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Embark on a three-week super-adventure to South Africa, where a veritable array of natural beauty, cascading waterfalls, majestic scenery and cosmopolitan cities awaits your company and curiosity.

For a holiday that encapsulates every majestic, natural wonder South Africa has to offer, your itinerary kicks off amid the joy of Johannesburg, the country’s largest city; before heading off to lavish Livingstone and Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls – the so-called gateway to the cascading and colossal waterfall of the same name.

In time to catch your breath, it’s then off to one of the country’s three capital cities, Pretoria, before delving into the Cordon Bleu of South Africa’s beguiling, bucket-list of a luxury Blue Train. This not only affords stunning views of the savannah grasslands and mountain vistas, but has also played witness to the likes of Nelson Mandela and Imran Khan.

Arriving in cosmopolitan Cape Town - where one can visit the notorious Robben Island - your all-inclusive cruise beckons onboard the Silver Spirit. But not just any cruise. We’re talking ocean-view suites, white-gloved butler service and a gastronomical reputation that really is second to none.

We then enter Namibia by way of Luderitz, arriving at an abundance of veritable birdlife in Walvis Bay, followed by Mossel Bay, South Africa. Sea days then beckon before reaching the coastal cities of Durban and Richards Bay in the country’s KwaZulu-Natal province, as does some much needed R’n’R onboard ship before finally flying home from Cape Town.

Your Route

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The Blue Train Experience

Surrounded by an aura of mystique, South Africa’s Blue Train travels between Cape Town and Pretoria, affording views of savannah grasslands and mountain vistas. Among the more famous passengers to have boarded its exquisite carriages over the years are Nelson Mandela and cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan. From five-course gourmet lunches to post-dinner cognac and cigars, you’ll think you’ve stepped right into the pages of a 1930s novel. Enhance your experience by taking the opportunity to upgrade your cabin to Luxury.

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Dining

Artfully presented and prepared from the freshest produce and ingredients, lunch and dinner menus feature a selection of local cuisine from Karoo lamb and ostrich fillet to Knysna oysters, accompanied by award-winning wines from the Cape.
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Cabins

Two suites to choose from; Luxury Suite and De Luxe Suite, offer twin or double bedded options. The suite is a spacious lounge by day and a sanctuary by night with goose down duvets and pillows. Private bathrooms offer marble floor and wall tiles, marble basins with gold fittings, along with a shower/bath and under-floor heating in both the bathroom and bedroom.
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Observation Car

Feel the touch of the warm African air as you drink in panoramic views and savour a Montecristo Havana cigar from the elegant observation car.

Your 24 Night Holiday Includes

Day 1

3 January 2024

Be captivated by the splendour of Johannesburg during a hotel stay

Embark upon your adventure with an overnight stay in Johannesburg at the five-star Peermont D’oreale Grande Hotel. Enveloped in luxury and coupled with every modern facility, this home from home is a perfect choice for guests to both unwind and indulge in a delectable cocktail to rejuvenate those batteries.

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Day 2

4 January 2024

Transfer to Livingstone, gateway to the glorious Victoria Falls

Fly to Victoria Falls for the first of three nights at the Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel by Anantara, which overlooks the grand Zambezi River. Spend the days exploring the local area, for when evening arrives, it’s time to enjoy delicious Afro-Arabian cuisine in the Kala- Restaurant – followed by a Sundowner overlooking the wonderful Zambezi River.

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Day 3

5 January 2024

Begin your thrilling discovery of Victoria Falls

Today you’ll join a walking tour of the amazing Victoria Falls, quite possibly the greatest curtain of cascading water in the world. Enjoy walking amid lush rainforest whilst encountering spectacular views of the falls as it plunges over the cliff and crashes 108 meters into the waiting whirlpool below. You’ll then embark the Lady Livingstone for a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River. Onboard, you’ll be served a mouth-watering selection of cocktails and iced drinks, alongside hot and cold snacks. All the while, the cruise meanders upstream along the length of Mos-oa-Tunya National Park, treating you to first hand views of the Zambezi River and surrounding game reserve.

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Day 4

6 January 2024

Glide through the picturesque landscapes on board the magnificent Royal Livingstone Express, replete with quintessential fine-dining

The Royal Livingstone Express is something which needs to be experienced to be ultimately believed, for as a steam train, it truly embodies the romance of train travel. Made up of five carriages, comprising of two dining cars, a kitchen car, lounge car and an observation car, the whole inviting combination of which is pulled by a steam locomotive built in Britain in the 1930s. Furthermore, don’t forget to both enjoy and savour the exquisite dining experience amid the refined surroundings of polished teak, gleaming brass and soft, soft leather - as you majestically pass through some of Africa’s most stunning wilderness and iconic Victoria Falls Bridge.

