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What To Expect

3 Nights Ellerman House Cape Town / South Africa

5 Nights Rovos Rail / South Africa

2 Nights The Elephant Camp Vic Falls / Zimbabwe

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 -3 – Cape Town

Upon arrival and completing entry formalities, your guide will meet you in the arrivals hall.

Arrive at Cape Town International Airport where you will be greeted by your private guide and chauffeur.

Your accommodation is only a short drive away, right in the heart of Cape Town. Your private guide will provide you with information for restaurants and activities. Your guide and chauffeur will stay at your service for your entire stay in Cape Town.

While in Cape Town, you just simply have to discover the City and the Cape Peninsula together with your guide and chauffeur.....

These are the highlights you can look forward to:

Cape Town

The centrally located Company’s Gardens were established by the Dutch East India Company in the 17th century to grow fruit and vegetables to supply its fleet, and to trade with the visiting Mariners. Here are a variety of trees, shrubs and flowers grown around the historical buildings, including the South African Parliament and the State President’s guest house, the “Tuinhuis”.

City Hall

Built in 1905 in Neo-Classical style from sand – stone shipped in from Bath in England, the City Hall is reminiscent of British rule in the Cape. The clock tower was modelled on the Big Ben of London. President Nelson Mandela delivered his first public speech from the City Hall’s balcony after his release from prison.

Castle of the Cape of Good Hope

The Castle dates back to the 17th century. It was built by the Dutch East India Company and is the oldest building in South Africa. It is home to the William Fehr collection of paintings, porcelain and glass depicting the era of the Dutch East India Company and the English Colonial time. Also of interest are the military and the maritime museums, and various buildings including a dark prison and dungeons in the basement.

Bo-Kaap

The Bo-Kaap, formerly known as the Cape Malay Quarter, is situated on the slopes of Signal Hill. Founded in the 18th century it is characterized by mosques, brightly painted Georgian terrace houses and narrow cobbled streets. Most of the inhabitants are descendants of slaves from the East. The Bo Kaap Museum tells of the area’s history and Muslim heritage.

A visit to Diamond Works is not only informative but provides you with a possibility to purchase some of the most beautiful diamonds you can imagine.

Cape Peninsula

Today’s tour leads through an ever changing landscape of majestic mountains, vast oceans, rugged cliffs and indigenous ‘fynbos’ vegetation.

The route follows the Atlantic Seaboard to the fishing harbour of Hout Bay where you can stop to take a boat trip to Duiker Island, home to a colony of Cape Fur Seals.

The route over scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive leads through the rural villages of Noordhoek, Oceanview, Kommetjie and Scarborough to the entrance of the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve.

Here, the landscape is rugged and it is no wonder that the Portuguese seafarers called the Cape “Cabo Tormentoso”, meaning the Cape of Storms. Visit the Cape of Good Hope, the most south-western tip of the African Continent.

The Old Lighthouse at Cape Point offers a spectacular viewing platform over False Bay. It takes approx. 30 minutes to walk from the visitor’s car park to the Lighthouse summit, or a few minutes on the funicular railway.

The next stop is Boulder’s Beach, where a colony of African Penguins settled in the early 1980’s. Access to the Penguin Colony is managed by the National Parks Board. The Penguin Colony can be safely viewed from elevated boardwalks, overlooking their nesting grounds and beach. The Penguins mate for life, generally lay 2 x eggs, and the parents share responsibility for taking care of the nest and their young.

The journey continues through Simonstown where the South African Naval Headquarters are located.

The seaside towns of Fishhoek and Muizenberg border the False Bay coastline and are popular for their swimming beaches in summer, and the viewing of Southern Right Whales in winter.

A final stop before ending this day is a visit to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, one of the most beautiful indigenous gardens in South Africa, nestled against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain.

Established in 1913 to promote, conserve and display the extraordinarily rich and diverse flora of southern Africa, Kirstenbosch boasts an impressive collection of indigenous flora, with over 7000 species in cultivation. Visitors follow a variety of easy walking trails through the various themed gardens and the glass Conservatory. A well stocked, good quality gift shop is located at the entrance to the Gardens.

Day 4 – Cape Town - Rovos Rail

A leisurely breakfast and you have to bid farewell to the Mother City, with a transfer to Cape Town's Train station.

With Rovos Rail being one of the worlds most luxurious trains, you will start your journey in style in Rovos own departure lounge right opposite from the train station. After a traditional Welcome speech and some drinks, you will be escorted across the road to your private train compartment.

Here you have time to settle in and explore the beautiful train in its entire Victorian style glory, before it is time for a delicious lunch in the restaurant.

The Observation car with its comfortable wing-back chairs and outdoor area is the perfect place to relax, the lounge car just another beautiful place to meet your fellow travelers.

