Shongololo Rail Adventures: Good Hope
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SOUTHBOUND

PRE DAY IN JOHANNESBURG
Having a “pre-day” means that one is able to acclimatize and unpack prior to the first day of touring
SPECIALISED ACTIVITIES:
Gold Reef City and Apartheid Museum
The first is a reconstruction of Johannesburg during the gold rush era built around a gold mine. The Apartheid Museum opened in 2000 offers rare insight into the rise and fall of the Apartheid era.
Gold Reef City and Lesedi Cultural Village
The first is a reconstruction of Johannesburg during the gold rush era, built around a gold mine. The latter is a multi-cultural African Village set among pristine bushveld and rocky hills. Experience the culture or four of South Africa’s major indigenous tribes: the Xhosa, the Zulu, the Pedi and the Basotho.
Sandton City This is truly South Africa’s premier shopping mall.
Lion Park, Rhino Park and Sterkfontein Caves
All of these interesting venues are on the outskirts of Johannesburg. Visit a Lion breeding project and see the rare white Timbavati lions, then rhinos in profusion and lastly the area known as the “Cradle of Man”, one of the world’s most important palaeontological sites

TRAIN - remains in Nasrec station overnight

DAY 01 – PRETORIA / JOHANNESBURG / SOWETO
TODAY’S OFF-RAIL ACTIVITIES
1. Pretoria and Soweto
In Pretoria, the administrative capital of South Africa, guests visit the Voortrekker Monument that commemorates the “Great Trek”. We visit the restored home of Paul Kruger, patriarch and president of the old South African Republic where various memorabilia of the era are on view. A grand bronze statue of “Oom Paul” surrounded by his Boer fighters dominates Church Square, central point of the city. We visit the Union Buildings housing the offices of the President and Ministers, designed by the famous colonial English architect, Sir Herbert Baker, and completed in 1913. The buildings overlook the city towards the once fortified hills to the east. We travel to Soweto to visit the SOMOHO, a community project which undertakes waste recycling, energy efficiency and poverty alleviation. Lunch (guest’s own account). The last stop is at the Hector Petersen Square named for one of the first students killed in the 1976 uprising. Departure time: 08h00 Distance travelled: 200km.

2. Soweto
Experience the heartbeat of this township, comprising 3,5 million people and made famous by the “Apartheid” laws. A drive over Bara Bridge affords a general view of Soweto (South Western Townships). We pass the Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital (the largest hospital in the southern hemisphere) on our way to the historic home of Nelson Mandela. This is the only street in Africa that once housed two Nobel Peace Laureates, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela. The next stop is the Hector Petersen Square, named after one the first students to be killed in the 1976 uprising where there is a monument in honour of Petersen and his friends. We also visit SOMOHO, community project, which undertakes waste recycling, energy efficiency and poverty alleviation Lunch (guest’s own account). Departure time: 08h00 Distance travelled: 135 km.

TRAIN departs for Hazyview

DAY 2 – PANORAMA ROUTE
TODAY’S OFF-RAIL ACTIVITIES
1. Panorama Route
We tour through Sabie is a small country town nestled in the majestic Drakensberg to a well known landmark- the Mac-Mac Falls and the village of Pilgrims Rest that is a living museum and a declared National Monument. Gold was discovered in this area in 1873 and soon there were 1500 diggers Today many of the restored miner’s houses serve as shops. Further along the escarpment we find the great Blyde River Canyon, a gorge, 26 km long and 800m deep, and carved from the face of the escarpment. Bourke’s Luck Potholes are strange deep cylindrical cavities formed by river erosion and floodwater. From the vantage of ‘God’s Window’ we gaze across the vast sweep of the ‘Lowveld’ where subtle fragrances of the low country rise to merge with the crisp winds of the Highveld. Departure time: 08h00 Distance travelled: 280 km

2. Kruger National Park
The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that equals the best anywhere. Its 2 million ha are unrivalled in diversity life forms and the park is a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques. The Park is home to an impressive number of species, e.g. 336 species of trees, 49 species of fish, 34 species of amphibians, 114 species of reptiles, 507 species of birds and 147 species of mammals. Departure time will depend on the season as gates open and close with the sun. Distance travelled: 220 km

SPECIALISED ACTIVITIES
Private Game Lodge: Departure from Hazyview is early in the morning and the day is spent travelling through the Kruger National Park. Game viewing is done en route and book into Kubu Lodge in the late afternoon. Dinner is a scrumptious braai (barbecue) in the Boma. Open vehicle safaris are conducted the next morning. Guests return to the train via the Panorama Route. Bookings are subject to availability. This tour departs at 05h30.
Open Vehicle Safari: Game drives are conducted in open safari vehicles, specially designed to ensure safety as well as optimum game viewing. Guides have intimate knowledge of the fauna and flora. Breakfast will be enjoyed at one of the many picnic spots and lunch (guest’s own account) at on of the Rest Camps in the park. Game viewing continues for the remainder of the afternoon.
Local Pub in Town: A drink at a local pub (Hippo Hollow) could be an interesting experience.
Shangana Cultural Village: Midway between the Blyde River Canyon and the southern Kruger National Park, the residents of the traditional villages of the Shangaan invite guests to share in their way of life. The picturesque villages were created and built by local Shangaan people as a way of preserving a rich heritage and are set in the shade of ancient trees.

TRAIN remains stationary in Hazyview overnight

DAY 03 – KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
TODAY’S OFF-RAIL ACTIVITY
1. Kruger National Park This option is a repeat of the previous day.

SPECIALISED ACTIVITY
Open Vehicle Safari: See Day 02

TRAIN departs for Mpaka station.

DAY 04 - SWAZILAND
The tiny kingdom of Swaziland covers only 17 000 square kilometres, making it the second smallest country in Africa.
TODAY’S OFF-RAIL ACTIVITY
1. Tour through Swaziland:
The drive from Mpaka will afford majestic views of the Ezulwini Valley. Mbabane is Swaziland’s capital. The Swazi Market is a hive of activity and displays a wide variety of skilfully crafted woodcarvings, colourful textiles and the superb basketwork for which the Swazis are renowned. We visit the Ngwenya Glass Factory and the Swazi Candle Factory. The National Museum is a pictorial and static display of the Swazi history, customs, dress and family life. Departure time: 08h00 Distance travelled: 180 km

SPECIALISED ACTIVITIES
Horse Riding: Horse Riding: Mlilwane Game Sanctuary lies about 20 km south of Mbabane on the gentle slopes of the Ezulwini Valley. A tranquil reserve that is fed by no fewer than four rivers and supports an impressive variety of game including hippo, zebra, eland, nyala, blesbok, waterbuck, warthog, giraffe, and crocodile. The rides takes place at walking pace and are also suited for inexperienced riders. A guide accompanies Golf: Enjoy a full day of golfing at the Royal Swazi Sun

TRAIN departs for Komatiepoort in South Africa

DAY 05 - NORTHERN ZULULAND
TODAY’S OFF-RAIL ACTIVITIES
1. Hluhluwe - Umfolozi Park:
The park lies in the heart of Zululand where ancient trails lead through the thornveld and along the mighty rivers of Africa’s oldest established wilderness area. Once the exclusive royal hunting ground of King Shaka, it is a tapestry of natural and cultural history. The park is a treasure store of species including Lion, Leopard, Elephant and Buffalo, Wildebeest, Zebra, Giraffe, Kudu, Bushbuck, Cheetah, Hyena and many others. Over 300 bird species have been recorded. Departure time: 08h00 Distance travelled: 360 km.

SPECIALISED ACTIVITY
Boat Cruise: Cruise the St. Lucia Estuary in a large flat bottom boat to see hippos, crocodiles, and a large variety of water birds

TRAIN Guests re-join the train at Mtubatuba from where it departs for Mtunzini.

DAY 06 - SOUTHERN ZULULAND
TODAY’S OFF-RAIL ACTIVITIES
1. Zulu Culture and Shakaland:
Leaving the coast, we head to the traditional capital of the Zulu, Eshowe, where the British forces felt the and shop where craft masterpieces can be found. Next is Shakaland, nestling amongst the aloes and mimosa trees of the Mlatuze River Valley. Lunch (guest’s own account) will be taken at the Shakaland Cultural Village that boasts exceptional views over shimmering lakes and hills. Then into King Shaka’s world where the Zulu dancers and drums reveal the traditions and way of life of this proud nation. Departure time:08h00 Distance travelled: 150 km

2. Hluhluwe - Umfolozi Park: See previous day.

Evening Activity: At 16h30 all guest are transferred to where barges will be waiting to take them on a sunset cruise on the Umlalazi River. After a relaxing cruise we return to the Mtunzini Nature Reserve for a traditional meat braai (barbecue).

SPECIALISED ACTIVITY
Bush Camp: Guests have the opportunity to spend a night off the train at a Bush Camp but will not be able to partake in the barbecue this evening
Guided Bush Walk: see wildlife on foot.

