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This seven-day tour is pure luxury. After arrival in Johannesburg one of Africa’s biggest and most vibrant cities you are transferred to Sabi Sand Game Reserve where you can enjoy a safari game drive. Followed by 3 days onboard The Blue Train which 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. Finally, Cape Town resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic oceans, sandwiched between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of Table Bay, the exceptionally scenic city of Cape Town is in a class of its own. Some cities boast rich culture, vibrant nightlife, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and extraordinary architecture, while others boast breath-taking landscapes and extraordinary natural wonders. Cape Town is lucky enough to be blessed with all these attractions. With its bustling harbour, world-class beaches, top-notch vineyards, and its mountainous surroundings brimming with diverse flora and fauna, Cape Town consistently captivates the hearts of all who visit.

Highlights

  • 2 safari game drives and guided bush walk 
  • 3 days onboard The Blue Train
  • Private guided Soweto Tour with entrance fees for Nelson Mandela’s House and Hector Pieterson Museum
  • Half day city orientation tour with visit to Bo Kaap and Table Mountain, includes Table Mountain Return ticket
  • Full day Cape Peninsula Tour with entrance fees for Boulders Beach and Cape Point National Park
  • Half day Cape Winelands tour with visit to Franschhoek and Stellenbosch and 2 wine tastings at two different wine estates.

 PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • Meet & Greet assistance off aircraft for immigration and customs at OR Tambo International Airport 
  • Airport Transfers
  • Transfers to stations as listed
  • Two nights’ accommodation in Arathusa Safari Lodge in a Bush Facing Suite with private plunge pool on a fully inclusive basis: Accommodation, meals, selected beverages
  • One night’s accommodation at Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa Johannesburg inclusive of a 3-course dinner and breakfast
  • Two nights’ accommodation Dock House Boutique Hotel Cape Town
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Disclaimer:

Prices are per person and subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards.

DAY 1 – JOHANNESBURG – SABI SAND PRIVATE GAME RESERVE
Upon arrival at OR Tambo International Airport this morning and disembarking the aircraft you will be met and welcomed by a local representative for assistance through the immigration and customs procedure.  The representative will escort you to the offices of the charter shuttle service from where you will take a scheduled, non-private charter flight to Arathusa Safari Lodge. Please note strict luggage policy applicable. Flight prices are any additional supplement to tour cost based on rate at time of booking. Arrive at the Arathusa Safari Lodge Airstrip where your lodge representative will meet and transfer you to the lodge. Check-in at Arathusa Safari Lodge in a Bush Facing Suite remotely located with your own private plunge pool. Arathusa Safari Lodge is unique and highly sought-after by visitors because of its prime location within the Sabi Sand Reserve, adjacent to the unfenced Kruger National Park. Together these two areas comprise one of South Africa’s most incredible and pristinely preserved wilderness sanctuaries. Enjoy afternoon tea and coffee followed by your first safari game drive in search for Africa's Big Five. (Overnight Aruthusa Safari Lodge) Fully Inclusive which includes all meals and selected beverages (local brands)

DAY 2 - SABI SAND PRIVATE GAME RESERVE
Enjoy your safari experience at the lodge with morning and afternoon game drives on offer. 
Adjacent to the Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve is a private premier game viewing destination. It was the first ever private nature reserve established in South Africa. The landscape features 65 000 hectares of savannah-covered land interspersed with watering holes, dry river beds, lowveld woodlands, and the perennial Sabi and Sand rivers. This spectacular reserve offers exceptional game viewing opportunities with frequent sightings of the renowned Big Five as well as cheetah, zebra, giraffe, and a variety of antelope. Visitors can enjoy excellent wildlife viewing, dining under the stars, guided bush walks and enjoying a stay in some of South Africa’s most luxurious safari lodges (Overnight Aruthusa Safari Lodge) Fully Inclusive which includes all meals and selected beverages (local brands)

DAY 3 – JOHANNESBURG
This morning enjoy your final safari game drive followed by breakfast and check-out. 
Take a short transfer to the airstrip with your lodge representative for your scheduled charter flight to Johannesburg, OR Tambo. Once you have arrived in Johannesburg you be will met and assisted and transferred to Fairlawns Boutique Hotel. Check-in and freshen-up and enjoy the five-star facilities and amenities the beautiful hotel has to offer. (Overnight Johannesburg) B D

DAY 4 - THE BLUE TRAIN
Following breakfast, check out late morning and meet with your local guide for a private, guided tour of Soweto. Soweto is a sprawling township on the south-western flank of Johannesburg. Soweto was created in the 1930s, with Orlando the first township established. With a population of over 2 million, the township is the biggest black urban settlement in Africa with a rich political history.  Visit the Hector Pieterson Museum in Orlando West, Soweto, built in memory of the people who died that day, 16 June 1976. Nelson Mandela's humble little house in Orlando West, Soweto, now called the Mandela Family Museum, is an interesting stopover for those keen to imbibe a slice of authentic history on the world's most famous former prisoner.  You can also have a glimpse of the mansion belonging to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in an affluent part of Orlando West. Archbishop Desmond Tutu's house and the Sisulu residences are in the same neighbourhood. Tour includes, private vehicle and guide with entrance fees for Hector Pieterson Museum and Nelson Mandela's House. Transfer to Pretoria Station and check-in at the Blue Train Lounge. Depart on the luxury Blue Train from Pretoria - Cape Town around 16.00pm. Once onboard afternoon tea is served. Then you have time to change for dinner which is followed by post dinner drinks cognacs and Cuban cigars. (Overnight Blue Train) AT D

