There’s no better way to arrive in Cape Town than by a luxury steam train. Chugging through the beautiful Cape Winelands, past Table Mountain and down to Africa’s most beautiful city. This destination marks the end of one of the world’s great rail journeys – over a thousand miles through the Karoo from Pretoria. With Africa Exclusive you can do the journey in 24 hours in more modern style on the famous diesel hauled Blue Train. Or if you have a little more time, linger longer and try the 48 hour journey on partially steam hauled Rovos Rail. The Rovos train is the brainchild of Rohan Vos who still personally stands on the platform at Pretoria and waves goodbye to most departures. Step aboard and you’re transported back fifty years to a golden age of leisurely rail travel, with attentive staff, super cuisine and comfortable en suite accommodation. The train stops to let you see the Big Hole diamond mine at Kimberley, and again at the little “Edwardian” settlement of Matjiesfontein where you almost expect Baden Powell to pop into the station. We devote care and imagination to the design of your South Africa holiday, filling it with variety and interest. We know the best restaurants in the winelands, the most knowledgeable specialists in whale watching tours, the ideal guide to take you around Isandlwana battle site and the perfect luxury safari lodge in the Kruger. We’ll listen carefully and plan your holiday of a lifetime where the end of every day leaves you looking forward excitedly to the next. Call us now.
This beautifully restored train takes you in classic style on some of Africa’s epic rail journeys. Cross the Great Karoo and steam in style into Cape Town. Head to Victoria Falls where the station is beside the Victoria Falls hotel, or travel right across Africa from Cape Town to Dar es Salaam.
The sleepers, observation and dining cars are beautifully appointed in period style with modern comforts and conveniences. Enjoy courteous service and delicious cuisine as you make stately progress across majestic landscapes. You also have the chance to stretch your legs as the train stops at Kimberley Diamond mine and the classic Edwardian settlement of Majiesfontein.
The Blue Train has been hailed as the most luxurious train in the world. Characterised by its carriages of rich gold, deep blue and warm wood panelling, the train has been described as the equivalent of a five-star hotel on wheels. Deluxe and Luxury compartments are elegantly decorated and have single or double beds, lounge chairs, a writing desk, individual air conditioning control, internal telephones and remote controlled television. En suite bathrooms with either a bath or shower are decorated in Italian marble. Other amenities include an on board laundry service, 24 hour room service and a discreet professional butler.
Every day brought new adventures and we learnt so much about every aspect of Kenya, its people and the wildlife. Within 24 hours of leaving home we were sitting overlooking Samburu, eating a bush picnic lunch while watching elephants and getting to know our two Samburu guides. How amazing is that?!
Africa Exclusive provided me and my family with an unforgettable, life changing adventure. It was an ethical and authentic African experience and the treatment and service was first class. We felt like participants rather than merely tourists. Amazing.
You have given us so much more than we ever had the right to expect. This was the perfect holiday in every sense – exciting, comfortable, educational, brilliant fun, a wonderful itinerary and every last detail organised and delivered to perfection. I do hope you all have the time and the opportunity to enjoy the sort of life enriching experience you have just given to us.
As regular visitors to Africa with Africa Exclusive, we’ve been constantly drawn back to the varied animal and bird watching, the landscapes and the ways of life.
We got back home yesterday after the most fantastic trip to Botswana that one could imagine. Everything worked well and the various organisations looking after us were extremely efficient so that our travel and accommodation arrangements could not have been better organised – and the people of Botswana are lovely. For us it really was the holiday of a lifetime. Worth every penny.
We have now returned home from our African adventure and would like to send a big THANK YOU to Africa Exclusive. We had the most amazing holiday, far beyond our wildest dreams and will remember it as a trip of a lifetime.
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We aim to provide you with your ideal holiday, individually designed just for you and expertly organised. When you book with us you receive this perfectly designed holiday, travel advice and preparation, flawless organisation of the trip, ATOL financial protection and our 25 years’ experience. Because we have excellent confidential rates with lodges and airlines, the price of your holiday will be generally the same as you would pay were you to somehow book all the lodges, transfers and flights yourself.
There is a world of difference between one of our tailormade safaris and most package holidays printed in a brochure. Package holidays are usually designed to be as cheap as possible and of course involve large numbers of people doing the same thing. Our safaris use small, more exclusive and remote camps usually with guests flying in, and often virtually everything is included in the price. The experience is completely different.
Many of these small lodges and camps have broadly similar prices, and it is possible to arrange a superb two week safari for between £4,000 to £7,000 per person ($7,000 – $11,000) season dependant, all inclusive. Realistically it is difficult to reduce that figure, and by including Botswana in peak season, chartering a private plane, disappearing to some magical desert island, or flying at the front of the plane it’s easy to substantially increase that figure!