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15 day itinerary from
£ 5695
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South Africa Rovos Journey

Step back in time for a luxury rail journey through the ever-changing landscapes of South Africa

Experience the best of the wonderful landscapes of South Africa and step back in time for a luxury rail journey. This is the perfect holiday for first time visitors to South Africa, as well as those wanting to experience something different.

Our multi centre holiday brings you the best of South Africa, with Kruger National Park first on your list. Steeped in history, soak up the romance of the African landscapes and look out for over 500 bird species and 150 mammals. Next, a brief visit to Johannesburg before boarding the iconic Rovos Rail train, which will take you through the interior landscapes of the country. Stop off to discover the heritage of local villages and explore historic mines before reaching Cape Town. Finish your journey with a visit to the world famous wine regions of Franschhoek and Stellenbosch before spending a few days in Africa’s most cosmopolitan city, Cape Town.

At a glance

  • Visit South Africa’s Greater Kruger and discover its diverse wildlife
  • Take an iconic rail journey through the landscapes of South Africa
  • Try some of the world’s most exquisite wines
  • Explore the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town

Interested in this holiday? To book or for more information, call our Trusted Advisers on 01293 762400*.

Suggested Trip Itinerary
Day
Destination
Travel Time (approx.)
Days 1 & 2
London to Greater Kruger
15 hours
Days 3 & 4
Enjoy the Greater Kruger
Day 5
Fly to Johannesburg
1 hour
Day 6
Board the Rovos train
Day 7
Stop at Kimberley
Day 8
Travel to Franschhoek
Day 9
Explore the wineries
Day 10
Relax in Franschhoek
Day 11
Tour of Cape Town
Day 12
Enjoy the views of Cape Town
Day 13
Immerse yourself into the culture of Cape Town
Days 14 & 15
Return home from your holiday
11 hours 30 minutes
Days 1 & 2 : London to Greater Kruger

Day 1

Fly from London to Johannesburg International Airport.

Day 2

On arrival in Johannesburg connect with your onward flight to the Greater Kruger. 

A transfer will take you on the short drive to your chosen lodge. Enjoy a welcome drink and a warm South African reception on arrival. Depending on your flight arrival time there should be time to go for a game drive in the evening. 

Your stay In Dulini or Sabi Sabi is inclusive of all meals, with a wide selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, and game drives and other activities. 

Sovereign recommended hotels

The Dulini Collection, Sabi Sands Game Reserve

South Africa, Kruger National Park

Shaded by ancient native trees and with Kruger National Park bordering one side and views over Mabrak River to the other, the Dulini Collection is a relaxing lodge in the heart of the wilderness. Chic, luxury interiors combine with natural exteriors and thatched roofs to offer a natural feel with all the amenities you need. 

Sabi Sabi Game Reserve

South Africa, Greater Kruger National Park

Voted in the National Geographic’s top Unique Lodges of the World, each of Sabi Sabi’s lodges is located in the heart of the bush. Explore the incredible surrounding landscapes with two game drives per day and a bush walk to help you appreciate the minutiae of this unique natural ecosystem. 
Days 3 & 4 : Enjoy the Greater Kruger

Enjoy two days on safari in the Greater Kruger area. A typical day will include early morning and afternoon game drives in an open 4x4 vehicle. It is at these times of day that the wildlife is most active and your chance of seeing game is at its best. The drives will take you through the bushveld, with opportunities to see some of the incredible animals which are unique to Africa. During the heat of the day you have the opportunity to relax by the pool before heading off again, usually mid-afternoon, returning to the comforts of your lodge in time for dinner after you have enjoyed Sundowners in the bush. 

 

Day 5 : Fly to Johannesburg
Depending on the time of your flight there may be time for a morning game drive before you check out of the lodge. 

Transfer to the airport and fly to Johannesburg before transferring to your hotel in the city.  On arrival you can explore Sandton’s shopping and entertainment centre or relax in your hotel.
 
