Luxury Small Group Journey - Southern Africa Safari by River & Rail 2017

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Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe

Best time to go: January to April, September to December

14 Nights | from £9,885pp

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Southern Africa Safari by River and Rail, Luxury Small Group Journeys with A&K


  • Embark on a three-night stay along the banks of the Chobe River aboard the graceful ‘Zambezi Queen’
  • Traverse majestic mountain ranges and grassy savannas on a two-day train journey by elegant, timeless Rovos Rail
  • Stand atop Table Mountain overlooking the Twelve Apostles range, tour the spectacular Cape of Good Hope and see the African penguin colony on Boulders Beach
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World
  • End your journey at the latest luxury camp located in Okavango Delta’s Moremi Game Reserve, predator capital of Africa — Sanctuary Chief’s Camp 

Southern Africa Safari by River & Rail: Download PDF itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Cape Town, South Africa
Arrive in Cape Town, the metropolitan light of South Africa, where you transfer to one of the country’s most famous hotels, set in the heart of the city.
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
Cape Grace (21st April departure only)

Day 2 Cape Town | Look to the Beacon of Hope
Explore this magnificent harbour city, starting with a scenic drive to flat-topped Table Mountain, where you reach the summitvia cable car (weather permitting). Take in the panorama of southern seas, sun-drenched city and the impressive cliffs of the Twelve Apostles, brooding high above the ragged shore. History follows with a drive through old Cape Town, past Groote Kerk (South Africa’s oldest church), City Hall and the Grand Parade. Continue with a drive past the Company Gardens with views of the Houses of Parliament and National Art Gallery. Stop for an artisan visit at Streetwires, where locals come together to craft handmade bead art. Your afternoon is at leisure before tonight’s welcome dinner.
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel | Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Cape Grace (21st April departure only)

Day 3 Cape Town | Thrilling Coast Beyond the City
Journey along the Atlantic coast, past the “bikini beaches,” through the charming harbour of Hout Bay and over historic Chapman’s Peak Drive. Reach the tip of the continent at the Cape of Good Hope, a richly diverse, 22,000-acre nature reserve that juts into the sea. Ride the “Flying Dutchman” funicular to the great pinnacle at Cape Point, offering views of Southern right whales from July through November. Spot Cape mountain zebras and possibly the rare bontebok en route to Boulders Beach, to sight endangered African penguins. Pass through Simon’s Town with its English seaside feel, the brightly painted boats on False Bay and Constantia, South Africa’s legendary wine country. Stop at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden to explore five of Africa’s six biomes (distinctive ecological regions) with a private local guide. Enjoy an evening at leisure at your hotel.
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel | Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Cape Grace (21st April departure only)

Days 4 - 5 Rovos Rail | Winelands to Grasslands
Recapture the romance of a bygone era as you board the wood-panelled coaches of the luxurious Rovos Rail. Depart Cape Town Station as you settle into your suite featuring a sitting area, an en-suite bathroom, and the perfect blend of period ambience and modern amenities. Wind through mountains, rolling green hills and the Cape Winelands before stopping to visit Matijiesfontein, an authentically preserved Victorian village. Sip South African vintages in handsome dining cars serving up artful menus as the stunning scenery scrolls by. The next day, gain another perspective from the Observation Car at the rear of the train. In Kimberley, tour the Diamond Mine Museum and the world’s largest excavation site. Continue through the hauntingly barren Great Karoo and the grasslands of gold-rich Highveld, marvelling at the changing landscapes.
Rovos Rail | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6 Johannesburg | Heart of South Africa
After breakfast and views of the gold fields of Witwatersrand, arrive at Pretoria Station. Transfer to your modern, residential style retreat in Johannesburg, where you enjoy lunch before an afternoon at leisure. Rest and relax or enjoy the amenities of your accommodations.
Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villas and Spa | Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 Victoria Falls | The Mighty Zambezi
Fly to Victoria Falls, where you transfer to your beautiful, historic hotel overlooking the magnificent falls. This afternoon, set sail on a sundowner cruise on the Zambezi River, watching for the rising mist of the falls in the far distance while you sip a refreshing cocktail. Spot hippos, crocodiles and a variety of birds as you gently glide along.
Victoria Falls Hotel | Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8 Along the Chobe River | Iconic Falls and Rivers
Join your guide for a walking tour on the Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls, known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya, (the smoke that thunders.) Watch as the mile-wide Upper Zambezi plunges 300 feet into the Lower Zambezi, making rainbows form and fade in the mist. Later, enjoy a market visit, browsing stalls filled with local handicrafts and relax on a drive to Kasane, where you pass through Namibian customs before boarding the five-star ‘Zambezi Queen.’ Enjoy the sunset river views on this elegant, uniquely African vessel while sipping cocktails and sampling canapés. Watch as elephants, buffalo and monkeys come to the river’s edge to drink. On board tonight, enjoy a beautiful dinner prepared by the resident chef, who shares a dinner that matches the majesty of your surroundings.
Zambezi Queen | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Days 9 -10 Along the Chobe River | Chobe National Park
Discover the wildlife-rich Chobe plain, which boasts buffalo, lions, giraffes and hippos, as well as Africa’s highest concentration of elephants. Experience the region as you wish: Choose a morning and afternoon activity, opt to tour a local Namibian village, fish on the Chobe River or embark on a river safari from the seat of a small boat. The next day, set off on a morning game drive in Chobe National Park. Following lunch and time to unwind aboard ‘Zambezi Queen,’ you again have the choice to fish or embark on a river safari, both from aboard a smaller boat for more intimate views of the river. This evening, from the decks of ‘Zambezi Queen,’ watch baboons, buffalo and familial herds of elephants come to the river to drink, while hippos begin their nightly graze.
Zambezi Queen | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11 Okavango Delta | Predator Capital
After breakfast, disembark ‘Zambezi Queen’ and fly to the Okavango Delta via Kasane Airport. Arrive at the newly renovated Sanctuary Chief’s Camp, in the Mombo Concession of the vast Moremi Game Reserve. This area is considered the “Predator Capital of the World” and is home to the “Big Five.” It offers Botswana’s most exciting game viewing, with a lush delta that draws a remarkable concentration of birds and wildlife. The rest of your day is at leisure to enjoy the activities on offer.
Sanctuary Chief’s Camp | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
*21st April departure overnight at Belmond Eagle Island including a 35 minute scenic helicopter safari.

