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From the waterfront city of Cape Town, set against lofty peaks that soar high out from an azure ocean, to swathes of vast wilderness that are home to the fabled 'Big Five', Africa is a diverse country with outstanding landscapes to match. Take in dynamic cities that are constantly looking to the future, sample some of the world's greatest wines in Stellenbosch Valley or catch a glimpse of a majestic lion seeking respite from the heat in the shade of a leafy acacia tree. From sublime scenery and rare wildlife to diverse culture, exciting cuisine and world-class wine, this is a destination that really does have it all.

Experience a brighter future and soak up the colours of the world with Great Rail Journeys. These long-haul adventures feature all the fabulous inclusions you know and love from Rail Discoveries' holidays. You'll have a Tour Manager with you throughout and the peace of mind that everything's included in one great price, alongside an incredible dose of authentic worldwide culture. Along the way, you'll also tick off those unmissable, iconic landmarks while getting to the heart of local culture as you're introduced to the authentic sights, sounds and flavours of each place you visit. And of course, it wouldn't be a Great Rail Journeys holiday without unforgettable rail experiences. Whether you're heading to Canada or Cambodia, expect front-row seats to the most spectacular scenery on earth as you're whisked through the landscapes in comfort on the world's most iconic railways.

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£4,095
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  • DestinationSouth Africa
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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17 days from
£6,995
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  • DestinationSouth Africa
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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Kruger National Park
2021Oct
15 days from
£2,495 pp
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  • DestinationSouth Africa
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail
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22 days from
£14,995
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  • DestinationSouth Africa
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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  • TransportFlight, Rail
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Garden Route
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2022FebAugSepOct
16 days from
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16 days from
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  • DestinationSouth Africa
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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One of the most revered and diverse safari destinations in Africa, and indeed the world, Kruger National Park offers a veritable feast for the eyes of the adventuresome traveller, with the chance to observe some of the world's most spectacular, exotic and rare wildlife.

Here, you may catch an unforgettable glimpse of an elusive leopard strolling across the vast plains, elephants bathing in the shallow waters of a watering hole, or majestic lion prides seeking respite from the heat in the shade of a leafy acacia tree.

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Enjoy a truly unique experience with Ceres Rail Company as you board a historic refurbished steam train for the return journey to Elgin. Wind slowly through verdant valley scenery on this relaxed, three-hour journey from Cape Town to
the Elgin Railway Market.

Housed in a former apple warehouse, the design takes inspiration from a bygone era of prosperous steam travel, and the space is transformed into an Art Deco, Victorian inspired market. Spend time perusing the many exciting offerings, including artisan gins, delicious street food, and handmade jewellery.

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While the main language in South Africa is English, there are 11 official spoken tongues here, including Afrikaans, Ndebele, and Zulu; most South Africans can speak more than one language.

The time zone used in South Africa is South Africa Standard Time, which is two hours ahead of GMT. On average, a direct flight from London to Johannesburg takes around 11 hours. Visitors from the UK will require a passport with at least six months validity and a minimum of two blank pages. When visiting South Africa for tourist purposes (up to 90 days), a visa is not required.

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