Exploring South Africa and Namibia- with Blue Train

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Johannesburg – Cape Town – Kruger National Park – Chobe River Front Namibia 
12 days / 11 nights

Price

From CAD $3 980

Highlights

  • Cape Malay Cooking Experience
  • Visit Shamansky Jewellery
    Store for a quick diamond Tour
  • Explore Kruger National Park
  • spot elephants, hippo, antelope and the rare red lechwe

Program

Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you will be collected by an English-speaking guide and be
transferred to your hotel. You will have the option to do a half day Soweto tour on this day.

Overnight: Sandton Sun
Elegant and legendary, the Sandton Sun offers guests a distinguished and memorable stay. Linked to the Sandton
Convention Centre and the Sandton City Shopping Centre, this hotel combines business services, contemporary
dining and fashionable shopping, appealing to both leisure and business travellers. Located in the heart of Sandton
CBD this hotel is 40 minutes by road from O.R Tambo International Airport and 900m from the Gautrain Station, and
offers convenience and easy access to the city’s finest amenities.

Optional – on clients own account
Half Day Soweto Tour
On this half day tour in Soweto, your guide, who was born and raised in Soweto, will take you past all the hotspots in
Soweto. The Soweto tour will take you deep into the township culture, so you can enjoy a personal experience of how vibrant and lively this part of Johannesburg really is.

On these two days you will spend X2 Nights on the Blue Train from Pretoria to Cape Town.

Overnight: The Blue Train
The Blue Train is a magnificent moving five-star hotel. Its very name has become synonymous with the ultimate in
luxury travel and personal service. As the ever-changing scenery flashes past the windows, guests can savour
exquisite meals freshly prepared on board by Executive Chefs and complemented by some of the world’s best wines.
The suites feature the finest bed linen, marble tiles and gold fittings – sheer opulence that will ensure that guests will
have a memorable experience. The Blue Train offers far more than just a journey. It is an all-inclusive experience
offering a combination of unsurpassed luxury travel, five star-accommodation, fine cuisine, personalized butler
service and routes that offer breath-taking views of the countryside.

 

Upon arrival at Cape Town, you will be collected and transferred to your hotel. This evening you will have your
welcome dinner at Cellars in Hohenort.

This morning after your breakfast at the hotel, you will be collected by your guide. Your day will start off at Andulela,
where you will do a Cape Malay Cooking Experience. After your Cooking Experience and after you’ve enjoyed your
lunch, you will depart to Table Mountain (Weather permitting). Your last stop will be a visit to Shamansky Jewellery
Store for a quick diamond Tour, followed by Gin Tasting.


Andulela Cape Malay Cooking Safari
Perched on the slopes of Signal Hill, overlooking Table Bay, the Bo-Kaap is as idiosyncratically ‘Cape’ as the spicy
scents and flavours that waft downhill from its eccentrically colourful cobbled streets. Walking through the historic
Malay quarter of Cape Town shows visitors its nooks and crannies, and its legends and secrets, as the group
discovers the distinctive cuisine of the Cape Malay community. The Andulela Cape Malay Cooking Safari includes a
guided walking tour of the historical heart of the Bo-Kaap, a visit to the Bo-Kaap Museum, a cooking workshop and
demonstration, full course traditional meal and a small gift.

Table Mountain Ariel Cableway
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.
Table Mountain is weather permitting.

 

Shamansky Jewellery Store Rockwell
The Shamansky Rockwell Diamond Experience showroom is a unique and engaging destination offering personalised
experiences specially designed for group visitors. Known for its beautiful architecture and stunning mountain
backdrop, the Shamansky Rockwell showroom is ideally located in the trendy De Waterman Village in Green Point,
Cape Town, home to a variety of niche restaurants, cafes and retailers. This sought-after location is the perfect fit for
Sharansky’s new cutting-edge showroom. Visitors are offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to polish diamonds
under the guidance of a Shamansky master craftsman. The first of its kind, this incomparable experience is unique to
Shamansky and offers guests a better understanding of the skill required to perfect each Shamansky diamond
jewellery creation.

