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Published Sep 18, 2021
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From Johannesburg’s metropolis and a safari in a luxury private game reserve to golden-era charm on board the Rovos Rail luxury train and the mother city of Cape Town, this South African experience is perfect for those seeking a once-in-a-lifetime upscale travel adventure. Enjoy the excitement of dawn and dusk game drives in search of the Big Five, and enjoy a break for morning coffee or an afternoon sundowner drink in the bush. Relax as your luxury train journeys through the beautiful countryside heading south, stopping at Kimberly to visit the Big Hole and Diamond Mine Museum. In Cape Town, where majestic Table Mountain overlooks the beautiful city, you'll sample great food and some of the best wine in the world. You'll travel in an intimate group of no more than six passengers, and you'll stay in 5-star hotels and game lodges. If you're looking to experience the absolute best of South Africa in style, this is the adventure for you!
 
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Johannesburg
 
 
Days 1-3
 
USA & Johannesburg
 
After an overnight flight from New York, settle into your hotel and enjoy the day at leisure in Johannesburg. The next morning, embark on a tour of Soweto, a sprawling metropolis on the outskirts of Johannesburg. Highlights include the former residence of Nelson Mandela, the Hector Peterson memorial for the victims of the civil unrest in the 1970s, and the Apartheid Museum.
 
 
 
Elephants
 
 
Days 4-6
 
Abelana Game Reserve
 
Board a short flight to the South African bush. After arriving at Abelana Game Reserve, embark on your first game drive in search of the "Big 5". Spend the next day enjoying a morning game drive followed by an optional bush walk before setting out on an afternoon game drive. On the final day, enjoy one last game drive before journeying to Dullstroom, exploring the Panorama Route and the Blyde River Canyon along the way.
 
 
 
Rovos Rail
 
 
Days 7-9
 
Rovos Rail
 
On the 7th day, your Rovos Rail adventure begins. Travel through the grasslands of the gold-rich Highveld. The next day, arrive in Kimberley and explore the Big Hole, the largest man-made excavation in the world, before visiting the Diamond Mine Museum. Continue on your journey through the Great Karoo, the village of Matjiesfontein, and the scenic winelands of the Cape, before arriving in Cape Town.
 
 
 
Cape Town Mountain
 
 
Days 10-13
 
Cape Town
 
Enjoy a panoramic city tour of Cape Town, the oldest and second largest city in South Africa. Weather permitting, travel by cable car to the top of Table Mountain. Join a South African winelands visit to learn about the process of winemaking paired with tastings at two different estates. Spend your last day at leisure or join an optional Cape Point tour. On the final day, transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home.
 
 
 
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