Cape Town, Blue Train & Safari Self-Drive
10 Nights from €2,789 per Person Including Flights
- Flights & taxes
- Checked baggage
- CAR licensed & bonded
- In resort assistance & 24 hour contact centre
Fusing city life with scenic safari experiences, this 11-day self-drive from Cape Town to Durban incorporates many of South Africa’s wonderful attractions. You’ll begin with some time in Cape Town to explore the culture, cuisine and coastline of this bustling city before setting aboard the sophisticated Blue Train as you journey through the ever-changing scenery of South Africa. From here, seek out the Big Five on a game drive in the Kruger National Park before embarking on a trip to KwaZulu Natal to enjoy cultural excursions, visit to the game reserve and wildlife sightings.
- Enjoy the culture, beaches and vibrant atmosphere of Cape Town
- Venture on an elegant and unforgettable journey on the Blue Train
- Admire the beautiful views of Mpumalanga including God’s Window and the Blyde River Canyon
- Enjoy exploring the cultural side to South Africa with visits to Swaziland and KwaZulu Natal
Further reading: South Africa's Blue Train features in our guide to the top 10 rail journeys in the world.
Upon arrival into Cape Town, pick up your hire car from the Hertz depotat the airport and spend the remainder of the day exploring the city at leisure. Days two and three are free to roam the sights, explore the beaches and make the most of the thriving culinary scene. Why not take a cable car up to the top of Table Mountain, visit the museums and galleries, or visit the penguins on Boulders Beach? You could also take a trip to some of the quieter fishing towns such as Kalk Bay or Simons Town.
Overnight: Pepper Club Luxury Hotel
Cape Town to Pretoria
Drop off your hire car first thing in the morning at the downtown depot, from where you will be transferred to the Blue Train lounge to await your departure aboard the moving five-star hotel – the elegant Blue Train. Watch as the picturesque scenery moves throughout the journey from Cape Town to Pretoria.
The Blue Train is a stylish and elegant vehicle, comprising spacious De Luxe and Luxury Suites, a dining car, on-call Butler and an entertainment system. With an emphasis on glamour and luxury, travelling aboard this sophisticated train is a unique and unforgettable experience. Relax in the lounge and dine on a delicious high tea, enjoy the scenic views as you journey through the landscape and unwind in your personal suite which is fitted with private bathroom facilities.
There are two trains which boast similar decor but are slightly different in composition - Train Set 1 is made up of 14 coaches and accommodates 52 guests. Train Set 2 comprises 19 coaches, accommodates 80 guests and also features an Observation Car at the rear of the train.
Overnight: Blue Train
After breakfast, you’ll continue on your journey to Pretoria to arrive in time for lunch. You’ll then be transferred to your hotel where you’ll have time to unwind and enjoy the facilities. The following morning you’ll be transferred to Johannesburg Airport for your short flight to Kruger Mpumalanga airport.
Overnight: Court Classique
On arrival at Kruger International airport, you will collect your vehicle, make your way to Hazyview for a fun-filled and exhilarating safari experience. Here you’ll have the opportunity to explore the scenic valleys, woodland forests and the Sandford Conservancy on horseback. On day seven, you’ll also have chance to visit some of the surrounding attractions including the world-famous Kruger National Park or perhaps you’d prefer to take an exciting hot air balloon ride over the scenic landscape.
Overnight: Perry’s Bridge Hollow
Today sees you venture into the Ezulwini Valley where you can spend some time enjoying the delights of the 18-hole championship golf course, go hiking along the many trails or enjoy the squash courts, among other fun activities.
Overnight: Royal Swazi Sun
KwaZulu Natal to Mkuze
Drive to KwaZulu Natal today for some game drives in Hluhluwe, as well as possible boat cruises (weather permitting) or cultural excursions to local villages for a truly authentic experience.
Overnight: Ghost Mountain Inn
KwaZulu Natal to Mkkuze
Spend today exploring more of this fascinating area, with a mixture of excursions available to you from hiking and following the picturesque walking trails to bird watching or simply relaxing and enjoying the facilities at the resort.
Overnight: Ghost Mountain Inn
KwaZulu Natal to Durban
Enjoy a relaxed morning at Ghost Mountain Inn before transferring to King Shaka International Airport – drop off your hire car before catching your departing flight.
2017 - local departures from Cape Town Station:
- September 8, 13, 20, 27
- October 4, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27
- November 1, 3, 8, 15, 22, 24, 29
- December 6, 13, 15, 20
2018 - local departures from Cape Town Station:
- January 5, 10, 12, 17, 24, 26, 29, 31
- February 7, 14, 19, 21, 23, 28
- March 5, 7, 14, 21, 28
- April 4, 11, 18, 28
- May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
- June 6, 13, 20, 27
- July 4, 11, 18, 25
- August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
- September 5, 12, 19, 26
- October 3, 10, 17, 24, 26, 31
- November 7, 14, 21, 28
- December 5, 12, 19, 21
- International flights
- Internal travel: Blue Train; Flights; Hire Car
- Hotels (10 nights)
- Cultural experience; 3 hour game drive in Hluhluwe
Departure Dates & Prices
|Departure Dates||Prices From|
|14 Nov - 15 Nov 18||€3049|
|16 Nov - 30 Nov 18||€2859|
|01 Dec - 10 Dec 18||€2839|
|11 Dec - 16 Dec 18||€2969|
|17 Dec - 24 Dec 18||€3139|
|25 Dec - 04 Jan 19||€3239|
|05 Jan - 31 Jan 19||€3379|
|01 Feb - 31 Mar 19||€2959|
|01 Apr - 30 Apr 19||€2899|
|01 May - 20 Jun 19||€2789|
|21 Jun - 13 Jul 19||€2999|
|Departure Dates||Prices From|
|14 Jul - 04 Aug 19||€3159|
|05 Aug - 31 Aug 19||€3059|
|01 Sep - 30 Sep 19||€3369|
|01 Oct - 31 Oct 19||€3349|
|01 Nov - 15 Nov 19||€3379|
|16 Nov - 30 Nov 19||€3149|
|01 Dec - 10 Dec 19||€3199|
|11 Dec - 16 Dec 19||€3949|
|17 Dec - 24 Dec 19||€4029|
|25 Dec - 04 Jan 20||€4079|
Prices correct as at 6pm on 13 Nov 2018. Please call for final price. Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing a room. Other durations available - call for quote. Daily departures . Different hotels of a similar standard may be used on certain departures. Supplements may apply on dates within certain dates during peak travel periods. FM
|Flight Upgrades from|
|Business Class (one way)||€1209|
Emirates flights are available from Dublin. Air fares vary considerably so a variety of airlines may be included in your quote to ensure you are presented with the best available price. If you would prefer to fly from a different airport or with a different airline, our Travel Consultants will be happy to adjust this at the time of enquiry and a supplement may apply. Alternative airlines with flights to Cape Town include British Airways and KLM.
|Board Basis||Room Type|
|Mixed Board Basis||Standard Room|