Rovos Rail

Tour duration : 9 days / 8 nights Min / max group size : 6 to 12 people per tour. Tour departs from : Cape Town or Pretoria.

Overview

This panoramic nine-day sojourn commences at the Rovos Rail Station at Capital Park in Pretoria. The first leg of the journey takes the train through Witbank and Middleburg and then traverses the majestic Drakensberg escarpment en route to the lowveld of Mpumalanga.

The following morning you will receive an early wake up call to join a game drive through the famous Kruger Park. Brunch will be served in the dining car while the train winds its way southwards to Swaziland in time for an afternoon game drive in the Mkhaya Reserve. During the night the train will continue south to the village of Hluhluwe in Zululand. Starting early once again, a wide variety of game can be seen on an early morning game drive through the scenic Hluhluwe Game Reserve.

The Pride of Africa departs mid morning and makes its way south through the lush cane fields of KwaZulu Natal, arriving in Durban late afternoon. After an evening in Durban the train steadily ascends the scenic escarpment through Pietermaritzburg and The Valley of a Thousand Hills en route to Lions River for a morning visit to the famous Ardmore Ceramics Gallery. The route to Bethlehem takes the train past Lesotho and the highest mountains in the Drakensberg range at 3 482 metres. During the night we continue onto Bloemfontein, the Free State capital, with a morning tour of the city.

The journey continues southwards overnight to the coastal capital of the Eastern Cape, Port Elizabeth, where we will enjoy a morning visit to the Addo Elephant Park. An early morning departure from Willow more takes the Pride of Africa into Oudtshoorn for a visit to the Highgate Ostrich farm followed by another spectacular rail descent down the Montagu pass into George. A morning visit to Knysna and the surrounding attractions will complete the visit to this natural paradise. The train sets off at midday from George travelling along the scenic Garden Route through Mossel Bay and Riversdale. The next morning, after a short visit to the KWV Brandy Distillery in Worcester, the Pride of Africa ends its magnificent collage in the Mother City of Cape Town.

Itinerary for this tour

Day 1: PRETORIA TO CAPE TOWN
The Pride Of Africa departs Rovos Rail’s Station in Capital Park.
Guests may freshen up in their suites before joining fellow travellers in the midway Lounge car or Observation carriage at the rear of the train.
Lunch is served in the dining car/s.
The train passes through Belfast at 1 970ms.
The train departs Waterval Boven and travels the spectacular 14km descent through the Drakensberg escarpment arriving in Waterval Onder (1 310ms) at 18h00.
Dinner is served in the dining car/s.
The train will arrive at Malelane Station for the overnight stop.
Overnight: Rovos Rail
Day 2: PRETORIA TO CAPE TOWN

Day 2: PRETORIA TO CAPE TOWN

An early wake up call for a game drive in the Kruger National Park.
Tea, coffee, juices, fruit, and pastries will be served in the dining car/s. Please ensure that you are warmly dressed.
As the morning drive progresses the weather can warm up considerably, so please also ensure you have hats and sun protection.
Rain capes will be available if required.
The Game Rangers will stop for a short bathroom break.
A snack, fruit and juice will be available.
Brunch will be served in the dining car/s while we travel through Komatipoort.
Arrive at Mkhaya Reserve for our afternoon game drive.
The weather can be very warm, so please ensure you have hats and sun protection.
As the evening drive progresses the weather can cool down considerably so please also ensure that you take warm clothing.
Rain capes will be available if required. Board the train at Quarry Siding for 18h15 departure to Hluhluwe in Zululand.
Dinner is served in the dining car/s.
Overnight: Rovos Rail
Day 3 : PRETORIA TO CAPE TOWN
The train will arrive at Hluhluwe Station.
An early morning wake up call for a game drive in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve.
Tea, coffee, juices, fruit and pastries will be served in the dining car/s.
The Game Rangers will stop for a short bathroom break at Hilltop Camp where tea, coffee and biscuits will be available. Please ensure that you are warmly dressed. As the morning drive progresses the weather can warm up considerably, so please also ensure you have hats and sun protection.
Rain capes will be available if required.
Brunch will be served in the dining car/s while we travel through the Valley of a Thousand Hills en route to Durban.
Arrive in Durban. Alight from train to be taken by coach to dinner in the city.
Overnight: Rovos Rail
DAY 4: PRETORIA TO CAPE TOWN
Depart Durban en route for Kroonstad.
Breakfast is served in the dining car/s.
Disembark the train for a visit to the famous Ardmore ceramics gallery including an equestrian display and tea overlooking the river.
Lunch is served in the dining car/s.
Dinner is served in the dining car/s.
The train arrives in Bethlehem during dinner.
Arrive in Kroonstad for the overnight stop.
Overnight: Rovos Rail
Day 5: PRETORIA TO CAPE TOWN
The train departs Kroonstad en route to Bloemfontein.
Breakfast is served in the dining car/s.
Arrive in Bloemfontein where guests disembark for a city tour.
Return to the train for lunch at 13h00.
Dinner is served in the dining car/s.
Arrive in Sheldon for the overnight stop.
Overnight: Rovos Rail
Day 6: PRETORIA TO CAPE TOWN
Depart Sheldon as breakfast is served in the dining car/s.
Arrive Coerney siding and disembark for a game drive in the Addo Elephant Park.
Board the train for lunch as the train heads towards Port Elizabeth.
Dinner is served in the dining car/s.
Arrive in Willowmore for the overnight stop.
Overnight: Rovos Rail
Day 7: PRETORIA TO CAPE TOWN
Breakfast is served in the dining car/s.
Arrive in Oudtshoorn for a visit to an ostrich farm.
Depart from Oudtshoorn as lunch is served in the dining car/s.
Arrive in George for stopover.
Rest of the afternoon at leisure.
Disembark the train for a short drive to Fan-court Golf Estate for dinner.
Overnight: Rovos Rail
Day 8: PRETORIA TO CAPE TOWN
Breakfast is served in the dining car/s.
Disembark the train in George for the scenic drive to Knysna.
Enjoy a ferry ride on the Knysna Lagoon to Featherbed Nature Reserve.
NB: Warm clothes and comfortable shoes or A morning at leisure in Knysna with sightseeing and shopping.
Board the vehicles for the drive to George.
Lunch is served in the dining car/s as we depart George.
The train arrives in Riversdale where we will be stationary until 20h00 (this is a good opportunity to shower).
Dinner will be served in the dining car/s as we depart Riversdale.
We reach Buffelsjag rivier where the train will overnight.
Overnight: Rovos Rail
Day 9: PRETORIA TO CAPE TOWN
Breakfast will be served in the dining car/s.
Arrive at Worcester. Disembark to visit the KWV Brandy Cellar.
Re-board the train for the final leg to Cape Town.
Lunch will be served in the dining car/s.
Arrive at Platform 23 Cape Town Station.

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