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Cape Town to Kruger: luxury South African rail journey

Explore incredible Cape Town, the luxurious Rovos Rail, and Big Five safari drives!

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Cape Town to Kruger: luxury South African rail journey



12 nights


June - July 2023

Departing from

London Heathrow

Cape Town to Kruger: luxury South African rail journey from just £10,100pp!

Experience the magic of the Rainbow Nation on this 12 night tour including stays in Cape Town, a journey onboard the ultra-luxurious Rovos Rail, and Big Five safaris in one of the country’s best private reserves!

Dates available on request.

Tour highlights

  • Discover Cape Town’s history and culture on a private walking tour and Robben Island visit.
  • See African penguins and stroll through the Kirstenbosch Gardens on a Cape Peninsula tour.
  • Spend a day wine tasting in the Cape Winelands.
  • Journey across South Africa aboard the Rovos Rail, visiting lesser-known areas of the country.
  • End with a Big Five safari in the Sabi Sands Wildtuin private reserve, bordering the Kruger.


About South Africa

South Africa is renowned for being a stunningly vibrant country due to its wide variety of cultures. Its incredible wildlife, scenic landscapes, cosmopolitan cities and burgeoning food & wine scene also make the country a favourite among a diverse range of travellers. Cape Town offers a great introduction to South Africa. The city’s most iconic landmark, Table Mountain, towers over the city and offers incredible coastline views once you get to the top via the cable car or a self-guided hike. The historical towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek are located outside the city, and are home to some of South Africa’s best wineries. Walk-in tastings and exciting food & wine pairings are offered by many wine estates and Franschhoek is also best known for being South Africa’s culinary capital. You can of course also go on incredible safaris with plenty of opportunities to spot the Big Five in their natural habitat, on game drives led by the experts.

Wherever you decide to go in South Africa you can stay in gorgeous sustainable luxury accommodations, savour delicious farm-to-table food, and help leave a positive impact by taking part in activities and excursions which enrich local communities and protect the environment. To find out more about sustainable South Africa please click here.


Day 1 – International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Cape Town.

Day 2 – Cape Town

On arrival in Cape Town, you’re met by one of our representatives, who guides you through customs. You’re then driven in a private vehicle to your accommodation. Soon after, you set off on a half-day tour of the city, finding out more about its history and cultures. You can take the rotating cable car to the top of Table Mountain, visit the vibrant Bo-Kaap district, home to the city’s Cape Malay community, and stop at South Africa’s oldest building, the Castle of Good Hope, built in 1679. Return to your hotel for dinner, or choose from the city’s wide range of restaurants.

Accommodation: 5* One&Only Cape Town

Day 3 – Cape Town

This morning, a local guide meets you in the heart of Cape Town for a private walking tour of the city, focusing on Cape Town’s history and life during the apartheid. Your guide also shows you notable historical buildings and areas of Cape Town that date back to Dutch and British colonial times. In the afternoon, take the ferry to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent the majority of his imprisonment. A former inmate leads you on a tour of the prison and tells you more about South Africa’s turbulent political history, as well as what it was like to serve a sentence here.

Accommodation: 5* One&Only Cape Town

Day 4 – Cape Town

Spend today exploring the Cape Peninsula. A private guide collects you early in the morning and you head off on the spectacular drive through Chapman’s Peak and down to Cape Point, stopping to enjoy the pristine beaches along the peninsula. On the way back, you’ll stop at Boulders Beach, where you can watch the resident colony of African penguins. You’ll also pause for a stroll through Kirstenbosch Gardens, one of the largest botanical gardens in Africa, where you can see endemic fynbos vegetation.

Accommodation: 5* One&Only Cape Town

Day 5 – Cape Town

Your private driver-guide collects you from your hotel this morning ready for a day spent exploring the Cape Winelands, just outside Cape Town. You’re driven through vine-woven hills and valleys, passing numerous farms and vineyards which offer wine tastings (often paired with fresh food from the area). You’ll stop at Waterford for a tour and to taste some of the estate’s wines, expertly paired with chocolates. You can also explore the towns of Franschhoek, Paarl and Stellenbosch, which are rooted in Dutch-colonial history and known for their gourmet restaurants. Return to your hotel in Cape Town for your final evening in the city.

Accommodation: 5* One&Only Cape Town

Day 6 – Rovos Rail

You’re driven to the train station this morning to board the Rovos Rail. Seat yourself in one of the train’s wood-panelled coaches as you depart Cape Town and head through the Winelands to the historical railway village of Matjiesfontein in the Central Karoo. You can leave the train for a tour of this National Heritage Site, which was once a fashionable Victorian health retreat and has retained many of its 19th-century buildings, including the old courthouse. You then continue your journey across the country, sitting down at the sound of a gong to a formal dinner accompanied by South African wines in the Victorian-style dining car.

Accommodation: Rovos Rail

Day 7 – Rovos Rail

After journeying through the arid Great Karoo and Klein Karoo regions, you arrive in Kimberley, where you have two and a half hours to explore. From the station, you’ll take an electric tram into the heart of the city. You can then visit the open-air Kimberley Diamond Museum for an overview of the area’s diamond-mining history and to see some of the treasures excavated here, as well as taking a tour of a recreated mine shaft. You can also visit the Big Hole, the site of the diamond excavations. You then re-board the train to continue your journey eastwards, enjoying another sumptuous dinner in the evening.

