20 Day Splendours Of Africa & Luxury Rovos Rail Journey

Kruger National Park - Rovos Rail - Cape Town - Pretoria - Victoria Falls - Chobe National Park

 

✓ Return international airfares with South African Airways
✓ All internal Africa airfares
✓ All airport transfers and station transfers
✓ 15 nights premium hotel & lodge accommodation
✓ 2 nights on board ultra-luxury Rovos Rail
✓ Daily breakfast, 4 lunches & 7 dinners
✓ Incredible sightseeing & game drives
✓ Flexibility to extend your stay

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$15,294

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Africa, home to the greatest collection of big animals on Earth and fused with countless cultures, it has been in intrepid explorers dream for centuries. There is no better way to experience this vast continent than on-board old-world Rovos Rail oozing opulence and grandeur. Recapture the romance and atmosphere of a bygone era as you step aboard and settle in to watch the African Savannah drift by. Oh and did we mention you'll get to experience to best National Parks Africa has to offer?

 

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Itinerary

20 Day Rovos Rail v2
Day 1

Australia Johannesburg

Today begins the adventure of a lifetime as you depart Australia for your private Africa safari! 

 

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Day 2

Johannesburg Kruger National Park

Welcome to South Africa! On arrival in Johannesburg, you will take your connecting flight to Nelspruit Airport, the airport for Kruger National Park. Upon arrival at Nelspruit, you will be warmly greeted by a representative of your lodge and transferred to your luxury accommodation. After check-in, take the rest of the day at leisure to relax and mingle with your fellow travellers. Later this evening, enjoy a delicious 3-course dinner to round off the day before preparing for an early morning tomorrow.

Hotel: 4★ Maqueda Lodge or similar
Meals: Dinner

 

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Day 3

Kruger National Park

Rise with the sun this morning as you begin an early game drive through Kruger National Park. Ensure you bring your camera along as you will be spotting the magnificent Big 5 in their natural environment. The Big 5 represent the five largest game animals in Africa and include the lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant and Cape buffalo. Seeing these incredible animals is on everyone’s African safari bucket list; however you will be seeing much more. The abundance of species within the park is extraordinary. Get up close to the animals over this 6-8 hour tour in your specialised safari vehicle lead by an expert guide. Later this evening, enjoy a well-deserved, sumptuous 3-course dinner while swapping stories of your animal encounters earlier that day.

Hotel: 4★ Maqueda Lodge or similar
Meals: Breakfast, dinner

 

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Day 4

Kruger National Park

Today is a free day to spend as you wish. Following breakfast, you may simply wish to relax and unwind from the previous days safaris or partake in an optional excursion to Swaziland.

Optional tour: Swaziland - Known for its wilderness reserves and colourful festivals, this landlocked monarchy is an incredible cultural experience and a must-see place on your South Africa tour. After an early breakfast, you will be visiting a Swazi Village to gain insight to the beautiful Swazi culture and traditions. The tour includes an authentic African lunch, dancing and an opportunity to interact with the local community.

Optional tour: Sunset Game Drive - This tour offers a very different experience to your daytime safari. Kruger National Park is alive with a whole new range of nocturnal animals once the sun starts to set and your expert guide will help you spot them.

Hotel: 4★ Maqueda Lodge or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

 

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Day 5

Kruger National Park

Rise early again today for another phenomenal game drive through Kruger National Park. Be on the lookout for animals you may have missed on the first game drive and prepare to encounter different experiences. No two days within the park are the same! 

Hotel: 4★ Maqueda Lodge or similar
Meals: breakfast, dinner

 

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Day 6

Kruger National Park

Enjoy a free day today after breakfast. Relax at the lodge and reminisce about all the amazing animals you have seen so far or partake in our optional tour.

Optional tour: Panoramic Tour - Rise early for one of the most scenic tours in South Africa. You will explore the North Eastern escarpment of the Drakensberg, a breathtaking natural structure enclosing the central Southern African plateau. Your tour includes a visit to the stunning Blyde River Canyon, the aptly named God’s Window and the spectacular geological phenomenon, the Bourkes Potholes.

