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Cape Town – Rovos Rail – Safari
South Africa - 10 days - Cape Town - Rovos Rail - Safari

CAPE TOWN – ROVOS RAIL – SAFARI

SOUTH AFRICA  WELCOME – SAWUBONA!

South Africa has a rich and very varied landscape, and is considered to be Africa for beginners. South Africa has the most diverse and developed tourist industry on the continent. From the tropical wilds of Maputaland to the Big Five country of Limpopo, and from the metropolitan heartland of Gauteng to the elegant sophistication and beauty of the Cape Winelands, there is no single country in Africa with as much to offer the discerning traveler.

A wide variety of visitors are coming to South Africa, because tourists on short-term visits are attracted by the well-established highlights such as the Kruger National Park with its ‘Big Five’, and Cape Town’s Table mountain with one of the most beautiful views in the world. Sport lovers come to play golf, try rock climbing, mountain biking, bungee jumping and hike the numerous pristine nature reserves, while backpackers fall in love with the Garden Route’s beauty and tranquility. And everyone will love the golden beaches, welcoming wine farms and the great food.

South Africa is brimming with contradictions and surprising contrasts. Living side by side you’ll find poverty and wealth; desert and rain forests; secluded beach and mist-shrouded maintain; and it is all populated by over thirty different cultures.

The tourist infrastructure is outstanding and could be compared with European infrastructure. The weakness of the Rand against major international currencies makes for a hard to beat value for money holiday. South Africa has it all: a combination of everything a visitor could want, in a territory that is a true paradise on earth.

HIGHLIGHTS

Explore Cape Town and get to know the cultural diversity of South Africa
Stand on top of the world “Table Mountain”
Treat your palate to world famous renown South African Wines
Treat your palate to traditional South African cuisine
Recapture the romance and atmosphere of a bygone era on the Luxury Rovos Rail
Observe majestic creatures like the Big 5 at close range

ESTIMATED TOUR PRICE AS PER THE ABOVE ITINERARY FROM ZAR 91 160.50

MINIMUM 2 PASSENGERS TRAVELLING JAN-SEPT 2016

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT FROM ZAR 19.722,50

(Only for Table Bay Hotel, Ilyria Guest House & Rovos Rail – Sabi Sabi Game Reserve single on request)

ABOVE PRICING IS SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY AND TRAVEL DATES.

PLEASE CONTACT US FOR A DETAILED QUOTE.

DAY 1 – Arrive in Cape Town

Welcome to Cape Town – voted best destination in the world by Tripadvisor

Cape Town exudes an all-season vibrancy that will get right under your skin. You’ll fall in love with the city’s essence and natural beauty as you walk through the streets and meet with the locals. Prepare to expect the unexpected, as Cape Town can be seen as a hub of adventure. Here, you will find a mix of adventure-filled activities beside tranquil ambiance.

A company representative will meet you at Cape Town International Airport and transfer you to your hotel.

The Table Bay Hotel, with its contemporary Victorian design, is situated in the V&A Waterfront, with hundreds of high-end retail stores, restaurants, and coffee shops on your doorstep.  Table Bay Hotel is celebrated for its ideal positioning as your luxury room offers magnificent mountain views together with plush facilities.

(Note: check-in time is at 14.00 hrs)

Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Lunch and dinner will be for your own account.

Overnight at The Table Bay Hotel, Luxury Room (Bed & Breakfast)

DAY 2 – Full-Day Tour – Cape Point

After breakfast, a chauffeur will collect you for a full-day tour of the Peninsula and surrounds. The tour begins along the Atlantic seaboard via Clifton, Camps Bay and Llandudno, followed by a drive through Hout Bay – one of the peninsula’s most renowned fishing villages.

You will then make your way along a scenic drive through Chapman’s Peak, en route the spectacular sights of Cape Point at the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve.

The Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve is home to a range of magnificent “Fynbos” vegetation, antelope and birds. Spot the Cape Mountain Zebra but beware of mischievous baboons.

We pay a visit to the lighthouse and then carry on along False Bay coastline via Simons Town, Kalkbay and Muizenberg.

In Simons Town, a quaint and charming coastal town, we stop to visit the penguin colonies at Boulder’s Beach. Spot whales along the coast during the month of June to November, or marvel at the density of surfers paddling out at Muizenberg Beach.

Lunch and dinner will be for your own account.

Cape Town hosts a wealth of world-class restaurants, café’s and bars. Whether you feel inclined for wood-fired artisanal pizza, sushi or fresh fish, there is something for every palate.

Overnight at The Table Bay Hotel, Luxury Room (Bed & Breakfast)

DAY 3 – Table Mountain &  Winelands’ Tour

After breakfast, a chauffeur will collect you for your visit to the Table Mountain and Wine-lands tour.

Table Mountain Aerial Cable Way (weather permitting).

