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Take The Train

• Sabi Sand • Pretoria • Blue Train • Cape Town
The Sabi Sand Regin of the Kruger National Park is well known for its unrivalles Leopard sightings which allow for truly dramatic photographic opportunities.

The Blue Train, a palace on wheels was withdrawn from service during World War 2, extensively refurbished and modernized and now defines a new era of luxury travel.

SUMMARY:

Day Location Accommodation Meal Plan
Day 1 Johannesburg Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge Full board
Day 2 Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge Full board
Day 3 Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge Full board
Day 4 Pretoria Pretoria Bed & Breakfast
Day 5 Cape Town Blue Train Full Board
Day 6 Cape Town The Taj Bed & Breakfast
Day 7 Cape Town The Taj Bed & Breakfast
Day 8 Cape Town The Taj Bed & breakfast
Day 9 Cape Town The Taj Bed & Breakfast
Day 10 Cape Town Departure  

YOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1 - 3 : ARRIVE SABI SAND PRIVATE GAME RESERVE
Begin your luxurious journey with a light aircraft flight into the famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve, undoubtedly the most exclusive private game reserve in South Africa.  Sabi Sabi Game Reserve has always been known for its breathtaking wildlife encounters. Their quiet approach and the respect with which they conduct their safaris have ensured that guests get up close and exclusive with Africa’s amazing animals, enabling enthusiasts to take stunning photographs. Capturing safari experiences on camera has always been an integral part of the Sabi Sabi experience and the new digital age has made it easier for everyone to try their hand at taking the perfect picture. The Sabi Sabi Photo Safari offers guests the unique experience of being guided, by a professional photographer, through the intricacies of getting the very best out of a camera and of how to take that perfect, once in a lifetime, wildlife picture.

DAY 4 : SABI SANDS PRIVATE GAME RESERVE – PRETORIA
After four days of turn of the century elegance with personalized safari luxury, you’ll bid farewell, leaving by light aircraft to arrive into Pretoria. Pretoria is popularly known as The Jacaranda City due to the thousands of Jacaranda trees planted in its streets, parks and gardens.  Explore this city steeped in history including the Voortrekker Monument, Church Square and the Union Buildings, the site of the emotionally charged scene which played out at Nelson Mandela’s joyful inauguration as president in 1994.

DAY 5 : BLUE TRAIN  
The Pretoria Station is your departure point for your luxurious Blue Train to journey from Pretoria to Cape Town. En route to Cape Town there is a stopover and excursion in Kimberley, where you take a step back in time to the days of the diamond rush.  The Blue Train is the perfect way to explore South Africa’s beautiful countryside and rich heritage – the ultimate indulgence that will create memories to last a lifetime.  Butlers, silver trays, welcoming cocktails… Luxury takes on a new dimension with The Blue Train.

DAY 6 : ARRIVE CAPE TOWN
Welcome to Cape Town, affectionately known as the Mother City!  You have a day at leisure and we recommend that you visit the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront where you can explore the many boutique stores, watch the ships, liners and yachts or grab a bite to eat at one of the many great restaurants available.  For breathtaking panoramic views of Cape Town, take the aerial route on the cable car to the top of Table Mountain.

DAY 7 – 9 : EXPLORE CAPE TOWN
The full day Cape Peninsula will take you along the Atlantic seaboard via Hout Bay, to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and its scenic viewing point.  You’ll stop at Boulders Beach to see the African penguins, and then travel through the naval port of Simon’s Town.  Simon’s Town is situated in False Bay and is rich in history, character and atmosphere.  Alternatively, take a full day trip to the Cape Winelands.  This is a day of tranquillity and beauty in Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch in the Cape Winelands.  You’ll get to experience the rich historical and cultural heritage while sampling wines of merit at local well known wine estates.

DAY 10 : DEPART CAPE TOWN
Today once you have had breakfast and checked out, you will be transferred to Cape Town International Airport for your onward flight home.

Notes & Specials:

  • Luxury Better When Shared Value Add: Luxury Better when Shared Value Add: book 1 night on board the Blue Train between Pretoria and Cape Town or v.v. and receive 1 complimentary nights accommodation (bed, breakfast and transfers between the hotel and the station) at either The Westin OR at the Taj Hotel in Cape Town plus a complimentary transfer from the station to the hotel

INCLUSIONS

  • Silver Meet & greet on arrival at O.R Tambo International Airport
  • 3 Nights fly in SAbi Sabi Bush Lodge – Includes a return flight from O.R Tambo to Sabi Sabi, luxury accommodation for 3 nights, daily open Land Rover safaris by day and at night to see Africa’s big game accompanied by qualified rangers and Shangaan trackers, environmental awareness walking safaris, full breakfast, lunch and boma dinner, sundowner drinks, selected beverages, South African house wines and local taxes.
  • Private one way transfer from O.R Tambo International Airport to your hotel in Pretoria
  • Private One way transfer from hotel to Pretoria Station
  • 1 night aboard the Blue Train, Deluxe room – All meals, high tea, drinks (alcoholic and non – alcoholic) and off-train excursions.
  • Complimentary one way transfer from Cape Town Station to your hotel
  • 4 Nights at The Taj, luxury city view
  • Private Full Day Winelands Tour
  • Private Full Day Peninsular Tour
  • Private One Way transfer from your hotel to Cape Town International Airport
  •  24 hours stand-by contact number.                         

EXCLUSIONS

  • All items of personal nature e.g. telephone call bills, fax/email bills etc. Tips and gratuities to hotel staff and driver- guide(s).  Budget approx. $ 2.00 – $ 4.00 per person per day for lodge and hotel staff, $ 1.00 per bag for porters and $ 5.00 - $ 10.00 per person per day for driver-guides).
  • Cellar wines, premium brands, curio shop purchases, spa treatments and laundry
  • International & Domestic flight and departure taxes.
  • Laundry services.
  • Any other item(s) not included in our itinerary.
  • Visa fees
  • Yellow Fever Certificates – Mandatory for entry
 

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