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South Africa's Spirit

Enjoy a discovery of a South Africa like no other ! Start your journey with 3-day wildlife safari in the Pilanesberg park, crater of an extinct volcano, which is one of the largest South African parks and houses the famous Big Five. From Pretoria, capital of South Africa, embark on an extraordinary journey of three days in luxurious train across the country. Browsing 1600 km between Pretoria and Cape Town in the far south of South Africa. Your route from the highlands of Gauteng to the mountain ranges of the Cape region, through the desert of the Great Karoo. Arrived in Cape Town, discover the Mother City of South Africa, Table Mountain, Cape of Good Hope and the beautiful region of vineyards in Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport - Pilanesberg National Park
  • Day 2: Pilanesberg National Park
  • Day 3: Pilanesberg National Park
  • Day 4: Pilanesberg National Park - Pretoria - Kimberley - Pretoria
  • Day 5: Kimberley - Matjiesfontein
  • Day 6: Matjiesfontein - Cape Town
  • Day 7: Cape Town
  • Day 8: Cape Town
  • Day 9: Cape Town - Stellenbosch
  • Day 10: Stellenbosch - Cape Town Airport

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Day 1: Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport - Pilanesberg National Park

Reception and assistance at Johannesburg International airport by our representative.



Private transfer from Johannesburg to the Pilanesberg Game Reserve.


Full board stay at the Black Rhino Game Lodge. Two guided safaris are included per day: the first one in an open 4x4 vehicle in the afternoon, and a second one the following morning.


This boutique lodge offers a unique experience in the Black Rhino Nature Reserve and Pilanesberg national park. During your time off, you can watch the animals drink at the waterhole in front of the lodge.


Night in a standard suite.


Included : reception with english-speaking guide, private transport, room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), game drive

Day 2: Pilanesberg National Park

Full board stay at the Black Rhino Game Lodge. Two guided safaris are included per day: the first one in an open 4x4 vehicle in the afternoon, and a second one the following morning.


This boutique lodge offers a unique experience in the Black Rhino Nature Reserve and Pilanesberg national park. During your time off, you can watch the animals drink at the waterhole in front of the lodge.


Night in a standard suite.


Included : room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), game drive

Day 3: Pilanesberg National Park

Full board stay at the Black Rhino Game Lodge. Two guided safaris are included per day: the first one in an open 4x4 vehicle in the afternoon, and a second one the following morning.


This boutique lodge offers a unique experience in the Black Rhino Nature Reserve and Pilanesberg national park. During your time off, you can watch the animals drink at the waterhole in front of the lodge.


Night in a standard suite.


Included : room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), game drive

Day 4: Pilanesberg National Park - Pretoria - Kimberley

Private transfer to Pretoria train station. Estimated travel time: 2h30.


Check-in at the Pretoria train station for a luxurious crossing of South Africa during 3 days. Note that in the evenings, gentlemen are requested to wear a jacket and tie and ladies are asked to dress stylishly to preserve the Victorian ambience that is part of the journey.



Snack in the afternoon, dinner and first night in a luxurious cabin of the train.




Included : private transport, room & breakfast, drinks, lunch, dinner

Day 5: Kimberley - Matjiesfontein

Arrival in the diamond city of Kimberley, located in the Northern Cape and home to the Mining Museum. The museum is equipped with observation walkways overlooking the famous "Big Hole" and includes several historic buildings. The old shops, bars, restaurants, churches and banks of this "living museum" remained as at the time of the diamond rush.
From Kimberley continuation via De Aar and Beaufort West to Matjiesfontein.
Snacks, meals and overnight on board of the train.


Day 6: Matjiesfontein - Cape Town

Visit the historic village of Matjiesfontein. This authentic fully preserved Victorian village, which was established by Mr. Logan as a refueling stop in 1890, also houses an impressive museum on the platform of the station.
Continuation via Touws River and Worcester to Cape Town.
Arrival in the early evening in Cape Town Station.


