This safari travels the northeastern reaches of South Africa and will entertain the most discerning golfers with a delightful itinerary for non-playing guests. Non-Golfers will enjoy as we travel from Pretoria to Sun City in the hills of the Pilanesberg for game viewing. Cross the spectacular Drakensberg Mountains to Spionkop, the perfect base for exploring the mountains, bush, birds and battlefields of the region. Traverse the scenic Valley of a Thousand Hills to Durban for a tour of the city and botanical gardens. Interact with artisans as they create highly decorative and geometric-shaped candles. The game viewing continues at Hluhluwe in Zululand (one of the oldest reserves in the country), Mkhaya (eSwatini’s refuge for endangered species) and the world-famous Kruger Park in Malelane, after which this memorable journey ends in Pretoria. Golfers will play four renowned South African courses throughout including Lost City, Champagne Sports Resort, Zimbali, Leopard Creek and in eSwatini, Royal Swazi Sun.

Day 1: Rovos Rail

1200 PM // Depart Rovos Rail Station, Pretoria. Guests may freshen up in their suites before meeting fellow passengers in the lounge car and observation car.

100 PM // Lunch is served in the dining cars en route to Rustenburg.

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

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

Day 2: Rovos Rail

Non-Golfers Itinerary

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

745 AM // Transfer to Sun City. 900 AM // Game drive in the Pilanesberg Reserve.

1200 PM // Lunch with the golfers. Afternoon at leisure at Lost City’s Sun City.

530 PM // Return to the train.

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

 

Golfers Itinerary

600 AM // Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure. Transfer to Sun City’s Gary Player/ Lost City Golf Course for tee off and lunch. Enjoy an afternoon of golfing and leisure.

530 PM // Return to the train.

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

Day 3: Rovos Rail

Day at leisure on the train. All meals enjoyed on board en route to Ladysmith. The train climbs to Majuba Hill – site of the decisive battle that ended the First Anglo Boer War – then passes Newcastle, which has what is reputed to be the largest cella-dome Hindu temple in the southern hemisphere, and Glencoe, site of the first battle of the Anglo Boer War and now the centre of the province’s coalfields.

Day 4: 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.

 

Golfers Itinerary

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

500 PM // Return to the train.

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

Day 5: Rovos Rail

Non-Golfers Itinerary

500 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 en route to Hluhluwe.

 

Golfers Itinerary

500 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.

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 Hluhluwe.

Day 6: 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.

1030 AM // Return to the train.

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

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

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

Day 7: Rovos Rail

Non-Golfers Itinerary

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

700 AM // Transfer to Mkhaya Reserve. Board game vehicles for a game drive.

1000 AM // Transfer to Swazi Candles 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.

600 PM // Depart for Komatipoort, South Africa. Border formalities take place.

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

 

Golfers Itinerary

600 AM // Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure. Transfer to Royal Swazi Sun for tee off and lunch.

400 PM // Return to the train.

600 PM // Depart for Komatipoort, South Africa. Border formalities take place.

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

Day 8: 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 WhiteRiver 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.

1000 AM // Arrive at journey’s end at Rovos Rail Station, Pretoria.

Start Date:End Date:Price Sharing:Single Add:
30 Sep 202108 Oct 2021 R69000 R27600
03 Nov 202111 Nov 2021 R69000 R27600
03 Jan 202211 Jan 2022 R78000 R31200
02 Feb 202210 Feb 2022 R78000 R31200
20 Apr 202228 Apr 2022 R78000 R31200
12 Sep 202220 Sep 2022 R78000 R31200
02 Nov 202210 Nov 2022 R78000 R31200

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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