walking tour around the spectacular Victoria Falls, a relaxing sunset boat cruise and an incredible ride through the Zambezi River Valley on board the locomotive, Royal Livingstone Express.

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Welcome aboard Rovos Rail

Since its establishment in 1989, Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for its truly world - class travel experiences. South Africa’s Rovos Rail travels between Cape Town and Pretoria, affording views of savannah grasslands and mountain vistas. Gourmet food complemented by fine South African wines, the bespoke train safaris through the heart of Africa combining magnificent scenery with the glamour and excitement of the golden age of leisure travel.

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Dining

All meals are served in one sitting in the charming Victorian atmosphere of the Dining Cars. Enjoy fine china, crisp linen and silver.

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Suites

The wood-panelled sleeper coaches, offer every modern convenience and comfort with fittings and facilities that are of the highest standard.

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Public Cars

With its open-air balcony, big picture windows, bar, sofas and booths, it has great mingling areas or quiet corners to while away the days.

Your 16 Night Holiday Includes

Days 1 - 3

19 - 21 September 2023

In captivating Cape Town, admire penguins, fur seals and dramatic ocean views

Arrive in Cape Town for a three night stay, where you’ll relish the chance to explore this captivating city and embark on a Cape Peninsula tour. Drive along the wild Atlantic coast and admire spectacular views of the iconic Twelve Apostles before exploring Hout Bay and spotting resident Cape Fur Seals. Wildlife encounters await at the Cape Point Nature Reserve, home to baboons, rhebok, bontebok and the elusive eland. Returning to Cape Town, you’ll visit Boulders Beach, famed for its colony of waddling penguins, Fish Hoek fishing village and beautiful Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens.

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bell  Overnight: Southern Sun The Cullinan

Days 4 - 6

22 - 24 September 2023

Sample the local wineries and world-renowned wines of historic Stellenbosch

You’ll next enjoy a three night stay in Stellenbosch, famed for its oak-lined avenues, Cape Dutch architecture and as the historic heart of South Africa’s Winelands region, world-renowned premium wines; Stellenbosch’s wine routes are the largest and oldest in the country. Discover this on an exclusive Winelands tour. You’ll explore Paarl, surrounded by mountains and vineyards and enjoy a wine tasting and cellar tour at a local estate, then continue on to Franschhoek, where you’ll savour a delicious lunch and another fantastic wine tasting. Finally, in Stellenbosch itself, enjoy more superb world-class wines and tastings.

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bell  Overnight: Devon Valley Hotel

Days 7 - 9

25 - 27 September 2023

Embark Rovos Rail for an extraordinary train passage across South Africa

Today, climb on board one of the world’s most luxurious trains, the Rovos Rail, for an extraordinary three night journey from Cape Town to Pretoria – witnessing a perfect illustration of South Africa as a world in one country. You’ll trundle past the grasslands of the gold-rich Highveld, the vast semi-desert region of the Great Karoo, spectacular mountain ranges and scenic Cape winelands. Off-train stops include Matjiesfontein, a well-preserved Victorian village with a platform museum and collection of historic cars and railway carriages and Kimberley, with its Diamond Mine Museum and world’s largest man-made ’Big Hole.’

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Days 10 - 12

28 - 30 September 2023

Track down the ‘Big Five’ during your stay at Pilanesberg National Park

Your once-in-a-lifetime railway passage concludes as you roll into historic Pretoria, or ‘Jacaranda City,’ where you’ll disembark the Rovos Rail. However, more excitement awaits at Bakubung Bush Lodge, nestled within the Pilanesberg National Park, a place of breath-taking beauty and home to abundant wildlife and bird species. During your stay, you’ll join daily game drives in Pilanesberg National Park, a thrilling way to experience the incredible African wilderness and wildlife. Here, you’ll track down Africa’s ‘Big Five’– the elephant, lion, leopard, Cape buffalo and rhino – and may even spot them roaming near your lodge room!