The train will stop in Matjiesfontein at around 16h30. Step back in time visiting the supposedly haunted Hotel Cape Milner and the town's museum. Return to the train for sundowners in the Observation car, followed by a long delectable dinner with fantastic food and creative wine-pairings.

Day 5 - Rovos Rail

While travelling in a northerly direction, enjoy the culinary delights served for breakfast and lunch.

The historical Town of Kimberley will be reached right after lunch. Kimberley is home to the biggest man-dug hole in the world. A bus will bring you to Kimberley's diamond museum, since diamonds were the reason for the mining town's existence and the riches of Cecil Rodes and the De Beers Company.

Thereafter it is time to change for dinner and a lovely pre-dinner drink in the Observation Car.

Day 6 – Rovos Rail

Just after breakfast the train will arrive at Pretoria Capital Station, headquarters for Rovos Rail. Today's station has been carefully renovated to its former glory, a Victorian style railway station including a railway museum.

This is where the first part of your train journey ends, only to be followed by another exciting one.

The following 3-night adventure begins with the train’s departure from Rovos Rail’s gracious station in Pretoria. It then winds its way north through Nylstroom, christened by the Voortrekkers as the source of the Nile River as the town’s river happened to be north flowing, crossing the Tropic of Capricorn en route to the border with Zimbabwe. After formalities at Beitbridge the next morning, the train travels to Bulawayo, second largest city of Zimbabwe, capital of Matabeleland and industrial capital of the country. The next day the train passes through Hwange – a rich and diverse wildlife sanctuary where a game drive is enjoyed. After a service stop at Thompsons Junction, the sojourn ends at the incomparable Victoria Falls on the mighty Zambezi River. The surrounding areas offer travelers many recreational opportunities including cruises, whitewater rafting as well as superb game viewing and photo safaris.

Day 7 – Rovos Rail

Breakfast is served as the train travels to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second largest city. Located in the Southwest of the country with more than 2 million inhabitants,  Bulawayo is the hub of the province of Matabeleland which comprises the whole western Zimbabwe from the South African border in the south to Victoria Falls in the north.

Day 8 – Rovos Rail

Enjoy breakfast as the train departs Mpopoma.

Our next stop will be Hwange National Park, where the adventure starts with a game drive organised by The Hide. Hwange National Park is located in the northwest corner of Zimbabwe and covers an area of 14,651 km.

Expect to see large herds of elephants which are famous across Africa and with over 100 species of mammals, you are guaranteed to have a once in a lifetime safari experience.

Our overnight stop will take place at Thompsons Junction, a railways station just 4 km outside of Hwange National  Park. The city is surrounded by beautiful parks, has wide tree lined streets and a steep legacy of Cecil John Rhodes.

Lunch is served as the train travels northwest and dinner en route to Mpopoma where you stop for overnight.

Day 9 - 10 – Rovos Rail, Victoria Falls Zimbabwe

Another leisurely breakfast will keep you entertained until 09h30.

Arrive in Victoria Falls, where you train journey ends and take a transfer from Victoria Falls Station to The Elephant Camp for a two-night stay including accommodation, meals, local brand drinks and a game drive per day. Nestled on a ridge between the Masuwe River and the Zambezi gorges, it provides an uninterrupted view of the breathtaking spray that swells above the Victoria Falls rain forest. With indigenous teak woodland set as a backdrop and the creative use of eco-friendly canvas tents, the camp lives in harmony with the surrounding environment.

Enjoy lots of exiting activities organized by the lodge.

A breathtaking tour of the Falls with lunch at the Lookout Cafe, an exhilarating Game drive and sundowners at the Batoka Gorge.

Whatever tickles your fancy, each activity is guaranteed to captivate your imagination and senses.

Day 11 - Departure

Your journey ends today with a transfer to Victoria Falls Airport for your journey back home.

Costs Include

Includes:

Accommodation and boards as per itinerary
Cape Town City Tour
Full Day Cape Point Tour
3 Nights at Ellerman House on a BB basis
Private guide, chauffeur, Mercedes E class limousine and SUV including petrol during Cape Town stay
All transfers and entrance fees for Cape Town City Tour and Cape Peninsula experience
2 Nights from Cape Town to Pretoria with Rovos Rail including all meals, beverages and scheduled activities
3 Nights Pretoria to Victoria Falls with Rovos Rail including all meals, beverages and scheduled activities
2 Nights at The Elephant Camp on a FI basis
The price includes a service fee for the configuration of the requested Tour Package / Services according to your specifications.

THE DETAILS

Recommended length:
11 Days

Pricing from:
USD 1.310 + ZAR 222.190 per person sharing

USD 420 + ZAR 153.250 for single occupancy

Our favourite places:
Ellerman House, Cape Town | Rovos Rail | The Elephant Camp, Zimbabwe


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