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Steeped in history and home to some of the world’s most breath-taking undisturbed natural beauty spots South Africa is a must-see destination. Jet off on this exciting lifetime tour which gives you the best rail and road can offer. From wildlife spotting on safari to exploring the lush vineyards in the Cape winelands. Organised escorted excursions on a planned route but having the freedom to drive where you want ending your stay with two nights onboard The Blue Train, a magnificent moving five-star hotel.

Highlights

  • Stellenbosch Winelands Hike
  • Kobus se Gat Swartberg Experience
  • Safari Ostrich Farm Tour
  • John Benn Featherbed Eco Experience
  • Oudebosch Farmstall Protea Tour & Snack
  • Ndebele Cultural Village Tour, Incl. Lunch
  • Full Day Kruger National Park Open Safari Vehicle Game Drive,
  • Half Day Soweto Tour
  • Half Day Cape Town City Tour, Including Table Mountain
  • Full Day Cape Peninsula Tour
  • Cape Town Township Tour
  • Robben Island Museum
  • 2 nights onboard The Blue Train
  • Visit Kimberley open mine museum

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • 1 x Wallet with maps and guides for driving
  • 1 x Group C:  Toyota Corolla or similar 
  • 1 x GPS 
  • 2 nights accommodation with breakfast in Stellenbosch
  • 1 night’s accommodation with breakfast in Klein Karoo
  • I nights accommodation with breakfast in Knysna
  • 2 nights accommodation with breakfast in St Francis Bay
  • 1-night accommodation with breakfast in Gauteng
  • 2 nights accommodation with dinner and breakfast in Lowveld
  • 1 night’s accommodation with breakfast in Johannesburg
  • 2 nights onboard the luxury Blue Train in a luxury double cabin
  • 2 nights accommodation with breakfast in Cape Town
  • All meals as per the itinerary
  • Flight from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg (at an additional cost)
  • All Airport Transfers
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Why Not...

Extend your trip or try this package in reverse. Call a Rail Expert for details.

Disclaimer:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

Daily Itinerary:

DAY 1 – CAPE TOWN TO STELLENBOSCH
Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you make you way to the Bidvest Car Rental Kiosk to get your Rental Car. Drive to Stellenbosch, a blend of historical architecture, epicurean delights and oak-lined avenues, Stellenbosch is a picturesque university town surrounded by mountains and vineyards. Tour the town centre to take in its beautifully preserved Cape Dutch and Victorian architecture, as well as the many enticing art galleries, craft shops, clothing boutiques and gift stores, while foodies may prefer indulging in mouth-watering cuisine and fine wines at one of the chic restaurants or buzzing bistros. Stellenbosch is also the ideal base from which to explore the renowned local wine route, boasting a high proportion of the country’s leading wine estates. (Overnight Stellenbosch)

DAY 2 - STELLENBOSCH
Today enjoy your included Stellenbosch Winelands Hike: Stroll through the private vineyards of two of Stellenbosch’s most esteemed Wine Estates. Mingle with the farm workers, and if you’re lucky, lend them a helping hand. This guided hike gets you up close and personal with the inner workings of a wine estate and takes you on a journey from farm to table, whilst allowing you to touch, smell, feel and see the produce of the farms labour. Then Franschhoek Winelands Hike: Embark on a journey through the manicured vineyards of the Franschhoek Valley. Allow yourself to be led through Fynbos, alongside a riverine trail and through vineyards, immersing yourself in working farm life before rewarding yourself with tastings at two of Franschhoek’s top estates. (Overnight Stellenbosch) B

DAY 3 – OUDTSHOORN
After breakfast, you make your way to Oudtshoorn, the Ostrich Capital of the World. Located along the well-known Route 62 in South Africa’s beautiful Klein Karoo, this charming town is surrounded by numerous ostrich farms and the golden arid landscape of the Karoo. Visitors can enjoy the locally produced wine and port; sample ostrich meat and biltong; learn about the ostrich feather boom at the C.P. Nel Museum; and visit the world-renowned Cango Caves, the largest cave system in Africa featuring ancient rock formations and sparkling stalactites and stalagmites. Perhaps take a trip to the quaint town of Prince Albert over the scenic Swartberg Pass. (Overnight Klein Karoo) B

