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Incredible South Africa with Rovos Luxury Train

Johannesburg, 4 safaris in a Private Game Reserve, Dullstroom, 2 nights aboard Rovos Luxury Train & Cape Town.

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price per person, double occupancy,* based on Sep 11, 2021 departure from JFK
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Style Small Group TourTravel with a small, intimate group of no more than 16 likeminded travelers (and often much fewer), escorted by an English speaking guide and/or tour manager for some or all of your journey. More of these packages
Dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures February – September 2021 Group Size 6 travelers max
Themes Grand ToursNature & WildlifeRail Journeys
Activity Level Recreational
What to Expect This moderately-paced, partially escorted tour includes a reasonable amount of walking or hiking and requires an average level of physical fitness. This tour also includes long scenic drives between destinations, sometimes on bumpy unpaved roads and may have limited rest stops.
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For those seeking a truly upscale travel adventure, we offer Incredible South Africa! From Johannesburg’s metropolis and a safari in a private game reserve to old-style charm on board the Rovos Rail luxury train and the mother city of Cape Town. Enjoy the excitement of dawn and dusk game drives in search of the Big Five, and enjoy a break for morning coffee or an afternoon sundowner drink in the bush. Relax as your train moves through the beautiful countryside heading south, stopping at Kimberly to visit the Big Hole and Diamond Mine Museum. In Cape Town, beauty is all around dominated by the majestic Table Mountain, where you can sample great food and some of the best wine in the world. All the while, travel in a small group of no more than 6, and stay in 5-star, luxury hotels and game lodges. Treat yourself to South Africa in style!

Want even more iconic Africa?  See out Incredible South Africa with Rovos Luxury Train and Victoria Falls!

Package includes

  • Flights
  • Train
  • Coach
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Round-trip flights New York including taxes & fees
  • All intra- flights & ground transportation
  • 11 nights in deluxe hotels and deluxe suite on board Rovos Rail
  • 22 meals: 11 lavish breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Comprehensive touring program including entrance fees
  • Wine with welcome and farewell dinners, sundowner local drinks on game safari, all drinks on board Rovos Rail
  • Professional English-speaking tour guides

Optional add-ons

  • Half day Cape Point tour
  • Departures include flights with connections through DOH, non-stop flights may be available for an additional fee.

Why you'll love it

  • Gain an in-depth perspective of South Africa's tempestuous past with visits to Johannesburg’s Soweto and Apartheid Museum.
  • Get up close and personal with African wildlife on 4 game drives at a private game reserve.
  • Journey luxuriously through South Africa’s stunning countryside aboard Rovos Rail, among the world’s most deluxe rail experiences.
  • Learn about the history of South African diamond mining with stops at the Diamond Mine Museum and the Big Hole.
  • Ascend by cable car to the top of Table Mountain, Cape Town's most striking landmark.
  • Travel through the South African winelands and learn about the wine-making process while enjoying tastings and cellar tours.

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Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

Instant Savings: Get $600 off if you book by Oct. 8, 2020!
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per person, double occupancy*"Your Price" column already reflects discounts & Instant Savings
2021 DEPARTURES
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Departs U.S.: Sat, Feb 27, 2021
Finishes: Thu, Mar 11, 2021
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Feb 27 – Mar 11
$7899 –$600 $7299 Select
Departs U.S.: Sat, May 8, 2021
Finishes: Thu, May 20, 2021
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May 8 – May 20
$7899 –$600 $7299 Select
Departs U.S.: Sat, Jun 26, 2021
Finishes: Thu, Jul 8, 2021
Jun 26 – Jul 8
$8599 Closed
Departs U.S.: Sat, Aug 7, 2021
Finishes: Thu, Aug 19, 2021
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Aug 7 – Aug 19
$8299 –$600 $7699 Select
Departs U.S.: Sat, Sep 11, 2021
Finishes: Thu, Sep 23, 2021
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Sep 11 – Sep 23
$7799 –$600 $7199 Select

If you want a few extra days to explore on your own, we may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates, including extra hotel nights and separate airport transfers, for an additional charge. Ask us about prices and availability when (or after) you reserve. More information Want to extend your trip?

