• Oyster Box Hotel Umhlanga
    Photo Info Oyster Box Hotel Umhlanga
    Relax at the beautiful
    Oyster Box Hotel
  • Rovos Rail
    Photo Info Rovos Rail
    Enjoy gourmet cuisine
    aboard Rovos Rail
  • Lion
    Photo Info Thornybush Game Reserve
    Experience close wildlife
    encounters on safari
  • Twelve Apostles Hotel Cape Town
    Photo Info Twelve Apostles Hotel Cape Town
    Dine in style in Cape Town
  • Elephant
    Photo Info Thornybush
    Watch wildlife from the
    comfort of your lodge
  • Summary
  • Itinerary
  • Pricing
  • Options & Add-ons

The Pearl of Africa

Beautiful Cape Town and a thrilling safari are combined with a luxurious Rovos Rail train journey for a superb South African vacation.

Trip Highlights

Cape Town | Johannesburg | Umhlanga | Durban | Kruger National Park

 

 

The experience promotes and educates our guests on sustainable consumption and production and educates our guests on the importance of natural ecosystems or wildlife conservation and contributes to their restoration or repopulation.

Relax

On a magnificent luxury train journey as you gaze at scenic countryside views from the train’s observation car

Taste

Savor gourmet cuisine at the Azure Restaurant
High Tea experience at the Oyster Box Hotel (included starting in 2020)
Enjoy elegant dining with fine wines on board Rovos Rail

Experience

Thrilling close encounters with Africa’s untamed wildlife
Try to spot a leopard in this area famed for its leopard sightings

Choice

At additional cost:

Explore picturesque towns and taste superb wines on a Winelands Tour
Photograph dramatic cliffs and adorable penguins on a Cape Peninsula Tour
Stroll through magnificent botanical displays on a Kirstenbosch Tour
Try delicious curry at the Oyster Box Hotel


PCR Testing – we can’t take the test for you, but we’ve got the where and how covered!

Most countries and airlines require proof of a negative Covid PCR test. As your safari experts, we know their requirements and will take care of scheduling tests during your travels in South Africa, so that it’s conveniently planned into your itinerary and taking into consideration that results take between 24-72 hours. Tests cost between $100 and $330 per person, per test including transport to the testing facility. Your Africa Specialist will give you more information as it relates to your itinerary.


Day 1 - Cape Town

On arrival at Cape Town Airport, you will be met by a Lion World Travel representative and transferred to the Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa.

The award-winning 5-star Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is just 15 minutes from the heart of Cape Town on the gorgeous coastal drive along the winding Victoria Road on the way to Hout Bay. The majestic Twelve Apostles Mountain Range serves as a backdrop to this magnificent property, with the Atlantic Ocean stretching into the horizon for as far as the eye can see. All around you can walk the wilderness trails of the Table Mountain National Park, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. This luxury boutique hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service to and from The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.

A seaside picnic at Twelve Apostles
A seaside picnic at Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

During your stay you will enjoy a complimentary three course dinner at the hotel’s Azure Restaurant. Savor the finest indigenous and international cuisine on offer in the extremely popular Azure Restaurant. Round off the perfect meal with a delightfully sweet dessert, enjoyed on the stunning terrace overlooking the ocean.

Accommodation: Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa - Classic Room (D)

Day 2 - Cape Town

Today is at leisure for independent exploration. We would be happy to assist in pre-planning and arranging sightseeing tours to suit your interests.

Cape Town
Beautiful Cape Town, photo by Mike Myers

Perhaps take the shuttle to the vibrant V&A Waterfront to browse or shop at the array of lovely shops. Excellent craft markets and restaurants make it a wonderful place to include during your stay. You can take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain for fabulous views of the city, see Robben Island where Nelson Mandela spent so many years imprisoned, or stroll through stunning Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. The Cape Peninsula tour is a favorite option for breathtaking scenery and adorable penguins.

Accommodation: Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa - Classic Room (B)

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Add-Ons

Victoria Falls in Style - From USD $1,999

Experience a fabulous blend of luxury tented accommodations, game drives, river cruises and the impressive Victoria Falls for an exciting add-on!

Victoria Falls in Style is a 3-night package. Spend one night in Johannesburg and enjoy two nights in Victoria Falls staying in a stunning tented lodge on the Zambezi River where you will experience the wonder of the mighty Falls as well as a tranquil cruise on the Zambezi River and open-vehicle game drives in the Zambezi National Park.

Victoria Falls in Africa
Mighty Victoria Falls, photo by Cheryl Nicholas


Cape Town Day Tours


Cape Town, the Mother City, is a historically, culturally and breathtakingly vibrant city that was recently named the best city in Africa and the second best city in the world by Condé Nast Traveller. From its beautiful natural landmarks to its colourful culture; from decadent wine farms to captivating history and architecture - it’s a tourist heaven. There’s no finer way to savor Cape Town's pleasures than a guided day tour with Thompsons Africa – from wonderful winelands and wine tastings, to riding the cable car to the top of Table Mountain, we’ll take you there in style.

