why you should goExperience South Africa’s stunning landscapes in utter luxury on board the Blue Train, a five star service on tracks. Enjoy a private chartered flight to Kruger National Park where Africa’s magnificent wildlife awaits. Beaches, sunset dhow cruises and horse rides across the dunes are only a glimpse of what awaits.
When we say ‘Africa’ you think ‘safari’, right? How about decadent five-star trains, luxurious bush lodges and completely pampered escapism? We’ve got an African experience that gets you an audience with the king (of beasts, that is) and a lot more to boot.
Explore South Africa at your own pace
Arrive in South Africa’s most cosmopolitan city, Cape Town, where you’ll hole up in luxury at The Kensington Place Hotel for three nights. Nestled by the side of the stunning Table Mountain, this will be your base for exploring the thriving city and the stunning beaches (be on the lookout for a few native African penguins).
Next you’ll hop on The Blue Train – a five star luxury hotel on tracks. And the great thing about a moving hotel room? The scenery comes to you. No trekking or hiking is required to see some of South Africa’s most stunning landscapes. Plus you’ll be able to savour the surrounding countryside at your own pace. Perfect.
The butler will (of course) show you to your suite where you can make yourself comfortable before being shown to brunch. You’ll stop in Matjiesfontein, where you will get the strange feeling of stepping back in time to 19th century London. Sip on a glass of sherry before wandering the streets past old London lampposts and Victorian style buildings. Then grab a ride back to the train on a red double-decker bus. We promise – you are still in Africa. Back on the train, it’s high tea in the afternoon and a seriously sophisticated dinner in the evening. Ostrich fillet accompanied by local Cape wine? How divine.
Safari in ultimate luxury
The next day, you’ll arrive in Pretoria ready for your private charter flight to Kruger National Park. The lodges in the park wind their way along the Sweni River, and perfectly blend the textures and colours of the bush in ultimate luxury. You’ll be staying at the most sought after safari spot in Africa, The Singita Sweni Lodge. Sit on your private game viewing deck or curl up by your fire inside the gorgeous luxury suite. You can soak in a bathtub with breathtaking views over the river from your floor to ceiling windows, or take your shower outside under the stars.
You barely have to leave your deck to view Africa’s most magnificent wildlife. It doesn’t get any better than at sunrise and sunset, when you’ve got the best opportunity to see a few big cats wandering past. If you do venture out on a guided drive (unmissable if you ask us), the place is packed with wildlife – elephants, lions, rhino, buffalo and leopard. Kruger National Park is, hands down, the best place to see the ‘Big Five’ in Africa. Take a night drive and you’ll get a look at some rare, nocturnal and camera shy creatures, you’d otherwise miss. Watch packs of hyenas and black backed jackals appear as they go on the hunt while an African Scops Owl glides silently overhead. This is the ultimate safari experience.
Unspoilt white sand paradise
After a couple of days in the bush, it’s time for a bit of ocean side luxury, and we know the perfect place: Azura Retreat, Mozambique. Soak in your own private plunge pool or walk the few steps to the beach for some time on the sand. Go on a sunset dhow cruise, don a snorkel and mask and explore the waters, or take a horseride across the dunes. And at night curl up under Egyptian cotton sheets beneath a thatched roof. Be sure to save some time for a massage or two at the amazing spa. We’re confident you won’t find a better way of exploring this amazing side of Africa.