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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- Trip Type
- International Land & Rail Voyages
- Departure Dates
- Apr 28, 2019 - May 13, 2019
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.
- day 1
Depart Gateway City
Depart for Cape Town, South Africa.
Depending on the route you select, you may depart on Day 2 or have a layover with a day room provided by AHI.
- 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
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
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
All passengers depart for Hoedspruit Airport, where the Land Program ends. AHI FlexAir passengers board their flight to Johannesburg. A Day 16
- day 16
Arrive in Gateway City
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