You’ll start with breath-taking wildlife encounters in Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, staying in a luxurious tented camp and embarking on thrilling guided excursions. You then have one night in Johannesburg before hopping aboard the Victorian-style Rovos Rail for an unforgettable train journey to Cape Town. Relaxing in the comfort of the train’s observation car as you watch the colourful African landscape roll by is an experience like no other.
And then comes the serenity of a stay at The Cellars Hohenort in Cape Town, where you will have easy access to unmissable attractions like Robben Island, Table Mountain, the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and the sophisticated nightlife of the waterfront area.
London – Johannesburg
Your overnight flight departs from London Heathrow in the evening, landing in Johannesburg early the following morning.
Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Upon arrival in Johannesburg, you will board a short flight to Hoedspruit where you will be met and transferred to your lodge.
Bordering the world-famous Kruger National Park, Timbavati is a private reserve encompassing over 50,000-hectares of land. Here you can enjoy an exclusive and rewarding game experience with lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant all present, as well as a prolific bird life.
Your lodge – one of the few tented safari camps in South Africa – is located at the heart of Timbavati overlooking a game-rich watering hole. Surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature, with not a single fence in sight, this is a truly authentic wildlife experience. Led by a team of expert rangers and trackers, your time will be spent on walking safaris and morning and evening game drives in open-sided vehicles.
Stay: Three nights in a tented room at Tanda Tula Camp
Today you will fly back to Johannesburg, where you will be met and transferred to your stylish hotel in the city’s cosmopolitan northern suburbs. Nestled amongst manicured gardens, the hotel boasts chic and spacious luxury suites, a dazzling outdoor pool, and a shaded garden perfect for enjoying an outdoor meal. If you want to venture further afield, you are within short distance of Johannesburg’s fascinating sites, as well as world-class boutiques, restaurants and bars.
Stay: One night in a deluxe suite at Athol Place
Rovos Rail – Pretoria to Cape Town
This afternoon you will be taken to Pretoria train station to begin your journey to Cape Town. You will travel in style aboard the Rovos Rail, where you can enjoy the charming Victorian atmosphere of the dining, lounge and observation cars. With no radios or televisions, the Rovos Rail really evokes the spirit of travel in days gone by.
The 1,600 km train journey will show you some of South Africa’s finest natural landscapes. You will travel through the windswept grasslands of the gold rich highveld to the haunting barrenness of the Great Karoo, taking in the spectacular mountain ranges and scenic wine lands of the Cape. En route you will stop at Matijiesfontein, a perfectly preserved Victorian village, and Kimberly where you have a chance to visit the world’s largest man-made excavation known as the ‘Big Hole’.
Stay: Two nights in a deluxe suite on board the Rovos Rail
Arriving in Cape Town in the evening, you will be met by one of our representatives and be taken to your hotel in the heart of the scenic Constantia Valley. Featuring exquisite gardens, elegantly decorated rooms, a tennis court, pool and three-award winning restaurants, this is the ideal spot to end an adventure-filled trip. Unwind in the sunshine or take a leisurely bike ride around the scenic suburb.
Your time in Cape Town can be spent visiting the prison cell that held Nelson Mandela at Robben Island, the Cultural History Museum and the splendid Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Don’t miss out on spectacular views of the city and ocean beyond from the summit of Table Mountain – one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature.
Stay: Three nights in a luxury double room at The Cellars Hohenort
Today you will be driven to the airport to catch your flight back to London Heathrow, arriving in the early morning.