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South Africa Safari and Victoria Falls Holiday
A safari holiday in South Africa is one of the most traditional safari destinations. With the Kruger Reserves and Cape Town to explore this type of safari holiday has plenty to offer. Luxury safaris of this nature are suited to first time safaris and family safaris and they are best crafted by a specialist operator who will listen to your ideas and apply their knowledge. Safari holidays in Africa are an exceptional experience, one to never be forgotten.
Days 1 to 4 Cape Grace Hotel, Cape Town
On arrival into Cape Town International Airport your luxury safari vacation will be commence when you are privately transferred to the Cape Grace Hotel where you stay for four nights. The Cape Grace is a classic boutique hotel perfect for a South Africa holiday start point. The hotel is set on its own private quay on Cape Town’s vibrant Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, with the yacht marina on the one side, the working harbour on the other and Table Mountain as a backdrop. It has a private guest library, an outdoor heated swimming pool and terrace and the Spa is themed around exotic spices and African tradition.
The Signal Restaurant serves Cape cuisine that is fresh and innovative while the ever popular Bascule whisky, wine & cocktail bar houses over 400 whiskies from around the world and an impressive selection of the finest Cape wines. There are 121 luxury rooms and suites, each with its own unique décor which marries modern style with traditional Cape culture using hand painted fabrics and custom made metal, glass and leather items. All the rooms have wireless internet connectivity, mini bars and fresh milk with the coffee and tea stations as well as special touches of fresh flowers and personally selected books. Enjoy a Cape Orientation and Wine Tasting experience which is offered by the highly qualified team at the hotel, relax at the pool, or fill your days with the many activities and high lights of the area. Situated between Robben Island and Table Mountain in the heart of Cape Town's working harbour, the V&A Waterfront has become one of South Africa's most visited destinations.
Since 1988, the harbour is continually undergoing changes, with the redevelopment of land and the restoration of buildings surrounding the original Victoria & Alfred Basins, creating a mix of shopping and entertainment venues, intermingled with imaginative office locations, world-class hotels and luxury apartments in the residential marina. Aside from the myriad of shops, restaurants and bars, there is a more cultural side to the Waterfront, focused around the historic Clock Tower, which was the original Port Captain's Office in 1882 and part of a collection of well preserved turn of the century buildings. It is near here that the ferries depart for Robben Island (from the Nelson Mandela Gateway), while the Two Oceans Aquarium is a short walk from here. With ferries and boats continuously on the go, Cape Fur Seals playing in the harbour water, and a mix of both locals and international visitors, the Waterfront is a wonderful place to soak up some typical Cape Town vibe.
Days 5 and 6 - Rovos Rail, Cape Town to Pretoria (South Africa)In the morning you will be met and privately transferred from the Cape Grace to Cape Town Station where you board the Rovos Rail Train departing at 11:00 to Pretoria, arriving into Capital Park Station at 12:00 on Monday, travelling in a Pullman Suite. The Rovos Rail recaptures the romantic atmosphere of a bygone era and the mystery of Africa in a relaxed, elegant fashion. The exquisite dining cars are the signature of these trains, known to serve fine cuisine in ultimate Victorian luxury while the picturesque scenery of Southern Africa unfolds beyond the windows. Traditional furnishings and period décor ensure an atmosphere of elegance and grandeur in the lounge and observation cars. The two lovingly restored ‘Pride of Africa’ trains can accommodate 72 guests in 36 superbly appointed suites, which are among the most spacious luxury train suites available, featuring Edwardian finishes coupled with modern conveniences. All the suites are air-conditioned and have personal safes, bar fridges and hairdryers. The twin or double configurations of the suites accommodate two people and the Royal and Deluxe Suites even have space for boast private lounge areas. The Pullman and Deluxe Suites have en-suite bathrooms with showers, while the Royal Suites boast full en-suite bathrooms with Victorian baths and separate showers.
Notice the impeccable attention to detail as you step aboard the wood-panelled coaches, which combine the opulence of pre-war travel with subtle modern innovations. The trains travel slower than usual, taking time to make interesting stops for walks, game drives and tours, all professionally operated to ensure an excellent and most memorable experience.
Relax in the comfortable pre-departure lounge in preparation to step on board the “Pride of Africa” for its scheduled 11h00 departure from Cape Town. Socialize in the observation car as the train winds through the scenic areas of Touws River, De Doorns and Worcester through the four tunnels of the Hex River Pass. The train makes a stop in the historic village of Matjiesfontein. Enjoy excellent company and cuisine before retiring to your luxury accommodation for the night.
The train makes an interesting stop in Kimberley, allowing plenty of time for you to visit the “Big Hole” and the Diamond Museum. Dinner is served as the train continues its journey through Bloemhof, Leeudoringstad and Klerksdorp.
The train forges on at a relaxing pace, passing through Krugersdorp, Johannesburg and Germiston, arriving at Centurion where the Rovos locomotive takes over and steams the train into Capital Park, Pretoria at around 12h00 noon.
Day 7 - Intercontinental Hotel, JohannesburgOn arrival into Capital Park Station, you will be met and privately transferred to Johannesburg where you stay at the Intercontinental Hotel for one night in a standard room (including breakfast).