After breakfast, you will depart to the Winelands.
Your first stop will be in Franschhoek, where you will embark on a trip on the Franschhoek Wine Tram, with 2 Stops
for Wine Tasting included.
After your Tram trip, you will depart to Stellenbosch where you will enjoy a lovely lunch at a Wine Estate followed by
a Wine Tasting.


Franschhoek Wine Tram
Experience a unique and leisurely way to see the Franschhoek Valley as you journey through rolling vineyards in an
open-side tram and open-air tram-bus stopping in at some of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine
estates. The hop-on hop-off tour is one of the best ways to take in the breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality,
world-class cuisine, fine wines and 300-year history.

 

Cape Town
Cape Town is perched between the ocean and the mountain, with a national park as its heart, there is nowhere like
Cape Town. Cape Town, the “Mother City”, is the oldest city in South Africa Large numbers of tourists’ flock to Cape
Town to enjoy this unique city with its fascinating history, interesting culture, natural beauty, award winning wines
and laidback lifestyle. The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, one of the city’s main tourist attractions, offers the visitor a
unique shopping and holiday experience on a scenic working harbour. A visit to Cape Town is synonymous with a
visit to the peninsula south of the city, and for good reason. With pristine white-sand beaches, hundreds of
mountain trails, and numerous activities from surfing to paragliding to mountain biking, the accessibility, variety, and
pure beauty of the great outdoors will keep nature lovers and outdoor adventurers occupied for hours, if not days.

 

Overnight: Steenberg Hotel
A 5-star hotel and rejuvenating Spa, exceptional cuisine, outstanding wines and an 18-hole championship golf
course, make Steenberg a complete destination in idyllic Constantia, situated just 30 minutes from Cape Town city
centre. Steenberg Hotel offers exquisite hospitality, a plush spa and plenty of history, all wrapped in understated
luxury and discreet, personalised service. Beautifully appointed accommodation with spectacular vineyard views,
from striking suites, to more contemporary and charming rooms in the old barn and original Manor House, leave
guests with a sense of nostalgia. The vision at Steenberg Spa is to create a unique lifestyle, to rejuvenate and
enhance youthful radiance while indulging in soulful decadence. In this always-available day and age, pamper time is
more precious than ever before.

Day 7:
After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel and be transferred to the airport for your flight to Skukuza airport
(not included). Upon arrival at Kruger Shalati, enjoy welcome drinks followed by lunch at the Lodge. This afternoon
you will embark on an Afternoon Game Drive, followed by dinner on the train.

Day 8:
Today after breakfast, you will go on Game Drives followed by lunch and then dinner at the lodge later that evening
on the train.

Kruger National Park
At more than 2 million hectares the Kruger National Park is one of the world’s largest game reserves and a truly
remarkable destination. Because of its exceptional size you can experience amazing diversity – from the scenery and
ecosystems to the correspondingly amazing array of animals, trees and birds. A trip to the Kruger National Park is an
unforgettable and potentially life changing experience.

Overnight: Kruger Shalati
Permanently stationed on the historically-rich Selati Bridge above the Sabie River in the iconic Kruger National Park,
Kruger Shalati offers the most unique luxury accommodation in a re-envisioned train. The train accommodation
offers 30 rooms, consisting of 24 carriage rooms and 6 bridge house rooms, each of which is designed to ensure
breath-taking views and comfort. Each room is designed with local art and crafts to celebrate Africa’s beautiful
designs. Aligned with the floor level of the train lies a deck with a pool, offering guests the unique experience of
taking a dip while watching crocodiles, hippos and elephants just meters below.

This morning, you will embark on your last early morning Game Drive, followed by breakfast before your Shuttle
transfer to Skukuza Airport for your flight to Johannesburg (Flight not included). Once you have arrived you will be
transferred to your overnight hotel.

