This panoramic sojourn winds its way from Cape Town to Pretoria and includes a golfing and non-golfing itinerary. Start out with a scenic journey along the Garden Route. Non-Golfers will start with a visit to the natural paradise of Knysna and then explore Oudtshoorn for an ostrich-farm visit. Continue to Port Elizabeth with a visit to Addo Elephant park. Traverse the Valley of a Thousand Hills to Spionkop Lodge, the perfect base for exploring the mountains, bush, birds and battlefields of the region.  Continue for a visit to Durban and Hluhluwe for game viewing before making our way to eSwatini for some cultural aspects of the trip. Finish up with a game drive in Kruger Park. Golfers will play six renowned South African courses throughout including Leopard Creek, Zimbali, Champagne Sports Resort, Humewood, Fancourt, Ernie Els’ Oubaai and in eSwatini, Nkonyeni.

Day 1: Rovos Rail

930 AM // Depart from Cape Town Station. Guests may freshen up in their suites before joining fellow travellers in the lounge car and observation car.

100 PM // Lunch is served in the dining cars. Trundle through the spectacular mountain ranges and scenic winelands of the Western Cape.

430 PM // Tea in the lounge car and observation car.

730 PM // Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Voorbaai.

Day 2: Rovos Rail

Non-Golfers Itinerary

630 AM // Breakfast is served in the dining cars.

830 AM // Disembark in George for the scenic drive to Knysna. Enjoy a ferry ride on the lagoon with lunch before returning to the train. In the morning, the train travels the GardenRoute, a narrow coastal terrace lying between the deep-set coastal cliffs rising sheer out of the sea and the mountains a short distance inland – a topology that facilitates for heavy rainfall, hence the name as it is always lush and green. George and Knysna sit between the majestic Outeniqua Mountains to the north and the Indian Ocean to the south. The Knysna Heads – two sandstone cliffs guarding the mouth of the lagoon connecting the estuary with the sea – is a dramatic viewpoint.

330 PM // Optional shuttle to mall or railway museum.

430 PM // Tea in the lounge car and observation cars.

730 PM // Transfer to Fancourt for dinner.

 

Golfers Itinerary

700 AM // Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure. Transfer to Fancourt Golf Estate or Ernie Els Oubaai for tee off and lunch.

630 PM // Join the leisure guests for dinner at Fancourt.

Day 3: Rovos Rail

Non-Golfers Itinerary

600 AM // Breakfast is served in the dining cars.

1000 AM // Enjoy a visit to an ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn. This semi-desert region is situated at the foot of the majestic Swartberg mountain range where many rivers, streams and falls have their origins. Oudtshoorn is regarded as the centre of the Klein Karoo and is famous for feathering the world in the time of the boa and grand hats. The ostrich boom of the early 20th century turned out many millionaires who, in turn, created elaborate lifestyles in this remote part of Africa.

1200 PM // Return to the train.

100 PM // Lunch is served in the dining cars.

330 PM // Arrive George. Shuttle to mall or railway museum.

430 PM // Tea in the lounge car and observation cars.

730 PM // Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Port Elizabeth.

 

Golfers Itinerary

600 AM // Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure.Transfer to Ernie Els Oubaai or Fancourt Estate for tee off and lunch. Enjoy the scenic drive to Oudtshoorn.

430 PM // Tea in the lounge car and observation cars.

730 PM // Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Port Elizabeth.

Day 4: Rovos Rail

Non-Golfers Itinerary

600 AM // Breakfast is served in the dining cars.

1000 AM // Enjoy a tour of Port Elizabeth.

100 PM // Depart for Coerney. Lunch is served.

230 PM // Game drive at Addo Elephant Park, South Africa’s third largest national reserve stretching from the semi-arid Karoo, over the Zuurberg Mountains and down through the Sundays River valley to the coast. The park is home to one of the densest African Elephant populations on earth – roughly 600.

730 PM // Dinner is served in the dining cars.

 

Golfers Itinerary

600 AM // Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure. Transfer to Humewood Golf Course for tee off and lunch.

330 PM // Enjoy the scenic drive over the Zuurberg Mountains to Coerney to rejoin the train.

730 PM // Dinner is served in the dining cars.

 

The observation car will be at the front of the train until tomorrow afternoon – a different aspect that our rail enthusiasts enjoy.

Day 5: Rovos Rail

700 AM // Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00.

100 PM // Lunch is served in the dining cars. Traverse the Karoo, a vast and beautiful semi-desert stretching across the great South African plateau inland from the Cape coast with scattered towns and villages. Cross the dry southeastern region with its variety of grasses, hardy shrubs, tumbleweeds and succulents and descend the Great Escarpment towards the coast.

430 PM // Tea in the lounge car and observation cars. The train is turned in Kroonstad.

730 PM // Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Ladysmith.

Day 6: Rovos Rail

Non-Golfers Itinerary

600 AM // Breakfast is served in the dining cars.

900 AM // Transfer to Spionkop Lodge to hear the historic tale of the Battle of Spionkop and walk in the footsteps of Churchill and Gandhi.

