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14-day Victoria Falls & South Africa Tour & the Blue Train - includes return airfares!

Vic Falls + Big 5 + Blue Train

This package includes the best Africa has to offer! See the majestic Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, go on safari in Pilanesberg National Park, then relax on the luxurious Blue Train before spending time in Cape Town!

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$7,995PP
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DURATION
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13 nights
WHAT'S INCLUDED
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About this holiday

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Gaze in awe at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe - one of the 7 natural wonders of the world

Gaze in awe at Victoria Falls - one of the 7 natural wonders of the world -then enjoy a sundowner drink as you drift slowly down the magical Zambezi River. As the sun starts to set, watch the elephants come down to the river to drink and wash as well as the hippos relaxing and playing in the river.

Come face to face with Africa's Big 5 on morning and afternoon game drives in the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park before boarding your luxury train to Cape Town. You will be treated like royalty as you meander your way southwards through South Africa in your rolling five star hotel. At the end of your journey, a prize almost as good as the journey itself awaits you - the 'Mother City' of South Africa, Cape Town.

Inclusions

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Price Includes:

  • Return economy class flights ex Sydney
  • Applicable taxes*
  • 2 nights Batonka Guest House,Victoria Falls
  • 1 night Johannesburg
  • 3 nights Ivory Tree Game Lodge, Pilanesberg National Park
  • Luxurious 2-night train journey
  • 3 nights Cape Milner Hotel, Cape Town
  • Airport transfers
  • 20 meals
  • 10 game viewing activities
  • Zambezi River Sunset cruise, Victoria Falls
  • Half-Day City & Table Mountain Tour, Cape Town

Price Excludes:

  • Travel insurance
  • Optional touring and activities
  • Meals other than mentioned in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as telephone calls and laundry
  • Gratuities
  • Visas
  • Drinks

*subject to change

PLEASE NOTE: This itinerary can be taken using either the blue train or Rovos rail depending on availability and departure schedules 

Accommodation

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You'll stay at the Batonka Guest Lodge in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Your accommodation includes the following properties (or similiar):

  • Batonka Guest Lodge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • Peermont Metcourt Hotel at EmperorsPalace, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • aha Ivory Tree Game Lodge, Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa
  • Rovos Rail train journey
  • The Cape Milner Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa

Travel dates

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* Price subject to availability, until further notice. Surcharges may apply, subject to availability of the class required for the domestic sectors. Prices base don departures from Sydney

This tour departs daily 01 Jan-31 Dec 2020 dependent on rail departures (minimum 2 passengers required):

  • Twin share - from $7995 per person*
  • Sole use - dependent on departure date.* Please enquire for more information.

Call our Australian travel team on 1300 414 198 to book your South African holiday.

Why not extend your stay and see more of Africa? We can assist with booking accommodation and tours and arrange your travel insurance.

Itinerary

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DAY 1 : OVERNIGHT TRAVEL (In-flight meals)

Depart Australia on your South African Airways overnight flight to Johannesburg via Perth

DAYS 2 - 3 : VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE (B)

On arrival in Johannesburg, please make your way through the transit area and check-in for your flight to Victoria Falls where you will be met on arrival by your transfer driver who will take you to your hotel for your 2-night stay.

During your stay in Victoria Falls, a relaxing sunset cruise on the Zambezi river is included in your tour price. There are many other exciting activities on offer in Victoria Falls - please ask us about your sightseeing options.

DAY 4 : JOHANNESBURG (B)

This morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg. On arrival in Johannesburg, please connect with your complimentary shuttle to the Emperor's Palace Hotel complex and check in to your hotel for your overnight stay.

DAYS 5 - 7 : PILANESBERG NATIONAL PARK (All meals)

This morning, you will be met at your hotel by your transfer driver who will drive you to Ivory Tree Lodge in the Pilanesberg National Park for your 3-night stay. Your stay includes all meals and twice-daily game viewing activities.

DAY 8 : ROVOS RAIL (All meals)

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Pretoria Station where you'll check-in and board your luxury train for your 2-night journey to Cape Town. Your rail journey includes all meals and drinks whilst onboard

15:00 Depart Rovos Rail Station, Pretoria. Travel across the goldfields of the Witwatersrand. Guests may freshen up in their suites before joining fellow travellers in the Lounge Car or Observation Car at the rear of the train.

19:00 Dinner is served in the Dining Cars. Guests enjoy post-dinner drinks, cognacs and Cuban cigars in the Club Car before retiring to bed. (Please Note: Dinner is an elegant affair. Gentlemen are requested to at least wear a jacket/waistcoat and ladies elegant evening wear). 

Overnight on board. Dress: Formal

DAY 9 : ROVOS RAIL (All meals)

07:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 09:45.

