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Tour Details

On this popular iconic journey, celebrate your love for each other, create your own little world where only you and your significant other exist and go home with memories that will last a lifetime.
Start with a visit to the internationally acclaimed Cape Winelands. Visit a number of award-winning wineries, meet local winemakers, sip some of South Africa’s best wines, learn about the art of making wine and see some of the finest examples of old Cape Dutch Architecture in the country.
Then move to Cape Town, one of the world’s most beautiful cities in the world and a top international destination, offering an all-in-one adventure with beautiful beaches, breath-taking landscapes, mouth-watering cuisine and a cultural heritage spanning more than 300 years.
Leaving Cape town and the Winelands behind, board onto the Luxury Rovos Rail for an epic 15-day train journey through South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania. Then round this trip off with a beautiful beach stay in Zanzibar taking time to reflect and wishing the experience never ends.

Summary of your Trip
  • 2 Nights Grande Provence (Franschhoek - Cape Winelands) | South Africa
  • 3 Nights Queen Victoria Hotel & Manor House (Cape Town) |South Africa
  • 14 Nights Rovos Rail | South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania
  • 5 Nights Chuini Zanzibar Beach Lodge (Zanzibar) | Tanzania
  • (This package is based on a Special Offer of STAY 7 PAY 4 with 2 nights free in Cape Town and Zanzibar)
Price Includes
  • Accommodation and meals as specified
  • Road transfers as detailed in the itinerary
  • Service of an English-speaking driver-guide in Cape Town
  • All scheduled safari activities as per the itinerary
  • Standard bar drinks premium brands a board Rovos Rail only
  • Two free nights (one in Cape Town and another one in Zanzibar)
Price Excludes
  • International and Regional Flights
  • Entry visas
  • Gratuities
  • Drinks at all hotels in South Africa
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Additional activities not included as scheduled at hotels & a board Rovos Rail
  • Spa treatments
Itinerary

Day 1 - 2Cape Town to the Winelands

Arrive in Cape Town and be whisked away by your private chauffeur to Grande Provence where you will be spending the next 2 nights in the romantic Angels Suite at The Owner’s Cottage.
Franschhoek is widely known as South Africa’s food and wine capital and boasts a vast selection of world-class restaurants and wine farms amongst them Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate, a Luxury 325-year wine Estate Boutique Hotel sets in the magnificent Franschhoek Valley in South Africa’s Western Cape. Its lush vines spread across 47 acres with gentle vistas over the valley floor, with the rugged mountains beyond. This is heartland South African wine country at its very finest. Located just one-hour drive away from Cape Town, the Boutique Hotel offers the perfect base from which to explore the Winelands.
Capturing the essence of the heritage of this gracious Estate, are Grande Provence’s new owners and design team. The honest simplicity of its Cape Dutch architecture, in harmony with the precision and clarity of modern design, brings new pièce de résistance to the Franschhoek valley.

Room Type: Honeymoon Angels Suite
Meal Basis: Bed and Breakfast; a complimentary bottle of award-winning Grande Provence wine and wine tasting at the estate ….

After 3 days in the best breath-taking wine village in South Africa enjoying the gentle vistas over the Franschhoek valley, it is time to move to the” Mother City “where adventure awaits.

Day 3Cape Town

This morning you will be collected by your private chauffeur and transferred to Cape Town. Accommodation is at The Queen Victoria Hotel & Manor House in a Deluxe room on Bed & Breakfast and ensuite bathroom.
The Queen Victoria Hotel in Cape Town is located at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and
guests can enjoy all the facilities the area has to offer, without the frenetic pace of this busy area.
It is “the best-value five-star hotel in the Waterfront, a two-minute walk from its pedestrian pleasures, yet set back on peaceful Portswood Ridge. What sets this unique five-star boutique hotel apart is its position. Located in a quiet courtyard, you are both within the V&A Waterfront but ever so slightly removed from the frenetic hustle and bustle.
The charming Queen Vic overlooks the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. This five-star boutique hotel combines a classic, elegant design with contemporary decor, which aims at creating a haven of peace and tranquillity for every guest.
The hotel offers the ultimate in luxury, through a variety of suites and rooms. Each room reflects the design and offers views of either the harbour or the iconic Mountain views, as well as providing guests with minibar and pampering amenities.
Every effort has been made to ensure that the 35-room Queen Victoria Hotel is a haven of calm, luxury, and understated opulence.
The rest of your day is at leisure.

