Discover South Africa on a unique 12 day Blue Train safari to Cape Town, Hermanus and the Kruger National Park. Your trip starts with a 2 day journey to Cape Town onboard one of the most luxurious trains in South Africa, The Blue Train. Arrive in Cape Town for 4 exciting days of exploring the city, Cape Point and the Cape Winelands. Continue your trip to the famous town of Hermanus located on the Whale Coast to experience some of the best land-based whale watching in the world. Last but not least, fly to one of South Africa’s largest and most famous game reserves, the Kruger National Park, for a Big Five safari at an exclusive safari lodge.
The Blue Train is an eco-friendly transport option in itself, as opposed to traveling by car or airplanes which releases more harmful emissions into the atmosphere.
AHA Harbour Bridge Hotel & Suites runs an eco-friendly establishment with a recycling and water-saving program.
Whale Rock Luxury Lodge features grey water tanks, a recycling plant as well as solar panels for an eco-friendly energy alternative.
Imbali Safari Lodge supports conservation initiatives in support of Leopard, Wild Dog, and Ground Hornbill Monitoring. The lodge runs a recycling program for plastic, glass, cardboard and tins and a successful greywater system. LED lighting and low voltage light bulbs have been installed where possible and all the rooms are equipped with inverter air-conditioners. The staff members are from the local community and the lodge also supports a women’s initiative which runs an orphanage in the local village.
Please note This trip has been crafted for families which excludes children under the age of 16.
Your Blue Train Safari starts on arrival at O.R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa. A Jumbari representative will await your arrival and transfer you to the Blue Train welcome lounge based in Pretoria. Hop on board and settle into your Deluxe Cabin. Expect a 31-hour journey of 994 miles through one of the most scenically beautiful routes in Southern Africa en route to Cape Town. Enjoy the comfort of your relaxing lounge during the day which transforms into a cozy bedroom at night with goose-down bedding, air-conditioning and under-floor heating. Step outside your private cabin for the evening to enjoy a five-star dining experience inspired by local dishes.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.
On the third day of your Blue Train safari, you will arrive at the Cape Town train station where your driver will await your arrival. Transfer to the AHA Harbour Bridge Hotel & Suites, a premium 4-star hotel located on the edge of the V&A Waterfront which will be your home for the next 4 nights. During your time in Cape Town, you will have the opportunity to discover the city as well as the surrounding attractions. Your itinerary includes a half-day Cape Point tour and a half-day Cape Winelands tour. Time at leisure can be spent at the on-site Canal Café, the swimming pool or at the V&A Waterfront which is within walking distance of the hotel.
After breakfast, meet your driver for your transfer to Hermanus, also known as the whale-watching capital of the world. Expect a 2-hour scenic drive from Cape Town to Whale Rock Luxury Lodge. Check into your Deluxe Suite with a private patio and ensuite bathroom before heading out to explore the town of Hermanus. The following day you will be collected for your full-day Marine Big 5 Tour in Gansbaai with the hope of spotting whales dolphins, Cape Fur seals, and Great White Sharks. If you would like to explore more of the surrounding area, wine tasting in the Hemel en Aarde Valley is also a great way to discover local restaurants and wines.
On the ninth day of your trip, you will depart Hermanus for your transfer to Cape Town International Airport. Board your flight to Hoedspruit for the start of your safari experience within the famous Kruger National Park. On arrival, a lodge representative will collect you for a 2-hour road transfer to Imbali Safari Lodge. During your three-night stay at the lodge, you will enjoy 2 game drives per day as well as the option to experience a guided walk with an experienced safari guide. Imbali Safari Lodge consists of only 12 luxurious suites complete with private decks, plunge pools, mosquito nets, and air-conditioning. Time at leisure can also be spent at the communal swimming pool. Alternatively, schedule a spa treatment in the privacy of your suite or request a gym bag for a private workout.
All meals and game drives included.
Enjoy your last morning game drive in the Kruger National Park followed by breakfast at the lodge. After check-out, you will meet your driver for your transfer to the Hoedspruit Airport for your flight to O.R Tambo International Airport and your onward journey home.