Project Description

Indulge in pure luxury on this iconic journey which starts in Cape Town and ends in Victoria Falls.

Start your journey with four days in Cape Town, an ideal South African Holiday destination that has a host of top tourist attractions to enjoy. Then step into the Rovos Rail and let yourself be pampered in luxury accommodation with world-class service, African-inspired culinary delights and a relaxed atmosphere. A one-night stop in Pretoria allows guests to combine Rovos Rail two legs into one: Cape to Victoria Falls. Round this off with a visit to the land of natural wonders and beauty, Victoria Falls

Your Journey at a Glance

  • 4 nights Cape Town at Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
  • 2 nights Rovos Rail Cape Town to Pretoria -Fully Inclusive
  • 1 Night Pretoria at Castello Di Monte – Bed & Breakfast
  • 3 nights Rovos Rail Pretoria to Victoria Falls – Fully Inclusive
  • 2 Nights Victoria Falls at Victoria Falls Safari Club – Bed & Breakfast

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to South Africa

On arrival at Cape Town International Airport you will be met by our Representative and transferred to Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel. As you drive toward the city, your view from afar will be Table Mountain, one of the most spiritual places on earth, with its heart, two oceans and the beautiful city of Cape Town at its feet. Explore the sights during your 4-night stay at Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel  with ensuite bathroom. Your stay includes breakfast and Wi-Fi.

Once you have checked into the hotel and enjoyed a refreshing welcome drink, freshen up and unwind before the next day’s adventure.

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel is a timeless and authentic resort hotel located in the heart of Cape Town. With a unique legacy of service excellence based on authentic Cape hospitality, the hotel remains a destination of choice. The hotel’s convenient location makes it easy for guests to explore the city centre and its surrounds, and some of South Africa’s best beaches. The garden estate setting is an urban sanctuary, complete with two heated swimming pools, rolling lawns, a palm lined avenue and secluded Rose gardens which lend themselves to romance. The abundance of secure wide-open space makes families feel at home and encourages children to run free and explore. Several distinctive accommodation wings offer a variety of 198 individually decorated, elegantly appointed rooms and suites. No two rooms are exactly the same, and each annexe offers unique views, mood and style. Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel has played host to countless weddings and milestone celebrations. The glamorous and contemporary Planet Bar and Restaurant offers guests a true South African gastronomic dinner experience, and the newly refurbished Oasis Bistro offers guests a Mediterranean inspired al fresco breakfast and lunch menu overlooking the family pool and gardens. A daily Afternoon Tea served in the hotel lounge is a signature and not to be missed experience. Extending the emphasis on pleasure is Librisa Spa – a destination day spa boasting eight oversized treatment and shower rooms, separate manicure and pedicure rooms, and a sun-splashed conservatory. Treatments are based on the healing power of touch and incorporate products containing local ingredients.

Day 2 Half Day city tour including Table Mountain.

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up by your local guide for a private morning City tour including Table Mountain. In the afternoon learn about the dark days of the apartheid era by embarking on a Robben Island Tour.

This is a great orientation tour of Cape Town. Highlights of this half day tour include a visit up Table Mountain on the cableway, where the varying flora and fauna will be explained; exploring the Malay Quarter – a historic picturesque area of the city with original Malay buildings and narrow streets. You tour some of the historic sights of the city centre and stroll through the Company Gardens. Time permitting you will also see the Castle of Good Hope, built in 1652 and now painstakingly restored, and enjoy a photographic opportunities of Table Mountain from Table Bay. (Please Note: The cable car ticket is not included as the mountain visit is weather permitting).

Afternoon Robben Island visit

Depart on a scheduled boat trip across Table Bay to Robben Island. On arrival guests will be met by their guide – an ex-political prisoner. You will be taken on a 45-minute bus ride with a guide providing commentary. Stop and visit the infamous Maximum-Security Prison as well as Murray’s Bay Harbour precinct attractions, such as the Muslim shrine, or kramat, and the Museum shop. For nearly 400 years, Robben Island, 12 kilometres from Cape Town, was a place of banishment, exile, isolation and imprisonment. It was here that rulers sent those they regarded as political troublemakers, social outcasts and the unwanted of society. During the apartheid years Robben Island became internationally known for its institutional brutality. The duty of those who ran the Island and its prison was to isolate opponents of apartheid and to crush their morale. Some freedom fighters spent more than a quarter of a century in prison for their beliefs.

