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  • Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • The king of the jungle

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  • Cape Town & Table Mountain

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  • Pride of Africa

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  • Giraffes at sunset

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  • Ivory Tree Game Lodge

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  • Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

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  • Pride of Africa

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  • Pride of Africa Pullman Suite

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  • Pride of Africa Deluxe Suite

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  • Pride of Africa dining car

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  • Kirstenbosch Botanic Garden

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  • Kirstenbosch Botanic Garden

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • The king of the jungle

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Cape Town & Table Mountain

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Pride of Africa

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Giraffes at sunset

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Ivory Tree Game Lodge

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Pride of Africa

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  • Pride of Africa Pullman Suite

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  • Pride of Africa Deluxe Suite

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  • Pride of Africa dining car

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  • Kirstenbosch Botanic Garden

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16 Day Luxury Southern Africa

  • Journey through South Africa by luxury rail
  • Witness Victoria Falls & search for lions on safari
Includes Return International Flights

Southern Africa is home to some of the world’s most striking landscapes. From its highest peaks to the deepest valleys, bustling cities to endless grasslands where wild animals outnumber the people, every inch of the land has the power to inspire and transform. Witness these sights and more on this once-in-a-lifetime 16 day safari and luxury rail experience through South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Witness the awe-inspiring power of Victoria Falls, a true world wonder; enjoy a sunset cruise along the mighty Zambezi River; and unwind at the gorgeous Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, surrounded by wild bushland frequented by elephants and other wildlife. Search for wild lions, rhinos, leopards and more on up to six safari drives within the biodiverse Pilanesberg Game Reserve, staying at the beautiful 5-star Ivory Tree Game Lodge. Experience one of South Africa’s most famous rail journeys with two nights aboard the Rovos Rail ‘Pride of Africa’ train, stopping to visit historic Kimberley and Matjiesfontein. Stay in a Pullman Suite or Deluxe Suite aboard the train, depending on your option chosen. Continue on to vibrant Cape Town where you’ll get to unwind with free time and also enjoy a guided tour of the scenic Cape Peninsula. Package includes return international flights, 11 nights 4-5 star hotel and lodge accommodation, a two night rail journey and much more.

Want to delve deeper? Upgrade to the 20 day package with Garden Route extension and experience one of South Africa’s most unforgettable coastal drives. Visit Cango Caves, Bramon Wine Estate and more!

ITINERARY

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Itinerary - 1

Today depart from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or *Perth for Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (via Johannesburg). Fly with award-winning South African Airways.


Meals included: In-Flight

Upon arrival into Victoria Falls you will be met and transferred to your safari lodge. Check-in will be from 2pm onwards. The remainder of the day is free at leisure.

Situated on a plateau just 4km from majestic Victoria Falls, the award-winning Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is surrounded by the wilds of Africa and offers an unforgettable experience. The sunset facing rooms offer endless views of the African bush stretching to the horizon, which includes a waterhole frequented by elephant, buffalo, kudu and other wildlife, as well as a rich variety of birds.

Overnight: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 
Meals included: None

This morning you will be collected from the lodge and transferred to the Falls. Visiting Victoria Falls is a truly awe-inspiring experience – the sight, the sound, the smell; the humbling feeling that you are witnessing one of nature's supreme masterpieces. No photograph can begin to depict the reality and nothing prepares you for your first sight.

The tour is conducted in the morning (approx. 3 hours). En route, you may be taken past the ‘Big Tree’, where you may stop and take photos. You will be accompanied through the rainforest by a qualified guide who will give a brief history of the falls themselves, as well as detailing the flora, fauna, bird and wildlife and other points of interest. Guides are also happy to assist travellers with photographs whilst visiting this most spectacular of waterfalls. Raincoats are provided when needed.

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Overnight: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 
Meals included: Breakfast

Today you will have the morning and early afternoon at leisure. In the late afternoon, you will be picked up and transferred to the jetty for a Zambezi Sundowner Cruise.

The Zambezi Sunset Cruise is a superb way to relax and enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Zambezi River. You may have the opportunity to see a variety of game; including hippo, crocodile and elephant as well as enjoy the many different bird species. The cruise includes finger snacks, beer, wine, local spirits and soft drinks.

Overnight: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 
Meals included: Breakfast

Today after breakfast you will check out of the lodge and be transferred to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg, South Africa. Upon arrival you will take the complimentary hotel shuttle to the hotel where you may enjoy an evening at leisure.

Overnight: Protea Hotel O.R Tambo Airport or similar, Johannesburg, South Africa
Meals included: Breakfast

Depart early today and travel onwards to your five-star safari lodge in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve (approx. 2.5-3 hours). Arrive in time for lunch followed by your first afternoon game drive.

