South Africa Special Safari with Rovos Rail - Sample Itinerary

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Sample South Africa Special Safari with Rovos Rail Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1 – Intercontinental Hotel – Johannesburg/O.R. Tambo Airport – Upon arrival you will clear customs and immigration and will then be escorted to your hotel just across the hall of the airport to rest after your long international flight.

DAY 2 – Rovos Rail – Pretoria to Cape Town – Fully Inclusive – Depart from Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria. Dinner and overnight on the train. (Breakfast 07h00-10h00 • Lunch 13h00 • Tea 16h30 • Dinner 19h30)

DAY 3 – Rovos Rail – Pretoria to Cape Town – Fully Inclusive – Travel across the Karoo towards Matjiesfontein. Overnight on board. Visit the extraordinary Big Hole and the Diamond Mine Museum.

DAY 4 – Rovos Rail – Pretoria to Cape Town/Overnight Kensington Place/Cape Town – Visit the historic village of Matjiesfontein. Travel through the Hex River Valley to Cape Town. 18h00 Arrive at Cape Town Station’s Platform 24.

DAY 5 – Kensington Place/Cape Town – Bed and Breakfast – Private Full-Day City, Table Mountain and Robben Island Tour

DAY 6 – Kensington Place/Cape Town – Bed and Breakfast – Private Full-Day The Very Best of the Cape Peninsula Tour

DAY 7 – Leeu House/Franschhoek – Bed and Breakfast– Depart from Kensington Place. Arrive at Leeu Estates followed by a Private Full-Day Winelands Tour.

DAY 8 – Leeu House/Franschhoek – Bed and Breakfast – Today will be spent at your leisure to explore the village of Franschhoek. Enjoy the Leeu House spa or wine studio, take a garden or art tour, or cycle around the town of Franschhoek.

DAY 9 – Londolozi Varty Camp/Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve – Fully Inclusive – Morning flight to Londolozi Varty Camp. Afternoon tea and game drive.

DAY 10 – Londolozi Varty Camp/Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve – Fully Inclusive – Morning game drive, wildlife viewing, photography and bush brunch. Afternoon massage at the spa and “In the Footsteps of Nelson Mandela” village walk. Evening at the campfire with great storytelling and red wine.

DAY 11 – Londolozi Varty Camp/Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve – Fully Inclusive – Morning bush walk and wildlife tracking. After lunch exercise at the yoga studio or fitness center followed by a late afternoon game drive and sundowners.

DAY 12 – Londolozi Varty Camp/Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve – Breakfast – Morning Game Drive. Fly to Johannesburg to catch your onward international flight.

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Rovos Rail: Pretoria to Cape Town

Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for its truly world-class travel experiences. Exceptional train safaris combine some of Africa’s most magnificent scenery with travel aboard an authentically refurbished Edwardian-style train, accommodating up to 72 guests in the most spacious train suites in the world, each with their own en-suite bathroom and subtle modern conveniences.

This 1,600-kilometer meander is a perfect illustration of South Africa as a world in one country. Travel the grasslands of the gold-rich Highveld to the haunting barrenness of the Great Karoo; trundle through the spectacular mountain ranges and scenic Winelands of the Cape. Journey’s end is Cape Town, the Mother City of South Africa, cradled by the imposing bulk of Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head. Highlights of the southbound routes include a visit to the historic village of Matjiesfontein; this authentic perfectly preserved Victorian Village and museum. Another stop is made in Kimberley providing an opportunity to enjoy a city tour and a visit to the Diamond Mine Museum and the world’s largest man-made excavation, the Big Hole.

CABIN CONFIGURATION

You have a choice of 3 different levels of accommodation including Royal Suites, Deluxe Suites or Pullman Suites.

The Pullman Suites (±76 sq feet) accommodate two passengers and are equipped with a comfortable sofa-seat during the day with a conversion to double or twin beds for the evening, and also have an en-suite bathroom with shower.

