A luxurious 16-day African
Marvel at the striking variety of the Namibian landscapes - from its colonial cities to the mighty Sossusvlei and the magnificent Etosha National Park. Our rail tour features a luxurious journey on the Pride of Africa train, on which you will discover South Africa and experience its fascinating history.
- Swakopmund and Windhoek
- Okapuka Game Drive
- The Sossusvlei
- Kimberley and the Big Hole
- Franschhoek and Stellenbosch
- The Pride of Africa
- Etosha National Park
- Fish River Canyon
- Pretoria and the Voortrekker Monument
Day 1-2 - Cape Town
We depart London on a flight to Cape Town, arriving on the morning of Day 2. We enjoy a guided tour of Cape Town, taking in the main sights, after which we transfer to the 5-star Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront for three nights, superbly overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. After time to freshen up, we head out again to make the cable ascent of Table Mountain to enjoy panoramic views of the city.
Day 3 - Cape of Good Hope and Boulders Bay
Today we travel to Cape Point on the Cape of Good Hope, at the south-western tip of Africa. At Cape Point we take the Flying Dutchman funicular railway up to a vantage point to admire the awe-inspiring views. Later we travel along False Bay via Simon's Town naval base to Boulders Beach. The beach has a number of small inlets created by giant granite boulders and is home to a colony of African Penguins, the only indigenous penguin on the entire continent, which can be viewed from only a few metres away. (B)
Day 4 - Franschhoek and Stellenbosch Vineyards
Our excursion today takes us to two of South Africa's finest and most famous wine producing areas, the Franschhoek and Stellenbosch valleys, which gives us the opportunity to sample some of the local wines during a tasting session. (B).
Day 5 - To Walvis Bay and Swakopmund
After a relaxed start to the day, we take a short flight from Cape Town to Walvis Bay on Namibia's Skeleton Coast. Home to a variety of rare sea birds, Walvis Bay is a very important coastal wetland and busy port. On arrival we transfer to Swakopmund, a coastal town characterised by well-preserved examples of German colonial architecture. We spend one night at the Swakopmund Hotel. (B)
Day 6 - The Pride of Africa
Today we board our luxury train - the Pride of Africa. After settling into your cabin, perhaps relax in the Lounge car or the Observation carriage at the rear of the train as it leaves Swakopmund. Tonight we celebrate the beginning of our rail journey with a welcome dinner on board. (B, L, D)
Day 7 Ð Windhoek and Okapuka
This morning we arrive in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, set in a beautiful valley bordered by the Eros and Auas Mountains. Here we visit the railway museum, then enjoy a guided tour of the city. We then head to the Okapuka Game Lodge, where we have lunch before the first game drive. After plenty of time to spot the abundant wildlife, we return to the Pride of Africa. (B, L, D)
Day 8-9 - Etosha National Park and Sossusvlei
Today we leave the Pride of Africa and take a short flight to the 5-star Kempinski Mokuti Lodge, located at the gateway to the Etosha National Park. Etosha, meaning "Great White Place", is one of Southern Africa's finest Game reserves, home to Africa's most celebrated wildlife, including elephants, giraffes, rhinos, lions and cheetahs. We stay overnight at the lodge, allowing us to enjoy the contrasts of afternoon and early morning game drives. After the game drive on Day 9 we fly to Sossusvlei, a huge salt and clay pan enclosed by giant sand dunes, which is Namibia's most famous landmark. Tonight we are treated to a desert drive and a bush dinner. We stay at the Sossusvlei Lodge tonight. (Day 8-B,L,D; Day 9-B,L,D)
Day 10 - Sossusvlei
We begin the day with an excursion into the desert, which gives us chance to view Sossusvlei at its very best, when the colours are strong and constantly changing. During the excursion we have breakfast and are afforded some truly superb photo opportunities. We then fly back to Windhoek and rejoin the Pride of Africa. (B,L,D)
Day 11 - Keetmanshoop and the Fish River Canyon
Day 12 - Into South Africa
Day 13 Ð Kimberley's Big Hole
Day 14 - Pretoria
Day 15-16 - Return to London
(B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner
Departure dates and price
Depart 30th April 2013, prices from £7690 per person based on two people sharing a double/twin room. Single room price available on request, price will also be subject to a single supplement fee.
- 7 nights' hotel accommodation with breakfast each day
- 6 nights on the Pride of Africa in a twin or double Pullman Suite, including all meals with wine and drinks, and a free minibar in your cabin
- Guided tour of Cape Town, and visit to Table Mountain
- Trip to Cape of Good Hope and Boulders Bay
- Excursion to Franschhoek and Stellenbosch vineyards and a guided tour of Windhoek
- Game drives in Okapuka and Etosha National Park
- Visit to the Sossusvlei and Fish River Canyon
- Tours of Keetmanshoop and Upington
- Visit to Kimberley and the 'Big Hole' museum
- Excursion to the Voortrekker Monument
- During the Namibian and the Pride of Africa holiday, porterage is included throughout. At hotels, porters will collect your luggage from the coach and ensure it is delivered to your hotel room and from your room to the coach on departure.
- On the Pride of Africa train, porterage is included throughout. When you arrive at the departure station, porters will take your cases from the coach and deliver them to your cabin. When you disembark the train on conclusion of the journey, porters will ensure your luggage is taken from your cabin to the waiting coach.
- The services of a professional Tour Manager throughout
Pride of Africa
We are served by an enthusiastic team of chefs who use fresh, local ingredients to create authentic regional cuisine. The train stops around midnight every evening for six hours to provide a peaceful atmosphere for you to enjoy a good night's sleep.
The suites on board the Pride of Africa are the epitome of luxury. We include accommodation in the Pullman Suites, equipped with a comfortable sofa by day, which converts to double or twin beds at night. They feature an en suite bathroom with shower, shaver plug and hairdryer, writing table, personal safe for valuables and a bar fridge filled with beverages.
Upgrades to Deluxe Suites and Royal Suites are available. Deluxe Suites are larger than Pullman Suites and include a lounge area. The spacious and elegant Royal Suites, each of which takes up half a carriage, have their own private lounge area and a full bathroom with Victorian bath and separate shower.
Upgrade to a deluxe suite on the Pride of Africa
Upgrade from the Pullman Suite (included) to a twin or double Deluxe Suite on board the Pride of Africa.
Deluxe Suites accommodate two people in either a double or twin beds. They feature an en suite bathroom with shower, shaver plug and hairdryer, writing table, personal safe for valuables and a bar filled with beverages of the passengers' choice. The Deluxe Suites are larger than the Pullman Suites and have a lounge area.
From £1,795 per person based on 2 sharing (only available for twin occupancy)
Flight upgrades are available. Please contact us for up to the minute offers.
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