South Africa and Victoria Falls in Style

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cape Town & Table Mountain
  • Cape Point & Peninsular
  • Winelands
  • Rovos Rail
  • Victoria Falls
  • 4x4 Safari Experience

MAP OF SOUTHERN AFRICA

YOUR ITINERARY IN SUMMARY

Date

Description

Accommodation

Meals

Day 1

Cape Grace

Cape Grace Hotel

Luxury Room - Twin/Double

_ - _ - _

Day 2

Cape Grace

Cape Grace Hotel

Luxury Room - Twin/Double

B - _ - _

Day 3

Cape Grace

Cape Grace Hotel

Luxury Room - Twin/Double

B - L - _

Day 4

La Residence

La Residence

Luxury Suite - Twin/Double

B - _ - _

Day 5

La Residence

La Residence

Luxury Suite - Twin/Double

B - L - _

Day 6

131 on Herbert Baker Boutique Hotel

131 on Herbert Baker Boutique Hotel

Luxury Room - Twin/Double

B - _ - _

Day 7

Rovos Rail Pretoria to Vic Falls

Rovos Rail Pretoria to Vic Falls - 3 Nights

Deluxe Suite - Twin/Double

B - L - D

Day 8

Rovos Rail Pretoria to Vic Falls

Rovos Rail Pretoria to Vic Falls - 3 Nights

Deluxe Suite - Twin/Double

B - L - D

Day 9

Rovos Rail Pretoria to Vic Falls

Rovos Rail Pretoria to Vic Falls - 3 Nights

Deluxe Suite - Twin/Double

B - L - D

Day 10

Victoria Falls Hotel

Victoria Falls Hotel

Deluxe Room Stables - Twin/Double

B - _ - D

Day 11

Victoria Falls Hotel

Victoria Falls Hotel

Deluxe Room Stables - Twin/Double

B - _ - _

Day 12

Lion Sands River Lodge

Lion Sands - River Lodge

Luxury Room - Twin/Double

B - L - D

Day 13

Lion Sands River Lodge

Lion Sands - River Lodge

Luxury Room - Twin/Double

B - L - D

Day 14

Lion Sands River Lodge

Lion Sands - River Lodge

Luxury Room - Twin/Double

B - L - D

Day 15

Depart

B - _ - _

*B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

ITINERARY

Friday, 13 February 2015 - Cape Town

On arrival at Cape Town International Airport, off your flight, a representative will meet you, hand over further documentation and transfer you to your hotel. This transfer time is approximately 30 to 40 minutes, subject to traffic conditions.

Please NOTE that South Africa immigrations require you to have two completely blank visa pages in your passport per entry; without this you will be denied entry.

With its classic exterior and sophisticated, but welcoming, interior, the Cape Grace is all about luxury, charm, and elegance.

Set on its own private quay in Cape Town's vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront the Cape Grace's appeal lies in its intimate atmosphere, stylish decor and personalized hospitality.

The double-glazed French doors in all the guest rooms open onto extraordinary views of the international yacht marina, Table Mountain or the Waterfront's harbour.

Elegant in style and generous in size, the rooms are warm and inviting, every care and consideration has been taken to make the guest rooms as comfortable and relaxing as possible.

Guests can dine in the comfort of our award-winning restaurant, overlooking the harbour and Signal Hill, or indulge in an African-themed treatment in The Spa on the top floor.

The Hotel also has an outdoor heated pool, manicured gardens and a private terrace.

With its classic exterior and sophisticated, but welcoming, interior, the Cape Grace is all about luxury, charm, and elegance.

Set on its own private quay in Cape Town's vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront the Cape Grace's appeal lies in its intimate atmosphere, stylish decor and personalized hospitality.

The double-glazed French doors in all the guest rooms open onto extraordinary views of the international yacht marina, Table Mountain or the Waterfront's harbour.

Elegant in style and generous in size, the rooms are warm and inviting, every care and consideration has been taken to make the guest rooms as comfortable and relaxing as possible.

Guests can dine in the comfort of our award-winning restaurant, overlooking the harbour and Signal Hill, or indulge in an African-themed treatment in The Spa on the top floor.