Pilanesberg Game Reserve is set in the crater of a long extinct volcano, and ranks among the largest of the parks in South Africa. It’s situated within the transition zone between the dry Kalahari and the wetter Lowveld vegetation, commonly referred to as Bushveld. Unique overlaps of mammals, birds and vegetation occur because of this transition zone. The fascinating combination of geology, landscape and rainfall gives rise to different patterns of vegetation - wide open grasslands, steep hill slopes, rocky outcrops, wooded valleys, thickets and thickly wooded gorges. Pilanesberg accommodates virtually every mammal of southern Africa and is also home to healthy populations of lion, leopard, black and white rhino, elephant and buffalo. A wide variety of rare and common species exist here such as the nocturnal brown hyaena, the fleet-footed cheetah and the majestic sable. Bird watching is excellent with over 300 species recorded. 

Ivory Tree Game Lodge is a five-star game lodge located inside the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. The lodge’s thatched rooms are elegantly furnished with African themes and each comes with a patio, air-conditioning and en-suite bathroom with bath and shower. The main area consists of two lounges, a cocktail bar, dining room, outdoor pool and a fire pit. The safari lodge experience includes guided game drives in a 10-seater safari vehicle through the magnificent game reserve. Other activities offered in the surrounding area include archery, quad biking and bird watching (not included - available at extra cost).

Overnight: Ivory Tree Game Lodge, Pilanesberg Game Reserve, South Africa
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Begin the day with an early morning game drive through the reserve. Game drives are conducted in comfortable, open 4X4 Land Rovers accompanied by professional English speaking field rangers and trackers, ensuring an informative and detailed safari experience. Keep your cameras ready for some incredible photo opportunities. Return to the lodge mid-morning for breakfast and a little R&R before heading out again to spot more wildlife on an evening safari. Afterwards, wind down your evening with a few sundowners before dinner.

Overnight: Ivory Tree Game Lodge, Pilanesberg Game Reserve, South Africa
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Discover new and exciting areas of Pilanesberg Game Reserve and its diverse wildlife with another early morning and evening game drive.

Overnight: Ivory Tree Game Lodge, Pilanesberg Game Reserve, South Africa
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

After your final safari this morning and some breakfast, it’s time to check-out. You will be picked up and transferred to Pretoria where you will begin your luxury two night rail experience on board the famous Rovos Rail ‘Pride of Africa’ train in a Pullman Suite. The train will depart at approx. 3:00pm.

The Rovos Rail company operates two restored classic trains each with 20 renovated original coaches; some from before the 1920s! Each train accommodates a maximum of 72 passengers in luxury and style. The trains feature traditional authentic furnishings and classic decor with classic wooden panelling a feature throughout. Elegance and grandeur are evident throughout all the coaches and are matched by exceptional service and cuisine.
 
Please note there is a dress code for Rovos Rail journey. Days on board are smart casual: Neat, conventional yet relatively informal in style combining casual and formal clothing pieces whilst evening attire is more formal: For gentlemen a jacket and tie is a minimum requirement while for ladies we suggest cocktail/evening dress.

Overnight: Rovos Rail’s Pride of Africa – (In chosen suite category)
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

Today enjoy the scenery as you travel to Kimberley. Breakfast is served between 7:00am and 9.45am. At approx. 10am you will arrive in Kimberley where you will board a bus for a guided tour of this historical city, including its Diamond Mine Museum and the extraordinary Big Hole on the outskirts of the city. Return to the train at around 12.30pm and enjoy lunch in the dining cars. Continue west onwards to Matjiesfontein this evening.

Overnight: Rovos Rail’s Pride of Africa - (In chosen suite category)
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This morning enjoy breakfast aboard the train until 10:00am. At approx. 8:00am there is a chance for guests to disembark the train at Whitehill Siding and walk the five kilometres into Matjiesfontein with a member of staff accompanying them.

Alternatively, at approx. 8.30am the train will arrive into the historic village of Matjiesfontein where you may enjoy a scenic stroll at leisure. Of special interest is the local museum on the platform and a collection of historic cars and railway carriages to the right of the Lord Milner Hotel. The train will depart Matjiesfontein at approx. 10:30am for Cape Town. You may enjoy lunch and afternoon tea before arriving at approx. 6:00pm. Upon arrival into Cape Town, you will be met and transferred to the hotel where you may enjoy an evening at leisure.

The Cape Milner is an oasis in Cape Town where you can enjoy modern comforts away from home. Situated in the trendy central suburb of Tamboerskloof at the foot of Table Mountain, The Cape Milner Hotel is close to the V&A Waterfront as well as the pristine white beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton. The Cape Milner Hotel is a 10-15 minute complimentary shuttle ride away to the V&A Waterfront and a short 5-10 minute drive/taxi to the pristine white beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton.