Return to the hotel with the rest of the evening at leisure.

Day 3 Full Day Cape Peninsula

After Breakfast depart on a private Full Day Cape Peninsula Tour

The Cape Peninsula boasts some of the most spectacular and unique scenery in the world. Including the magical combinations of mountains, oceans, beaches, wildlife and flowers, this tour is sure to thrill every tourist to Cape Town.

It is an ideal way to see the highlights and appreciate the surrounding natural beauty of the Peninsula. You’ll travel along the Atlantic seaboard with its sparkling white beaches and impressive mountains, to Hout Bay. There is the option of taking a 45-Minute boat trip to a Cape Fur Seal colony. You’ll continue on Chapman’s Peak Drive, renowned as one of the most spectacular scenic routes in the world. You’ll visit the Cape Point Nature Reserve, the tip of the Cape Peninsula with its captivating scenery and fascinating history. This is the Cape of Good Hope.

The return journey to Cape Town takes you along False Bay coast with the option of visiting the colony of rare African Penguins at Boulders Beach. You’ll pass through the naval village of Simon’s Town and the coastal suburbs of Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay and Muizenberg.

If time permits, you’ll visit the world-famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens before arriving back at your hotel

HIGHLIGHTS:

Clifton & Camps Bay; Clifton & Camps Bay; Twelve Apostles; Llandudno; Hout Bay (optional boat trip to Seal Island); Chapmans Peak Drive; Noordhoek; Ostrich viewing drive by; Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve; Cape Point; Cape of Good Hope; Penguin Colony (optional) ; Simons Town; Muizenberg ; Constantia and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Day 4 Full Cape Winelands Tour

Guests enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

After Breakfast depart on a scheduled Full Day Cape Winelands

The Wine Route tour is mellow and involves no exercise – other than lifting your wine glass. You will visit three regions of the Cape Winelands: Paarl, Franschhoek, and Stellenbosch with a tasting in each region, a cellar tour at one of the farms and a picnic lunch. The wine farms offer a variety of white and red cultivars, as well as their own blends and styles. We allow enough time for each tasting to fully appreciate and enjoy the wine master’s art.

Back to Cape Town in the late afternoon and the rest of the evening is at leisure

Day 5 Rovos Rail Cape Town to Pretoria

Guests enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

Guests will complete the check-out procedure before being transferred to Cape Town Station for Rovos Rail Cape Town to Pretoria.

Board the luxurious Rovos Rail for your two-day journey to Pretoria 1,600 kilometres away. Leave Table Mountain behind as you head through the Winelands and rugged mountains towards the open skies of the Karoo. The train will stop at Matjiesfontein so you can visit this Victorian village and its museum, where time seems to have stood still. Overnight on Rovos Rail, with all meals and drinks included.

Day 6 Rovos Rail

Another day on the train, stopping at Kimberley after lunch. You’ll board a bus for a tour of the town, the Diamond Mine Museum and the Big Hole, which is the world’s largest man-made excavation. Then back in the train and watch the grasslands slide past your window until it’s time for drinks in the observation car and dinner in the dining car, with its crisp linen, silverware, crystal and monogrammed china. Go to sleep lulled by the motion of this luxury train. Overnight on Rovos Rail, with all meals and drinks included.

Day 7 Pretoria

On arrival at the Rovos Rail Station at Capital Park in Pretoria, guests will be met and transferred to the hotel.

Once you have checked into the hotel enjoy a refreshing welcome drink. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city of Pretoria.

The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city of Pretoria.

Suggestion: Afternoon Pretoria City Tour whose highlights are the visit to:

  • The Paul Kruger House
  • Voortrekker Monument and
  • Union Buildings

Pretoria City is full of tree-lined avenues and fascinating architecture. It’s unthinkable of visiting South Africa without spending some time in Pretoria, the administrative capital.

