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When your luxury experience starts with a stay in one of the best private camps in one of the best private game reserves in the world and finishes in some of the finest vineyards in the world then the way in which they are combined also needs to be special. With all deference to Duke Ellington we say “Take the Blue Train “an elegant way to travel between the game parks in the north and the vineyards in the south. During your journey you will enjoy unparalleled comfort in your suite and freshly made meals accompanied by some of the best South African wines

12 Days:From $7,821 per person inclusive of superior rooms in deluxe hotels and luxury private camps, deluxe suite on Blue Train, all meals, all activities in the game reserve, winery visits with a wine expert, transfers and touring by private car and driver. Jan.-Apr., Sep.-Dec $8,957. Airfare is additional. Private departures based on your schedule for a maximum of six guests. Itinerary can also be offered in reverse.

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Personal Highlights:

• Your luxury suite at Selati in the Sabi Sands private game reserve
• Dinner overlooking the charming capital of Pretoria from you luxury boutique on a well placed hilltop
• You deluxe suite on the world famous Blue Train between Pretoria and Cape Town
• A leisurely lunch with wine at La Petite Ferme, an excellent restaurant and a boutique winery

Day 1 Depart USA

Your adventure begins as you depart the USA bound for South Africa and arrive in Johannesburg the following afternoon


Day 2 Arrival in Johannesburg

Upon arrival in Johannesburg you will be met by our representative and personally escorted to your hotel which is situated within a short distance of the airport. Fairlawns is a delightful property where all rooms are suites identified by individual names Enjoy a fine dinner in the restaurant before turning in for a good night's rest.


Day 3 Kruger and the Sabi Sands Private Reserve

Awaking refreshed, you enjoy breakfast then our representative escorts you back to the airport for the short flight to Mpumalanga, the gateway to Kruger National Park. Your destination is considered to be one of the best areas in the world to view game, especially in the private game reserves that border the Park. By all estimations, Sabi Sands is considered the best and Sabi Sabi one of its most esteemed elements. You will be staying at Selati Lodge because it combines a feeling of the colonial with the luxury of today. As an example, although the nine suites are air-conditioned, lighting is by hurricane lamp to add to the atmosphere. This evening you enjoy superb cuisine on the wooden terrace of the lodge.

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Day 4 Game viewing in Sabi Sabi

An early morning cup of coffee brought to your suite indicates that it is time for an early morning game drive. While it does require a 5AM departure it is justified by seeing the dawn rising over the savannah and the animals you have a chance to see. It could be a pride of lions or a herd of elephant. Perhaps even an elusive leopard. You return to the lodge for breakfast and the chance to relax and, like the animals, take a nap in the midday heat. An afternoon drive and an elegant meal completes your day

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Day 5 Absorbing the Rhythm of the African Plain

In this, your last day on the plain, you realize that your days on safari, although limited have created a subtle shift in how you look at life and how you break up your individual days. Like the animals you have come to know and admire, you rise to greet the sun, rest in the heat of the day and salute the sun as it dips below the horizon. You have met and shared stories with the few others lucky enough to share your lodge and experiences. This is a day to savor Africa and enjoy your meal under the stars as the nocturnal sounds of the savannah surround you

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Day 6 Sabi Sabi and Pretoria

You have time for an early game drive before transferring to the airstrip where you return to Jo'Burg. Upon arrival you head to the nearby town of Pretoria which serves as the official Capital of South Africa. You have a chance to catch the highlights of this charming town before arriving at your hotel. Dinner is at the hotel this evening

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Day 7 The Blue Train

This morning you are transferred to the Pretoria station where you board one of the world's most famous trains, The Blue Train. In slightly over a day you enjoy elegant travel as it used to be. Gourmet food, fine wines and unsurpassed service are yours and you drift to sleep to the smooth motion of the train

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Day 8 The Blue Train/Cape Town

After breakfast in the dining car you move to the lounge where you pass through the countryside making your way into Cape Town. At midday you arrive at your destination and are transferred to your hotel which is situated in the town of Franschhoek which was originally settled by French Huguenots who came to escape religious persecution and were invited by the Governor to assist in the development of the wine industry. Enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening

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Day 9 The French Touch in Winemaking

You have the full day to try out some of the top vintages in and around Franschhoek. Today's tasting expedition will be highlighted by a leisurely and appetizing lunch at La Petite Ferme, itself a boutique winery but noted for its magnificent views of the vineyards and the valley below and a luncheon menu to match the view. After lunch a visit to more vineyards completes the day.

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Day 10 A Scenic Tour of Cape Town

After breakfast your guide will take you into Cape Town for a chance to see the highlights of the city including the option of a cable car ascent to the top of Table Mountain. You will have time for some lunch at one of the many fine restaurants at Cape Town's new dining attraction the V & A Waterfront before arriving at your delightful hotel overlooking the ocean. Dinner with an ocean view is set for this evening

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Day 11 Return to USA

You have the morning to relax. Perhaps take a walk in the foothills behind the hotel or along the water's edge. After lunch you will be transferred to the airport and assisted with check-in for your return flight to the USA.