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Day 13

1 October 2023

Embrace the vitality, the arts and diverse culture of Johannesburg

One of the youngest of the world’s major cities, Johannesburg was founded in 1886, following the discovery of gold and has since transformed to South Africa’s largest city. Nowadays, this ‘City of Gold’ emanates an electric energy, vibrant with new marketplaces, breweries and restaurants, jazz clubs and artistic enclaves. Sample the huge diversity of cuisines cultivated by the city’s mix of cultures at the Yeoville Food Market and learn about Johannesburg’s tumultuous history at one of its many fascinating museums.

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Days 14 - 16

2 - 4 October 2023

Enjoy an incredible Victoria Falls walk, sunset cruise and locomotive train ride

You’ll fly to Zambia and historic Livingstone, located near the Victoria Falls, one of the world's biggest waterfalls. During your three night stay, you’ll take a guided walking tour around Victoria Falls, encountering increasingly spectacular views of the tumbling cascades crashing over the cliffs and plunging into whirlpools below. Later, you’ll embark the Lady Livingstone River Safari for a boat cruise along the Zambezi River, admiring the abundant wildlife and stunning sunset. You will also take an exciting ride through the Zambezi River Valley on board the Royal Livingstone Express, a restored locomotive, while enjoying dinner.

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bell  Overnight: The David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa

Day 17

5 October 2023

Bid farewell to Africa for your flight back home

Today your unforgettable African adventure comes to an end and it’s time to depart Livingstone and Zambia, transferring to the airport for your flight back home.

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Hotel Stays

Southern Sun The Cullinan
★★★★

With a hotel stay at the award-winning Southern Sun The Cullinan, you can enjoy world-class service and amenities in the heart of Cape Town. Situated moments from the famed waterfront, the Southern Sun The Cullinan boasts spectacular views of Table mountain, the bustling Table Bay Harbour and Cape Town city centre. After a sumptuous meal at the stylish Peach Tree restaurant, you can then relax with a glass of fine South African wine at the Stella Café & Bar. During the day, the Mangwanani Boutique Spa provides muscle-melting massages in which to re-energise and enjoy your incredible holiday further.

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Devon Valley Hotel
★★★★

Just a 15-minute drive from Stellenbosch, Devon Valley Hotel is secluded away in the tranquil Winelands, surrounded by the property’s own vineyards. The hotel’s original timber-framed building was built in 1947 and today, is a much-loved Stellenbosch landmark. All 50 stylishly furnished guestrooms reflect the overall contemporary colonial feel and provide unobstructed views of the mountains, vineyards and olive groves. Enjoy authentic, contemporary Cape Cuisine at Signature restaurant ‘Flavours’ and al fresco dining with breathtaking views at the Vineyard Terrace.

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Bakubung Bush Lodge
★★★★

Ideally located in the Pilanesberg National Park, Bakubung Bush Lodge is set in the 57,000-hectare reserve where you can see the big five from your room, or on a game drive through the reserve. From prides of roaming lions to giraffes, Bakubung will bring you closer to the splendour and beauty of the African bush. Facilities include a stunning swimming pool, a Residents Lodge, a serene spa, Marula Grill Restaurant and a poolside Bar. There’s also a Wildlife Centre, gym, volleyball and tennis courts for those looking to stay active.

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Peermont D'oreale Grande
★★★★★

There’s a touch of Las Vegas extravagance at this Johannesburg hotel, with its statue of a Roman chariot galloping through a fountain at the building’s entrance. Rejuvenate at Octavia’s Sensorium Health and Beauty Spa or treat yourself to a sunset cocktail at Neptune’s Pool Bar. There’s also an Italian-themed mini shopping mall next door, plus all guests have access to the casino, dining and entertainment facilities.
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The David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa
★★★★

Blending perfectly within the lush surroundings of the Zambezi River bank, the David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa offers five-star accommodation close to Victoria Falls, an impressive natural wonder of the world. Named after the first European explorer to see Victoria Falls, the hotel is in easy reach of all the activities associated with this glorious naturescape, from microlight tours to elephant-back safaris. The hotel boasts river-facing rooms, ensuring each guest enjoys the same views. Visit the spa to indulge in a wide selection of exquisite treatments, savour delicious dishes in The Kalai Restaurant, a traditionally styled eatery with buffet and a la carte options, and enjoy an array of South African and international wine in the bar.

