A luxury journey, for the most discerning of travellers. Starting with a safari in the malaria-free and 'Big 5' Madikwe Game Reserve on the Botswana border; then enjoy one of life’s real treats on board a luxury train journey from Pretoria to Cape Town, on the famous Blue Train; and finally enjoy one of the world’s great tourist cities, Cape Town. If you are looking for a special celebration holiday, then this is one for you.
On arrival into Johannesburg airport you will be met by a representative of Fedair who will transfer you to their exclusive departure lounge at OR Tambo Airport in time for your onward light aircraft flight to Madikwe Game Reserve, where on arrival you will be met by your game ranger and transferred, by safari vehicle, to your safari Lodge for your 3-night stay.
Enjoy game viewing activities in open vehicles and on foot. The Madikwe Game Reserve, situated against the Botswana border, is one of South Africa's prime safari destinations and one of the largest game reserves in South Africa.
Madikwe game reserve is the North West’s best kept secret, only an hours flight or 4 hours drive from Johannesburg, and it is a great choice for visitors wanting a different ‘Big 5’ malaria-free game viewing experience. Home to the wild dog, black rhino, cheetah and brilliant wildlife, with many accommodation types to suit all needs, ranging from farm houses to luxury game lodges.
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THAKADU RIVER CAMP
In the Madikwe Private Game Reserve, Thakuda is tucked within a riverine canopy along the banks of the Marico River, it is surrounded by tree-tops, nature and sheer tranquility.
After a final game drive and breakfast you will be returned to the airstrip for your return light aircraft flight to Johannesburg where you will be met and transferred to nearby Pretoria. This afternoon you may want to take any one of the many local tours available.
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SHERATON HOTEL PRETORIA
The Sheraton Hotel is across the lawn from the magnificent Union Buildings, in the quiet suburb of Arcadia, Pretoria. The hotel has an atmosphere of sophistication and elegance.
You will be collected and transferred to the station in Pretoria, where you will be welcomed with a glass of champagne in the private departure lounge, whilst your bags are tagged and loaded onto one of the most luxurious trains in the world – The Blue Train. The overnight journey takes you through spectacular scenery on your way to the Mother City of Cape Town. Relax in your spacious compartment or suite and enjoy the unforgettable experiences of the lounge car, dining car and observation car.
The Blue Train has been synonymous with luxury hospitality since 1946, offering journeys into a world of grace and elegance, enjoyed by Kings and Presidents. The suites offer the finest bed linens, marble tiles and gold fittings in the bathrooms. Fine cuisine, complemented by the best South African wines, is served with the ever-changing scenery flashing past the windows. The welcoming Lounge Car has large windows and is near the relaxed Club Car, an ideal social meeting point for aperitifs or after-dinner coffees and cognacs. Pre-departure lounges in Pretoria and Cape Town are a fitting introduction to this most famour of trains.
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THE BLUE TRAIN
The routes of the Blue Train take guests through some of the most breathtaking countryside to be found anywhere in the world, travel in a world of grace, elegance and romance.
This final leg of your journey into Cape Town this morning is probably the most scenic of the whole route and a perfect way to be introduced to this stunning city.
You will be met at the station and transferred to your hotel for your 5-night stay.
Included in your stay is a full-day private guided tour of Cape Town, with picnic lunch.
Other alternative activities are a helicopter trip to the Winelands for lunch; shopping at the V & A Waterfront; breakfast on the top of Table Mountain; a picnic at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens; or dinner at one of the many fine restaurants in the city.
Described by Sir Francis Drake in 1580 as ‘the fairest cape in all the world’, the ‘Mother City’ of Cape Town is one of the world’s top tourist destinations. The oldest city in the country, nestled in the shadow of Table Mountain, Cape Town is a vibrant and colourful city.
With plenty to offer the tourist you should never get bored. Just a 45-minute drive from Cape Town and you’re in the scenic mountains and valleys of the Winelands. Experience the historical and cultural heritage of the region while visiting quaint villages and vibrant townships, outdoor museums and galleries, open-air theatres and outdoor art and craft exhibitions.
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Attentively restored, award winning B&B providing comfort & convenience in the upper slopes of Table Mountain, Redbourne Hilldrop boasts stunning views of Cape Town.
FOUR ROSMEAD GUEST HOUSE
Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a stylishly re-modelled Edwardian home, with magnificent views of Table Mountain, Lions Head, Signal Hills, Table Bay, and the city centre.
THE VINEYARD HOTEL & SPA
The Vineyard Hotel & Spa is a 4-star hotel in the leafy suburb of Newlands. Within seven acres of attractively landscaped parkland, it has 200 years of history within its walls.
The Vineyard Hotel & Spa is a 4-star hotel in the suburb of Newlands. In 7 acres of attractively landscaped parkland, it has 200 years of history within its walls.
THE CAPE GRACE HOTEL
The Cape Grace is a classic boutique hotel, set on its own private quay on Cape Town’s vibrant V&A Waterfront, overlooking the yacht marina, with Table Mountain as a backdrop.
ABSEIL FROM TABLE MOUNTAIN
This is the world’s highest commercial abseil, at 112m and 1000 metres above sea level, but with the illusion of a 1000m descent, just step off the edge of Table Mountain.
DIVE WITH GREAT WHITE SHARKS
South Africa is the Mecca for diving with sharks, one of the most feared predators on Earth, and cage diving with Great White Sharks is the adrenaline pinnacle for this activity.
CAPE TOWN CITY INFORMATION
The Mother City of Cape Town is truly one of contrast. The ancient natural world meets a modern city with nightlife, shopping and stadia all set at the base of Table Mountain.
You will be transferred to Cape Town International airport today for your overnight flight to the UK.
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|London > Johannesburg||± 11hrs|
|Cape Town > London||± 12hrs|
|Johannesburg > Madikwe Game Reserve||± 1hr|
|Madikwe Game Reserve > Pretoria||± 2hrs|
|Pretoria > Cape Town (on Blue Train)||± 30hrs|
|Cape Town Station > Hotel||± 30mins|
|Hotel > Cape Town Airport||± 30mins|
|Note: These times are estimates and are dependant on flights and accommodation selections.|
10 nights (on the ground) of some of the best that South Africa has to offer. A perfect trip to celebrate that special occasion, landmark birthday or anniversary, or honeymoon - or just for the hell of it!
The departure dates of this holiday are determined by the train schedules. Rovos Rail, another luxury train that operates on the same route (Rovos Rail takes 2 nights), is another luxury alternative to The Blue Train. This itinerary can also easily be operated in the reverse direction.
"Want to thank you myself for arranging the holiday – we had a fabulous time. Overall the trip was spectacular, and as usual, perfectly organised!"
"Just a short note following our arrival home to compliment you on all the arrangements you made for our South Africa trip. Without doubt this ranks as one of the best trips we have ever done; the hospitality of all our hosts, the care they took to see that our every need was catered for, the quality of the accommodation, the food, the wine and of course the value for money all were without exception excellent. Thank you for everything you did to make the trip so worthwhile."
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