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Shongololo The Good Hope Train 18 nights from 5999 Including optional travel insurance or from 5884 without insurance. Discover South Africa on this outstanding, excursion-packed train journey that will take you from Pretoria to the shores of vibrant Cape Town... Camdeboo National Park surrounds Graaff-Reinet ACTIVITY LEVEL Experience South Africa from a different perspective aboard Shongololo's Good Hope train. Look forward to dining in the period-style dining cars, relaxing in the bar car or watching the country pass by from the observation car and balcony. At the end of each day, the train will stop, although this will only be possible if it is running on time! Relax in your `Gold' category en suite double or twin cabin, equipped with tea and coffee-making facilities, a safe, and hairdryer. To complete your adventure, you'll also spend one night in hotels at the start and conclusion of your journey. Day 1: UK-Johannesburg. Fly overnight to Johannesburg. Day 2: Johannesburg. On arrival transfer to your hotel where you stay overnight. D Day 3: Pretoria. Transfer to Pretoria railway station and check in for the Shongololo Express. Enjoy a full-day tour of Pretoria and the township of Soweto, before boarding your train. Relax as you set off for Nelspruit, where the train will stop overnight. B, D Day 4: Nelspruit ( for Drakensburg). A full-day tour takes you into the district of Mpumalanga, stopping at God's Window,on the Drakensberg Escarpment, the rock formations of Bourke's Luck Potholes and the `ghost village' of Pilgrim's Rest. Rejoin your train and continue to Malelane. B, D Day 5: Malelane (for Kruger National Park). Enjoy a full-day of game viewing in South Africa's famous Kruger National Park, and watch for wildlife including the famous `big five'. Rejoin your train and stop overnight at Mpaka in Swaziland. B, D Day 6: Mpaka (for Mbabane). Visit Mbabane, the capital of Swaziland, the city of Manzini, and a glass workshop. Return to your train and travel to Hluhluwe in South Africa. B, D Day 7: Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park-Empangeni. Enjoy two game drives in one of South Africa's oldest game reserves. Return to your train and continue to Empangeni. B, D Day 8: Empangeni (for iSmangaliso Wetland Park). Tour this protected wetland park and UNESCO World Heritage Site formerly the Greater St Lucia Wetlands home to hippos, crocodiles and more. Return to your train and depart for Durban. B, D Day 9: Durban. Visit the Phezulu Cultural Village and meet members of the Zulu people. Afterwards, continue to uShaka Marine World and then by train to Ladysmith. B, D Day 10: Ladysmith. A battlefields tour reveals the history of the area. Visit the Siege Museum relating to the Siege of Ladysmith and the Anglo Boer War, plus Wagon Hill. Afterwards, your train departs for Bloemfontein. B, L, D Day 11: Bloemfontein. Tour Bloemfontein, and learn about the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902 at the Anglo Boer Museum. Continue by train to Kimberley. B, D Day 12: Kimberley. Visit the Kimberley Mining Museum, housing the world's largest uncut diamond, an open-air museum, and the `Big Hole' the world's biggest hand-dug excavation. Afterwards, visit the William Humphrey Art Gallery and the McGregor Museum. Depart for Graaff Reinet, travelling through the beautiful Karoo region. B, D Day 13: Graaf Reinet. Enjoy a walking tour of Graaf Reinet with its wealth of historic buildings. Next your train travels to Oudtshoorn. B, L, D Day 14: Oudtshoorn. Visit an ostrich farm at Oudtshoorn the `ostrich capital' and the Cango Caves with their vast caverns and stalactites. Drive through the Outeniqua Pass to rejoin your train in George, with dinner at the Fancourt Golf Estate tonight. B, D. Day 15: George (for Knysna). Drive to Knysna, situated on a lagoon, and visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Alternatively, enjoy some shopping. Rejoin your train and depart for Ashton. B, L, D Kruger National Park Pretoria Nelspruit Johannesburg Mpaka Mbabane Simangaliso Bloemfontein Hluhluwe Wetland Park Kimberley nights in hotel nights on train Durban Ladysmith Graaf Reinet Oudtshoorn Kynsna Ashton Cape Town South Africa 120 To book, please visit your Travel Agent