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Southern Africa Safari and Train Adventure: From Cape Town to Victoria Falls

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Program #21423RJ
16 Days | 15 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Meals: 36 total, 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 11 dinner

The following meal choices available when requested in advance: Vegetarian; Gluten Free.

If you have dietary restrictions due to medical requirements, please call (800) 454-5768, to see if we can accommodate your needs.

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The Three Boutique Hotel: Cape Town, 3 nights
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Located in the heart of the city, the Three Boutique Hotel’s central location provides easy access to all of Cape Town’s attractions. The hotel is housed in a 275-year old national monument, and new renovations have brought a modern touch to the historic building. Ideally sized with only 15 rooms, the hotel provides personalized service in a trendy part of Cape Town. The hotel’s lovely rooftop sundeck offers unsurpassed, panoramic views of Table Mountain and the city, while the swimming pool and surrounding patio provide a great location to soak in the sun.

Contact info:
3 Flower Street
Cape Town, 8001 South Africa
phone: +27 (0)83 672 5363
web: www.thethree.co.za

Room amenities: Each modern and comfortable room boasts king size beds (that can be converted into two twin beds), en-suite bathroom facilities with showers, air conditioning and heating, free Wi-Fi, flat screen TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee facilities, writing desk and bathrobes. Rooms also have universal electrical outlets that accept US plugs, and electronic safes.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a breakfast dining area complete with coffee and full bar (operated on an honesty basis), rooftop deck with stunning 360 degree views, swimming pool and patio, and is within easy walking distance to several local restaurants. There is free Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Contact Program Provider
Contact Explore, Inc at 888-596-6377 for pricing and more information.

Rovos Rail: Rovos Rail, 2 nights
Type: Train

Description: Rovos Rail hosts a maximum of 72 passengers in the most spacious and luxurious train suites in the world. It is elegantly furnished in period decor that gives a wonderful sense of grandeur throughout. Both the Pullman Suites and the Deluxe Suites offer passengers the opportunity to travel in privacy, comfort and luxury. All rooms are equipped with a writing surface and a personal safe for valuables. There is also a bar fridge filled with beverages of the passengers’ choice and room service is available 24 hours a day.

Contact info:
Cape Town to Victoria Falls. Train
South Africa, South Africa
phone: +27 (0)12 315 8242
web: www.rovos.com

Room amenities: The Deluxe Suites measure 118 sq feet and can accommodate two passengers in either twin or double beds. The Deluxe Suites all have a lounge area and en-suite bathroom with shower and hair dryers. The wood-paneled, rebuilt sleeper coaches have been remodeled and refurbished to mint condition and offer every modern convenience and comfort. The en-suite bathrooms offer original fittings combined with the modern conveniences of hot showers and hairdryers. The spacious suites offer passengers the opportunity to travel in privacy, comfort and luxury. The Pullman Suites are equipped with a comfortable sofa-seat during the day with a conversion to double or twin beds for the evening, and also have an en-suite bathroom with shower and hair dryers. At 76 sq feet they are considerably smaller than the Deluxe Suites. We advise all participants to consider upgrading to a Deluxe Suite if concerned about space. Each suite has an individual air-conditioner with its own temperature controls. Windows open allowing for fresh air if desired. Beds are fitted with electric under blankets should temperatures be chilly. Each suite has an electric safe for valuables.

