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Kruger to the Cape by Blue Train

11 days from £3178 per person

Your diverse South Africa adventure combines an exciting safari experience in Kruger National Park, with the world famous Blue Train and a city break in captivating Cape Town. You will traverse through varied landscapes, spot wildlife, be wined and dined and get a real feel for the laid-back South African lifestyle. Starting your holiday in Kruger National Park, home to the big five and many more wonderful wildlife species, your knowledgeable ranger will provide you with plenty of insight about how these fascinating animals live. After spending a night in Pretoria, you will board the elegant Blue Train where you will reside in the utmost luxury for the next 27 hours, Cape Town bound. Enjoy the impressive services, fine dining and comfort of this unforgettable 5 star experience as you journey through the diamond mining region, Great Karoo desert and the impressive winelands. Upon arrival in the cosmopolitan cool Cape Town, explore the rich history, vibrant culture and take in the iconic sights that will leave you wanting to return time after time!

Route: Johannesburg – Kruger National Park – Pretoria – Blue Train – Cape Town

Itinerary Highlights

From your upscale game lodge, embark on morning and evening drives into Kruger National Parks vast plains in search of the ‘Big 5’ and other wildlife that roam the area.

Watch ever-changing sceneries unfold outside your window as you glide through South Africa on-board the prestigious Blue Train, an unparalleled fusion of luxury and elegance.

Cape Town is a fantastic destination in its own right as it offers a dynamic blend of spectacular scenery, rich history, world-class attractions and a mouth-watering variety of cuisines.

Itinerary: Kruger to the Cape by Blue Train

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international overnight flight to Johannesburg. (N)
On arrival in Johannesburg, you will check in to your onward flight to Hoedspruit. Upon arrival in Hoedspruit, you will be met by your private driver who will transfer you to the exquisite Moditlo River Lodge located in the heart of the Blue Canyon Conservancy in Kruger National Park (journey time approximately 45 minutes). After you have settled into your rustic yet luxurious lodge, relax awhile before you embark on your first game drive this afternoon. Enjoy dinner at the lodge this evening. (D)
Accommodation in Kruger National Park: Moditlo River Lodge (or similar)
Upgrade option: Lukimbi Safari Lodge (or similar) 
Wake up early this morning to join a morning game drive where you will go out in search of the big five. After a morning of roaming around the verdant plains, a hearty breakfast awaits you. After a light lunch at midday you will meet your ranger and depart on another unforgettable game drive. You might choose to eat dinner under the stars at the game reserves open air boma this evening. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Kruger National Park: Moditlo River Lodge (or similar)
Upgrade option: Lukimbi Safari Lodge (or similar) 
Today you will spend another day on safari. You may choose to join in on a guided bush walk to see some of the game reserves smaller wildlife who live amongst the larger animals at the foot of the Drakensberg mountain range. (B,L,D)
Accommodation in Kruger National Park: Moditlo River Lodge (or similar)
Upgrade option: Lukimbi Safari Lodge (or similar)
Wake up early again today for your last game drive at Moditlo River Lodge. After breakfast you will be met and transferred by a private driver to Hoedspruit airport for your short flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival you will met and transferred by a private driver to your hotel in Pretoria (journey time approximately 1 hour). This afternoon you might decide to explore some of the iconic sites in Pretoria, such as the Voortrekker monument or Church Square, which is surrounded by imposing public buildings. (B)
Accommodation in Pretoria: Court Classique Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: Castello di Monte (or similar)
A breakfast ‘to go’ has been arranged for your early morning departure today. You will be transferred to Pretoria train station by private driver where you will board the graceful Blue Train.  The next 27 hours will be spent on-board this impressive train as it travels through South Africa’s diverse countryside. Sit back and relax in the vintage cabins as you enjoy fine-dining, an impeccable 5 star service and ornate cabins with smooth jazz playing softly in the background. This afternoon the train will pull into the famous diamond town, Kimberly, providing you an opportunity to learn more about the diamond rush days. Enjoy dinner on board the train this evening. (B/L/D)
Accommodation: On-board the Blue Train
Breakfast and lunch will be served on-board today as you continue to pass through the South-African countryside. The train will roll into Cape Town train station this afternoon, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel by a private driver. The rest of the day is free for you to relax at leisure or explore the city. You might choose to take a stroll along the Victoria & Albert Waterfront, home to a variety of shops, bars and restaurants overlooking the glistening harbour. (B/L)
Accommodation in Cape Town: Cape Milner Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: Ellerman House (or similar)
This morning you might decide to take the ferry over to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent the majority of his prison sentence. This afternoon you could take a rotating cable cart to the summit of Table Mountain where you can enjoy breath-taking panoramic views over the city. (B)
Accommodation in Cape Town: Cape Milner Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: Ellerman House (or similar)
Today you might choose to embark on a tour of the Cape Peninsular, an area of exceptional natural beauty that has a large ecological presence.  From Cape Town you will pass through famed suburbs, idyllic fishing villages and impressive viewpoints as you make your way to the Cape Point. For the last evening of your holiday, you might decide to have a delicious dinner at one of the premium restaurants located along the Victoria and Albert waterfront. (B)
Accommodation in Cape Town: Cape Milner Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: Ellerman House (or similar)
Today is free for you to explore or relax using the hotels facilities until you are collected and transferred to the airport by private car for your overnight flight back to the UK. (B)
Today you will arrive back into the UK, where you will continue on your journey home. (N)
**KEY: N = No meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

What To Do Next?

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What's included

  • International flights from the UK
  • Domestic flights
  • Train travel as specified
  • Wildlife viewing with local naturalist
  • Hotel accommodation and taxes
  • Private transfers as specified

What's not included

  • Cost of visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Meals unless specified

Guide to Price

The above price is based on two people travelling together and sharing accommodation in low season. The price is only a guide and can vary according to selected airlines, hotels and date of travel. If you wish to travel with your family, friends or on your own we will be very happy to assist you with your arrangements.

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