This safari between Durban and Pretoria departs during the summer months and includes game drives, a battlefield tale with a world-class historian and a look at unusual African ceramics. Ardmore Ceramics is a story about the Zulu people whose sense of rhythm, colour, dance and song, as well as the spirit of the African imagination, is exerting its influence on the other continents of the world. Situated on an expansive game farm, Spionkop Lodge – which adjoins an 11 000-acre nature reserve – is the perfect base for exploring the mountains, bush, birds and battlefields of the region. Experience the Nambiti Conservancy – a Big Five private retreat set on 20 000 acres of malaria-free bushveld in KwaZulu-Natal.
Day 1: Rovos Rail
1000 AM // Depart Durban Station. A number of museums and cultural sights, the beautiful botanical gardens and the superb shark-protected beaches are but a few of the city’s many charms. The train traverses the spectacular Valley of a Thousand Hills. 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. Visit the famous Ardmore Ceramics Gallery. Here artists are encouraged to express their imagination based on nature and Zulu folklore and tradition.
730 PM // Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Ladysmith. Shortly after Frere, on the left 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.
Day 2: Rovos Rail
630 AM // Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure. Transfer to Spionkop Lodge for the morning. A choice of two excursions is available: hear the historic tale of the Battle of Spionkop or enjoy a game drive in the 11 000-acre reserve.
100 PM // Lunch is served in the dining cars. 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 Vooruitsig. Pass Glencoe –site of the first battle of the Anglo Boer War and now the centre of the province’s coalfields –then Newcastle, which has what is reputed to be the largest cella-dome Hindu temple in the southern hemisphere. From here the train descends from Majuba Hill, site of the decisive battle that ended the First Anglo Boer War.
700 AM // Breakfast is served until 10:00. Travel northwest across and the goldfields of the Witwatersrand and the Highveld towards Balfour, a small mining town in Mpumalanga, and Heidelberg, site of the first Rand gold strike.
100 PM // Lunch is served in the dining cars.
400 PM // Arrive at journey’s end at Rovos Rail Station, Pretoria.
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|16 Aug 2021||18 Aug 2021||R24250||R12125|
|27 Sep 2021||29 Sep 2021||R24250||R12125|
|18 Oct 2021||20 Oct 2021||R26500||R13250|
|22 Nov 2021||24 Nov 2021||R26500||R13250|
|17 Jan 2022||19 Jan 2022||R26500||R13250|
|21 Feb 2022||23 Feb 2022||R26500||R13250|
|14 Mar 2022||16 Mar 2022||R26500||R13250|
|11 Apr 2022||13 Apr 2022||R26500||R13250|
|15 Aug 2022||17 Aug 2022||R26500||R13250|
|26 Sep 2022||28 Sep 2022||R26500||R13250|
Rates are based on Pullman Cabin, contact us for rates on Deluxe or Emerald Cabins.
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.
Transfers, gratuities, French Champagne, souvenirs, insurance & items of a personal nature.