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
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.
Day 5 - RIDING THE ROVOS RAIL
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.
Day 6 - PRETORIA / JOHANNESBURG
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.
Day 7 - JOHANNESBURG / 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 8 - 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 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
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. 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
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.