Highlights

  • Explore the winelands and beaches of Cape Town
  • Journey on Africa's most luxurious train – Rovos Rail
  • Enjoy fine dining, free-flowing drinks and attentive service on board
  • Stay in a luxury lodge in Kruger National Park
  • Seek the Big Five in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve

You'll begin this spectacular journey in Cape Town, exploring the city, its surrounding wine country and pristine beaches. After three days on the cape, you'll board Africa's most luxurious train – Rovos Rail – for a journey through the winelands and Karoo desert to Pretoria, pausing at the diamond mines of Kimberley along the way. On board, expect attentive service, plush en suite cabins and multi-course fine dining in the elegant restaurant carriages. From Pretoria, you'll take a short flight to Kruger, ending your trip in spectacular style with a Big-Five safari stay in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. 


Day 1

Depart the UK

Enjoy a private chauffeur transfer and VIP lounge access before boarding your overnight flight to Cape Town, South Africa.


Days 2 – 4

Cape Town

On arrival in Cape Town a private transfer will see you to your luxury waterfront accommodation. With views across Table Mountain and an elegant cocktail bar and indulgent spa, the Victorian-style gem is perfectly equipped for your three-day stay. From here, you'll have the opportunity for everything from cable car rides to Table Mountain to relaxing afternoons on the coast. Head into wine country for cellar-door tastings and some delicious regional cuisine, or visit the African penguin colonies at Boulders Beach – the only penguins on the continent.

Breakfast included

St James Beach, Cape Town

St James Beach, Cape Town

Cape Town and Table Mountain

Cape Town and Table Mountain


Day 5

Rovos Rail

This morning you'll be transferred to the station to board the resplendent carriages of Rovos Rail. Your wood-panelled cabin features an en suite bathroom and plush seating area, which transforms into a double or twin beds come the evening. Enjoy a relaxing cocktail in the bar or stroll along the train to the open-air observation carriage to watch South Africa's wine country whip past the window. At lunchtime, you'll be served a multi-course meal featuring regional ingredients and flavours in the dining car, with time to relax in the afternoon before a delicious formal dinner.


Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Events Lounge, Rovos Rail

Events Lounge, Rovos Rail

Observation Balcony, Rovos Rail

Observation Balcony, Rovos Rail

Deluxe Double, Rovos Rail

Deluxe Double, Rovos Rail


Day 6

Rovos Rail

This morning you'll enjoy a leisurely breakfast as you watch the scenery from your window; the semi-arid Karoo desert is all vast plains and dry grasses. You'll stop today in Kimberley for a guided tour of the Diamond Mine Museum and the Big Hole – a giant pit that claims to be the largest hole excavated by hand. After soaking up Kimberley's unique Victorian heritage and glittering gemstone history, you'll return to the train for afternoon tea as you glide past flocks of flamingos basking in the sun. Tonight, enjoy another delicious dinner in the opulent restaurant car before retiring to your cabin for a final night's rest.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Kimberley South Africa Big Hole

Kimberley

Karoo Coach, Rovos Rail

Karoo Coach, Rovos Rail


Day 7

Pretoria

This morning, enjoy your breakfast as the gold-bearing rocks of the Witwatersrand pass by your window. By lunchtime you'll arrive into Pretoria, South Africa's proud capital city, where a private driver will take you to your luxury accommodation. With 180 degree views of the city, and nestled on the border of the Groenkloof Nature Reserve, this boutique hotel is a peaceful retreat away from the busy city streets. Spend the rest of your day at leisure, perhaps unwinding with a drink on the lawn or venturing into Pretoria's manicured Botanical Gardens for a stroll. 

Breakfast included

131 on Herbert Baker, Pretoria

131 on Herbert Baker, Pretoria

Pretoria, South Africa

Pretoria


Day 8

Sabi Sands Game Reserve

This morning you'll take an included transfer to the airport for a short flight to the Sabi Sands Game Reserve in the heart of Greater Kruger National Park. You'll stay amongst it all, taking guided nature walks and twice-daily game drives into the reserve in search of the Big Five. From rhinos and hippo to lions and even leopards, you'll have the chance to see some of South Africa's most impressive wildlife, returning at the end of each day for fine dining and drinks by the open fire.

Stay: Kirkman’s Kamp, Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Leopard, Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa

Leopard, Sabi Sands Game Reserve

Lions, Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa

Lions, Sabi Sands Game Reserve


Days 9 – 10

Return to the UK

After breakfast, a final transfer will see you to the airport for complimentary lounge access before your flight home to the UK.


About the itinerary

"This is the very best of South Africa – sophisticated wine and city culture paired with luxury rail travel and of course, a Big Five safari. This is one of my favourite itineraries – combining Rovos Rail with a stay in a Kruger lodge makes for an unforgettable experience."

Katrin Rummer

Destination Specialist

Pricing information

Guide price from £5,520 pp incl. flights

Low Season from: £5,520 pp
High Season from: £5,955 pp

Package includes:

  • Private UK chauffeur drive to the airport
  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Return flights from London to Cape Town & Johannesburg to London
  • Domestic return flights between Johannesburg and Skukuza
  • Private airport transfers
  • 4 nights accommodation in a mixture of 4* (Superior) and 5* (Deluxe) hotels on a B&B basis
  • 3 nights accommodation in a 4* (Superior) safari lodge on a full-board basis
  • 2 nights aboard Rovos Rail in a Pullman Suite on full-board basis
  • Twice-daily shared game drives, house wines and local brand spirits, one hour nature walk, laundry while on safari
Enquire