Southern-Cross
Pre day
Optional Extra
1. The Cradle of Humankind: Maropeng and Sterkfontein Caves

NB: This Tour departs the train at 09:30 (MIN 4 PAX).The Cradle of Humankind developments (the Maropeng Visitor Centre and Sterkfontein Caves) are a Blue IQ initiative. Our visit will start at Maropeng (Setswana for “returning to the place of origin”), the visitor centre at the Cradle of Humankind. An exciting 4-billion-years journey through the elemental forces – water and ice, air, fire and earth – is simulated on an underground lake. One emerges 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. Real fossils are also on display. We continue on for a visit to the Sterkfontein Caves, 10 km away, most famous for the 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 09:30 (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 11:00 (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” days in the mid 1800’s. Of the different activities, guests will have the options of going down a gold mine (at guests’ own account) visiting an 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. The tour offers you a walk through time & how important Beer as a staple diet is to the African continent. Lunch is for guests’ own account. The option includes the transfer, the entrance fee to Gold Reef City, Apartheid Museum & the World of Beer with a tasting.

4. East Rand Mall or Emperors Palace

NB: This shuttle departs the train on every hour on the hour & returns on every half hour, departing from the train at 12:00 & the last bus departs the centre at 15:30 back to the train.

A modern shopping centre where you will be able to do your FOREX exchange at one of the many banks & draw cash from an ATM. Last minute buying of supplies at a supermarket, pharmacy, stationery store, etc….. The centre has a good selection of restaurants for your lunch opportunity. Emperors Palace is a mini Las Vegas experience here in Africa, also with a lot of restaurant opportunities.

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

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

Day5
Optional Extras
  1. Open Vehicle SafariGame drives are conducted in open safari vehicles, specifically designed to ensure safety as well as optimum game viewing. Guides have intimate knowledge of the fauna and flora. Lunch (guests’ own account) will be at one of the rest camps in the park. Game viewing continues for the remainder of the afternoon.
  2. Protea Kruger Gate LodgeDepart from the train at 06:00. Travel through the Kruger National Park in open 4×4 game viewing vehicles, at approximately midday check into the Kruger Gate Protea Lodge, which is situated along the Sabi River at the Paul Kruger Gate. Check into your rooms, relax and enjoy the lodge’s facilities. After lunch (own account) and a siesta depart at 16:00 for the late afternoon game drive, returning to the lodge at around sunset. Dinner and overnight at the lodge. The next morning at 06:00 depart on an early morning game drive, mid-morning breakfast /brunch check out of the lodge and return to the train in your Shongololo vehicle and guide. (Bookings subject to availability)
  3. Private Game ReserveYou will join the rest of the group for a morning game drive (in our air-conditioned vehicle) through the south of the Kruger National Park. Late morning (at around 11:00) you will be transferred to the luxury lodge, situated in a private game reserve on the banks of the Sabi River, where a lunch will await you. After a siesta, followed by coffee and cake, you will depart on a sunset safari, in search of the Big Five. Encounters with all spheres of the eco-system, from the smallest insect to the mighty African Elephant, are possible. After a sundowner drink in the bush you will return to the lodge, where a delightful dinner will await you. Early the next morning (just before sunrise) you will be woken to depart on an open vehicle game drive to experience the African fauna at its most active. A mouth-watering breakfast will round off your experience, before you will be taken to join the rest of the group in the Kruger Park. (Bookings subject to availability)
  4. Local Pub in TownGuests can enjoy an evening in a local pub in the company of local farmers and villagers.Guests rejoin the train in Komatipoort where it will remain over night.
Day7
Optional Extras

Sunrise Balloon Experience

Early morning pick-up and transfer to the balloon launch site. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served on arrival, followed by a scenic balloon flight lasting about an hour. Cape sparkling wine will be served upon landing, followed by a breakfast at a country lodge. After we will rejoin the rest of the group in Sabie town and continue on the Panorama tour. (This activity is weather dependent)

The train departs this evening for the Zimbabwe Border.