Options & Fees

Incredible South Africa with Rovos Luxury Train
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Occupancy
Sep 11, 2021 $2699
Feb 27, 2021 $2799
All other dates $2499
Optional Excursions
Private Half Day Cape Point Tour1 $175

1. Requires a minimum of two passengers to operate.

So that we can offer you the best deals, our packages are, like most hotels and cruises, priced based on double occupancy rooms or cabins. We charge solo travelers an extra fee to cover the extra costs of single occupancy rooms or cabins. (Consider: if you booked a $200/night hotel room solo, you would pay the $200 yourself; but if a couple booked the same room, each one would pay only $100.) But you only pay extra for the rooms or cabins, nothing else, including meals, sightseeing, tips, etc. Why are single rooms more?

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
New York Kennedy (JFK) included

This package includes round-trip flights from the city listed above. Please review the flight schedule, especially if you're booking connecting flights.

Want to fly from another city? Unfortunately, we don't offer flights from other cities, but you can book your own connecting flights.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Depart USA

  • Depart New York on your overnight flight to Johannesburg via Doha

Day 2 Arrive Johannesburg

  • Arrive in Johannesburg and transfer to your hotel
  • Remainder of the day at leisure
  • Enjoy a welcome dinner

54 on Bath Dinner

Day 3 Johannesburg

  • Full Day Johannesburg City Tour
  • Evening at leisure

54 on Bath Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Soweto, Johannesburg

This morning learn more about South Africa's turbulent past and its unwavering hope for the future on a fascinating tour to Soweto (short for Southwestern Township), a sprawling metropolis on the outskirts of Johannesburg. Your tour will give you a close-up look at daily life in this bustling neighborhood, the largest black urban settlement in Africa and center of political campaigns aimed at the overthrow of the apartheid state. Highlights of the Soweto tour include the former residence of Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela, the Hector Peterson memorial for the victims of the civil unrest in the 1970s, and a drive by the ultramodern Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. Visit the Apartheid Museum for an in-depth historical look at the system of extreme racial segregation that plagued South Africa from 1948 until 1994, when it was finally dismantled.

Day 4 Private Game Reserve

  • Depart Johannesburg for the South African bush via domestic flight
  • Afternoon game drive

Abelana River Lodge Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Photographing an elephant on safari

After breakfast, depart for the Johannesburg airport for your short flight to the South African bush. Upon arrival to Hoedspruit airport you will be transferred to a magnificent private game reserve. Abelana Game Reserve is a 36,000 acre Big Five game reserve adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park and the Selati Game Reserve in South Africa's beautiful Lowveld. This exclusive nature reserve is home to a huge diversity of mammal and bird species. This afternoon embark on your first game drive in search of the illustrious "Big 5". This evening enjoy dinner at the camp.

Day 5 Private Game Reserve

  • Morning and afternoon game drives

Abelana River Lodge Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Leopard

This morning wake up early and enjoy coffee, tea and traditional rusks on the main deck. Then depart in an open vehicle for the morning game drive in search of the Big 5, antelope and other animals. When applicable, your experienced Rangers and trackers may invite you out of the vehicle to see tracks and examine certain plants. After an exhilarating hunt for tracks to see what the animals have been up to during the night, return to the camp for breakfast.

Later, you may participate in a bush walk accompanied by an armed ranger and tracker. Walks allow a better chance of seeing some of the smaller creatures of the bush as well as an opportunity to learn more about the flora and fauna of the region. The trackers will enthrall you with their explanations of the medicinal and other uses of the numerous plants and trees along with tales of traditional folklore. The remainder of the day is spent at leisure until it's time for the afternoon game drive, which extends into the evening to view seldom seen nocturnal animals. Return to the lodge for dinner.

Day 6 Private Game Reserve to Dullstroom

  • Morning game drive
  • Drive along the legendary Panorama Route

Walkersons Hotel and Spa Breakfast & lunch

Full Day Itinerary
Blyde River Canyon

This morning enjoy your last game drive and sumptuous breakfast before departing the bush for Dullstroom. Along the way, explore the awe inspiring Panorama Route. View the Blyde River Canyon, third largest in the world, and take in the never-ending Lowveld landscape from the ledge of God's Window. Visit the quaint, historical mining town of Pilgrim's Rest and enjoy a delicious lunch at the famous Harrie's Pancakes. Explore the extraordinary rock formations of Bourke's Luck Potholes, one of nature's most intriguing creations before reaching your hotel in Dullstroom.