The Deluxe Suites (±108 sq feet) accommodate two passengers in either twin or double beds and have a lounge area and en-suite bathroom with shower. The wood-panelled rebuilt sleeper coaches, remodelled and refurbished to mint condition, offer every modern convenience and comfort.

The Royal Suites, each of which take up half a carriage, are spacious and elegant measuring ±16 sq metres in size. Each has its own private lounge area and full bathroom with Victorian bath and separate shower. The epitome of luxury with handsome wood panelling and period Edwardian features, the air-conditioned suites accommodate two people offering the option of side-by-side twin or spacious double beds.

In the en-suite bathrooms, original fittings combine with the modern technology of hot showers, hair dryers and shaver plugs. The spacious suites offer passengers the opportunity to travel in privacy, comfort and luxury, with fittings and facilities that are of the highest standard. All are equipped with a writing surface and a personal safe for valuables. There is also a bar fridge filled with beverages of the passengers’ choice and room service is available 24 hours a day.

SERVICES

Credit Card, Room Service (24 hours), Travel Desk

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Kensington Place/Cape Town

Kensington Palace is located in the leafy Cape Town suburb of Higgovale and is situated below Table Mountain. The hotel offers eight spacious suites that feature Wi-Fi access, a television and a private outdoor terrace that overlooks the city and its harbor. Guests can enjoy delicious meals at the onsite restaurant as well as unwind with a refreshing drink at the bar. The hotel also offers a lush quiet garden and an intimate outdoor swimming pool.

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Resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic oceans, situated 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 breathtaking landscapes and extraordinary natural wonders. Cape Town is fortunate to be blessed with all of these attractions and so much more. With its bustling harbor, 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.

ROOM CONFIGURATION

108 Deluxe Rooms – of which 88 King Bedded & 20 Twin Bedded. No interleading Rooms.  The well-appointed rooms are tastefully decorated with subtle influences of Africa. Spacious showers, comfortable king beds, blackout curtains and soundproofing ensure a night of relaxation. Wireless Internet and ample natural light provide guests with a comfortable, ergonomic environment.

27 Executive Rooms occupy corners of the hotel providing impressive views and ample natural light. Large and luxurious showers with massage showerheads ensure the utmost comfort and relaxation for our guests.  All 27 Executive Rooms are King Bedded. Four of the Executive rooms interlead with the Deluxe room next door. Both King & Twin Bedded interleading available.

PROPERTY FACILITIES

24-hour Security, Bar, Business Center, Conference Center, Disability Services, Gym, Internet Access, Malaria Free, Meal on Request, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa

ROOM FACILITIES

Air Conditioning, Clothes Press, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Disabled Rooms, Dressing Gowns, En-Suite, Fan, Fridge, Heater, Internet, Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Satellite / Cable Television, Shower, Smoking Rooms, Tea / Coffee, Television, Verandah

SERVICES

Airport Shuttle, ATM, Babysitting Service, Chauffeur Service, Credit Card, Foreign Exchange, Laundry Service, Room Service (24 hours), Travel Desk

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Leeu House/Franschhoek

Leeu House is an exclusive and private 12-room five-star destination in the scenic Franschhoek valley. An oasis of comfort and luxury, Leeu House’s appeal is its country guesthouse feel on the main street of vibrant Franschhoek village, within easy strolling distance of award-winning restaurants, art galleries, boutiques and many other attractions.

Idyllically situated in the Cape Winelands, this peaceful country retreat is one of the oldest towns in South Africa. The once sleepy little village was named Franschhoek, meaning ‘French Corner’ as it was founded by French Huguenots. The fertile valley of Franschhoek boasts a rich heritage showcased at the fascinating Huguenot Memorial Museum and the Cape Dutch architecture in much of the village remains remarkably well preserved. The town’s proximity to Cape Town allows for pleasant day trips during which visitors can explore the area’s many world-class wine estates and impressive range of excellent restaurants or simply browse the quaint, upmarket boutiques strewn along the town’s lovely tree-lined avenues.

