Southern Africa Safari by River & Rail - A Luxury Small Group Journey

Start this unique journey atop Table Mountain where the views of Cape Town are breathtaking.

Journey Overview

Start this unique journey atop Table Mountain where the views of Cape Town are breathtaking. Admire white sandy beaches lapped by the waters of the Atlantic and head south to where two oceans meet at Cape Point. An artisan encounter reveals the craft culture of the country before you board Rovos Rail for a luxury rail journey from winelands to waterfalls. Marvel at the “smoke that thunders” before a river safari on the Chobe River aboard a boutique floating hotel. The Okavango Delta provides the grand finale to your safari where lodgings are at the outstanding Sanctuary Chief’s Camp where safari chic is elevated to a new level and wildlife sightings are second to none. 

Journey Highlights

  • From cosmopolitan Cape Town to thundering Victoria Falls to the extraordinary Okavango Delta, experience the best of Southern Africa in one unique and spectacular journey
  • Embark on a three-night stay along the banks of the Chobe River aboard the graceful ‘Zambezi Queen’
  • Traverse majestic mountain ranges and grassy savannah on a two-day train journey by elegant, timeless Rovos Rail
  • Stand atop Table Mountain overlooking the Twelve Apostles range, tour the spectacular Cape of Good Hope and see the African penguin colony on Boulders Beach
  • Enjoy a privately guided tour of Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World
  • End your journey as few others do, at Sanctuary Chief’s Camp — one of the region’s finest — located in Okavango Delta’s Moremi Game Reserve, predator capital of Africa

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Cape Town, South Africa

Arrive in Cape Town, the metropolitan light of South Africa, where you transfer to one of the country’s most famous hotels, set in the heart of the city.
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

Day 2: Cape Town | Look To The Beacon Of Hope

Explore this magnificent harbor city, starting with a scenic drive to flat-topped Table Mountain, where you reach the summit via cable car (weather permitting). Take in the panorama of southern seas and sun-drenched city as well as the impressive cliffs of the Twelve Apostles brooding high above the ragged shore. History follows with a drive through old Cape Town, past Groote Kerk (South Africa’s oldest church), City Hall and the Grand Parade. Continue with a drive past the Company Gardens with views of the Houses of Parliament and National Art Gallery. When available, stop for an artisan visit at Streetwires, where locals come together to craft handmade bead art. Visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden to explore five of Africa’s six biomes (distinctive ecological regions) with a private local guide. Tonight, enjoy a celebratory welcome dinner. 
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel | Meals: BLD

Day 3: Cape Town | Thrilling Coast Beyond The City

Journey along the Atlantic coast, past the “bikini beaches,” through the charming harbor of Hout Bay and over historic Chapman’s Peak Drive. Reach the tip of the continent at the Cape of Good Hope, a richly diverse, 22,000-acre nature reserve that juts into the sea. Ride the “Flying Dutchman” funicular to the great pinnacle at Cape Point, offering views of Southern right whales from July through November. Spot Cape mountain zebras and possibly the rare bontebok en route to Boulders Beach, where you view endangered African penguins. Pass through Simon’s Town with its English seaside feel; False Bay with its brightly painted boats; and Constantia, South Africa’s legendary wine country. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. 
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel | Meals: BL

Days 4 & 5: Riding The Rovos Rail | Winelands To Grasslands

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 featuring a sitting area, an en suite bathroom, and the perfect blend of period ambience and modern amenities. Wind through mountains, rolling green hills and the Cape Winelands before stopping to visit Matjiesfontein, an authentically preserved Victorian village. Sip South African vintages in handsome dining cars serving up artful menus as the stunning scenery scrolls by. The next day, gain another perspective from the Observation Car at the rear of the train. In Kimberley, tour the Diamond Mine Museum and take the opportunity to see one of the world’s largest handdug excavation sites. Continue through the hauntingly barren Great Karoo and the grasslands of gold-rich Highveld, marveling at the changing landscapes. 
Rovos Rail | Meals: BLD

Day 6: Johannesburg | Heart Of South Africa

After breakfast and views of the gold fields of Witwatersrand, arrive at Pretoria Station. Transfer to your hotel in the suburbs of Johannesburg, where you enjoy lunch before an afternoon at leisure. Rest and relax or enjoy the amenities of your accommodations. 
Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa | Meals: BL

