Cairn Travels has designed a first class vacation to South Africa that includes a luxury train trip, a safari, Victoria Falls and Cape Town.
Begin your journey aboard a luxurious train for a three day trip. Savor delicious meals and beverage as the train travels directly through the famous Hwange Game Reserve. While meandering through the incredible game reserve, passengers may catch sight of the abundance of wildlife, including the Big Five, which roam free under the hot African sun. Prepare yourself for one of the greatest attractions in Africa and one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world, Victoria Falls. The final destination is Cape Town, a land of breathtaking natural scenery, longstanding cultural heritage and world-class wine-producing estates.
Day 1: Upon arrival to Johannesburg, a driver will greet and transfer you from O.R Tambo International Airport to the hotel in Pretoria, a 40 minute drive. Have a taste of Tuscany at a luxury guesthouse evocative of a 16 century Italian farmer’s villa. This 5 star hotel is in the affluent suburb of Waterkloof Ridge in Pretoria. It has drawn its stylistic inspiration from old-world Europe, set in amongst olive and lemon trees, where the smell of lavender is an enchanting welcome. The best cuisine is paired with the finest wines and each menu is tailor made by the chef for guests and their individual tastes.
Day 2: After a delicious breakfast, a driver will transfer you to the train station for a 10am departure. Experience the grace and elegance of this 3-day Rovos Rail luxury train journey from Pretoria to Victoria Falls. Delight in the unhurried pace of luxury train travel while taking in the spectacular Southern African scenery.
Included are all meals, alcoholic and non- alcoholic drinks, 24 hour full room service, excursions accompanied by a qualified tour guide & entrance fees. The spacious suites offer passengers the opportunity to travel in privacy, comfort and luxury, with fittings and facilities that are of the highest standard. All are equipped with a writing surface and a personal safe for valuables.
Day 3: Spend today relaxing on board as the train proceeds through the landscapes of Botswana towards Zimbabwe. Enjoy the scenery from the observation car, with its enlarged windows and open-air balconies, as you travel up the eastern portion of Botswana before crossing into Zimbabwe. Your overnight stop is at Mpopoma.
Day 4: Today, travel along the eastern border of Hwange National Park, the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe, on one of the continent’s longest stretches of straight railway line, which measures seventy miles. Stop at Kennedy Station for a game drive at The Hide before reboarding for dinner and an overnight stop at Thompson Junction.
Day 5: This morning, arrive at your destination, one of the natural wonders of the world, Victoria Falls. These thunderous falls transforms the Zambezi from a placid river into a ferocious torrent cutting through a series of dramatic gorges.
At the train station, you will be met by a personal driver who will take you to the hotel. One of the world’s classic five-star hotels commands prime location overlooking Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, an acclaimed natural wonder of the world. The hotel, built in 1904, was splendidly redecorated in 2013 to combine its traditional majesty with modern sophistication. For more than 110 years, the hotel has been a luxury icon in Africa. Enjoy a two night stay here.
Day 6: After a leisure breakfast, join in a tour of the falls and learn the interesting stories and facts about this spectacular waterfall.
This evening, you are in for a treat. What better way to experience the river than with a sunset cruise. The river is home to great pods of hippos and crocodiles regularly seen basking on the banks or gliding through the water. Elephants, giraffe, buffalo, waterbuck, kudu, impala, baboons and monkeys, along with a plethora of exotic birds are regular sightings.
Day 7: After checking out of the hotel, a driver will transfer you to the airport for a 2.5 hour flight to Cape Town. Upon arrival at Cape Town airport, a driver will transfer you to the five start hotel for a three night stay.
Day 8: Cape Town is historically, culturally and visually, a most diverse, breathtakingly scenic and vibrant city. Todays adventure starts with a cable car ride down Table Mountain, a flat table-topped mountain, also known as one of the Natural Wonders of the World. From there, make a trip down to the oldest building in the country, Cape Town’s very own castle – walk through the courtyard from the torture chambers to the canons to the fancy dining area said to be haunted by royalty, it’s a truly eerie and thrilling experience giving you a real vision into Cape Town’s history.
Day 9: Today, experience the full flavor of the Cape with a trip down the peninsula. With it’s combinations of scenic drives such as Chapmans Peak, getting up close and personal with Africa’s very own penguins species. Stand at the most southwestern corner of Africa, the iconic Cape of Good Hope, with its wonderful history, wildlife and wonder.
Day 10: This morning it will be time to head to the airport for the return flight home. Cairn Travels is certain you will come home with an abundance of new memories.