Cape Town, The Blue Train & Kruger
- 12 Days - Available in January, February & November 2016
- From £3,295pp
• Scheduled flights in Economy Class from London Heathrow to Cape Town via Johannesburg, and from Johannesburg to London Heathrow, including all taxes and charges
• 8 nights' hotel accommodation with breakfast each day
• 1 night on the iconic Blue Train in a twin or double suite including all meals and drinks
• 4 lunches, 3 dinners
• A city tour of Cape Town including Table Mountain
• 2 full-day game drives in Kruger National Park
• Day excursion to Cape Point
• Trip to Stellenbosch vineyards
• And much more...
To Cape TownDays 1-2
Depart London Heathrow on a flight to Cape Town, arriving on the morning of Day 2. Enjoy an orientation tour of Cape Town taking in the main sights, before transferring to the 5-star Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel for four nights, superbly located overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. After time to freshen up, head out again to make the cable car ascent of Table Mountain to enjoy panoramic views of the city. Your evening is free to spend at leisure - perhaps take a walk around the wonderful waterfront set against a backdrop of sea and mountain views.
Cape of Good Hope and Boulders BayDay 3
Today, travel to Cape Point on the Cape of Good Hope, at the south-western tip of Africa. At Cape Point take the Flying Dutchman funicular railway up to a vantage point, where you can admire the awe-inspiring views. After enjoying lunch together, travel along False Bay via Simon's Town naval base to the wonderful Penguin colony at Boulders Beach, home to the only indigenous penguin in Africa, before making your way back to Cape Town.
Stellenbosch VineyardsDay 4
Today travel by coach around two of South Africa's finest wine producing areas: the Franschhoek and Stellenbosch valleys. As well as enjoying lunch on a wine estate, sample some of the local wines during a tasting session.
Cape TownDay 5
Today you are free to explore Cape Town further. Among the gorgeous natural landmarks, incredible displays of street art, and the brightly-painted buildings along the waterfront, the city boasts an array of sights that make it fascinating to discover. Perhaps visit Robben Island, where the late Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. Now a museum detailing the struggle for democracy in South Africa, the prison is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The Blue TrainDay 6
This morning travel to the railway station to begin your journey on the iconic Blue Train. A Blue Train butler will escort you to your cabin and provide an orientation of the train before inviting you for brunch as you begin your journey to Pretoria. The service on board The Blue Train is impeccable, as you enjoy meals and drinks including afternoon tea, aperitifs and after our lavish formal dinner of local cuisine accompanied by wine from the Cape winelands, a selection of post-dinner drinks. The Blue Train passes through the southern reaches of the Swartland and enters the first of the Boland Mountain passes, before climbing through the famous winelands to reach the Karoo plateau. Our first stop is at Matjiesfontein - an historic Karoo village dating back to the early 1900s. Returning to the train, continue through the vast Great Karoo hinterland, through the towns of Beaufort West, Victoria West and De Aar before turning north to Kimberley and heading towards the Free State.
The Blue Train to PretoriaDays 7
Enjoy breakfast on board the train as you travel towards the sprawling metropolis of Johannesburg. Reach Pretoria - the administrative capital of South Africa - late morning, where your journey on The Blue Train concludes. After alighting from the train, transfer by coach to the superb 5-star Sheraton Hotel Pretoria, located opposite the famous Parliament building. Your afternoon is free to explore Pretoria at leisure. The city has a long, involved and fascinating history, and it was here that Winston Churchill was imprisoned during the Anglo-Boer War. Once a symbol of apartheid, the city now represents Mandela's movement towards unity and peace.
To Kruger National ParkDay 8
Today drive to Kruger Gate for a three-night stay in an area renowned for its wildlife. Stay at the Protea Hotel Kruger Gate, which is set on the banks of the Sabie River.
Exploring KrugerDay 9-10
On both Day 9 and Day 10 enjoy full-day game drives to track the iconic wildlife of Kruger National Park. A local, skilled ranger accompanies each jeep as you head out into the game park, helping your driver to find the best locations to see the animals and pointing out animals whose camouflage makes them almost impossible to spot. Start by tracking the big cats, still out from their night spent hunting. The park is home to the "Big Five" (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo), all of which you should hope to see during your two days of game drives. There are also many other species to be seen, large and small, as well as fascinating plants and colourful birds. The hotel will provide us with a lunchbox ahead of each day's game drive. Return to the hotel at Kruger Gate at approximately 3pm on both days. The rest of the day is then free for you to spend at leisure.
Flight to LondonDays 11-12
Leave Kruger on the morning of Day 11, and drive back to Johannesburg. Here, board an overnight flight this evening to London Heathrow, arriving into Heathrow on Day 12.