Cape, Rails & Kruger Quest

Rail, Cape Town to Johannesburg

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Stretched across nearly 2.5 million hectares of wild South African frontier and home to over 600 species of mammals and birds, Kruger National Park is massive by any measure. Designed for travellers who don’t have a ton of time, this 7-day trip devotes the, ahem, lion’s share of its length to exploring South Africa’s most treasured wildlife reserve with a few bonus experiences mixed in along the way. Get treated to a traditional family meal in Cape Town, take the train to Johannesburg with the locals, track the Big Five on a wildlife safari drive in Kruger, and visit Soweto and a G Adventures-supported project, too. One week now, memories forever.

What’s included

  • G Adventures for Good: Hope Africa Children's Day School, Manyeleti
  • Cape Town orientation walk
  • Shosholoza Meyl train experience
  • Traditional meal in a local home
  • Panorama Route drive
  • Kruger National Park wildlife safari drive (full-day)
  • Traditional dance experience
  • G Adventures-supported G Hope Africa preschool visit
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities


  • Take the train across the country like a local
  • Explore coastal cape town
  • Walk around soweto township
  • Search for the big five in kruger national park
  • Savour a local meal with a family
  • Visit the kids at the g adventures-supported g hope africa preschool


Day 1 Cape Town There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Cape Town (1B, 1D) Enjoy a full day in Cape Town with options to visit Robben Island or Table Mountain. Choose to explore Cape Point or embark on a wine tour around Stellenbosch. In the evening, experience an authentic meal in a local home in a nearby township.
Day 3 Cape Town/Johannesburg (1B) Board the Shosholoza Meyl train at Cape Town station. Enjoy the day with your travel companions playing cards, meeting the locals, and checking out the dining car. Drift to sleep to the rhythm of the train. Wake up and opt for a tasty breakfast on board. Additional Notes: Please note that bedding can be rented for a small fee (ZAR60 per person, approximately USD5) in the 4-bed sleeper compartments and may be mixed gender. Transport: This train is often delayed arriving to Johannesburg. Overnight train (beds) (26.00-30.00 hours)
Day 4 Johannesburg (1L) Scheduled arrival into Johannesburg is noon (this train is often late however). Enjoy a tour of the surrounding area. Transport: Private Vehicle (0.50-0.75 hours) Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))
Day 5 Johannesburg/Manyeleti (1B, 1D) Take the scenic route between Johannesburg and Shalati, in the Greater Kruger Area. Later, enjoy a traditional dance on the lodge grounds, learning more about the local culture. Opt to go for a swim or sit by a fire in the evening. Included Activities: Traditional Dance Experience Transport: Enjoy sights along the Panorama Route en route to the Greater Kruger Area. Private Vehicle
Day 6 Manyeleti (1B, 1D) Enjoy visiting the G Adventures-supported preschool in Shalati. Meet the kids and learn more about how the project is contributing positively to this small community. With free time, opt for a wildlife safari drive in Manyeleti Reserve in an open safari vehicle. In the afternoon, head out in our touring vehicle to Kruger NP to try to spot Africa's famous animals in the wild. Included Activities: Hope Africa Children's Day School Kruger Wildlife Safari Drive
Day 7 Manyeleti/Johannesburg (1B) Travel to Johannesburg where the tour ends on arrival at the airport. All onward travel can be booked after 5pm. Transport: Private Vehicle (8.50 hour(s))