Cape, Rails & Kruger Quest

7 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

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 7-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 a game drive in Kruger, 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, 3 dinners. (Allow USD150-200 for meals not included.)
  • Private van/bus, 4x4 safari vehicles, sleeper train
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO)/driver, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 18, avg 12
  • Hotels (2 nts), Guest House (1 nt) sleeper train (1 nt, multi-share mixed gender), lodges (2 nts).


Day 1Cape Town

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Cape Town(1B, 1D)

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

Day 3Cape Town/Johannesburg(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 4Johannesburg(1L)

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

Day 5Johannesburg/Manyeleti(1B, 1D)

Take the Panorama Route into the Kruger National Park area. In the evening, enjoy a traditional dance experience in Shalati.

Day 6Manyeleti(1B, 1D)

Visit the Planeterra-supported G Hope Africa preschool before an afternoon game drive in Kruger NP (own vehicle). Keep an eye out for elephants, lions, rhinos, leopards, and buffalo—Africa's famed Big Five.

Day 7Manyeleti/Johannesburg(1B)

Drive back to Johannesburg. Tour ends on arrival at the airport.

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