Meanwhile I'd like to share with you a lovely itinerary put together by The Africa Safari Company. It's a 10 day Luxury South Africa safari and includes a journey on the stunning Blue Train. Here is the full itinerary.
10 Day Johannesburg to Cape Town Luxury Accommodation & 5 star Train Journey.A classic safari combining Big 5 game viewing in the legendary Kruger National Park, staying at exclusive and private Game Lodges, leisure time to explore Cape Town—the beautiful Mother City and a journey aboard the unique Blue Train—it is not merely a train but the luxury of the world’s leading five star hotels within the charm of train travel.
Blue Train suite
Day 1: Australia – Johannesburg. Depart Australia for Johannesburg. Courtesy shuttle bus to to the Peermont D’Oreale Grande Hotel for overnight, including breakfast.
Day 2: Johannesburg – Kruger National Park. Depart Johannesburg on a short flight to Kruger National Park. Transfer to your lodge for 3 nights accommodation, including all meals and game activities. Enjoy an afternoon game drive in open safari vehicles and return to the lodge for dinner and overnight. Accommodation: Lion Sands River Lodge/Shumbalala Game Lodge. Including all meals, park fees, scheduled game activities.
Lion Sands bedroom
Lion Sands lounge
Days 3-4: Kruger National Park. Enjoy early morning and late afternoon game drives in the beautiful African bush in search of the “Big Five”.
Amazing game viewing at Lion Sands.
Day 5: Kruger National Park – Pretoria. Morning game drive and breakfast before transfer to airport for flight to Johannesburg. On arrival, transferred to Pretoria. Accommodation: 131 on Herbert Baker Hotel, including breakfast and transfers.
Day 6: The Blue Train – Cape Town. Early this morning, take the courtesy shuttle to Pretoria Station for your night on the Blue Train, travelling in style to Cape Town. Imagine watching the moon rise over the Karoo and waking up to find yourself surrounded by vineyards. The route between Pretoria and Cape Town is a 27-hour journey of 1,600 kilometres, through some of the most diverse and spectacular sceney offered by the African sub-continent. Includes all meals, drinks and activities.
Day 7: Cape Town. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel for 3 nights accommodation. Accommodation: Cape Cadogan Hotel/Franschhoek Country House, including breakfast daily.
Spectacular Cape Town
Days 8–9: Cape Town. Next two days are spent at leisure discovering the beautiful “Mother City” of Cape Town (optional day touring can be prearranged at extra cost).
Day 10: Cape Town – Australia. Leisurely morning before departure transfer to airport for flight back to Australia via Johannesburg.
The cost is only $7895 per person twin share including return flights from Australia.
Price includes: Return airfares & taxes (ex SYD, MEL, ADL, PER, BNE), 1 night in Johannesburg and 1 night in Pretoria, including breakfast and transfers, 3 nights at Game Lodge with all meals, park fees, scheduled game drives, Blue Train with all meals, local brand drinks and activities, plus 3 nights in Cape town, including breakfast and transfers.
Valid for departures: Between 01 Jan and 30 Aug, 2014. Subject to availability and scheduled tour dates.
*Conditions apply. Single room rates upon request. Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for card payments which vary. Prices correct at 31 August, 2013 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Offers subject to availability. Please check all prices, availability and other information with your travel consultant before booking. A deposit of 30% per person is required within 7 days of booking. Packages may be withdrawn without notice. Vaccinations, visas and travel insurance are not included.
As you can see, one of the options you have is to stay at the beautiful Lion Sands private game reserve. I was fortunate enough to spend a couple of nights there in July this year and I can tell you that the accommodation is beautiful, the food is five star quality and, most importantly the game viewing and guides are superb.