Just back a week from an amazing tour. A like minded and similar aged group who got on very well. The real kings of the tour were our Guides Alex (manager) assisted by local guide Ian. What a team and what a gem Alex is, everything you could possibly need or want from a tour manager. Alex had everything sorted and organised from day one to the final day. We did the land tour only, taking our own flights meeting up with the group in Johannesburg. Alex told us this is a tour not a holiday and the early starts proved him right. Be prepared for those early starts and some long days on the coach but in the end it's more than worth it. We had rain on our Kruger safari but that kept the animals out and we saw the big five on both of the two drives that day. The battlefields were a particular trip for me and I was not disappointed, local Zulu guide was impressive and very knowledgeable. The internal flight from Johannesburg to George was probably the down side of the tour but thankfully just a short under 2 hr flight. The included Gannett restaurant in Mossel Bay is outstanding and I highly recommend going back the next night. In Hermanus the whales performed wonderfully for us. The Devonshire hotel is a dream and what a setting, I recommend the whiskey paired dinner. Cape Town, we have been to before so Table Mountain was not on our list, weather unfortunately prevented our visit to Robben Island. Then came for me one of the highlights the Rovos Train to Pretoria. Truly an experience and the food and service are impeccable, don't think about it - do it!
Our first trip with Riviera and it was everything expected and more, well done Alex.
Review by: Mike & Sue on 17/10/2018
South Africa with Rovos Rail Tour
Fantastic trip to S.Africa incl Rovos Rail.
Great tour leader, Kay, & local guide Stuart.
Most Hotels were good in great locations. Cape Town hotel not so good.
Arrangements for travel, transfers etc all went smoothly & we recommend this tour as it was good value for all the amazing experiences we had.
The train journey was amazing, great food, wine & service. Shame about some delays but didn't spoil it for us.