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Southern Africa by Luxury Rail

Inspirational safari holiday to South Africa and Zimbabwe

Step back in time to a bygone era and journey through Southern Africa on the Rovos Rail, a luxury train offering excellent service, gourmet cuisine and lavish suites. In addition, you will also tag on nights in Cape Town and Victoria Falls, as well as a thrilling safari in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park. The essence of this trip is the journey from Cape Town to Victoria Falls, across a tapestry of Southern African landscapes. After a stay at the Cape Grace hotel on the V&A Waterfront, you will join your fellow passengers in the wood-panelled dining cars of the Rovos Rail. Meander through the scenic Cape winelands, the haunting barrenness of the Great Karoo and into the gold-rich Highveld. Continue on through Zimbabwe, marvelling at its scenic beauty and ending at Victoria Falls, where you will stay at the classic Victoria Falls Hotel for 2 nights. This will allow you the time to fully appreciate the Falls and to enjoy the area's many activities such as river cruises.

Whilst Rovos Rail does pass through Hwange National Park enroute to Victoria Falls, this trip flies you back there via light aircraft. This is to provide you with a fuller experience of the park and its abundant wildlife and to provide the opportunity for a luxury safari at Linkwasha Camp. Hwange serves up some of the best game viewing on Earth, year-round, enjoy on day and night game drives and walking safaris.

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Day by Day summary

  • Starts - Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Cape Town International
  • 3 nights - Cape Grace, Cape Town, South Africa
  • 3 nights - Rovos Rail, Pretoria, South Africa
  • 1 night - Castello Di Monte, Pretoria, South Afruca
  • 3 nights - Rovos Rail, Pretoria, South Africa
  • 2 nights - The Victoria Falls Hotel, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • 3 nights - Linkwasha Camp, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
  • Ends - Transfer to Livingstone for your international flight home

At a glance

  • Country Icon South Africa, Zimbabwe
  • Nights Icon 15 Nights
  • City Icon City
  • Safari Icon Safari
  • Scenic Icon Scenic

Tailor-made itineraries

Every Mahlatini trip is custom created to your exact travel wishes – no readymade tours or set departures. Get in touch with our experts to start creating your bespoke itinerary.

Guide Price

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Includes flights from JFK
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Highlights

  • Be transported to a bygone era on the elegant Rovos Rail
  • See Southern Africas exquisite landscapes
  • Enjoy gourmet cuisine in the elegant, wood-panelled dining cars
  • Tick Cape Town and the Victoria Falls off your travel bucket-list
  • Safari in Hwange National Park - some of the best game viewing on earth
Itinerary Details

Day-by-day

Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Cape Town International

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Day 1 - 4

Arrive at Cape Town Airport you will be met by a driver who will take you to your hotel on the V&A Waterfront.

  • 3 nights
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Cape Grace
Bed & Breakfast | Luxury Room
South Africa

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Day 4 - 7

Today you will be taken to Cape Town station where you will board Rovos Rail for your rail journey through South Africa to Pretoria.

  • 3 nights

Rovos Rail
All Inclusive | Pullman Suite
South Africa

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Day 7

Today you will be met at Rovos Station by your private driver who will take you to your hotel in Pretoria for the evening.

  • 1 night

Castello Di Monte
Bed & Breakfast | Classic Room
South Africa

A guest suite with a balcony
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Day 8 - 11

Return to the station today to join the Rovos Rail on your 3 night journey to Victoria Falls.

  • 3 nights

Rovos Rail
All Inclusive | Pullman Suite
South Africa

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Day 11 - 13

Arrive at the station in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and be driven to your hotel.

  • 2 nights
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The Victoria Falls Hotel
Bed & Breakfast | Deluxe Room
Zimbabwe

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Day 13 - 16

Fly by light aircraft today to Hwange National Park. Your guide will be at the airstrip to take you to your camp.

  • 3 nights
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Linkwasha Camp
All Inclusive | Safari Tent
Zimbabwe

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Day 16

Return to Victoria Falls Airport by light aircraft and connect with your international flight.

We've got you covered

Our trips are unashamedly high-end but always deliver excellent value for money. Our guide price covers the majority of trip costs upfront, on a per person or per family sharing basis, including international flights and all transfers.

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Includes

  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as specified
  • Drinks (excluding premium brands)
  • Road transfers as detailed in the itinerary
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Excludes

  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Additional activities not offered as scheduled by the accommodation
  • Visas and visa fees where relevant
  • Beverages with the exception of all inclusive hotels
Indulge your passions

ACTIVITIES

Our trips offer countless adventures and activities to ensure lifetime memories are made. From unforgettable thrills to indulgent relaxation, choose those that appeal most and we will curate your perfect itinerary.

  • 4 WD Safari Icon 4WD Safari
  • Boat Trip Icon Boat Trip
  • Guided Walking Safari Icon Guided Walking Safari
  • Night Drive Icon Night Drive
  • Ocean Safari Icon Ocean Safari
  • Helicopter Flights Icon Helicopter Flights
  • Scenic Flights Icon Scenic Flights
  • Shark Diving Icon Shark Diving
  • White Water Rafting Icon White Water Rafting
  • Cultural Experience Icon Cultural Experience
  • Canoeing Kayaking Icon Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Cycling Icon Cycling
  • Fishing Icon Fishing
  • Golf Icon Golf
  • Hiking Icon Hiking
  • Kids Bushcraft Icon Kids Bushcraft
  • Food Experience Icon Food Experience
  • Photographic Safari Icon Photographic Safari
  • City Sights Icon City Sights
  • Star Gazing Star Beds Icon Star Gazing/Star Bed
  • Natural Wonders Icon Natural Wonders
  • Wellness Spa Icon Wellness/Spa
  • Wine Tour Icon Wine Tour
Enriching encounters

ICONIC WILDLIFE

Whether you want to tick the Big Five off your bucket list or seek out specific safari species, our expert guides reveal the typical wildlife sightings to expect on this sample trip.

  • Wild Dog
    Wild Dog
  • White Rhino
    White Rhino
  • Sable
    Sable
  • Rock Hyrax
    Rock Hyrax
  • Oryx
    Oryx
  • Orca
    Orca
  • Lion
    Lion
  • Leopard
    Leopard
  • Kori Bustard
    Kori Bustard
  • Impala
    Impala
  • Humpback Whale
    Humpback Whale
  • Hippo
    Hippo
  • Great White Shark
    Great White Shark
  • Elephant
    Elephant
  • Crocodile
    Crocodile
  • Cheetah
    Cheetah
  • Cape Fur Seal
    Cape Fur Seal
  • Buffalo
    Buffalo
  • Brown Hyena
    Brown Hyena
  • Baboon
    Baboon
  • African Fish Eagle
    African Fish Eagle
  • African penguin
    African Penguin
  • Southern right whale
    Southern Right Whale
Sample Itineraries

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