Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Southern Africa Safari by River & Rail tour

Southern Africa Safari by River & Rail

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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
13 days
From: $ 11,495 $ 884 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • From cosmopolitan Cape Town to thundering Victoria Falls to the extraordinary Okavango Delta, experience the best of Southern Africa in one spectacular itinerary
  • Embark on a three-night stay along the banks of the Chobe River aboard the graceful 'Zambezi Queen'
  • Traverse majestic mountain ranges and grassy savannas on a two-day train journey by elegant, timeless Rovos Rail
  • Stand atop Table Mountain overlooking the Twelve Apostles range, tour the spectacular Cape of Good Hope and see the African penguin colony on Boulders Beach
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World
  • End your journey at the latest luxury camp located in Okavango Delta's Moremi Game Reserve, predator capital of Africa - Sanctuary Chief's Camp

Short Description

Stand atop Table Mountain and in the mist of Victoria Falls, ride by train on the timeless Rovos Rail, experience the Chobe River on luxurious 'Zambezi Queen' and set off on game drives across the Okavango Delta.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
Lodging Level Luxury - 5 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Cape Town
End City Johannesburg

Trip Includes

  • All accommodations
  • Meals and fully guided sightseeing (including park and entrance fees) as noted in the itinerary
  • Services of A&K Tour Director or appropriate Guide on extensions coffee/tea/soft drinks/water at included meals
  • Porterage of two (2) pieces of baggage
  • Hotel taxes and gratuities throughout ,except to the Tour Director

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Cape Town, South Africa

Accommodation: Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

Arrive in Cape Town, the metropolitan light of South Africa, where you transfer to one of the country’s most famous hotels, set in the heart of the city.

Day 2: Cape Town | Look to the Beacon of Hope

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

Explore this magnificent harbor city, starting with a scenic drive to flat-topped Table Mountain, where you reach the summit via cable car (weather permitting). Take in the panorama of southern seas, sun-drenched city and the impressive cliffs of the Twelve Apostles, brooding high above the ragged shore. History follows with a drive through old Cape Town, past Groote Kerk (South Africa’s oldest church), City Hall and the Grand Parade. Continue with a drive past the Company Gardens with views of the Houses of Parliament and National Art Gallery. Stop for an Artisan Visit at Streetwires, where locals come together to craft handmade bead art. Your afternoon is at leisure before tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Cape Town | Thrilling Coast Beyond the City

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

Journey along the Atlantic coast, past the “bikini beaches,” through the charming harbor of Hout Bay and over historic Chapman’s Peak Drive. Reach the tip of the continent at the Cape of Good Hope, a richly diverse, 22,000-acre nature reserve that juts into the sea. Ride the “Flying Dutchman” funicular to the great pinnacle at Cape Point, offering views of southern right whales from July through November. Spot Cape mountain zebra and possibly the rare bontebok en route to Boulders Beach, to sight endangered African penguins. Pass through Simon’s Town with its English seaside feel, the brightly painted boats on False Bay and, later, Constantia, South Africa’s legendary wine country. Stop at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden to explore five of Africa’s six biomes with a private, local guide. Enjoy an evening at leisure at your hotel.

Days 4-5: Riding the Rovos Rail | Winelands to Grasslands

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Rovos Rail

Recapture the romance of a bygone era as you board the wood-paneled coaches of the luxurious Rovos Rail. Depart Cape Town Station as you settle into your suite featuring a sitting area, en suite bathroom and the perfect blend of period ambiance and modern amenities. Wind through mountains, rolling green hills and the Cape Winelands, before stopping to visit Matijiesfontein, an authentically preserved Victorian village. Sip South African vintages in handsome dining cars serving up artful menus as the stunning scenery scrolls by. The next day, gain another perspective from the Observation Car at the rear of the train. In Kimberley, tour the Diamond Mine Museum and the world’s largest excavation site. Continue through the hauntingly barren Great Karoo and the grasslands of gold-rich Highveld, marveling at the changing landscapes.

Day 6: Johannesburg | Heart of South Africa

Accommodation: Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa

After breakfast and views of the gold fields of Witwatersrand, arrive at Pretoria Station. Transfer to your modern, residential-style retreat in dynamic Johannesburg, where you enjoy lunch before a day at leisure.

Day 7: Victoria Falls | The Mighty Zambezi

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Victoria Falls Hotel

Fly to Victoria Falls, where you transfer to your beautiful, historic hotel overlooking the magnificent falls. This afternoon, set sail on a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, watching for the rising mist of the falls in the far distance while you sip a refreshing cocktail. Spot hippos, crocodiles and a variety of birds as you gently glide along.

