This safari between Pretoria and Durban departs during the summer months and includes game drives, a battlefield tale with a world-class historian and a look at unusual African ceramics. Experience the Nambiti Conservancy – a Big Five private retreat set on 20 000 acres of malaria-free bushveld in KwaZulu-Natal. 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. 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. Visit this charming centre in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands before travelling the Valley of a Thousand Hills to Durban.

Day 1: Rovos Rail

1000 AM // Depart Rovos Rail Station, Pretoria. Travel southeast across the Highveld and the goldfields of the Witwatersrand towards Heidelberg, site of the first Rand gold strike, and Balfour, a small mining town in Mpumalanga. 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. 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.

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

730 PM // Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Elandslaagte. Pass Glencoe, site of the first battle of the Anglo Boer War and now the centre of the province’s coalfields.

Day 2: Rovos Rail

545 AM // Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure. Enjoy a game drive in the Nambiti Reserve, a private Big Five bush retreat set on 20 000 acres of malaria-free bushveld with incredible biodiversity including savannah, grasslands, thornveld and tall acacia trees.

1100 AM // Brunch is served in the dining cars. Transfer to Spionkop Lodge for the afternoon. 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.

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

Departure Day

700 AM // Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00. The train descends the escarpment to Lions River. Visit the famous Ardmore Ceramics Gallery. Here artists are encouraged to express their imagination based on nature and Zulu folklore and tradition.

100 PM // Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train traverses the spectacular Valley of a Thousand Hills.

400 PM // Arrive at journey’s end at 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.

Start Date:End Date:Price Sharing:Single Add:
18 Feb 202220 Feb 2022 R26500 R13250
11 Mar 202213 Mar 2022 R26500 R13250
08 Apr 202210 Apr 2022 R26500 R13250
12 Aug 202214 Aug 2022 R26500 R13250
23 Sep 202225 Sep 2022 R26500 R13250

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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