Sovereign recommended hotels

The Maslow

South Africa, Sandton

Located in Sandton, Johannesburg, the four star Maslow offers a contemporary restaurant and bar. There is a swimming pool and spa with a range of signature Africology treatments on offer for those wanting to relax and unwind. Each of the 281 rooms has chic, modern décor and comfortable amenities. 

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa

South Africa, Sandton

A boutique five star hotel set in stunning landscaped gardens Fairlawns provides intimate, personal service. Each of the rooms is individually decorated in Eastern or French style with modern amenities, while there are three restaurants to choose from, as well as a champagne bar. The spa is ideal for those wanting to relax with a treatment or massage. 
Day 6 : Board the Rovos train
A transfer will take you to Capital Park in Pretoria, which is Rovos’ private train station. You will be welcomed and briefed in the station’s comfortable lounge before boarding the train.  For those of you interested in railways, the yard where Rovos house the trains, maintain and re construct the carriages may be of interest as well as some of its residents, including peacocks.

Check in to either your Pullman or Deluxe Suites, each of which are cabins cleverly designed to maximise the space.

Pullman suites are designed with upper and lower berths, or a small lower double berth that converts to a couch during the day. Deluxe suites are larger, with fixed lower double or twin berths and the addition of two chairs and a desk. All of the cabins are air conditioned and have private shower rooms and each carriage has a personal attendant who will discretely make up your cabin while you are at breakfast and dinner. There are many small touches that make a stay aboard Rovos akin to staying in a luxury hotel.  

Enjoy fine cuisine of three and four courses in the dining car, accompanied by South African wines of note as you watch the stunning landscapes go by. 

Your journey usually begins under steam power, before travelling through Pretoria and the suburbs of Johannesburg 
 
Day 7 : Stop at Kimberley
Today most of your journey is through the enigmatic landscapes of the Karoo and includes a stop in historic Kimberley, which is home to the world famous De Beers diamond company. Gaze into the deep jade waters of the famous Big Hole, an open pit which once was an open cast diamond mine during the diamond rush of the 1800s, before visiting the Kimberley Mine Museum. See the huge variety of diamonds cut from the mines and learn about the town’s significance in South Africa’s history. 
Day 8 : Travel to Franschhoek
Enjoy a stop at the historic village of Matjiesfontein where you can stroll through the main street and admire the historic buildings of days gone by. Take in the imperial architecture with its grand facades and colonial interiors, ride the Old London Bus and visit the extraordinary collection in the museum. 

Journey through Touws River, which is sandwiched between the Outeniqua Mountains and offers a glimpse of the fertile farming valleys of South Africa’s famous Garden Route. Nestled in a verdant valley, meander past the town of Worcester, neat rows of vineyards and an undulating mountainous backdrop before arriving in Cape Town in the early evening.

A transfer will take you from the train station to your chosen hotel in Franschhoek. 
 
Sovereign recommended hotels

Le Franschhoek Hotel

South Africa, Franschhoek

Take in the stunning views over the winelands and mountains, tastefully decorated interiors and a spa. Enjoy fine dining and a selection of bars during your stay with careful attention paid to every detail and a choice of 79 rooms or 18 private villas. 

Leeu House Hotel

South Africa, Franschhoek

Experience the best of Franschhoek, with luxury hospitality, chic interiors decorated with local art, gourmet cuisine and an extensive wine list. This boutique hotel has 12 rooms with views over the winelands and a cottage for those requiring more privacy. If you want to fully relax there is also an onsite spa. 
Day 9 : Explore the wineries
Spend the morning in historic Stellenbosch and its surrounding vineyards. Dating all the way back to 1679 this charming town is home to famous Cape Dutch architecture, with streets lined with oak trees providing idyllic, picturesque scenes. Inspired by the meeting of African and European heritage the town is a foodie’s paradise, with restaurants and cafés on every street and three of South Africa’s top 10 restaurants in the area. 

Visit one of the wineries and your sommelier will take you through the different varieties available. Each of the wineries has something unique to offer, with dreamy gardens, rugged backdrops, rich soils and many other variants influencing the diverse flavours in each harvest. 