Facility amenities: General make-up of the train: locomotive, generator car, staff car, guest sleepers, a non-smoking lounge car (26 guest capacity), two non-smoking 42-seat dining cars (if required, plenty of space for the maximum of 72 guests carried), kitchen car, guest sleepers, smoking lounge and Observation Car (32 guests) at the tail. There is an internal telephone system on board; numbers are listed on the guest list. Meals are served in the charming Victorian atmosphere of the dining cars and are complemented by a selection of fine South African wines. An enthusiastic team of chefs is responsible for overseeing the very important task of ensuring guests’ every need is catered for. There’s an accent on fresh local ingredients and traditional dishes such as game are a specialty. Limited laundry service is available; turnaround time is normally 48 hours. In maintaining the spirit of travel of a bygone era, there are no radios or television sets on board. The use of mobile phones, laptops and essentially anything that has the ability to disturb other passengers is confined to the privacy of the suites only; the reception is poor while the train is moving. There is a small gift shop on the train and at Capital Park Station. Due to the varying exchange rates, credit cards are preferred. The host/ess on duty has a basic First Aid Kit and personal essentials (toothbrushes, razors, earplugs etc.). Stamps are available for sale and postcards may be posted in the post box at the entrance to the Observation Car onboard or at Capital Park Station. For days on the train dress is smart casual. Evening attire is more formal – for the gentlemen a jacket and tie is a minimum requirement while for ladies we suggest cocktail/evening dresses or suits. Please include warm clothing for cold mornings and evenings. There are board games, playing cards, a card table (dependent), books and magazines available for your use in the Lounge and Observation Cars whilst on board the train.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Court Classique: Pretoria, 1 nights
Type: Hotel

Description: The Court Classique is centrally located in the up market diplomatic suburb of Arcadia, Pretoria. Each of the 58 boutique-style suites features a kitchenette, lounge, dining area, writing desk and full en-suite bathroom. The gracious style of the architecture conveys a classic air of elegance. The convenient location of this hotel offers easy access to a host of superb restaurants, shops and cultural attractions.

Contact info:
Francis Baard & Beckett Streets
Arcadia, Pretoria, South Africa
phone: +27 (0)12 344 4420
web: www.courtclassique.co.za/index.html

Room amenities: Each room offers a hairdryer and shaver outlet, individually controlled air conditioners, 43-inch plasma screen television and executive writing desks. All rooms at Court Classique contain en-suite bathrooms with shower & bath.

Facility amenities: Amenities at the hotel include laundry and dry cleaning and free wireless internet throughout the property. There is also a plunge pool available only to hotel guests. Dine in the Orange restaurant and Wine Cellar located within the property.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Rovos Rail: Rovos Rail, 3 nights
Type: Train

Description: Rovos Rail hosts a maximum of 72 passengers in the most spacious and luxurious train suites in the world. It is elegantly furnished in period decor that gives a wonderful sense of grandeur throughout. Both the Pullman Suites and the Deluxe Suites offer passengers the opportunity to travel in privacy, comfort and luxury. All rooms are equipped with a writing surface and a personal safe for valuables. There is also a bar fridge filled with beverages of the passengers’ choice and room service is available 24 hours a day.

Contact info:
Cape Town to Victoria Falls. Train
South Africa, South Africa
phone: +27 (0)12 315 8242
web: www.rovos.com

Room amenities: The Deluxe Suites measure 118 sq feet and can accommodate two passengers in either twin or double beds. The Deluxe Suites all have a lounge area and en-suite bathroom with shower and hair dryers. The wood-paneled, rebuilt sleeper coaches have been remodeled and refurbished to mint condition and offer every modern convenience and comfort. The en-suite bathrooms offer original fittings combined with the modern conveniences of hot showers and hairdryers. The spacious suites offer passengers the opportunity to travel in privacy, comfort and luxury. The Pullman Suites are equipped with a comfortable sofa-seat during the day with a conversion to double or twin beds for the evening, and also have an en-suite bathroom with shower and hair dryers. At 76 sq feet they are considerably smaller than the Deluxe Suites. We advise all participants to consider upgrading to a Deluxe Suite if concerned about space. Each suite has an individual air-conditioner with its own temperature controls. Windows open allowing for fresh air if desired. Beds are fitted with electric under blankets should temperatures be chilly. Each suite has an electric safe for valuables.

