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A Royal Journey

16 Day Splendour of the Blue Train, Vic Falls, Kruger Safari and Cape Town

Mask Group 9

Step aboard the Blue Train and sit back as some of the most varied scenery imaginable unfolds beyond the windows. With discreet and friendly service, top cuisine and a selection of South Africa’s finest wines, experience the extravagant elegance of the Blue Train Rail Journey from Cape Town to Pretoria.

  • This meander is a perfect illustration of South Africa as a world in one country. Travel the grasslands of the gold-rich Highveld to the haunting barrenness of the Great Karoo, trundle through the spectacular mountain ranges and scenic winelands of the Cape.
  • The guided safari game drives in the world-renowned Kruger National Park is unmatched in terms of the diversity and quantity of African wildlife and the beautiful vastness of its landscapes. You will be touched with the mystical empathy of man and beast, living together in harmony and with mutual respect of creatures to be born free.
  • The scenic tours in Cape Town with its unmatched natural beauty, amazing beaches, wonderful hospitality, and cultural diversity makes Cape Town one of the world’s greatest tourist destinations. Cape Town is cradled by the natural presence of Table Mountain (One of the Seven Wonders of the World) and forms a backdrop to a land so lovely that it appears to be a fantasy landscape. The tour of Table Mountain and Cape Peninsula will ensure you see the beauty of the wonderful landscape.
  • Discover the splendour of Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and is defined by plunging, roaring water falling beneath a mystical veil of spray.

 

From

$7,999

PP Twin Share

Travelling solo $10,499

Prices include deposit of $699

Our Commitment
and Core Values

Our Commitment and Core Values

Itinerary

Tour and payment information

Tour and payment information

Group size:  The tour and safaris are not a group tour. You will be joined by other guests of the Lodge and Hotels for the guided safari game drives and tours. The maximum permitted number of guests per safari vehicle for game drives are 9 passengers.

Pricing: All pricing is based in AUD (Australian Dollar)

The discount offer of $500 per couple is only valid until 2 October 2022.

Payments:

  • 20twenty plus will invoice you for the deposit of $699 on completion of the booking form and is due within 24 hours of the booking being made.
  • The discount of $500 per couple will be deducted off your second payment invoice. Please note the discount is not per person. Single traveller discount is $250.
  • The second payment of $3300 is due 3 months after your booking date.
  • The final balance payment is due 4 months prior to your travel date and 20twenty plus will invoice you for the final payment.
  • Travel booked within 4 months of departure, the final payment is due on booking.
  • Credit or debit card payments must be paid via BPAY or EFT and your client reference number will be on all invoices. The payment method will save you on any credit card fees.
  • Itinerary and Destination Information : Please refer to the itinerary below and click on the days for information for activities and accommodation etc. The destinations on the website will provide you general information on the destinations you will be visiting.

Day 1 - Depart Australia

Day 1 - Depart Australia

Depart Australia today to begin your South African safari!

Day 2 - Overnight in Johannesburg

Day 2 - Overnight in Johannesburg

On arrival at Johannesburg Airport, proceed to the collection point (approximately 40 meters from the exit of the airport) for your transfer to your 5 star hotel, D’Orealle Grande  for your overnight stay in Johannesburg. The hotel provides a complimentary return airport shuttle service. Relax and unwind from your flight.

Accommodation and meals: D’ Orealle Grande (B)

Day 3- Depart Johannesburg - Vic Falls

Day 3- Depart Johannesburg - Vic Falls

After breakfast, the hotel’s airport shuttle service will provide you the transfer to the airport for your connecting flight to Victoria Falls – please book the departure time at the hotel reception. On arrival at Victoria Falls Airport, you will be met by one of our representatives for the transfer to your Hotel. Later the afternoon, you will be collected at your hotel for a sundowner Zambezi River Cruise which is a superb way to relax and enjoy the beauty of the river. You will have the opportunity to see a variety of game, including elephants, hippo, crocodiles, and different bird species.