Table Mountain is Cape Town’s most renowned attraction. It currently stands as a New 7 Wonder of the world, the view of the flat-topped massif, as clouds hover over, can be seen from nearly all corners of the city and beyond. It is recognized throughout the world and is famously known as the mountain’s ‘tablecloth’. From the paths that lead to its summit, to the inescapably rare fauna and flora, Table Mountain is attractive to every visitor. (weather permitting)

After seeing the city from the top of Table Mountain your tour continues into the ‘Mother City’ as Cape Town is affectionately known. The City Bowl is filled with a number of major attractions, from the imposing Castle of Good Hope to the colorful cottages of the Bo Kaap, Green Market Square, the South African Museum and the lush Company Gardens.

After the short City Bowl tour we head towards the Cape Winelands with Paarl as our starting point – a charming valley overlooked by the ‘Pearl of Paarl’, an imposing granite mountain that towers above this area. Oak trees line the well-manicured streets, paving the way to fine examples of Cape Dutch architecture. Dutch farmers settled in the area in the 1680’s, quickly finding that the soil and temperate climate was perfect for farming. Fruit, vegetables and gardens flourished, as did vineyards, which brought about the development of Paarl becoming the world-renowned wine producer that it is today.

You will have an opportunity to visit two wine estates for wine tasting.

Paarl is situated within close proximity to our next destination, the charming French inspired Franschhoek. We are now far into the Cape Winelands, surrounded by vineyards, verdant valleys and mountains. Franschhoek was established in 1688 by French immigrants, fleeing from persecution in Europe. A monument in the town commemorates the arrival of these early settlers. They had assisted in developing wines that were highly sought after by Napoleon, Bismarck and royalty such as Edward VII, the Prince of Wales. Many of the great Franschhoek wine estates still retain their original farm houses.

Our last stop on the Winelands tour is Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa and historically known to be the heart of the country’s wine region. In 1679, Dutch East India Company governor, Simon van der Stel, noticed the soil permeability of the valley and thought that it would be ideal for vineyards. Stroll along Dorp Street with its elegant mix of 18-century Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian buildings and colossal oaks that tower over the original water furrows, quaint coffee shops, and art galleries.

Return to your hotel in the late afternoon. Dinner, at leisure, will be for your own account.

Overnight at The Table Bay Hotel, Luxury Room (Bed & Breakfast)

DAY 4 & 5 – Rovos Rail from Cape Town to Pretoria

Bid the Table Bay Hotel farewell on day four as you prepare for your trip aboard the Rovos Rail Luxury Train.

Since establishment, more than 20 years ago, Rovos Rail has earned a reputation for offering truly world-class travel experiences. Step aboard the wood-paneled coaches, classically refurbished to mint condition. Enjoy fine cuisine in five-star luxury as some of the most diverse scenery imaginable unfolds beyond the windows of the train. Recapture the romance and atmosphere of a bygone era, when privileged travelers experienced the magic and mystery of Africa in a relaxed and elegant fashion.

Your journey takes you towards the town of Worcester through the Winelands, and then onto the historic village of Matjiesfontein- with its Victorian era atmosphere. A short stop awards you an opportunity to explore the village. Your journey will carry on through the Klein Karoo where you will be presented with flat plains, towering cliffs, glassy mountain streams and unique vegetation.

Next stop: Kimberley. A memorable experience awaits you in this town and it’s most famous tourist attraction the “Big Hole”. The famed site holds the title of the largest man-made excavation in the world, featuring a massive 214-meter crater from which over 2722 kilograms of diamonds have been successfully yielded. While consistently remaining the prime draw card of Kimberley, the Big Hole is surrounded by other attractions such as the Diamond Museum – with an open-air atmosphere that whisks visitors away on a journey to the indulgent days of the diamond rush. The museum also provides insight into diamond mining and processing. Walk away with extensive knowledge of how diamonds are transformed from stones to the pristine jewelry showcased in stores. As you travel to your next destination, Pretoria, you’ll pass through typical South African villages and dorpies (towns) such as Krugersdorp and Potchefstroom.

Unwind in your spacious Deluxe suite with a lounge area, en-suite shower and luxury amenities.

Daily afternoon tea is served in the observation area, while lunch and dinner is served in the dining carriages.

2 x Nights on Rovos Rail in a Deluxe Suite (Full Board)

DAY 6 – Rovos Rail – Pretoria

Enjoy breakfast as your journey continues through Krugersdorp and Johannesburg via the goldfields of the Witwatersrand. We continue onto Rovos Rail’s Capital Park Station in Pretoria, also known as Jacaranda City – due to the purple blossomed Jacaranda trees that line the city streets. Pretoria can best be described as a quiet yet beautiful city. It has a fascinating history, comprises of historic buildings and interesting museums.

After checking out, your driver will meet you on the platform of the train station and transfer you to your next overnight stop at Illyria House.

