Rovos Rail’s S. African Collage From the Mountains to the Sea


10-day Escorted Tour

Luxury

The Tour

The tour many Rovos Rail staff rank number one: a panoramic 2,100-mile, 9-day South African sojourn departing three times annually, with optional activities for golfers.

Travel from Pretoria eastwards to Malelane, south to Swaziland and Durban, west to Bloemfontein, then southwards again through Port Elizabeth, Oudtshoorn and George to Cape Town.

Enjoy game drives in Kruger Park, Mkhaya Reserve and Hluhluwe Game Reserve; spend an evening in Durban and visit Addo Elephant Park as well as an ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn. We’ll make a spectacular rail descent down from the Montagu Pass (2,400 feet) into George, at sea level

From Knysna the train travels along the Indian Ocean on the scenic Garden Route before ending in Cape Town.

Note: Golfers have the option of playing five challenging courses, including Ernie Els’ Oubaai Golf Club.

Latest News: Click here to enjoy IRT’s “just-back-from-Africa” report and photos about safaris that mesh perfectly with a Rovos Rail cruise.

Latest Photos: Click here to see a photo essay of our Cape Town – Dar es Salaam Rovos Rail adventure.

Inside Track: We dined with Rovos Rail’s Alicia Taljaard recently. Her favorite trip? It’s not what you might think. Click here.

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The Itinerary

Day 1: Pretoria
Depart Rovos Rail’s private station in Capital Park, Pretoria this morning. Enjoy lunch and dinner on board as the train traverses the Highveld to the Drakensbreg Mountains.

Day 2: Kruger Park

We’ll have an early wake-up call this morning for a game drive in Kruger Park in open vehicles. Look for Africa’s “Big Five” and enjoy lunch at the Park. Return to the train at Malelane, and travel to the Swaziland border.

(Golfers’ Option: Tee off at Leopard Creek Estate at 7 a.m. before returning to the train at Swaziland.)

Day 3: Mkhaya Reserve
Early morning game drive at Mkhaya Reserve in Swaziland with tea. Travel alongside the St. Lucia Wetland Park to Durban.

Day 4: Durban
Disembark for a city tour of Durban with lunch. Travel the Valley of a Thousand Hills to Ladysmith.

(Golfer’s Option: Morning tee-off at Durban Golf Club/Zimbali. Rejoin the train for lunch.)

Day 5: Ladysmith
Explore Ladysmith: Spionkop battlefield tour, game drive and lunch. Travel to Kroonstad across the Drakensberg Mountains.

(Golfer’s Option:  Transfer to Champagne Sports Resort for tee off. Back on board for travel to Kroonstad.)

Day 6: On board
Full day on board to enjoy the train’s amenities.

Day 7: Addo Elephant Park
This morning we tour Addo Elephant Park near Port Elizabeth. Addo is home to over 450 elephants, as well as Cape buffalo, black rhino and a variety of antelope species. Afternoon departure from Port Elizabeth to Willowmore.

(Golfers’ Option: Morning tee-off at Humewood in Port Elizabeth.)

Day 8: Oudtshoorn; George

After breakfast we arrive at Oudtshoorn for an ostrich farm visit. This afternoon travel to George. Dinner will be together at Fancourt Golf Estate.

(Golfers’ Option: Transfer to Fancourt Golf Estate along the Montagu Pass for tee off; rejoin the group for dinner.)

Day 9: Knysna

Morning at leisure in Knysna/ferry ride to Featherbed. This afternoon, the train travels the spectacular Garden Route to Riversale — sometimes high above the Indian Ocean, at other times practically at sea level.

(Golfers’ Option: Tee off at Oubaai Golf Club — Ernie Els’ first signature course in South Africa. Return to the train at lunchtime.)

Day 10: Arrive Cape Town
Day at leisure traversing the Cape Fold Mountains. Arrive Cape Town around 5 p.m.

2018 Dates:

Pretoria-Cape Town:
May 16-25
October 31-November 9

Cape Town-Pretoria:
January 22-31
November 12-21

2019 Dates:

Pretoria-Cape Town:
May 15-24
October 30-November 8

Cape Town-Pretoria:
November 11-20

The Prices

2018 Price Deposit
Accommodations Double Single
Pullman R70,200 R105,300 25%
Deluxe R105,300 R157,950 25%
Royal Suite R139,800 R209,700 25%

 

2019 Provisional Prices Deposit
Accommodations Double Single
Pullman R76,200 R114,300 25%
Deluxe R114,300 R171,450 25%
Royal Suite R152,000 R228,000 25%

Please note: 2019 prices are provisional and are subject to change.

Other

Tour priced in South African Rand. For approximate exchange rates, visit http://www.xe.com.

Only three departures of this popular tour each year; book early to avoid disappointment!

Latest News: Click here to enjoy IRT’s “just-back-from-Africa” report and photos about safaris that mesh perfectly with a Rovos Rail cruise.

Latest Photos: Click here to see a photo essay of our Cape Town – Dar es Salaam Rovos Rail adventure.

Inside Track: We dined with Rovos Rail’s Alicia Taljaard recently. Her favorite trip? It’s not what you might think. Click here.

 

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The Highlights

  • Plenty of time to relax and enjoy the many amenities of the train itself—the Pride of Africa, one of the world’s finest luxury trains
  • Travel on spectacular rail descent down the Montagu Pass into George
  • Several game drives in open vehicles: Kruger Park, Mkhaya Reserve and Hluhluwe Game Reserve
  • Addo Elephant Park—home to over 450 elephants, as well as Cape buffalo, black rhino and a variety of antelope species
  • Ostrich farm visit in Oudtshoorn
  • Traveling the Garden Route from Knysna
  • Visit to the KWV Brandy Distillery in Worcester
  • Durban tour
  • Golfers’ option to play five challenging courses, including Ernie Els’ first signature course in South Africa.
Ernie Els' Oubaai Golf Club, near Oudtshoorn.
Ernie Els' Oubaai Golf Club, near Oudtshoorn.
Photo by Bruce Anderson
Photo by Bruce Anderson
Photo by Bruce Anderson
Photo by Bruce Anderson
Lounge car of the Pride of Africa. Photo by Nelson Freeman
Lounge car of the Pride of Africa. Photo by Nelson Freeman