Accommodation:  A Zambezi River Lodge or similar (B)

Day 4 - Vic Falls

Day 4 - Vic Falls

After breakfast, you will be collected at the hotel to discover how the Victoria Falls were formed and what local customs and traditions surround them. The tour undertakes a scenic route and is led by an expert local guide. Learn how Livingstone in 1851, first heard of the great waterfall, but it was only in 1855 that he set out to visit it.  He landed on the biggest island on the lip of the falls, now called Livingstone Island and from there obtained his first view of the Falls.

Optional activity for your own account – Helicopter flight over the Victoria Falls.

The spectacular helicopter flight over the Victoria Falls is known as the ‘Flight of Angels’. The best way to appreciate the true splendour of the Victoria Falls is to view it from the air. The helicopters have specially designed ‘bubble shaped’ windows perfect for panoramic viewing and great photographic opportunities from all seats.

Accommodation: A Zambezi River Lodge or similar (B)

Day 5 - Vic Falls - Kruger

Day 5 - Vic Falls - Kruger

Today you depart Victoria Falls for your onward journey to the Kruger National Park. You will be collected at your hotel for the transfer to the airport. Please refer to the flight itinerary for the departure Airport.

Upon arrival at Nelspruit, you will be met by a representative of your lodge and transferred to your luxury accommodation. After check-in, relax and enjoy the day at your leisure in the tranquil environment. Later this evening, enjoy a 3-course dinner to round off the day.

Accommodation: Maqueda Lodge or similar (B, D)

Day 6 - Kruger

Day 6 - Kruger

Today, start with an early morning game drive in the Kruger National Park. Ensure you bring your camera along as you will be spotting the BIG 5 in their natural environment. The abundance of species you will see will be an experience of a lifetime. Get up close to the animals in your specialised safari vehicle lead by an expert guide. The game drive is approximately 6-8 hours. Later this evening, enjoy a sumptuous 3 course dinner while swapping stories of your animal encounters earlier that day.

Accommodation and meals: Maqueda Lodge or similar (B, D)

Day 7 - Kruger

Day 7 - Kruger

Rise early again today for your second game drive in the Kruger National Park – you might spot animals you missed on the first game drive and encounter different experiences. Nothing comes close to experiencing the raw power of the lion hunt, the sheer bulk and force of the rhino, the delicacy and grace of the leopard, the supreme confidence of a herd of elephants and the adrenalin racing charge of the African buffalo.

Accommodation: Maqueda Lodge or similar (B,D)

Day 8 - Kruger - Cape Town

Day 8 - Kruger - Cape Town

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the nearby Nelspruit Airport for your onward flight to Cape Town. On arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to your hotel. Relax and spend the day at your leisure.

Accommodation: President Hotel or similar (B)

Day 9 - Cape Town

Day 9 - Cape Town

This morning after breakfast, you will be collected at your hotel and embark on a Full Day scheduled Cape Peninsula Tour of Cape Town.  The tour includes a trip to Cape Point at the southern western tip of the Cape Peninsula with the most spectacular views. The Cape Point Nature Reserve comprises of 17300 acres of indigenous fauna and flora. Here you can see wildlife that includes baboon’s, rhebok, Cape Mountain Zebra, and the elusive eland. Bird watches will also find many fine species to observe. Visit the Boulders Beach to view the penguin colony (entrance for your own expense). This awe-inspiring tour to the towering headland known as Cape Point encompasses magnificent beaches, breathtaking views, and picturesque coastal villages. After the tour, you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Accommodation: President Hotel or similar (B)

Day 10 - Cape Town

Day 10 - Cape Town

After your breakfast, you will be collected from your hotel by a representative of Afrogem. Enjoy a tour of their amazing diamond, tanzanite & gemstone factory, specialising in the rich mineral heritage of the African continent. The tour is approximately 30 minutes and concludes in their showroom where you can view their range of jewellery, loose gems and curios.

A representative from Afrogem will transfer you to the Table Mountain cableway.

You will ascend to the top (weather permitting) by the revolving cable car (tickets included).  Here, you will see wildflowers and the famous silver tree, and marvel at a birds-eye view of the city and its beaches.  On a cloudless day it is even possible to see Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned on one side and Cape Point on the other.

