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, 10-day South African sojourn departing three times annually, with optional activities for golfers.

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.

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 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 Drakensberg 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 (subject to availability; White River may be substituted) at 7 a.m. before returning to the train at Swaziland.)

Day 3: Hluhluwe Reserve
Morning game drive in Hluhluwe Reserve in Swaziland. Return to the train for lunch as it travels 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:
October 31-November 9

Cape Town-Pretoria:
November 12-21

2019 Dates:

Pretoria-Cape Town:
May 15-24 (Waitlist Only)
October 30-November 8

Cape Town-Pretoria:
November 11-20

2020 Dates:

Cape Town-Pretoria:
February 4-13
November 9-18

Pretoria-Cape Town:
May 20-29 (Waitlist Only)
October 28-November 6

2021 Dates:

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

Cape Town-Pretoria:
November 8-17

The Prices

2018 Price Deposit
Accommodations Double Single
Pullman ZAR 70,200 ZAR 105,300 25%
Deluxe  ZAR 105,300  ZAR 157,950 25%
Royal Suite ZAR 139,800 ZAR 209,700 25%

 

2019 Deposit
Accommodations Double Single
Pullman ZAR 76,200 ZAR 114,300 25%
Deluxe ZAR 114,300 ZAR 171,450 25%
Royal Suite ZAR 152,000 ZAR 228,000 25%

 

2020 Deposit
Accommodations Double Single
Pullman ZAR 83,000 ZAR 124,500 25%
Deluxe ZAR 124,000 ZAR 186,000 25%
Royal Suite ZAR 165,000 ZAR 247,500 25%

Please note: 2019 and 2020 prices are provisional and are subject to change.

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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