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Touring Experience

Victoria Falls

Heralded as one of the must-see attractions in Africa and indeed, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world, the Victoria Falls is a true treasure of the Zambezi River. Spanning more than a kilometre long and at a height of more than one-hundred metres, it is considered the largest waterfall in the world. Walk amidst the lush rainforest, encountering increasingly spectacular views of the falls as it crashes over the cliff and plunges 108 metres into the whirlpool below – the relentless roar and the feeling of the spray on your face will stay with you forever.

Lady Livingstone River Safari

Embark on a relaxing sunset cruise along the Zambezi River, spotting hippos poking their heads above the water and the cry of fish eagles soaring above your head while you sit back, enjoying drinks and snacks as you drift along the river, taking in the spectacular scenery and viewing the incredible local wildlife. Listen out for the cry of a fish eagle, the snort of an elephant or the rush of water as a hippopotamus breaks the surface. It’s the perfect way to experience the heart of Africa.

Royal Livingstone Express

You’ll be met by the traditional Sunset Steam Train with a red-carpet entrance, as you take your places inside the lounge cars of the locomotive. Swish through the shimmering Zambian bushveld as the untamed wilderness and local villages stream leisurely past your window, on your way to a breathtaking view of the thundering falls, as you dine on a five-course meal in a setting of polished woods, sparkling crystal and 1920s glamour.

Pilanesberg National Park Game Drives

Your stay at the Bakubung Bush Lodge will provide a fantastic opportunity to embark on an exciting and unforgettable game drive. Available twice daily and in the company of experienced game rangers who provide valuable information about some of Africa’s beautiful fauna and flora; you’ll enjoy close encounters with Africa’s untamed wildlife, namely, the majestic “Big Five”, comprising of elephant, lion, leopard, Cape buffalo and rhino.

Your Holiday Summary

All-Inclusive Rail Journey

  • 3 night all-inclusive luxury Rovos Rail journey from Cape Town to Pretoria* with off train excursions

Fully Escorted Tours

  • Full day Cape Peninsula tour
  • Winelands tour in Stellenbosch
  • Royal Livingstone Express train journey including a five-course dinner and drinks
  • Pilanesberg National Park game drives
  • Walking tour of Victoria Falls
  • Lady Livingstone river safari

Hotel Stays

  • 3 night four-star hotel stay in Cape Town at the Southern Sun The Cullinan with breakfast
  • 3 night four-star stay in Stellenbosch at the Devon Valley Hotel with breakfast
  • 3 night four-star full-board stay in Pilanesberg National Park at the Bakubung Bush Lodge
  • 1 night five-star hotel stay in Johannesburg at the Peermont D'oreale Grande with breakfast
  • 3 night four-star stay in Victoria Falls at The David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa with breakfast

All flights, taxes and transfers

*30 March departure date operates a reverse itinerary from Cape Town to Pretoria

Prices

16 Nights |  Departing February - November 2023

Departing

27 February 2023

Pullman Suite

Sold Out

Deluxe Suite

$12,499pp

Duration: 17 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Pilanesberg National Park, Johannesburg, Livingstone

Departing

30 March 2023

Pullman Suite

$11,299pp

Deluxe Suite

$12,699pp

Duration: 17 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Pilanesberg National Park, Johannesburg, Livingstone

