- Sundowner cruises on the Zambezi and Chobe rivers
- Cape Town and Table Mountain
- Ride Rovos Rail's luxurious train
- The Smoke that Thunders
- The Zulu battlefields
The Pride of Africa
Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa
- Small Group 20 or less
- VIP door to door
- Discover by rail
- Highly Commended
See Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa, enjoy an elegant train journey, and go on safari
Travel in luxury on Rovos Rail's elegant train and discover South Africa. En route you can go on safari, cross the Victoria Falls, enjoy sundowner cruises on the Chobe and Zambezi rivers, discover the Zulu Battlefields and explore cosmopolitan Cape Town!
11 nights in hotels or lodges, 3 nights aboard Rovos Rail and 2 in flight
34 meals: 14 breakfasts (B), 8 lunches (L) and 12 dinners (D) with all drinks on board the train
Saga tour manager
- Return flights and transfers
- Welcome drink reception
- Porterage at all hotels
Included excursions and visits
- A tour of Victoria Falls
- Sundowner cruise on the Zambezi river
- Two game drives in Chobe National Park
- Sundowner cruise on the Chobe river
- Three nights aboard Rovos Rail's vintage train
- Game drive in Hwange National Park
- Full-day tour of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift
- Durban city sightseeing tour
- Visit to Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point
- Cape Town tour and Table Mountain
Use of audio headsets on guided tours
- Day 1 UK-Johannesburg-Victoria Falls
- Day 2 Victoria Falls
- Day 3 Victoria Falls
- Day 4 Victoria Falls-Kasane
- Day 5 Chobe National Park
- Day 6 Chobe National Park
- Day 7 Rovos Rail
- Day 8 Rovos Rail
- Day 9 Rovos Rail
- Day 10 Rovos Rail-Pretoria-Johannesburg
- Day 11 Isandlwana
- Day 12 Isandlwana
- Day 13 Isandlwana-Durban
- Day 14 Durban-Cape Town
- Day 15 Cape Of Good Hope
- Day 16 Cape Town-UK
- Day 17 UK
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
Chobe Safari Lodge
Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel
Southern Sun The Cullinan
Day 1 UK-Johannesburg-Victoria Falls
After taking your included VIP door-to-door travel service to the airport, fly overnight to Victoria Falls International Airport via Johannesburg.
Day 2 Victoria Falls
Arrive at Victoria Falls airport and transfer to the 4-star Victoria Falls Safari Lodge (4Q) for a two-night stay (13 miles, 30 minutes).
The hotel borders the Zambezi National Park and overlooks a waterhole visited by elephant, buffalo and kudu. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, bar, outdoor pool with deck, library, and a lounge. All 72 air-conditioned rooms have a balcony, telephone, hairdryer, fan, safe, free Wi-Fi, and tea and coffee-making facilities. Later this afternoon, an included tour reveals the splendour of Victoria Falls. D
Day 3 Victoria Falls
Explore your surroundings independently today – perhaps walk across Knife-edge Bridge to appreciate the scale of this, one of the world's largest waterfalls. Later, you may glimpse hippos, crocodiles and elephants drinking at the water’s edge on an included sundowner cruise on the Zambezi. B, D
Day 4 Victoria Falls-Kasane
Travel into Botswana and on to Kasane (54 miles, 90 minutes), for a three-night stay at either the 4-star Chobe Safari Lodge (4Q) or at the 4-star Chobe Bush Lodge (4Q), depending on your departure date.
Set on the banks of the Chobe River at the edge of Chobe National Park, the lodges offers a real close-to-nature experience and you may spot crocodiles, hippos, monkeys and countless species of birds just moments away from your accommodation. Rooms are in thatched buildings overlooking the gardens and swimming pool, are air conditioned and have ceiling fans, a television, telephone, hairdryer, tea and coffee-making facilities and a safe.
This afternoon you may like to explore your surroundings or join one of the many optional excursions available, such as game drives, photo safaris and scenic flights. B, L, D
Day 5 Chobe National Park
This morning go in search of some of Africa's incredible wildlife with a game drive through Chobe National Park. Keep an eye out for crocodiles, monkeys, lions and more. This evening enjoy relaxing on board a river boat during an included sundowner cruise. If you're lucky, you may spot hippos, large herds of elephant and buffalo. B, L, D
Day 6 Chobe National Park
Look out for the 'big five' on an included safari. B, L, D
Day 7 Rovos Rail
Return to Victoria Falls where you step aboard Rovos Rail's luxurious train, an exquisitely rebuilt vintage train that embodies the age of classic rail travel. You can enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and first-class accommodation during your three-night, all-inclusive journey through glorious landscapes to Zimbabwe's largest reserve, Hwange National Park. Please note that the tour manager for the first part of your holiday won't join you on the train; you'll be met by another Saga tour manager on day 10. B, D
Day 8 Rovos Rail
Disembark for an included game drive in Hwange National Park, which will bring you even closer to Africa's abundance of wildlife. Later you can enjoy the changing vistas as you continue your train journey. B, L, D
Day 9 Rovos Rail
A scenic journey across the border to South Africa takes you over the Tropic of Capricorn towards Warmbaths and Nylstroom. Stay overnight at Pyramid. B, L, D
Day 10 Rovos Rail-Pretoria-Johannesburg
Arrive in Pretoria where you disembark the train. After a city tour, transfer to the 4-star DaVinci Hotel and Suites (4Q) in Johannesburg for an overnight stay.