DAY 4 – KNYSNA
Safari Ostrich show farm which is an operating farm where you will see large flocks of ostriches at different stages of development in the surrounding fields is your morning tour. You are greeted by a guide who will explain every aspect of ostrich farming, from breeding to rearing. Visitors will get the opportunity to test the strength of the eggs by standing on them - a great photo opportunity. Then take the Swartberg experience at Kobus se gat restaurant famous for traditional South African Karoo dishes mainly prepared on the open fire. Traditional choices like the famous Braai Experience, Bobotie, Potjiekos and Ostrich Fillet Steak. Traditional bread (Roosterkoek) forms part of every meal and is served warm with a variety of marmalade. Later afternoon arrival in Knysna. (Overnight Knynsa) B L

DAY 5 – ST FRANCIS BAY
We start the day with the John Benn Featherbed Nature Experience, a double-decker floating restaurant offering daily lagoon cruises to the Knysna Heads. The John Benn is a fully enclosed luxury ferry, beautifully appointed with her upper and lower decks constructed from Yellowwood sourced from the Knysna Forest. After lunch make you way towards Cape St Francis, why not stop off and see the Big Tree and Storms River Bridge. Upon arrival in Cape St Francis, check in at your hotel, where you will be for the next 2 nights. (Overnight St Francis Bay) B L

DAY 6 – ST FRANCIS BAY
Time to enjoy the beach on a day of leisure (Overnight St Francis Bay) B

DAY 7 – GAUTENG
Make your way to Port Elizabeth for your early flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival, make your way to the Bidvest Car Rental Kiosk to collect your rental car and make your way to your next hotel. Upon arrival at the hotel, join the Ndebele Cultural Village tour, which includes lunch. (Overnight Gauteng) B L

DAY 8 – LOWVELD
Head towards your first real Safari Experience, via the Panorama Route (All entrance fees for own account). Sandwiched between Mozambique and the Mpumalanga area of the Drakensberg, the Lowveld is renowned for its subtropical climate, abundant wildlife, and ancient history. This area encompasses several spectacular game reserves including the world-famous Kruger National Park, vast farmlands, and the popular Panorama Route. This area serves as an excellent base from which to explore the Kruger. (Overnight Lowveld) B D

DAY 9 – LOWVELD
Today you join a Full Day Guided Kruger National Park Game Drive in an open safari vehicle. Stretching over more than two million hectares, the Kruger National Park is one of the world’s largest game reserves and a truly remarkable destination. Owing to its exceptional size, visitors can experience fantastic diversity – from changing scenery and ecosystems to an impressive array of animals, plant life and birdlife. The park is home to over 130 mammals and over 500 bird species. Visitors can look forward to learning about the area’s prehistoric past and viewing abundant wildlife including the famed Big Five. The diversity sheer density of wildlife makes Kruger National Park an unforgettable and potentially life-changing experience. (Overnight Lowveld) B D

DAY 10 – JOHANNESBURG
You start the day with an early morning Game Drive before departing for Johannesburg. Upon arrival in Johannesburg, you will return your rental car and make us of the complimentary airport transfer to your next hotel. (Overnight Johannesburg) B

DAY 11 - THE BLUE TRAIN
After breakfast join the half day Soweto Tour, with a drop off at Capitol Park Station for your next adventure - The Blue Train. Once onboard afternoon tea is served. Then you have time to change for dinner which is followed by post dinner drinks cognacs and Cuban cigars (Overnight Blue Train) AT D

DAY 12 – THE BLUE TRAIN
Breakfast is served between 6am and 9am. After breakfast there is an off-train excursion to Kimberley Open Mine Museum before returning to the train for aperitifs and lunch. Then you have time to admire the great views before afternoon tea and dinner (Overnight Blue Train) B L AT D

DAY 13 – CAPE TOWN
Upon arrival back in Cape Town, you will be transferred to your hotel for the last two nights of your holiday. Then start the half day city tour on Table Mountain. On a clear day from the summit of Table Mountain you get spectacular views of the City, its Waterfront, Camps Bay, the majestic Hottentots Holland Mountains to the East and the mountains of the Cape Peninsula all the way down to Cape Point to the south. The Table Mountain cableway, a must for all visitors to the Cape, boasts revolving floors, giving passengers a 360-degree view. After descending the mountain, you will depart on a tour of the “Mother City” taking in Signal Hill – where the Noon Day Gun is fired at midday, every day except Sunday – through the colourful Bo-Kaap or Cape Malay Quarter, past the Grand Parade, City Hall and the Castle of Good Hope and South African Cultural History Museum. (Overnight Cape Town) B