Private transfer from Cape Town train station to your hotel.


Night at The Clarendon Fresnaye in standard room.
Included : private transport, room & breakfast, high tea

Day 7: Cape Town

Day at leisure to explore Cape Town known to be one of the most beautiful city in the world!


Suggestions:


Take the cable car and ascend the top of Table Mountain (weather permitting). The floor of the cable car rotates through 360 degrees during the ascent or descent, giving passengers a panoramic view of the city. From the top of the mountain at 1000 meters above sea level, a bordwalk will enable you to get different view point of the city and the Atlantic Ocean.


You can also visit the following sites depending on your area of interests:


- The National Museum of South Africa founded in 1825. This museum houses many diverse collections from fossils dating back millions of years to the clothing worn by our ancestors in the last century. All these collections have a common denominator to highlight the biological and cultural diversity of our planet,


- The Company 's Gardens founded in 1652 by the Dutch pioneers who plan to establish a Cape refueling station on the boat ride to India. Walk in Company 's Garden , which now houses the St Georges Cathedral, National Library, National Gallery, artworks and beautiful gardens,


- The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, one of the finest botanical gardens in the world, located at the foot of Table Mountain. Founded in 1913 to protect the diversity of South African flora, the garden is unique as only indigenous plants are cultivated. This is a rare opportunity to see the fynbos, endemic plants in the region of the Western Cape. More than 7000 species of plants are grown in Kirstenbosch, including many rare and endangered species,


- The colorful Bo-Kaap district . The museum located in the historic district showcases the culture of immigrants from Malaysia. A visit to the museum and the neighborhood, with its colorful houses, cobbled streets and calls to prayer of the muezzin, can soak up the cultural diversity of Cape Town,


- The African Craft Market of Green Market Square in the middle of the CBD.


- The Castle of Good Hope , one of the oldest buildings in the country, which houses a collection of antiques (furniture , paintings, objects) that tells a lot about the life of Dutch settlers.


- The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is hosting a craft market, the aquarium " Two Oceans " and many restaurants. It is from this waterfront that boats leave to Robben Island where Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years, as well as to navigate in the beautiful bay of Cape Town.


Other activity suggestions during your stay in Cape Town (please consult us in advance for booking):


- A Township tours ( 1 half-day )


- A culinary tours of the city ( 1 half-day )


- A cycling tours of the city (between 3 hours and 1 day )


- Shark cage diving to encounter the greatwhite (1 day )


- An evening discovering the origins of the Cape Town jazz


- An helicopter flight above the city and the peninsula ( between 12 and 60 minutes)


- An abseil of 112m on the Table Mountain (1 half-day )


- A paragliding experience on the Atlantic coast,


- A sunset cruise on board of a catamaran including sparkling wine.


Night at The Clarendon Fresnaye in standard room.
Included : car rental, room & breakfast, high tea

Day 8: Cape Town

Day at leisure to discover the Cape Peninsula and the legendary Cape of Good Hope.


Suggested itinerary:


You can commence this discovery with a little stop in the small fishing village of Hout Bay. This fishing village is a cosy little hamlet surrounded by mountains to the North, East and West and the Ocean to the South. Home to bustling craft markets, antique shops, a beautiful beach and a thriving fishing community. The harbour is also where many boat cruise departs from to Duiker Island. This small island is home to thousands of Cape Fur Seals and local birdlife. The boat ride lets you see the Cape Peninsula from a new perspective.


You can thereafter proceed and enjoy the twists and turns around the famous Chapman’s Peak scenic drive. Chapman’s Peak Drive is renowned for its spectacular 180° views of the Cape Peninsula as well as its 114 twists and turns. Viewpoints and picnic spots are scattered throughout its 9km length and its dramatic views have made it a favoured spot for photographers.