The Hotel also has an outdoor heated pool, manicured gardens and a private terrace.

The afternoon and evening is at leisure.

Cape Grace Hotel

Luxury Room - Twin/Double

3 nights

Meal Plan: No Meals Included

Saturday, 14 February 2015 - Cape Town

Please meet the representative in the reception area of the hotel from where you depart on a morning tour of Cape Town City.

We drive though the Cape Town suburb of Tamboerskloof ("Drummers' Ravine") to the lower cable car station on the slopes of Table Mountain. Weather permitting we make the short and comfortable ascent to the top of the mountain by cable car. The panoramic view of the sea and city from the summit is magnificent.

Then we begin our tour of historic Cape Town. After the excitement of "summiting" Table Mountain we take an easy walk through the tranquil Company Gardens (the remnants of the Dutch East India Company's fruit and vegetable gardens) with notable important buildings including the Houses of Parliament, the Tuynhuis ("Townhouse" or Cape Town's "White House"), National Art Gallery and National Library. From here we make our way to the Castle of Good Hope. Built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company, this pentagonal fortification replaced a small clay and timber fort, built in 1652 by Commander Jan van Riebeeck, founder of the maritime replenishment station at the Cape of Good Hope. The Castle Military Museum depicts the military history of the Cape, the Castle and Cape Regiments. Also worth a visit is the William Fehr collection consisting of artwork reflecting many aspects of cultural life at the Cape from the early VOC days until the middle of the 19th century. End your tour visiting the notorious dungeon. As a result of rising damp, the dungeon was not fit to store gun powder as intended and was later used as a prison for the accused awaiting trial.

Your tour will end at the hotel or at the bustling Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, built around the old harbour. A hugely popular destination with tourists and locals alike (80% of visitors are from Cape Town itself) the Waterfront is unique in terms of being a working harbour while still boasting a varied selection of eclectic shops, restaurants and tourist attractions from scenic helicopter rides to boat cruises.

The afternoon and evening is at leisure.

Cape Grace Hotel

Luxury Room - Twin/Double

3 nights

Meal Plan: Breakfast

Sunday. 15 February 2015 - Cape Town

Please meet the representative in the reception area of the hotel and depart on a full day tour to Cape Point.

Hugging the Atlantic coast road we journey past the "bikini beaches" of Clifton and Camps Bay, beautifully located at the base of the towering Twelve Apostles Mountains. We travel over the Suikerbossie ("Sugar Bush") Pass and descend into the bucolic Hout Bay valley, with its bustling fishing harbor and white sand beach.

From here we travel over the famous Chapman's Peak Drive (subject to road conditions) to join the sea again at the town of Noordhoek. This historic road, high on the mountainside overlooking the sea, was once considered "impossible to build", but Charl Marais (mining surveyor) rose to the challenge and made it happen at an estimated cost of £20 000 using 700 convict labourers.

Our journey continues to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve at the end of the Cape Peninsula. The reserve, which covers 22000 acres of land, converges in the south at Cape Point, a great pinnacle of rock. You can climb the steps or ride a funicular railway - the "Flying Dutchman" - to the top from where you may see southern right whales in spring and early summer, dolphins and a variety of seabirds. The original lighthouse at Cape Point was built in 1860. The present lighthouse, one of the most powerful in the southern hemisphere, is closer to the point itself than the original.

We travel back through the reserve looking out for some of the animals that live here, including the rare Bontebok, Eland and Cape Mountain Zebra.

En route to lunch we visit Boulders, a lovely beach sheltered from the wind and famous for its colony of endangered Jackass Penguins on the coast of False Bay near Simon's Town. Boulders, had just two breeding pairs in 1982 but thanks to careful management the population has grown to about 3000 in recent years. This is a rare and rewarding experience.

Pass through Simon's Town, which was the Royal Navy's main base in the south Atlantic from 1815 until 1957 and has the feel of a small English seaside village with steep narrow streets and cobbled alleyways. You will learn about the famous hound called "Just Nuisance", the most renowned animal in the annals of the Royal Navy.

