Cape, Rails & Kruger Quest

8 days,Cape Town to Johannesburg

Take the train across the country like a local, explore coastal Cape Town, bike around Soweto township, search for the Big Five in Kruger National Park, savour a local meal with a family, visit the kids at the Planeterra-supported G Hope Africa preschool

Stretched across nearly 2.5 million hectares of wild South African frontier and home to over 600 species of mammals and birds, Kruger National Park is massive by any measure. Designed for travellers who don’t have a ton of time, this 8-day trip devotes the, ahem, lion’s share of its length to exploring South Africa’s most treasured game reserve with a few bonus experiences mixed in along the way. Get treated to a traditional family meal in Cape Town, take the train to Johannesburg with the locals, track the Big Five on daily game drives in Kruger and the surrounding area, and visit Soweto and a Planeterra project, too. One week now, memories forever.

What's Included

  • Cape Town orientation walk. Shosholoza Meyl train experience. Traditional meal in a local home. Soweto township bicycle tour with included lunch. Panorama Route drive. Kruger National Park game drive (full-day). Traditional dance experience. Planeterra-supported G Hope Africa preschool visit. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners. (Allow USD150 for meals not included.)
  • Hotels (3 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), lodges (3 nts).
  • Private van/bus, 4x4 safari vehicles, sleeper train
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO)/driver, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 18, avg 12

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Day 1 Cape Town

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Cape Town (1B, 1D)

Enjoy a full day in Cape Town with options to visit Robben Island, Table Mountain, exploring Cape Point or embarking on a wine tour around Stellenbosch. In the evening, experience an authentic meal in a local home in a nearby township.

Day 3 Shosholoza Meyl Train (1B)

Board the Shosholoza Meyl train at Cape Town station. Enjoy the day with your travel companions playing cards, meeting the locals and checking out the dining car. Drift to sleep to the rhythm of the train. Wake up and opt for a tasty breakfast on board.

Day 4 Johannesburg (1L)

Scheduled arrival into Johannesburg is noon. Meet the transfer and local guide and head for a visit to Soweto township. Enjoy a 3-hour bicycle tour around the area.

Days 5-7 Greater Kruger Area/Manyeleti Game Reserve (3B,3D)

Take the Panorama Route into the Kruger National Park area. Enjoy a full-day game drive in Kruger NP. Keep an eye out for elephant, lion, rhino, leopard and buffalo—Africa's famed Big Five. In the evening, enjoy a traditional dance experience in Shalati. Day 7 is free for optional game drives in Kruger or Manyeleti.

Day 8 Johannesburg (1B)

Drive back to Johannesburg. On the way, visit the Planeterra-supported G Hope Africa school. Tour ends on arrival at the airport. All onward travel can be booked after 5pm.

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