Luxury All-Inclusive South Africa Voyage and Rovos Rail Adventure

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Cruise Holiday Overview

  • Ship Azamara Quest
  • Duration 25 NIGHTS
  • Departure 26 January 2025
  • Cruise type Cruise & Rail
  • Cruise code AFR2223

COMPLIMENTARY OCEANVIEW TO VERANDA UPGRADE

includes three-night safari stay & daily game drives

Immerse yourself in the spirit of Africa as you journey on board the most luxurious train in the world, experience the magic of safari and cruise South Africa’s captivating coastline.

Begin your holiday with a hotel stay in Cape Town before you embark Azamara Quest® for your all-inclusive cruise. Disembarking back in Cape Town, you’ll then escape into the majestic scenes of verdant vineyards and rolling patchwork hillsides for a hotel stay in Franschoek.

A further hotel stay in Cape Town offers another opportunity to explore its cosmopolitan charms before you board the luxurious Rovos Rail for an unforgettable rail journey to Pretoria. You’ll then discover the true meaning of safari with a superb hotel stay at the Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge, where you’ll have a great opportunity to see the famous Big Five.

Your Imagine Holiday Includes

All-Inclusive Cruise

12 night all-inclusive luxury cruise on board Azamara Quest®

Complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages including house spirits, wine and international beers

Pre-paid gratuities and complimentary AzAmazing Evenings® event

Concierge services for personal guidance and reservations

Complimentary Club Oceanview to Club Veranda upgrade

Overnight in port in Cape Town

All-Inclusive Rail Journey

3 night all-inclusive luxury Rovos Rail journey from Cape Town to Pretoria, with off-train excursions

Fully Escorted Tour

Pilanesberg National Park game drives*

Hotel Stays

3 night four-star hotel stay in Cape Town at the Southern Sun the Cullinan with breakfast

2 night four-star stay at the Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa with breakfast

3 night four-star hotel stay in Pilanesberg at the Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge with breakfast, lunch and dinner

All Flights, Taxes and Transfers

Auckland departure – regional flights available

Overnight Flights

*Wildlife sightings not guaranteed. Main image is intended for illustrative purposes only.
The departure date is subject to change based on flight times specified during the booking process.
Named hotels are based on availability and are subject to change without notice. Alternative hotels will always be of equal or higher star rating.

Your Voyage

Your Itinerary

Day 1
Fly Overnight to Cape Town

Your holiday begins as you fly from New Zealand to your destination.

Day 2
Cape Town: Hotel Stay

An unrivalled backdrop, the Atlantic Ocean bringing in a crisp, salty breeze and culture blooming from the very buildings standing in the city centre, Cape Town is a perfect place to enjoy a hotel stay.

Overnight: Southern Sun the Cullinan

Day 3
Cape Town: Embark Ship

Embark the beautiful Azamara Quest® and find a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Make yourself at home and explore the cosy social spaces and treat yourself to a cocktail as you take in the breathtaking views from deck.

Meals Included: All-Inclusive Board Basis

Overnight: Azamara Quest®

Day 4
Relax At Sea
Day 5
Port Elizabeth

Explore the coastal beauty of Port Elizabeth! Bask in its pristine beaches, relish diverse wildlife, and immerse in rich cultural experiences. A city where natural wonders meet urban delights, promising an unforgettable adventure.

Meals Included: All-Inclusive Board Basis

Overnight: Azamara Quest®

Day 6
East London

Embrace the vibrant energy of East London, a melting pot of culture and creativity. From trendy markets to cutting-edge art scenes, this dynamic district invites you to explore its eclectic streets and immerse yourself in its pulsating rhythm.

Meals Included: All-Inclusive Board Basis

Overnight: Azamara Quest®

Day 7
Relax At Sea
Day 8
Maputo

Unveil Maputo’s rich cultural tapestry influenced by Bantu, Arabian, and Portuguese heritage. Explore colonial architecture, witness inspiring regeneration, and embrace the area’s allure. Let Maputo ignite your exploration of this remarkable region.