We continue to Kalk Bay a quaint fishing hamlet on the False Bay coast with a protected little harbour of brightly painted wooden boats. At around 1pm to the fishermen offload their catch and it is possible to buy your supper straight from the boat.

Travel back towards Cape Town passing through the attractive, up-market suburb of Constantia, the cradle of the South African wine industry boasting famous estates like Klein Constantia. At Kirstenbosch the world-renowned National Botanical Garden, recently voted one of the Top Ten gardens in the World by the curators of Kew Gardens in London, a private, local guide ensures that you learn about some of the more fascinating aspects of the gardens and get as much as possible out of the visit. We return to the hotel passing interesting sites such as the University of Cape Town, Rhodes Memorial and Mostert's Mill, a Dutch windmill dating back to 1797.

The evening is at leisure.

Cape Grace Hotel

Luxury Room - Twin/Double

3 nights

Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch

Monday, 16 February 2015 - Franschhoek

Please meet the representative in the reception area of the hotel for your transfer to Franschhoek. The transfer time is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, depending on traffic.

La Residence is in a class of its own. Located in the beautiful Franschhoek valley, where the exquisite vineyards and mountains form a picture perfect backdrop, La Residence provides a haven of luxurious accommodation, fine dining and an all-round sensory indulgence. Situated in the heart of a private 30-acre working farm, complete with vineyards, plum orchards, a dam and fragrant manicured gardens, La Residence presents a host of activities to enhance your relaxation and enjoyment. Unwind in the villa's magnificent infinity pool or visit one of the award-winning restaurants in the village. Enjoy a private cheese or wine tasting at one of the surrounding estates by appointment.

An integral part of the luxurious La Residence experience is the elaborate interior. Each of the eleven rooms is uniquely appointed; from an exotic Tibetan suite with oriental antiques and hand-painted screens to French boudoirs with Provencal antiques and mirrored dressers.

To all guests: The afternoon & evening is at leisure.

La Residence

Luxury Suite - Twin/Double

2 nights

Meal Plan: Breakfast

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 - Franschhoek

Please meet the representative in the reception area of the hotel and depart on your full day sightseeing excursion.

This tour offers you the opportunity to fully explore the Cape Winelands including a walking tour of Stellenbosch.

In the morning you will visit a private wine estate to tour their cellars followed by the chance to sample some of the Cape's award winning wines and the opportunity to enjoy some local cheeses. Whilst the wine industry is very well established South African cheeses are only just emerging. Then following lunch there is the opportunity to taste wines from another wine farm, before returning to your hotel in the late afternoon.

The evening is at leisure.

La Residence

Luxury Suite - Twin/Double

Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 - Pretoria

Please meet the representative in the reception area of the hotel and transfer to Cape Town International Airport. The transfer time is approximately 1 hour, subject to traffic conditions.

Depart Cape Town to Johannesburg on your scheduled flight (not included)

On arrival at OR Tambo International Airport, off your flight you will be met by an Abercrombie & Kent Representative who will assist you to your Transfer.

A 131 Herbert Baker will transfer you to the Hotel. The Transfer time is approximately 1 hour.

131 Herbert Baker is an exquisite boutique hotel that is grandly situated on the famous Herbert Baker street in Pretoria. 131 Boasts breathtaking views of the city whilst offering an elite clientele experience, the luxury of exclusive accommodation in the privacy they require.

The evening is at leisure.

131 on Herbert Baker Boutique Hotel

Luxury Room - Twin/Double

1 nights

Meal Plan: Breakfast

Thursday, 19 / Friday, 20 / Saturday 21, February 2015 - Pretoria

Day 1

09h30 The train departs Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria.

13h00 Lunch is served in the dining car/s as the train travels through the goldfields of Johannesburg.

19h30 Dinner is served as the train travels to Mafikeng for Botswana border formalities and overnight.

Day 2

07h00 Breakfast is served as the train travels north through Botswana's capital city, Gaborone.

13h00 Lunch is served as the train traverses Botswana.

16h30 Tea in the lounge and observation cars.

19h30 Dinner en route to Plumtree for Zimbabwe border formalities. Overnight stop at Mpopoma.

Day 3

07h00 Breakfast is served. The train departs Mpopoma.

