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Majestic Africa and the Train on the Bridge

Uncover the enthralling history and culture of Africa

From £ per person


Delve into South Africa's enticing cuisine and world-class wines, catch a glimpse of rare and wonderful wildlife in some of the world's most celebrated safari spots, and wake up to unparalleled views across Kruger National Park, with a stay in the one-of-a-kind Kruger Shalati: The Train on the Bridge.

The maximum group number for this tour will be capped at 20, allowing for a more intimate, personal experience.

The itinerary for your journey
Tour highlights

What’s included

Days 1-2 - London Heathrow and Cape Town
Cape Town at Sunset

After meeting your Tour Manager and group at London Heathrow, we fly to Johannesburg, arriving on Day 2 and boarding an internal flight to Cape Town, and our base for the next 2 nights. This evening, we head to a local restaurant to delve into the sounds, rhythms, and tastes of South Africa. We learn about the traditional djembe drum during a private drumming session before sitting down to a 14-course feast. South African cuisine is diverse and delicious, with the hearty, farm-style food of early Africana settlers brought to life with Malay and Indian spices.

Days 3-4 - Cape Town and the Franschhoek and Stellenbosch Valleys
Bo-Kaap

Today we visit Bo-Kaap. Perched above the city, this eccentric neighbourhood is also known as the Malay Quarter and is a treasure trove of culture and heritage, with its rainbow-hued houses and distinctive cuisine. We uncover its secrets on a 'cooking safari', with a stroll through the historic centre, a visit to the Bo-Kaap Museum, and a cooking workshop after which we enjoy eating the fruits of our labour. After lunch, we visit Table Mountain (weather permitting), which on a clear day, boasts spectacular views across the city, waterfront, and Cape Peninsula. We continue to the Shimansky Jewellery Showroom. Here, we are given a fascinating insight into South Africa's diamond heritage and have the opportunity to polish diamonds ourselves before ending our day with a delicious wine, whiskey, or gin tasting.

We spend Day 4 immersing ourselves in one of South Africa's most famous exports, exploring the beautiful winelands which surround the capital. First, we visit Franschhoek Valley, where we board the charming wine tram. This is a unique way to soak up the verdant surroundings of one of Africa's most renowned wine regions and we pause twice on our journey to sample some world-class wines. We continue to Stellenbosch where we enjoy lunch at a local wine estate, followed by a tasting of locally produced wines.

Days 5-6 - Kruger National Park and the Train on the Bridge
Kruger National Park

Leaving South Africa's capital today, we fly to Skukuza in Kruger National Park. Here, we check into our unique hotel for 2 nights, the Kruger Shalati 'Train on the Bridge', the world's first elevated train-hotel. Occupying a permanent position on the historic Selati Bridge overlooking the Sabie River, the hotel boasts unparalleled views across Kruger National Park and it is possible to see wildlife including elephants, hippos, and crocodiles bathing in the waters below.

This afternoon we embark on a game drive in Kruger National Park, one of the world's largest and most celebrated game reserves. With an incredible range of rare wildlife to be spotted here, including the fabled 'Big 5' - lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and cape buffalo - a safari through these awe-inspiring landscapes is a truly unforgettable experience.

Day 6 presents further opportunity for wildlife-spotting, as we enjoy a morning and afternoon game drive through the bush plains, savannah, and tropical forests that make up the park. The rest of the day is at leisure to soak up the unique luxury of our suspended train-hotel.

Day 7 - Zambia and a sunset cruise
Zambezi River

Today, we bid farewell to Kruger and transfer to Mpumalanga airport for our flight to Zambia. Our hotel here is the 5-Star Royal Livingstone Hotel, close to the mighty Victoria Falls - the magnificent waterfall that straddles the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. This evening, we set sail on a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River, giving us the chance to admire the majestic African sunset as it casts a golden glow across the beautiful waters.

Day 8 - Victoria Falls and the Royal Livingstone Express
Victoria Falls

We explore 'the smoke that thunders' today on a tour which takes us to the best vantage points surrounding Victoria Falls, including 'Knife Edge Bridge', boasting breathtaking views across the main gorge. We continue to nearby Livingstone Museum, the oldest museum in Zambia, for a fascinating insight into local history before joining the Royal Livingstone Express. On board this restored steam train, we step back in time to a romantic era of rail travel, enjoying a fine dining experience like no other. Travelling through the stunning surrounds of the Zambezi Valley in opulent Pullman-style coaches, we are treated to dinner, accompanied by delicious local wines.

