South Africa by Train

Botswana, South Africa

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South Africa by Train

The Blue Train runs between South Africa’s Cape Town and Pretoria. The distance is covered in about 27 hours, with one stop in each direction. The fashionable old town of Matjiesfontein in the Karoo on the northbound journey, and the historic diamond-mining town of Kimberley on the journey back. The Blue Train has been synonymous with luxury and hospitality since 1946, travelling through some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery offered by the African sub-continent. The train is a magnificent moving five-star “hotel-on-wheels”.  

This private, luxurious tour is carefully designed for discerning travellers. We have carefully selected South Africa's best cultural and natural wonders as well as an iconic luxury rail journey, two of the best safari destinations in the world, and a side trip to stunning Victoria Falls on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 16-DAY PRIVATE JOURNEY ACROSS SOUTH AFRICA…
And, experience Cape Winelands, Johannesburg and travel by Blue Train.
 

What We Love
  • Take a scenic drive to watch the best shore-based whale watching in the world. 
  • Personalised wine tastings at some of South Africa's premier vineyards
  • Stay at a private game reserve renowned for its wildlife, including the Big Five.
  • Designed with the best luxury accommodation and services available
  • Travel any day – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience
Need to Know
  • This trip may require walking and 4x4 drive on rough surfaces.
  • We carefully select the world's best safari operators in each destination.
  • We offer 24/7 support to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • We can arrange other preferred luxury safari properties of your choice.
  • We can arrange private air charters to lodges throughout South Africa.

 

 

South Africa by Train Hermanus, Cape Winelands, Blue Train, Johannesburg, Kruger National Park and Sabi Sand Reserve, Victoria Falls
(16 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 01 – Arrive
Cape Town Hermanus Private arrival transfer to Hermanus for two nights.

Day 02 – At leisure
Hermanus Day at leisure

Day 03 – Tour
Cape Winelands Private transfer to the Cape Winelands for overnight stay, with wine touring en route. Spend some time exploring Franschhoek on foot - a host of shops and galleries line the Main Street, providing a wonderful choice of antiques, a world class collection of artworks and interesting bric-a-brac to browse through.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 04 – Tour
Cape Town Private wine touring en route to Cape Town for three nights. On arrival in Cape Town today transfer to your hotel, where you stay for four nights. This afternoon, you could take the shuttle bus service to the bustling Victoria and Alfred Waterfront entertainment district, and spend some time exploring on your own.

Day 05 – Tour
Cape Town Cape Town or The Mother City, as its warmly known – is recognized as one of the world’s most strikingly beautiful cities, and for visitors, there’s no finer place to examine the exquisite lay of the land than from the cable car as you travel right up to the very top of aptly-named Table Mountain.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 06 – Tour
Cape Peninsula Cape Town This morning, tour the Cape Peninsula, an area of scenic beauty. Travel along the Atlantic Seaboard to Hout Bay, and continue through the leafy suburb of Constantia. From Cape Point, travel to the naval town of Simonstown for lunch (not included) at Seaforth, and then visit Boulders Beach to see resident African Penguins. Return to Cape Town in the late afternoon for an evening at leisure.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 07 – Train
Blue Train Private transfer to the Blue Train for overnight train journey, with touring stop en route.

*Option is available to travel via the two-night Rovos Rail, upon request.

Day 08 – Arrive
Pretoria Johannesburg Train arrives in Pretoria. Private transfer to Johannesburg for 2 nights, with touring en route

Day 09 – Tour
Johannesburg Private touring in Johannesburg or excursion to the Cradle of Humankind.

Day 10 & 11 – Safari
Kruger National Park Private transfer and scheduled flight to Kruger National Park for a two-night luxury safari.

Morning and afternoon wildlife safaris. Singita's private concession in Kruger National Park and the Sabi Sand Reserve are renowned for their diverse wildlife—including the Big Five.
Singita Lebombo (B, L, D)

Day 12 & 13 – Safari
Sabi Sand Reserve Transfer and flight to Sabi Sand Reserve for two-night luxury safari. Twice-daily game drives, with option for a walking safari.
Sangita Boulders (B, L, D)

Day 14 – Transfer
Victoria Falls Transfer and flight to Livingstone for two nights at Victoria Falls.
Private sundowner cruise.

Day 15 – Tour
Victoria Falls Private walking tour of the falls, elephant-back safari and helicopter flight over falls.

Day 16 – Airport Transfer
Depart Johannesburg Private transfer and scheduled flight to Johannesburg. Connection assistance to onward flight.
 

 
South Africa by Train Botswana, South Africa

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Recommended Price: 5-star: GBP 400 - £700 per person per day, excl. flights
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility & quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199
     

Getting There Johannesburg with its O.R. Tambo International Airport is the air transport hub of Southern Africa and is linked to the rest of the world by major airlines. Other international airports are located in Cape Town and Durban, but few flights from Europe or America fly directly to either destination. There is a good network of internal flights.

Travelling around South Africa is mostly by car and a good range of car rental companies are available. The road system is amongst the best in Africa. However, travelling off the beaten track to the national parks is virtually impossible by public transport. This is mostly organised by local tour operators.

When to go The best time to visit Kruger and most wildlife parks in South Africa is from May to September. This is the dry season and animals congregate around waterholes and rivers. The climate of South Africa is generally mild throughout the country with warm, sunny days and cool nights. There's really not a bad time to visit, but winter is a good time (especially October) if you are going for a safari – grass is short, and the animals tend to gather around watering holes.

In winter, due to altitude, temperatures drop to the freezing point, and in places even lower. Snow is a possibility June-August in the mountain areas. It generally rains in the afternoon during the summer (November-February) everywhere in the country except in the Cape Province, where it rains during the winter.