Essential South Africa
and Victoria Falls by Rail

This remarkable journey begins with an unforgettable safari in the largest “Big 5” private game reserve adjoining Kruger National Park, followed by a visit to scenic Cape Town. Then enjoy a luxury train journey starting at the from magnificent Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe to Pretoria in South Africa, which traverses some incredibly beautiful landscapes.

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13 days/12 nights
Hotels/Lodges/Luxury Train
Departs daily ex Johannesburg


  • Exciting big game safaris in an exclusive reserve adjoining the Kruger National Park
  • Beautiful Cape Town and its iconic Table Mountain
  • The magnificent Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe
  • A memorable sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River
  • Journey aboard a fabulously restored vintage luxury train

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Essential South Africa and Victoria Falls by Rail


13 days/12 nights

Hotels/Lodges/Luxury Train

Days 1-3

South Africa, Sabi Sand Private Reserves
Fly from Johannesburg to Skukuza where you are met and transferred by road to the exclusive Rattray’s on Mala Mala. Famous for its incredible abundance of wildlife including all of the “Big 5”, the camp features 8 lavish, elevated suites with private plunge pools and verandas. Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives. LD (Day 1) / BLD (Days 2/3)

Days 4-6

South Africa, Cape Town
Fly to Cape Town, one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Transfer to the Queen Victoria Hotel, a small and stylish boutique hotel overlooking the vibrant Victoria & Alfred waterfront area. On Day 5, ascend to the summit of Table Mountain by cableway (weather permitting) and stroll the photogenic Malay Quarter. On Day 6, enjoy a day tour of the scenic Cape Peninsula, including Cape Point. B

Days 7/8

Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls
Transfer to the airport for a flight to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. You are met and transferred to the Victoria Falls Hotel, the country’s grandest and oldest luxury hotel. Enjoy its Edwardian grandeur, established gardens and sweeping views of the famous waterfall. On Day 8, take a half-day tour of Victoria Falls concluding with a sunset Zambezi River cruise aboard the elegant Ra-Ikane riverboat. B

Days 9-11

Rovos Rail
Transfer to the railway station where a gleaming Rovos Rail locomotive awaits. Be transported to another era, when trains were the ultimate way to travel. This extravagant 3-night rail adventure takes you across magnificent landscapes, crossing Botswana to reach South Africa. BLD

Day 12

Disembark at the dedicated Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria, where you are met and transferred to the tasteful 131 on Herbert Baker Boutique Hotel for the night. B

Day 13: Tour ends Johannesburg
Your trip concludes with a transfer to Johannesburg airport. B



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South Africa Overview

Why travel to South Africa? 
Described as “a world in one country” South Africa is more than just a safari destination. The wildlife of Kruger and the many private reserves throughout the country are complemented by South Africa’s fascinating history and diverse cultures, the beautiful coastline and majestic landscapes of the Cape. 

 When is the best time to view animals in South Africa?
Gameviewing is best during the dry season (May-Oct); however the summer months are good for general touring and sightseeing. 

What is the culture of South Africa? 
There are many different cultures including Zulu, Swazi, Xhosa, Indian, Cape Malay and European. As a result, there are many unique culinary dishes as well as distinct music and dance. Elegant Cape Dutch architecture is also a highlight of South Africa’s cape. 

What is the climate in South Africa? 
The inland plateau has a temperate climate (17°-30°C), whilst the coast is subtropical and more humid (22°-30°C). The seasons are the same as Australia, however most of the rain falls in summer. Winters are dry and sunny, but nights can be very cold. The Western Cape is the exception, with a “Mediterranean” climate – cool, wet winters and warm dry summers (17°-24°C). 

What can I combine South Africa with?
South Africa is easily combined with neighbouring Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia or the nearby tropical island of Mauritius. Johannesburg is a very popular gateway to most of southern and eastern Africa.  

How to get to South Africa?
Many major airlines including South African Airways, Qantas, Etihad, Emirates, Kenya Airways, Qatar, Singapore Airways and British Airways fly into Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport. There are also many regional and domestic carriers that service local cities such as Cape Town and the Kruger National Park area. 

US – South African Airways fly’s directly to east coast cities including New York and Washington. Delta Airlines is another option to consider flying directly to Johannesburg from Atlanta.  

UK / Europe – There are direct flights to OR Tambo International Airport with South African Airways from London-Heathrow, Frankfurt and Munich. Major European Airlines flying directly into Johannesburg include British Airways, Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa and Swiss International Airlines.  

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