After the trip to Table Mountain – you will make your own way back to the hotel. The taxi service is based at the Cable Way Station and the transport is safe and reliable. Relax and enjoy your day at your leisure and a visit to the V&A Waterfront is recommended. There are many coffee shops, restaurants, and bars, most with spectacular harbour views and setting below Table Mountain.

Accommodation: President Hotel or similar (B)

Day 11 - Cape Town

Day 11 - Cape Town

Today is your free day and have the choice of 1 of the following 2 optional tours to “Discover More” (for your own account)

Wine Route tour of Franschhoek

You will be collected at your hotel after breakfast for the Wine Route Tour of Franschhoek. A combination of bus and tram – will transport you around a loop of seven stops to hop off at each stop and experience the activities on offer, be it wine tasting, a cellar tour, lunch or simply stroll through the vineyards. You will be transferred back to your hotel later the afternoon.

Tour of Robben Island

The Robben Island Tour includes a return boat trip across Table Bay and a tour of the infamous Maximum-Security Prison where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years, interaction with an ex-political prisoner, a 45-minute bus ride with a guide providing commentary, the opportunity to explore the Murray’s Bay Harbour precinct attractions and the Museum Shop. Duration: 3.5 hours

Accommodation: President Hotel or similar (B)

Day 12 - Depart Cape Town on the Blue Train - Pretoria

Day 12 - Depart Cape Town on the Blue Train - Pretoria

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be collected and transferred to Cape Town Station for your journey to Pretoria on the world-famous Blue Train.  Be greeted with pre – departure snacks and drinks before boarding the train. Upon boarding, step into a new world of luxury. You will be ushered by your butler to your suite and some orientation will be done by your butler. High tea is served at 16h00 in the non – smoking Lounge Cars with dinner served between  18h30 – 22h00. (Dinner is an elegant affair – men are requested to wear a jacket and women elegant evening wear).

Enjoy post – dinner drinks, Cognacs and Cuban cigars in the Club Car before retiring to bed.

Blue Train deluxe suite – High tea and dinner

Luxury suite upgrade – $615 per person. Please indicate the upgrade on the booking form under special requests.

Day 13 - Blue Train

Day 13 - Blue Train

Breakfast is served between 6h00 and 9h00.

Relax and spend the morning at your leisure. Enjoy the afternoon lunch before your off train excursion.

Off Train Excursion:

On arrival at Kimberley Station, guests will be ushered to a bus for a transfer to the Kimberley Open Mine Museum for a tour of the historic sites and Kimberley Big Hole. You will enjoy a glass of sherry before re boarding the Blue Train and the engraved sherry glass with the Blue Train logo is a momento for the guests to keep.

The Blue Train depart Kimberley station for the journey northbound to Pretoria.

Later the evening enjoy pre dinner drinks and dinner

Accommodation: Blue Train deluxe suite (B, L, D)

Day 14 - Arrival in Pretoria

Day 14 - Arrival in Pretoria

Wake this morning in your luxurious train suite as the train continues its journey across South Africa. After breakfast, choose either to relax in your suite or in the comfort of the elegant lounge with large viewing windows. On arrival you will be assisted off the train and met at Pretoria Train Station for the transfer to your hotel in Pretoria. After check in enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure.

Accommodation: Southern Sun Hotel Pretoria (B)

Day 15 - Pretoria - JHB - Australia

Day 15 - Pretoria - JHB - Australia

After breakfast, you will be collected at your hotel for the transfer to Johannesburg International Airport for your homeward flight to Australia.

We are sure you will have a royal experience on the Blue Train and discovering the beauty and unique wildlife encounters in South Africa.

