Combine a luxury rail journey on board the Blue Train with stays at some of South Africa's most iconic lodgings including the 5-star Palace of the Lost City and Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve. 

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Enjoy the fine cuisine and South African wines on board the luxurious Blue Train

Stay at the world-renowned Palace of the Lost City and enjoy a game drive in Pilanesberg National Park

Spot the Big 5 in Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve's pristine wildlife reserve

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Day by day Itinerary

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Day 1


On arrival, transfer to the Maslow Hotel, located in the heart of Johannesburg’s most vibrant neighbourhood, Sandton. In the afternoon, explore the township of Soweto and pass landmarks such as Nelson Mandela’s former home, Desmond Tutu’s house and the Hector Pieterson Memorial. Afterwards, uncover the history of twentieth-century South Africa at the Apartheid Museum.

Day 2


After breakfast, join a walking tour through the heart of the City of Gold. Visit a craft brewery and walk past Chancellor House, from where Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo ran the first black legal practice in the country during the 1950s. (B)

Day 3

Johannesburg - Sun City

Transfer to the world-renowned Sun City Resort, where you will spend three nights at the 5-star Palace of the Lost City. The Palace, so legend has it, was built for a king by an ancient civilisation from North Africa. Now restored to its former glory, each of the 335 luxurious rooms offer royal hospitality. Murmuring streams, gushing waterfalls and sculpture-lined walkways weave through the hotel gardens to its golf course and the Valley of the Waves. Activities include game drives in Pilanesberg National Park, swimming at the Valley of the Waves, playing two world-class golf courses, riding the world’s longest zip-line or enjoying shopping and dining. (B)

Day 4

Sun City

Join a morning game drive through the Pilanesberg National Park, looking for a variety of animals, including lions, leopards, buffalo, elephants, rhino and wild dog. The park is set within the crater of an ancient volcano, formed 1.2 billion years ago by overflowing magma. The landscape and rock formation

Day 5

Sun City Resort - The Blue Train

Transfer to Pretoria to board the 5-star Blue Train, which offers a 5-star all-inclusive experience in unsurpassed luxury – it’s the perfect way to see South Africa. Enjoy tantalising cuisine and take in stunning scenery from elegant lounges as the train travels to Cape Town. (B)(D)

Day 6

The Blue Train

On board, you will be indulged with fine cuisine accompanied by some of the best wines South Africa has to offer. Personal butlers see to your every need, be it in the comfort of your private suites or at any one of the exquisite lounges. Today you travel across South Africa’s unique and varied landscape, with a stop at Kimberley. (B)(L)(D)

Day 7

The Blue Train - Cape Town

Spend the morning at leisure, and check in to the magnificent Table Bay Hotel, opened by Nelson Mandela, and explore the vibrant V&A Waterfront, where you can sample some of the best food at the markets and stalls. Or perhaps you want to do a food-foraging tour with the hotel’s head chef – just ask the Table Bay staff. Later, expand your culinary experience with a tour of Stellenbosch in the Cape Winelands. You’ll sample beautiful wines and carefully chosen food pairings. (B)

Day 8

Cape Town

Join a full-day Cape Peninsula tour. You’ll pass steep mountains, secluded coves, sweeping beaches and enjoy some of South Africa’s most spectacular views. A particular highlight of today is visiting a colony of African penguins at Boulders Beach. (B)

Day 9

Cape Town

The day is yours at leisure to explore more of Cape Town's highlights

Day 10

Cape Town - Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve

Fly to Skukuza where you will be transferred to your chosen lodge at Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve situated within the 65,000-hectare wildlife oasis of the Sabi Sands Reserve. For 40 years the world has been drawn to its wilderness with the promise of the safari experience of a lifetime. (B)(D)

Day 11

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve

Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives amid pristine African wilderness. Sabi Sabi’s diverse habitat is home to spectacular wildlife including the Big Five – lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant – as well as cheetah, wild dog and some 200 other animal species indigenous to the area. (B)(L)(D)

Day 12

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve

See day 11 for more details (B)(L)(D)

Day 13

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve

This morning enjoy your last game drive before transferring to Skukuza for onwards arrangements. (B)

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