Hotel: 4★ Maqueda Lodge or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

 

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Day 7

Kruger National Park Livingstone Victoria Falls

After breakfast, say farewell to the magnificent animals that call Kruger National Park home as you head to Nelspruit Airport for your onward flight to Livingstone. On arrival at Livingstone Airport, you will be welcomed by a local representative who will arrange your transfer to your hotel, the luxurious Royal Zambezi Lodge.

Later in the afternoon, enjoy a sundowner Zambezi River cruise, a suburb way to relax and enjoy the beauty of the river. You will have the opportunity to see a variety of game, including elephants, hippo, crocodiles and different bird species. The rest of the evening is yours at leisure.

Hotel: 4★ Zambezi Lodge or similar
Meals: breakfast

 

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Day 8

Victoria Falls

Today you’ll enjoy an in-depth tour of the spectacular Victoria Falls, the awe-inspiring grandeur that sits on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. Discover how the falls were formed and what local customs and traditions surround them. The tour is very informative and ends with a visit to the local art and crafts centre. Following this, the remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Optional tour: Helicopter Flight – this unforgettable experience will take you on a thrilling airborne tour over the falls. This is an exciting activity for those with a taste for adventure. See a completely new perspective of the beautiful falls and have the chance to spot some unsuspecting game from above. 

Hotel: 4★ Zambezi Lodge or similar
Meals: breakfast

 

 

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Day 9

Victoria Falls Chobe National Park

Your safari adventure continues today as you are transferred to the Cresta Mowana Safari Resort and Spa on the banks of the Chobe River. This luxury accommodation lies within the incredible Chobe National Park. Settle in and relax, spending the rest of your day at your leisure. Chobe National Park, in northern Botswana, has one of the largest concentrations of game in Africa. By size, it is the third largest park in the country, after the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and the Gemsbok National Park, and is the most biologically diverse.

Hotel: 4★ Cresta Mowana Lodge or similar
Meals: breakfast

 

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Day 10

Chobe National Park

Spend the morning at leisure exploring the stunning resort and preparing for your afternoon game drive. In specialised open air safari vehicles you will have a fantastic experience on your first game drive in the world famous Chobe National Park. Game drives offer you the opportunity to view the abundant elephants and other big game animals in their natural habitat. Start by beginning your count for the Big 5! Later, return to the Lodge and enjoy your evening swapping stories of your day’s favourite sightings.

Hotel: 4★ Cresta Mowana Lodge or similar
Meals: breakfast

 

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Day 11

Chobe National Park

Rise early today for your morning game drive through Chobe National Park. The game drive will begin at sunrise to give you the opportunity to catch the animals when they are hungry and most active. Keep your eye out for some of the animals you might have missed yesterday!

Optional tour: Sunset River Safari - Later this afternoon, you may choose to do an afternoon river cruise on the Chobe River to view the animals on the banks of the river. Otherwise simply relax and unwind while the sun goes down over beautiful Africa.

Hotel: 4★ Cresta Mowana Lodge or similar
Meals: breakfast

 

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Day 12

Chobe National Park Kasane  Pretoria

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kasane for your onward flight to Johannesburg. On arrival at Johannesburg Airport, you will be greeted by a tour representative for your transfer to your hotel in Pretoria for you overnight stay. After check in, relax and enjoy the day at your leisure.

Hotel: 4★ AM Milner or similar
Meals: breakfast

 

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Day 13

Pretoria Rovos Rail

Today begins your luxury tour on board the gleaming wood panelled Rovos Rail. This 5 star train embodies the spirit of travel in a bygone era. You’ll be transferred from your hotel to the Rovos Rail Station for departure, where you will begin your travel across the goldfields of the Witwatersrand. Guests may freshen up in their suites before joining fellow travellers in the lounge car or observation car at the rear of the train. Dinner is served in the charming Victorian dining cars and will be complimented by a selection of fine South African wines. Meals on board will include fresh, local ingredients and traditional game dishes.