Later, head back to Franschhoek where you can choose to sample the difference between the two areas’ wines over a delicious dinner. Choose to dine in your hotel, try one of the acclaimed restaurants in the town, or visit a winery a little way out of the town.  
Day 10 : Relax in Franschhoek
Franschhoek, or “French Corner” in Afrikaans, is known throughout the world for its fantastic wines and gourmet restaurants. European and African cultures, cuisines and influences combine to create a charming small town surrounded by well known wineries and home to some great restaurants.

Nestled between mountains on three sides, spend your days here exploring vineyards and wineries, learning from master sommeliers and tasting celebrated wines. Choose your own itinerary or experience the carefully curated selections of wineries visited by the Wine Tram tour. 

If wine is not your thing simply enjoy the relaxed and slow paced atmosphere of the town and unwind by the pool or in the Spa.
 
Day 11 : Tour of Cape Town
A private transfer will take you from your hotel in Franschhoek to your hotel in Cape Town via the beautiful Cape Peninsula and its coastal roads. 

From the Peninsula you can see where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. From here you can also stop off at the top sights in the area, including Simon’s Town. A historic maritime suburb of Cape Town the charming buildings will take you back to days gone by. Next stop is Boulders’ Beach, where ancient granite boulders protect the sand from the wind and provide naturally calm swimming areas. As a Protected Area the beaches are clean and home to penguins who bask in the sun and waddle back to the sea where they dive for fish. Continue to Cape Town along the famous Chapmans Peak Drive and through Camps Bay.
Sovereign recommended hotels

The Table Bay Hotel

South Africa, Cape Town

In the heart of the V&A Waterside area, Table Bay is an iconic hotel boasting historic architecture and world class standards in service, dining and amenities. Enjoy views of Table Mountain or the Atlantic Ocean from your room and the ultimate in five star luxury. 

One&Only Cape Town

South Africa, Cape Town

A fantastic location on the V&A Waterfront and striking, modern interiors with luxury facilities and elegant finishing touches make this the ideal place to relax or explore. A private spa island and world class cuisine add the finishing touches. 
Day 12 : Enjoy the views of Cape Town
Enjoy a morning tour of Africa’s most iconic city, Cape Town, and Table Mountain which is thought to be one of the oldest mountains in the world. 

Ride the cable car to the top of Table Mountain (weather permitting) and enjoy unrivaled views over the city and harbour, the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding wilderness. Next, explore the brightly coloured houses of Bo-Kaap, which is the Malaysian Quarter, and leads up to pretty Signal Hill. 
Day 13 : Immerse yourself into the culture of Cape Town

Spend the day enjoying the sights of Cape Town on your own. Visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and immerse yourself in the stunning flora and fauna native to South Africa. Enjoy spectacular views from one of the many world class golf courses or visit one of the unique museums which you will find peppered throughout the city.

If you prefer to spend the day relaxing the V&A Waterfront is home to a variety of bars and restaurants serving fine wines and gourmet dishes, perfect for al fresco dining. Take a boat trip to Robben Island and spend hours immersed in the heritage and culture of this captivating country or book a sunset cruise. Alternatively, simply relax by your hotel’s pool or enjoy a massage.

Days 14 & 15 : Return home from your holiday
Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to London arriving the next morning. 
Sovereign Recommends

Extend your holiday – Two additional nights in Cape Town

Spend an extra two nights in vibrant Cape Town and give yourself the chance to take in more of the many sights and attractions. Head to the beaches along the Atlantic Ocean or take in the world of the Townships on an organised tour. Head back to your favourite wine region or indulge in some retail therapy. There are plenty of opportunities to find wonderful antiques and boutique items in Cape Town itself, as well as Simon’s Town. 

Alternatively, try some of the adventurous activities available, such as sky diving or cage diving with sharks. With great white sharks in the surrounding oceans this is a fantastic opportunity to get up close to these incredible creatures.