Please note the scheduled tour prices below have additional drop off and pick up points and will have other guests on board. The private tour pricing offers a vehicle and driver just for your use and allows more flexibility – please note that the venues visited will have other guests, it is just the vehicle and driver that is on a private basis. Pricing for both is per person based on a minimum of two people.

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Cape Town City Tour - Half Day

Departs: Daily between 7:35 and 8:30am. Returns: Approx. 12:30pm.

Colorful Bo-Kaap
Colorful Bo-Kaap, photo by South Africa Tourism

This tour is designed to orientate and give you a full-color insight into the extraordinary magic of Cape Town. First enjoy a cable car ride to the summit of the legendary Table Mountain (weather permitting) for panoramic views, including the City and surrounding layout of this southernmost tip of Africa (tickets are for your own account). Next up is a visit of the country’s oldest colonial building, The Cape Castle and the Company Gardens. Then you’ll be driven past Parliament Buildings, City Hall which is where Nelson Mandela made his first public speech after his release from prison and the Slave Lodge. Next, it’s up the cobblestoned hills to the beautifully colorful homes of the Bo-Kaap in the Malay Quarter. The tour ends on a sparkling note, with a visit to a diamond works where you’ll watch a professional diamond cutter as he creates every girl’s dream stone. Perhaps you’ll be taking one home.


Cape Point Tour - Half Day

Departs: Daily between 7:40 and 8:45am. Returns: Approx. 12:30pm.

Cape Point overlook, by Mike and Jenn O'Connor
Cape Point overlook, photo by Mike and Jenn O'Connor

The Cape Peninsula and Cape Point is wild, rugged, and undoubtedly one of the most memorable coastlines you’ll have encountered. The trip begins with a drive along Millionaires Paradise, eyeing the glamorous homes of Clifton Beach and Camps Bay which leave you in no doubt as to how it earned its title. From there, it’s on towards the charming coastal town and working harbor of Hout Bay - translated from Dutch it literally means Wood Bay. Then, driving over the legendary Chapman’s Peak Drive with its breathtaking views you’ll arrive at the Cape of Good Hope Section of the Table Mountain National Park and its rugged, intriguing landscape. Next up is a visit to the delightful African penguin colony at Boulders beach (for your own account, approximately USD $5 per person), before moving on to the historical naval port of Simon’s Town. It’s a wonderful half-day spent on the wilder side of this exquisite Cape coastline.


Stellenbosch Winelands Tour - Half Day

Departs: Mon-Sat between 12:45 and 1:45pm. Returns: Approx. 5:30pm.

Cape Winelands Tour
The old prison at Robben Island, photo by Stellenbosch Tourism

Stellenbosch, with its Cape Dutch architecture, is the warm and wonderful heart of the Cape Winelands and is surrounded by stunning wine estates. It’s truly the prettiest town, home to one of the country’s prestigious universities, and you’ll love exploring the fine art galleries, the architecture, the history, and the curious and quaint shops. You’ll be taken on a leisurely drive to become acquainted with the area, before being introduced to the wine-making process in a fascinating cellar tour. Of course you‘ll have a chance to taste the wine for which this area is renowned, and no doubt, you’ll leave with a favorite bottle or two under your arm. Stellenbosch is arguably one of the Province’s most beautiful towns.


Robben Island - Half Day

Robben Island, South Africa
The old prison at Robben Island, photo by South Africa Tourism

Board the Robben Island Ferry at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and take part in a half day Robben Island tour.

For nearly 400 years, Robben Island was a place of banishment, exile, isolation and imprisonment for political "troublemakers" and social outcasts. During the apartheid years Robben Island became internationally known for its institutional brutality. Some freedom fighters spent more than a quarter of a century in prison for their beliefs. Nelson Mandela was one of them.

Those imprisoned on the Island succeeded on a psychological and political level in turning a prison 'hell-hole' into a symbol of freedom and personal liberation. Robben Island came to symbolize, not only for South Africa and the African continent, but also for the entire world, the triumph of the human spirit over enormous hardship and adversity. You will be escorted around the island by an ex-political prisoner, and given insight into the past and how the human spirit triumphs.


Cape Malay Cooking Experience with Cass Abrahams

Departs: subject to chef's availability.

Today you will be picked up at 08h30 for your Cape Malay Cooking with Cass Abrahams Tour. Cass is the foremost authority on the cuisine in the Cape and is a local celebrity. The tour starts with a chat and a coffee with your guide so that you have some background on the people of the Cape, the history of their cuisine and on Cass. Cass realized that for a variety of reasons the cuisine was dying out in the Cape and made it her mission to rescue the recipes. She interviewed the grandmothers in the community and dug in the archives and then wrote a cookbook that became highly sort after by many South Africans. Today you have the opportunity to enjoy a hands-on class with her in her home in the Southern Suburbs. You will cook three to four dishes and then relax over lunch. Please note that no alcohol is served in respect for Cass's Muslim faith.


Sea Kayaking - Half Day

Departs: daily, subject to weather. Please note the tour excludes transport to and from Simon's Town — prices available upon request.

