Southern Africa Safari & Rail Adventure 2023

13
 days from $
14995
 per person
Operated by: 
Abercrombie & Kent
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Experience timeless elegance on a spectacular luxury adventure, travelling by glamorous Rovos Rail and safari-going in Chobe National Park and and the lush Okavango Delta, following a wide-ranging itinerary that also features cosmopolitan Cape Town and magnificent Victoria Falls.

A&K Advantages

  • Discover Cape Town, taking in stunning views from Table Mountain, walk the colorful Bo-Kaap neighborhood, visit the District Six Museum and explore rugged Cape Point
  • Traverse majestic mountain ranges and grassy savannas on a three-day train journey by elegant Rovos Rail
  • Stay at the only safari lodge inside Chobe National Park, a privileged location that affords you the opportunity to start game watching ahead of other visitors
  • Observe Botswana’s amazing animals up close, including the Big Five, as handpicked safari guides use their in-depth tracking skills to lead you to exceptional wildlife encounters
  • Set out on a privately guided tour of Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World
  • Finish your journey at Sanctuary Chief’s Camp — one of the Africa’s finest — located in the Okavango Delta’s premier Moremi Game Reserve

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1

ARRIVE CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

DAY 2

CAPE TOWN | LOOK TO THE BEACON OF HOPE

DAY 3

CAPE TOWN | CAPE POINT & BOULDERS BEACH

DAY 4

RIDING THE ROVOS RAIL | INTO THE WINELANDS

DAYS 5–6

RIDING THE ROVOS RAIL | DIAMOND MINE MUSEUM

DAY 7

JOHANNESBURG | HEART OF SOUTH AFRICA

DAY 8

VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE | LIVINGSTONE EXCLUSIVE

DAY 9

CHOBE NATIONAL PARK, BOTSWANA | DESIGN YOUR DAY

DAY 10

CHOBE NATIONAL PARK | PLENTIFUL WILDLIFE VIEWING

DAY 11

OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA | A PRIZED EXPERIENCE

DAY 12

OKAVANGO DELTA | GAME DRIVES AND THE BIG FIVE

DAY 13

DEPART JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

ARRIVE CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

Arrive in Cape Town and transfer to one of the country’s most famous hotels, set at the foot of Table Mountain.

Mount Nelson, A Belmond Hotel, Cape Town

DAY 2

CAPE TOWN | LOOK TO THE BEACON OF HOPE

Ascend Table Mountain via cable car to take in an inspiring panorama of the city. Proceed to the colorful and distinctive Bo-Kaap neighborhood for a walking tour. After lunch, discover the Castle of Good Hope, built by the Dutch East India Company. Learn its colonial history, and then continue to the District Six Museum, which chronicles Cape Town’s apartheid past in a poignant yet ultimately uplifting way. Receive an overview of key historical role players, including Nelson Mandela. Tonight, savor a relaxing welcome dinner.

Mount Nelson, A Belmond Hotel, Cape Town

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3

CAPE TOWN | CAPE POINT & BOULDERS BEACH

Discover Cape Point, the scenic promontory at the southwestern tip of the continent. Journey past the “bikini beaches” at the base of the towering Twelve Apostles Mountain Range, along Hout Bay with its bustling fishing harbor and over the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive. Explore the stunning Cape Peninsula and Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, home to rare bonteboks and chacma baboons. Ride the “Flying Dutchman” funicular to the great pinnacle at blustery Cape Point, which presides over treacherous reefs and sandy beaches. At Boulders Beach, visit its colony of endangered African penguins; accustomed to humans, they provide endless photo opportunities. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure, perhaps exploring the city’s harbor front or dining in one of Cape Town’s world-class restaurants.

Mount Nelson, A Belmond Hotel, Cape Town

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4

RIDING THE ROVOS RAIL | INTO THE WINELANDS

Today, take in the richness of the Constantia Winelands, nestled below Table Mountain, starting with a visit to Constantia Glen for a tour of their cellar guided by the winemaker. Enjoy a wine tasting followed by a farm-to-table lunch. Afterward, recapture the romance of a bygone era as you board the wood-paneled coaches of the luxurious Rovos Rail. Depart Cape Town Station as you settle into your suite. Wind through mountains, rolling green hills of the Cape Winelands as the sun sets, and sip South African vintages as the stunning scenery scrolls by.

Rovos Rail

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAYS 5–6

RIDING THE ROVOS RAIL | DIAMOND MINE MUSEUM

This morning, arrive in Matjiesfontein, an authentically preserved Victorian village. Roll on to the Great Karoo, a vast semi-desert region that was once an inland sea, observing its arid beauty from the observation car at the rear of the train. The next day, in Kimberley, tour the Diamond Mine Museum and take the opportunity to see one of the world’s largest hand-dug excavation sites. Continue through the grasslands of gold-rich Highveld, marveling at the changing landscapes.