Day 7 Dullstroom to Pretoria & Rovos Rail

  • Transfer from airport to Pretoria train station and board Rovos Rail

Rovos Rail Luxury Train Breakfast & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Union Buildings, Pretoria

After breakfast, transfer to the private Rovos Rail station in Pretoria. Enjoy a champagne reception in the elegant lounge of the old Pretoria rail station before boarding the Rovos Rail, the most luxurious train in the world. This opulently appointed train, which has historic coaches driven by a steam locomotive, serves high tea in the lounge and observation cars, and five course formal dinners in the dining car. Travel through the grasslands of the gold-rich Highveld to the haunting barrenness of the Great Karoo; trundle through the spectacular mountain ranges and scenic winelands of the Cape.

Day 8 Rovos Rail

  • Kimberley sightseeing of The Big Hole and Diamond Mine Museum

Rovos Rail Luxury Train Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Big Hole, Kimberley photo by Irene2005

After a lavish breakfast in the dining car arrive in Kimberley, where the ambiance transports you in time to explore the history of South African diamond mining. Here you will explore what is known as the Big Hole, the largest man-made excavation in the world. You will visit the Diamond Mine Museum, an open-air experience that whisks you away on a journey to the diamond rush. Discover how diamonds are transformed from a rough cut to the beauty of a multi-faceted diamond. Enjoy various bars and snack shops nestled amongst the spectacular town of Kimberley. Return to the train for lunch and your onward journey, relaxing in the observation car for tea, and a formal dinner in the dining car.

Day 9 Arrive Cape Town

  • Visit the historical village of Matjiesfontein
  • Arrive to Cape Town and transfer to hotel
  • Remainder of the day at leisure

Queen Victoria Hotel Breakfast & lunch

Full Day Itinerary
Cape Point lighthouse, Cape Town

This morning enjoy breakfast in the dining car before visiting the historical village of Matjiesfontein. Re-board the train for your scenic journey to Cape Town via Worcester and the Cape wine region. Arrive in the late afternoon in Cape Town, a beautiful jewel nestled between stunning Table Mountain and a dramatic coastline. Cape Town is a modern, bustling and vibrant city boasting gorgeous scenery, fabulous restaurants, hotels and beaches, bursting with history and culture. Upon arrival at Cape Town's Rovos Rail station, you will be met and transferred to your luxurious hotel.

Day 10 Cape Town

  • Half Day Cape Town City Tour with Table Mountain
  • Remainder of the day to explore Cape Town at leisure

Queen Victoria Hotel Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Bo Kaap, Cape Town

This morning, enjoy a panoramic city tour of Cape Town showcasing the scenic and historic highlights of this vibrant city. Weather permitting, you'll travel by cable car to the top of Table Mountain, Cape Town's most striking landmark and recently announced one of the world's New Seven Wonders of Nature.

(July departures will visit Signal Hill instead, while the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway is closed for annual maintenance.)

Wind your way along through Clifton, an exclusive residential area before arriving at Sea Point. Next visit the City Hall located on the Grand Parade where Nelson Mandela made his first public speech after his release. Continue through the Malay Quarter (Bo-Kaap). Lined with brightly colored houses and decorative mosques, this historic neighborhood was founded by former slaves from Malaysia whose Islamic culture gives the area a distinct character and contributes to Cape Town's rich cultural diversity.

Day 11 Cape Town

  • Winelands tour

Queen Victoria Hotel or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Vineyard, Franschhoek Valley

Today enjoy a glorious excursion to the South African winelands. Travel through the region to experience a wine cellar tour and tasting, where you'll learn all about the process of winemaking, from grape to goblet. You will then visit the exquisite little town of Franschhoek, passing by the impressive Huguenot Monument, and in a town with a reputation for gourmet fare, you will have time at leisure for lunch. The tour will then wind its way to Helshoogte Mountain Pass to meet the charming university town of Stellenbosch on the other side. Stroll through this little town, absorb the quaintness, and sneak into the odd shop or two. Enjoy a wine tasting at two different wine estates where you'll be able to purchase your favorite wine to take back home.

