2 nights Johannesburg | 1 night Pretoria | 3 nights Rovos Rail | 2 nights Victoria Falls | 4 nights Nelspruit | 2 nights Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Melanie from Pembury Tours went out of her way to design us a trip of a lifetime, based on what I had asked her for and by adding amazing accommodation options to the tour. We had the most wonderful time on board the Rovos Rail which is luxurious to say the least and we were able to spend hours chatting and watching the amazing changing scenery go by. Melanie accommodated the parts of our trip we had booked ourselves and worked all of her arrangements around ours. Her choice of Arathusa Safari lodge in the Sabi was perfect for our budget and our expectations. We have so many wonderful memories and photographs from this trip. Thank you so much!
On arrival at Johannesburg airport, you are met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for a two night stay.
Johannesburg is South Africa’s largest city and is the financial and commercial capital of Africa. It is in this fast-paced metropolis that the country’s radical political and social transformation is most evident – this is the `Rainbow Nation’ at work.
During your stay in Johannesburg you spend one full day on the Journey to Freedom Tour and one day experiencing South African history on a further comprehensive tour of Johannesburg’s CBD, the Maboneng precinct and Constitution Hill.
After breakfast, you check out of your hotel and are collected for a private tour of Johannesburg. After the tour, your guide will drop you at your hotel in Pretoria for your overnight stay.
This morning enjoy an early breakfast before you are transferred to Capital Park Railway Station, where you board the luxury Rovos Rail train bound for Victoria Falls.
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 travelling 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 Thompsons Junction, the sojourn ends at the incomparable Victoria Falls on the mighty Zambezi River. The surrounding areas offer travellers many recreational opportunities including cruises, whitewater rafting as well as superb game viewing and photo safaris.
On arrival in Victoria Falls you are met by our representative and transferred to your hotel in Livingstone for your two night stay.
Besides being one of the seven natural wonders of the world and a World Heritage Site, Victoria Falls is the unchallenged adventure capital of Africa with more than 50 activities available.
The Victoria Falls is considered to be the largest waterfall in the world. See the mighty Zambezi River as it thunders over the 1700 metre wide Victoria Falls and plunges 100 metres into a narrow gorge below. The great columns of spray rising from the tumultuous falls can be seen from 80 kilometres away on a clear day. If you are lucky enough to be there at full moon, a “moonbow” can be seen in the spray instead of the usual daylight rainbow.
You are collected from the reception of your hotel for a sunset boat cruise on the Zambezi River on board the Lady Livingstone. You are returned to your hotel later in the evening for a delicious dinner.
This morning is at leisure until you are collected from your hotel and taken to the Livingstone airport for your flight to Nelspruit. On arrival in Nelspruit you make your way to the hire car kiosk where you collect your vehicle.
You meet up with your friends living in Nelspruit and enjoy a special time catching up and touring the surrounding areas.
This morning is an early start as you make you way to Nelspruit airport where you return your hired car and meet your driver who will transfer you to your lodge in the Sabi Sands.
Forming part of the Greater Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sand Reserve has no fences and the wildlife is able to cross freely between the Sabi Sands and the rest of the Greater Kruger National Park. The safari experience in the Sabi Sand is highly personalised because game drive vehicles have exclusive traversing rights in their area. The Sabi Sand Reserve is a remarkable natural sanctuary known for its exceptionally high concentration of animal and bird life. Close contact encounters are guaranteed as the animals are not threatened by the presence of vehicles thanks to sound conservation management policies. Safaris are led by experienced rangers coupled with local Shangaan trackers. With exceptional sightings of leopard (usually the most elusive of cats), lion, rhino, elephant and buffalo during game drives – visitors are never lacking in exciting photographic content.
After your morning game drive, you are collected from your lodge and transferred by road to Hoedspruit airport for flight to Johannesburg where you you connect with your international flight departing later in the evening.