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Cape Town, South Africa

Rovos Rail & South Africa Voyage

20-day rail & cruise

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In Brief

  • 1 Night Pretoria
  • 1 Night Rovos Rail
  • 1 Night Kimberley
  • 3 Nights Cape Town
  • 1 Night At Sea
  • 1 Night Walvis Bay
  • 1 Night Lüderitz
  • 2 Nights At Sea
  • 1 Night Port Elizabeth
  • 2 Nights Durban
  • 1 Night At Sea
  • 1 Night Maputo
  • 1 Night Richards Bay
  • 1 Night At Sea
  • 1 Night Mossel Bay
  • 1 Night Cape Town

About

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Ocean cruise

journey through the grasslands of the gold-rich Highveld on Rovos Rail to the Great Karoo and onward as you trundle through the spectacular mountain ranges and scenic winelands of the Cape before your all -inclusive 14-day luxury cruise

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK to Johannesburg

Fly to Johannesburg, where upon arrival you will be met by a Regent representative. A tour of Pretoria is included from the airport, including visits to Voortrekker Monument, Paul Kruger House, Nelson Mandela Statue & Union buildings. Brunch is included at a local restaurant, until it’s time to transfer you to your hotel for your overnight stay at the Sheraton Hotel in Pretoria. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 2
Pretoria and Rovos Rail

Breakfast & morning is at leisure before your transfer at 13:00 hrs to Rovos Rail Station, the private railway station which is situated in Pretoria.

Departure from Pretoria this afternoon as you begin this 1,600-kilometre journey through the grasslands of the gold-rich Highveld to the Great Karoo and onward as you trundle through the spectacular mountain ranges and scenic winelands of the Cape. Overnight on Train

Meals included today – Breakfast at hotel & dinner on train, including all local brand alcoholic drinks

Day 3
Kimberley

En-route to Cape Town, stop in Kimberley, once the epicentre of a worldwide diamond rush, for an off-the-train excursion. This city's chequered history is inextricably linked with the romance of those rare and beautiful stones. Here, you are cordially invited to disembark, take a tour through the streets of modern-day Kimberley to visit the 'Big Hole' and the Kimberley Big Hole Museum. Step back into a world of pioneers and adventurers-circa 1880 and marvel at the sheer magnitude of the 'Big Hole', the largest hole in the world excavated by hand. Overnight on Train

 Meals included today – Breakfast, lunch and dinner on train, including all local brand alcoholic drinks

Day 4
Cape Town

This morning enjoy a visit to the historic village of Matjiesfontein. This perfectly preserved Victorian Village, founded as a refreshment stop in 1890, boasts an impressive museum on the platform. The train departs for Cape Town via Touws River and Worcester arriving Cape Town Station approx. 18:00 hrs.

Transfer to Cape Grace hotel for 2 nights. The Cape Grace is situated on a private quay between the bustling V&A Waterfront and the tranquil yacht marina and is the perfect place to enjoy all that Cape Town has to offer. The city of Cape Town has a lot to offer the discerning tourist, among places of interest, you can visit pearl-white beaches washed by the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, watch colourful, old-style fishing boats in Kalk Bay, explore the old Malay slave quarters, enjoy the finest seafood in the world, wander through Greenmarket Square's famous flea market. - You are under own arrangements for dinner & evening.

Meals included today – Breakfast & lunch on train, including all local brand alcoholic drinks

Day 5
Cape Town

After breakfast at the hotel, depart for Cape Point full day tour including lunch. Highlights of the trip include one of the world’s most spectacular drives taking in Hout Bay, Chapman’s Peak, Noordhoek Beach, the Cape Point Nature Reserve, Boulders Penguin Colony, Kalk Bay and the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. - You are under own arrangements for dinner & evening.

Meals included today – Breakfast & lunch

Day 6
Cape Town

Enjoy breakfast and morning at leisure before transferring to Seven Seas Voyager for your wonderful cruise! Your Regent Representative will confirm the timings for baggage collection and departure time from the hotel.

Day 7
At Sea

Day 8
Walvis Bay

Unspoiled Walvis Bay, a natural lagoon and the only deep-sea harbor on the Namibian coast, offers something for everyone, with spectacular bird-watching being a keynote, as thousands of migrating species make their way here annually to join the local flamingoes and pelicans. “Dune 7,” at the outskirts of town, towers over the scenic bay, and offers excellent photo ops. The city is also a good starting point for a number of exciting day trips into the timeless beauty of the desert region, including off-road explorations, or fly-over dolphin and whale sighting.

Day 9
Lüderitz

Founded in 1883 by a wealthy German merchant of the same name, Luderitz offers colorful colonial architecture along the beautiful Atlantic coastline. Explore the region’s past on a tour of Kolmanskop, a ghost town that was once a bustling center of the diamond trade. The recently restored waterfront offers lovely Art Nouveau architecture, and the coastal waters are home to penguins, dolphins, sharks and seals. Enjoy local beer brewed in compliance with Germany’s strict beer purity laws, as well as local dishes and fresh seafood.