Meals Included: All-Inclusive Board Basis

Overnight: Azamara Quest®

Day 9
Richards Bay

Explore Richards Bay, South Africa’s coastal gem. Discover golden beaches, mesmerising wetlands, and breathtaking wildlife encounters. Let its natural wonders and vibrant culture rejuvenate your soul and ignite your sense of adventure.

Meals Included: All-Inclusive Board Basis

Overnight: Azamara Quest®

Day 10
Durban

Embrace Durban’s coastal charm: a vibrant hub of sea trade, thriving art scene, bustling markets, and golden beaches. Immerse yourself in its rich culture, bask in year-round warmth, and surrender to its captivating beauty.

Meals Included: All-Inclusive Board Basis

Overnight: Azamara Quest®

Days 11 - 12
Relax At Sea
Day 13
Mossel Bay

Unveil the coastal paradise of Mossel Bay. With pristine beaches, thrilling adventures, and rich maritime history, this hidden gem beckons you to embrace its breathtaking landscapes and experience warm hospitality like never before.

Meals Included: All-Inclusive Board Basis

Overnight: Azamara Quest®

Day 14
Cape Town: Overnight in Port

For a real sense of the enticing city, hop on a cable car to Table Mountain’s summit. From here you’ll have panoramic views, with tempting trails leading off through the vegetation, begging to be explored.

Meals Included: All-Inclusive Board Basis

Overnight: Azamara Quest®

Days 15 - 16
Cape Town: Disembark Ship & Franschhoek Hotel Stay

Surrounded by rolling vineyards and dramatic mountains, Franschhoek offers a captivating blend of culture and gastronomy, making it a sought-after destination for wine enthusiasts and travellers seeking a tranquil escape.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa

Days 17 - 18
Cape Town: Hotel Stay

Savour another two days in this fascinating city where you could head down to the Watershed, a buttercup yellow building with near-endless souvenir ideas, from unique jewellery to guitars made from oil cans.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Southern Sun the Cullinan

Day 19
Cape Town: Board the Rovos Rail

Board the iconic Rovos Rail for your three-night journey to Pretoria, travelling through the scenic winelands of the Cape, mountain ranges and the vast wilderness of the Karoo.

Meals Included: All-Inclusive Board Basis

Overnight: Rovos Rail

Day 20
Matjiesfontein

Fully rested after your first night on board, you’ll rise early for a delicious breakfast before enjoying an off-train excursion in the historic village of Matjiesfontein with its collection of vintage cars and railway carriages.

Meals Included: All-Inclusive Board Basis

Overnight: Rovos Rail

Day 21
Kimberley’s Diamond Mine Museum

You’ll continue your journey in the exquisite comfort of the Rovos Rail, stopping for a tour of the Kimberley Mine Museum and the Big Hole, the largest manmade hole in the world.

Meals Included: All-Inclusive Board Basis

Overnight: Rovos Rail

Day 22
Pretoria: Alight the Rovos Rail & Pilanesberg National Park Hotel Stay

At last, you’ll reach your journey’s end at the Rovos Rail Station in Capital Park, Pretoria. You’ll then be transferred to the lush grasslands of the Pilanesberg National Park for your safari stay at The Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge

Day 23
Pilanesberg National Park: Hotel Stay

With daily morning and evening game drives available at the lodge, you’ll have the opportunity of searching for the Big Five in an open safari vehicle.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge

Day 24
Pilanesberg National Park: Hotel Stay

The Shepherds Tree Game Lodge is a place where you can easily fill your day with rewarding and fun activities. There’s golf, live music with interactive drumming circles, and even a unique hot air balloon ride.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge

Days 25 - 26
Johannesburg: Fly Home

Your epic African adventure comes to a magical close today. Leave the enchanting wilderness behind you as you transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Azamara Quest

Clean lines and touches of elegance characterise your experience aboard Azamara Quest. Visit the Discoveries Restaurant for classic international dishes with subtle and imaginative details that will delight your senses. For more casual dining throughout the day, try the Windows Café where you can feel the gentle touch of the sea breeze with outdoor seating.

Excitement and relaxation await for lovers of both – you can head to the Fitness Centre to keep fit in style, or ask a wellness consultant about yoga and Pilates classes to energise your body. At the Sanctum Spa, an array of luxurious rituals and treatments beckon you into tranquillity.