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Day 5

7 January 2024

Fly to Pretoria, the executive capital of South Africa for a one night stay

Arrive at the Sheraton Pretoria for your overnight stay. The hotel overlooks the phenomenal sights of the Union Buildings and its gardens, which one can enjoy from the terrace. Why not pay a respectful visit to the bronze sculpture of Nelson Mandela or discover numerous captivating works in the Pretoria Art Museum. Or, head to the Rietylei Nature Reserve and enjoy spotting rhino whilst tucking into afternoon tea.

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Day 6

8 January 2024

Board the spectacular Blue Train for a bucket-list journey like no other

Following your hotel stay, you’ll embark the iconic Blue Train for a journey to remember. The route from Pretoria to Cape Town is a journey of nearly 1,000 miles passing through some of the most diverse scenery on the African sub-continent. Savour this luxury, all-inclusive journey that embodies style, class and elegance; from your indulgent suite with its opulent marble bathroom and sumptuous bedding; to the Cordon Bleu style dining using the finest, local ingredients, all served on delicate crystal or fine China.

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Day 7

9 January 2024

Glide on the enchanting Blue Train to enjoy an off-train experience in Kimberley

Hopefully fully rested, you’ll arrive at Kimberley Station where you’ll disembark for an excursion to the Open Mine Museum that’s situated next to the world-renowned Big Hole. It tells the intriguing story of South Africa’s diamond rush. Following the tour, you’ll be greeted back at Kimberley Station with a glass of sherry; engraved with the Blue Train logo, a memento for you to keep.

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Day 8

10 January 2024

Arriving in Cape Town, you’ll have a chance to explore this most cosmopolitan of cities

Whilst enjoying the first of two nights at the five-star, Westin Hotel, why not explore the surrounding areas of this incredible city on a fascinating one-day Cape Peninsula tour? You’ll visit the picturesque fishing village of Hout Bay, see sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean from the Cape Point Nature Reserve, and go to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens whose Boomslang Walkway snakes over the forest at tree-top level. At Hout Bay Harbour you can see a plethora of colourful marine life via a glass-bottomed boat.

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Day 9

11 January 2024

For your second day in the Mother City, enjoy an essential Cape Town experience with a wander around the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Today you could wander around the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, a quintessential Cape Town experience that is one of the best things about this vibrant city. Here you’ll find the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art, the Two Oceans Aquarium, and the excellent V&A Food Market, whose stalls sell everything from traditional African stews to ostrich biltong. Alternatively, head up to the summit of Table Mountain or explore the bucolic winelands of the surrounding region.

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Day 10

12 January 2024

Board the luxury Silver Spirit in Cape Town for your all-inclusive South Africa cruise

Feeling more like a private club than a cruise ship, Silver Spirit’s intimate atmosphere welcomes you with open arms, with exquisite personal service and divine cuisine – as well as boutique hotel-quality service and unparalleled amenities during your sailing. So, all you have to do is sit back, relax and voyage away to the less-travelled destinations on your cruise.

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Day 11

13 January 2024

Relish the delectable cuisine on board Silver Spirit during your first day at sea

Whether you’re craving light nibbles, an atmospheric tapas or five-course meal in an elegant restaurant, Silver Spirit provides world-class dining for all your desires on board. Oh, and then there’s an array of drinks and cocktails to be partaken in in any number of overtly inviting bars.

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Day 12

14 January 2024

Partake in the inviting, Germanic vibration of Luderitz

Nestled in southwestern Nambia and renowned for German colonial architecture, you’ll find far too much to do in Lüderitz during your short stay. This includes visiting the art nouveau Goerke Haus which is built into the rock face on Diamond Hill. Then there’s nearby, Felsenkirche, a hilltop church with panoramic bay views stretching around to Robert Harbor. Not forgetting the Lüderitz Museum that has a number of exhibitions on the town’s diamond-mining past as well as local and natural history.

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Days 13 - 14

15 - 16 January 2024

Discover the flamingos, pelicans and Damara terns of Walvis Bay

Enjoy two days in the coastal town of Walvis Bay on the coast of Namibia, which, apart from featuring an intriguing abundance of wildlife – dolphins, whales and Cape fur seals inhabit the Atlantic waters – is far more than just a busy port.

