Discover Africa in luxury on board the elegant Pride of Africa. With a number of different routes available, you get to discover the best scenery, sights and experiences that Namibia and South Africa have to offer.
When it comes to beautiful countries that can offer truly luxurious holidays, there is no doubting that South Africa is certainly one of the best destinations to visit, and there is no better way to see the country than by travelling from Pretoria to Cape Town on the Pride of Africa. This luxury train is one which has many of the features to be found on the famous luxury trains of Europe, and takes passengers on a tour of this beautiful and inviting country.
One of the main reasons that many people will be visiting South Africa is to see the stunning animals and the natural surroundings of the country, and these holidays by train offer plenty of opportunities to see these magnificent animals. The Pride of Africa takes visitors to many of the nature reserves where the big game animals are to be found, and work with local guides to ensure visitors get to see these unique creatures in their natural habitat.
The Kruger National Park is one of the most attractive and alluring areas for visitors who are looking to see animals, and this is one of the early destinations that will be visited on the Pride of Africa. Prides of lions and elephants will be among the animals spotted in the park, and antelope are also to be seen from the 4×4 during a drive around the park. The Pride of Africa takes visitors to a number of different game reserves, allowing them the opportunity to see all of the big game animals, including rhinos, elephants and lions.
Fine Dining And Luxury Accommodation
There is no doubt that the accommodation provided to guests on this luxury train will tick all of the boxes for the discerning traveller, with comfortable beds and spacious apartments. Each apartment also has a writing desk and a bar fridge, and the comfortable beds convert into a welcoming sofa for use during the day. The restaurant carriages are also wonderful, and those who have experience of rail holidays will immediately see that this train has spared no expense in providing a welcoming environment.
As well as having a very comfortable train, there is also a complement of trained chefs aboard that have spent a lot of time sourcing and working with local ingredients to give people a great taste of South Africa. The wine list also features some of the wonderful bottles that are produced in this fine wine making country, and some vineyards are actually on the itinerary too. The Pride of Africa is not only a wonderful adventure, but it also provides visitors with a taste of the cuisine of South Africa, and every meal is provided with a selection of high quality local wines and beverages.
The City Of Roses
The mid point of the epic journey is Bloemfontein, which is often called ‘the city of roses’ because of the rose bushes that line many of the streets. This lovely city is the capital of the Orange Free State, and travellers will find that it is an interesting change of pace after spending the last few days exploring the natural beauties of South Africa. The city tour will give people an insight into this city which played a very important role in the Boer War, in which the train line from Cape Town was also an important factor.
Excursions From The Pride of Africa
One aspect of the fantastic journey that people will take on these rail holidays is that much of the travelling is done during the hours of darkness, with excursions scheduled during the day. Whether you are interested in the natural scenery and wildlife of South Africa or simply love to visit some of the best vineyards in the world, there are a variety of attractions to explore.
As well as driving around the Kruger National Park, there are also visits to the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi game reserve and the Addo Elephant Park to give people the best chance to see all of the game animals that are such an icon of South Africa. There is also a lovely ferry journey on the Featherbed Reserve, which is home to rare bird species and the smallest of all the species of antelope ¨C the Blue Duiker.
Johannesburg To Cape Town
As part of any journey on the Pride of Africa, visitors will spend a day or two in the cities at each end of the epic route, and Johannesburg and Cape Town are both great places to visit. Johannesburg is the largest city in the country, and is also among the most cosmopolitan cities in the country, offering great shopping opportunities and some of the best restaurants in the country. Most journeys will offer a day in Johannesburg before they are transferred to Pretoria to join the rail holiday.
The culmination to one of the best train holidays in the world is to arrive in Cape Town, and this is one of the best places to visit in all of South Africa. A cable car trip to the top of the nearby Table Mountain will give visitors a wonderful view of this coastal city, and they will also see Robben Island, a tour of which is often included because this was where Nelson Mandela was held during his captivity. As well as being a very historical city, the hills around Cape Town also offer great grape growing conditions, and visitors will be able to sample these wines during a wine tour.