Join an exceptional adventure that reveals the raw beauty, wildlife and unparalleled wonders of South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. From vibrant Cape Town, follow a compelling route to Robben Island, majestic Victoria Falls and fascinating towns that hold powerful history lessons. Traverse untamed landscapes on a bespoke train journey steeped in elegant refinement aboard Rovos Rail. And, with expert guides leading the way, discover the density and diversity of exotic animals in southern Africa’s most incredible safari destinations.
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- Trip Type
- Individual Travel Tour, International Land & Rail Voyages
- Departure Dates
Jan 22, 2023 - Feb 6, 2023
Rovos Rail The Pride of Africa
Discover the glamour and romance of the golden age of train travel during a three-night rail journey from Pretoria to Victoria Falls aboard the
luxurious Rovos Rail, the Pride of Africa. Ride in vintage carriages, restored to mint condition and impeccably appointed. Suites are decorated in late Victorian and Edwardian style. Spend your days in the observation car or mingle with your fellow travelers in the lounge. Enjoy attentive service and a touch of formality at dinner, as passengers dress for the occasion. Expertly prepared cuisine showcases local ingredients and regional specialties, and all beverages are included. Each morning, take in the scenic splendor of the passing landscapes during a sumptuous breakfast. Three-course lunches and dinners, announced by a gong, include a selection of excellent South African wines. For your accommodations, choose between a Pullman Suite with joined twin beds or a double bed that converts to a sofa and a Deluxe Suite with a choice of twin or double beds and a lounge area. Each air-conditioned suite features a minibar and a private bathroom with shower.
• 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.
Our travel experts have selected these luxury properties for your comfort. The hotels’ prime locations put the cities at your doorstep, and the game lodges sit in the heart of game-rich parks, allowing you to immerse yourself fully in the safari experience. Details in the design and décor celebrate the local culture and enhance the ambience of each hotel and lodge. Their restaurants feature menus of elegantly prepared local and international cuisine. Of utmost importance is the superior quality of the services, amenities and accommodations, allowing you to maximize the enjoyment of your stay.
Indulge in beautiful Cape Town and its environs during a two-night extension before your main program begins. Experience great wine, dramatic scenery, charming Cape Dutch architecture and more splendors on a full-day tour of South Africa’s famous wine region. Visit wineries, enjoy wine and cheese tastings and delight in a lunch with a scenic view. During ample time at leisure, craft your own path through Cape Town! Also includes the services of an AHI Travel Director; guide gratuities; and all taxes and service charges.
CANCELLATION-You will receive a full refund for cancellations made up to 90 days prior to trip departure. Cancellations from 89 to 76 days prior to departure will be subject to a $300 per person administrative fee. The withheld administrative fee may be applied to a future AHI Travel program that will operate in the current calendar year or year following cancellation. The credit will be applied to the final billing and may not be used as part of the initial deposit. It is non-transferable and is not valid toward the purchase of an AHI Cruises independent cruise. Cancellations from 75 days to 60 days prior to departure will result in forfeiture of 25% of the entire cost of the trip per person; 59-30 days, 50% of the trip cost per person; cancellations from 29 days up to the time of departure will result in 100% forfeiture of the entire cost of the trip.
day 1 & 2
Depart for Cape Town, South Africa
Your bags are packed and you’re ready to embark on the trip of a lifetime to one of Earth’s most incredible continents! AHI FlexAir passengers will transit through Heathrow Airport before connecting to beautiful Cape Town.
Arrive in Cape Town
Upon arrival in Cape Town, meet your AHI Travel representative and transfer to the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel. This Cape Town landmark resides at the foot of the iconic flat-topped Table Mountain, one of the Seven Wonders of Nature. Settle in your room or get to know the area around your hotel before a meet and greet at a Welcome Reception tonight.
Cape Town | Cape Point
Nestled dramatically on a peninsula between the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, Cape Town is surrounded by stretches of alabaster beaches and sleepy fishing villages. Take a scenic drive to Cape Peninsula, passing windswept cliffs and the buttresses of the Twelve Apostles. Stop at Boulders Beach where inlets of granite form a protected breeding ground for a colony of African penguins. Watch as they waddle, swim and cuddle along the pebbled beach.
