After your arrival in Johannesburg, you will be met in the airport and transferred to the Residence. Enjoy a 5 course dinner with wine pairing at this luxurious hotel.
After breakfast, transfer to Pretoria Station to board the luxurious Rovos Rail for the 1,600-kilometre voyage through South Africa. This train ride will show the grasslands, spectacular mountain ranges and scenic winelands that make South Africa a world in one country. Enjoy afternoon tea and dinner while the train takes you through Johannesburg and the goldfields of Witwatersrand south towards Kimberley.
During the morning, see Kimberley and visit the Diamond Mine Museum and Kimberley’s Big Hole, considered one of the world’s largest man-made excavations. When work stopped in 1914, some 3,000 kilograms of diamonds had been extracted. In the afternoon the train will continue via De Aar and Beaufort West towards Matjiesfontein.
After breakfast, enjoy a morning visit of Matjiesfontein, a picturesque Victorian railway village that, founded as a refreshment stop in 1890, is a National Monument today. It served as the headquarters of the British Cape Command during the Anglo Boer War and visitors will be able to enter a bygone era when visiting the charming village. Rovos Rail continues before lunch via Touws River and Worcester. After your arrival in Cape Town, you will be met and transferred to the hip and must-stay luxurious Cape Grace Hotel. A 6 course tasting menu with wine pairing will be served this evening.
From Cape Town fly to Windhoek, followed by a private charter flight to Little Kulala (Kulala Wilderness Reserve, Namib Desert). A guided nature drive will take place in the afternoon, looking for gemsbok, brown hyenas, bat-eared foxes and local birdlife. In the evening, a traditional barbeque with local choir as entertainment will be awaiting. A specialist will be on hand to talk about the area.
During the early morning enjoy flightseeing along the Skeleton Coast. The flight takes you over Spencer Bay, Meob bay ,Conception Bay and Sandwich Bay (refuel at Swakopmund), continue Scenic via Cape Cross , fly over Gobabeb Desert Research Centre, Deadvlei and back to the lodge. After a late breakfast at the lodge, you can opt to have a walk in the desert. In the afternoon drive to Sesriem Canyon and finish your exploration there with sundowners in the canyon.
Today take to the air again for an early morning hot air balloon flight over the Namib Desert ending with a Champagne breakfast after landing. To soar above the sand dunes when the sun is rising is the most spectacular way to see the formations and colors of the awe-inspiring dunes. Once you return to the lodge, there is an option for a quad bike desert ride. In the afternoon head out for more desert exploration, ending with sundowners at a scenic vantage point. A special farewell dinner featuring fresh local food under the stars will include musical entertainment, star viewing with an astronomer at hand, and the opportunity to do a desert walk, looking for scorpions that will turn luminous once light is shone at them.
Take the charter flight from Kulala to Windhoek to catch the onward flight back to Cape Town. Upon arrival transfer to the Cape Grace Hotel for an overnight stay. This evening you will be taken to La Colombe for a 10 course dinner with wine pairing.
Another day in Cape Town for you to explore at your own leisure at the vibrant V&A Waterfront. Return to hotel after your day.
After breakfast, you will be taken to the cruise ship for you onward journey.