Day 1: Cape Town. Arrive Cape Town where you are met and transferred to the Victoria and Albert Waterfront Hotel for a two-night stay. Meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.
Day 2: Cape Peninsula. We travel by road along the rugged coast to Simonstown and the nearby Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach. We continue on to Cape Point, where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. Return to Cape Town for dinner at a city restaurant.
Day 3: Cape Town to Pretoria. Morning at leisure in Cape Town. Afternoon flight to Pretoria, where we will join our private train, the Pride of Africa, which departs late afternoon.
Day 4: Kimberley. Explore Kimberley, known for its diamond mining. Visit The Big Hole, previously known as the Kimberley Mine Museum - a recreated townscape and museum, with Big Hole viewing platform and other attractions, situated next to the Kimberley Mine.
Day 5: Upington; Fish River Canyon. Located on the banks of the Orange River, we visit the town of Upington, our final stop in South Africa. We then cross the border into Namibia and visit Fish River Canyon. With a depth of up to 1,800 feet, it is reputedly the second largest canyon in the world, after the Grand Canyon.
Day 6: Luderitz. Traverse some of the world’s most spectacular desert scenery as we head through the Tiras Mountains. Visit the former diamond mining village-turned-ghost town of Kolmanskop.
Day 7: Sossusvlei. Today we drive to Sossusvlei and spend the night off the train at a luxurious lodge by Sossusvlei Sand Dunes. Some of the spectacular sand dunes are almost 1,000 feet (300 meters) high, the highest in the world.
Day 8: Windhoek. Optional hot air balloon trip at sunrise over the Sossusvlei sand dunes (additional cost). Rejoining the train we cross the Tropic of Capricorn and arrive Windhoek, Namibia’s capital, located in a beautiful valley bordered by the Eros and Auas Mountains.
Day 9: Walvis Bay and Swakopmund. The special attraction of Walvis Bay, situated on the Skeleton Coast, is the huge natural lagoon with its abundance of seabirds including cormorants, pelicans and flamingos - perhaps the most important coastal wetland in Southern Africa. Optional flight over the Skeleton Coast, named for all the shipwrecks that are beached on the remote shores. This coastline is one of the most inhospitable and least visited places on earth. Also visit Swakopmund, with its excellent preserved German colonial architecture. Farewell dinner on board the Pride of Africa.
Day 10: Etosha National Park. This morning we leave the train behind and transfer by coach to the five-star Kempinski Mokuti Lodge for a two-night stay, situated at the gateway to Etosha National Park. Etosha, meaning Great White Place, is one of Southern Africa’s finest and most important game reserves, with abundant wildlife including elephant, giraffe, rhino, lion, leopard and cheetah. Afternoon game drive before returning to the train for dinner.
Day 11: Etosha National Park. A full day in Etosha allows for early morning and afternoon game drives, and time to relax and enjoy the facilities.
Day 12: Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe. After lunch in Etosha, we transfer to the airport for a flight to Victoria Falls. Transfer to the famous Victoria Falls Hotel for a one-night stay. Evening sunset cruise on the Zambezi River.
Day 13: Victoria Falls. Free morning at Victoria Falls, the largest curtain of water in the world. Optional activities include helicopter rides, guided tour of the Falls, or a visit to the local craft market. Afternoon flight to Johannesburg and transfer to the five-star Sheraton Pretoria for a one-night stay.
Day 14: Pretoria. After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight home.
- 14-Day similar southbound itinerary also available. Please inquire for details.
* January 11-24
* November 26 - December 9.
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