Extend your holiday and visit Mauritius for 5 nights

Mauritius is a sub-tropical destination, romantic retreat and cultural paradise that has it all. Famously home to white powdery sands and crystal clear waters, it’s the ideal location if you want to enjoy a truly relaxing end to your holiday. Spend your days relaxing by the swimming pool, ordering cocktails, snacks and meals straight to your lounger and making the most of the luxury facilities on offer in one of our carefully selected hotels. Both hotel options also have a spa where you can fully indulge with treatments and massages.

If you prefer to keep active there are lots of water sports to try during your stay. Discover the many colourful and exotic fish with snorkelling or scuba diving trips, or hit the waves with sailing, paddle boarding, kayaking, windsurfing and more or for something more sedate take a sunset cruise. 
 
Shangri-La Le Touessrok Resort and Spa
Cosying up to Mauritius’ eastern coast is picture-perfect beach town Trou d’eau Douce – that’s ‘sweet water hole’ to you and me. It’s got a laid-back, old-school feel away from Mauritius’ larger resorts. 
One&Only Le Saint Geran
Boasting the pearly white sands and cerulean waters Mauritius is so famous for, the little village of Belle Mare has relaxed beach holidays sorted.

Interested in this holiday? To book or for more information, call our Trusted Advisers on 01293 762400*.

Holiday includes
  • Flights to and from the UK
  • All transfers and internal flights as detailed in the itinerary
  • 10 night’s accommodation in a hotel or lodge (3 nights full board and 7 nights bed & breakfast)
  • 2 night’s accommodation on board the Rovos Train
  • Game drives as stated in the itinerary
  • Park fees
  • Half-day tour of Stellenbosch vineyards
  • Full day Cape Town Peninsula Tour
  • Half-day Cape Town city tour
Holiday does not include
  • Meals and drinks (unless specified)
  • Entrance fee for Table Mountain cable car (approx. R300 per person)

Places you will explore during your Safari holiday

Greater Kruger
Greater Kruger, which contains Kruger National Park, is one of the best safari areas in Africa. It’s the ideal place for first time safari goers, as well as those who have been before. You’re almost guaranteed to see the Big 5, which consists of elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhino. Those who have been on safari before will appreciate the opportunity to see the larger animals, as well as learning about the hundreds of creatures that help to make up the ecosystem of Kruger National Park. 

Each of the lodges in our hand-picked selection are renowned for their expert rangers who will guide you through this fascinating landscape in open 4x4 vehicles. Here you can learn about the history and ecosystems of the area as you take in the views before retiring to your luxury lodge and its comfortable amenities. 

Franschhoek
Franschhoek is home to some of the world’s best vineyards and wineries. Catch a glimpse of the manicured rows of vines in the valley from the rugged mountains before descending to sample some of the continent’s best wines. Founded by former French citizens in 1688 the village retains much of its original charm, while gourmet dining combining European and African influences can be found along its main street. 

Book the wine tram and enjoy a full day of hop on hop off vineyard tours; allowing you to explore at your own pace. Here you can taste wines and listen to world class sommeliers explaining the flavours, methods and grapes in each unique yield. The town itself is made up of one main street full of cafés, restaurants, bistros and boutique shops, perfect for exploring.  

Cape Town
Whether you love outdoor activities and pursuits against a backdrop of beautiful landscapes or you prefer to explore the city Cape Town is full of options. Steeped in history, culture and activities your days will soon fill up with once in a lifetime adventures. 

Take a tour through the top spots of the city and hike to the top of Table Mountain before soaking in the romance of the historic V&A waterside. Walk to Bo-Kaap and wander through the colourful houses of the Malay Quarter before continuing up Signal Hill for sunset views over the city and Table Mountain. Watch as the light and cloud formations play on this iconic mountain and create myriad colours and views. 

The Pride of Africa

Rovos Rail

Travel in the style of the 1940s aboard the privately owned Rovos Rail. Rohan Vos has personally re-created stylish interiors and modern comfort with the atmosphere of a bygone era (no personal mobiles or tablets are allowed in public areas and dress for dinner please) where comfortable cabins are complemented with a cosy lounge and library car, seating, lamp lit dining cars and a bar car with a unique open air observation deck. Your journey is inclusive of all meals and drinks – the bar open until the last guest goes to bed, and off-train visits. 


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