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Discover South Africa by train with our Highlights of South Africa rail holiday.


From the world-class waterfront city of Cape Town, set against lofty peaks which soar dramatically out of azure waters, to the vast wilderness of Kruger National Park, home of the fabled 'Big Five' game animals, South Africa is a truly diverse country with outstanding landscapes to match. Discover the very best that South Africa has to offer when you uncover the sublime scenery and cultural highlights of a place that is all at once magical, beautiful and mysteriously alluring.

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Highlights of South Africa

Discover the wonders of South Africa with a journey on the historical Ceres Railway, a fantastic game drive in Kruger National Park, and a trip along the glorious Garden Route to the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town.

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15 days from £2,495 pp

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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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