Intercontinental Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport is a modern and upscale hotel conveniently situated within walking distance of the terminal buildings at Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport. African artefacts adorn the walls of the lobby and the lounge, welcoming visitors to the diversity of the continent. The signature restaurant, Quills, serves indulging authentic African cuisine and is aptly named after the 18-metre long porcupine quill mobile which is suspended from the ceiling, spanning the entire length of the restaurant. The smoking lounge and a modern business centre are situated on the ground floor, while the top floor houses the health and fitness centre with its fully equipped gym, health spa and an indoor heated swimming pool, all with views of the Johannesburg skyline. The hotel has 2 presidential suites, 26 executive rooms and 110 king or twin leisure rooms. All the rooms are air-conditioned with safes, satellite television, telephones, mini-bars, tea/coffee making facilities and a trouser press. The en-suite bathrooms offer bath robes and slippers. The rooms are warmed by plush carpeting, earthy tones and dark woods and the windows have black-out curtains and double glazing to halt the exterior noise and light. The hotel offers special features for travellers which include 24 hour service, free unlimited Wi-Fi connectivity, flight-friendly menus, in-room flight information and quick check-in.
Days 8 to 10 - Dulini Private Game Lodge, Sabi Sand ReserveIn the morning, make your way back across to the terminal where you board the scheduled Federal Air shuttle to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve where you will commence the safari element of your Luxury South Africa Holiday. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to Dulini Private Game Lodge where you stay for three nights (including meals, drinks, scheduled activities and nature walks). Dulini Safari Lodge is located in the Exeter Private Game Reserve in the north western section of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, on the banks of the perennial Sand and Mabrak Rivers. The elegant yet casual thatched guest area is filled with classic sofas, interesting African sculptures and warm sandy hues around an ornate stone fireplace. This luxury safari lodge is spread under a leafy canopy of ebony trees and meals are often served under their shade, within the picturesque grounds. The traditional boma is a festive dining place, while the candlelit wine cellar is perfect for intimate dinners. The six spacious stone cottages have huge windows allowing game viewing from the bed and the dark wood accents in the décor enhance the natural surroundings. All the rooms are air-conditioned, the sitting areas have mini bars and the en-suite bathrooms boast hair dryers, outdoor showers and free standing bath tubs positioned at the windows. The cottages open out to private viewing decks and rock-lined plunge pools overlooking the river bed.
The Sabi Sands Game Reserve is a 65 000 hectare reserve, pioneered by the landowners in the 1950’s, when the internal fences were dropped and a shared environmental management programme was put in place. Today, many of these families are now third and fourth generation land owners, their legacy being the successful conservation of the highest density of big game in South Africa. Even though there is a 50km unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park, the game in the Sabi Sands reserve is well habituated resulting in unforgettable close encounters and prolific sightings, particularly of the elusive leopard. The Sabi and the Sand Rivers run through the reserve, which add further dimension to the bio-diversity of this area.
Days 11 to 13 - Royal Livingston Hotel, Victoria Falls
In the morning you will be transferred to Skukuza Airport where you board a charter flight departing at 12:00 to Livingstone. On arrival at 15:10 you will be met and transferred to The Royal Livingstone Hotel where you stay for three nights in a luxury room (including breakfast).
The Royal Livingstone Hotel is located immediately upstream from the Victoria Falls, on the forested banks of the great Zambezi River in Zambia. This hotel epitomises the regal stature of a bygone era, with the main section being a sequence of double volume thatch roofed buildings housing large and elegant lounges, bars and shaded verandas of authentic Colonial furnishings.
The sparkling Victorian swimming pool visually links the river with the terraces of the hotel, and there is a sweeping timber deck jutting into the swirling water of the Zambezi.
The 173 luxurious rooms and suites are spread out along the river’s edge under indigenous trees with rolling lawns. The seventeen two-storey colonial-style buildings each house a cluster of rooms which are tastefully decorated in the soft earth tones of the bushveld, creating truly romantic retreats. All the rooms are air conditioned and have satellite television, electronic safe, hairdryer, mini-bar, telephone and tea and coffee making facilities. The en-suite bathrooms have free standing Victorian baths and oversized showers and all the rooms have private balconies or terraces with spectacular views of the Zambezi River.
The completion of the Victoria Falls bridge gave birth to the city of Livingstone in 1905. The town prospered as the gateway to trade between the north and south sides of the Zambezi. A number of colonial buildings were erected, which still stand today, creating an atmospheric welcome to travellers using Livingstone as an entry point to explore this beautiful region. Be sure to experience the Victoria Falls on foot or by air, catch up on the local history at the Livingstone Museum as well as the Railway Museum, shop at the extensive craft markets, get active with white water rafting, sport fishing and kayaking, or relax and enjoy unforgettable African sunsets on a river cruise.
Day 14 - Johannesburg OR Tambo International AirportIn the morning you will be transferred back to Livingstone Airport where you board the scheduled South Africa Airways flight departing at 13:15 to Johannesburg. On arrival at 15:05 you continue with your own international arrangements.