The contemporary hotel is located within a shopping mall, and facilities include a swimming pool, outdoor entertainment area, private art collection, restaurant, spa and gym. Rooms feature a television, minibar, tea and coffee-making facilities, and telephone. B, D
Day 11 Isandlwana
Today, transfer to Isandlwana (274 miles, five hours and 30 minutes). This picturesque area of sweeping hills and rolling plains was the site of several historical battles that shaped the history of both South Africa and Britain.
Stay for the next two nights at the 4-star Islandwana Lodge (4Q). Built from rock with a thatched roof, the lodge has a dining area, lounge, library and outdoor pool. There are 12 en suite bedrooms, each with a private balcony overlooking the mountain, battlefield and plain, and each equipped with a telephone, tea and coffee-making facilities and safe. B, D
Day 12 Isandlwana
Look forward to a full day Battlefields tour, with lunch at your lodge. You’ll visit Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, as featured in the film Zulu to see the remains of stone forts, graves and memorials from these two deadly battles. B, L, D
Day 13 Isandlwana-Durban
Travel to Durban today (186 miles, four hours), where you will stay overnight at the 4-star Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel (4Q).
Situated on the Durban beachfront, the hotel has superb facilities, with numerous restaurants and bars, great views and three swimming pools. All 734 modern rooms are equipped with a television, air-conditioning, tea and coffee-making facilities, an electronic safe and free Wi-Fi. South Africa's third-largest city, on the east coast, is home to a blend of colonial and art-nouveau architecture and a cosmopolitan beachfront. B, L, D
Day 14 Durban-Cape Town
Enjoy a tour of Durban to see the beautiful Botanical Gardens, the Indian Market and Juna Mosque, one of the oldest and largest in the southern hemisphere, before transferring to the airport for your flight to Cape Town (two hours).
Stay for the next two nights at the 4-star Southern Sun, The Cullinan (4Q+). The hotel is within walking distance of the famous Victoria & Albert Waterfront. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, outdoor pool, fitness centre and spa (extra charge). Each of the 394 air-conditioned bedrooms has a television, tea and coffee-making facilities, safe, hairdryer and free Wi-Fi. B
Day 15 Cape Of Good Hope
Enjoy a full-day tour of Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Stop at Boulders Beach to see the African penguins, and visit historic Simons Town. B, L.
Day 16 Cape Town-UK
Join a tour of Cape Town this morning to see some of the many highlights including Table Mountain and the Victoria and Alfred waterfront. Later, travel to the airport for your return overnight flight. B
Day 17 UK
Arrive in the UK for your included VIP door-to-door travel service.
Post holiday-extension - Bed and Breakfast
After your tour, extend your stay at the 4-star Southern Sun, The Cullinan (4Q+) on a bed-and-breakfast basis. The hotel is within walking distance of the famous Victoria & Albert Waterfront. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, outdoor pool, fitness centre and spa (extra charge). Each of the 394 air-conditioned bedrooms has a television, tea and coffee-making facilities, safe, hairdryer and free Wi-Fi.
Recalling the heyday of luxury rail travel, this vintage train pulls up to 20 coaches. Wonderful views can be enjoyed from the observation car, and all meals are served in the elegantly furnished dining cars. The train may be drawn by an electric, diesel or steam engine at various stages of the journey and carries a maximum 72 passengers. Room service is available 24 hours a day.Pullman Suites
Relax in your private suite which is air conditioned and features a sofa-seat during the day. At night, the sofa-seat converts to a double or twin upper and lower beds. Pullman Suites also have an en suite bathroom with a shower.
Deluxe Suite upgrade
You can upgrade to a Deluxe Suite with a double or twin beds, extra space and an en suite bathroom with a shower. All superbly-appointed suites are classically furnished with wood panelling and period Edwardian features. They also include a writing surface and personal safe.
Departures in May and June 2022 follow a slightly different itinerary, spending four nights aboard the Rovos Rail, with an included visit to Polokwane Nature Reserve, and arriving in Pretoria on Day 11. The rest of the tour remains unchanged.