Day 12 Okavango Delta | Game Drives and the “Big Five”
Rise early for a game drive on the Okavango Delta, where viewing is nothing short of magnificent with large concentrations of elephants, buffalo and impalas; lions and other predators also call the Okavango home. Activities include a seasonal mokoro ride on the delta and a Chef’s Table experience offering you a taste of traditional local cuisine. Visit the area where 20 rare and endangered rhinos, which were transported into Moremi Reserve to protect them from poachers, now live in their new home. Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy and Sanctuary Retreats partnered with the Botswana Defence Force and Wilderness Safaris in this bold commitment to conservation. Prior to your afternoon safari, enjoy an educational presentation about the rhinos and their journey from South Africa to Botswana. Tonight, celebrate with a special farewell dinner.
Sanctuary Chief’s Camp | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
*21st April departure overnight at Belmond Eagle Island

Day 13 Depart Johannesburg
After breakfast, fly to Johannesburg via Maun, where you connect with your international flight home. Enjoy access to the comfortable Premier Lounge before your departure.
Meals: Breakfast

Back to South Africa


Departure Dates & Pricing

Departure Dates Per Person from
24th Mar, 21st Apr £9,885Book now
5th May £10,650Book now
16th Jun, 14th Jul, 11th Aug, 8th Sep £11,420Book now
29th Sep, 22nd Dec £12,189Book now


The above prices include all accommodation, guiding and meals as specified. Subject to availability. Excludes international flights. Single Supplement on request
Note that Table Mountain closes annually mid Jul- mid Aug. Alternative touring will be provided for affected departures.
Minimum age is 10 years.
Each guest on this journey will receive an A&K Safari Duffle Bag.
Winelands 3 day Pre-Tour Extension from £1535pp available on the 21st Apr, 5th May, 11 Aug and 8th Sep departures.
Namibia Post Tour Extension 5 days from £3075pp. Available on 21st Apr, 16th Jun, 14th Jul and 8th Sep departures.


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Useful info

Fly to

Maun or Kasane via Johannesburg

flying time

12 hours 40 minutes

time difference

GMT +2 hours


Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an endemic area

Best time to travel

March - November


The best time to travel is between March and November, rain fall is at a minimum and the days are cooler but clear. Early mornings and evenings can be chilly. The Delta is normally in flood from May until August.

Best time to be there

October to May is the best time to visit the Cape. Game viewing is better during the drier months of April to September. The wildflower season is generally from mid August to mid September. The whale watching season runs from June to November.

Fly to

Cape Town/Johannesburg

flying time

11 hours 30 minutes/10 hours 30 minutes non-stop

time difference

GMT +2 hours


Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate if arriving or in transit for more than 12 hours from an endemic area.

Fly to

Livingstone (Zambia) or Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) via Johannesburg

Flying time

12 hrs 15 mins

time difference

GMT+ 2 hrs


Required for UK passport holders

The UNIVISA system (which allowed travellers to enter both Zimbabwe and Zambia using a dual visa) is currently suspended. If you’re travelling between Zimbabwe and Zambia (more than one entry either way), you should get a double entry visa for both countries. Both Zimbabwe and Zambia issue double entry visas at ports of entry.

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate required if travelling from an endemic area

Best time to travel

Apr-Jun when the water levels are at their greatest at Victoria Falls and large herds of animals can be seen in Hwange National Park. 


The best time to travel is between April and June, there is little to no rain and the Falls are at their fullest. These are the winter months therefore temperatures will only peak at around 20°C, although days are clear and bright.

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