Rovos Rail’s South African Collage From the Mountains to the Sea


10-day Escorted Tour

Luxury

The Tour

The Rovos Rail African Collage is a panoramic, 2,100-mile, 10-day South African luxury train sojourn along the Western Cape’s famous Garden Route.

Among the optional extensions to be offered: a trip on Rovos Rail’s “rival” luxury rail service, the fabulous and very modern Blue Train.

The tour departs just three times annually, with optional golf excursions offered throughout the tour.

Travel from Pretoria eastwards to Malelane, south through Swaziland to Durban, and southwest through Port Elizabeth, Oudtshoorn and George to Cape Town.

Enjoy game drives in Kruger Park, Hluhluwe Game Reserve and Addo Elephant Park; spend an evening in Durban and visit an ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn. 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 six challenging courses, including Ernie Els’ Oubaai Golf Club.

More News: Ms. Walker and Rachel Hardy returned from South Africa earlier in 2018, where they inspected Rovos Rail’s Pride of Africa, among other luxury travel partners. Click here for part one of their report on the trainhere for part two.

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
Board Rovos Rail’s Pride of Africa luxury train this morning at Capital Park, Rovos’ private station in Pretoria. Settle into your private cabin before enjoying lunch in one of the beautiful dining cars.

Afternoon tea is served in the lounge car as 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.  An elegant dinner is served on board as the train travels to Malelane.

Day 2: Kruger Park

We’ll have an early wake-up call this morning for a game drive in Kruger National Park in open vehicles. Look for Africa’s “Big Five” and enjoy lunch at the Park. Return to the train and travel south, with afternoon tea and dinner on board.

Golfers’ Option: Tee off at Leopard Creek Estate OR White River OR Nelspruit. Return after lunch.

Day 3: Hluhluwe Reserve
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast while traveling across the mountainous Kingdom of eSwatini (formerly Swaziland).

Disembark this afternoon for a game drive in Hluhluwe Reserve. As the oldest proclaimed reserve in Africa, Hluhluwe consists of 370 square miles (960km²) of hilly topography 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.

Day 4: Durban
Disembark for a city tour of Durban, including a visit to the botanical gardens and lunch at Umhlanga’s beachfront.  This afternoon the train traverses the Valley of a Thousand Hills to Spionkop as tea and dinner are served on board.

Golfer’s Option: Morning tee-off at Durban Golf Club OR Beachwood OR Zimbali. Rejoin the train for afternoon tea and dinner.

Day 5: Spionkop
Transfer to Spionkop Lodge to hear the historic tale of the Battle of Spionkop and walk in the footsteps of Churchill and Gandhi. Lunch and game drive or relax at the lodge. Dinner on board.

Golfer’s Option: Transfer to Champagne Sports Resort for tee off. Back on board for dinner.

Day 6: On board
Full day on board to enjoy the train’s amenities and beautiful scenery. Traverse the Karoo, a vast and beautiful semi-desert stretching across the great South African plateau 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.

Day 7: Addo Elephant Park
This morning we take a game drive in Addo Elephant Park near Port Elizabeth. Addo is home to one of the densest African elephant populations on earth – roughly 600. It also boasts Cape buffalo, black rhino and a variety of antelope species. Afternoon departure for Port Elizabeth with lunch, tea and dinner on board.

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, where you can shuttle to the mall for some shopping or railway museum. Dinner will be together at Fancourt Golf Estate.

Golfers’ Option: Transfer to Fancourt Golf Estate OR Oubaai Golf Club; rejoin the group for dinner.

Day 9: Knysna
Disembark in George for a scenic drive to Knysna, where we have a relaxing ferry ride on the lagoon.  Return to the train for lunch, as it travels the spectacular Garden Route — sometimes high above the Indian Ocean, at other times practically at sea level.

Golfers’ Option: Tee off at Fancourt Golf Estate OR Oubaai Golf Club; back on board for lunch.

Day 10: Arrive Cape Town
Breakfast is served as the train trundles through the spectacular mountain ranges and scenic winelands of the Western Cape before arriving into Cape Town around 5 p.m.

Please Note: Certain departures have an 11th day

2021 Dates:

Pretoria-Cape Town:
May 19-28
October 27-November 5

Cape Town-Pretoria:
May 31-Jun 10 (11 days)
November 8-18 (11 days)

2022 Dates:

Pretoria-Cape Town:
May 20-29
October 26-November 4

Cape Town-Pretoria
November 7-17 (11 days)

2023 Dates:

Pretoria-Cape Town:
April 5-14
October 24-November 2

Cape Town-Pretoria
November 4-14 (11 days)

The Prices

2021 Accommodations Double Single Deposit
Pullman ZAR 90,000 ZAR 135,000 25%
Deluxe ZAR 135,000 ZAR 202,500 25%
Royal Suite ZAR 179,000 ZAR 268,500 25%

 

2022 Accommodations Double Single Deposit
Pullman ZAR 99,500 ZAR 149,250 25%
Deluxe ZAR 146,500 ZAR 219,750 25%
Royal Suite ZAR 194,500 ZAR 291,750 25%

Other

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

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

Latest News: IRT’s Angela Walker and Rachel Hardy just returned from South Africa, where they were inspecting Rovos Rail’s Pride of Africa, among other luxury travel partners. Click here for part one of their report on the trainhere for part two.

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 along the spectacular Garden Route along South Africa’s coast
  • Game drives in open vehicles in Kruger Park 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
  • Spionkop battlefields
  • Tours of Durban, Ladysmith & Knysna
  • Golfers’ option to play six 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