Visit one of the most unique places in the world - a penguin colony in suburban Cape Town. And the best way to see it is from the water. Leave from Simon's Town Waterfront and paddle past the civilian and Naval Harbor and out to Boulder's Beach. After visiting the penguins, stop on a lovely semi-private beach for refreshments, swimming and snorkeling (snorkels and bottled drinking water are provided). Your double kayak is very stable and perfect even if you have no paddling experience.

We can also arrange for you to go cycling, skydiving, sandboarding and abseiling among other activities — please let us know if you would like more information on these activities.


Cape Winelands Tour - Full Day

Departs: Mon-Sat between 8:00 and 9:00am. Returns: Approx. 5:30pm

Winelands Tour in South Africa
Exploring the Cape Winelands, photo by South Africa Tourism

This is a superb day exploring the exceptional Winelands region with its heavenly scenery. The area is rich with history, and you can’t help but feel it as you visit this region. Experience a wine cellar tour, where you’ll learn all about the process of winemaking, and have the chance to savor the wines. Visit the charming little town of Franschhoek, pass by the impressive Huguenot Monument, and enjoy lunch (your own account) – the town is known as the gourmet capital of South Africa. After lunch, the tour takes you over the Helshoogte Mountain Pass to the pretty university town of Stellenbosch. You will have time to stroll through this little town, absorbing the quaintness, and enjoying the shops! A trip to the Winelands isn’t complete without a wine tasting, so you'll visit two different wine estates. During your visit, you’ll be able to purchase your favourite wine to take back home!



Sunset Beach & Dinner - Evening Tour

Departs between 5:30 and 6:00pm. Returns: Approx. 10:00pm.
Only operates Sep - May

Join your host and head out of the city before sunset. Savor a chilled glass of sparkling wine while overlooking one of Cape Town’s most beautiful beaches and taking in the sunset. You’ll be shown how to find the Southern Cross in the night sky (if the moon isn’t too bright!), before enjoying dinner at a sensational restaurant offering seafood and South African specialties. If you’re celebrating a special occasion let us know and we can arrange a separate table. As you return to the hotel, you'll enjoy the city lights by night. 


Sunset Champagne Cruise - Evening Tour

Departs: daily subject to weather conditions — times vary according to sunset.

Board a sail boat that will follow the wind for this cruise and allow you to experience sunset and the views of Cape Town at dusk from a different perspective! Typically in a SE Wind direction, you will head out of the Harbour and sail across Table Bay towards Milnerton lighthouse, then return to the protection of Granger Bay in the lee of Table Mountain to watch the sun set, and then motor back to the Waterfront.

Sunset in Cape Town
Waterfront sunset in Cape Town, photo by Karen Stone


Custom Day Tours


We can also tailor make tours to match your interests or simply arrange for you to have a vehicle and driver available with no plan in mind to take you wherever you feel like going. Cape Town has been chosen as the Design Capital for 2014, we can include Architecture, Art, local clothing designers. In addition to the beautiful Winelands, Cape Point and City tours, consider a family day out, to see seals, penguins, monkeys and butterflies; splash out on a hot shopping extravaganza; or indulge in a grand gourmet food and wine tour of golf or bicycle tours.

Half Day Private Tours

Half day private trips depart daily on request and run from either 8:30 am to 12:30pm or 1:30pm to 5:30pm and cover up to 150km’s.

Full Day Private Tours

The full day private vehicle and driver hire departs daily on request with a pick up time of 9:00am, dropping off at 5:30pm and covers up to 250km's.

Both half and full day options exclude all entrances, parking fees, toll fees and any other costs which you would need to settle directly at the venues visited and in the case of parking, with the driver. Touring is done in an air-conditioned 7-seater vehicle with a tour guide.

Prices are per person in US Dollars, for land arrangements only, based on double occupancy accommodations. Based on a minimum of 2 passengers to operate. Single supplement pricing available on request.

2021 internal air arrangements, economy class per person US$799 for: Cape Town-Johannesburg and Durban-Kruger Mpumalanga-Johannesburg. Contact us for 2022 rates.

 

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Inclusions:

  • Accommodation as specified
  • Rovos Rail: All beverages served on board the train, guided sightseeing excursions and associated entrance fees, room service, limited laundry service
  • Private road transfers as specified
  • All services as specified
  • All transfers as specified
  • Meals as specified – including a complimentary dinner at the Azure Restaurant at the Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa
  • High Tea at the Oyster Box hotel (starting in 2020)
  • Transportation in luxury air-conditioned vehicles
  • Game viewing as arranged by Simbambili Game Lodge
  • Lion World Travel representative meet and greet upon arrival

Exclusions:

  • All international and domestic flights, fuel surcharges and taxes
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls, etc.
  • All other services not mentioned
  • Gratuities/Tips for game rangers/trackers, Rovos Rail staff, hotel staff, guides and drivers
  • Costs of obtaining Passports or Visas
  • Trip cancellation, trip interruption and medical insurance are required for the enture duration of your travels – please note that insurance for this trip is a mandatory requirement from suppliers in South Africa – proof of insurance must be provided before bookings are confirmed. It is your personal responsibility to ensure you have sufficient insurance coverage.

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