Overnight: Cape Milner Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

Enjoy a free day at leisure to experience the vibrant city of Cape Town. Alternatively, you can take part in an optional activity to see the highlights of Cape Town on a half day city tour (not included).

Optional Activity: Cape Town Half Day City Tour: $80 per person
Situated below Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head, Cape Town offers a rich cultural and industrial heritage, grand splendour and an assurance of activity & excitement. This optional tour is a geographical and cultural extravaganza, showing you Cape Town, from its historical beginnings to the dazzling, modern city it is today.

The tour commences with a visit to Table Mountain (weather permitting; cable car fee not included). Enjoy panoramic views over the Mother City and Robben Island in the distance lying sleepily in Table Bay harbour. In the heart of the city enjoy for a short walk through the Company Gardens. From squirrels to a variety of plant life, it’s just a happy place to soak up some ‘Cape Town vibes’ and enjoy the aviaries and fishponds. On the Wale Street end of the garden you will find a monument which was created to commemorate the life and work of Desmond Tutu – lovingly referred to by South Africans as “The Arch” and a tribute to the values of the South African Constitution. Arch for Arch was installed beside historic St. Georges Cathedral aka “People’s Cathedral” for its role in the resistance against apartheid. Step inside the Slave Lodge which explores the history of these unwilling immigrants and how they have contributed to the richness and diversity of South African history. As you drive through the city you shall get a feel for the cultural melting pot that it is. End the tour with a stop at Truth Café a ‘steampunk inspired’ artisan coffee shop serving all hand-roasted coffees in a vintage cast-iron drum (any meals for own account). Return to your hotel upon completion of the tour where you may enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Cape Milner Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa
Meals included: Breakfast

This awe-inspiring tour (approx. 9 hours) to the towering headland known as Cape Point encompasses magnificent beaches, breathtaking views, and picturesque coastal villages. The Cape Peninsula is one of the world's most scenic areas and stretches from the city centre all the way to Cape Point. In Simon’s Town you will stop for the chance to see penguins and enjoy some lunch (not included). On the way back you will also visit the beautiful Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Note: The drive via Chapman's Peak is subject to the road being open. Ou Kaapse Weg (mountain pass in Cape Town) will be used as an alternative route when necessary.

Overnight: Cape Milner Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa
Meals included: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day at leisure to experience the vibrant city of Cape Town. Alternatively, you can take part in an optional Cape Winelands Tour (not included).

Optional Activity: Full Day Cape Winelands Tour - $130 per person
This morning after breakfast depart on a full day Cape Winelands Tour. This delightful drive winds its way to the heart of the Cape Winelands, through superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads. Head to the heart of South Africa’s wine industry, Stellenbosch. Beautiful and culturally rich, the region is steeped in South African history. Walk down the canal-lined avenues, in the shade of giant oak trees and beautifully preserved historic buildings. Enjoy the first wine tasting of the day at the Waterford Estate or similar. Travel over the Helshoogte Pass to the town of Franschhoek, historically dating back to the 17th century when the French Huguenots arrived. Billed as the Gourmet Capital of South Africa, this charming town in a most picturesque valley retains a French Huguenot style. Enjoy a wine tasting before enjoying the fabled culinary skills of the Franschhoek chefs at one of the many award winning restaurants (lunch not included). Onward to Paarl, one of the Cape’s first farming districts. The town is set at the foot of the cluster of remarkable granite domes from which it takes its name. The last stop for the day is at a wine estate on the Paarl wine route. Return to the bustle of city life after an enthralling day in the countryside, arriving back at the hotel early evening.

Overnight: Cape Milner Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa
Meals included: Breakfast

Today you will be transferred to Cape Town Airport for your return flight back to Australia.


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Please note: some flights may arrive in Australia +1 day later.

Itinerary - 2

Today depart from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or *Perth for Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (via Johannesburg). Fly with award-winning South African Airways.


Meals included: In-Flight

Upon arrival into Victoria Falls you will be met and transferred to your safari lodge. Check-in will be from 2pm onwards. The remainder of the day is free at leisure.

Situated on a plateau just 4km from majestic Victoria Falls, the award-winning Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is surrounded by the wilds of Africa and offers an unforgettable experience. The sunset facing rooms offer endless views of the African bush stretching to the horizon, which includes a waterhole frequented by elephant, buffalo, kudu and other wildlife, as well as a rich variety of birds.

Overnight: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 
Meals included: None

This morning you will be collected from the lodge and transferred to the Falls. Visiting Victoria Falls is a truly awe-inspiring experience – the sight, the sound, the smell; the humbling feeling that you are witnessing one of nature's supreme masterpieces. No photograph can begin to depict the reality and nothing prepares you for your first sight.