Days 10-11
At Sea

Day 12
Port Elizabeth

Located at the endpoint of South Africa’s picturesque Garden Route, Port Elizabeth is nicknamed “The Friendly City.” While regarded as one of the country’s most important seaports, Port Elizabeth is also considered the water sports capital of South Africa. Visitors enjoy the area’s beaches, scuba diving, game fishing, surfing and whale watching.

Days 13-14
Durban

A bustling, subtropical city and Africa’s busiest port, Vasco da Gama is said to have sighted Durban Bay on Christmas Day, 1497, naming the land Natal as a mark of respect for the Nativity. The name Durban was acquired in 1843 when Port Natal was renamed for Sir Benjamin D'Urban. Today , Durban delights the traveler with its colorful mosaic of ethnic neighborhoods and memorable excursions to game reserves and the traditional lifestyle of the Zulu people. Explore Old Market Square, the Golden Mile beachfront and the scented Botanic Gardens and Gray Street Mosque, the largest in the southern hemisphere.

Day 15
At Sea

Durban, a glistening jewel on the south-east coast of Africa, is the third largest city in South Africa and the major city of KwaZulu-Natal. It has been a centre of sea trade since before colonisation and now has a flourishing artistic centre, which perfectly complements the vibrant markets and rich cultures of the city. Durban’s port is a natural half-moon harbour lined with white sand and azure water, punctuated by the port’s many piers which reach into the water like the leaves of a fan. The beaches of Durban’s famous Golden Mile stretch along the harbour and are popular all year round, as travellers and locals alike enjoy Durban’s warm, humid summers and mild, dry winters.

Day 16
Maputo

Discover the relaxed charm of Maputo with its wide, European style boulevards, lush with jacaranda, bougainvillea and other tropical foliage, where old colonial palaces are mixed in with modern high-rise buildings. Visit The Cathedral built in 1944 in the shape of a cross, then the lively Mercado Central. Enjoy a snack of freshly roasted cashews and a cold bottled drink. Stop by the National Museum of Art then stroll along the Avenida Julius Nyerere, browsing the boutiques, vendors, and restaurants. Look for African waxprint and woven fabrics, beautiful wooden boxes and picture frames. Seek out the surreal Pancho Guedes buildings, reminiscent of Gaudi. Visit the Praça de Trabalhadores designed by Gustave Eiffel in the late 19th century. Sip coffee in one of the many outdoor cafés as you watch the world go by in this vibrant seaside capital.

Day 17
Richards Bay

Richards Bay is one of South Africa’s largest harbors, and is the tourist’s gateway to Zululand, once the mightiest of the sub-Saharan African Kingdoms. Richards Bay began its life as a makeshift harbor, set up by Sir Fredererick Richards, after whom it is named, during the Anglo-Boer War of 1880-81. Richards Bay has some of the most spectacular wetland scenery and pristine beaches on the north coast of KwaZulu Natal. Join us as we explore the land of King Shaka, or embark on an unforgettable safari to Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve.

Day 18
At Sea

South Africa’s largest harbour is located on a lagoon on the Mhlatuze River on the northern coast of KwaZulu-Natal and takes its name from Admiral Sir F W Richards who sailed into the bay to deliver supplies to the troops during the Anglo/Zulu War of 1879. The Richards Bay lagoon was declared a game reserve in 1935, when conservationists objected to the growing industrialisation here. This however did nothing to halt development. Instead a compromise was agreed and a wall was built across the length of the bay to divide the lagoon. The north side became the seaport and the south remained a sanctuary for waterfowl and wildlife. The lagoon is famous for being the site where the longest crocodile ever recorded was shot by hunter John Dunn - it measured over 20 feet. The town was built on the shores of the lagoon in 1954 and although it was only a small fishing community in the 1960s, the development of the deep water harbour and railway in 1976 prompted the growth of the much larger township you see today. The bustling town is now a popular holiday destination with its unspoilt beaches at the edge of the Indian Ocean, year-round sunshine and excellent recreational facilities including surfing and fishing. It is also an excellent gateway to Zululand and the KwaZulu wildlife reserves. Richards Bay has recently undergone a major renovation that has given the town a Caribbean feel.

Day 19
Mossel Bay

Situated halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, Mossel Bay offers more than 37 miles of beaches and at least 300 days of sunshine a year. Known as the location where the first Europeans made landfall on South African soil in 1488, today’s Mossel Bay is one of the country’s most popular beach destinations, as well as a haven for outdoor adventurers.

Day 20
Cape Town

Debark and take your included shared transfer to the airport for your onward flight to the UK

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