Accommodation: Southern Sun Hotel or similar (B)

Day 16 - Arrive in Australia

Day 16 - Arrive in Australia

What’s included

Domestic flights as per the itinerary

Tour of the Victoria Falls

Sundowner Cruise on the Zambezi River

2 x Full day, guided game drives in the Kruger National Park

Accommodation and Meals as per the itinerary

Meet and Greet services

Return airport and land transfers

All meals, local beer and wine and soft drinks on the Blue Train (except French Champagne)

Cape Peninsula Tour

Cable Car Ride up Table Mountain

Off train excursion to the Kimberley Big Hole

Optional tours and activities

Panoramic Day Tour

Panoramic Day Tour

The tour includes a visit to Blyde River Canyon, Gods Window and Bourkes Potholes which is a geological phenomenon. The Blyde River Canyon is the third deepest canyon in the world. Its scenery is unsurpassed, its vegetation is both varied and lush and provides a home to a rich selection of bird and wildlife. It ranks as one of the most spectacular sights in Africa. Cost: $285 per person

Swaziland Tour

Swaziland Tour

After an early breakfast, you will visit a Swazi Village and gain insight to the Swazi culture and traditions. The tour includes an authentic African lunch, dancing, and an opportunity to interact with the local community.

Cost : $285 per person

Wine Route Tour in Franschhoek

Wine Route Tour in Franschhoek

You will be collected at your hotel after breakfast for the Wine Route Tour of Franschhoek. A combination of bus and tram - will transport you around a loop of seven stops to hop off at each stop and experience the activities on offer, be it wine tasting, a cellar tour, lunch or simply stroll through the vineyards. You will be transferred back to your hotel later the afternoon. Cost: $245 per person

Robben Island Tour

Robben Island Tour

The Robben Island Tour (weather permitting) includes a return boat trip across Table Bay and a tour of the infamous Maximum-Security Prison where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years, interaction with an ex-political prisoner, a 45-minute bus ride with a guide providing commentary, the opportunity to explore the Murray’s Bay Harbour precinct attractions and the Museum Shop. Duration: 3.5 hours Cost: $95 per person

V & A Waterfront

V & A Waterfront

The V&A Waterfront is South Africa’s most-visited destination, and it attracts roughly 24 million visitors a year. There are five shopping districts where you’ll find everything from local designs to international brands, but there’s more to this destination than shopping. There are many coffee shops, restaurants, and bars, most with spectacular harbour views.

Not included

International flights

International flights

Personal expenses

Personal expenses

Meals, drink and activities not included in the itinerary

Meals, drink and activities not included in the itinerary

Travel Insurance and visas

Travel Insurance and visas

Travel dates

The tour is not a group tour and you will be joined by other guests while on the Blue Train, safari game drives and tours. The tour date selected on the booking form is the tour commencement date and not the departure date from Australia.

All international flights must arrive in Johannesburg on the dates below.

Below are the tour commencement dates  2023 :

Travel dates 2023

Update on availabilty of the Blue Train – there is now limited suites available as per the below dates

27 March 2023 – 1 suite available

3, 10 April 2023 –  3 suites available per departure date

1, 8 May 2023 – 2 suites available per departure date

3 July 2023 – 1 suite available

10 July 2023 – 2 suites available per departure date

7, 14 August 2023 – 3 suites available per departure date

28 August 2023 – High Season surcharge of $375 per person – 2 suites available

4, 18 September 2023 – High Season surcharge of $375 per person – 2 suites available per departure date

Flights

Please indicate in the special request section of the booking form if you would like us to arrange the international flights and we will be in contact with you with the quote and flight details. We highly recommend that flights are booked via ourselves to ensure you have peace of mind with one point of contact for ALL your travel arrangements.

All domestic flights are included in your package.

International flights booked directly by clients must ensure the arrival date in Johannesburg  coincides with the tour commencement date. International flight details must be provided to 20twenty plus three months prior to your travel date.

Check in time for international flights are 3 hours prior to departure. Please reconfirm flights with the airlines 24 hours prior to departure in the event of any schedule changes and we cannot contact you in time to advise you accordingly.

It is the passengers responsibility to ensure your passport has more than 6 months validity from return date.

Airfares are subject to increase without notice and are not guaranteed until paid.

Baggage allowance vary on domestic flights and the allowance is 20 kg for checked in luggage and 7 kg for carry – on luggage.

Please refer to the terms and conditions for flights that have been issued.

Your next discovery awaits

Your next discovery awaits

Contact us:

Phone
+61 430497118

Address
3 Thornbill Way,
West Pennant Hills NSW 2125,
Australia

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