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Two weeks in South Africa - a luxury rail safari itinerary

Experience the best that South Africa has to offer: it's white-sand beaches, lush green wine-lands and find the Big Five wildlife in the Kruger National Park.

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Start your two weeks South Africa luxury rail safari in Johannesburg - Africa’s biggest and most vibrant cities. Explore the old city’s multi-cultural mixture of traditional medicine shops, Chinese restaurants, ultra-modern skyscrapers, excellent museums, art galleries, historical and political interest. However, you will also get the opportunity to encounter Soweto - Johannesburg’s most popular tourist attraction.  

Enjoy Kimberley’s adventure and it's most unique exciting untouched natural wonderland. Encounter South Africa’s biggest ecosystem and arid scrublands shelter with its surprisingly rich diversity of plant, bird and animal life - Karoo.

Resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic Ocean, sandwiched between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain at the glistening sapphire water of the Table Bay - the exceptionally scenic city of Cape Town is in a class of its own. You will enjoy the bustling harbour, world-class beaches, top-notch vineyards and the mountainous surroundings brimming with diverse flora and fauna.

Built along the beautiful shores and cliffs of Walker Bay, visit the best-known place for whale watching in the world - Hermanus.

Explore the “Garden of Eden” Knysna, nestled between the imposing Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean as well as world-renowned forest. Here, you will enjoy swimming, canoeing, yacht, Jet Ski, boating, fishing, walking on soft sand and visiting the ferry ride. Explore various markets that offer organic goods, delicious food, mountains, valleys, lake, and forests. If you’re an avid bird watcher - visit the birding route that you might enjoy and fall in love with.

A trip to the Kruger National Park is an unforgettable and potentially life changing experience. At more than two million hectares, the Kruger National Park is one of the world’s largest game reserves and a truly remarkable destination. Experience the amazing diversity - from the scenery and ecosystem to the correspondingly amazing array of animals, trees and birds. However, spot the Big Five members such as elephant, cheetah, lion, rhino and buffalo.

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What to Expect on This Safari

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1

Welcome to South Africa

When you arrive at the OR Tambo International Airport, you will be met and transferred to the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa. The hotel is warm and welcoming as well as the pedigree is unmistakable. Outside, elegant buildings give way to extensive park-like lawns and magnificent old trees under which guests can dine in comfort on open terraces.

Here you will enjoy modern skyscrapers, museums, art galleries and historical as well as political interest. Visit Johannesburg most popular tourist destination “Soweto”. You will stay on a bed and breakfast basis for one night.

Meals: Bed and breakfast

Transport: Included

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2 to 3

Explore Kimberley and the Karoo National Park

After spending one night at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa. You bid farewell to Johannesburg as you take the Rovos Rail from Pretoria Station to Cape Town via Kimberley and Matjiesfontein. Enjoy this two-night journey with all your meals included. 

During your journey, you will see the Big Hole and Kimberley Mine Museum that offers a trip back in time to when diamonds were first found in South Africa in 1866, near Hopetown in the Northern Cape. You will also sight South Africa’s biggest ecosystem and the rich diversity of plant, bird and animal life. 

Meals: Full Board and activities

Transport: Included

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4 to 7

Enjoy Cape Town and it's lush green Winelands

When you arrive at Cape Town station, you will be transported to The Marly - where you will stay on a bed and breakfast basis for four nights. The Marly is a newly developed hotel located right on the beachfront in the exclusive Cape Town suburb of Camps Bay. However, this exceptional hotel serves as an ideal base for exploring all that the Mother City and her surrounds have to offer.

Highlights of a trip down to Cape Point include; one of the world’s most spectacular drives, Hout Bay, Chapman's Peak, Noordhoek Beach, the Cape Point Nature Reserve, two lighthouses on the tip of Africa, Boulders penguin Colony, Simonstown, Kalk Bay and the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

From Cape Town, make your way out into the picturesque Winelands - visiting South Africa’s most famous wine regions - Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. Visit Taal monument, various museums and the French Huguenots.

Meals: Bed and breakfast

Transport: Included

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8

Explore the whale-watching town of Hermanus

Hire a car and drive the scenic Garden Route, your first stop is Hermanus, where you will stay on a bed and breakfast basis for one night.

The Harbour House Hotel consists of the restored Manor House with intimate romance rooms, with views over the garden and pool area. 

Guests are offered a chance to explore whale watching, fishing, leisure, watersport, gold, gourmet, nature and shopping.

Meals: Bed and breakfast

Transport: Included

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9 to 10

Scenic Knysna

Continue on yoru scenic drive From Hermanus to Knysna, on arrival in Knysna make your way to the Turbine Hotel and Spa which will be your home for the next two nights with breakfast included. The exceptional hotel is situated on the picturesque Thesen Island, within the scenic Knysna estuary and occupies an old power station building.

Here you will enjoy pontoon cruises, cycling, kayaking, fishing, whale watching and adventurous activities such as birdwatching, hiking, shopping, golfing, swimming, canoeing, yacht, jet-ski, boating, fishing, walking on soft sand, taking ferry ride and bird watching.

Meals: Bed and breakfast

Transport: Included

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11 to 13

Track the Big Five at the Kruger National Park

After breakfast, you drive to George Airport, where you will catch your flight to Skukuza Airport. When you arrive at Skukuza Airport, you’ll be transferred to the Jock Safari Lodge. The lodge is situated in the south-western corner of the Kruger National Park - and offers 6,000 hectares of exclusive Big Five game viewing. This will be your home for the next three nights with all your meals included.

Travellers will enjoy activities such as game drives, nature walks, bird watching, stargazing, visits to rock art sites and spa treatment at the Pilgrims Rest Relaxation Retreat. However, through the game drives and nature walks - expect to spot the giraffe, fauna and flora, zebra, wild dogs, hyenas and antelope. Highlights will be witnessing the Big Five members such as elephant, lion, cheetah, rhino and buffalo. 

Meals: Full Board and activities

Transport: Included

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14

We're sad to see you leave

This is your last day of your two week South African luxury rail safari. Enjoy your final morning activities followed by a leisurely breakfast before you will be collected at the camp and transferred to Skukuza Airport for your flight back to OR Tambo International Airport.

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