Entertainment choices are abundant too – from a range of musical performances at the Cabaret Lounge, to the easy magic of the Card Room, you are sure to find an atmosphere to suit your taste.

  • Occupancy 690
  • Tonnage 30,277 tons
  • Length 591 ft (180.00 m)

Life on board Azamara Quest

Discover exceptional hospitality that puts you at the heart of your cruise, with fine dining and entertainment options set against a backdrop of refined facilities and furnishings.

dining

Will you choose steak and seafood at the indulgence of Prime C Restaurant, or opt for the unmistakable elegance of Italian dishes at Aqualina?

  • Discoveries Restaurant
  • The Patio
  • Swirl & Top
  • Windows Cafe
  • Aqualina Restaurant
  • Prime C Restaurant

Bars and Lounges include:

  • Sunset Bar
  • Pool Bar
  • Spirits Bar
  • Discoveries Bar

Facilities

Retreat to the Sanctum Spa for an inspiring course of invigorating treatments, or relax in the cosy sophistication of the Living Room.

  • The Sanctum Spa
  • The Pool
  • Drawing Room
  • Living Room
  • Card Room
  • Fitness Centre
  • Indulgences
  • The Quest Shop
  • The Den
  • Photo shop

entertainment

Allow the Azamara Quest Singers and Dancers to enliven your nights with musical celebrations sure to tempt you onto the dance floor.

  • Cabaret Lounge
  • Live Music
  • White Night
  • AzAmazing Evening

Rovos Rail

Crossing Africa’s most iconic landscapes in elegant style, this wonderful train and its beautifully restored carriages travel between Pretoria and Cape Town, the wide deserts of Namibia and the powerful tumbling morass of Victoria Falls, the vast plains of the Great Karoo and the battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal.

During the journey you’ll enjoy excursions, game drives and guided tours by historians to further illuminate your journey, as well as bush lunches and suppers under a million-tog duvet of African stars. The fleet of locomotives is rich in history, with even the oldest and smallest engine, called Tiffany, still seeing occasional use. Each carriage, cabin, kitchen car and locomotive has been painstakingly restored, and Rovos Rail now operate four trains across its fabulous choice of journeys.

Life on board Rovos Rail

Travelling on board a Rovos Rail service is like stepping back in time, while keeping the most comfortable technological additions of the 21st century with you.

Carriages

Each train is generally made up of a club lounge, an observation car with vast windows and an open-air platform for enjoying the views, two dining cars and 36 spacious cabin suites, with further upgraded accommodation available. The stunning Edwardian-era carriages have been painstakingly restored to showcase their elegant period details, while adding all the modern comforts that today’s travellers desire on cross-continental journeys. Put simply, it feels like stepping back into a bygone era, but with discreet luxury touches.

Even more beautiful are the pre-1940s dining cars, which were also restored into service with the addition of button-trimmed leather seats, wooden marquetry and other added embellishments. When the train was expanded from 42 to 72 guests, the addition of a lounge car provided a convivial space to come together and share stories of the day’s adventures over fine beverages. Today, the lounge cars still have comfortable wingback chairs and deep sofas for prime afternoon snoozing, and a small gift shop. Some of the train windows can be opened to let in the sights, sounds and smells of Africa in.

Food

All meals on board are served over one sitting in the dining cars; it’s a sociable time of the day when all the guests come together to celebrate the diversity of dining across the continent, sampling delicious cuisine complemented by fine South African wines. A fleet of experienced chefs is tasked with creating innovative and beautifully presented meals for the maximum of 72 guests on board, with a focus on fresh, local ingredients including speciality game.

Breakfast is a leisurely affair and served until 10am, with lunch at 1pm, afternoon tea served in the late afternoon and your formal dinner service at 7.30pm. The bar service runs until 1am, but you might want to get an early night if you’re taking a game drive the following day. What’s certain on board Rovos Rail journeys is that you’ll never go hungry. That, and that every lunch and dinner service is announced with the sounding of a gong.

Cabins & Suites

Take your pick from an array of suites and staterooms, each offering a unique set of hotel features that will illuminate your voyage with splendour.