TRAIN departs for Durban

DAY 07 - DURBAN
TODAY’S OFF-RAIL ACTIVITIES
1. Pietermaritzburg, Valley of a 1 000 Hills & Durban:
In Pietermaritzburg we visit the railway station - a red brick building with contrasting iron stone facing. Here, Mahatma Gandhi endured the famous incident in 1893 of being put off the train as a person of colour. The city has numerous parks and gardens and many historical buildings reflecting both British and Boer occupation. We return to Durban via “The Valley of a Thousand Hills” and visit to the “Indian Market”. Strolling amongst the 180 stands Here you will get a taste of the fascinating and unusual mixture of the Orient and Africa while you. Departure time: 08h30 Distance travelled: 250 km

2. Durban City Tour:
Durban is the third largest city of South Africa and enjoys great importance due to its industry and its very large port. Thanks to the subtropical climate and the long stretches of beautiful beaches to which “uplanders” repair in winter. We visit the yacht club, the Botanical Gardens, renowned for the finest collection of botanical species in Africa and drive along the “Golden Mile” promenade where numerous hotels and restaurants. Last stop is at the University of Durban splendid view of the harbour and city. Departure time:08h30 Distance travelled: 50 km

3. Durban Spiritual Tour: (full day)
Guests depart for Mariannhill and a visit to the Monastery for a conducted tour and time in a beautiful, tranquil setting while listening to the sound of chanting monks in the background. This tour allows one to experience the intricacies and architecture of Durban’s vast array of Hindu, Sufi and Moslem temples including the most opulent Hindu structure in the southern hemisphere. We visit Phoenix, the spiritual settlement created by Mahatma Gandhi and lastly, the Juma Musjid, the largest mosque in the Southern Hemisphere, whose twin minarets are a striking city feature and is the largest mosque in the southern hemisphere. Departure time: 08h30 Distance travelled: 150 km

4. Natal Sharks Board and afternoon at leisure
The Natal Sharks Board offers a sensational multimedia program - a three-screen, surround-sound window on the shark's role in the oceans. Special effects include wind, intelligent lights and a fine mist of water at appropriate moments. This is followed by a shark dissection, which provides a allows one to see the internal machinery of one of the ocean's most awesome predators. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Departure time: 08h30 Distance travelled: 75 km

TRAIN departs for Ladysmith

DAY 08 – LADYSMITH / DRAKENSBERG
TODAY’S OFF-RAIL ACTIVITIES
1. Battlefields:
One is able to trace the course of the Anglo Boer War by visiting the Siege Museum as well as famous battle sites like Spioenkop. Spioenkop means “spyhill” and is a most prominent landmark pertaining to the history of the battle between the British and the Boers. Other highlights include Wagon Hill, where a battle was fought in 1900. Both the British forces and the Boers suffered heavy losses and the site of the battle was proclaimed a National Monument in 1938. Visitors also gain insight into the early lives of Winston Churchill and Ghandi. Departure time: 08h00 Distance travelled: 180 km

2. Drakensberg:
The 243 000ha Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park is one of South Africa's prime ecotourist destinations. Here you can savour the freedom of great open spaces in a world of gigantic peaks, towering sandstone cliffs, hidden valleys, virgin forests, crystal clear rivers, rolling hills and grasslands. The famous Amphitheatre at Royal Natal is home to Black Eagle, Bearded Vulture and herds of Eland and Mountain Reedbuck. There is also a priceless legacy of indigenous fauna and flora. We head out south of the Sentinel to Mont - aux Sources, one of the highest mountains in Southern Africa and take a short hike through this scenic valley. Of particular interest is a visit to the world’s most important storehouses of San (Bushman) rock art. Departure time:08h00 Distance travelled: 200 km

SPECIALISED ACTIVITIES
Rugged Glen Horse Riding: Spend two hours accompanied by a park ranger in the Rugged Glen Nature Reserve, dominated by the 1 889 m Camels Hump. The reserve boasts over 184 bird species, including the Black Eagle and the Cape Vulture. Other interesting inhabitants include the Klipspringer, Bushbuck, Mountain Reedbuck, Hares, Porcupine, Baboon and Black-backed Jackal.

TRAIN departs for Bloemfontein

DAY 09 - BLOEMFONTEIN / KIMBERLEY
TODAY’S OFF-RAIL ACTIVITIES
1. Bloemfontein and the Soetdoring Nature Reserve:
Bloemfontein is the seat of South African judicial system. At the Anglo-Boer War Museum visitors get a glimpse of life in the concentration camps and a memorial commemorates the 27,000 women and children who died in these camps. “Naval Hill” presents several beautiful panoramic views: After lunch (guest’s own account) at the Waterfront, a 20-minute drive brings us to Soetdoring Nature Reserve famous for its unique lion breeding project. Departure time:08h00 Distance travelled: 170 km

2. Kimberley:
Kimberley, sight of SA’s gold rush, is still world renowned for its quality diamonds and The Big Hole, the largest man-made excavation in the world. Much of the city’s past is preserved in the Kimberley Mine Museum, containing the first diamond discovered in SA can be seen. The Big Hole is an astonishing sight having been mined to a depth of 215 m and with a surface area of about 17ha. The museum provides a look at the affluent lifestyles of those who made their fortunes in early Kimberley. Departure time:08h00 Distance travelled: 380 km

TRAIN departs for Port Elizabeth

DAY 10 - PORT ELIZABETH
TODAY’S OFF-RAIL ACTIVITIES
1. Addo Elephant Park & time at leisure:
A short drive through brings us to the Addo Elephant National Park. The original elephant reserve was proclaimed in 1931 when only eleven animals remained in the area. Today it is sanctuary to over 350 and guests may also see Cape Buffalo, Black Rhino, a variety of antelope species. Back in Port Elizabeth lunch is for the guest’s own account is taken on the beachfront. The afternoon is spent at leisure. Departure time: 08h00 Distance travelled:160 km

2. Port Elizabeth City Tour & time at leisure:
Port Elizabeth, known as the “Friendly City”, is a major seaport with diverse eco and adventure attractions. There are beautiful beaches, lovely hotels and restaurants. Off this coast the first Coelacanth was caught. There is a fine Oceanarium as well as lovely parks. The rest of the afternoon is spent at leisure Departure time:08h00 Distance travelled: 50 km

3. Addo Elephant Park & Port Elizabeth City Tour:
A combination of Addo and the Port Elizabeth city tour with an extended lunch at the beachfront is highly recommended. Departure time:08h00 Distance travelled: 170 km

SPECIALISED ACTIVITIES
Township Tour: Our visit includes townships that were previously inaccessible due to strife but are now the pulsating beat of an emerging united city. This half-day tour will bring a better understanding of the “New South Africa”. Departure time: 08h00 Distance travelled: 150 km

TRAIN departs for Oudtshoorn

DAY 11 – KLEIN KAROO
TODAY’S OFF-RAIL ACTIVITIES
1. Oudtshoorn & Swartberg Pass:
Leaving the coastal behind, we ascend the Robinson Pass into Oudtshoorn famous for its ostrich boom in the early 20th century – it feathered the world in the time of the boa and the grand hats making many millionaires who, in turn, created elaborate life styles in this remote place in Africa. After lunch (guest’s own account) a great natural wonder awaits us, the Cango Caves - a series of great colourful underground chambers with breathtaking limestone formations. Departure time:08h00 Distance travelled: 280 km

2. Mossel Bay, Oudtshoorn & Cango Caves:
The first meeting between Europeans and Africans on Southern African soil occurred at Mossel Bay in 1488 when Diaz set foot ashore and encountered the ancient Khoi-San people. Travelling via the Robertson Pass we continue to Oudtshoon famous for its ostrich boom in the early 20th century – it feathered the world in the time of the boa and the grand hats making many millionaires who, in turn, created elaborate life styles in this remote African village. Mid-afternoon at an Ostrich Show Farm guests are taken on an unforgettable tour. Departure time: 8h00 Distance travelled: 200 km

3. Remain on the train to Mossel Bay:
Late risers enjoy a slightly later breakfast on board and enjoy the scenic beauty of the spectacular Outeniqua Pass and the Outeniqua Mountain range. As the Good Hope makes its way through the mountains, we see the landscapes change from shades of semi-arid desert to shades of green. A light lunch is enjoyed on board (guest’s own account) Spend the afternoon at leisure

Evening Activity
South Africa “Fish Braai” is planed for this evening. All guests will be transferred to the Khoi Village for the braai at 19h00

SPECIALISED ACTIVITIES
Cango Crocodile and Cheetah Land: In the company of guides visit this reptile farm accommodating over 300 Nile crocodiles ranging in size from hatchlings of 50 cm to fully grown 4 m specimens. We proceed to Cheetahland, to see a collection magnificent big cats are on view in large natural enclosures.
Seal Island Trips: Enjoy an early morning Boat Cruise to Seal Island to view the seal colony basking in the sun or playing in the sea. Sit back and relax with an early morning coffee or cold drink. Dolphins have been spotted on this boat ride as well as the occasional whale.
Seal Island Trips: Enjoy an early morning Boat Cruise to Seal Island to view the seal colony basking in the sun or playing in the sea. Sit back and relax with an early morning coffee or cold drink. Dolphins have been spotted on this boat ride as well as the occasional whale.