1245 PM // Enjoy lunch at the lodge.

200 PM // Afternoon game drive or relax at the lodge.

400 PM // Return to the train. Depart for Estcourt.

430 PM // Tea in the lounge car and observation cars.

730 PM // Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Pietermaritzburg.

 

Golfers Itinerary

600 AM // Breakfast is served in the dining cars. Transfer to Champagne Sports Resort for tee off and lunch.

415 PM // Return to the train at Estcourt. Shortly after Chieveley, on the right of the track, stands a memorial to Winston Churchill who was captured here in November 1899 while trying to free an armoured train trapped by a Boer ambush.

730 PM // Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Pietermaritzburg.

Day 7: Rovos Rail

Non-Golfers Itinerary

600 AM // Breakfast is served in the dining cars. Traverse the Valley of a Thousand Hills.

900 AM // Enjoy a Durban city tour, a visit to the botanical gardens and lunch at Umhlanga’s beachfront. Durban is the third largest city in South Africa and enjoys great importance due to its industry and very large port.

430 PM // Tea in the lounge car and observation cars. Travel north along the Indian Ocean coastline.

730 PM // Dinner is served in the dining cars.

 

Golfers Itinerary

600 AM // Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure. Transfer to Durban Country Club or Beachwood or Zimbali for tee off and lunch. Durban is the third largest city in South Africa and enjoys great importance due to its industry and very large port.

430 PM // Tea in the lounge car and observation cars. Travel north along the Indian Ocean coastline.

730 PM // Dinner is served in the dining cars.

Day 8: Rovos Rail

500 AM // Continental breakfast is served until departure.

600 AM // Transfer to Hluhluwe for a game drive. As the oldest proclaimed reserve in Africa, Hluhluwe consists 960km² of hilly topography in central Zululand and is known for its rich wildlife and conservation efforts. It is the only state-run park in KwaZulu-Natal with all the Big Five game animals and is also a prime birding destination.

1200 PM // Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train travels towards eSwatini. Border formalities take place.

430 PM // Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars.

730 PM // Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Mpaka.

Day 9: Rovos Rail

Non-Golfers Itinerary

700 AM // Breakfast is served in the dining cars.

830 AM // Transfer to Swazi Candles and Mantenga Cultural Village for a visit with lunch. The tiny Kingdom of eSwatini (Swaziland) covers only 17 000km2, most of which is mountainous. For such a small country, it is surprising that it sustains two capital cities: Mbabane is the administrative capital and Lobamba is the royal and legislative capital. In April 2018, Swaziland changed its name to the Kingdom of eSwatini (meaning “place of the Swazi”) and is an absolute monarchy. It is landlocked and borders South Africa and Mozambique. At Swazi Candles, guests are invited to interact with the artisans as they make a variety of candles. Woodcarvings, colourful textiles and superb basketwork are also on display. Mantenga Lodge is nestled in the mountains overlooking ‘Execution Rock’. The village is a living museum of old traditions that represents a classic Swazi lifestyle during the 1850s.

430 PM // Tea in the lounge car and observation cars.

730 PM // Dinner is served in the dining cars. Border formalities with South Africa.

 

Golfers Itinerary

700 AM // Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure. Transfer to Nkonyeni for tee off and lunch.

430 PM // Tea in the lounge car and observation cars.

730 PM // Dinner is served in the dining cars. Border formalities with South Africa.

Day 10: Rovos Rail

Non-Golfers Itinerary

530 AM // Breakfast is served in the dining cars.

630 AM // Game drive in the Kruger National Park with tea, lunch and an opportunity for curio shopping. The famous Kruger Park (2-million hectares)is a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and home to an impressive number of species, e.g. 336 species of trees, 49 species of fish, 34 species of amphibians, 114 species of reptiles, 507 species of birds and 147 species of mammals including the Big Five.

300 PM // Return to the train.

430 PM // Tea in the lounge and observation cars. The train travels west across the Drakensberg Mountains. The Drakensberg Mountains were first named by the Voortrekkers who thought the unbroken chain of heavily weathered peaks reminded them of the spines on a dragon’s back, hence the name ‘Dragon Mountain’ or Drakensberg in Afrikaans.

730 PM // Dinner is served in the dining cars.

 

Golfers Itinerary

530 AM // Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure. Transfer to Leopard Creek or White River or Nelspruit for tee off and lunch.

300 PM // Return to the train.

430 PM // Tea in the lounge car and observation cars.

730 PM // Dinner is served in the dining cars.

Departure Day

700 AM // Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00 as the train climbs the spectacular escarpment.

100 PM // Lunch is served in the dining cars.

500 PM // Arrive at journey’s end at Rovos Rail Station, Pretoria.

Start Date:End Date:Price Sharing:Single Add:
08 Nov 202118 Nov 2021 R90000 R45000
07 Nov 202217 Nov 2022 R99500 R49750

Rates are based on Pullman Cabin, contact us for rates on Deluxe or Emerald Cabins.

Price Includes:

Accommodation, all meals, all alcoholic and other beverages, 24 hour full room service and bar facilities, limited laundry service, guided excursions (where applicable), entrance fees as per itinerary.

Price Excludes:

Transfers, gratuities, French Champagne, souvenirs, insurance & items of a personal nature.

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