This trip changes to our Rail Travel Style for 2015 and will be one day shorter (7 days). Please see the 2015 itinerary for full details.

Cape, Rails & Kruger Quest

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8 days,Cape Town to Johannesburg

Take the train across the country like a local, explore coastal Cape Town, walk 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

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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 tour. 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, 4 dinners. (Allow USD150 for meals not included.) (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
Itinerary Notes

Please note: The September 1, 2014 and September 29, 2014 departures of this tour will not be taking the train. Instead, travellers will be upgraded to a flight between Cape Town and Johannesburg with an extra day in Cape Town.

2015 itinerary change: As of Jan 1, 2015 this trip changes to our Rail Travel Style and will be one day shorter (7 days). Please see the 2015 itinerary for full details.

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

Scheduled arrival into Johannesburg is noon. Meet the transfer and local guide and head for a visit to Soweto township.

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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