Accommodation: Rovos Rail

Day 8 – Johannesburg

You arrive into Pretoria at around midday. Your driver meets you at the station and takes you to your hotel in Johannesburg. You then have the rest of the day to relax or explore the city. You could take a stroll though the regenerated Maboneng Precinct, where you’ll find a variety of art galleries, restaurants, cafés and bars housed in former warehouses, many of which are emblazoned with street art and murals. Or, uncover more about the city’s turbulent past at the Apartheid Museum, which details the impacts of the regime on South Africa’s black population as well as the life and achievements of Mandela.

Accommodation: 5* Saxon Boutique Hotel & Spa

Day 9 – Sabi Sands Game Reserve

You’re collected from your hotel this morning and driven to Johannesburg’s airport for your one-hour flight to the Sabi Sand Wildtuin, a private reserve bordering Kruger National Park. After landing at the airstrip, you’re met by a ranger, who then drives you to your lodge. You have time this afternoon for your first game drive, taking in the reserve’s wildlife and looking out for the Big Five. Your guide will know the best spots to find the wildlife that most interests you and can help identify animals big and small. Stop for sundowners in the bush before returning to camp in time for a hearty dinner shared around the table.

Accommodation: 5* Ulusaba Safari Lodge

Day 10 – Sabi Sands Game Reserve

Rise early for a light breakfast before embarking on your first morning safari. Animals are most active at this time, before the day heats up, and you might see predators returning from their night-time hunts. You return to your lodge for a generous brunch, then have time to relax during the hottest part of the day. In the late afternoon, you set off on another game drive, looking for wildlife you’ve yet to encounter. You return to the lodge in darkness, which gives you a chance to look for nocturnal species such as African wildcats, porcupines and owls.

Accommodation: 5* Ulusaba Safari Lodge

Day 11 – Sabi Sands Game Reserve

Enjoy another full day on safari today. As a change from game drives, you might like to head out on foot this morning, joining an experienced guide on an informative bush walk. Exploring outside of a vehicle gives you a different, more authentic perspective of the reserve, and you’ll discover more about its flora and fauna. Listen to the sounds of bird calls, look for animal tracks and find out the different uses of various plants. After your siesta, head out on your final game drive, then enjoy your final night under the African sky, swapping stories with fellow guests.

Accommodation: 5* Ulusaba Safari Lodge

Day 12 – International return flight

You’re driven back to the landing strip today for your flight to Johannesburg. There, you catch your onward flight home.

Day 13 – International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

One&Only Cape Town

One&Only Cape Town provides a comprehensive range of luxury services and accommodation, and serves as a gateway to the myriad of experiences in the city and on the continent – from safaris to pristine beaches to the exploration of the world-renowned Cape wine region. The resort’s feel is contemporary whilst drawing on Africa’s culture and heritage. The rooms and suites, the largest in Cape Town with a minimum size of 63 square metres, all have a private terrace or balcony. The rooms in the Marina Rise have panoramic views of Table Mountain, and the rooms on the resort’s adjoining island have a distinctive resort feel and convenient access to the infinity pool and separate Spa Island.One&Only Cape Town displays the hallmarks of excellence found in all One&Only resorts around the world. It offers an unparalleled commitment to the finest experiences, attention to detail, luxurious accommodation, a wealth of activities and programmes, and state-of-the-art facilities.

Rovos Rail

Since its establishment in 1989, Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for its truly world-class travel experiences. Step aboard the classic wood-panelled coaches and sit back as some of the most varied scenery imaginable unfolds beyond the windows. With discreet and friendly service, excellent cuisine and a selection of South Africa’s finest wines, Rovos Rail harks back to a simpler, more elegant era encompassing the timeless grace and high romance of African exploration. In a series of journeys lasting from 48 hours to 15 days, Rovos Rail links some of the subcontinent’s greatest destinations. The beautifully rebuilt trains carry a maximum of 72 passengers in 36 superbly appointed suites and are also available for charter, while the Events Train caters for up to 250 guests and is suitable for daytime journeys. Rovos Rail has also established two stately seaside retreats in St James, Cape Town.

Ulusaba Safari Lodge

Safari Lodge is built along the banks of the dry Mabrak riverbed. The 11 rooms at Safari Lodge include a Treehouse Suite overlooking the nearby Xikwenga Dam as well as three other room types: Safari, Elephant and River Rooms, some of which have private plunge pools. Kids over the age of 12 are welcome to stay at Safari Lodge. Nestled in the heart of Sabi Sabi this lodge is one of the best in South Africa offering fantastic opportunities to spot the Big Five and experience wild South Africa with the help of expert guides.

*Price correct as of 14/03/23

Varied meal plan
Return flights
In-destination transfers
Incredible activities and excursions
Hotel accommodation
24-hour support while travelling
A private walking tour of Cape Town and a visit to Robben Island
A visit to the Kirstenbosch Gardens on a Cape Peninsula Tour
A wine tasting day in the Winelands
Included rail journey onboard the premier Rovos Rail
Big Five safaris in the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, bordering Kruger National Park
ATOL protection
And a free £1,010 donation to the charity of your choice
Prices are per person (unless stated otherwise). Prices is not live and is subject to availability and change. Where applicable prices include any advertised discounts. Holidays are subject to availability and tour operator/supplier’s booking conditions apply. Offers can be changed or withdrawn without notice. The latest price/availability and operator details will be confirmed at the time of inquiry – ask for more information. The donation amount is calculated at the final sale and as such may not reflect the figure shown here. A minimum 5% donation is required to receive a maximum 5% discount.


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Number of Nights

6 nights

Dates Available

October 2023

Departing from

Munich Hauptbahnhof

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