Southern Africa Safari by River & Rail - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2022)

Experience timeless elegance on a spectacular luxury adventure, travelling by glamorous Rovos Rail and watching wildlife along the banks of the Chobe River from aboard stylish ‘Zambezi Queen'

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

  • Discover Cape Town, taking in the stunning views from atop Table Mountain, and explore historic Robben Island, site of Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment
  • Traverse majestic mountain ranges and grassy savannas on a two-day train journey by elegant Rovos Rail
  • Embark on a three-night stay aboard graceful ‘Zambezi Queen’ along the banks of the Chobe River
  • Encounter iconic African species on a rousing game drive through Chobe National Park
  • 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 region’s finest — located in the Okavango Delta’s Moremi Game Reserve

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.
Mount Nelson, A Belmond Hotel, Cape Town

Day 2: Cape Town | Look to the Beacon of Hope

Embark for Robben Island, where anti-apartheid leader — and eventual South African president — Nelson Mandela was once imprisoned. Explore this moving UNESCO World Heritage Site and view a cell where Mandela was held. After lunch, visit Table Mountain, ascending to the flat summit via cable car, to take in the panorama of southern seas and sun-drenched city as well as the impressive cliffs of the Twelve Apostles. Then, drive through old Cape Town, past Groote Kerk (the nation’s oldest church), City Hall and the Grand Parade. Pass the Company Gardens for views of the Houses of Parliament and the National Art Gallery before returning to your hotel. Tonight, savour a celebratory welcome dinner.
Mount Nelson, A Belmond Hotel, Cape Town | Meals: BLD

Day 3 Capetown / Riding the Rovos Rail | Mountains & Winelands

Take in the richness of the Constantia Winelands during a half-day tour. Nestled beneath Table Mountain, these winelands represent the oldest wine-making region in the southern hemisphere. Start the day 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. In the afternoon, 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 of the Cape Winelands as the sun sets. Sip South African vintages in handsome dining cars serving up artful menus as the stunning scenery scrolls by.
Rovos Rail | Meals: BLD

Day 4: Riding the Rovos Rail | Journey Through the Great Karoo

This morning the train arrives in Matjiesfontein, an authentically preserved Victorian village. Today, gain another perspective from the Observation Car at the rear of the train as you journey through the Great Karoo, a vast semi-desert region that was once an enormous inland sea.
Rovos Rail | Meals: BLD

Day 5: Riding the Rovos Rail | Diamonds & Grasslands

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: BLD

Day 6: Pretoria / Johannesburg | Heart of South Africa

Early this morning the train passes through the goldfields of the Witwatersrand. Arrive at Pretoria Station and bid farewell to Rovos Rail. Travel to Soweto, a township just to the southwest of Johannesburg and see Vilikazi Street, the only street in the world that has been home to two Nobel prize winners, Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. After having 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: BL

Day 7: Johannesburg / Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe | The Mighty Zambezi

Fly to Victoria Falls, where you transfer to your historic hotel. After settling in, 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. This evening, before dinner, enjoy hearing from a special guest speaker who shares tales of celebrated Scottish explorer and missionary David Livingstone — considered the first European to sight the falls, later naming them for England’s queen — on an A&K-exclusive experience.

The Victoria Falls Hotel | Meals: BD

Day 8: Along The Chobe River, Namibia | Design Your Day

This morning, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities.

  • Privately Bike the Area, cycling the town of Victoria Falls and stopping at scenic viewpoints along the way.
  • Visit a Rural Village to interact with residents, and afterward savour an introduction to Zimbabwean cuisine at a local restaurant.
  • Privately Tour the Ndau Collection Studio to meet the artisans who design their opulent jewellery.

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, nibbling light snacks and watching wildlife come to the river’s edge to drink. On board tonight, enjoy a beautiful dinner prepared by the resident chef.
‘Zambezi Queen’ | Meals: BLD

Day 9: 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. 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 10: 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. Enjoy a late afternoon game drive, capped off with a refreshing Scenic Sundowner in the bush.
Sanctuary Chief’s Camp | Meals: BLD

Day 11: 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 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.

This afternoon, set out on another safari, revelling in the chance to perhaps view each member of Africa’s iconic Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and Cape Buffalo) — all of which are known to seek out the Okavango’s life-sustaining waters — in one incredibly diverse destination. Tonight, celebrate your unforgettable Southern Africa adventure with a special farewell dinner.
Sanctuary Chief’s Camp | Meals: BLD

Day 12: 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 Premier Lounge before your departure, compliments of A&K.
Meals: B

Journey Details

Internal air included: 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 12.
Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

Please note: Table Mountain and Robben Island may be unavailable due to weather conditions or maintenance reasons. In such an instance, alternative sightseeing will be provided.

Tailor-Made Travel with A&K

If scheduled departure dates don’t work for you, or you would prefer to travel privately, please talk to one of our expert Journey Designers or your travel agent about creating the perfect bespoke tailor-made journey for you, or your own small group with family or friends.

Note: Proof of COVID-19 full vaccination is required for this program.

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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

This journey features the following Preferred Accommodations:

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town

Southern Africa Safari by River & Rail - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2022)
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An oasis of calm at the foot of Table Mountain, Belmond Mount Nelson is a unique hideaway within the vibrant heart of Cape Town. Painted ... Read more

Rovos Rail

Southern Africa Safari by River & Rail - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2022)

Rovos Rail's elegant features evoke the spirit of a bygone era and just 72 guests are treated to this unforgettable African rail experien... Read more

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa

Southern Africa Safari by River & Rail - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2022)
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Once a private home, Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa is a delightful grand retreat away from the busy city. The atmosphere is designed... Read more

Victoria Falls Hotel

Southern Africa Safari by River & Rail - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2022)

Established in 1904, The Victoria Falls Hotel is set in The Victoria Falls National Park and has provided the base for statesmen, royals,... Read more

Zambezi Queen, Chobe National Park

Southern Africa Safari by River & Rail - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2022)

Experience the magic of Africa on board the luxury floating safari hotel, Zambezi Queen. Offering a truly unforgettable safari experience... Read more

Sanctuary Chief’s Camp, Moremi Game Reserve

Southern Africa Safari by River & Rail - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2022)
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Sanctuary Chief's Camp sits silent among the glassy waters of the seasonal flood waters. Sited in the exclusive Mombo concession of the M... Read more

Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

May 28, 2022 - Jun 8, 2022
Price AU$25,375pp Single Supplement AU$9,860 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Jun 11, 2022 - Jun 22, 2022
Price AU$25,375pp Single Supplement AU$9,860 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Jul 16, 2022 - Jul 27, 2022 Special
Price AU$25,780pp Single Supplement AU$5,133 was AU$10,265 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Sep 3, 2022 - Sep 14, 2022
Price AU$25,375pp Single Supplement AU$9,860 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Oct 1, 2022 - Oct 12, 2022
Price AU$25,375pp Single Supplement AU$9,860 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Dec 10, 2022 - Dec 21, 2022 Special
Price AU$22,675pp Single Supplement AU$3,578 was AU$7,155 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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