Day 7: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe | The Mighty Zambezi

Fly to Victoria Falls, where you transfer to your beautiful hotel. This afternoon, set sail on a Scenic Sundowner cruise on the Zambezi River, watching for the rising mist of the falls in the far distance while you sip a refreshing cocktail. Spot hippos, crocodiles and a variety of birds as you gently glide along. 
The Victoria Falls Hotel | Meals: BD

Day 8: Along The Chobe River, Namibia | Private Falls Tour

Join your guide for a private walking tour on the Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls, known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya (“The Smoke That Thunders”). Watch as the mile-wide Upper Zambezi plunges over 300 feet into the Lower Zambezi, making rainbows form and fade in the mist. Time permitting, enjoy a market visit, browsing stalls filled with local handicrafts. Later, relax on a drive to Kasane, where you pass through Namibian customs before boarding five-star ‘Zambezi Queen.’ Enjoy the sunset river views on this elegant, uniquely African vessel while sipping cocktails and sampling canapés. Watch as elephants, buffalo and monkeys come to the river’s edge to drink. On board tonight, enjoy a beautiful dinner prepared by the resident chef, who shares a meal that matches the majesty of your surroundings.
'Zambezi Queen' | Meals: BLD

Days 9 & 10: Along The Chobe River | Chobe National Park

Discover the wildlife-rich Chobe plain, which boasts buffalo, lions, giraffes and hippos, as well as Africa’s highest concentration of elephants. Experience the region as you wish by choosing a morning and afternoon activity: opt to tour a local Namibian village, fish on the Chobe River or embark on a river safari aboard a small boat. The next day, set off on a morning game drive in Chobe National Park. Following lunch and time to unwind aboard ‘Zambezi Queen,’ you again have the choice to fish or embark on a river safari, both from aboard a smaller boat for more intimate views of the river. This evening, from the decks of ‘Zambezi Queen,’ watch baboons, buffalo and familial herds of elephants come to the river to drink, while hippos begin their nightly graze. 
'Zambezi Queen' | Meals: BLD

Day 11: Okavango Delta, Botswana | Predator Capital

After breakfast, disembark ‘Zambezi Queen’ and fly to the Okavango Delta via Kasane Airport. Arrive at Sanctuary Chief’s Camp, in the Mombo Concession of the vast Moremi Game Reserve. This area is considered the “Predator Capital of the World” and is home to the “Big Five.” It offers Botswana’s most exciting game viewing, with a lush delta that draws a remarkable concentration of birds and wildlife. The rest of your day is at leisure to enjoy the activities on offer. 
Sanctuary Chief's Camp | Meals: BLD

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. Large concentrations of elephants, buffalo and impalas as well as lions and other predators call the Okavango home. Activities include a seasonal mokoro ride on the delta and a Chef’s Table experience offering you a taste of traditional local cuisine. Meet with our local A&K Philanthropy Coordinator to learn more about the Rhino Conservation Program, a bold initiative supported by AKP and Sanctuary Retreats in partnership with the Botswana Defense Force and other local organizations, which has to date relocated 20 rare and endangered rhinos from South Africa to Moremi Reserve to protect them from poachers. Then, set out on your afternoon safari. Tonight, celebrate with a special farewell dinner.  
Sanctuary Chief's Camp | Meals: BLD

Day 13: Depart Johannesburg, South Africa

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

Journey Details

Internal Air: Economy class from $1,685
Johannesburg/Victoria Falls; Kasane/Okavango Delta/Maun/Johannesburg
Minimum age is 10 years.
Each guest on this journey will receive an A&K Safari Duffel.
First group event: welcome briefing at 8:00 a.m. on Day 2.
Last group event: airport arrival at 3:30 p.m. on Day 13.
Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.
Table Mountain closes annually mid-July to mid-August. Alternate touring will be provided for affected departures.

August 09 departure will operate with slightly revised routing and sightseeing. Please contact A&K for details.

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Dec 20, 2019 - Jan 1, 2020
Price AU$28,210pp Single Supplement AU$11,465 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire

Availability shown here is updated weekly and indicative only. Availability on any product or journey shown here is not specific to a category of travel and may not denote availability at the cheapest ‘From’ price. For real time availability, talk to your travel agent or call Abercrombie & Kent on 1300 851 800.

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