Southern Africa Safari by River & Rail

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Southern Africa Safari by River & Rail

Tour Description:

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,’
on a wide-ranging itinerary that features Cape
Town, Victoria Falls and the lush Okavango Delta.

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Dates & Pricing

Saturday 11 Jun 22 — Wednesday 22 Jun 22Starting at $16,995 Get a Quote
Saturday 16 Jul 22 — Wednesday 27 Jul 22Starting at $17,295 Get a Quote
Saturday 01 Oct 22 — Wednesday 12 Oct 22Starting at $16,995 Get a Quote
Saturday 10 Dec 22 — Wednesday 21 Dec 22Starting at $14,995 Get a Quote


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.

Day 2 - Cape Town
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, savor a celebratory welcome dinner.

Day 3 - Cape Town / Riding the Rovos Rail
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.

Day 4 - Riding the Rovos Rail
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.

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.

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.

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.

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 savor an introduction to Zimbabwean cuisine at a local restaurant. 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 resident chef.

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.

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, set out on another safari, reveling 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.

Day 12 - Depart Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly to Johannesburg via Maun, where you connect with your international flight home. Enjoy access to the Premier Lounge before your departure, compliments of A&K.