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South African Splendor

Countries: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana
Duration: 11 nights/12 days
Itinerary: Cape Town 4n, Rovos Rail 2n, Johannesburg 1n, Vic Falls 2n, Botswana 2n

Day 1  

Arrive in Cape Town where you’ll be met by your guide in the airport after you pass through customs and collect your luggage.

After the transfer to your hotel for check in, you can relax or walk around the beautiful Mother City.

Day 2  

Breakfast at the hotel.

Half-day city tour
On this tour you’ll get to see and experience the highlights of Cape Town – the center of town, where you can walk through Company’s Garden and visit the Castle of Good Hope, pass parliament and City Hall and visit Bo-Kaap, the colourful Malay Quarter. Weather permitting, you end the excursion with a highlight – a trip up Table Mountain.

Return to your hotel after lunchtime and spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

Day 3  

Breakfast at the hotel.

Full-day Peninsula tour
Travel through the picturesque harbour of Hout Bay along beautiful mountainous roads towards the The Cape of Good Hope. A state-of-the-art funicular takes you up to the highest observation point. Following lunch, you proceed to Boulders beach, home to thousands of penguins. The tour also includes a cruise around Seal Island.

Return to your hotel after lunchtime and spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

Day 4  

Breakfast at the hotel.

Full-day Winelands tour
A tour of the beautiful Winelands region of the Western Cape includes a visit to the historical towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, where you’ll learn about the history of the area and of winemaking in South Africa. You’ll also visit a number of farms where you’ll get to taste South Africa’s incredible wines.

Return to your hotel after lunchtime and spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

Day 5  

Breakfast at the hotel.

Check out and transfer to Cape Town station to board the magnificent Rovos Rail train bound for Pretoria.

11:00 – Depart Cape Town Station. Settle in and freshen up.
13:00 – Lunch is served in the dining cars.
16:30 – Tea is served in the lounge car and observation cars.
17:45 – Disembark at Matjiesfontein for an opportunity to stroll through the historic village.
19:00 – Depart Matjiesfontein. Continue overnight through the Karoo.
19:30 – Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Kimberley

Day 6  

07:00 – Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00.
12:30 – Lunch.
14:30 – Arrive in Kimberley and disembark for a tour of the city, Diamond Mine Museum and the Big Hole.
16:00 – Depart Kimberley.
16:30 – Tea is served in the lounge car and observation cars.
19:30 – Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Klerksdorp.

Day 7  

07:00 – Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00.
12:00 – The train arrives at journey’s end at Rovos Rail Station, Pretoria.

On arrival you’ll be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel via a City Tour of Johannesburg.
Pass through downtown Johannesburg where you can learn about the city’s rich history built of the discovery of Gold in the area. Then drive through the old affluent suburb of Houghton, past the former residence of Nelson Mandela before heading to Sandton – Johannesburg’s new financial district and business centre. You can opt to have lunch at one of the many restaurants in Nelson Mandela square, overlooking the famous statue that gave the square its name. The tour ends with a visit to the Montecasino leisure complex.

Day 8

Breakfast at the hotel.

Check out and transfer to OR Tambo airport for your flight to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

On arrival you’ll be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel.

After settling in, you’ll depart on a Sunset Cruise
This memorable experience lets you take in the beauty of the Zambezi River while sipping on cocktails and enjoying delectable snacks. The beauty of the sunset is complemented by game viewing from the safety of the boat.

Return to your hotel for dinner.

Day 9

After breakfast, enjoy a Tour of the Victoria Falls
Witness the incredible natural beauty of the falls close-up. A guided tour through the rainforest surrounding the falls will give you opportunities for magical views and photographs of the falls.

Afterwards, depart on a Helicopter Flight over the Falls
Known as “The Flight of Angels”, the best way to experience the full majesty of the falls is definitely from above. This once-in-a-lifetime experience affords you incredible opportunities for photos.

Return to your hotel for leisure time or additional excursions.

Day 10

Breakfast at the hotel.

Check out and transfer to your lodge in Chobe, Botswana.

After settling in, you can enjoy a late-afternoon game drive followed by dinner.

Day 11

Typical day at a Safari Lodge (times may vary depending on season and sightings)

05:00 – Wake up for an early start.
05:30 – Meet your ranger tea and coffee before heading out on safari, typically on open 4X4 safari vehicles.
09:30 – Return from the game drive for breakfast.
13:00 – Lunch.
16:00 – Meet your ranger for afternoon tea before heading out for an evening game drive including a stop for a sundowner.
19:00 – Return to the lodge to freshen up before dinner.
20:00 – Dinner.

Day 12

After a morning safari and breakfast, you’ll check out and transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg and connecting flight home.

Day 6  
07:00 – Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00. 12:30 – Lunch.
14:30 – Arrive in Kimberley and disembark for a tour of the city, Diamond Mine Museum and the Big Hole.
16:00 – Depart Kimberley.
16:30 – Tea is served in the lounge car and observation cars.
19:30 – Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Klerksdorp.

Day 7  


07:00 – Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00.
12:00 – The train arrives at journey’s end at Rovos Rail Station, Pretoria. On arrival you’ll be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel via a City Tour of Johannesburg.
Pass through downtown Johannesburg where you can learn about the city’s rich history built of the discovery of Gold in the area. Then drive through the old affluent suburb of Houghton, past the former residence of Nelson Mandela before heading to Sandton – Johannesburg’s new financial district and business centre. You can opt to have lunch at one of the many restaurants in Nelson Mandela square, overlooking the famous statue that gave the square its name. The tour ends with a visit to the Montecasino leisure complex.

Day 8

Breakfast at the hotel.

Check out and transfer to OR Tambo airport for your flight to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

On arrival you’ll be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel.

After settling in, you’ll depart on a Sunset Cruise
This memorable experience lets you take in the beauty of the Zambezi River while sipping on cocktails and enjoying delectable snacks. The beauty of the sunset is complemented by game viewing from the safety of the boat.

Return to your hotel for dinner.

Day 9

After breakfast, enjoy a Tour of the Victoria Falls
Witness the incredible natural beauty of the falls close-up. A guided tour through the rainforest surrounding the falls will give you opportunities for magical views and photographs of the falls.

Afterwards, depart on a Helicopter Flight over the Falls
Known as “The Flight of Angels”, the best way to experience the full majesty of the falls is definitely from above. This once-in-a-lifetime experience affords you incredible opportunities for photos.

Return to your hotel for leisure time or additional excursions.

Day 10

Breakfast at the hotel.

Check out and transfer to your lodge in Chobe, Botswana.

After settling in, you can enjoy a late-afternoon game drive followed by dinner.

Day 11

Typical day at a Safari Lodge (times may vary depending on season and sightings)

05:00 – Wake up for an early start.
05:30 – Meet your ranger tea and coffee before heading out on safari, typically on open 4X4 safari vehicles.
09:30 – Return from the game drive for breakfast.
13:00 – Lunch.
16:00 – Meet your ranger for afternoon tea before heading out for an evening game drive including a stop for a sundowner.
19:00 – Return to the lodge to freshen up before dinner.
20:00 – Dinner.

Day 12

After a morning safari and breakfast, you’ll check out and transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg and connecting flight home.