(Johannesburg, Cape Town)
Register and check-in at The Blue Train Lounge, Pretoria Station. You'll enjoy pre-departure snacks and drinks before being ushered to your suite. You'll depart just before 9:00am. You'll have time to settle into the lounge car for Brunch. Upon arrival into Kimberly Station you'll disembark and board the bus which will take you to the old tram where you'll ride down to the mine. After a glass of sherry, your train ride will continue on your way. Dinner is an elegant affair and men are requested to wear a jacket and tie or dress in traditional attire. Ladies are also requested to dress in evening or traditional wear. The following morning you'll arrive in Cape Town.
Airport transfer to/from your hotel with private vehicle
Upon arrival into South Africa you will be met inside the airport and escorted through Customs and Immigration avoiding any queues.
Upon arrival you will receive all of your necessary documents for your trip which contains a detailed personalized itinerary, maps, restaurant suggestions, Top Tips for exploring each city or region and a 24 hour concierge service (for restaurant reservations, spa treatments, child minders, day tours etc).
Situated in Johannesburg's most exclusive residential suburb, The Westcliff provides the ultimate in comfort. Its hillside setting with cascading, sculpted gardens and elegantly opulent accommodation evoke a bygone era of leisure and refinement in one of the world's most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities. Guests are privy to easy access to the city's core. The 115 rooms are grouped in levels along the hillside on which the hotel is perched. Each room is extremely spacious and possesses a well-preserved old world charm. Friendly staff serve delectable dishes from across the world. Authentic and continental dishes feature African ingredients, arranged in buffet style and served a la carte. Use the hotel's swimming pools, tennis courts, and spa for relaxation and cleansing.
Transfer with private vehicle.
The Blue Train takes you from Pretoria to Cape Town or reverse. The route between Pretoria and Cape Town is a 27-hour journey of 1,600 kilometres (994 miles), through some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery offered by the African sub-continent. On the southbound trip, the train departs from Pretoria main train station at 8:50am and arrives in Cape Town train station at 12:00pm the following day. En route to Cape Town there is a stopover and excursion in Kimberley, where you'll take a step back in time to the days of the diamond rush. On the northbound journey, the train leaves Cape Town at 08:50am and arrives in Pretoria at 12:30pm, in time for high tea the following day. It stops at Matjiesfontein for an off-the-train excursion. Please note the Blue Train travels Mon, Wed and Fri from Pretoria to Cape Town.
Enjoy a private transfer between the airport and your hotel.
Depart from Cape Town international airport - end of itinerary.
VISA/PASSPORTVisitors to South Africa for tourism, short business meetings, or those in transit do not require visas for stays of up to 90 days. We recommend that the passports of all travelers to South Africa contain at least two completely blank (unstamped) visa pages each time entry is sought. These pages are in addition to the endorsement/amendment pages (as many as four) at the back of the passport. While South African statutes require only one completely blank visa page, this rule has been applied inconsistently by South African immigration officials. In addition, any trip to a neighboring country would necessitate another blank page upon return.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the embassy of South Africa for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is recommended. Medical facilities are relatively wide spread and good quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/south-africa.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Pretoria (administrative). Government: Republic. Gained independence from the UK in 1910. Language: The official languages are Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, Siswati, Tshivenda and Xitsonga. Religion: Most inhabitants profess Christianity. There are also Hindu, Muslim and Jewish communities, and traditional beliefs are still practiced widely, sometimes in conjunction with Christianity. Time: GMT + 2. Electricity: 220/240 volts AC; 250 volts AC (Pretoria), 50Hz. Three-pin round plugs are in use. Telephone: Country code +27. Area codes are used even if you are making a call in the same area. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with international mobile phone companies. Coverage extends to most of the country except in the very remote areas. Internet: Internet cafes are present around the country and wireless is available at airports and in upmarket hotels.
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