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.
Day 2 - Cape Town
Embark for Robben Island, where anti-apartheid leader — and eventual South African president — Nelson Mandela was once imprisoned. Privately 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. Continue past the Company Gardens, with views of the Houses of Parliament and National Art Gallery, before returning to your hotel. Tonight, savor a celebratory welcome dinner.
Day 4 - Riding the Rovos Rail
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 hand-dug
excavation sites. Continue through the hauntingly barren
Great Karoo and the grasslands of gold-rich Highveld,
marveling at the changing landscapes.
Day 5 - Johannesburg
After breakfast and some time to relax, taking in views of the goldfields 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.
Day 6 - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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.
Day 7 - Along The Chobe River, Namibia
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 for an interactive experience that
offers insight into the traditions of the Zimbabwean people.
Privately Tour the Ndau Collection Studio to meet the
artisans who design their opulent jewelry.
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
Day 9 - Along the Chobe River
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.
Day 10 - Okavango Delta, Botswana
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.
Day 11 - Okavango Delta
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, learn more about the Rhino Conservation Program — a bold initiative supported by A&K Philanthropy 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 an afternoon safari. Tonight, celebrate with a special farewell dinner.
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.