DAY 14 – CAPE TOWN
A full day Cape Point tour highlights of a trip down to Cape Point include; one of the world’s most spectacular drives, Hout Bay, Chapman’s Peak, Noordhoek Beach, the Cape Point Nature Reserve, two lighthouses on the tip of Africa, Boulders Penguin Colony, Simonstown, Kalk Bay and the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. (Overnight Cape Town) B

DAY 15 – CAPE TOWN
You have come to the end of you journey, you can spend the day at leisure or alternatively join in on a Half Day Township Tour, including Robben Island. Before your transfer to the airport to head home. B

 

MEAL GUIDE: B - BREAKFAST, BR - BRUNCH, L - LUNCH, AT - AFTERNOON TEA, D -DINNER

DISCLAIMER:

Prices are subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Railbookers UK Trading Ltd is a member of ABTA (Y6401) and holidays including flights are ATOL protected, number 7579.

ONOMO Hotels - Inn on The Square

ONOMO Hotels - Inn on The Square

Located in one of Cape Town's oldest building right in city centre and only 900 m away from the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), ONOMO Hotel Cape Town - Inn On The Square offers 165 bedrooms, free Wi-Fi, concierge service, office facilities, a restaurant, a cocktail bar, an outdoor pool - with one of the best views in town, a sauna, a fitness room and laundry service.

The Hyde All Suite Hotel

The Hyde All Suite Hotel

The Hyde Hotel is an independently owned and operated Cape Town All-Suite hotel of the highest standard with a commitment to excellent service and sophisticated comfort being the pledge of its dedicated, passionate owners and management team, ably assisted by their handpicked support staff.

Zebra Country Lodge

Zebra Country Lodge

Hidden away in lush bushveld settings, Zebra Country Lodge exudes comfortable country feelings, in a beautiful tranquil environment.

Located only thirty minutes from Pretoria on a 400 hectare nature reserve, Zebra boasts three unique lodges each with their own distinct ambience and features. Expect crystal blue skies, gurgling streams and a variety of general game.

Peermont Metcourt Suites Hotel

Peermont Metcourt Suites Hotel

Situated next to OR Tambo International airport, Emperors Palace is home to where royalty rest their heads and fortune favours the brave. Offering decadent accommodation in four unique hotels, a glorious health and beauty spa, a magnificent casino with unparalleled gaming enjoyment, the finest dining options, spectacular entertainment choices, world class conference facilities, and impeccable service, this is YOUR Empire to discover.
Come to Emperors Palace. Come to the Palace of Dreams!

Peermont Mondior Hotel at Emperors Palace

Peermont Mondior Hotel at Emperors Palace

From the moment guests step across the threshold at Emperors Palace, true luxury and impeccable attention to detail take centre stage. African fusion meets elegance at the Emperors Palace 4-star Mondior Hotel which surpasses all expectations in world-class business, conference and leisure accommodation.

Watch the sunrise over breakfast, enjoy a sociable luncheon at the chic Oriana restaurant and finish off the day with a relaxing cocktail at The Silver Moon bar.

Conveniently located next to O.R. Tambo International Airport, leisure and business travellers alike can rest comfortably in one of the hotel’s 150 spacious rooms and suites. Cutting-edge technology is fitted throughout the hotel for guest convenience.

The Graywood Hotel

The Graywood Hotel

The Graywood Hotel offers visitors a perfect base from which to explore the quaint village of Knysna and the many adventures found on the Garden Route.
The Hotel itself is centrally situated in the town, within easy walking distance to the Knysna Waterfront, as well as the town centre.
Amongst the many interests, you will find quaint shops, restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets, boat cruises and ferry rides and local art galleries.

Blackwaters Rive Lodge

Blackwaters Rive Lodge

“Explore & feel our place of magic”
Blackwaters River Lodge is a 4 star graded country lodge situated on the banks of the Goukamma river with 20 beautifully decorated rooms surrounded by indigenous forests. This magical piece of paradise is centrally and conveniently situated on the N2 between the quaint towns Knysna and Sedgefield and 10 minutes away from Buffalo Bay, one of South Africa’s Blue Flag beaches
Our beautiful “place of magic” offers so much more to guests when booking with us - Par 3 Golf Course, canoeing and stand up paddling on the river, freshly made meals in our Earth & Fire Dining Facility, river picnics, wine tastings and a bird lovers paradise - experience the Knysna Turaco in its natural environment. All luxury units overlook the river and forest and classic units are situated in the gardens overlooking the Par 3 golf course. All our units have fridges, baths and showers with private patios and the luxury units have extra length beds.

