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16 day Southern Cross Adventure, Johannesburg to Vic Falls (North Bound)

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This 16-day journey encompasses six countries on a route that is carefully crafted to deliver stunning experiences each and every day.

  • Enjoy fresh seafood at one of Maputo's finest restaurants, Mozambique
  • Explore Kruger National Park and its African wildlife on game drives
  • Leave your fears behind and bungee jump from Livingstone Bridge near Victoria Falls
  • Experience the heartbeat of the township in Soweto, Johannesburg, on this African rail safari

The train travels between Johannesburg and Victoria Falls, stopping at carefully selected locations in South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana. As the tracks unfurl a rare insight is offered into the cultural and geographical cocktail that makes Southern Africa so vibrant and exciting..

Pre-Day – Johannesburg

You will be met upon arrival at Victoria Falls International Airport and transferred to the train. Having a pre-day allows guests to acclimatise and unpack prior to the first day of touring. A pre-night on board will include dinner, bed and breakfast.

Optional Extras

1. The Cradle of Humankind: Maropeng and Sterkfontein Caves

NB: This Tour departs the train at 09h30 (MIN 4 PAX).

The Cradle of Humankind development combines the Maropeng Visitor Centre and Sterkfontein Caves. Our visit will start at Maropeng (a Setswana word for “returning to the place of origin”), the visitor centre at the Cradle of Humankind. An exciting 4-billion-year old journey through the elemental forces of water and ice, air, fire and earth is simulated on an underground lake.

Visitors emerge at the beginning of the world after dipping through waterfalls and icebergs, into the eye of a storm, past erupting volcanoes and through the depths of the earth. The journey continues through an experience that highlights the history of our world and humankind as a species. Many original fossils are on display here.

We continue with a visit to the Sterkfontein Caves, 10 km away and most famous for two world-renowned hominid finds, namely Mrs Ples in 1947 and Little Foot in 1997. Since excavations at the site first began, hundreds of hominid fossils as well as stone tools have been found here. The excavation of Little Foot and other fossils is an ongoing process at this still active fossil dig. The scientific exhibition here includes lifelike models of hominids as well as specific finds such as Mrs Ples, the Taung Child and Little Foot.

2. Lesedi Cultural Village

NB: This Tour departs the train at 09h30 (MIN 4 PAX).

We visit this multi-cultural African Village set among pristine bushveld and rocky hills. Experience the culture of five of South Africa’s major indigenous tribes: the Xhosa, Zulu, Pedi, Basotho and Ndebele. Lunch will be included.

3. Gold Reef City, Apartheid Museum & The World of Beer

NB: This Tour departs the train at 11h00 (MIN 4 PAX).

Situated on the previous Crown Mine which closed in the 1970’s, Gold Reef City is an entertainment centre showing Johannesburg as it was at the time of the Gold Rush in the mid 1800’s. In addition to the different activities, guests will have the option of going down a gold mine (for guests’ own account) and visiting the Apartheid Museum exhibiting a variety of photos, videos and other media dating back to the political regime in South Africa until 1994.

The World of Beer situated in the heart of central Johannesburg makes a great lunch stop with a guided tour & beer tasting. Lunch is for guests’ own account. The option includes transfers, entrance fees to Gold Reef City, The Apartheid Museum & The World of Beer with a tasting.

4. East Rand Mall or Emperors Palace

NB: This shuttle departs the train every hour on the hour & returns every half hour, departing from the train at 12h00 with the last bus departing the centre at 15h30 back to the train. Emperors Palace is a mini Las Vegas here in Africa. The East Rand mall is a modern shopping centre offering many shops and services including banking and ATMs. The centre also has a good selection of restaurants for lunch.

A pre-night on board will include dinner, bed & breakfast.

The train remains stationary in Boksburg East Station - Johannesburg for the night.

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Page: 2 Day 1 - Pretoria / Johannesburg / Soweto

Should you only arrive at Johannesburg International Airport today, you will be met upon arrival and transferred to the train. Please note that you should arrive no later than 08h00 at the airport in order to be able to participate in the days excursio ...

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Page: 3 Day 2 - Swaziland

The tiny Kingdom of Swaziland covers only 17 000 square kilometres, making it the second smallest country in Africa. Inclusive Option 1. Tour through Swaziland PLEASE NOTE THAT GUESTS WILL NEED THEIR PASSPORT FOR THIS EXCURS ...

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Page: 5 Day 4 - Maputo (Mozambique)

Inclusive Options Tour of Maputo Today’s tour offers guests a good impression of the character of the city. A visit to the municipal market is followed by a stop at the old Fortaleza, which dates back to 1769. Other interesting city ...

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Page: 6 Day 6 - Mpumalanga

Mpumalanga, meaning “Land of the Rising Sun” is a province of extraordinary natural beauty. Inclusive Options 1. Kruger National Park The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience second to none. Its 2 ...

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Page: 8 Day 8 – Day on the Rails to Zimbabwe

On the rails Guests spend the day relaxing on the train as it travels through the countryside of Mpumalanga, Gauteng and Limpopo Provinces. The tour will cross the border into Zimbabwe at Beit Bridge and head onto Rutenga Station where guests ...

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Page: 9 Day 11 - Bulawayo and Matobo National Park

Inclusive Options 1. Matobo Hills and an Art Gallery Matobo means “bald headed ones” and aptly describes the dramatic hills and granite rocks of this area. Highlights include a visit to the burial place of Cecil John Rhodes, who gav ...

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Page: 11 Day 13 - Livingstone (Zambia) Inclusive Option

Across the Falls and into Livingstone Guests cross the great Zambezi River via the famous rail/road bridge. The first stop is on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls before continuing to the town of Livingstone, named after David Livingstone, t ...

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