Accommodation is at Castello Di Monte

Dinner is at the Hotel (own account)

Castello di Monte

If luxury is in the detail, then a stay at Castello di Monte is filled with pure indulgence. Whether walking the dramatic stairways made of the finest granite or feasting on the elegant art that adorns our walls, you will be pressed to find more extravagant surroundings. The Tuscan style estate portrays pure luxury and elegance and offers spectacular views of the hills in and around the capital city. The landscaped gardens with mature olive trees and lavender bushes give an Italian flavour to the African landscape. You will hardly notice that you are in the middle of a bustling city. At Castello di Monte it is easy to believe that you had found paradise

Day 8 Pretoria – Rovos Rail – Victoria Falls

Guests enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

Guests will complete the check-out procedure before being transferred to Rovos Rail Station for Rovos Rail Pretoria To Victoria Falls.

10h00 The train departs Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria.

13h00 Lunch is served in the dining cars as the train travels north through Warmbaths and Nylstroom, crossing the Tropic of Capricorn.

Enjoy afternoon tea and dinner en route to Messina and Beitbridge for Zimbabwe border formalities.

(Breakfast 07h00-10h00 • Lunch 13h00 • Tea 16h30 • Dinner 19h30)

Day 9 Rovos Rail

Day at leisure. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served as the train travels towards Bulawayo via West Nicholson. Overnight stop on board at Mpopoma.

Day 10 Rovos Rail

07h00 Breakfast is served as the train departs Mpopoma.

13h00 Enjoy lunch while travelling along the eastern edge of Hwange Park along one of Africa’s longest stretches of straight railway line – 114 kilometres.

15h00 Arrive at Kennedy Siding for a game drive at The Hide.

19h30 Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Thompsons Junction for the overnight stop.

Day 11 Victoria Falls

07h00 Breakfast is enjoyed while travelling towards the Zambezi River.

10h00 Arrive at journey’s end in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

On arrival at Victoria Falls Station, Guests will be met and transferred to Victoria Falls Safari Club

their base for the next 2 nights.

Situated within the magnificent grounds of the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge resort, this luxury club is a place where African history and the enchanting power of nature blend with exotic modern comforts and brings an atmosphere of exclusive African distinctiveness.

The 16 Club rooms and 4 Club suites offer luxurious accommodation with uninterrupted views of unspoilt bushveld and spectacular African sunsets. Safari Club residents have access to all existing services and facilities on the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge resort, but no other resort residents have access to the Club wing, thus ensuring total exclusivity.

With privacy a focus, the Safari Club boasts its own private club lounge, where guests can enjoy breakfasts, afternoon teas and pastries, cocktails and snacks. A private viewing deck overlooks the game-laden corridor where vast herds of wildlife come down to the mighty Zambezi River to drink. Situated within the magnificent grounds of the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Safari Club guests have access to the lodge’s Buffalo Bar, Boma and MaKuwa-Kuwa Restaurants. Adventures include game viewing at the nearby Siduli Hide, guided bush walks, nature trails and birdwatching.

In the late afternoon you will be taken to enjoy a Sundowner Cruise on the Signature Deck of the Zambezi Explorer or the Zambezi Royal boat. A shared return transfer will take you to and from the luxury Zambezi river cruise.

Dinner is at Makuwa-Kuwa Restaurant (Table D’hôtel) or at The Victoria Falls Hotel (own account)

Day 12 Victoria Falls Safari Club

The next morning after a leisurely breakfast it is time for a guided tour of the Falls: the “Smoke that thunders”. Your guide will tell you about the myth and history surrounding it. Stop at the “Big tree” a giant Baobab for photographs. Go on a scenic walk through the tropical rainforest that is there by virtue of the spray from the Falls.

After the tour guests will be driven back to the lodge where they will enjoy a Vulture culture lunch at the renowned Makuwa-Kuwa Restaurant (Table D’hôtel) – own account

The afternoon is at leisure to explore the many activities that Victoria Falls has to offer such as Elephant Back Safari, walking with the lions, high wire activities including the flying fox, the zipline and the gorge swing … or just visit the African craft market to shop some souvenir gifts.

In the evening you will be picked up for a traditional Boma dinner accompanied by traditional dancing and music – a great chance to learn about the local culture. (own account)

Day 13: Victoria Falls – Johannesburg

Today your luxury journey has come to its end. After breakfast guests will complete the check-out formalities before being transferred to Victoria Falls Airport.

Depending on the time of your departure flight, you may be able to squeeze one last activity before being transferred to the airport.

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