Swartberg Country Manor

Swartberg Country Manor

Both original farm houses have been converted in luxury accommodation. The historical house (dated 1864) features 5 en-suite guest rooms with “brooky lace” finishes and Oregon Pine floors and Ceilings. The Main house offers 11 en-suite guest rooms emanating a warm “earthy ambiance and warm natural wood and slate finishes.
Peace, Tranquil and Serenity are three units each consisting of three en-suite rooms. These units are built to resemble the traditional Karoo Style.
The Guest house offers convenient access to the following landmarks: Cango Caves, Swartberg Pass, Cango Ostrich Farm and the Garden Route.

Boulders Safari Lodge

Boulders Safari Lodge

Game Reserve Malelane and Safari lodge close to the Kruger Nation Park Boulders Safari Lodge is situated in the Lowveld. It is home to many animal species like Impala, Kudu, Zebra, Nyala, Giraffe, Buffalo and also very rare game such as Roan & Sable Antilope, to name but a few. The lodge offers a wide range of outstanding facilities to make your stay an enjoyable and true to nature experience. There are loads of activities available in and around the area which will guarantee a memorable experience. We are only a stone’s throw away from the world renowned Kruger National Park and conduct Game Drives into Kruger on a daily basis. The lodge offers a very peaceful atmosphere where one can sit back, relax and unwind.

Manyatta Rock Camp

Manyatta Rock Camp

Manyatta Rock Camp is a comfortable lodge with private en-suite accommodation, each chalet has its own private terrace where you can enjoy the spectacular views.

The Thorntree Country House

The Thorntree Country House

Thorntree Country Lodge just outside Oudtshoorn, South Africa is the perfect base from which to explore the unique attractions of the Klein Karoo.

The Lodge is a gracefully restored 17th century estate in the picturesque Schoemanshoek Valley, and reflects the typical Klein Karoo architectural style.

Thorntree Country Lodge excels at true intimate country-style accommodation. Our General Manager, Frans Groenewald, together with his friendly staff, are looking forward making your stay in the Klein Karoo, a memorable experience.

Spier Hotel Stellenbosch

Spier Hotel Stellenbosch

The Spier Hotel is situated on the historic Spier wine farm in the heart of the Stellenbosch winelands, just 20 minutes from Cape Town International Airport. The hotel offers a wide range of facilities including a travel desk, information centre and boardroom, and e-mail and Internet services are available. The Spier spa offers a variety of holistic treatments and a full range of spa therapies. There are shuttle services both on and off the estate and 24-hour room service is available.

Cape St Francis Resort

Cape St Francis Resort

Situated 108 km’s west of Port Elizabeth in the quaint village of Cape St Francis lies the Cape St Francis Resort and the luxurious beach villas Beach Break. Privately owned and family run you can choose accommodation ranging from luxury beach villas set on the edge of the dunes where you have choice of a sea or garden facing room or the entire villa .With a private swimming pool and direct beach access the villas are your ideal choice when looking for a beach destination. Travelling as a family try the cottages a mere 300 metres from the beach. Club Break rooms,( the more hotel room option )are set around a communal swimming pool. Facilities at the Resort include Joe Fish Restaurant, Full Stop Cafe, a Health and Beauty Studio as well as a convenience shop.

Evergreen Lodge

Evergreen Lodge

Evergreen Lodge is part of a beautiful Victorian Mansion, only 4 minutes walking distance to the CBD and 2 minutes to Stellenbosch University. Located near the Botanical Garden, it is surrounded by large trees and lovely open spaces. The ideal base for business and pleasure in the Heart of the Cape Winelands.
All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, mini-bar, tea & coffee tray, flat screen satellite TV, electronic safe, hair dryer etc. Free Wi-Fi is available. Swimming pool, Secure, off-street parking. Bathrooms have shower, basin & WC and are en-suite. 2 Family rooms and one twin room. Guests have access to the on-site Spa facilities of our sister property, Evergreen Manor.

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Disclaimer:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

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