The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront situated between Robben Island and Table Mountain in the heart of Cape Town’s working harbour is South Africa’s most-visited destination. It boasts the highest rate of foreign tourists of any attraction in the country. The 123-hectare property is where exciting shopping and entertainment venues are intermingled with imaginative office locations, world-class hotels and luxury apartments in the residential marina. We invite you to discover the experience… live, work, shop and play at the V&A Waterfront. It offers something to every visitor be it adults or children.

Room Type: Deluxe room
Meal Basis: Bed and Breakfast

Day 4Half Day City Tour and Robben Island

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be collected by your local guide for a private Half Day Table Mountain and City Tour.
Summit the legendary Table Mountain (the cableway ticket is not included as the mountain visit is weather depending) before visiting the country’s oldest building, The Castle of Good Hope followed by the Company Gardens, both historically fascinating and well conserved. Sense the depth of history as you drive past Parliament Buildings, City Hall and the Slave Lodge before moving up the cobblestoned hills to the Malay Quarter to marvel at the ice-cream colours of the quaint Bo-Kaap homes. Finally, trace the moves of a professional diamond cutter as he creates every girl’s dream stone.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Cable car to the summit of Table Mountain (own account and weather permitting); The Castle; The Company Gardens; Parliament Buildings, City Hall and the Slave Lodge; Malay Quarter,
Diamond cutter visit. In the Afternoon embark on a Robben Island Tour.

Robben Island—where most of Mandela’s 27-year prison sentence was served—was a place of isolation for nearly 300 years, housing many political prisoners and serving as both a lunatic asylum and leper colony. Today, the island remains a tangible symbol of political freedom and a reminder of the difficult road to South African democracy. Read on to learn more about how to visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Board the Robben Island ferry and enjoy spectacular views of Cape Town and Table Mountain as you sail across the bay to this island which is so full of history. Once you reach the island you will be given a guided tour and see the prison cell that held Nelson Mandela captive for so many years. Robben Island ferry departs from the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront. Departure times are generally at 9h00, 11h00, 13h00 and 15h00.

Back from Robben Island, connect with your guide. Spend some time at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and have dinner.

Room Type: Deluxe room
Meal Basis: Bed and Breakfast

Day 5Full Day Cape Peninsula

After Breakfast, you will be picked up at your hotel by your local guide for a private Full Day Cape Peninsula Tour. The Cape Peninsula boasts some of the most spectacular and unique scenery in the world. Including the magical combinations of mountains, oceans, beaches, wildlife and flowers, this tour is sure to thrill every tourist to Cape Town.
It is an ideal way to see the highlights and appreciate the surrounding natural beauty of the Peninsula. You’ll travel along the Atlantic seaboard with its sparkling white beaches and impressive mountains, to Hout Bay. There is the option of taking a 45-Minute boat trip to a Cape Fur Seal colony. You’ll continue on Chapman’s Peak Drive, renowned as one of the most spectacular scenic routes in the world. You’ll visit the Cape Point Nature Reserve, the tip of the Cape Peninsula with its captivating scenery and fascinating history. This is the Cape of Good Hope.
The return journey to Cape Town takes you along False Bay coast with the option of visiting the colony of rare African Penguins at Boulders Beach. You’ll pass through the naval village of Simon’s Town and the coastal suburbs of Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay and Muizenberg.
If time permits, you’ll visit the world-famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens before arriving back at your hotel.

Room Type: Deluxe room
Meal Basis: Bed and Breakfast

Day 6Cape Town to Rovos Rail

Excitement mounts as you bid farewell to Cape Town this morning to embark on an epic 15-day train journey aboard the Rovos Rail from the tip of the African continent to its heart, rolling through famous tourist attraction sites in southern Africa.
After breakfast at the hotel, your private chauffeur will transfer you to the Rovos Rail Private lounge at Cape Town Station

11h00 Depart Cape Town Station on the Pride of Africa.
18h00 Arrive in Matjiesfontein and explore the quaint village. Dinner and overnight on the train.
(Breakfast 07h00-10h00 • Lunch 13h00 • Tea 16h30 • Dinner 19h30)

Day 7 - 19Rovos Rail

14h00 Tour of Kimberley’s Big Hole and Diamond Mine Museum. Ten minutes after departing Kimberley a shallow lake appears on the left-hand side of the train where, on most occasions, there are spectacular flocks of Lesser Flamingos (approximately 23 000). Travel from the Karoo to the Highveld. Dinner and overnight on board.

10h00 Arrive at Rovos Rail Station in Capital Park, Pretoria. Enjoy a walking tour of the station and locomotive workshops (weather permitting) followed by lunch on the platform and a city tour of Pretoria at 14h15.

18h00 Depart for Zeerust in the North West Province. Dinner and overnight on board.