The tour is conducted in the morning (approx. 3 hours). En route, you may be taken past the ‘Big Tree’, where you may stop and take photos. You will be accompanied through the rainforest by a qualified guide who will give a brief history of the falls themselves, as well as detailing the flora, fauna, bird and wildlife and other points of interest. Guides are also happy to assist travellers with photographs whilst visiting this most spectacular of waterfalls. Raincoats are provided when needed.

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Overnight: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 
Meals included: Breakfast

Today you will have the morning and early afternoon at leisure. In the late afternoon, you will be picked up and transferred to the jetty for a Zambezi Sundowner Cruise.

The Zambezi Sunset Cruise is a superb way to relax and enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Zambezi River. You may have the opportunity to see a variety of game; including hippo, crocodile and elephant as well as enjoy the many different bird species. The cruise includes finger snacks, beer, wine, local spirits and soft drinks.

Overnight: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Meals included: Breakfast

Today after breakfast you will check out of the lodge and be transferred to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg, South Africa. Upon arrival you will take the complimentary hotel shuttle to the hotel where you may enjoy an evening at leisure.

Overnight: Protea Hotel O.R Tambo Airport or similar, Johannesburg, South Africa
Meals included: Breakfast

Depart early today and travel onwards to your five-star safari lodge in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve (approx. 2.5-3 hours). Arrive in time for lunch followed by your first afternoon game drive.

Pilanesberg Game Reserve is set in the crater of a long extinct volcano, and ranks among the largest of the parks in South Africa. It’s situated within the transition zone between the dry Kalahari and the wetter Lowveld vegetation, commonly referred to as Bushveld. Unique overlaps of mammals, birds and vegetation occur because of this transition zone. The fascinating combination of geology, landscape and rainfall gives rise to different patterns of vegetation - wide open grasslands, steep hill slopes, rocky outcrops, wooded valleys, thickets and thickly wooded gorges. Pilanesberg accommodates virtually every mammal of southern Africa and is also home to healthy populations of lion, leopard, black and white rhino, elephant and buffalo. A wide variety of rare and common species exist here such as the nocturnal brown hyaena, the fleet-footed cheetah and the majestic sable. Bird watching is excellent with over 300 species recorded. 

Ivory Tree Game Lodge is a five-star game lodge located inside the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. The lodge’s thatched rooms are elegantly furnished with African themes and each comes with a patio, air-conditioning and en-suite bathroom with bath and shower. The main area consists of two lounges, a cocktail bar, dining room, outdoor pool and a fire pit. The safari lodge experience includes guided game drives in a 10-seater safari vehicle through the magnificent game reserve. Other activities offered in the surrounding area include archery, quad biking and bird watching (not included - available at extra cost).

Overnight: Ivory Tree Game Lodge, Pilanesberg Game Reserve, South Africa
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Begin the day with an early morning game drive through the reserve. Game drives are conducted in comfortable, open 4X4 Land Rovers accompanied by professional English speaking field rangers and trackers, ensuring an informative and detailed safari experience. Keep your cameras ready for some incredible photo opportunities. Return to the lodge mid-morning for breakfast and a little R&R before heading out again to spot more wildlife on an evening safari. Afterwards, wind down your evening with a few sundowners before dinner.

Overnight: Ivory Tree Game Lodge, Pilanesberg Game Reserve, South Africa
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Discover new and exciting areas of Pilanesberg Game Reserve and its diverse wildlife with another early morning and evening game drive.

Overnight: Ivory Tree Game Lodge, Pilanesberg Game Reserve, South Africa
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

After your final safari this morning and some breakfast, it’s time to check-out. You will be picked up and transferred to Pretoria where you will begin your luxury two night rail experience on board the famous Rovos Rail ‘Pride of Africa’ train in a Pullman Suite. The train will depart at approx. 3:00pm.

The Rovos Rail company operates two restored classic trains each with 20 renovated original coaches; some from before the 1920s! Each train accommodates a maximum of 72 passengers in luxury and style. The trains feature traditional authentic furnishings and classic decor with classic wooden panelling a feature throughout. Elegance and grandeur are evident throughout all the coaches and are matched by exceptional service and cuisine. 

Please note there is a dress code for Rovos Rail journey. Days on board are smart casual: Neat, conventional yet relatively informal in style combining casual and formal clothing pieces whilst evening attire is more formal: For gentlemen a jacket and tie is a minimum requirement while for ladies we suggest cocktail/evening dress.