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Day 12 Arrive in USA

You arrive back in the USA in the afternoon

Day 2
Sandton, Johannesburg

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The Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa is a privately owned 5 star hotel located in the heart of Sandton one of Johannesburg’s most exclusive suburbs. The hotel completed an expansion project in 2010 and now comprises 40 well appointed suites all individually named and decorated. The hotel offers a Bali Spa with outdoor treatment Salas and the gourmet terrace restaurant with stunning views of the tranquil gardens and rolling green lawns for which the hotel is named. In addition to luxury accommodations the hotel offers other personalized touches such as a welcome drink and refreshing hand towel on check-in, complimentary clothes pressing on arrival, complimentary shoe shine service and same day laundry service. Fairlawns provides comfortable and contemporary classic style whilst maintaining a refined charm that the hotel is famous for. Understated service, comfort and privacy are qualities that still remain in place as the property has grown over the past 14 years.
Days 3 - 5
Sabi Sands Reserve

Selati Private Camp
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Imagine the Africa of the great safari era, when blazing sunsets melted into lantern lit romance and service was an effortless whisper. This is the Africa you will experience at Sabi Sabi's Selati Camp, an award winning luxury game lodge in South Africa. Sabi Sabi's intimate all-suite Selati Camp is the most unforgettable of all African experiences. It offers the perfect accommodation for travelers looking for a romantic luxury safari lodge in South Africa. Selati is furnished with a historic railway theme and colonial charm and is meticulously created as an authentic home in the bush. The railway theme extends from the original steam engine name plates, signals and shunter's lamps lighting the way to your suite, to interesting memorabilia and other collector's pieces in each room.Sabi Sabi's Selati Camp combines turn of the century elegance with personalized safari luxury - a rare experience.
Day 6

131 Herbert Baker Street
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This exquisite boutique hotel is grandly situated on the famous Herbert Baker Street in Pretoria. Boasting breathtaking views of the city whilst offering an elite clientele the luxury of exclusive accommodation in the privacy they require. There are seven individually appointed luxury bedrooms with private balconies and breathtaking views. The rooms are beautifully furnished in an understated elegance. Each room has large, comfortable beds, fine linen, telephone, Wi-Fi, tv, air-conditioning, hairdryer, mini bar and digital safe. Luxurious gowns matching slippers range of amenities complete a stay that surpasses a five star experience. Ristorante Grissini is an exquisite feature of the hotel with an amazing view. A full English and continental breakfast is included. Lunches and dinners will be prepared by the gourmet chef upon request and special dietary requirements will be catered for, with prior arrangement. High tea will also be served in the afternoons, or upon request.
Day 7
Pretoria-Cape Town

The Blue Train
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The Blue Train has an aura of mystique about it. Kings and presidents have traveled on this magnificent moving five-star hotel. Its very name has become synonymous with the ultimate in luxury and service. The routes of The Blue Train - both scheduled and chartered - take guests through some of the most breathtaking countryside to be found anywhere in the world. As the ever-changing scenery flashes past the windows, guests can savor exquisite meals freshly prepared on board by top chefs. Our meals are complemented by the best wines South Africa has to offer. The suites on The Blue Train live up to its reputation for magnificence and splendor. The finest bed linen, marble tiles and gold fittings in the bathrooms and sheer opulence all ensure that guests will never forget the time they spend on The Blue Train. When you choose to travel on The Blue Train, you choose to travel in a world of grace, elegance and romance.
Days 8 - 9

Mont Rochelle
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Mont Rochelle offers luxury accommodations at its best. In the rooms you will find a perfect blend of style and comfort, while waking up to breathtaking views from every angle. Sixteen bedrooms span across three wings of the hotel giving you the feeling of being in a private manor house. Here the staff is waiting to tend to your every need and the service will surpass your expectations. Two very different restaurants tempt your taste buds encapsulating what Franschhoek is all about, good food and good wine with beautiful surroundings.
Day 10
Cape Town

Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa
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The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa stands at the edge of the world. On one side, a line of majestic mountains – The Twelve Apostles – reaches towards the heavens; on the other, the sun sets on breeching whales, playful dolphins, and crashing Atlantic rollers. And all around, you can walk the wilderness trails of the Table Mountain National Park. And yet this luxury 5-star boutique hotel is just a few minutes from worldly, cosmopolitan Cape Town. City-centre theatres and art galleries, plus the shops and restaurants of the vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront are only 15 minutes away. The hotel is comprised of 55 Luxury Rooms and 16 Suites and Ultitude guests stay in Superior Sea View Rooms. These split-level, open-plan rooms appear to sweep straight down to the Atlantic. Three steps separate your bedroom and en-suite bathroom from the lower-level lounge and its accompanying balcony or patio. Take dinner from this private vantage point and see the sun set over the crashing rollers. When asked for their memories of The Twelve Apostles, guests are hard-pressed to choose between the magic of the glorious Atlantic sunsets and the kindness of the staff. Luckily, the two go hand-in-hand. While you watch the sunset from a striped terrace lounger, they'll be at your side with cocktails, cool drinks, or tasty snacks. Your stay includes use of The Spa, (voted best spa resort in Africa) which boasts of hydrotherapy pools, a sauna and flotation tank. That’s how life is at the Twelve Apostles.