11h00 Disembark at Zeerust and transfer by coach to Madikwe Reserve for a two-night stay at TAU Game Lodge*. Lunch is served upon arrival at the lodge. Afternoon tea and game drive (approximately 3 hours). Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Enjoy an early morning game drive, afternoon game drive and other guest activities. Overnight at the lodge.
Early morning game drive followed by breakfast until 09h30.

10h30 Transfer to the train at with border formalities en route to Gaborone, Botswana.

13h30 Depart Gaborone and travel to Plumtree for border formalities and overnight.
Day at leisure on board. Lectures will be given during the course of the morning and/or afternoon by the on-board historian. The train passes Gwaai and Dete along one of Africa’s longest stretches of straight railway line – 114 kilometres – and along the eastern edge of the Hwange National Park where occasional sightings of animals can occur. The train heads for Thompson’s Junction for the overnight stop.

12h00 Arrive at the incomparable Victoria Falls and walk across to the hotel. Enjoy lunch.

16h00 Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River. Buffet dinner at Jungle Junction. Overnight at the hotel.
Day at leisure in the Victoria Falls with activities (tour of Falls, helicopter over Falls, elephant-back safari, walk with lions, Whitewater rafting, bungee-jumping, golf, etc).

16h00 Depart Victoria Falls and cross the bridge to Livingstone, Zambia.
Day at leisure on board. Lectures will be given during the course of the morning and/or afternoon by the on-board historian. The train travels across the Kafue railway bridge – a 477-metre-long steel girder truss bridge of 13 spans each at 33 metres supported on concrete piers – towards Kapiri Mposhi and the start of the TAZARA railway line.
Enjoy a day at leisure on the train. Lectures will be given during the course of the morning and/or afternoon by the on-board historian. The train passes through Serenje and Mpika to Kasama.

08h00 Disembark at Kasama for a morning excursion to Chisimba Falls.

11h00 Depart from Kasama and travel towards the Tanzanian border.

09h00 Arrive at Makambako where guests may enjoy a stroll through the town – time permitting.

10h30 Depart and travel towards Mlimba. The train descends into the Rift Valley and through the Udzungwa Mountains as it negotiates the tunnels, switchbacks and viaducts of the escarpment.
Day at leisure on the train with lectures by the on-board historian.
Game visit in the Selous Reserve (time permitting).
Travel towards Gwata for an overnight stop.

06h30 Depart Gwata and travel in an easterly direction towards the coast.

Room Type: Pullman Suite
Meal Basis: Fully Inclusive (all meals, drinks including premium drinks) all activities as per Rovos Rail.

Day 20Dar es Salaam - Zanzibar

07h00 Breakfast is served in the dining car/s until 09h30.

10h00 Arrive at the journey’s end in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

On arrival, you will be met by our representative and transferred to Dar es Salaam Airport for your onward flight to Zanzibar Airport. A short road transfer will take you from Zanzibar Airport to Chuini Zanzibar Beach, your home for the next 5 nights in a Deluxe Bungalow. Your Stay includes Breakfast & Dinner.

Chuini Zanzibar Beach Lodge is located on the very edge of Unguja Island where the Indian Ocean reaches the shore. It is the most voguish property to grace Zanzibar’s west coast and embodies a Utopian beach escape. Formerly known as Hakuna Matata, the lodge is only twelve kilometres north of Stone Town and is surrounded by palm trees and has the warm azure Indian Ocean, the ideal beach getaway. The historic Old Fort of Zanzibar and Forodhani Gardens are just a 20-minute drive away offering you the chance to immerse yourself in the local culture. Each of the thatched bungalows is furnished with contemporary beach-style décor, while still maintaining a traditional feel. They enjoy panoramic ocean views and all the ambience of a perfect retreat.

Chuini Zanzibar Beach Lodge features 13 well-appointed Bungalows and 1 Villa where guests are ensured privacy as they are spread across a large 1.5-hectare area.
Your days will be spent relaxing on the resort’s private beach or seat on the rooftop of the minaret, in the ‘Sultan’s Lounge’ and observing the stars and constellations of the southern and northern hemispheres while sipping on spiced teas and cocktails; or indulging in a tranquil pampering session by choosing from a selection of optional spa treatments on offer by the lodge. Wi-Fi is available, free of charge, for guests throughout the hotel.

Room Type: Deluxe Bungalow.
Meal Basis: Half Board (Breakfast & Dinner)

Day 25Goodbye

After a leisurely breakfast, it is time to bid farewell as your 25-day epic journey comes to an end. After completing the check-out procedures, you will be transferred to Zanzibar Airport to connect with your flight.

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