Overnight: Rovos Rail’s Pride of Africa – (In chosen suite category)
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

Today enjoy the scenery as you travel to Kimberley. Breakfast is served between 7:00am and 9.45am. At approx. 10am you will arrive in Kimberley where you will board a bus for a guided tour of this historical city, including its Diamond Mine Museum and the extraordinary Big Hole on the outskirts of the city. Return to the train at around 12.30pm and enjoy lunch in the dining cars. Continue west onwards to Matjiesfontein this evening.

Overnight: Rovos Rail’s Pride of Africa - (In chosen suite category)
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This morning enjoy breakfast aboard the train until 10:00am. At approx. 8:00am there is a chance for guests to disembark the train at Whitehill Siding and walk the five kilometres into Matjiesfontein with a member of staff accompanying them.

Alternatively, at approx. 8.30am the train will arrive into the historic village of Matjiesfontein where you may enjoy a scenic stroll at leisure. Of special interest is the local museum on the platform and a collection of historic cars and railway carriages to the right of the Lord Milner Hotel. The train will depart Matjiesfontein at approx. 10:30am for Cape Town. You may enjoy lunch and afternoon tea before arriving at approx. 6:00pm. Upon arrival into Cape Town, you will be met and transferred to the hotel where you may enjoy an evening at leisure.

The Cape Milner is an oasis in Cape Town where you can enjoy modern comforts away from home. Situated in the trendy central suburb of Tamboerskloof at the foot of Table Mountain, The Cape Milner Hotel is close to the V&A Waterfront as well as the pristine white beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton. The Cape Milner Hotel is a 10-15 minute complimentary shuttle ride away to the V&A Waterfront and a short 5-10 minute drive/taxi to the pristine white beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton.

Overnight: Cape Milner Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

Enjoy a free day at leisure to experience the vibrant city of Cape Town. Alternatively, you can take part in an optional activity to see the highlights of Cape Town on a half day city tour (not included).

Optional Activity: Cape Town Half Day City Tour: $80 per person
Situated below Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head, Cape Town offers a rich cultural and industrial heritage, grand splendour and an assurance of activity & excitement. This optional tour is a geographical and cultural extravaganza, showing you Cape Town, from its historical beginnings to the dazzling, modern city it is today.

The tour commences with a visit to Table Mountain (weather permitting; cable car fee not included). Enjoy panoramic views over the Mother City and Robben Island in the distance lying sleepily in Table Bay harbour. In the heart of the city enjoy for a short walk through the Company Gardens. From squirrels to a variety of plant life, it’s just a happy place to soak up some ‘Cape Town vibes’ and enjoy the aviaries and fishponds. On the Wale Street end of the garden you will find a monument which was created to commemorate the life and work of Desmond Tutu – lovingly referred to by South Africans as “The Arch” and a tribute to the values of the South African Constitution. Arch for Arch was installed beside historic St. Georges Cathedral aka “People’s Cathedral” for its role in the resistance against apartheid. Step inside the Slave Lodge which explores the history of these unwilling immigrants and how they have contributed to the richness and diversity of South African history. As you drive through the city you shall get a feel for the cultural melting pot that it is. End the tour with a stop at Truth Café a ‘steampunk inspired’ artisan coffee shop serving all hand-roasted coffees in a vintage cast-iron drum (any meals for own account). Return to your hotel upon completion of the tour where you may enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Cape Milner Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa
Meals included: Breakfast

This awe-inspiring tour (approx. 9 hours) to the towering headland known as Cape Point encompasses magnificent beaches, breathtaking views, and picturesque coastal villages. The Cape Peninsula is one of the world's most scenic areas and stretches from the city centre all the way to Cape Point. In Simon’s Town you will stop for the chance to see penguins and enjoy some lunch (not included). On the way back you will also visit the beautiful Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Note: The drive via Chapman's Peak is subject to the road being open. Ou Kaapse Weg (mountain pass in Cape Town) will be used as an alternative route when necessary.

Overnight: Cape Milner Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa
Meals included: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day at leisure to experience the vibrant city of Cape Town. Alternatively, you can take part in an optional Cape Winelands Tour (not included).

Optional Activity: Full Day Cape Winelands Tour - $130 per person
This morning after breakfast depart on a full day Cape Winelands Tour. This delightful drive winds its way to the heart of the Cape Winelands, through superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads. Head to the heart of South Africa’s wine industry, Stellenbosch. Beautiful and culturally rich, the region is steeped in South African history. Walk down the canal-lined avenues, in the shade of giant oak trees and beautifully preserved historic buildings. Enjoy the first wine tasting of the day at the Waterford Estate or similar. Travel over the Helshoogte Pass to the town of Franschhoek, historically dating back to the 17th century when the French Huguenots arrived. Billed as the Gourmet Capital of South Africa, this charming town in a most picturesque valley retains a French Huguenot style. Enjoy a wine tasting before enjoying the fabled culinary skills of the Franschhoek chefs at one of the many award winning restaurants (lunch not included). Onward to Paarl, one of the Cape’s first farming districts. The town is set at the foot of the cluster of remarkable granite domes from which it takes its name. The last stop for the day is at a wine estate on the Paarl wine route. Return to the bustle of city life after an enthralling day in the countryside, arriving back at the hotel early evening.