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Days 15 - 16

17 - 18 January 2024

Settle in to two days at sea, where you'll have the chance to unwind amid assorted highlights on board

Whether it's catching up with a good book or sleep (or both), or merely dipping into some of the many divine entertainments on ship, your sea days are yours for both the taking and the enjoying - so don't miss out!

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Day 17

19 January 2024

Marvel at the extraordinary beauty of Mossel Bay

Discover Mossel Bay’s breath-taking views from the incredible cliffs at the Cape St. Blaize Lighthouse. History buffs will love a guided cave tour at Point of Human Origins, a world-renowned archaeological site where first evidence of modern human behaviour was discovered, dating back 162,000 years.

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Day 18

20 January 2024

Following on from the discovery of human behaviour at Mossel Bay, take some time to reflect whilst at sea

Rich in luxurious design and alluring activities, Silver Spirit bequeaths its prized passengers with some of the most memorable and sparkling of activities. All for the taking. All for the re-living. These include the lively atmosphere of the Panorama Lounge, especially at sunset, as well as Tor's Observation lounge which is a great place to enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail. There’s also the Voices of Silversea who perform in the Venetian Lounge, along with the Silver Spirit Trio who play in Dolce Vita every night.

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Days 19 - 20

21 - 22 January 2024

Explore Durban’s melting pot of cultures and vast golden, Indian Ocean beaches

The second largest city in South Africa, Durban is situated in the KwaZulu Province and is a veritable confluence of cultures - primarily Zulu, Indian and European. Topographically, one can admire the city’s backdrop of jagged mountain ranges, while physically losing oneself in the wide plant collections of Durban’s Botanic Gardens. Or why not pay a visit to vibrant Victoria Street’s market or a traditional Zulu homestead in the Valley of 1,000 Hills - where more than exciting dance shows have been known to take place.

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Day 21 - 22

23 - 24 January 2024

Arrive in Richards Bay, perched on a lagoon where the Mhlathuze River meets the Indian Ocean

Situated on a lagoon where the Mhlathuze River meets the Indian Ocean, this small town on the northern coast of KwaZulu-Natal is a place of great natural beauty. The Richards Bay Park is a haven for nature-lovers, or there are beaches to relax on with calm, warm seas. For the more adventurous, head to the nearby game reserve, Hluhluwe–Imfolozi Park. Surrounded by vast inland and mesmerizing mountains, this nature reserve homes the “Big Five” as well as the largest white rhino population on Earth.

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Days 23 - 24

25 - 26 January 2024

Where best to fully contemplate over three weeks of geographical provocation than onboard the Silver Spirit?

As the flight home beckons, it may be time to take stock of everything one has so far experienced, whilst sipping a cocktail or two, and floating away on the ambience of sweet musicality (and that's just the lull of the waves).

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Day 25

27 January 2024

Leave the wonders of Africa behind as you transfer to the airport for your flight home

Time to say goodbye to the Silver Spirit, as you disembark in Cape Town for the flight home.

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Luxury Hotel Stays

Peermont D'oreale Grande
★★★★★

There’s a touch of Las Vegas extravagance at this Johannesburg hotel, with its statue of a Roman chariot galloping through a fountain at the building’s entrance. Rejuvenate at Octavia’s Sensorium Health and Beauty Spa or treat yourself to a sunset cocktail at Neptune’s Pool Bar. There’s also an Italian-themed mini shopping mall next door, plus all guests have access to the casino, dining and entertainment facilities.

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The Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel by Anantara
★★★★★

Located on the Zambian side of the Zambezi River in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, the Royal Livingstone over looks the Zambezi River with direct access to Victoria Falls.

A natural haven of sorts, where one can feel free to recline in style and surrender to the relaxation of spa therapies beneath the shade of monkey trees. And then continue to bask, graceful safari style, merely steps away from one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. All augmented by the sweeping Zambezi, replete with savannah views which seemingly stretch away from every elegant veranda.

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Sheraton Pretoria Hotel
★★★★★

The hotel overlooks the phenomenal sights of the Union Buildings - the official seat of South Africa’s government - and its gardens, which you can enjoy from the terrace. From sumptuous buffets to re-energising body wraps, let the Sheraton take care of you from delicious dining to great relaxation. In close proximity to nearby attractions including the Pretoria Art Museum, the Museum of Natural History and a Cheetah rescue and breeding centre, there’s plenty to enjoy before heading back for a dip in the pool.