Hotel: 5★ Rovos Rail - Pullman Suite
Meals: breakfast, dinner

 

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Day 14

Rovos Rail

Enjoy a fabulous breakfast in the dining cars as the train passes by a beautiful shallow lake. On the right-hand side of the train there are, on most occasions, spectacular flocks of lesser flamingos, approximately 23,000 strong. Shortly after breakfast you will arrive in Kimberley, the capital city of South Africa’s Northern Cape Province. Disembark the train for a tour of the city and a visit to the famous Diamond Mine Museum, where you’ll see sparkling jewellery displays and raw uncut diamonds. Next visit the 19th century diamond mine, the incredibly deep, hand-dug Big Hole. After this you will depart Kimberly just in time to enjoy lunch in the dining cars. Savour the views as you travel through the huge semi-desert expanse of the Karoo. Spend the afternoon in the lounge car and observation car at the rear of the train where tea will be served until dinner time.

Hotel: 5★ Rovos Rail - Pullman Suite
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

 

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Day 15

Rovos Rail Cape Town

Enjoy breakfast this morning as the train continues on towards the town of Matjiesfontein. If you choose, you will have the opportunity to disembark the train at Whitehill Siding and enjoy a leisurely walk along the final five kilometres into Matjiesfontein. You’ll be accompanied by a member of staff, who will advise adorning a comfortable pair of walking shoes. Alternatively you may wish to disembark the train at the Matjiesfontein station. Here you will stroll through the historic village before returning to the platform to visit the collection of historic cars and railway carriages to the right of the beautiful Lord Milner Hotel. Shortly after departing Matjiesfontein the train will arrive at the first of four tunnels on the pass. The second tunnel is 13.5 kilometres long and guests are advised to be careful during this thrilling experience as we are temporarily deprived of the natural light. Lunch will be served in the dining cars as the train descends ±750m down the escarpment through the Hex River Valley. Tea will be available in the lounge car and observation car at the rear of the train as you relax and enjoy the vista through the last leg of your train journey. On arrival in Cape Town, you will be welcomed by a representative of Private Safaris who will assist you with the transfers to your hotel, Winchester Mansions. This iconic seafront hotel is situated between the famous Table Mountain and V&A Waterfront. Refresh before spending the rest of your day at leisure.

Hotel: 4★ Winchester Mansions or similar
Meals: breakfast, lunch

 

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Day 16

Cape Town

Today is a free day to enjoy the spectacular city of Cape Town at your own pace.

Optional tour: Franschoek Valley - the food and wine heartland of the country, where splendid wines are grown and top chefs create lasting memories. The tour includes a combination of a tram and tram bus that will transport you around a seven stop loop. You’ll be allowed to hop off at each stop and experience the activities on offer, may it be wine tasting on a cellar tour or a delicious lunch.

Hotel: 4★ Winchester Mansions or similar
Meals: breakfast

 

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Day 17

Cape Town

After breakfast, you will be taken on a brief tour of Afrogem, one of the leading jewellery manufacturers in South Africa. You will enjoy a firsthand experience of how smelted gold is transformed and watch the craftsman set gems and semi-precious stones into the creation of new jewellery. After this you’ll enjoy a trip up the cable car to the top of Table Mountain for some exquisite views of Cape Town! When you are ready, make your own way back to your hotel where the rest of the day is yours to do as you will.

Optional tour: Robben Island - Robben Island is famous, or rather infamous, as the holding place for the imprisoned Nelson Mandela. Mandela served 18 of his 27 years in prison incarcerated on the island’s prison, but Robben Island has also housed a hospital, mental institution, leper colony and military base during its rich history. Now, Robben Island is a World Heritage Site and museum to explore.

Hotel: 4★ Winchester Mansions or similar
Meals: breakfast

 

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Day 18

Cape Town

After an early breakfast you’ll set out to enjoy a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula. Don’t forget your camera! The tour begins with a scenic drive along the Atlantic Coast, passing through the natural beauty of Camps Bay and the quaint fishing village of Hout Bay. The tour includes a trip to the gorgeous Cape Point, which lies at the south western tip of the Cape Peninsula. Here you’ll witness the most spectacular views as you witness the union of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. The Cape Point Nature Reserve comprises of 17,300 acres of indigenous fauna and flora. Here you can see some incredible wildlife, including baboons, rhebok, Cape Mountain Zebra and the elusive eland. On route back to your hotel you’ll also have the opportunity to visit the penguin colony at Boulders Beach. Your day will finish off at the beautiful Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens for a short walking tour.