TRAIN Guests rejoin the train at Mossel Bay

DAY 12 – GARDEN ROUTE
TODAY’S OFF-RAIL ACTIVITIES
1. Old Passes Route and Knysna:
Drive along the coast from Mossel Bay to George situated on a 10-kilometer plateau between majestic Mountains to the north and the Indian ocean to the south. Then we head via the old Passes route which winds through the primeval forest of the Homtini to Knysna lying between lush forests and a peaceful lagoon. The Heads - two sandstone cliffs guarding the mouth of the lagoon connecting the estuary with the sea is a dramatic viewpoint. We take a walk among the 4m treeferns, 600-year old trees where the Knysna Elephants still roam.

2. Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe and Knysna: (Ticket for steam train is for guest’s own account.) The Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe is the last steam passenger train operating. Once the most expensive sections of line in the world - today it is rated the most beautiful. At Sedgefield guests are transferred by vehicle to Knysna situated between lush forests and the shores of the peaceful lagoon. The Heads - two sandstone cliffs guarding the mouth of the lagoon and connecting the estuary with the sea is a dramatic viewpoint. Departure time:08h00 Distance travelled: 240 km

3. Robberg Nature Reserve:
The Robberg Nature Reserve means “mountain of seals” and is a scenic 4km promontory of red sandstone that probes finger-like into the blue waters of the Indian Ocean. A number of walks are offered, ranging from reasonably difficult to gentle strolls. Along the way there are caves that were once inhabited by an ancient people called “strandlopers” (beach walkers). The northern flank of Robberg is rocky and wild but the south is the complete opposite with white beaches. Departure time: 08h00: Distance travelled: 240 km

4. Mossel Bay at leisure:
The first meeting between Europeans and Africans on Southern African soil occurred at Mossel Bay in 1488 when Diaz set foot ashore and encountered the ancient Khoi-San people. We visit the Diaz museum and the famous “Old Post Office Tree” where later explorers left post for passing ships. Mossel Bay features in the Guinness Book of Records as having the second mildest all-year climate in the world (second only to Hawaii)
Evening Activity: A South African “Fish Braai” (BBQ) is planned for this evening. All guests will be transferred to the Khoi Village for the braai at 19h00.

SPECIALISED ACTIVITIES
Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe: The Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe is the last steam hauled passenger train operating in southern Africa. It runs between George and Knysna. It was opened to traffic in 1928 and was then regarded as one of the most expensive sections of line in the world - today it is rated the most beautiful.
Boat Trip on the John Benn Boat (Knysna): Explore the beautiful Knysna Lagoon on this double-decker luxury cruiser. The cruise takes you to the famous Knysna Heads. A light lunch is served and a full bar is available. Departure time is 12h30 and duration is an hour and a half
Shark diving in cages (Mossel Bay): A 15-metre catamaran called the “Shark” has plenty of deck space and shade and is ideal for an experience with a ‘great white’. Divers are briefed about caging procedures before the cage is put down into the water. Once the first shark is spotted the bait lines are drawn in and everybody has the opportunity to view and admire this magnificent predator of the sea.
Seal Island Trips: Enjoy an early morning Boat Cruise to Seal Island to view the seal colony basking in the sun or playing in the sea. Sit back and relax with an early morning coffee or cold drink. Dolphins have been spotted on this boat ride as well as the occasional whale.
Whale Watching This option is seasonal - July-November. Boat trips to Seal Island give you the best chance to spot whales, dolphins, seals and penguins.

TRAIN departs for Paarl

DAY 13 – WINELANDS (STELLENBOSCH, FRANSCHHOEK & PAARL)
TODAY’S OFF-RAIL ACTIVITIES
1. Historic Stellenbosch and Franschhoek
We make our way to Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in the country lying in the heart of the winelands. There is a superb number of delightful early Cape Dutch houses. Driving over Helshoogte Pass we reach Franschhoek to visit the Huguenot Monument and Huguenot Museum. Then to Paarl named after the huge granite dome of rock overlooking the town returning through the Huguenot Tunnel to Worcester to. One wine tasting is included in this excursion. Departure time: 08h00 Distance travelled: 150 km

2. Four Passes Route:
We travel along Baden Powell Drive to the Sir Lowry’s Pass. The view from the summit here affords superb vistas over Somerset West, False Bay and Table Mountain. Our journey continues to Viljoen’s Pass to the Elgin Valley with its fruit orchards. The third pass, Franschhoek Pass offers splendid views over vineyards, plantations and rugged peaks. We stop at the beautiful Boschendal Manor House and wine estate. Back through a landscape of fruit farms, Cape Dutch houses and vineyards to Stellenbosch and finally to Paarl. One wine tasting is included in this excursion. Departure time: 08h00 Distance travelled: 250 km

3. Wine Tasting:
We follow the coastal road “Baden Powell Drive” and make our way to Stellenbosch established in 1679. Between Stellenbosch and the Drakenstein Valley is the Helshoogte Pass where the road winds through a landscape adorned with fruit farms, Cape Dutch houses and vineyards before reaching Franschhoek to visit the Huguenot Monument and Huguenot Museum. This is followed by a stop at the beautiful Boschendal Manor House and wine estate. The tour ends in Paarl. Two wine tastings and one cellar tour are included in this excursion. Departure time: 08h00 Distance travelled: 150km

4. Whale Watching: this activity is seasonal (July-November).
We make our way to Hermanus situated on the sea. Once a renowned fish market and whaling station. The whale hunts were stopped by international treaty in 1935. The WWF includes Hermanus in its list of 12 best whale-viewing sites in the world but it tops the list when it comes to land based whale watching. The natural cliffs allow for whales to be seen from as little as 5 m away. We return via Franschhoek Valley with magnificent views of the mountains patterned with wine estates. Departure time: 08h00 Distance travelled 150 km.

TRAIN. Guests rejoin the train in Muizenberg

DAY 14 / 15 - CAPE TOWN
TODAY’S OFF-RAIL ACTIVITIES
Please Note There is no particular order in which the inclusive activities will be executed during the first two days.
1. Table Mountain:
The exhilarating cable car ascent of Cape Town’s Table Mountain is a must for any visitor and provides breathtaking views over the city and its beaches. The panorama stretches from Table Bay to False Bay and around the mountain to the Hottentots Holland Mountains. The mountain is home to over 1 500 species of plants many of these are found nowhere else on earth.

2. The Castle:
The Castle of Good Hope is the oldest surviving building in South Africa.. This pentagonal fortification replaced a small clay and timber fort built by Commander Jan van Riebeeck in 1652 as a maritime replenishment station for the ships of the Dutch East India Company. The stone walls between the bastions are 150 m long and 12 m high.

3. South African Museum And Company Gardens:
Founded in 1825, the South African Museum is the oldest museum in sub-Saharan Africa. Examples of the extinct quagga are the only preserved specimens in Africa and some of the finest examples of rock art in the world are to be seen here. There is an adjoining planetarium presenting daily shows and is an experience not to be missed.

4. Bo Kaap And Museum:
The first Malays arrived in the Cape as political refugees and slaves during the 17th century. Nearly two centuries later after emancipation, these Islamic people moved into the area known today as Bokaap building mosques with picturesque minarets and their own style Georgian houses with Dutch influence One of the oldest Cape Town buildings houses the “Bo Kaap Museum”. It is furnished as a Muslim house of the 19th century and documents the history of the Cape Malays.

5. District 6 And Museum:
Close to the town centre District 6 became overcrowded and overbuilt and many facilities were lacking. By 1900 the largest group of people then referred to as “Malay”, “Mixed and Other” or “Coloured” lived in these poor conditions. On the other hand, the area was vibrant, full of colour with busy streets and lively life styles. Various religions and cultural heritages flourished and mingled. In the 40s the government removed the residents and most of the buildings. Today the city still grapples with the problem of what to do with this valuable real estate but also deal fairly with the strong emotions that still charges the issue.

6. Victoria & Alfred Waterfront:
Table Bay a great natural harbour brought the Dutch East India Company’s great ships to the Cape of Good Hope. Today the harbour is still very active. The V&A development has brought new life with shops and craft markets as well as restaurants, taverns, cinemas, theatres, and delightful views over the harbour.

SPECIALISED ACTIVITIES
The Two Oceans Aquarium: The Aquarium is located at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and offers an exciting insight into the indigenous fresh and seawater creatures of South Africa.
Robben Island Tour: For nearly 400 years, Robben Island was a place of banishment, exile, isolation and imprisonment.. During the apartheid years Robben Island became internationally known as the place where Nelson Mandela and the other heroes of the struggle were imprisoned.
Two Oceans Aquarium: The Aquarium is located at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and offers an exciting insight into the indigenous fresh and seawater creatures of South Africa.
Evening shuttle service to the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

TRAIN remains in Muizenberg station overnight

DAY 14 / 15 – CAPE TOWN
TODAY’S OFF-RAIL ACTIVITIES
1. Simon’s Town:
In years gone by, sailing fleets from Europe soon discovered that Table Bay was extremely dangerous during the winter months. While exploring, Governor Simon Van Der Stel discovered the bay which could give safe anchor to the visiting sailing ships. during winter. Simon’s Town is a charming little coastal town. It became a naval base in 1814 and is home to the SA navy today.