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The Westin Cape Town
★★★★★

A contemporary urban hotel in a vibrant location of the city, the five-star Westin Cape Town offers spacious, well-appointed rooms with all essential amenities and incredible views from floor-to-ceiling windows. Enjoy free Wi-Fi, LCD TVs and luxury bedding, with 24-hour room service included. Feast on nutritious, innovative dishes at the Thirty7 Showkitchen restaurant and benefit from the complimentary shuttle to the V&A Waterfront, as well as access to the gym and spa facilities for no extra fee.

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The Silver Spirit Experience

Silversea’s luxury cruise ship, Silver Spirit, blends first class facilities with eight desirable dining venues and polished entertainment, providing a truly superior way to cruise. While on board you could discover exquisite dishes bursting with Asian essence at Indochine, meet new friends at Dolce Vita, or unwind in the Zagara Spa. You’ll find personalised service and gracious hospitality, included in your all-inclusive luxury cruise. Stretch out with the largest suites in the Silversea fleet and enjoy a lively, convivial atmosphere that caters to cosmopolitan travellers. And with an enviable staff-to-guest ratio, your every whim will be catered to during your unforgettable cruise.

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Zagara Spa

Rejuvenate and relax your body and mind in this award-winning spa and let the experienced staff pamper you. Try a hot stone massage to unwind, a seaweed body wrap to feel purified, or sit back and ease into your holiday in the saunas or steam rooms.

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Dining

Silversea provides gastronomic excellence, with eight restaurants serving up first-class cuisine including Japanese, French and Italian. It will be an unforgettable experience, with food made from the freshest ingredients served in stunning dining rooms.

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Panorama Lounge

What better way to take in your surroundings than a panoramic lounge, as you sail past a rich landscape of star-studded open sea and coastlines. Sit back and take it all in over a delicious cocktail as a pianist plays quietly in the background.

Touring Experiences

Victoria Falls

Heralded as one of the must-see attractions in Africa and indeed, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world, Victoria Falls is a true treasure of the Zambezi River. Spanning more than a kilometre long and at a height of more than one-hundred metres, it is considered the largest waterfall in the world. Walk amidst the lush rainforest, encountering increasingly spectacular views of the falls as it crashes over the cliff and plunges 108 metres into the whirlpool below – the relentless roar and the feeling of the spray on your face will stay with you forever.

Lady Livingstone River Safari

Embark on a relaxing sunset cruise along the Zambezi River, spotting hippos poking their heads above the water and the cry of fish eagles soaring above your head while you sit back, enjoying drinks and snacks as you drift along the river, taking in the spectacular scenery and viewing the incredible local wildlife. Listen out for the cry of a fish eagle, the snort of an elephant or the rush of water as a hippopotamus breaks the surface. It’s the perfect way to experience the heart of Africa.

Royal Livingstone Express

You’ll be met by the traditional Sunset Steam Train with a red-carpet entrance, as you take your places inside the lounge cars of the locomotive. Swish through the shimmering Zambian bushveld as the untamed wilderness and local villages stream leisurely past your window, on your way to a breathtaking view of the thundering falls, as you dine on a five-course meal in a setting of polished woods, sparkling crystal and 1920s glamour.

Your Holiday Summary

 

All-Inclusive Rail Journey

  • 2 night all-inclusive luxury Blue Train journey from Pretoria to Cape Town with an off train excursion

All-Inclusive Cruise

  • 15 night all-inclusive luxury cruise on board Silver Spirit
    • Complimentary premium shore excursions included at every port*
    • Pre-paid gratuities and complimentary WI-FI on board
    • In-suite butler service and fully stocked fridge for all suites
    • All-inclusive beverages including fine wines, beers and premium spirits
  • Overnight stays in port in Walvis Bay, Durban and Richards Bay

Full Escorted Tours

  • Walking tour of Victoria Falls
  • Lady Livingstone river safari
  • Royal Livingstone Express train journey including a five-course dinner and drinks

Hotel Stays

  • 1 night five-star hotel stay in Johannesburg at the Peermont D’oreale Grande or similar with breakfast
  • 3 night five-star stay at The Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel by Anantara with breakfast
  • 1 night five-star stay at the Sheraton Pretoria Hotel or similar with breakfast
  • 2 night five-star hotel stay at The Westin Cape Town or similar with breakfast

All flights (London departure - regional flights available) and transfers

Prices From

Departing

3 January 2024

Vista Suite

£8,999pp

Veranda Suite

£9,999pp

Silver Suite

£16,999pp

Duration: 24 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Johannesburg, Livingstone, Pretoria, Cape Town, Luderitz, Walvis Bay, Mossel Bay, Durban, Richards Bay, Cape Town

To Book, Call our Holiday Specialists on

0800 840 5800