Hotel: 4★ Winchester Mansions or similar
Meals: breakfast

 

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Day 19

Cape Town Australia

After breakfast it’ll be time to check-out of your hotel and begin your farewells as your trip comes to a close. You will be transferred to Cape Town International Airport where you will board your onward flight to Australia. We hope you’ve had a fantastic adventure with plenty of stories, photos and memories to share with friends and family back home.

Meals: breakfast

 

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Day 20

Australia

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Inclusions & Fine Print

Inclusions

  • Return international airfares with South African Airways (or Qantas if unavailable)
  • All internal Africa airfares
  • All airport transfers and station transfers
  • 15 nights premium hotel & lodge accommodation  
  • 2 nights on board ultra-luxury Rovos Rail in a Pullman Suite including most drinks, fine dining meals and off train excursions
  • Daily breakfast, 4 lunches & 7 dinners
  • Stunning cruise on the Zambezi river with sundowners
  • Multiple game drives while in Kruger National Park to witness the incredible wildlife
  • Incredible sightseeing while on the Rovos Rail and throughout Cape Town including the imposing Table Mountain

Unbelievable sightseeing included

  • Kruger National Park - Enjoy multiple game drives in one of the world's most iconic big game parks.
  • Rovos Rail - Watch the African savannah drift by from the luxury of your stateroom.
  • Rovos Rail -  Visit the Big Hole and the Diamond Mine Museum.
  • Rovos Rail - Visit to the historic village of Matjiesfontein.
  • Cape Town - Journey up the cable car to the top of Table Mountain for some exquisite views of Cape Town.
  • Cape Town -  Undertake a full day tour of the spectacular Cape Peninsula.
  • Victoria Falls - Enjoy an in-depth tour of the falls
  • Chobe National Park - Enjoy multiple game drives in the Chobe National Park

Deposits

Secure your package with a deposit of $2,500 per person. You will then be invoiced for final payment 120 days prior to departure.

How to extend your stay

Some customers like to enhance their holiday by arriving early and/or staying behind after the tour concludes. If you wish to choose one of these options, please follow these steps:

  1. Follow the ‘book now’ prompts.
  2. After selecting your departure date and completing your bedding configuration details, please select if you wish to 'arrive early' and/or 'stay behind' in the 'extra services' field.
  3. In the 'special requests' field, please specify your extension requirements.
  4. Complete the remaining booking requirements and click ‘pay now’.
  5. After finalising your purchase, a member of our reservations team will be in contact with you to discuss your extension request.

A $150 per person supplement plus any fare difference applies if you wish to confirm your extension. You will be contacted after purchase for collection of this payment. All additional accommodation and sightseeing is at your own arrangement.

Namibia Extension - $3,499 per person, twin share.

Enjoy 6 days journeying to incredible Namibia and the iconic Etosha National Park and its desert landscape. One of the few countries where animals still roam freely mostly unrestricted by human influence, the country has a great mix of desert, semi- desert and savannahs.

  • Internal Africa airfares from Cape Town to Windheok
  • Return airport transfers
  • 5 nights deluxe accommodation
  • Game drives in Etosha National Park
  • Breakfast daily, 3 dinners
  • Transportation 

Please click here to view the extended itinerary.

The $150pp extension supplement does not apply if selecting this option.

Single supplement: Not available

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Some dates operate in reverse. Please refer to the departure date list. Please click here for the reverse itinerary.

