This panoramic sojourn winds its way from Pretoria to Cape Town and includes a golfing and non-golfing itinerary. Non-Golfers will start with a game drive in Kruger Park guests travel through eSwatini to Hluhluwe for game viewing and along the coast to Durban for a city tour. 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 to Port Elizabeth for a game drive at Addo Elephant Park then on to Oudtshoorn for an ostrich-farm visit followed by an impressive descent through the Outeniqua Mountains to George. After visiting the natural paradise of Knysna, the train traverses the spectacular Garden Route Cape Town.  Golfers will play six renowned South African courses throughout including Leopard Creek, Zimbali, Champagne Sports Resort, Humewood, Fancourt and Earne Els’ Oubaai.

Day 1: Rovos Rail

1000 AM // Depart from Rovos Rail Station, Pretoria. 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.

430 PM // Tea in the lounge car and observation car. The train descends the spectacular escarpment. 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 en route to Malelane.

Day 2: 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 car and observation cars.

730 PM // Dinner is served en route to Mpaka.

 

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 en route to Mpaka.

Day 3: Rovos Rail

700 AM // Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00. Travel across the mountainous Kingdom of eSwatini.

1230 PM // Lunch is served in the dining cars. Border formalities take place.

200 PM // 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.

600 PM // Return to the train.

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

Day 4: Rovos Rail

Non-Golfers Itinerary

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

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.

215 PM // The train traverses the Valley of a Thousand Hills.

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

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.

215 PM // The train traverses the Valley of a Thousand Hills.

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

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

Day 5: 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.

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

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

 

Golfers Itinerary

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

330 PM // Return to the train.

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

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

Day 6: Rovos Rail

700 AM // Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00. The observation car will be at the front of the train until Port Elizabeth – a different aspect that our rail enthusiasts enjoy.

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.

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

Day 7: Rovos Rail

Non-Golfers Itinerary

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

800 AM // 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.

1200 PM // Depart for Port Elizabeth.

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

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

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

 

Golfers Itinerary

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

345 PM // Return to the train in Port Elizabeth.

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

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

Day 8: Rovos Rail

Non-Golfers Itinerary

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

915 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.

1100 AM // 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.

615 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 9: Rovos Rail

Non-Golfers Itinerary

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

715 AM // Disembark in George for the scenic drive to Knysna. Enjoy a ferry ride on the lagoon. 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. At lunchtime, the train travels the Garden Route, 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.

1130 AM // Return to the train.

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

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

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

 

Golfers Itinerary

530 AM // Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure. Transfer to Ernie Els Oubaai or Fancourt for tee off.

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

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. Trundle through the spectacular mountain ranges and scenic winelands of the Western Cape towards the coast.

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

500 PM // Arrive at journey’s end at Cape Town Station.

Start Date:End Date:Price Sharing:Single Add:
20 May 202229 May 2022 R99500 R49750
26 Oct 202204 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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