ACTIVITIES

  • Five-star spa
  • Afternoon tea
  • Garden and Art Tours
  • Wine studio

Activities around Franschhoek including that can be arranged via our Concierge includes:-

– Complimentary use of the bicycles
– Franschhoek Wine Tram (www.winetram.co.za)
– Hiking in the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve (www.montrochellehiking.co.za)
– Village Walks
– Franschhoek Motor Museum (www.fmm.co.za)
– Various full day and half-day wine tours
– Franschhoek Huguenot Monument (www.museum.co.za)

ROOM CONFIGURATION

Classic Rooms – An average size of 35 meters, the four comfortable and spacious Classic rooms offer easy access to the lounge, conservatory and pool areas. Two have full bathrooms, the other two have only showers.

Deluxe Rooms – An average size of 43 meters, one of the two spacious Deluxe rooms is situated on the ground floor, the other on the first floor with lovely mountain views.

Classic Room with Terrace – An average size of 53 meters, there are four Classic rooms with terraces, one of which enjoys views of the mountain from the window and the other easy access to the pool. Two have double or twin sofa beds that can sleep two children.

Deluxe Room with Terrace – An average size of 65 meters, these two Deluxe rooms have terraces. One has a patio with outside seating, and the other offers easy access to the lounge and conservatory facilities. Each has a double sofa bed that can sleep two children.

PROPERTY FACILITIES

24-hour Security, Activity Desk, Battery Charging Facilities, Communal Dining, Gym (nearby), Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Available), Malaria Free, Meal on Request, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Private Vehicle Available, Restaurant, Secure Parking

ROOM FACILITIES

Air Conditioning, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Detached Private Bathroom, Dressing Gowns, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Heated Towel Rails, Laundry Facilities, Laundry Service (Available), Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Mini Bar (Complimentary), Safe, Satellite / Cable Television, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Television, Underfloor Heating

SERVICES

Airport Shuttle (Available), Babysitting Service, Chauffeur Service, Credit Card, Room Service, Room Service (24 hours), Travel Desk

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Londolozi Vary Camp/Sabi Sand Private Reserve

The campfire has burned for over 90 years making Varty Camp the symbolic heart and soul of Londolozi. All rooms have private swimming pools framed by timber decks that overlook the riverine bush. The living spaces are raised off the ground and shaded under a cathedral of trees. The camp has a pleasingly down-to-earth quality and the emphasis on family heritage means that children always have a place at Varty Camp. The camp is also home the Cardio Vascular Room, Massage Treatment Room and Wine Cellar.

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 and guided bush walks

ACTIVITIES

There are a large variety of activities to choose from at Londolozi including the traditional game drives and bush walks, wildlife tracking, photographic safaris and in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela, a Lodolozi village walk.

Back at camp there are also many activities options including the Cub’s Den, an educational children’s program, the fitness room and yoga classes, the healing house for mental and emotional healing, and campfires that include good storytelling, great red wine and good company.

ROOM CONFIGURATION

Eight Standard Chalets and two Superior Chalets – all can become inter-leading. All rooms have private swimming pools and thatched salas framed by timber decks that overlook the riverine bush. The living spaces are raised off the ground and shaded under a cathedral of trees. The camp has a pleasingly down-to-earth quality and the emphasis on family heritage means that children always have a place at Varty Camp.

PROPERTY FACILITIES

24-hour Security, Bar, Battery Charging Facilities, Eco Friendly, Gym, Gym (nearby), Internet Access (Complimentary), Kiddies Club, Laundry Service (Complimentary), Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa

ROOM FACILITIES

Air Conditioning, Balcony / Deck, Bath, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Dressing Gowns, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fan, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Heater, Laundry Service (Complimentary), Mini Bar (Complimentary), Mosquito Nets, Outside Shower, Plunge Pool, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Sala, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Verandah

SERVICES

Credit Cards, Room Service (24 hours)

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