Cape Town | Robben Island
Ride a ferry across Table Bay to Robben Island, home to the infamous prison where Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu and other notable political leaders were incarcerated. Listen to first-hand accounts from your guide, an ex-political prisoner. Back on land, enjoy the sights and sounds of the bustling Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and Bo-Kaap, a colorful Cape Malay suburb with brightly painted homes.
Fly to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
After breakfast, it’s off to Victoria Falls! Following your flight, check in to The Victoria Falls Hotel, and settle in to the elegant comforts of your luxury hotel. Then get your camera ready for the mesmerizing image of Earth’s largest curtain of falling water. Colossal Victoria Falls crashes some 328 feet into the Batoka Gorge. Twice the height of Niagara Falls, “The Smoke that Thunders” casts a veil of spray that can be seen up to 50 miles away!
Chobe National Park, Botswana
As the sun rises, watch elephants ramble from the brush, lions clashing with game and other dramatic predator action. Your expert safari guide introduces you to Botswana’s vast Chobe National Park, home to some of the Africa’s largest concentrations of elephants as well as a multitude of buffalo and more than 450 bird species. Later, enjoy a safari cruise on the Chobe River, which forms the northern boundary of the park and gives life to many animals, birds and reptiles. Watching elephants splash and bathe is sure to be a highlight on your journey!
Victoria Falls | Rovos Rail
Board the elegant Rovos Rail at Victoria Falls Station to begin your extravagant train journey to Pretoria, South Africa. As you settle in your suite, travel back to a time of refined, pre-war elegance and indulge in the Golden Age of Travel where each day is defined by opulence. Travel slowly through a surreal natural landscape and take in splendid views from the panoramic windows and Observation Car.
Zimbabwe & Hwange National Park
Disembark at Kennedy Siding for a game drive at The Hide, a private concession in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s flagship reserve. Your guide takes you deep into the African grassland teeming with wildlife. Hwange is a breeding ground for the black rhino and sable antelope, and big cats, including lion and cheetah, are sought-after animals to spot. Allow the spirit of the wilderness to embrace you as you scan the bush for the Big Five.
Watch out the windows for glimpses of the region’s famous baobab trees, prehistoric species that are significant in many African legends and folklore. These hardy trees thrive in the African savannah, a dry climate where little else can survive. Pass through Bela-Bela, the hot springs resort in South Africa’s Limpopo Province. Referred to as Warmbaths until 2002, Bela-Bela boasts near constant sunshine and is home to dozens of wellness facilities.
Pretoria | Johannesburg
Created in the 1930s, Soweto — short for South Western Townships — is where the government forced Blacks to relocate during the apartheid regime. The city quickly became a center of political campaigns aimed at overthrowing the apartheid state. Explore this significant piece of South African history as you see the homes of Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. In nearby historic Kliptown, learn about a youth program that offers tutoring and opportunities to play sports and participate in the arts.
Hoedspruit | Thornybush Nature Reserve
Fly to Hoedspruit this morning and travel to Thornybush Nature Reserve, which covers more than 53 square miles and is home to 147 species of mammals, including the Big Five: lion, elephant, leopard, Cape buffalo and rhinoceros. This afternoon, as you embark on a game drive through the spectacular wilderness, your knowledgeable guide shares secrets and insights of the African bushveld. After a convivial evening with your travel companions, fall asleep to the lullaby of the African night.
Thornybush Nature Reserve
Meet on the deck for coffee before climbing into your safari vehicle. Nothing can prepare you for seeing elephants ramble from the brush or giraffes stretching in the warmth of the rising sun. The sheer presence of majestic leopards, hyenas and lions will send tingles down your spine and the memory of an antelope soaring across the plains will touch your soul. Spend the balance of the day relaxing at camp before a sunset safari. Tonight, share adventurous tales beneath a starry sky.
Thornybush Nature Reserve
Today, your tracker and ranger will help you find the thickets where giraffes nibble at the treetops, the open veld where zebra graze and the perfect spots to marvel at lion prides, hippo pods and elephant herds. Return to the lodge for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea before your final game drive, offering idyllic moments to soak up the pure magic of the wilderness. Tonight, gather for a Farewell Dinner, a sumptuous meal seasoned with tales of your wild animal sightings and other memories of southern Africa.
Hoedspruit | Depart for your home city
Bid farewell to your fellow passengers and head for home.
Arrive in Home City
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