Fine Print

Booking Process

  • Follow the ‘Book Now’ prompts.
  • Select your travel dates, departure city, number of travellers, room preference and any extra services.
  • Click ‘Checkout’ to login or create an account. You’ll need an account to review your details and download documentation.
  • Click ‘Pay Now’ to proceed to payment.
  • Note - all payments are processed by our trusted gateway Paypal where you are given two options:
  • Pay using your Paypal account OR
  • Pay using your credit card by proceeding as a guest – a Paypal account is not required.
  • Once your order is complete, you will be prompted to complete a booking form so that we can fulfil your booking.
  • Your booking is confirmed once your booking form is submitted and you can begin the countdown to your Inspiring Vacation!

Airfare Information 

  • You will travel with South African Airways (or Qantas if unavailable)
  • Most flights will require a minimum of 1 transit (maximum 2).
  • All tickets will include 23kgs checked baggage.
  • Once ticketed, flights are non-refundable. Any changes will be subject to the airline rules and change fees.
  • Full names as per passport (including all middle names) are required.
  • Any airline schedule changes or cancellations are beyond our control.

Exclusions

  • Visas
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Optional activities 
  • Personal expenses

Travel Insurance

We strongly encourage all travellers to purchase travel insurance to protect yourself against the unexpected.

We have partnered with QBE Insurance to offer our customers competitive rates for their Travel Insurance. You can book comprehensive or budget cover, earn Qantas Frequent Flyer points and save 25% on retail rates.

Simply click HERE to arrange your policy.

Optional Tour: 

  • Swaziland - $215pp
  • Sunset Game Drive - $120pp
  • Panoramic tour - $215pp
  • Sunset River Safari - $115
  • Helicopter Flight - $245
  • Franschoek Valley - $135pp
  • Robben Island - $75pp

You will be contacted prior to departure to secure your optional tours.

Documentation: Final documentation including e-tickets and hotel details will be provided approximately 30 days prior to travel.

Single Supplement: Single supplement is $3,499 per person in addition to the twin share price.

Land only: A $2,500 per person reduction from the twin share price applies if you wish to arrange your own airfares. Should you wish to purchase land only, please select this option in the booking process, under 'Departure City'.

Please note, no internal flights are included if you take this option.

Triple share: Not available.  

Qantas upgrade: If you would prefer to fly with Qantas, please mention this in the "Special Request" field when completing your purchase. Our supplier will make contact with you directly to confirm your flight preference and any surcharge involved to upgrade to Qantas, will be invoiced to you directly by Inspiring Vacations.

Premium Economy Upgrade: Not available.

Business Class Upgrade: Available from an additional $5,500 per person in addition to the standard price (subject to availability). Please specify this as a 'Special Request' when completing your booking and you will be quoted for the additional fare. In the event your selection is unavailable or that you are dissatisfied with the quote, you will be provided with a full refund. Please note, business class is only applicable on the  BNE/SYD/MEL/ADL/PER to Johannesburg (and return) flights, not the internal Africa flights.

Itinerary: The total length of the tour in days includes time spent in flight and is subject to change depending on the flight schedule. Please refer to the day-by-day itinerary for the time spent on land.

Group Size: This is a non-group package. 

Children: Children must be 5 years old or over and share a room with parents at all times. Children are the same price as adults.

Accommodation: The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences, however, any changes are beyond our control.

Rovos Rail

Dress Code:

  • Days on board are smart casual: Neat, conventional yet relatively informal in style combining casual and formal clothing pieces.
  • Evening attire is more formal: For gentlemen a jacket and tie is a minimum requirement while for ladies we suggest cocktail/evening dresses or suits. On long journeys we enjoy theme evenings where guests can dress up accordingly or opt for smart casual.

Cabin Upgrade:

Deluxe Cabin upgrade: $999 per person, in addition to the package price. Please make your request 'deluxe cabin' in the 'special requests' field prior to making your purchase.

Departure Dates

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17 MAR 2019
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07 APR 2019
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05 MAY 2019
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10 MAY 2019
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19 MAY 2019
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26 MAY 2019
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02 JUN 2019
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16 JUN 2019
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23 JUN 2019
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30 JUN 2019
Sunday
07 JUL 2019
Sunday
21 JUL 2019
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23 JUL 2019
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04 AUG 2019
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11 AUG 2019
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16 AUG 2019
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18 AUG 2019
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23 AUG 2019
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