09:30 A shallow lake appears on the right-hand side of the train where, on most occasions, there are spectacular flocks of approx 23,000 Lesser Flamingos.

09:45 Arrive in Kimberley. Disembark for a tour of the city, Diamond Mine Museum and the Big Hole.

12:30 Depart Kimberley for the southbound journey to Cape Town.

13:00 Lunch is served in the Dining Cars.

16:30 High Tea is served in the Lounge Car and Observation Car at the rear of the train.

19:30 Dinner is served in the Dining Cars. Guests enjoy post-dinner drinks, cognacs and Cuban cigars in the Club Car before retiring to bed. (Please Note: Dinner is an elegant affair. Gentlemen are requested to at least wear a jacket/waistcoat and ladies elegant evening wear). 

Overnight on board. Dress: Formal

DAYS 10 - 12 : CAPE TOWN (B)

07:00 Breakfast is served in the Dining Cars until 10:00.

08:00 There is a chance for guests to disembark the train at Whitehill Siding and walk the 5km into Matjiesfontein. A member of staff will accompany the group. Comfortable walking shoes are essential.

08:25 Disembark at Matjiesfontein for an opportunity to stroll through the historic village. Of special interest is the Museum on the platform and a collection of historic cars and railway carriages to the right of the Lord Milner Hotel.

10:30 Depart Matjiesfontein

12:00 The train arrives at the first of four tunnels on the pass. The first tunnel is 13.5km long, so guests are to be careful when walking through the train and may wish to turn on necessary lights.

13:00 Lunch is served in the Dining Cars. The train climbs approx 750m down the escarpment through the Hex River Valley.

16:30 Tea is served in the Lounge Car and Observation Car at the rear of the train.

18:00 Your journey ends when the train arrives at Cape Town Station (Platform 24).

You will be met on arrival at Cape Town Station and transferred to your hotel for your 3-night stay, which includes breakfast daily.

On the morning of Day 11, you will be met at your hotel by your guide who will take you on a half-day city and Table Mountain tour in Cape Town. You have one leisure day in Cape Town to do some shopping or explore the region on the many available optional activities (additional expense)

DAY 13 : OVERNIGHT FLIGHT TO AUSTRALIA (B)

After breakfast and check out, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Australia via Johannesburg and Perth.

DAY 14 : ARRIVE HOME

Arrival in Australia.

Questions

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Before you travel, you will receive detailed pre-departure documents, including a range of information on your packing, destination and trip details.

Passports and Visas

Your passport should have at least 6 blank pages and be valid for at least six months after the end of your holiday. It is advisable to allow at least one blank page for each country to be visited. Visas are your responsibility: Please check Visa requirements with the Consular office of each country you will be visiting. You should allow plenty of time for obtaining necessary Visas as requirements do vary from time to time.

Vaccinations

Please consult your doctor or immunisation centre for the relevant vaccination requirements for the countries to which you will be travelling. Please note however, that Yellow Fever vaccination is compulsory for some African countries.

Tipping and gratuities

It is customary to tip in Africa. We suggest the following as a guideline: - $US1.00 per bag for porters, 10 percent for taxi drivers and waiters and approx. $US10.00-20.00 per day for guides and game rangers. Although all tips and gratuities are dependent upon the level of service provided, tipping the local drivers, staff and guides is always appreciated. Also bear in mind that local African people will appreciate gifts that you may normally dispose of at the end of your safari — food, clothing, towels and of course, pens, paper, pencils and hats are very popular with the local children.

Money

It is advisable to bring spending money in cash, in either $US or Rand, in a variety of denominations. Credit cards can be used in some places and so can be a useful resource. However, credit cards should not be relied upon as a main source of funds as there are many places where cards cannot be used (especially for cash advances).

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Fine print

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Travel at 60 and supplier booking conditions apply.

*Price is subject to airfares at time of booking. Surcharges may apply due to availability of flight classes. Prices correct as at 01 May2019 but may fluctuate due to surcharges, fees, taxes, air class availability or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Packages may be withdrawn without notice. Gratuities, vaccinations, visas & travel insurance are not included.

 A non-refundable deposit of 30% is required to secure a reservation and final payment is due no later than 90 days prior to departure.

^Conservation Levy and Park Fees subject to change without notice. Please check prices, availability & other information with your travel consultant before booking.

PLEASE NOTE: This itinerary can be taken using either the blue train or Rovos rail depending on availability and departure schedules 

Rovos Rail Disclaimer: Excursions may be changed according to schedule achieved. Times are approximate and cannot be guaranteed. Please check with the Train Manager or [email protected] for any updates or changes to the itinerary. In your suite you will find the Journeys magazine that features articles of interest related to the route.