Rovos Rail

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7

JOHANNESBURG | HEART OF SOUTH AFRICA

After breakfast, arrive at Pretoria Station, where you bid farewell to Rovos Rail. Travel to Soweto, a township just southwest of Johannesburg, for a driving tour that takes in key highlights, such as Vilikazi Street — the only street in the world that has been home to two Nobel prize winners, Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu — and the Hector Peterson Museum. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue to your hotel in the suburbs of Johannesburg for an evening at leisure, resting or enjoying the amenities of your accommodations.

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8

VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE | LIVINGSTONE EXCLUSIVE

Fly to Victoria Falls, where you transfer to your new luxury hotel set on the banks of the Zambezi River, very near Victoria Falls. This evening, before dinner, enjoy hearing from a special guest speaker who shares tales of celebrated Scottish explorer and missionary David Livingstone on an A&K-exclusive experience.

The Palm River Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9

CHOBE NATIONAL PARK, BOTSWANA | DESIGN YOUR DAY

Set out on a guided walking tour of breathtaking Victoria Falls, one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. Afterward, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities.

Learn About Traditional Zimbabwean Cuisine and enjoy a cooking demonstration at a local restaurant.

Privately Tour the Ndau Collection Studio to meet the artisans who design their opulent jewelry.

Privately Bike the Area, cycling the town of Victoria Falls and stopping at scenic viewpoints along the way.

Later, drive to your safari lodge, the only one located inside Botswana’s world-renowned Chobe National Park, and settle into your spacious, river-facing accommodations. This afternoon, set out on a Chobe River safari, watching as elephants line the water’s edge, hippos congregate in lagoons and predators come down to quench their thirst. Return to the lodge for dinner.

Chobe Game Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10

CHOBE NATIONAL PARK | PLENTIFUL WILDLIFE VIEWING

Today, embark on morning and afternoon game drives, starting with an early morning safari, arriving ahead of most visitors, thanks to your lodge’s ideal location, to see predators at their most active. Explore along the Chobe River as your experienced guide interprets the bush signs and tracks in search of the resident wildlife. Watch for elephants, huge herds of buffalo and plenty of predators such as lions, wild dogs and even leopards.

Chobe Game Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11

OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA | A PRIZED EXPERIENCE

Fly to the Okavango Delta via Kasane Airport. Arrive at your amazing Sanctuary Chief ’s Camp in the Mombo Concession of the vast Moremi Game Reserve. Often called the “Predator Capital of the World,” this reserve is home to only a handful of camps, which makes for a unique and highly prized game-viewing experience, free of crowds. Observe how the lush delta draws remarkable birds and wildlife, including the Big Five, on a late-afternoon game drive capped by a refreshing Scenic Sundowner.

Sanctuary Chief's Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12

OKAVANGO DELTA | GAME DRIVES AND THE BIG FIVE

Rise early for a game drive on the reserve, where the game viewing is magnificent. Activities include a seasonal opportunity to Ride Like a Local, gliding on the delta in a mokoro (dugout canoe), as well as a Chef ’s Table experience offering you a taste of traditional local cuisine. Later, set out on another safari with your expert guide, whose well-honed tracking skills may lead you off the beaten trail for an up-close look at a cheetah with a fresh kill, a glimpse of a leopard emerging from dense foliage or an encounter with a rhino grazing on lush Okavango grasses. Tonight, gather for a special farewell dinner.

Sanctuary Chief's Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13

DEPART JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

Fly to Johannesburg via Maun, where you connect with your international flight home. Enjoy access to the Premier Lounge before your departure, compliments of A&K.

Meals: Breakfast

Explore Dubai: Stopover Package

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3 days from $2,295 per person

Single Supplement from $1,595 per person

Take advantage of an incredible opportunity to spend two nights in Dubai before or after your journey.

Accommodations:

Taj Dubai from $2,295 | Single Supplement from $1,595
Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai from $3,195 | Single Supplement from $2,495
Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach from $3,295 | Single Supplement from $2,695

International air not included.

3 DAYS

Fly to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and check in to your luxury hotel. Discover the best of this dazzling city, viewing its remarkable architecture; visiting the Spice Market and the colorful shops at Deira Gold Souk; and ascending the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper. On the last day, continue on to your journey or board your flight home.

Taj Dubai

Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai

Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (Day 2); Breakfast (Day 3)

Mount Nelson, A Belmond Hotel, Cape Town

Rovos Rail

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa

The Palm River Hotel

Chobe Game Lodge

Sanctuary Chief's Camp

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