A villa with sweeping views across the treetops of Jacaranda City awaits you. Set in tranquil gardens it is no wonder that this 5-star boutique hotel is often referred to as a little paradise. Upon entering through the wrought iron gates, a fairy tale ambiance, resembling absolute graces and romance unfolds. White gloved butlers discreetly work their magic to offer you personalized service, exclusivity and luxuries. While the hotel possesses old-world charm with fine antiques, 17th century tapestries, soft classical music and exquisite cuisine

Illyria House has become a destination in its own right, offering a unique, nostalgic, colonial experience, which is highly appreciated by the discerning traveler, ranging from heads of state and celebrities alike.

The city is packed with fine restaurants that provide a fusion of South African flavors and international dishes.

Dinner at leisure, and for your own account.

Overnight at Illyria House, Standard Room (Bed and breakfast)

DAY 7 – Sabi Sabi Game Reserve, Earth Lodge

After a scrumptious breakfast in the gardens at Illyria House, you to embark on your final adventure – Sabi Sabi Game Reserve.

You will be transferred from Illyria house to OR Tambo International Airport, in time for your one-hour flight to the game reserve airstrip.

The Sabi Sabi Game Reserve forms part of the greater Kruger National Park, a wildlife paradise where you can observe majestic creatures like the Big 5 at close range, along with hundreds of other species of African animals and birds. Don’t miss out on the chance to snap shots of your wildlife encounters during your safari drive.

Earth Lodge – Luxury Safari Lodge

Earth Lodge is a sanctuary symbolizing a new era in South African safari lodges. Sculpted into a slope and exquisitely camouflaged into the landscape, the Earth Lodge makes use of texture, light and space to present an accommodation experience like no other. Taking its cue from the surrounding area, it’s said to be the most environmentally sensitive lodge in Africa.

The Lodge reveals itself in a series of sensory revelations. Upon arrival, a hidden corridor leads to a panorama of uninterrupted bush veld. As in nature, everything at Earth Lodge exists in harmony – you are immediately aware of a sense of calm and restoring spirit.

Each of the suites feature individually designed furniture, a private plunge pool, en-suite glass fronted showers, and outdoor showers. The natural wooden sculptures designed by renowned South African artist Geoffrey Armstrong, add a magical touch.

After check-in you will have some time for leisure.

Afternoon tea will be served on the deck as your ranger briefs you for your first game drive.

The fence-less Kruger Park abounds game, moving freely through the bushveld. This is where you will potentially spot- elephants, rhinos, buffalo’s, lions and leopards – as well as wild dogs and cheetahs. There are also over 300 bird species located on the reserve.

The dedicated, highly trained, and experienced Rangers lead you to discover wonders of nature that you may never have dreamed existed.

Upon returning from your afternoon game drive, relax and enjoy a wonderful dinner, set up under African skies.

Overnight at Earth Lodge (Full board & Safari Activities)

DAY 8 & 9 – Sabi Sabi Game Reserve, Earth Lodge

A morning call from the Ranger will wake you before first light, while the kitchen prepares hot coffee or tea, cool fruit juices and a muffin, rusk or other freshly made delicacy, before you head out on your morning Safari.

The bush is already alive as you arrive, the air may be filled with birds’ songs as the sunlight dances off beads of dew on spiders’ webs. No one can predict what you will see, not even the tracker who can read the bushveld like a book. He will watch the gravel road for spoor (tracks), leaning forward intently to find any prints left by a predator during its hunt in the dark. There may be hushed discussions in Shangaan between Ranger and Tracker, and brief radio interactions from one vehicle to another. Sharing information ensures that the occupants of each Land Rover have the best chance of a wide range of sightings during drives. It also ensures control and responsible behavior as the vehicles move in closely towards the animals.

You then return to the lodge for a full breakfast, where the ranger will join to answer any of your questions.

The rest of the morning is at leisure with the many activities on offer, from guided bush walks to luxurious spa treatments.

You will meet for afternoon tea before going on another exciting afternoon game drive.

Dinner will be served at the lodge. The lodge offers cuisine that is on par with the latest international trends, prepared with fresh – often local – ingredients.

The ‘Afro-Asian’ menu focuses on fresh South African produce with an Asian twist.

All meals are carefully conceptualized to consider time of day, weather, dining setting and season. Dishes look equally as good as they taste and are served with Sabi Sabi’s seemingly unending bush veld as the perfect backdrop.

Overnight at Earth Lodge (Full board & Safari Activities)

DAY 10 – Departure

Enjoy your final morning game drive or sleep in and relax at the lodge. Tuck into breakfast before checking out of what must have become your African home by now.

Transfer to Sabi Sabi private airstrip for your afternoon flight back to OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.

END OF A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE!

 

 

 

 

 

Impressions

  • Table-Bay Hotel
  • Table-Bay Hotel Room
  • Table-Bay Hotel Suite
  • Rovos Train
  • Rovos Train Public Coach
  • Rovos Suite
  • Earth Lodge Suite
  • Earth-Lodge-Night-Entrance-slide
  • Buffalo Waterhole
  • Rhino's
  • Leopard on Prowl
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