Day 8: Along the Chobe River | Iconic Falls and Rivers

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: 'Zambezi Queen’

Join your guide for a walking tour on the Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls, known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya, “the smoke that thunders.” Watch as the mile-wide Upper Zambezi plunges 300 feet into the Lower Zambezi, making rainbows form and fade in the mist. Later, enjoy a Market Visit, browsing stalls filled with local handicrafts, and relax on a drive to Kasane, where you pass through Namibian customs before boarding five-star ‘Zambezi Queen.’ Enjoy the sunset river views on this elegant, uniquely African vessel while sipping cocktails and sampling canapés. Watch as elephants, buffalo and monkeys come to the river’s edge to drink. On board tonight, enjoy a beautiful dinner prepared by the resident chef, who shares a dinner that matches the majesty of your surroundings.

Days 9-10: Along the Chobe River | Chobe National Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: 'Zambezi Queen’

Discover the wildlife-rich Chobe plain which boasts buffalo, lions, giraffes and hippos, as well as Africa’s highest concentration of elephants. Experience the region as you wish: choose a morning and afternoon activity, opting to tour a local Namibian village; fish on the Chobe River; or embark on a river safari from the seat of a small boat. The next day, set off on a morning game drive in Chobe National Park. Following lunch and time to unwind aboard ‘Zambezi Queen’, you again have the option to fish or embark on a river safari, both from aboard a smaller boat for more intimate views of the river. This evening, from the decks of ‘Zambezi Queen,’ watch baboons, buffalo, and familial herds of elephants come to the river to drink, while hippos begin their nightly graze.

Day 11: Okavango Delta | Predator Capital

After breakfast, disembark ‘Zambezi Queen’ and fly to the Okavango Delta via Kasane Airport. Arrive at your luxurious safari camp located in the heart of the Okavango Delta. This area is considered the “Predator Capital of the World” and is home to the “Big Five.” It offers Botswana’s most exciting game viewing, with a lush delta that draws a remarkable concentration of birds and wildlife. The rest of your day is at leisure to enjoy the activities on offer.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Beyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge

Day 12: Okavango Delta | Game Drives and the “Big Five”

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Beyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge

Rise early for a game drive on the Okavango Delta, where viewing is nothing short of magnificent with large concentrations of elephants, buffalo and impalas; lions and other predators also call the Okavango home. Activities include a seasonal mokoro ride on the delta and the chance to participate in a Chef’s Table cooking demonstration with the resident chef. Tonight, celebrate with a special farewell dinner.

Day 13: Depart Johannesburg

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, fly to Johannesburg via Maun, where you connect with your international flight home. Enjoy access to the comfortable Premier Lounge before your departure.

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The most luxurious company for a trip to Africa! Provide excellent services to Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania....

Amazing safari!

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Just sitting in the Nairobi airport after an amazing A&K Safari in Kenya and Tanzania. This experience far exceeded my expectations. The guides were warm, knowledgable, and passionate. and Frankly I teared up a bit when saying goodbye to our Kenya guide, Peter, before heading to the airport. Dr Cornelius, our Tanzania guide, is a veterinarian - he knows the animals outside AND in (he's treated giraffes!). Every hotel was filled with friendly staff. Ever day was filled with surprises. We saw over 10 days seven leopards AND a rhino - some of the most elusive animals. We saw baby hyenas from a few yards away playing. We saw a lion carrying her cub in we mouth. The list goes on. Our guides were diligent and determined to find what we hoped to see. A&K makes this experience even better - you really don't have to think about anything except what time we are leaving in the morning or meeting for dinner at night. Customer service at its best - they live up to their reputation!
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Words cannot describe the level of service provided by A&K. I just returned from my trip to South Africa and Zimbabwe, and it was truly a trip of a lifetime.

Every single detail was executed with perfection. The pre-trip documentation was superb, the guides/drivers in each location were so knowledgable and professional, and our accommodations as well as the service provided at the accommodations was beyond First Class. Most of all, our guide was remarkable! Ananda van der Merwe was with us from start to finish, and she made our whole journey even more perfect than we could have ever imagined. She was so attentive, professional, knowledgeable, sweet, caring, thoughtful, patient, accommodating, smart, funny, and MORE!! Anyone traveling to South Africa should request that Ananda be their guide. You will not regret it!