2. Boulder’s Penguin Colony: In 1983 a pair of African Penguins were spotted on Foxy Beach at Boulders and in 1985 they began to lay eggs. Since then the colony has grown rapidly, increasing initially at about 60% a year. By 1997 there were 2 350 adult birds. They are remarkably untroubled by people and Boulders is the only place in the world where one can actually swim amongst the penguins.

3. Cape Of Good Hope Nature Reserve: Sir Francis Drake called it "the fairest cape in the whole circumference of the earth". Yet many vessels, wrecked by the turbulent seas, have found their resting-place along this rocky coastline. The Nature Reserve is situated at the southern tip of the peninsula. The 7,675 hectare reserve is filled with priceless indigenous flora and fauna- some 2,700 species of indigenous plants and over 250 species of birds as well as troops of baboons and many species of antelope.

4. Chapman’s Peak Drive:
Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of the most spectacular sea cliff routes in the world – an African Corniche or Big Sur - and was built between 1915 and 1922 and recently upgraded.

5. Hout Bay:
Large fleets of colourful fishing vessels enhance the bustling ambience of this attractive resort. Fresh seafood is a specialty at Mariner’s Wharf.

6. Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden:
The gardens are world-renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape flora and for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. The estate of 528 hectares supports a diverse fynbos flora and natural forest.

SPECIALISED ACTIVITIES
Robben Island Tour: See description on previous day
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront: See description on previous day

TRAIN remains in Muizenberg station overnight

DAY 16 – TRANSFER DAY
If guests are transferring to a hotel, this will be arranged for them between 09h00 and 11h00 am. If guests are flying from Cape Town International Airport, their flight may only be this evening. In this case optional tours within the Cape Town area may be taken. Activities that could be undertaken are the following: A stroll around the False Bay area, Leisurely walk along the beach walkway to St. James, where a variety of small restaurants awaits or a short walk to the beach for a refreshing swim

SPECIALISED ACTIVITIES
Helicopter flight: Commencing at the V&A Waterfront, follow the Atlantic route and view the majesty of the Twelve Apostles, the white sands of Clifton, the wreck off Llandudno and the "Republic" of Hout Bay with the magnificent seal island. Follow the heart stopping curves of the Chapman’s Peak highway and fly over long lagoon-laced stretches of Noordhoek Beach. Then through Sun Valley to Fish Hoek, along Muizenberg, past the lush Constantia Valley and Groot Constantia, over Table Mountain and the City Bowl and back to the V&A Waterfront for a glass of sparkling win.
Robben Island Tour: See previous day
Cable Car: See previous day
Two Oceans Aquarium: See previous day


NORTHBOUND


PRE DAY – CAPE TOWN
Having a “pre-day” means that one is able to acclimatize and unpack prior to the first day of touring Activities that could be undertaken in the afternoon include the following:

A stroll around the False Bay area / Leisurely walk along the beach walkway to St. James, where a variety of small restaurants art situated. / A short walk to the beach for a refreshing swim. Guests stay overnight onboard, dinner and breakfast included.

SPECIALISED ACTIVITIES
Helicopter Flights: Fly over the whole penninsula and view majesty of the mountains the beaches, seal island and following the curves of Chapman’s Peak drive curves of the Chapman’s and along the coastal villages of False Bay over Table Mountain and the City Bowl and back to the V&A Waterfront for a glass of sparkling wine. Duration of flight is 30 minutes.
Robben Island Tour: For nearly 400 years, Robben Island was a place of banishment, exile, isolation and imprisonment. It was here that rulers sent those they regarded as political troublemakers, social outcasts and the unwanted of society. During the apartheid years Robben Island became internationally known for its institutional brutality. The duty of those who ran the island and its prison was to isolate opponents of Apartheid and to crush their morale. But those imprisoned on the island succeeded on a psychological and political level in turning a prison 'hell-hole' into a symbol of liberation. Robben Island came to symbolise, not only for South Africa and the African continent, but also for the entire world, the triumph of the human spirit over enormous hardship and adversity,
Cable Car: The exhilarating ascent of Cape Town’s Table Mountain is a must for any visitor and provides breathtaking views over the city and its beaches. The panorama stretches from Table Bay to False Bay and around the mountain to the Hottentots Holland Mountains. The Cableway was opened in 1929 and today carries some 600 000 people to the summit annually. It provides safe access and the trip takes about six minutes. On the summit there is a restaurant and a souvenir shop, from which letters (bearing the Table Mountain postmark) can be sent. Short walks may be taken from the cable-station, and the flora that can be seen in the different seasons, makes it an essential trip for nature lovers.
Two Oceans Aquarium: The Aquarium is located at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and offers an exciting insight into the indigenous fresh and seawater creatures of South Africa.

The train remains stationary in Muizenberg station overnight

DAY 01 / 02 – CAPE TOWN
Cape Town is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Its character reflects the cultural melting pot of Indonesian, French, Dutch, British & German settlers, as well as the local Khoisan tribes and the Bantu tribes from the north. The paternal presence of Table Mountain, pristine coastline, magnificent countryside, bountiful rivers, marshes, dams and the unique flora kingdom make the Western Cape perfect for any vacation.

TODAY’S OFF-RAIL ACTIVITIES
Please Note There is no particular order in which the inclusive activities will be executed during the first two days.
1. Table Mountain:
The exhilarating cable car ascent of Cape Town’s Table Mountain is a must for any visitor and provides breathtaking views over the city and its beaches. The panorama stretches from Table Bay to False Bay and around the mountain to the Hottentots Holland Mountains. The bulk of Table Mountain is composed of layer upon layer of erosion-resistant light grey sandstone, shale & siltstone. It rises 1 086 m above the bay and its flat summit measures nearly 3 km from end to end. The mountain is home to over 1 500 species of plants. Many of these are found nowhere else on earth. Examples are the rare Silver Tree and the wild orchid Disa Uniflora. The Cableway was opened in 1929 and today carries some 600 000 people to the summit annually. It provides safe access and the trip takes about six minutes. On the summit there is a restaurant and a souvenir shop, from which letters (bearing the Table Mountain postmark) can be sent. Short walks may be taken from the cable-station, and the flora that can be seen in the different seasons, makes it an essential trip for nature lovers. The ascent is dependent on weather conditions. The cable ride ticket is for guest’s own account.

2. The Castle:
The Castle of Good Hope is the oldest surviving building in South Africa. Building started in 1666 and it took about 30 years to complete. This pentagonal fortification replaced a small clay and timber fort built by Commander Jan van Riebeeck in1652 . He established a maritime replenishment station at the Cape of Good Hope on the instruction of the Dutch East India Company. The Castle was designed in accordance with the old defence system of the Netherlands, in a pentagonal shape with the five points of the star forming the bastions. The stone walls between the bastions are 150 m long and 12 m high. It was considered to be quite secure with a powder magazine under each bastion and a 25 m moat dug around the entire fortification. The five bastions were named after the main titles of Willem, the Prince of Orange: Leerdam, Buuren, Catzenellenbogen, Nassau and Orange. In1936, the castle was declared a National Monument.

3. South African Museum And Company Gardens:
Founded in 1825, the South African Museum is the oldest museum in sub-Saharan Africa. Exhibitions are designed to educate, stimulate and entertain. Examples of the extinct quagga are the only preserved specimens in Africa. Dioramas depict the mammal-like reptiles of the Karoo and some of the finest examples of rock art in the world are to be seen here. The essence of the museum is found in the great diversity of specimens exhibited. Time will be well spent in the Whale Well, interactive Sunlit Sea Exhibition area or in the Discovery Room for a hands-on experience of a wide range of museum objects. It is the only museum in South Africa with an adjoining planetarium presenting daily shows and is an experience not to be missed.

4. Bo Kaap And Museum:
The first Malays to arrive in the Cape from the East, came as political refugees and slaves during the mid seventeenth century. Nearly two centuries later (at the time of emancipation of slaves in the 1930’s) these Islamic people moved into the area known today as Bokaap. They built their mosques with picturesque minarets and their own style Georgian houses with Dutch influence. Simple, single storied dwellings with high stoeps, flat roofs and colourfully tinted plastered walls. One of the oldest buildings in 71 Wale Street houses the “Bo Kaap Museum”. It is furnished as a Muslim house of the 19th century and documents the history of the Cape Malays.

5. District 6 And Museum:
The area known today as District 6 was an area mainly for the working classes. Close to the town centre District 6 became overcrowded and overbuilt and facilities were lacking. By 1900 the largest group of people whom the then Cape government referred to as “Malay”, “Mixed and Other” or “Coloured” lived in these poor conditions. Yet, on the other hand, the area was vibrant, full of colour and there were busy streets and lively life styles here. Various religions and cultural heritages flourished and mingled. This community produced wonderful musicians and this tradition lives on. In the 40s the Nationalist government began bit by bit to ‘reallocate’ the residents and remove the buildings. Today the city still grapples with the problem of what to do with this valuable real estate but also deal fairly with the strong emotions that still charges the issue.