13h00 Lunch is served. Travel along the eastern edge of Hwange Park along one of Africa's longest stretches of straight railway line - 114km.

15h00 Arrive Kennedy for a game drive at The Hide.

19h30 Dinner is served in the dining car/s en route to Thompsons Junction for the overnight stop.

Rovos Rail Pretoria to Vic Falls - 3 Nights

Deluxe Suite - Twin/Double

3 nights

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Sunday, 22 February 2015 - Victoria Falls

Day 4

07h00 Depart Thompsons. Breakfast until 09h30.

10h00 arrive at journey's end in Victoria Falls

You will be met by an representative at Victoria Falls station off Rovos Rail and assisted to Victoria Falls Hotel.

The Victoria Falls Hotel combines the charm of the old with the comfort and convenience of today. lt has 18 suites, 90 standard rooms and 79 deluxe rooms, and is one hotel that can truly claim to be unique. The elegant lounges offer serenity and seclusion. The corridors reflect all the past glories of the Empire. The suites and rooms are superbly furnished in Edwardian style, all air-conditioned and with every modern amenity.

A full range of other sports is available nearby, including an 18 hole championship golf course, white water rafting, bungi jumping, canoeing, microlighting, game walks and drives, elephant back safari, helicopter flights over the Victoria Falls, cruises on the Zambezi River.

This evening please meet the representative in the reception for your transfer though to Victoria Falls Safari Lodge where you will have dinner at The Boma Restaurant.

Victoria Falls Hotel

Deluxe Room Stables - Twin/Double

2 nights

Meal Plan: Breakfast & Dinner

Monday, 23 February 2015 - Victoria Falls

Please meet the representative in the reception area of the hotel and transfer to the entrance of the Falls, which is a 5-minute drive from most hotels. We supply raincoats during high water months when clients are likely to get wet from the spray of the Falls.

The walk is approximately 1½ hours in duration (3km), through the rainforest, stopping at the various viewing points. There are however, 3 exit paths along the way in case you get tired.

We advise clients to wear appropriate clothing and shoes for the walk, as well as bring along suitable waterproof protection for camera equipment.

You are likely to see abundant bird life in the rainforest, as well as bushbuck, monkeys, baboons and families of mongoose.

Please Note - Wet Season: April to November

Due to the high water levels, please dress appropriately as you may get wet. Raincoats will be provided on the tour. Please ensure that camera equipment is adequately protected against moisture

Dry Season - Especially on the Zambian side: (October to March approx)

Please note that the water level is very low at this time of the year.

Please meet the representative in the reception area of the hotel for your transfer to the jetty from where you depart on an afternoon sunset cruise.

The area of the Zambezi that we conduct our cruises on is one of outstanding natural, scenic beauty with a wide diversity of game and bird life. Large animals such as elephants, hippo and crocodiles are frequent sightings, as this area lies within Zambezi National Park. The Ra-Ikane is a small luxury cruise boat that is out-fitted to suggest, in exquisite detail, an ambiance of a bygone era. Paying tribute to Ra-Ikane, one of the guides who first led David Livingstone to the Victoria Falls, this cruise boat is exclusive and personalized. Period decor, historic memorabilia, fine cuisine and refreshments characterise a level of comfort and grace unsurpassed on the Zambezi. Game can often be spotted from the water too.

It is a good idea to bring along cameras for the spectacular sunsets and binoculars if you are a keen birder.

After the cruise you return to your hotel.

The evening is at leisure.

Victoria Falls Hotel

Deluxe Room Stables - Twin/Double

2 nights

Meal Plan: Breakfast

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 - Sabi Sands

Please meet the representative in the reception area of the hotel for your transfer to Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport, clearing customs and immigration formalities en-route. The transfer time is approximately 2 hours.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has revised the Yellow Fever vaccination recommendations for Africa. The South African Department of Health has subsequently issued a statement that all travellers from South Africa to Zambia and travellers from Zambia to South Africa will now require proof of yellow fever vaccination. Previously, this was not required.

All in-transit passengers between the two destinations, irrespective of the time period in transit, will also require proof of yellow fever vaccination.