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We took a trip to Jordan and Oman planned through our travel councillor and A&K. We chose this upmarket company and certainly had an upmarket holiday. Everything was top notch from beginning to end. We saw all the amazing sights, were given excellent tour guides and the accommodation was 5 star all the way. They included a couple of unusual accommodation choices too such as a rather posh tent in the desert and an Eco tent at the turtle reserve in Oman.
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Recently had a holiday booked with Abercrombie and Kent which was so disappointing we left 5 days early and the rest of the family left 3 days early. The way that A&K dealt with the situation and with us as guests was unprofessional and the property manager we dealt with on site was rude and antagonising. We have had numerous holidays with A&K before and never have we had an experience like this. It has been constant excuses and no apologies. We will never travel with them again and have advised our extended family, friends and industry contacts to do the same.
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 18

Limited to 18 guests

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation fees per person

Luxury Small Group Journeys, Marco Polo Journeys, Connections Land Journeys, and related Group Pre- and Post-Tour Extensions

  • If 91 days prior to departure or more cancellation fee is $500
  • Is 90-61 days prior to departure cancellation fee is 20% of program price
  • If 60-31 days prior to departure cancellation fee is 50% of program price
  • If 30 days prior to departure or less cancellation fee is 100% of the program price

Age Notes

Min. Age: 10

Additional Information:

  • Extend Your Journey | Enhance your journey with a pre-tour extension to the Winelands (3 days, from $1,995) and a post-tour extension to Namibia (5 days, from $2,495).

 

Pre-Tour Extension: Winelands, Days: 3 | From: $1,995

Available to add to select departure dates. See Dates & Prices tab for details.

Day 1

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: La Residence

Arrive in Cape Town, South Africa. Check in and enjoy a special welcome dinner at your hotel.

Day 2

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: La Residence

Wander quaint Franschhoek, visiting Haute Cabriere Wine Estate as well as a chocolate tasting and demonstration at Huguenot Fine Chocolates. After lunch, continue to the 300-year-old Grand Provence Heritage Wine Estate for a tasting before returning to your hotel.

Day 3

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Explore Stellenbosch with an expert guide who reveals its unique history and architecture. Experience chocolate and wine at Waterford Estate, an art exhibition and wine tasting at Muratie Wine Estate, and wine and olive tasting at Tokara. Return to Cape Town to begin your main program.

 

Post-Tour Extension: Namibia, Days: 5 | From: $2,495

Internal air from $1,500 (Johannesburg/Windhoek/Sossusvlei/Windhoek/Johannesburg)

Available to add to select departure dates. See Dates & Prices tab for details.

Day 1

Accommodation: Hotel Heinitzburg

Fly to Windhoek in Namibia, via Johannesburg, South Africa. The evening is at leisure at your hotel.

Days 2-4

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Fly to your eco-friendly lodge in the Namib Desert. Watch wildlife at a waterhole and stargaze at the on-site observatory. On Day 3, choose from optional activities, such as a visit to Sossusvlei, amid the dunes of Namib-Naukluft National Park. On Day 4, take a nature drive in NamibRand Nature Reserve. Later, gather for a festive farewell dinner.

Day 5

Meals: Breakfast

Fly to Johannesburg, via Windhoek, to depart.

 

Explore Dubai: Stopover Package, Days: 3 | From: $1,995

Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach (from $1,995) Burj Al Arab Jumeirah (from $3,295)

Add a Remarkable Stopover to Your Journey

Take advantage of an incredible opportunity to fly one of the world's premier airlines at exclusive preferred business and first-class rates, and spend two nights in Dubai before or after your journey.

Days 1-3

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch on Day 2

Meals: Breakfast on Day 3

Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach / Burj Al Arab

Fly glamorous Emirates to Dubai and check in to your luxury hotel. The next day, discover the best of this dazzling city, viewing its remarkable architecture, visiting the Spice Market and colorful shops at the Deira Gold Souk, and ascending the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper. On the last day, continue on to your journey or board your flight home.

 

  • Complimentary Safari Duffel | Guests on this journey receive a custom-crafted A&K safari duffel.
  • Customize This Journey | If you would like to customize this itinerary and create a Tailor Made Journey just for you and your companions, click here to inquire, or speak to your travel professional.

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Trip Excludes

  • International and Internal airfare
  • Passport and visa charges
  • Personal Expenses

Meals Included:

11 Breakfast, 7 Lunches and 7 Dinners

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