6. Victoria & Alfred Waterfront:
For over a century the Dutch East India Company contributed to the development of the Cape of Good Hope. The arrival of their merchant ships, laden with spices and treasures from markets explored, caused great excitement in the community. Times have changed, yet the same spirit lives on at the Waterfront Craft Market, where craftsmanship and artistry of an ageless quality can be found. Apart from shops selling gemstones, fashion, souvenirs and more, there are also restaurants, taverns, cinemas, theatres, and delightful views over the harbour.
SPESIALISED ACTIVITIES
Two Oceans Aquarium:
See description on Pre Day.
Robben Island Tour:
See description on Pre Day
Evening shuttle service to the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

The train remains stationary in Muizenberg overnight

DAY 01 / 02 – CAPE TOWN
TODAY’S OFF-RAIL ACTIVITIES
1. Simon’s Town:
In years gone by, sailing fleets from Europe soon discovered that Table Bay was extremely dangerous during the winter months. While exploring the peninsula, Governor Van Der Stel discovered the Bay, which he named Simon’s Bay after himself and ordered that all sailing ships visiting the Cape during winter, should anchor in the Bay. Tucked along the shore between the mountain and the sea, Simon’s Town has developed into a charming little coastal town with many architecturally gracious buildings, hidden corners and cobbled lanes. In 1814 the English colonial rulers of the Cape turned Simon’s Town into a Naval Base and this it has remained so ever since. It is home to the SA navy today. There is a statue of “Just Nuisance in Simon’s Town’s Jubilee Square. ‘Just Nuisance’ was a well known character, a great dane, who became famous during WWII by being the only dog ever to hold rank in the Royal Navy.

2. Boulder’s Penguin Colony:
In 1983 a pair of African Penguins were spotted on Foxy Beach at Boulders and in 1985 they began to lay eggs. Since then the colony has grown rapidly, increasing initially at about 60% a year. By 1997 there were 2 350 adult birds. The area has been taken over by the Cape Peninsula National Park, the birds have been restrained from wandering inland by a fence and a board walk and an information room have also been established. Boulders remains the only place in the world where one can actually swim amongst the penguins. They are remarkably untroubled by people, but visitors are discouraged from getting to close or chasing them.

3. Cape Of Good Hope Nature Reserve:
Sir Francis Drake called it "the fairest cape in the whole circumference of the earth". Portuguese explorers called it Cabo Tormentoso or "Cape of Storms". Many vessels, wrecked by the turbulent seas, have found their resting-place along this rocky coastline. The Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve is situated at the southern tip of the Western Cape Province, about 80 km from Cape Town. The 7,675 hectare reserve is filled with priceless indigenous flora and fauna. The Cape Peninsula, in the south-east corner of Africa, is indeed regarded by many as one of the most beautiful sights in the world. The reserve is host to approximately half of the 2 700 species of indigenous plants contained in the Cape Peninsula. There are over 250 species of birds as well as baboons, a wide variety of buck and various other mammal species.

4. Chapman’s Peak Drive:
Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of the most spectacular routes in the world and was built between 1915 and 1922.

5. Hout Bay:
Large fleets of colourful fishing vessels enhance the bustling ambience of this attractive resort. Fresh seafood is a speciality at Mariner’s Wharf.

6. Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden:
People used Kirstenbosch (Kirstens Forest) long before the arrival of the European settlers in the 17th Century. Traces of large pear-shaped stone implements and round perforated stones, which were used to weight pointed digging sticks, are all the record that exists of them today. In 1660 a hedge of wild almond and brambles was planted to form the boundary of the colony. Sections of this hedge, known as Van Riebeeck’s Hedge, still exist in Kirstenbosch. Today Kirstenbosch is world-renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape flora displayed and for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. It was founded in 1913 and grows only indigenous South African plants. The estate covers 528 hectares and supports a diverse fynbos flora and natural forest. The cultivated garden (36 hectares) displays collections of South African plants. There are walks through the gardens that wind amongst thousands of species of plants and trees and a pleasant tea shop and restaurant.
SPECIALISED ACTIVITIES
Robben Island Tour:
See description on Pre Day
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront:
A shuttle service to the Waterfront will be provided for some shopping or to have a great meal at one of the many fine restaurants. Vehicles will return to the train at 23h00.

The train remains in Muizenberg station overnight

DAY 03 – WINELANDS (STELLENBOSCH, FRANSCHHOEK & PAARL)
The fertile green valleys of the Cape Winelands are surrounded by proud mountain ranges. Due to the Mediterranean climate and winter rainfall in the south-western Cape, it produces some of the best wines in the country. The rich, fertile soils along the Breede River and especially the areas Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl, have become world famous for their Whites, Reds, Sherries, Ports and Brandies.

TODAY’S OFF-RAIL ACTIVITIES
1. Historical Walk:
We follow the coastal road “Baden Powell Drive” and make our way to Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa established in 1679. We visit the Stellenbosch Village Museum where a superb collection of historic houses can be viewed. A walk down Dorp Street, over “Die Braak” and make a stop at Oom Samie se Winkel (one of Stellenbosch's first general dealer stores. We drive over Helshoogte Pass to Franschoek to visit the Huguenot Monument and Huguenot Museum. Then to Paarl, named after the huge granite dome of rock overlooking the town. Lastly we take a scenic drive through the Huguenot Tunnel to Worcester were we will re-join the train. One wine tasting is included in this excursion. Departure time: 08h00 Distance travelled: 150 km

2. Four Passes Route:
We travel along Baden Powell Drive to the Sir Lowry’s Pass (430m). The view from the summit here affords superb vistas over Somerset West, False Bay and Table Mountain. Our journey continues to Viljoen’s Pass (524m), allowing access to the Elgin Valley with its fruit orchards. The third pass, Franschhoek Pass (733m), offers splendid views over vineyards, plantations and rugged peaks. En route we visit the beautiful Boschendal Manor House and wine estate. The road winds through a landscape adorned with fruit farms, Cape Dutch houses and vineyards on the way to Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa filled with lovely examples of Cape Dutch architecture. The tour ends in Paarl named after the huge granite dome of rockthat overlooks the town. One wine tasting is included in this excursion. Departure time: 08h00 Distance travelled: 250 km

3. Wine Tasting:
We follow the coastal road “Baden Powell Drive” and make our was to Stellenbosch, second oldest town in South Africa established in 1679. A short drive takes visitors along Dorp Street with all its historical houses Between Stellenbosch and the Drakenstein Valley is the Helshoogte Pass where the road winds through a landscape adorned with fruit farms, Cape Dutch houses and vineyards before reaching Franschhoek. Here we visit the Huguenot Monument and Huguenot Museum, which are situated at the foot of the Franschhoek Pass. This is followed by a stop at the beautiful Boschendal Manor House and wine estate. The tour ends in Paarl named after the huge granite dome of rockthat overlooks the town. Two wine tastings and one cellar tour are included in this excursion. Departure time:08h00 Distance travelled: 150 km

4. Whale Watching: (This activity Is seasonal (July-November).
We make our way to Hermanus via Strand, Betty’s Bay and Kleinmond. Hermanus situated on the sea, has long been known as a holiday place and a popular fishing area, developing later into a renowned fish market and whaling station. The whale hunts were eventually stopped by international treaty in 1935. Today, Walker Bay, is in the process of becoming the world’s first whale sanctuary. The WWF included Hermanus in its list of 12 best whale-viewing sites in the world but it tops the list when it comes to land based whale watching. The natural cliffs allow for whales to be seen from as little as 5 metres away. We return through the Franschhoek Valley with its magnificent views of the mountains patterned with wine estates. Departure time: 08h00 Distance travelled 150 km

TRAIN travels empty from Muizenberg to Paarl during the day. Guests rejoin the train in Paarl at around 17h30. The train departs at around 19h00 to Mossel Bay.

DAY 04 – GARDEN ROUTE
Mossel Bay lies in the heart of the famous Garden Route and is situated on a spectacular sun washed peninsula. Also called the “Karoo-by-the-Sea town”, Mossel Bay features in the Guinness Book of Records as having the second mildest all-year climate in the world (second only to Hawaii). But it’s the fascinating history of Mossel Bay, which grants the town its status as the historical capital of the Garden Route.