You enter the Cape Point Nature Reserve to reach the tip of the Cape Peninsula where you enjoy a dramatic view point located in a 17 750 hectare nature reserve. Looking out over the shining sea from the Cape Point Lighthouse truly makes you feel like you are standing at the edge of the world. The rich diversity of the nature reserve, part of the Table Mountain National Park, makes it home to a stunning array of animal and plant species.


After leaving Cape Point Nature Reserve you travel up the other side of the Cape Peninsula on the way to Simon’s Town and Boulder’s beach. Simon’s Town has been an important naval base and harbour for over two centuries and you can still see some historic naval vessels anchored just off-shore. Boulder’s beach is home of a colony of African Jackass penguins since 1985. These small citizens have been charming residents and tourists ever since.


A seafood lunch is highly recommended in this area but you can also have lunch in the Cape Peninsula Nature reserve’s restaurant.


As you head back towards Cape Town along the False Bay coastal road; you travel through Fish Hoek a little town with a long history. From Fish Hoek you drive past Muizenberg, another seaside town. The warm waters and long stretch of beach make this a popular spot for holidaymakers and there are a wide variety of activities, like kite boarding and surfing, for the adventurous.



Night at The Clarendon Fresnaye in standard room.
Included : car rental, room & breakfast, high tea

Day 9: Cape Town - Stellenbosch

Drive to Stellenbosch, a university town in the wine region of the Western Cape.
Estimated travel time: 50 minutes.

South Africa is a very good wine producer and most of it comes from this entire region of the Western Cape. A visit to the wine route through the valleys of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek is an essential step in your discovery of the country.

Our suggestions:

Discover the town of Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa after Cape Town, which has beautiful well maintained buildings with typical Cape Dutch style streets (the name given to the Cape architecture inspired by the Dutch).

Visit the cellars of some wine estates of Stellenbosch and do some wine tasting. You will find South African wines produced from grapes such as Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chenin Blanc, Merlot, but also Pinotage, a uniquely South African grape, a cross of Pinot Black and Cinsault.

Visit the village of Franschhoek (the French Corner), South Africa's gourmet capital located in one of the most beautiful valleys in the country. It is in this valley that the French Huguenots, including winemakers, settled in the late 17th century. Visit the museum and memorial to the Huguenots.



Overnight stay at Spier in the winelands.
Included : car rental, room & breakfast

Day 10: Stellenbosch - Cape Town Airport

Departure for Cape Town Airport (it is recommended to be at the airport at least 90mn before a domestic flight departure and at least 2h30 before and international flight departure). Estimated travelling time: 1h

Included : car rental

Black Rhino Game Lodge   Pilanesberg National Park

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), game drive

Nestled in one of the oldest Tamboti forest, this lodge is located at the foot of an ancient volcanic crater that is now part of one of the best ecotourism destinations to observe the Big Five. The Black Rhino Game Lodge has only 14 rooms in cottages with thatched roof. They are very spacious and the decor is very successful! They are well equipped including a bathroom and an outdoor shower, air conditioning and television.

The Clarendon Fresnaye   Cape Town

Level : 4* sup
Included : room & breakfast, high tea

Located in Fresnaye, Clarendon is located five minutes from Clifton Beach and less than half an hour from Cape Town International Airport by car. The property was owned by the Governor of the Cape and the Earl of Clarendon. The elegant air-conditioned rooms of the guest house feature a modern bathroom, satellite TV, minibar and tea and coffee available. The terrace overlooks two pools and a lush garden. The breakfast buffet is well prepared, while tea, coffee and cakes are available in self-service in the afternoon. The waterfront Victoria and Alfred, with its many shops and restaurants, is less than ten minutes.

Spier Hotel   Stellenbosch

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

Designed to recreate the atmosphere of a Mediterranean village, the Spier hotel consists of 155 spacious rooms that are spread over 6 patios, each with a small pool. Renowned for its excellent wine, the property features a restaurant and a spa.

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