As you will be entering Zambia, a single entry visa will be required and is obtainable at the point of entry at a cost of USD50.00 per person, payable in cash. The visa fee is subject to change at the discretion of the Zambian Government.

Zambian Visas Reminder

Clients traveling to Zambia are advised to please check that the visa is stamped into their passports before moving on from the immigration desk upon arrival. Clients should also double-check that they have been allocated the correct number of days for the duration of their visit or risk a fine which can amount to USD 250.00 per day that they overstayed.

On arrival at Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, off your flight, an representative will meet and transfer you to Lion Sands Lodge. The transfer time is approximately 2 hours

River Lodge is located in the southern portion of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve in South Africa, with 10km of river frontage. Lion Sands River Lodge is also one of the few properties to have exclusive traversing rights within the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa.

There are 20 luxury thatched rooms at River Lodge that are cool in the summer and warm in the winter. They are equipped with all the creature comforts a guest could ever need, including an en-suite bathroom, outdoor and indoor showers, a mini-bar, air-conditioning, overhead fans, safes, telephones and Internet access.

River Lodge comprises a private lounge and bar, two swimming pools, a secluded bird hide and private hammocks. At Lion Sands River Lodge you can attend special interest lectures, go on bush walks, full moon walks and enjoy a round of golf at the Skukuza Golf Course.

The evening is at leisure.

Lion Sands - River Lodge

Luxury Room - Twin/Double

3 nights

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Wednesday, 24 – Thursday, 25 February 2015 - Sabi Sands

The days are at leisure to enjoy the game activities on offer at the lodge. (Morning & Afternoon game drives and game walks)

Lion Sands - River Lodge

Luxury Room - Twin/Double

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Friday, 27 February 2015

Time permitting you will enjoy an early morning game viewing activity before your transfer to Kruger Mpumalanga Airport. The transfer time is approximately 2 hours

Depart Kruger on your scheduled flight to Johannesburg (Not Included)

Meal Plan: Breakfast

Accommodation Summary:

  • Cape Grace Hotel in Cape Town, Luxury Room - Twin/Double
  • La Residence in Franschhoek, Luxury Suite - Twin/Double
  • 131 on Herbert Baker Boutique Hotel in Pretoria, Luxury Room - Twin/Double
  • Rovos Rail Pretoria to Vic Falls - 3 Nights in Pretoria, Pullman Suite - Twin/Double
  • Victoria Falls Hotel in Victoria Falls, Deluxe Room Stables - Twin/Double
  • Lion Sands – River Lodge in Sabi Sands, Luxury Room - Twin/Double

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation as specified in standard rooms with en suite facilities
  • Breakfast throughout; lunches & dinners as specified
  • Porterage and entrance fees where applicable
  • Private airport/hotel return transfers in a 15 seater air conditioned vehicle with English speaking driver/guide
  • Shared sightseeing and game viewing activities with English speaking driver/guides or rangers as appropriate
  • Road transfers to and from Kruger
  • Laundry in Sabi Sands
  • Local brand drinks on Rovos Rail and Lion Sands Ivory
  • VAT at 14%
  • Tourism levy at 1%

Exclusions:

  • All international and regional scheduled flights
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • All drinks in Cape Town, Pretoria, Victoria Falls and premium brands & champagnes in the lodge.
  • Laundry in Cape Town, Pretoria and Victoria Falls.
  • Tips to driver/guides and rangers
  • Visa fees where applicable
  • Items of a personal nature e.g. telephone calls, etc.

$10,799.00 Canadian per person based on double occupancy

DEDUCT $1200 per person for Pullman Suite on Rovos Rail

Single Supplement add $3200.00 Canadian – Pullman suite

Domestic airfare – approx $500.00 per person

International airfare approx $1700.00 per person

Airfare will be finalized in March 2014

Upgrades available for Premium Economy or Business

Terms and Conditions

  1. Cost is based on a minimum of 10 guests – 16 maximum
  2. Deposit is $2500.00 per person at time of booking (non refundable)
  3. Final payment due 01 December 2014
  4. We strongly recommend the purchase of Cancellation/medical insurance

Experience Information