TODAY’S OFF-RAIL ACTIVITIES
1. Old Passes Route and Knysna:
Drive along the coast from Mossel Bay to George. Named after King George II. It is situated on a 10-kilometer plateau between the majestic Outeniqua Mountains to the north and the Indian ocean to the south. Here we head towards Knysna via the old Passes route. The old Passes route makes its journey through the primeval forest of the Homtini Pass and continues through valley after valley, twisting and turning. Situated between lush forests and the shores of the peaceful lagoon, Knysna offers many activities and attractions. The most well known attraction has to be the Knysna Heads - two sandstone cliffs guarding the mouth of the lagoon that connects the estuary with the sea. A lookout has been erected on the Eastern Head, commanding spectacular views. In the “Garden of Eden” one walks among the 4-meter treeferns, 600-year old Outeniqua Yellowwood trees where the Knysna Elephants still roam. Departure time:08h00 Distance travelled: 250 kms

2. Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe and Knysna: (Ticket for steam train is for guest’s own account.)
The Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe is the last steam hauled passenger train operating in Southern Africa.It runs between George and Knysna. It was opened to traffic in 1928 and was then regarded as one of the most expensive sections of line in the world - today it is rated the most beautiful. Guests leave the Choo-Tjoe at Sedgefield and are transferred by vehicle to Knysna and lunch (guest’s own account). Situated between lush forests and the shores of the peaceful lagoon, Knysna offers many activities and attractions. The most well known attraction has to be the Knysna Heads - two sandstone cliffs guarding the mouth of the lagoon that connects the estuary with the sea. A lookout has been erected on the Eastern Head, commanding spectacular views. In the “Garden of Eden” one walks among the 4-meter treeferns, 600-year old Outeniqua Yellowwood trees where the Knysna Elephants still roam Departure time:08h00 Distance travelled: 240 km

3. Robberg Nature Reserve:
The Robberg Nature Reserve means “mountain of seals” and is a scenic 4km promontory of red sandstone that probes finger-like into the blue waters of the Indian Ocean. A number of walks are offered, ranging from reasonably difficult to gentle strolls. Along the way there are caves that were once inhabited by an ancient people called “strandlopers” (beach walkers). The northern flank of Robberg is rocky and wild but the south is the complete opposite with white beaches stretching away. Situated on the edge of an 18 000-hectare lagoon, Knysna is one of South Africa's most picturesque resorts. Many of the country's top artists have made the town their home and there are many art galleries to visit. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Departure time:08h00: Distance travelled: 240 km

4. Mossel Bay at leisure:
The first meeting between inhabitants of Europe and Africa on Southern African soil occurred at Mossel Bay in 1488. Bartholomew Dias set foot ashore and encountered the ancient Khoi-San people. A visit to the Diaz museum and to the famous “Old Post Office Tree” will prove to be a worthwhile experience. This giant milkwood tree is estimated to be more than 800 years old and has been declared a National Monument. It is thought that underneath this milkwood tree Pedro d’Ataide left a letter in a seaman’s boot for passing ships in 1500. Today a replica of a seaman’s boot serves as a post-box next to the tree and all letters posted there, bear a special “Old Post Office Tree” stamp.
Evening Activity
A South Africam “Fish Braai” (BBQ) is planned for this evening. All guests will be transferred to the Khoi Village for the braai at 19h00.

SPECIALISED ACTIVITIES
Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe: The Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe is the last steam hauled passenger train operating in Southern Africa.It runs between George and Knysna. It was opened to traffic in 1928 and was then regarded as one of the most expensive sections of line in the world - today it is rated the most beautiful.
Boat Trip on the John Benn Boat (Knysna): Explore the beautiful Knysna Lagoon on this double-decker luxury cruiser. The cruise takes you to the famous Knysna Heads. A light lunch is served and a full bar is available. Departure time Is 12h30 and duration is an hour and a half
Shark diving in cages (Mossel Bay): A 15-metre catamaran called the “Shark”, has plenty of deck space and shade and is ideal for an experience with a ‘great white’. Divers are briefed about caging procedures before the cage is put down into the water. The cage is very securely attached to a platform on the back of the boat and the top lies about 23cms out of the water. Once the first shark is spotted the bait lines are drawn in and everybody has the opportunity to view and admire this magnificent predator of the sea. One may also view from the deck only.
Seal Island Trips: Enjoy an early morning Boat Cruise to Seal Island to view the seal colony basking in the sun or playing in the sea. This is an opportunity to just sit back and relax with an early morning coffee or cold drink. Dolphins have been spotted on this boat ride as well as the occasional whale (seasonal).
Whale Watching (This option is seasonal - July-November. Boat trips to Seal Island give you the best chance to spot whales, dolphins, seals and penguins.

The train remains in Mossel Bay overnight

DAY 05 – KLEIN KAROO
Surrounded by natural beauty, Oudtshoorn is situated at the foot of the majestic Swartberg Mountain range. Numerous rivers, streams and falls have their origins in the Swartberg, Outeniqua and Kammanassie ranges around the town. Oudtshoorn is regarded as the centre of the Klein Karoo and is world-renowned for the Cango Caves and the breeding of Ostriches.

TODAY’S OFF-RAIL ACTIVITIES
1. Oudtshoorn & Swartberg Pass:
Leaving the coastal terrace behind us, we ascend the Robinson Pass into Oudtshoorn famous for its ostrich boom in the early 20th century – it feathered the world in the time of the boa and the grand hats making many millionaires who, in turn, created elaborate life styles in this remote African village. We visit a museum to see, among other treasures of the past, an exhibit on “The Ostrich throughout the Ages. After lunch (guest’s own account) one of the world's great natural wonders awaots us, the Cango Cave, a series of great colourful underground chambers with breathtaking limestone formations. Departure time:08h00 Distance travelled: 280 km

2. Mossel Bay, Oudtshoorn & Cango Caves:
The first meeting between inhabitants of Europe and Africa on Southern African soil occurred at Mossel Bay in 1488. Bartholomew Dias set foot ashore and encountered the ancient Khoi-San people. We visit the Diaz museum and to the famous “Old Post Office Tree”. This giant milkwood is estimated to be more than 800 years old and is a National Monument. A few years later another explorer left a letter in a seaman’s boot for passing ships. Today a replica of that boot serves as a post-box and all letters posted there,bear a special “Old Post Office Tree” stamp. Travelling via the Robertson Pass we continue to Oudtshoon famous for its ostrich boom in the early 20th century – it feathered the world in the time of the boa and the grand hats making many millionaires who, in turn, created elaborate life styles in this remote African village. Mid-afternoon at an Ostrich Show Farm guests are taken on an unforgettable tour. Departure time: 8h00 Distance travelled: 200 km

3. Remain on the train to Oudtshoorn for Ostrich Farm visit:
Late risers enjoy a slightly later breakfast on board and enjoy the scenic beauty of the spectacular Outeniqua Pass and the Outeniqua Mountain range. As the Good Hope makes its way up into the Klein Karoo, the landscape changes from shades of green to shades of semi-arid desert. Travelling over the Outeniqua Mountain Range while enjoying a light lunch on board (guest’s own account) is awe-inspiring. In Oudtshoorn the vehicles are offloaded and guests head into town for an afternoon visit to and Ostrich Show Farm, where the well-informed guides will conduct an unforgettable tour. Departure time:on arrival in Oudtshoorn Distance travelled: 20 km

SPECIALISED ACTIVITIES
Cango Crocodile and Cheetah Land: Observe a series of crocodile pools accommodating over 300 Nile crocodiles. They range in size from hatchlings of 50 cm to fully grown 4 m specimens. In the company of guides guests experience a fascinating tour of fact and fable as they venture into the crocodile enclosures. We proceed to Cheetahland, where a collection magnificent big cats are on view in large natural enclosures.
Seal Island Trips: Enjoy an early morning Boat Cruise to Seal Island to view the seal colony basking in the sun or playing in the sea. This is an opportunity to just sit back and relax with an early morning coffee or cold drink. Dolphins have been spotted on this boat ride as well as the occasional whale whale.

TRAIN Guests re-join at around 17h00 at Oudshoorn and travels to Port Elizabeth

DAY 06 – PORT ELIZABETH
Not only is Port Elizabeth known as the “Friendly City”, but it is also a major seaport and dazzling tourist destination with diverse eco and adventure attractions.

TODAY’S OFF-RAIL ACTIVITIES
1. Addo Elephant Park & time at leisure:
A short drive through brings us to the Addo Elephant National Park. The original elephant section of the park was proclaimed in 1931when only eleven animals remained in the area. Today the Park is sanctuary to over 350 and guests may also see Cape Buffalo, Black Rhino, a variety of antelope species. Back in Port Elizabeth lunch is for the guest’s own account is taken on the beachfront. The afternoon is spent at leisure. Departure time: 08h00 Distance travelled: 160 km

2. Port Elizabeth City Tour & time at leisure:
The square of Port Elizabeth has some of the finest architectural attractions in South Africa; the City Hall that was built between 1858 and 1862 with a clock being added in 1883; the Horse Memorial that commemorates the horses that suffered and died during the Anglo Boer War; and the Edward Hotel which boasts South Africa’s oldest operating elevator The rest of the afternoon is spent at leisure Departure time:08h00 Distance travelled: 50 km

3. Addo Elephant Park & Port Elizabeth City Tour:
A combination of Addo and the Port Elizabeth city tour with an extended lunch at the beachfront is highly recommended. Departure time:08h00 Distance travelled: 170 km

SPECIALISED ACTIVITIES
Township Tour: Guests are taken from the city centre through historically 'coloured' areas and into the townships. Our visit includes areas that were previously inaccessible, but are now the pulsating beat of an emerging united city. This half-day tour will bring a better understanding of the “New South Africa”. Departure time: 08h00 Distance travelled: 150 km

The train departs in the early evening from Port Elizabeth to Bloemfontein

DAY 07 – BLOEMFONTEIN / KIMBERLEY

TODAY’S OFF-RAIL ACTIVITIES
1. Bloemfontein and the Soetdoring Nature Reserve:
Bloemfontein, also known as the judicial capital of South Africa, is filled with stories of the Anglo Boer War (1899 – 1902). Visit the National Museum, an institution of international stature, exhibiting natural history, cultural history, sciences and art. At the Anglo-Boer War Museum visitors get a glimpse of life in the concentration camps and a memorial commemorates the 27 000 women and children who died in these camps. The flat crest of “Naval Hill” presents several beautiful panoramic views and is home to a Game Reserve with many species: After lunch (guest’s own account) at the Waterfront, a 20-minute drive brings us to Soetdoring Nature Reserve which is world famous for its unique lion breeding project. Departure time:08h00 Distance travelled:170 km

2. Kimberley:
Kimberley is world renowned for its quality diamonds and The Big Hole, the largest man-made excavation in the world. Muchl of the city's past is preserved in the Kimberley Mine Museum, where the first officially recorded diamond discovered in the country, the Eureka, can be viewed. You may sift through diamond-bearing gravel, looking for your own treasure. The Big Hole is an astonishing sight. Mined to a depth of 215 metres, and with a surface area of about 17 hectares. Also of interest is the Art Gallery, where original artwork of the history of Kimberley can be seen, while the McGregor Museum provides a glimpse of the affluent lifestyles of those who made their fortunes in early Kimberley. Guests rejoin the train in Bloemfontein Departure time:08h00 Distance travelled: 380 km

TRAIN Departs for Durban.