Club Interior Prices from $13,499pp

Azamara Quest Club interior stateroom

Plush, welcoming, and comfortable, a club interior cabin is perfect for those who long to spend their days exploring the surprises of the ship. Relax with plush cotton robes and slippers, relish the scent of freshy cut flowers and indulge with 24-hour room service.

  • Luxurious cotton bed linens with duvet
  • Terry bathrobes and slippers
  • 24-hour room service
  • Fresh-cut flowers
  • Turndown treats
  • Two lower beds convertible to one Queen size bed
  • Some staterooms feature a sofa bed
  • 40” flat-screen TV
  • Mini-bar
  • Air conditioning
Cruise Code: AFR2223
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Club Oceanview Prices from $15,499pp

Azamara Journey Club Oceanview stateroom

A large window overlooking the ocean fills your room with light and the inimitable sight of the sea and sky each morning. Embrace the finer touches and attention to detail with lavish extras including fresh-cut flowers, shoe-shine service and mini-bar.

  • Luxurious cotton bed linens with duvet
  • Terry bathrobes and slippers
  • 24-hour room service
  • Fresh-cut flowers
  • Turndown treats
  • Two lower beds convertible to one Queen size bed
  • Some staterooms feature a sofa bed
  • 40” flat-screen TV
  • Mini-bar
  • Air conditioning
Cruise Code: AFR2223
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Club Veranda Prices from $15,499pp

Azamara Quest Club Balcobny stateroom

An elegant modern space brought to life with fine furnishings and superior service, you’ll appreciate the finer touches, elevating your voyage from “good” to “great”. Savour your own private getaway aboard the ship.

  • Luxurious cotton bed linens with duvet
  • Terry bathrobes and slippers
  • 24-hour room service
  • Fresh-cut flowers
  • Turndown treats
  • Two lower beds convertible to one Queen size bed
  • Sitting area with 40” flat-screen TV
  • Balcony
  • Refrigerator with mini-bar
  • Air conditioning
Cruise Code: AFR2223
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Club Continent Suite Prices from $18,499pp

Azamara Quest Club contient suite
Azamara Quest Club contient suite

Smaller suites, but no less elegant, with design touches inspired by tactile natural elements such as wood, stone and water. Boasting a wealth of fine amenities, this charming suite offers the perfect home away from home experience.

  • 24-hour room service
  • Turndown treats
  • Complimentary Internet (240 minutes or 50% off the unlimited internet package)
  • Complimentary specialty dining
  • Two lower beds convertible to one Queen size bed
  • Spacious and comfortable sitting area with 55” flat-screen TV
  • Roomy bathroom with shower. Some also feature a tub
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors
  • Veranda
  • Mini-bar
Cruise Code: AFR2223
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Your Hotel Stays

Cape Town

Included Hotel

Southern Sun The Cullinan (Or Similar)

With a hotel stay at Southern Sun The Cullinan, you’ll enjoy a perfectly located hotel with amazing amenities. After a sumptuous meal in the Peach Tree, you could then relax with a chilled cocktail in hand at the Stella Cafe & Bar. During the day, the Mangwanani Boutique Spa provides muscle-melting massages in which to re-energise and enjoy your incredible holiday further.

Franschhoek

Included Hotel

Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa (Or Similar)

Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa, situated in South Africa’s picturesque wine country, offers a tranquil escape. Its charming suites, overlooking vineyards and mountains, create an idyllic setting. The hotel’s elegant restaurant serves fine cuisine, while the spa pampers guests with rejuvenating treatments. Exploring the nearby Franschhoek village and its renowned wineries enhances the experience. With its blend of luxury, natural beauty, and culinary delights, Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa provides a serene haven for travellers seeking relaxation and wine country exploration.

Pilanesberg National Park

Included Hotel

Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge (Or Similar)

Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge, nestled in the Pilanesberg National Park of South Africa, offers a luxurious safari escape. With opulent suites, private plunge pools, and panoramic views, it immerses guests in nature’s beauty. The lodge provides guided game drives and bush walks, allowing close encounters with Africa’s wildlife. Gourmet dining and spa treatments complement the experience. Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge harmoniously blends indulgence and adventure, offering an unforgettable opportunity to connect with the wild heart of Africa in utmost comfort.

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