Day 12 Cape Town

  • Day at leisure or join an optional Cape Point tour
  • Farewell dinner at a local restaurant

Queen Victoria Hotel Breakfast & dinner

Full Day Itinerary

Enjoy today at leisure to explore Cape Town on your own or take advantage of the hotel facilities. Alternatively, you can join an optional half day tour of Cape Point.

Optional Excursion: Private Half Day Cape Point Tour, $175
African jackass penguins, Boulders Beach, Cape Town

Wind your way towards the charming coastal town and working harbor of Hout Bay. Hug the cliffs as you snake along the legendary Chapman's Peak Drive, with its breath taking views, towards the Cape of Good Hope Section of the Table Mountain National Park and its rugged, intriguing landscape. Boulders Beach penguin colony is a fascinating quick stop to visit the African jackass penguins. Finally, move on to the historical naval port of Simon's Town before returning to your hotel to enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 13 Depart Cape Town

  • Transfer to the airport for your flight home via Doha
  • Your memorable South African adventure ends as you touch down tomorrow morning in New York

Breakfast

Hotels

54 on Bath
54 on Bath
Deluxe

Situated in the leafy Johannesburg suburb of Rosebank, the 54 on Bath hotel offers a signature blend of luxury and style. 54 on Bath is conveniently located within easy reach of Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton City, Melrose Arch, as well as the Gautrain rapid rail system. 54 on Bath features an outdoor terrace with a sparkling pool. Enjoy an alfresco snack or relax with a cold drink as you take in the African sunset and surrounding views. For those who like to work up a sweat to start the day right, or wind down after a day of exploring, stop by the Rosebank Fitness Club with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

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Abelana River Lodge
Deluxe

The Abelana River Lodge is a stylish, newly rebuilt sanctuary that offers spectacular views over the Selati River. The river is home to a plethora of wildlife such as hippo and crocodile and a variety of bird species, from the African fish eagle to Pel’s fishing owl. The main area and swimming pool overlook the river and the fire pit lounge is a perfect spot for sharing safari experiences with your travel companions in the evenings.

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Walkersons Hotel and Spa
Superior First Class

Located on an 800-hectare estate, the beautiful Walkersons Hotel & Spa is a charming and memorable destination with stunning countryside views, well-stocked trout dams, luxury accommodation, and fine country dining. It feels like a Scottish country manner with lots of interesting nooks and crannies. The great outdoors offers numerous activities on site such as hiking, biking, and fishing. A walk through the lovely lawns leads guests to the hidden swimming pool. The full-service spa offers an array of treatments.

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Rovos Rail Luxury Train
Rovos Rail Luxury Train
Deluxe

Since its establishment in 1989, Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for its truly world-class travel experiences. With discreet and friendly service, five-star cuisine and a selection of South Africa’s finest wines, Rovos Rail harks back to a simpler, more elegant era encompassing the timeless grace and high romance of African exploration. The Observation Car which has a spacious open-air balcony and seats 32 passengers, is positioned at the rear of the train while at the center of the train there is, when numbers dictate, a non-smoking Lounge Car that seats 26 passengers in comfort. There is also a small, discreet Gift Shop. In maintaining the spirit of travel of a bygone era, there are no radios or television sets on board. The use of mobile phones, laptops and essentially anything that has the ability to disturb other passengers is confined to the privacy of your suites. Smoking is only allowed in the privacy of your smoking suite and in the Club Lounge, located next to the Observation Car and seats 11. Dress Code: Many of the passengers aboard enjoy the formality of fine china and glassware, crisp linen and silver, and dress accordingly. Evening attire is formal – for the gentlemen a jacket and tie is a minimum requirement while for ladies we suggest cocktail/evening dresses or suits. During the day, dress is smart casual and cool, comfortable clothes, shoes and hats are recommended for the excursions, especially in the game reserves where it can get very hot. Please include warm clothing for cold mornings and evenings.

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Queen Victoria Hotel
Queen Victoria Hotel
Deluxe

The luxury Queen Victoria Hotel is set on the historic Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, close to the heart of Cape Town, and within easy access of the airport. The Sanctuary Spa at the Queen Victoria Hotel is a relaxing retreat focused on lifestyle improvement. By providing holistic care for the skin and body, you will leave feeling refreshed and pampered. The spa features steam rooms, a hydro bath, laser therapy and gym.

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In the unlikely event that a particular hotel is not available, a similar or better hotel may be substituted.

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