Overnight: Peermont D’oreale Grande Hotel at Emperors Palace
The five-star Peermont D’oreale Grande features 182 impeccably appointed rooms and suites that are fitted with
plush, state-of-the-art indulgences. The hotel’s comfort levels are enhanced by superior levels of service and guest
relations, while the Club Floor and Lounge offers a full bouquet of personal and concierge services dedicated to the
discerning business traveller. Dine in the newly-styled Aurelia’s restaurant, indulge your senses at Octavia’s
Sensorium Day Spa or sip a cocktail while watching the sunset at Neptune’s Pool Bar at the spectacular pool terrace
with its Roman water fountain.

Check out of your Johannesburg accommodation and be transferred to the airport either for your flight back home
(not included) or for the X2 night extension. If you choose to add the extension to your package then you will take a
flight to Chobe where, on arrival, you will be transferred to your accommodation. Once you have arrived, spend the
next x2 nights at leisure with you daily activities and meals.

Chobe River Front Namibia
Forming the boundary between Botswana and Namibia is the Chobe River – one of the most well-known perennial
rivers in Africa. The Chobe River Front encompasses vast floodplains fringed by lush riverine woodlands. The
abundant wildlife inhabiting the river and its shores can be viewed from a river safari where visitors can spot
elephants, hippo, water-loving antelope including the rare red lechwe and a variety of other game such as giraffe,
zebra, and buffalo. Nature lovers will delight in the incredibly scenic natural landscapes and bird watchers can look
forward to the wide section of bird species which can be spotted along the river banks.

Overnight: Chobe Water Villas
Chobe Water Villas, an exclusive and intimate “boutique” Lodge is in Namibia at the eastern tip of the famous Caprivi
Strip now known as the Zambezi Region. The Lodge is exclusively situated in the 150 km2 Namibian Kasika
Conservancy directly on the banks of the Chobe River and opposite the renowned Chobe National Park and the safari
town of Kasane, in Botswana. This location affords unobstructed views into the National Park and over the worldrenowned Sedudu Island. This island boasts the greatest density of wildlife of any river system in the world and
includes Elephant, Lion, Buffalo, Hippo, Crocodile and up to 8 species of antelope and 460 of birds and waterfowl.
This spectacular location ensures that this exciting view into untamed Africa is available from the Lodge and every
one of its16 exclusive Water Villas. Chobe National Park itself is furthermore home to Giraffe, Wild Dog, Leopard,
Cheetah, Jackal, Hyena and one of the greatest Zebra migrations after the Masai Mara or Serengeti in Tanzania and
Kenya. The 117,000 km2 Chobe National Park’s wildlife statistics confirm that it is home to 160,000 Elephants along
with some 164 mammal species representing one of the largest concentrations of wildlife in Africa. Antelope species
include Kudu, Roan, Sable, Lechwe, Waterbuck, Eland, Puku, Gemsbok, Springbok, Klipspringer, Impala and the
occasional rare Sitatunga. This location at the confluence of the legendary Chobe and the mighty Zambezi Rivers is
where the borders of Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe meet.

On this day, you will check out and be transferred to the airport for your flight back home (extension departure)
(flight not included).

Included

  • Accommodation as per itinerary. We reserve the right to use alternative accommodation of similar standard.
    Accommodation subject to availability at date of booking.
  • Meals as per itinerary.
  • All excursions and entrance fees as per itinerary.
  • Transport in a luxury air-conditioned vehicle with an English-speaking driver.

Not included

  • Any visa fees for clients.
  • All drinks.
  • Expenses of a personal nature.
  • Gratuities.
  • All flights international, regional or domestic, airport- or departure taxes.
  • Personal insurances.

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Johannesburg

Johannesburg is one of Africa’s biggest and most vibrant cities.  It is the economic  capital of Africa and the  gateway to Southern Africa.  Although not as famous as  other South African destinations, there is plenty to  do in Johannesburg and  nearby Pretoria. The old city is  a multi-cultural mixture of  traditional medicine shops,  Chinese restaurants, taxi ranks  and ultra-modern  skyscrapers. There are  excellent museums, art  galleries and organised tours  of historical and political  interest. The shopping is  Southern Africa’s best and the  many restaurants cater for all  tastes. The nearby township of  Soweto is Johannesburg’s most  popular tourist  attraction. 

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