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Travel in an elegant luxury train, across a tapestry of South African landscapes and golf courses, on this 10-day tour. You will travel from Cape Town to Pretoria through some of South Africa's most breath-taking panoramas. From the mountains of Lesotho and grasslands at Malelane, through the beautiful Zululand region, and on to the rolling hills of kwaZulu-Natal, this Rovos luxury train journey offers fantastic game-viewing opportunities, including game drives in the legendary Hluhluwe, Kruger and Addo Elephant National Parks.

Visit an ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn, before stopping in picturesque Knysna and travelling along the scenically beautiful Garden Route before arriving in the Mother City, Cape Town.

In addition to playing rounds at some of the country’s most spectacular golf courses – including Leopard Creek, Fancourt and Ernie Els Oubaai – this itinerary is packed with exciting activities and excursions for non-golfers. Those not taking to the greens can enjoy game drives, city tours and exclusive shopping.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Travel on the most luxurious train in the world
  • Watch the changing landscape pass by
  • Play on some of the finest golf courses
  • Experience city tours of Durban & Port Elizabeth
  • See wildlife in Hluhluwe, Addo & Kruger
  • Visit an ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Begin Your Rovos Rail Journey

Depart from Cape Town Station as the luxury train makes its way through the scenic Matroosberg Mountains en route to the picturesque Tulbagh Valley. Settle into your modern suite, explore the bar and open-air observation car, and enjoy excellent cuisine in the elegant dining car for lunch and dinner.

Day 2

Take A Tour Through Knysna

After a morning tour of the idyllic town of Knysna, a ferry ride to the Featherbed Nature Reserve or a round of golf at the Ernie Els Oubaai Golf Club, you have dinner at the upscale Fancourt Hotel before overnighting in the seaside town of George.

Day 3

Visit An Ostrich Farm

Visit one of the many ostrich farms in Oudtshoorn, in the Klein Karoo. Golfers can tee off at the Fancourt Golf Estate before all passengers enjoy lunch while heading to the Outeniqua Mountains en route to Port Elizabeth.

Day 4

Encounter Elephants in Addo

Today you will tour the colonial frontier town of Port Elizabeth while golfers head to the Humewood Golf Course. Later, enjoy a game drive through magnificent Addo Elephant National Park, which protects five of South Africa's seven biomes and hosts the so-called ‘Big 7’ - elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, leopard, southern right whales and great white sharks.

The train will steam through the historic Fish River Valley en route to Noupoort.

Day 5

Into The Mountain Kingdom

Savour the digital detox that Rovos offers by reading, playing cards, sketching, catching up on your diary or simply watching the world pass by as you travel through the tiny country of Lesotho to reach Ladysmith in South Africa’s diverse kwaZulu-Natal province.

Day 6

Battlefields And The Berg

Golfers disembark for a round at the Champagne Sports Resort in the Drakensberg while other passengers tour the Ladysmith Siege Museum (the town was pivotal in the Second Anglo-Boer War), visit Spionkop Lodge, see the surrounding battlefields and undertake a game drive.

Day 7

Explore Durban

Durban is a cosmopolitan semi-tropical city lying on the golden shores of the warm Indian Ocean. Golfers will breathe in the sea air as they tee off on the semi-links at Durban Country Club, a prestigious enclave established in 1922, or at the more contemporary Zimbali Coastal Resort. The third hole at the DCC the signature one: tee off into a valley that is exposed to ocean gusts, avoiding both trees and a sizable fairway bunker as you do.

For non-golfers, the day holds a tour of Durban – home to an exciting mix of Hindu, Zulu and British colonial cultures – before reboarding for the trip to Hluhluwe Game Reserve through the St Lucia Wetlands Park.

Day 8

See Game In Hluhluwe

Today everyone enjoys another exciting early morning game drive, after which the train will continue through Swaziland to Malelane in the Kruger National Park.

Day 9

A Kruger Park Game Drive

Non-golfers start their day early with a Big 5 game drive, followed by lunch, in the world-class Kruger National Park, South Africa’s premier reserve and one of the most famous in the world. Golfers are treated to a round and lunch at Leopard Creek, a breath-taking course where no expense has been spared. This massive parklands course is banked by the Crocodile River and the signature 13th hole has magnificent views of both the river and Kruger.

Tonight, the train crosses the Drakensberg – known in isiZulu as the ‘Barrier of Spears’ – en route to Waterval Onder.

Day 10

Farewell To Rovos

A final breakfast and time on the open-air observation car as you gently descend the escarpment to Pretoria, where you end your journey at the Rovos Rail Station.

Inclusions

  • 8 Nights on a Rovos Rail train on fully inclusive basis
  • Excursions accompanied by a qualified tour guide
  • Government tax
  • Limited laundry service
  • Golf activities inclusive of green fees, golf carts, halfway house and beverages
  • 24-hour Full room service and bar facilities
  • Entrance fees to places of interest

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 01 Oct 2017 - 30 Sep 2018 $7910
  • 01 Oct 2018 - 30 Sep 2019 $8585

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

2017 Departure

  • November

2018 Departure

  • May
  • October

2019 Departure

  • May
  • October

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