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Melanie’s Luxury Rovos Rail, Victoria Falls, Botswana, KwaZulu Natal Safari & Western Cape Wonder

Melanie’s Luxury Rovos Rail, Victoria Falls, Botswana, KwaZulu Natal Safari & Western Cape Wonder

21 Days

Luxury Rovos Rail – 1 night Pretoria | 3 nights Rovos Rail | 1 night Victoria Falls | 3 nights Khwai Game Reserve; Okavango Delta | 1 night Umhlanga Rocks | 6 nights Hluhluwe iMfolozi | 3 nights Cape Town | 2 nights Franschhoek

Overview

Everything went so well. We loved the booklet that you put together, it was informative and useful. I also really liked the bag the ladies made that you presented the booklet in. Thank you very much for that special touch.

 

The Rovos Rail was a lot of fun and we especially loved our time in Botswana. Cape town was very enjoyable and we loved the winelands…wish we had more time there!

 

Thank you Melanie so much for all of your preparation and for seeing to the finest details of our tour – we could not have asked for more!

On arrival in Johannesburg you are met in the arrivals hall by our representative and transferred to your guest house in Pretoria where you check in for your overnight stay.

Transfer time – Johannesburg airport to Pretoria: approx. 45 minutes

This morning your guest house will transfer you to Capital Park station and the dedicated Rovos Rail lounge for red carpet departure formalities. It’s luxury train travel at its best.

Transfer time – Pretoria guest house to Rovos Rail departure lounge : approx. 25 minutes

This three-night adventure begins with the train’s departure from Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria. It then winds its way north through Warmbaths, so named for its mineral waters, and Nylstroom, christened by the Voortrekkers as the source of the Nile River as the town’s river happened to be north flowing. The train then passes the edge of the escarpment and crosses the Tropic of Capricorn en-route to the border with Zimbabwe. After formalities at Beitbridge the next morning, the train travels on the BBR line to Bulawayo, second city of Zimbabwe, capital of Matabeleland and industrial capital of the country.

The following day sees the train traveling along one of the world’s longest stretches of straight railway line – 114 kilometres – before traversing Hwange National Park, a rich and diverse wildlife sanctuary where animals can be spotted from the train and a game drive excursion is enjoyed. After a service stop at Thompson’s Junction, the sojourn ends at the incomparable Victoria Falls on the mighty Zambezi River. The surrounding areas offer travelers many recreational opportunities including cruises, whitewater rafting as well as superb game viewing and photo safaris.

This morning you enjoy breakfast on the train while traveling towards the Zambezi River. You arrive at Victoria Falls and are collected by the lodge for transfer to your guest house for your overnight stay.

After breakfast you are collected and transferred to the Kazungula Border where you take the Kazungula Ferry across to the Botswana side. You are then transferred to Kasane airport where you meet up with the representative for your light aircraft flight to the landing strip closest to your lodge in the Okavango/Khwai Private Reserve. On arrival you are transferred to you lodge where you check in for your three night stay.

Transfer time: Victoria Falls Hotel to Kasane : approx 2 hours plus border passport control

Flight time: Kasane to Khwai: approx. 1 hour

The Okavango Delta in Botswana with its richly diverse wildlife species is one of the premium destinations in the world for a dynamic safari experience. This 22,000 square kilometre area offers a truly unique wilderness safari in Africa. The Delta forms where the Okavango River disappears beneath the sands of Botswana. Although the periphery is semi-arid, the Okavango Delta itself is a patchwork of cool clear streams, lagoons, floodplains and forested islands. In the dry winter season vast numbers of wildlife flock to where the floodwaters infiltrate the delta, providing one of the world’s most spectacular sights.

The Khwai Private Reserve consists of 440 000 acres and borders onto both the Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park in northern Botswana. It is an innovative community based joint venture partnership that adjoins onto the world famous Okavango Delta eco-system. The Khwai Private Reserve comprises of some of the most fantastically diverse habitats in northern Botswana, including riverine woodlands, floodplains, open savannah, mopane woodland, rivers and lagoons. This range of habitats results in a range of wildlife, including elephant, lion, leopard, wild dog, cheetah and of course the eponymous sable antelope.

This morning you enjoy you are transferred from your lodge to the landing strip where you take the light aircraft flight to Maun. On arrival in Maun you connect with your flight to Johannesburg where you connect with your onward flight to Durban.

On arrival in Durban, you meet with our representative for your transfer to your hotel at the seaside resort of Umhlanga Rocks where you check in for your overnight stay.

Flight time – Khwai to Maun : approx. 30 minutes

Flight time – Maun to Johannesburg : approx. 1 hour and 45 minutes

Flight time – Johannesburg to Durban: approx. 1 hour and 15 minutes

Transfer time – Durban to Umhlanga: approx. 20 minutes

After breakfast and a quick walk along the boardwalk, you are collected and taken by road to your lodge Hluhluwe. The accommodation is by own arrangement and you have time to settle into your lodge for your six night stay.

Transfer time – Umhlanga to Hluhluwe: approx. 3 hours

After breakfast at your lodge, you are collected and transferred to Durban airport for your flight to Cape Town. Welcome to the Cape Town where you are met and transferred to your hotel for a three night stay.

Transfer time – Umhlanga to Durban: approx. 3 hours

Flight time – Durban to Cape Town: approx. 2 hour and 5 minutes

Transfer time – Cape Town airport to hotel in Cape Town: approx. 40 minutes

Explore the Mother City and the Fairest Cape – from the oldest buildings in South Africa to trendy waterfront shopping; from majestic Table Mountain to sun drenched beaches; and from dramatic seascapes to verdant vineyards. Cape Town regularly tops many lists of world must-visit destinations and Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain has recently been voted one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Cosmopolitan and fashionable, the relaxed atmosphere and pavement café culture give Cape Town a Southern European feel – but with a distinctive African twist. Over the next few days you enjoy tours of Cape Town city as well as the Peninsula.

This morning you are collected from your hotel and taken on a full day scheduled winelands tour stopping at various wine estates along the way. You visit Stellenbosch, the “town of oaks” for a short guided tour of South Africa’s second oldest town. A scenic drive over the Helshoogte Pass (Hell’s Heights) takes us to the Franschhoek Valley. French Huguenots settled in the Franschhoek Valley in the late seventeenth century, seeking refuge from religious persecution in Europe and bringing with them precious root-stock to establish the wine-growing industry in South Africa.

After the tour, your guide will drop you at your guesthouse in Franschhoek for your two night stay.

The village of Franschhoek is at the heart of the Franschhoek Wine Route and is surrounded by craggy mountains and verdant vineyards. Many of the 42 wine estates on the Franschhoek Wine Route offer informative guided wine-tastings to the public as well as cellar tours or tours of the vineyards. Some of them also make cheese, chocolate and olive oil and offer tastings of these products alongside their wines. Many of them have on-site restaurants offering food that ranges from gastronomical delights to picnic hampers to enjoy under the oak trees. There is a hop-on hop-off Wine Tram, which visits some of these estates. Franschhoek village, South Africa’s “French Corner”, has a distinct French feel and is undoubtedly South Africa’s gourmet capital, with several of South Africa’s Top Ten restaurants. It is also filled with quirky shops.

The morning is at leisure to take in some last minute shopping until you are collected from your guesthouse and transferred to Cape Town airport for your return international flight.

Transfer time – Franschhoek to Cape Town airport: approx. 1 hour and 15 minutes

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Cost Per Person Sharing

When this tour took place, the cost per person sharing was: $8060

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