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Embark on a luxurious voyage of discovery

17 days From £6,995 per person
Operated by our sister company Great Rail Journeys

2022 Tour code: AFJ22

About the tour

Fascinating wildlife is just waiting to be discovered on this South African rail adventure aboard the Pride of Africa - one of the world's great luxury trains. Our voyage of discovery takes us through South Africa's most well-known game parks and ends with four nights in the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town.

Highlights

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London to Johannesburg

We fly from London Heathrow to Johannesburg

Day 2 - Johannesburg

We arrive on the morning of Day 2. We transfer to our hotel in nearby Pretoria, visiting the Voortrekker Monument en-route. This enormous structure is dedicated to the history of South Africa, and set in a nature reserve close to Pretoria. We enjoy lunch in a local restaurant.

Day 3 - The Pride of Africa

Today, we board the Pride of Africa at the Rovos Rail Station in Capital Park, Pretoria. Our journey on this opulent train in luxurious air-conditioned suites, spans nine incredible nights and takes us across the African plains in true style and elegance, while we enjoy fine china, crisp linen, and 5-Star service. All on-board meals and drinks are included, as are our meals during off-train excursions.

Day 4 - Kruger National Park

This morning, we wake up early for a highlight of our holiday - an excursion to Kruger National Park, the largest park in South Africa where all of the 'Big Five' game animals can be found. Here, we pursue antelope and track the herds of elephants that make this huge wilderness their home. We might catch a glimpse of a leopard as it stalks its prey, or enjoy the thrill of viewing a lion from close range. We enjoy lunch in Kruger National Park before re-boarding the train.

Day 5 - Hluhluwe Game Reserve

Today, aboard the Pride of Africa, we pass through Hluhluwe Game Reserve, one of the oldest of its kind in South Africa. In the afternoon, we enjoy a game drive in the park for a chance to spot some giraffes, zebras, hippopotamuses, and cape buffaloes. After re-boarding the train, we head towards Durban, passing through the incredible and verdant scenery of the St Lucia Wetlands.

Day 6 - Durban

We arrive in the city of Durban today, where we take a guided city tour and enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. After re-joining our train, we continue through the Valley of a Thousand Hills, an area of incredible natural beauty.

Day 7 - Spionkop Battlefield

On  Day 7, we take a tour of Spionkop, or 'Spy Hill', discovering the historic battlefield with a local expert. In 1900, this was the site of a bloody battle between Boer farmers and British troops, whose miscalculated tactics led to their embarrassing defeat. Following our time here, we embark on a game drive in Nambiti Game Reserve, with another chance to spot Africa's incredible wildlife. Later, the train makes its way through the Drakensberg Mountains, a stunning area characterised by soaring peaks and lush green forests.  Day 8 is spent at leisure on board.

Day 8 - At leisure

Day 8 is spent at leisure on board.

Day 9 - Addo Elephant Park and Oudtshoorn

This morning we travel to Addo Elephant Park for a game drive in open-top vehicles. The park is inhabited not only by elephants, but also lions, leopards, cape buffaloes, and rhinos. We return to the train in Port Elizabeth for lunch onboard. After some free time this afternoon, the Pride of Africa continues towards Oudtshoorn, home to the world's largest population of ostriches.

Day 10 - Oudtshoorn

We enjoy a visit to an ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn on Day 10 for a unique insight into the mighty birds, before continuing to the town of George. We take a short drive to Fancourt Golf Estate for our dinner tonight.

Day 11 - Featherbed Reserve and Cape Town

We enjoy a scenic drive down the coast to Knysna this morning, famed for its picturesque setting on the shores of a large estuary. Here, we take a ferry out to explore Featherbed Nature Reserve. Back on the train, we travel through the magnificent green scenery that characterises South Africa's famous 'Garden Route' to Riversdale.

Day 12 - Pride of Africa

Day 12, our last day on board the Pride of Africa, takes us through the wild scenery of the Cape Fold Mountains, where we enjoy some free time before the final leg of our journey to Cape Town, set against the backdrop of iconic Table Mountain.

Day 13 - South Africa’s Vineyards

Today, we travel by coach around two of South Africa's finest wine producing areas: the Franschhoek and Stellenbosch Valleys. Here, we enjoy a delicious 'boerebraai' lunch, a unique South African social event where family and friends gather together to create a memorable dining experience, as well as tastings of the wines for which these areas are famous.

Day 14 - Table Mountain and Robben Island

This morning we make the cable car ascent of Table Mountain, enjoying panoramic city views (weather dependant). The cliffs are home to a number of different animals and plants, as well as a stunning range of fauna - some of which, like the Table Mountain Ghost Frog, are found in no other place in the world. Following some time for lunch, this afternoon we take a ferry across Table Bay for a guided tour of Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned between 1964 and 1982. Today, the site is a UNESCO World Heritage listed attraction. We also visit Kirstenbosch, where we enjoy a guided tour of the colourful botanical gardens nestled at the foot of Table Mountain.

Day 15 - Cape Point and Boulders Beach

We take in South Africa's scenic coastal beauty today. We journey to Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope via the stunning Chapman's Peak coastal road. At Cape Point we ride the Flying Dutchman funicular railway up to the upper lighthouse, where we enjoy some inspiring views of the gorgeous cape and crashing ocean. We continue to Boulders Beach, where an incredible penguin colony native only to Africa have made their home on the stunning white sands - a truly delightful sight.

Day 16 - Cape Town to London

Today you're free to explore the city further before we transfer to the airport this evening. We fly back to London Heathrow.

Day 17 - London

We arriving on  Day 17 at  London Heathrow.

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Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

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Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town

Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town

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