Departing

18 September 2023

Pullman Suite

$10,999pp

Deluxe Suite

$12,499pp

Duration: 17 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Pilanesberg National Park, Johannesburg, Livingstone

Departing

16 October 2023

Pullman Suite

$11,199pp

Deluxe Suite

$12,599pp

Duration: 17 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Pilanesberg National Park, Johannesburg, Livingstone

Departing

20 November 2023

Pullman Suite

$11,299pp

Deluxe Suite

$12,699pp

Duration: 17 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Pilanesberg National Park, Johannesburg, Livingstone

Departing

27 February 2023

Pullman

Sold Out

Deluxe

$12,699pp

Duration: 17 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Pilanesberg National Park, Johannesburg, Livingstone

Departing

30 March 2023

Pullman

$11,799pp

Deluxe

$13,199pp

Duration: 17 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Pilanesberg National Park, Johannesburg, Livingstone

Departing

18 September 2023

Pullman

$11,399pp

Deluxe

$12,899pp

Duration: 17 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Pilanesberg National Park, Johannesburg, Livingstone

Departing

16 October 2023

Pullman

$11,599pp

Deluxe

$12,999pp

Duration: 17 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Pilanesberg National Park, Johannesburg, Livingstone

Departing

20 November 2023

Pullman

$11,699pp

Deluxe

$13,099pp

Duration: 17 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Pilanesberg National Park, Johannesburg, Livingstone

Departing

27 February 2023

Pullman

Sold Out

Deluxe

$12,599pp

Duration: 17 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Pilanesberg National Park, Johannesburg, Livingstone

Departing

30 March 2023

Pullman

$11,399pp

Deluxe

$12,799pp

Duration: 17 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Pilanesberg National Park, Johannesburg, Livingstone

Departing

18 September 2023

Pullman

$11,099pp

Deluxe

$12,599pp

Duration: 17 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Pilanesberg National Park, Johannesburg, Livingstone

Departing

16 October 2023

Pullman

$11,299pp

Deluxe

$12,699pp

Duration: 17 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Pilanesberg National Park, Johannesburg, Livingstone

Departing

20 November 2023

Pullman

$11,399pp

Deluxe

$12,799pp

Duration: 17 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Pilanesberg National Park, Johannesburg, Livingstone

Departing

27 February 2023

Pullman

Sold Out

Deluxe

$12,699pp

Duration: 17 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Pilanesberg National Park, Johannesburg, Livingstone

Departing

30 March 2023

Pullman

$11,699pp

Deluxe

$13,099pp

Duration: 17 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Pilanesberg National Park, Johannesburg, Livingstone

Departing

18 September 2023

Pullman

$11,399pp

Deluxe

$12,899pp

Duration: 17 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Pilanesberg National Park, Johannesburg, Livingstone

Departing

16 October 2023

Pullman

$11,599pp

Deluxe

$12,999pp

Duration: 17 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Pilanesberg National Park, Johannesburg, Livingstone

Departing

20 November 2023

Pullman

$11,699pp

Deluxe

$13,099pp

Duration: 17 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Pilanesberg National Park, Johannesburg, Livingstone

Departing

27 February 2023

Pullman

Sold Out

Deluxe

$12,699pp

Duration: 17 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Pilanesberg National Park, Johannesburg, Livingstone

Departing

30 March 2023

Pullman

$11,999pp

Deluxe

$13,399pp

Duration: 17 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Pilanesberg National Park, Johannesburg, Livingstone

Departing

18 September 2023

Pullman

$11,699pp

Deluxe

$13,199pp

Duration: 17 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Pilanesberg National Park, Johannesburg, Livingstone

Departing

16 October 2023

Pullman

$11,899pp

Deluxe

$13,299pp

Duration: 17 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Pilanesberg National Park, Johannesburg, Livingstone

Departing

20 November 2023

Pullman

$11,999pp

Deluxe

$13,399pp

Duration: 17 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Pilanesberg National Park, Johannesburg, Livingstone