Overnight: Cape Milner Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa
Meals included: Breakfast

Today depart Cape Town and travel along Route 62 to Barrydale for lunch (not included). Afterwards continue to Oudtshoorn – the ‘feather capital’ of the world. Visit a working ostrich farm for a guided tour. Afterwards check into the hotel in the late afternoon before enjoying dinner. 

Overnight Hlangana Lodge or similar, Oudtshoorn, South Africa
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

This morning enjoy a tour of the Cango Caves, a 20-million-year-old network of limestone chambers. You will also enjoy some time at leisure at the Knysna Waterfront before proceeding to The Crags near Plettenberg Bay. Here you will embark on an informative cruise up the Keurbooms River before arriving at the hotel where you will spend the following two nights. 

Overnight: Hog Hollow Country Lodge or similar, Plettenberg Bay Area, South Africa
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

After breakfast you will visit Birds of Eden – the largest free-flight bird aviary in the world. Next you will proceed to Bramon Wine Estate for a tasting followed by lunch (not included). Afterwards take the opportunity to take part in an optional Marine Encounter boat trip (weather and time permitting and at an additional cost) before returning to the lodge for the remainder of the afternoon at leisure before dinner. 

Overnight: Hog Hollow Country Lodge or similar, Plettenberg Bay Area, South Africa
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

Today journey along the final leg of the Garden Route to the beautiful Tsitsikamma National Park – ‘Garden of the Garden Route’. Enjoy a walk along the suspension bridge which crosses the Storms River Mouth Gorge and offers incredible views. Arrive into Port Elizabeth at approx. 6:00pm and enjoy the remainder of the evening at leisure.

Overnight: The Beach Hotel or similar, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Meals included: Breakfast

Today you will be transferred to Port Elizabeth Airport for your return flight back to Australia.


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Please note: some flights may arrive in Australia +1 day later.

Tour Inclusions

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  • Witness the awe-inspiring beauty of Victoria Falls
  • Stay at an awards winning Safari Lodge in Victoria falls
  • Look for hippos, crocodiles and elephants on a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River
  • Stay a night in Johannesburg, South Africa’s capital city
  • Go on safari within the magnificent Pilanesberg Game Reserve
  • Experience up to 6 safari game drives with qualified rangers
  • Search for elephants, rhinos, lions, buffalo and leopards in open air 4x4 vehicles
  • Travel on Rovos Rail’s luxurious ‘Pride of Africa’ train
  • Travel by rail to Kimberley in the Northern Cape Province
  • Visit the Diamond Mine Museum and Kimberley’s ‘big hole’
  • Discover the historical village of Matjiesfontein
  • Experience a full day Cape Peninsula Tour
  • Explore the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden
  • Visit Cape Nature Reserve and Simon’s Town Penguin Colony
  • Relax with 2 days at leisure in vibrant Cape Town
  • Return international flights (economy class) ex SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL/*PER
  • 1 x international flight (economy class): Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe to Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 3 nights 4-star accommodation at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls 
  • 4 nights 4-star accommodation at Cape Milner Hotel, Cape Town
  • 2 nights luxury rail experience on board Rovos Rail’s ‘Pride of Africa’
  • Stay in a beautiful Pullman Suite or Deluxe Suite, depending on your option chosen
  • 3 nights 5-star accommodation at Ivory Tree Game Lodge, Pilanesberg Game Reserve
  • 1 night 4-star accommodation in Johannesburg
  • Enjoy 23 meals including daily breakfast
  • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages while on the ‘Pride of Africa’
  • National Park entrance fees
  • English-speaking guides
  • Qualified safari field rangers and trackers
  • Airport taxes and surcharges
  • Transportation by private A/C vehicles
  • Transportation by open air 4x4 vehicles (safari drives)
  • Return airport transfers
    All of the 16 Package inclusions plus the following:
  • 4 nights accommodation in 4-star hotels and lodges
  • Enjoy 7 additional meals
  • Drive along South Africa’s iconic Garden Route
  • Travel Route 62 to Barrydale
  • Enjoy a guided tour of a working ostrich farm
  • Explore the limestone chmabers of Cango Caves on a guided tour
  • Stroll the Knysna Waterfront
  • Experience a cruise up the Keurbooms River
  • Visit Birds of Eden, the largest free flight bird aviary in the world
  • Enjoy a wine tasting at Bramon Wine Estate
  • Visit Tsitsikamma National Park - ‘The Garden of the Garden Route’

Important info

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After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of purchase.
 
Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
 
On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information. 
 
Please note: all additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant in AUD (unless otherwise stated).



Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 15th September 2020.
 
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share.
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement applies:
16 Day Package
- Pullman Suite: $2400
- Deluxe Suite: $2900
 
20 Day Package
- Pullman Suite: $2900
- Deluxe Suite: $3400
 
Departure Dates
16 Day Package
2019
October: 30
November: 14, 28*
 
2020
January: 9*, 14*, 16*
February: 11, 18, 20, 25
March: 5, 10, 26
April: 2*, 9*, 16*, 23*, 30
May: 7, 14, 21, 28
June: 4, 16, 25*
July: 5*, 12*, 19*
August: 6, 20, 27
September: 1, 3, 8, 10, 15*
 
20 Day Package
2019
November: 14, 28*
 
2020
January: 9*, 16*
February: 20
March: 5, 26
April: 2*, 9*, 16*, 23*, 30
May: 7, 14, 21, 28
June: 4, 25*
August: 6, 20, 27
September: 3, 10
 
Surcharges
Please note: dates/months with a * incur a flight high season surcharge of $300 per person.
 
Departure Cities
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or *Perth
 
Interstate Surcharges
*Perth: $150 per person



Full Service Airline(s) Used


South African Airways plus any codeshare partners (subject to availability).

Please note: One way flights can not be accommodated. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation. 

 

Arrive early in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
$200 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
- Arrive early is not available between 19th December 2019 – 3rd January 2020.
 
Stay behind in Cape Town, South Africa (16 Day Package only)
$200 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
- Stay behind is not available between 19th December 2019 – 3rd January 2020.
 
Stay behind in Port Elizabeth, South Africa (20 Day Package only)
$200 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- If you are interested in this stay behind option, please contact our friendly reservations team at TripADeal to make this booking and provide your preferred travel dates. This stay behind option is not available through the online check out.
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
- Stay behind is not available between 19th December 2019 – 3rd January 2020.
 
Stopover Packages
Not available.
 
Flight Class Upgrades
- Premium Economy: Not available.
- Business Class (Australia to Zimbabwe & South Africa to Australia sectors only): Buy now for $4999 per person
Please note: 
- All Premium Economy and Business Class upgrades are subject to availability (if we are not able to fulfill your business class request the upgrade cost will be refunded).
- On any upgrade purchase, short haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed in a Premium or Business cabin; subject to aircraft configuration.



Accommodation Used


16 Day Package

4-5 Star (self-rated)

- Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

- Johannesburg, South Africa: Protea Hotel O.R Tambo Airport or similar

- Pilanesberg Game Reserve, South Africa: Ivory Tree Game Lodge

- Rail: Rovaos Rail’s ‘Pride of Africa’ train

- Cape Town, South Africa: Cape Milner Hotel

 

20 Day Package

4 Star (Self-rated)

- Oudtshoorn, South Africa: Hlangana Lodge or similar

- Plettenberg Bay Area, South Africa: Hog Hollow Country Lodge or similar

- Port Elizabeth, South Africa: The Beach Hotel, Singa Town Lodge, Ibhayi Guest Lodge or similar

Please note: Accommodation/rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.

 

Extra Nights
Not available.
 
Maximum Room Capacity
2 people.
 
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children/infants 12 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
 
Triple Share
Not available.
 
Bedding Configuration
Twin Bedding or 1 Queen/King Bed (subject to availability).
Please note: twin bedding configuration in the Pullman Suite comes in the form of bunk beds.
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option.



Minimum group size 2, maximum group size 16 per vehicle.
 
Optional Tours / Activities
Day 12: Cape Town Half Day City Tour - $80 AUD per person
Day 14: Cape Winelands Tour - $130 AUD per person
Please note:
- prices are based on per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions.
- The optional tours listed above must be purchased on checkout or over the phone prior to submitting your passenger information form (subject to availability) 
- Some tours require minimum numbers to operate.



- Visa fees and requirements (A visa for South Africa is not required if travelling on an Australian passport but a visa is required for Zimbabwe - purchased on arrival into Victoria Falls)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary
- Optional gratuities/tipping
- Optional activities/tours
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (Mandatory)
Please note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised.



Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport New Baggage Restrictions
Effective 25 March 2019, the following new rules will apply to checked baggage:
- Only regular-shaped bags may be checked in. This means that the bags must have at least one flat surface to be accepted.
- Round or irregular-shaped bags will not be allowed.
- Bags with longs straps will not be allowed.
 
TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide: 
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group. 
 
Tour Leader: 
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined. 
  