Days 9-11 - Livingstone and London Heathrow
Zambia - Royal Livingstone Hotel

You are at leisure today to soak up the beautiful surroundings of our hotel. This evening, we experience an important part of African bush culture with a farewell Boma dinner, sitting down to traditional Zimbabwean cuisine before taking in some lively entertainment. On Day 10, we transfer to the airport for our overnight flight back to London Heathrow, via Johannesburg, arriving on Day 11.

Departure Dates

All prices are per person and assume full occupancy of the room.
Please always refer to the website for up-to-date prices and availability.

Trains
Royal Livingstone Express
Royal Livingstone Express

Journey back in time to a romantic age of steam rail travel at its finest, with a journey on the elegant Royal Livingstone Express. This nostalgic steam train has been lovingly restored, with Pullman-style carriages decorated in sumptuous leather, teak, and brass. Sit back and relax on board as we enjoy with a delicious dinner, paired with local wines, while admiring the ever-changing landscapes from the windows. The journey is one of spectacular natural beauty; travelling from Livingstone, the train winds its way through Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and the Zambezi River Valley, where it is possible to catch a glimpse of animals including wild giraffe and zebras. A highlight comes as the train crosses the Victoria Falls Bridge, delivering views of one of the world's most stunning waterfalls.

Hotels
Twelve Apostles Hotel, Cape Town
Twelve Apostles Hotel

In Cape Town we check into the award-winning 5-Star Twelve Apostles Hotel. Located a short walk away from Oudekraal Beach, this boutique establishment sits between UNESCO-listed Table Mountain and the Apostles mountain range. The light and comfortable rooms all include amenities such as a television, climate control, complimentary water, tea & coffee-making facilities, and complimentary Wi-Fi. The hotel also offers ample opportunity for comfort and leisure, with two restaurants, a bar, a lounge, a spa offering fabulous massage treatments (payable locally), and a private cinema with film showings five times a day.

Sun Grand Dunhuang, Dunhuang
Sun Grand Dunhuang, Dunhuang

The 4-Star Dunhuang Grand Sun Hotel is perfectly located in the heart of downtown Dunhuang, a major stop on the ancient Silk Road. On-site, guests will find a bar and restaurant, as well as free Wi-Fi throughout. All comfortable guest rooms are well equipped and come with a minibar, flat-screen television, and air-conditioning.

Royal Livingstone Hotel, Zambia
Royal Livingstone Hotel, Zambia

The 5-Star Royal Livingstone Hotel in Zambia offers stylish accommodation close to the majestic Zambezi River, and offers direct access to the mighty Victoria Falls. Wildlife wander freely around the sweeping grounds of the hotel, and it is possible to see animals including zebra. Rooms all come with views across the garden or river, a private balcony or veranda, and complimentary Wi-Fi. The hotel also boasts a stylish bar which sits in a scenic spot overlooking the river.

Upgrades

We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!

Flight upgrades
Flight upgrades

Flight upgrades are available. Please see the information regarding the types of upgrades offered by the various airlines we use in the Add-ons section of 'Things you should know' or call us for details.

London Hotels
London hotels

Spending a night in London before your tour can make such a difference to the first day of your holiday - you can arrive in the capital in good time, relaxed and ready to join your Tour Manager the next morning. You may even want to take in a show on the West End, or dine in one of London's famous restaurants. Perhaps on your return to London, you would like to break your journey with an overnight stay before continuing home.

We are able to book a wide range of hotels in central London or, for our holidays beginning with a flight, at Heathrow, Gatwick or Manchester Airport for the night before or after your holiday. The hotels listed below are some of the more popular hotels our customers book in Central London, others are available on request.

Hotel       Room Rate From Price 
The Ambassador Hotel      From £65 per person

Above prices are approximate, subject to availability, and per room per night based on two people sharing. If you require a quote for single occupancy at any of the hotels please contact us on 01904 734 805. 

UK rail connections
UK train tickets

Buying tickets for UK train services can be a tricky business - there are so many fares to choose from, each with different rules and restrictions. As you are connecting with an international departure, we strongly recommend that you book a fully flexible ticket to ensure that should the departure times for your holiday change, your rail ticket can allow for these changes.

We can book fully-flexible UK rail tickets from your local station to join your holiday whether this be a European holiday from St Pancras or a UK holiday. The prices are competitive and tickets are not restricted to a particular train or time of day, and in most cases offer you a free choice of routes.

For an up to date quote from your local station, please ask one of our Tour Advisors.

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