DAY 08 – LADYSMITH / DRAKENSBERG
TODAY’S OFF-RAIL ACTIVITIES
1. Battlefields:
One is able to trace the course of the Anglo Boer War by visiting the Siege Museum as well as famous battle sites like Spioenkop. the most prominent landmark pertaining to the history of the battle between the British and the Boers. Other highlights include Wagon Hill, where a battle was fought in 1900. Both the British forces and the Boers suffered heavy losses and the site of the battle was proclaimed a National Monument in 1938. Visitors also gain insight into the early lives of Winston Churchill and Ghandi. Departure time: 08h00 Distance travelled: 180 km

2. Drakensberg:
The 243 000 ha Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park is one of South Africa's prime ecotourist destinations consisting of great open spaces in a world of gigantic peaks, of towering sandstone cliffs, hidden valleys, virgin forests, crystal clear rivers, rolling hills and grasslands. The “Amphitheatre” at Royal Natal is home to Black Eagle, Bearded Vulture and herds of Eland and Mountain Reedbuck. We move south to Mont - aux Sources, one of the highest mountains in Southern Africa, and take a short hike through the scenic valley below. Of particular interest is a visit to the world’s most important storehouses of San (Bushman) rock art. Departure time:08h00 Distance travelled: 200 km

SPECIALISED ACTIVITIES
Rugged Glen Horse Riding: Spend two hours accompanied by a park ranger in the Rugged Glen Nature Reserve, dominated by the 1 889 m Camels Hump. The reserve boasts over 184 bird species, including the Black Eagle and the Cape Vulture. Other interesting inhabitants include the Klipspringer, Bushbuck, Mountain Reedbuck, Hares, Porcupine, Baboon and Black-backed Jackal.

The train departs at 01h00 am from Ladysmith for its 324 km journey to Durban

DAY 09 - DURBAN
Durban is the third largest city of South Africa and enjoys great importance due to its industry and its port. Thanks to the subtropical climate and the long stretches of beautiful beaches.

TODAY’S OFF-RAIL ACTIVITIES
1. Pietermaritzburg, Valley of a Thousand Hills & Durban:
In Pietermaritzburg we visit the railway station - a red brick building with contrasting iron stone facing. Here, Mahatma Gandhi endured the famous incident (1893) of being put off the train as a person of colour. Capital of the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal, the town features numerous parks and gardens as well as many historical buildings reflecting both British and Boer occupation. Leaving via Old Main Road we enter a fascinating landscape datomg back to the earth’s middle age called “Valley of a Thousand Hills”. Lunch (guest’s own account) is followed by a visit to the famous Victoria Street Market. known as the “Indian Market”. Strolling amongst the 180 stands Here you will get a taste of the fascinating and unusual mixture of the Orient and Africa while you. Departure time: 08h30 Distance travelled: 250km

2. Durban City Tour:
Durban is the third largest city of South Africa and enjoys great importance due to its industry and its very large port. Thanks to the subtropical climate and the long stretches of beautiful beaches large numbers of “uplanders” retreat to Durban in winter. We visit the yacht club, the Botanical Gardens, renowned for the finest collection of botanical species in Africa and drive along the “Golden Mile” promenade where numerous hotels and restaurants are situated . Last stop is at the University of Durban for a splendid view of the harbour and city. Departure time: 08h30 Distance travelled: 50km

3. Durban Spiritual Tour: (full day)
Guests depart for Mariannhill and a visit to the Monastery. After a conducted tour, one can relax in the beautiful, tranquil setting while listening to the sound of chanting monks in the background. This tour allows one to experience the intricacies and architecture of Durban’s vast array of Hindu, Sufi and Moslem places of worship such as, the “Temple of Understanding”, the most opulent Hindu structure in the southern hemisphere situated in the mainly Indian suburb of Chatsworth. Phoenix is the spiritual settlement of Mahatma Gandhi to which the exiled Dali Lama made a pilgrimage when he visited Durban. Lastly, we visit the Juma Musjid whose twin minarets are a striking feature of Grey Street. It is the largest mosque in the southern hemisphere, with a floor area of 975 square meters and the capacity to host an assembly of 4 500 worshippers. Departure time:08h30 Distance travelled: 150 km.

4. Natal Sharks Board and afternoon at leisure
The Natal Sharks Board offers a sensational multimedia program. It is a three-screen, surround-sound window on the shark's role in the oceans. Special effects include wind, intelligent lights and the more adventurous should sit near the front to be sprayed with a fine mist of water at appropriate moments. This is followed by a shark dissection, which provides a allows one to see the internal machinery of one of the ocean's most awesome predators. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Departure time: 08h30 Distance travelled: 75 km

TRAIN departs at 01h00, heading 150km up the North coast to Mtunzini

DAY 10 – SOUTHERN ZULULAND
TODAY’S OFF-RAIL ACTIVITIES
1. Zulu Culture and Shakaland:
Leaving the coast, we head to the traditional capital of the Zulu, Eshowe, where the British forces felt the might of the Zulu “Impis”. Eshowe is named for the sound made by the breeze through the trees in the forest. the Vukani Museum and shop where craft masterpieces can be found. Onward then to Shakaland, where the Zulu ruled unchallenged. Shakaland nestles amongst the aloes and mimosa trees of the Mlatuze River Valley. Lunch (guest’s own account) will be taken at the Shakaland Cultural Villagewith exceptional views over shimmering lakes and hills. After lunch the rhythmic beat of Zulu’s dancers leads us into King Shaka’s world. The cultural show reveals traditions and way of life of this proud nation. We head back to Mtunzini in the late afternoon. Departure time:08h00 Distance travelled: 150 km

2. Hluhluwe - Umfolozi Park:
After an easy two-hour drive from Mtunzini, the Hluhluwe - Umfolozi Game Reserve is reached. The park lies in the heart of Zululand, where ancient trails lead through the thornveld and along the mighty rivers of Africa’s oldest established wilderness area. Once the exclusive royal hunting ground of King Shaka, this rich tapestry of natural and cultural history still beats with the rhythms of Africa. The park is a natural treasure store with species including Lion, Leopard, Elephant and Buffalo, Wildebeest, Zebra, Giraffe, Impala, Waterbuck, Reedbuck, Nyala, Kudu, Bushbuck, Steenbuck, Duiker, Warthog, Cheetah, Hyena and many others. Over 300 bird species have been recorded. Departure time: 08h00 Distance ravelled: 360 km.

Leisure: Walking trails are offered from the train to a nearby nature reserve and to the beach. Maps can be provided on request.
Evening Activity: At 16h30 all guest are transferred to where barges will be waiting to take them on a sunset cruise on the Umlalazi River. After a relaxing cruise we return to the Mtunzini Nature Reserve for a traditional meat braai (barbecue).

SPECIALISED ACTIVITY
Bush Camp: Guests have the opportunity to spend a night off the train at a Bush Camp but
will not be able to partake in the barbecue this evening

The train departs at 02h00 from Mtunzini to Mtubatuba

DAY 11 – NORTHERN ZULULAND
A taste of the real Africa has been savoured in some of the remote areas of northern Kwa-Zulu Natal. Here, portions of King Shaka’s royal hunting grounds have been kept aside as game parks and conservation areas. This is also where one finds some of Africa’s oldest parks.

TODAY’S OFF-RAIL ACTIVITIES
1. Hluhluwe - Umfolozi Park:
The park lies in the heart of Zululand, where ancient trails lead through the thornveld and along the mighty rivers of Africa’s oldest established wilderness area. Once the exclusive royal hunting ground of King Shaka, this rich tapestry of natural and cultural history still beats with the rhythms of Africa. The park is a natural treasure store with species including Lion, Leopard, Elephant and Buffalo, Wildebeest, Zebra, Giraffe, Impala, Waterbuck, Reedbuck, Nyala, Kudu, Bushbuck, Steenbuck, Duiker, Warthog, Cheetah, Hyena and many others. Over 300 bird species have been recorded. Departure time: 08h00 Distance ravelled: 360 km.

SPECIALISED ACTIVITY
Boat Cruise: Cruise the St. Lucia Estuary in a large flat bottom boat to see hippos, crocodiles, and a large variety of water birds

The train will leave at 13h00 from Mtubatuba to Golela, where guests will re-join the train. At around 22h00, the train departs from Golela to Mpaka (Swaziland).