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 
 
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
Victoria Falls:
In the area of Victoria Falls, the climate is sub-tropical, with a mild and dry winter from mid-May to mid-August (during which, however, nights are cold), and a hot, muggy and rainy summer from mid-November to mid-March. The rains occur in the form of downpours or thunderstorms. Between September and November, before the rainy season, there is a hot period, which is in fact the hottest of the year, with temperatures easily reaching 35°C, and sometimes up to 40°C, even though the humidity is not as high as in summer. October is the hottest month of the year. On the contrary, in winter, when during the day the weather is nice, the temperature at night may approach freezing (0°C). 
 
Johannesburg Area:
Johannesburg is situated on the highveld plateau, and has a subtropical highland climate. The city enjoys a sunny climate, with the summer months (October to April) characterised by hot days followed by afternoon thundershowers and cool evenings, and the winter months (May to September) by dry, sunny days followed by cold nights. Temperatures in Johannesburg are usually fairly mild due to the city's high elevation, with an average maximum daytime temperature in January of 25.6°C, dropping to an average maximum of around 16°C in June. The UV index for Johannesburg in summers is extreme, often reaching 14-16 due to the high elevation and proximity to the equator.
 
Cape Town: 
Cape Town has a Mediterranean-style climate: wet and cool winters, dry and warm summers. The annual average temperature in Cape Town is a delightful 17°C. Cape Town lies on the 34th latitude South, together with Casablanca, Los Angeles and Sydney.
 
FLIGHTS
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:
At TripADeal we do not arrange seat selection. It is important to highlight that some Airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the Airline directly with seating allocation requirements and or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the Airline once you have your flight information.
 
Passport Validity:
Customers are required to provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase, or no later than 45 days prior to departure date. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the booking. In this instance customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred.
 
ROVOS RAIL INFORMATION
Pullman Suites (7 m²) are equipped with a comfortable sofa-seat during the day, with a conversion to double or twin beds for the evening, and also have an en-suite bathroom with shower. The wood-panelled sleeper coaches, remodelled and refurbished to mint condition, offer every modern convenience and comfort. Please note twin bedding configuration in the Pullman Suite comes in the form of bunk beds.
 
Deluxe Suites (10 m²) accommodate two passengers in either twin or double beds and have a lounge area and en-suite bathroom with shower. The wood-panelled rebuilt sleeper coaches, remodelled and refurbished to mint condition, offer every modern convenience and comfort.
 
In both Pullman and Deluxe suites en-suite bathrooms, original fittings combine with the modern technology of hot showers, hair dryers and shaver plugs. The spacious suites offer passengers the opportunity to travel in privacy, comfort and luxury, with fittings and facilities that are of the highest standard. They are also equipped with a writing surface and a personal safe for valuables. There is also a bar fridge filled with beverages of the passengers’ choice and room service is available 24 hours a day.
 
Please note: There is a dress code for Rovos Rail journey. Days on board are smart casual: Neat, conventional yet relatively informal in style combining casual and formal clothing pieces whilst evening attire is more formal: For gentlemen a jacket and tie is a minimum requirement while for ladies we suggest cocktail/evening dress.
 
COACH TOUR
Meals:
23 meals are included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify TripADeal of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note; we will do our best to meet your requests/requirements, however cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
 
Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and off-loading of the luggage from the coach.
 
OTHER
Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile. 
Please note: a basic level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.
 
Yellow Fever:
A valid international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required in many countries. You may need to present this on arrival at the airport or border crossing. Some countries will refuse entry if you are unable to present your certificate. It's also quite common for your home country to request a Yellow Fever certificate on your arrival back home. It is your responsibility to check with your doctor well in advance of leaving home about the Yellow Fever requirements for the countries you'll be visiting.
 
Gratuities / Tipping:
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour and are optional and are at the customer's discretion.
 
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary will be adjusted to ensure you do not miss out on the experience. 
 
Shopping:
Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved.  If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all of your receipts. 
Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader.
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions in regards to shopping for further information.



South Africa


- A tourist visa is not required if travelling to South Africa on an Australian Passport.

 

Zimbabwe
- Passengers travelling on an Australian passport entering Zimbabwe for tourism purposes are required to pay for a single entry, 30-day visa on point of entry into Victoria Falls and costs $50 USD (subject to change). 
 
Please note: Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required. It is also important to note, some areas of employment such as journalism, government authorities and charity organisations may have additional restrictions in applying for Visas. This may in turn affect the type of application required.



We are proud to offer a range of travel insurance products - please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.



Voluntary Changes


This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.

 

·       1st Change - $100.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·       2nd Change - $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·       Subsequent changes - $250.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·       Changes within 30 days of departure $350.00 person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·       Changes within 14 days of departure $500.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

 

Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
·       If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.
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