Journey to Southern Africa – Luxury Safaris, Rovos Rail & Cape Town

Journey to Southern Africa – Luxury Safaris, Rovos Rail & Cape Town

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Experience nature’s astonishing treasures and marvel at up-close sightings of majestic animals in their native habitat while on safari at three world-class wildlife parks. Feel the mist of the mighty Victoria Falls on your face, and stand in awe at the scenic Cape of Good Hope, once thought to be the southernmost point of Africa. Walk in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela on Robben Island, and absorb the energy of lively Soweto. Embark on a three-night journey aboard Rovos Rail, one of the most luxurious trains in the world. Join us in southern Africa to experience a journey filled with all of these unforgettable moments and much more!

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$7,495

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Trip Type
Group Travel Tour, International Land & Rail Voyages
Departure Dates
Sep 6, 2020 - Sep 21, 2020

HOTELS

• 3 nights in Cape Town, South Africa, at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel.

• 2 nights at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, at The Victoria Falls Hotel.

• 3 nights aboard Rovos Rail.

• 1 night in Johannesburg at 54 on Bath.

• 3 nights at Thornybush Nature Reserve at the Waterside Lodge.

TOUR MAP

South Africa map

ITINERARY

  • day 1 & 2

    Depart Gateway City

    Depart for Cape Town, South Africa.

  • day 3

    Arrive in Cape Town

    Transfer to the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel. Meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Reception.

  • day 4

    Cape Town | Cape Point

    Discovery: Cape Peninsula. Explore the Cape Peninsula and Cape Point Nature Reserve. Delight in views along Marine Drive, and stop in the fishing village of Hout Bay. Continue to Cape Point, and visit an African penguin colony at Boulders Beach. Enjoy the flavors of local cuisine during lunch. Enrichment: South African History.

  • day 5

    Cape Town | Robben Island

    Discovery: Cape Town. Discover the highlights of South Africa’s Mother City. Drive through the Company’s Garden district, see the Castle of Good Hope and stroll along a bustling harbor. Take a ferry ride to Robben Island and tour the jail where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated. Your guide, a former prisoner of Robben Island, offers firsthand insight. Free Time: Spend the afternoon at leisure.

  • day 6

    Fly to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

    This morning, fly to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Upon arrival, check in to The Victoria Falls Hotel. Free Time: Enjoy leisure time to settle in the hotel. Discovery: Victoria Falls. Feel the cool mist as you revel at the planet’s largest curtain of water. Tonight, gather for a group dinner.

     

  • day 7

    Chobe National Park, Botswana

    Chobe is a spectacular destination for birdwatchers, and the Chobe River gives life to the many animals, birds and reptiles that call the park home. Watch elephants frolicking in the water, hippos swimming and birds swooping down to catch a fish.

  • day 8

    Victoria Falls | Rovos Rail

    This afternoon, embark Rovos Rail at Victoria Falls Station and begin your luxury train journey. The train overnights at Kennedy Siding.

     

  • day 9

    Zimbabwe

    Rise early for a safari at Hwange National Park. Safari: After disembarking in Kennedy Siding, go on a game drive at The Hide, a private concession in Hwange National Park. This park, known for its natural beauty, is home to more than 100 mammal and 400 bird species. Visit one of the most popular watering holes to see some of the local residents! Board the train and travel through one of the longest stretches of straight track in the world. Later, gather for afternoon tea on your way to Beitbridge.

  • day 10

    South Africa

    Enjoy a full day of traveling through beautiful country. Pass Bela-Bela, the hot springs resort once known as Warmbaths. The train overnights at Pyramid.

     

  • day 11

    Pretoria | Johannesburg

    Disembark in Pretoria and transfer to Johannesburg. AHI Connects: Soweto. Visit the townships of Soweto, and see the homes of Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. In Kliptown, learn about a youth program that offers tutoring and options to play sports and participate in the arts. Meet some of the youth and enjoy a dance performance. Check in to 54 on Bath in Johannesburg.

  • day 12

    Hoedspruit | Thornybush Nature Reserve

    Transfer to the airport for your flight to Hoedspruit. Upon arrival, transfer to Thornybush Nature Reserve and check in to the Waterside Lodge. Safari: Thornybush covers more than 53 square miles and is home to 147 species of mammals. Meet your ranger and tracker, who accompany you on game drives, and begin a quest to spot the Big Five: Cape buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and rhino. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Hoedspruit. Upon arrival, transfer to Thornybush Nature Reserve and check in to the Waterside Lodge. Safari: Thornybush covers more than 53 square miles and is home to 147 species of mammals. Meet your ranger and tracker, who accompany you on game drives, and begin a quest to spot the Big Five: Cape buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and rhino.

  • day 13

    Thornybush Nature Reserve

    Each morning begins with a wakeup call at dawn. Meet on the deck and climb into your safari vehicle. Safari: It may seem quiet as the sun starts its journey across the sky, but there is plenty of animal activity. Many animals are just waking up and preparing to search for breakfast! Others are winding down after a night on the prowl and looking for a place to sleep during the day. Free Time: Spend the rest of the morning at your leisure. Perhaps visit the spa or relax with a book. Enrichment: The Animals of Thornybush. Safari: Get a different perspective as you see diurnal animals settling down for the evening and nocturnal animals beginning theirs. As the sun sets, celebrate your day with a round of sundowners.

     

  • day 14

    Thornybush Nature Reserve

    Safari: Each game drive is a unique experience forged by the time of day, the weather and the locale. Your tracker and ranger are experts in finding animals on the reserve. They know the thickets where giraffes nibble at the treetops, the open veld where zebra graze and much more. Free Time: Spend a leisurely morning at the lodge. Safari: Your ranger and tracker are knowledgeable about the wildlife and plants in the park. Today, you may scout out popular watering holes, where fourlegged and feathered residents gather. Celebrate your journey at a festive Farewell Dinner.

     

  • day 15 & 16

    Hoedspruit | Depart for gateway city

    All passengers depart for Hoedspruit Airport, where the Land Program ends. AHI FlexAir passengers board their flight to Johannesburg.

     

  • day 16

    Arrive in Gateway City

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