DAY 5 – THE BLUE TRAIN
Breakfast is served between 6am and 9am. After breakfast there is an off-train excursion to Kimberley Open Mine Museum before returning to the train for aperitifs and lunch. Then you have time to admire the great views before afternoon tea and dinner (Overnight Blue Train) B L AT D

DAY 6 – CAPE TOWN
Upon conclusion of your Blue Train Journey, you will arrive at Cape Town Station where you will be met by a local guide and enjoy a private, guided city orientation tour of Cape Town. Your local guide will point out historical landmarks and provide interesting facts and information on the history of Cape Town and its people.  The tour will include a walk through the beautiful Bo-Kaap with its cobbled streets and a visit to Table Mountain, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Tour includes, private vehicle and guide with Table Mountain return ticket and a glass of sparkling wine on the top of Table Mountain. Table Mountain is weather dependent. Next a short, private transfer to the V&A Waterfront for your stay at Dock House Boutique Hotel.  A stone’s throw from the alluring V&A Waterfront, located alongside the Time Ball Tower, Dock House Boutique Hotel offers the ideal balance between convenience and complete privacy. Chandeliers and ornate ceiling cornices, among other fine touches, create a sense of Victorian charm and allude to the property’s historical roots, originally the Harbour Master’s private residence in the 1800s. The hotel offers an excellent location at the V&A Waterfront with many lovely restaurants and shops to visit. (Overnight Cape Town) B

DAY 7 – CAPE TOWN
Today enjoy a private, guided awe-inspiring tour to the towering headland known as Cape Point. Magnificent beaches, breath-taking views, historic and picturesque coastal villages are to be seen along the way. The Cape Peninsula is one of the world’s most scenic areas and stretches from the City centre to Cape Point. Travel along the Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay, stopping at a Llandudno look-out point before continuing to Hout Bay, a quaint village and fishing harbour with magnificent mountain views and beach. On through Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breath-taking coastal drives, to Cape Point and the Good Hope Nature Reserve, which has magnificent fynbos vegetation, birdlife, endemic antelope species and zebra, historic lighthouses and shipwrecks. Cape Point is perceived to be the meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.  After lunch at a nearby restaurant (not included in cost), we go on to historic Simon’s Town, a village with charming Victorian architecture, a naval base and a large penguin colony at the beautiful Boulders Beach. Boulders Penguin Colony (included in cost) is home to a growing colony of the vulnerable African Penguin. Wooden walkways allow visitors to view the penguins in their natural habitat and there is also a new information centre. Return to your hotel late afternoon. (Overnight Cape Town) B

DAY 8 – CAPE TOWN
After check-out you will be collected from your hotel for a transfer to the Cape Winelands where you will enjoy a visit to Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. Includes 1 wine tasting in Franschhoek and 1 chocolate and wine pairing in Stellenbosch. You will be dropped at Cape Town International Airport following your tour where your tour concludes. B

 

MEAL GUIDE: B - BREAKFAST, BR - BRUNCH, L - LUNCH, AT - AFTERNOON TEA, D -DINNER

DISCLAIMER:
Prices are subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Railbookers UK Trading Ltd is a member of ABTA (Y6401) and holidays including flights are ATOL protected, number 7579.

Dock House Boutique Hotel and Spa

Dock House Boutique Hotel and Spa

A stone’s throw from the alluring V&A Waterfront, located alongside the Time Ball Tower, Dock House Boutique Hotel offers the ideal balance between convenience and complete privacy. The hotel’s charming exterior gives way to an opulent world beyond its front door. Chandeliers and ornate ceiling cornices, among other fine touches, create a sense of Victorian charm and allude to the property’s historical roots, originally the Harbour Master’s private residence in the 1800s.

Since then, the building has been transformed into a distinguished boutique hotel, voted among the top 25 luxury hotels in South Africa.
It has been uniquely decorated with elaborate furnishings and bold artworks, maintaining the trait of classic exquisiteness throughout the establishment.

Arathusa Safari Lodge

Arathusa Safari Lodge

Arathusa Safari Lodge is unique and highly sought-after by visitors because of its prime location within the Sabi Sand Reserve, adjacent to the unfenced Kruger National Park. Together these two areas comprise one of South Africa’s most incredible and pristinely preserved wilderness sanctuaries.

Arathusa offers an exceptional safari experience – expect a high concentration of an assortment of game, including the Big Five, and frequent leopard sightings. The lodge is situated in front of a thriving open plain ensuring interesting game and bird viewing from the comfort of the camp.

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa

Before Fairlawns became a boutique hotel in 1997, it was originally a ten-acre family home, owned by the Brenthurst Trust of Oppenheimer fame, sporting stables, a training rink, a cow (just one), geese, dogs, and two teenage children. In 1994 the eastern section bounding on Bowling Ave was sold to developers and the residential estate known as Camelot was built on the site. An offer from developers for the western section took a bit more soul-searching before being sold as it meant loosing not only an historical cottage, but the lunge rink and grazing, which in effect meant parting with the horses.

It was only once the family was left with the remaining three acres and the original homestead that Mr. Thacker decided to realize his dream of having a ‘country hotel’ – albeit in the heart of Sandton, the new CBD of Johannesburg.

The original accommodation block comprised 12 suites, each uniquely decorated. Apart from the African Suite, they are mostly euro-centric in their decorating with high ceilings, elaborate cornicing, tall doors and sumptuous fabrics.

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Disclaimer:

Prices are per person and subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards.

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