Day10
Optional Extras
  1. Overnight at Antelope Park & Night Encounter with LionsGuests will spend the day at Antelope Park to enjoy the activities listed below. You will also have the opportunity to overnight at Antelope Park to observe lions at night. Enjoy the African sunset before Dinner. And then, the action with the “Night Encounter” will commence. You will board an open safari vehicle & follow the lions on there hunt. THIS ENCOUNTER HAS NO GUARANTIES as the action could be over in a relative short time or even take hours before the lions have any luck…….or may be not!.
    Next morning wake up to the sounds of the bush and after breakfast you will depart to Bulawayo. Please note that you will arrive by lunch time at Bulawayo so, this activity will clash with the morning visit at Matobo National Park.
  2. Canoe HireDuring our stay at Antelope Park, you will be able to hire a canoe and paddle on your own on the river and observe the bird life.
  3. Game DrivesPartake in an open safari vehicle of the lodge in a one hour game drive through the park.
  4. Horseback Game ViewingFor experienced riders only. Enjoy one and a half hours on horse back through the park on a guided ride.
  5. Elephant RidingTwo up on Africa’s largest mammal for a 30 min ride through the park.
  6.  Lion Breeding Project“Alert” is the name of the project. The objective of this project is for the new generation of lions to be released into the wild.
  7. Bird watching Boat CruiseEnjoy 45 min of bird watching on the river in an open ten seater boat.Guests rejoin the train at Somabhula and depart early evening to Bulawayo.
Day11
Optional Extras
  1. ChipangaliA visit to this famous wildlife orphanage gives insight into the plight of some of the wild animals.2. Rhino Tracking in Matobo National ParkAfter the morning tour of the recreational part of the National Park, join a ranger for lunch and set off on a walking safari through the bushveld searching for the trail of one of the Big 5, the Rhino!! With some luck you could see or even… get very very close!! to this fascinating and endangered animal.The train travels to Dete Station over night
Day12
Optional Extras
Over night at Sikumi Tree Lodge

Guests have the opportunity to spend a night in a rustic lodge in Hwange National Park. You will depart from Dete Station in open 4×4 safari vehicles for a series of game drives. The package includes game drives, lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast. The day after, you will drive to Victoria Falls in our Shongololo vehicles. In the afternoon you will then visit Victoria Falls while the rest of the group is in Zambia. You will visit Livingstone on Day 15.

The train departs for Victoria Falls in the evening.

Day13
Optional Extras
Lunchtime Boat Cruise

This spectacular lunchtime cruise on the Zambezi includes a buffet lunch and drinks.

Evening Activity

An off-rail dinner is planned for this evening.

The train remains stationary at Victoria Falls Station over night.
Day15
Optional Extras
  1. Flight of AngelsA highlight of any visit to Victoria Falls is a trip in a light aircraft or helicopter over the Falls. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of one of the seven natural wonders of the world in all its magical splendor.
  2. White Water River RaftingBatoka Gorge provides one of the most intense sensory thrills imaginable. Its twenty-three white water rapids and striking scenery deep within the sheer black cliffs, afford the adrenaline junkie a wild roller coaster ride. The rapids are run in large rubber rafts, launched from just below the Falls. (Seasonal).
  3. Elephant RidingSeated comfortably on the back of nature’s true “King of the Beasts”, guests can experience an age-old African tradition. Be witness to this mutually enriching and rewarding relationship between man and Elephant in a modern-day Africa.
  4. Bungee Jumping from Livingstone BridgeThe bridge spans the gorge between Zambia and Zimbabwe and offers one of the world’s highest bungee jumps (111 m). Challenge the limits of the mind and test the edge of fear by leaping off the impressive bridge, with the Falls behind and the mighty Zambezi below.The train remains stationary at Victoria Falls Station over night.
Day16
Optional Extras
  1. Flight of AngelsA highlight of any visit to Victoria Falls is a trip in a light aircraft or helicopter over the Falls. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of one of the seven natural wonders of the world in all its magical splendor.
  2. White Water River RaftingBatoka Gorge provides one of the most intense sensory thrills imaginable. Its twenty-three white water rapids and striking scenery deep within the sheer black cliffs, afford the adrenaline junkie a wild roller coaster ride. The rapids are run in large rubber rafts, launched from just below the Falls. (Seasonal).
  3. Elephant RidingSeated comfortably on the back of nature’s true “King of the Beasts”, guests can experience an age-old African tradition. Be witness to this mutually enriching and rewarding relationship between man and Elephant in a modern-day Africa.
  4. Bungee Jumping from Livingstone BridgeThe bridge spans the gorge between Zambia and Zimbabwe and offers one of the world’s highest bungee jumps (111 m). Challenge the limits of the mind and test the edge of fear by leaping off the impressive bridge, with the Falls behind and the mighty Zambezi below.