DAY 12 – SWAZILAND
The tiny kingdom of Swaziland covers only 17 000 square kilometres, making it the second smallest country in Africa.

TODAY’S OFF-RAIL ACTIVITY
1. Tour through Swaziland:
The drive from Mpaka will afford majestic views of the Ezulwini Valley. Mbabane is Swaziland’s capital and is a medium-sized town. The business district’s main thoroughfare stretches uphill for a modest 400 meters from the Swazi Market. The market is a hive of activity and displays a wide variety of skilfully crafted woodcarvings, colourful textiles and the superb basketwork for which the Swazis are renowned. We visit the Ngwenya Glass Factory and the Swazi Candle Factory both boastind skilful craftsmen.The National Museum is a pictorial and static display of the Swazi history, customs, dress and family life. Departure time:08h00 Distance travelled: 180 km

SPECIALISED ACTIVITIES
Horse Riding: Mlilwane Game Sanctuary lies about 20 km south of Mbabane on the gentle slopes of the Ezulwini Valley. This tranquil reserve rests in a lush and fertile valley that is fed by no fewer than four rivers and supports an impressive variety of game including Hippo, Zebra, Eland, Nyala, Blesbok, Waterbuck, Warthog, Giraffe, and Crocodile. The rides takes place at walking pace and are also suited for inexperienced riders. A guide accompanies guests.
Golf: Enjoy a full day of golfing at the Royal Swazi Sun

Guest will board the train at Mpaka Station after passing through passport control. The train departs from Mpaka at around 20h00 and heads back into South Africa (Komatipoort border post).

DAY 13 – KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
Mpumalanga means "land of the rising sun" in the local language. It is a province of extraordinary natural beauty.

TODAY’S OFF-RAIL ACTIVITIES
1. Kruger National Park The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that equals the best on the continent. This national park of nearly 2 million hectares is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques. The Kruger National Park is home to an impressive number of species, e.g. 336 species of trees, 49 species of fish, 34 species of amphibians, 114 species of reptiles, 507 species of birds and 147 species of mammals. Departure time will depend on the season as gates open and close with the sun. Distance travelled: 220 km

SPECIALISED ACTIVITIES
Private Game Lodge: Departure from Komatipoort is early in the morning and the day is spent travelling through the Kruger National Park. Game viewing is done en route. Guests book into Kubu Lodge in the late afternoon. Dinner is a scrumptious braai (barbecue) in the Boma. Open vehicle safaris are conducted the next morning on the nearby Tshukudu Game Farm. Chances of spotting Cheetah, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo at close range are very good. The reserve also boasts a Lion rehabilitation program. Guests return to the train via the Panorama Route.
Bookings are subject to the availability of rooms. Prices are subject to confirmation at the time of booking This tour departs at 05h30

Open Vehicle Safari: Guests are collected from the station. Game drives are conducted in open safari vehicles, specially designed to ensure safety as well as optimum game viewing. Guides have intimate knowledge of the area as well as the fauna and flora. Breakfast will be enjoyed at one of the many picnic spots in the park. Lunch (guest’s own account) will be at on of the Rest Camps in the park. Game viewing continues for the remainder of the afternoon.
Local Pub in Town: A drink at a local pub (Hippo Hollow) could be an interesting experience.
Shangana Cultural Village: Midway between the Blyde River Canyon and the southern Kruger National Park, the residents of the traditional villages of the Shangaan invite guests to share in their way of life. The picturesque villages are set in the shade of ancient trees in a reserve of forest and grassland. The Shangana Cultural Village has been created and built by local Shangaan people as a way of preserving a rich heritage and is an example of South Africa's great cultural diversity.

TRAIN While guests are sightseeing or game viewing in the Kruger Park area, the train moves to the Hazyview station during the day, where guests will rejoin it in the evening. The train remains stationary in Hazyview overnight.

DAY 14 – PANORAMA ROUTE
TODAY’S OFF-RAIL ACTIVITIES
1. Panorama Route
Sabie is a small country town nestled in the majestic Drakensberg escarpment in Mpumalanga (Land of the Rising Sun) Province. A well known landmark is the Mac-Mac Falls where gold was found in 1873. A 25 m walkbrings guests to where they are able to observe the falls. Next we visit the village of Pilgrims Rest that is a living museumand has been declared a National Monument. Gold was discovered in this area in 1873 and by 1875 there were 1500 diggers The Royal Hotel’s bar used to be a chapel in Cape Town and was brought to Pilgrims Rest via Lorenzo Marques (Maputo today). Today many of the restored miner’s houses serve as shops. Moving along the escarpment we observe the Blyde River Canyon 800 metres below. This gigantic gorge (26 km long) is carved from the face of the escarpment. Next come the Bourke’s Luck Potholes. These strange deep cylindrical cavities were formed by river erosion and the action of floodwater. Lastly, from the vantage of ‘God’s Window’ we can gaze across the vast sweep of the ‘Lowveld’ - where the excarpment drops to the plains that stretch away to the Indian Ocean. The air is delightfully cool and subtle fragrances of the low country rise up to merge with the crisp winds of the Highveld. Departure time: 08h00 Distance travelled: 280 km

2. Kruger National Park:
This option is a repeat of the previous day. Departure time will depend on the season. The intention is to arrive at the gate as close to opening time as possible Distance travelled: 220 km

SPECIALISED ACTIVITY
Open Vehicle Safari: Guests are collected from the station. Game drives are conducted in open safari vehicles, specially designed to ensure safety as well as optimum game viewing. Guides have intimate knowledge of the area as well as the fauna and flora.
Breakfast will be enjoyed at one of the many picnic spots in the park. Lunch (guest’s own account) will be at on of the Rest Camps in the park. Game viewing continues for the remainder of the afternoon.

The train departs at around 19h00 from Hazyview to Johannesburg

DAY 15 – PRETORIA / JOHANNESBURG / SOWETO
Gauteng is the economic powerhouse of the Southern African region and home to some of Africa’s greatest cities. The name Gauteng derives from the Sotho word meaning "Place of Gold" as much of the wealth of this province has come from this precious metal.

TODAY’S OFF-RAIL ACTIVITIES
1. Pretoria and Soweto
In Pretoria, the administrative capital of South Africa, guests visit the Voortrekker Monument that commemorating the “Great Trek” of the. We visit the restored home of Paul Kruger, patriarch and president of the old South African Republic where various memorabilia of the era are on view. A grand bronze statue of “Oom Paul” surrounded by his Boer fighters dominates Church Square, central point of the city and from which grew to its present size. The Union Buildings house the where the offices of the President and Minister. The buildings were designed by the famous English architect, Sir Herbert Baker, and completed in 1913. This magnificent edifice overlooks the city, set in a valley and towards the once fortified hills to the east. We depart from Pretoria at around noon to Soweto where we visit the SOMOHO, a community project which undertakes waste recycling, energy efficiency and poverty alleviation. It has several working groups, each with their own unique focus, but all integrating the values of community, culture, environment and education into their programs. Lunch (guest’s own account). The last stop is at the Hector Petersen Square named for one the first students to be killed in the1976 rebellion There is a monument in honour of Petersen.

2. Soweto
Experience the heartbeat of this township, comprising 3,5 million people and made famous by the "Apartheid" laws. A drive over Bara Bridge affords a general view of Soweto (South Western Townships). We pass the Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital (the largest hospital in the southern hemisphere) on our way to the historic home of Nelson Mandela. This is the only street in Africa that once housed two Nobel Laureates, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela. The next stop is the Hector Petersen Square. The square was named after one the first students to be killed in the 1976 rebellion - a moment movingly captured by camera. There is a monument in honour of Petersen and his friends on the square We also visit SOMOHO, a community project. The project undertakes waste recycling, energy efficiency and poverty alleviation in an urban setting. It has several working groups, each with their own unique focus, but all integrating the values of community, culture, environment and education into their programs. Lunch (guest’s own account). Departure time: 08h00 Distance travelled: 135 km.

The train remains stationary in Nasrec Station overnight

DAY 16 – TRANSFER DAY
If guests are transferring to a hotel, this will be arranged for them between 09h00 and 11h00 am. If guests are flying from Johannesburg International Airport, their flight may only be this evening. In this case optional tours within the Johannesburg area may be taken.

SPECIALISED ACTIVITIES
Gold Reef City and Apartheid Museum
The first is a reconstruction of Johannesburg during the gold rush era, built around a gold mine. The Apartheid Museum opened in 2000 and offers rare insight into the rise and fall of the Apartheid era.
Gold Reef City and Lesedi Cultural Village
The first is a reconstruction of Johannesburg during the gold rush era, built around a gold mine. The latter is a multi-cultural African Village set among pristine bushveld and rocky hills. Experience the culture or four of South Africa’s major indigenous tribes the Xhosa, the Zulu, the Pedi and the Basotho.
Sandton City: This is truly South Africa’s premier shopping mall.
Lion Park, Rhino Park and Sterkfontein Caves
All of these interesting venues are on the outskirts of Johannesburg. Visit a Lion breeding project and see the rare white Timbavati lions, then rhinos in profusion and lastly the area known as the “Cradle of Man”, one of the world’s most important palaeontological sites.

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