Facility amenities: General make-up of the train: locomotive, generator car, staff car, guest sleepers, a non-smoking lounge car (26 guest capacity), two non-smoking 42-seat dining cars (if required, plenty of space for the maximum of 72 guests carried), kitchen car, guest sleepers, smoking lounge and Observation Car (32 guests) at the tail. There is an internal telephone system on board; numbers are listed on the guest list. Meals are served in the charming Victorian atmosphere of the dining cars and are complemented by a selection of fine South African wines. An enthusiastic team of chefs is responsible for overseeing the very important task of ensuring guests’ every need is catered for. There’s an accent on fresh local ingredients and traditional dishes such as game are a specialty. Limited laundry service is available; turnaround time is normally 48 hours. In maintaining the spirit of travel of a bygone era, there are no radios or television sets on board. The use of mobile phones, laptops and essentially anything that has the ability to disturb other passengers is confined to the privacy of the suites only; the reception is poor while the train is moving. There is a small gift shop on the train and at Capital Park Station. Due to the varying exchange rates, credit cards are preferred. The host/ess on duty has a basic First Aid Kit and personal essentials (toothbrushes, razors, earplugs etc.). Stamps are available for sale and postcards may be posted in the post box at the entrance to the Observation Car onboard or at Capital Park Station. For days on the train dress is smart casual. Evening attire is more formal – for the gentlemen a jacket and tie is a minimum requirement while for ladies we suggest cocktail/evening dresses or suits. Please include warm clothing for cold mornings and evenings. There are board games, playing cards, a card table (dependent), books and magazines available for your use in the Lounge and Observation Cars whilst on board the train.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

A'Zambezi River Lodge: Victoria Falls, 1 nights
Type: Lodge

Description: Located in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, the A’Zambezi River Lodge is the only hotel in Victoria Falls with a river frontage and jetty site. The imaginative architecture, with its sweeping curve of grass thatch, blends well with the lush green lawns. A'Zambezi is the perfect retreat to relax and unwind in the quiet ambience of the African wildlife and nature, while enjoying renowned service. The majority of the rooms have balconies facing the river and swimming pool whilst the rest face the national park and the gardens.

Contact info:
308 Parkway Drive
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
phone: +263 4 757 098
web: azambeziriverlodge.com

Room amenities: Each well appointed room has air conditioning and most have balconies facing the Zambezi River. All rooms also have satellite television and direct dial phones. Guests can also enjoy the minibar as well as coffee and tea. Each room has a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Amenities include an award-winning restaurant situated at the front of the hotel with a wrap-around deck just feet away from the Zambezi River. There are lush tropical gardens that surround the hotel. There is also a reading room where you can immerse yourself in a book, check out friends and family on the internet or catch up with the latest news stories. You can also relax under the glorious African sun, next to the stunning outdoor swimming pool where waiters will serve you the all day snack menu and an array of cocktails and drinks. The A'Zambezi River Lodge features free wifi.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge: Upper Zambezi River, 3 nights
Type: Lodge

Description: The Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge is a beautiful thatched lodge resting by the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe. Due to its border with the Chobe Forest Reserve, Imbabala is a regular stop for elephant herds. The lodge features a lounge, dining room, and bar area but meals are often served outside by a hospitable staff. Rooms are stone and thatch mini-lodges with breathtaking views of the Zambezi River and a watering hole where animals often congregate. During the day guests can take advantage of morning and afternoon game drives, river safaris, walking safaris, fishing safaris, and more. Imbabala has an excellent location for those exploring Southern Africa: the lodge is approximately 30 minutes to Chobe National Park (Botswana), 90 minutes to Livingstone (Zambia) Airport, and 60 minutes to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) Airport.

Contact info:
N/A
Imbabala Private Concession, Zimbabwe
phone: +263 (0)13 44571
web: www.imbabalazambezisafarilodge.com

Room amenities: Each free standing thatched chalet possesses a front patio looking towards the Zambezi River with a screened front entrance, opening to the bed area (beds include mosquito nets.) Behind the bed area you find a dividing wall with access to your private bathroom as well as an outside shower located at the farthest end of the chalet. All bathrooms are equipped with hair dryers. Electricity is provided in the rooms; recharging of batteries is possible.

Facility amenities: The lodge includes a tiled swimming pool, open air lounge, bar area, dining room, and an outside dining area. Laundry service is included free of charge. Wireless is available in the common areas free of charge. Simply ask for the password from management and use on your personal device.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.



The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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36 meals: 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 11 dinners
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