Best of South Africa Train Journey (Deluxe Suite)

10 days

Best of South Africa Train Journey (Deluxe Suite)

Highlights

  • Travel on the most luxurious train in the world
  • Watch the changing landscape pass by
  • Play on some of the finest golf courses in Southern Africa
  • City tour of Durban
  • See wildlife in Hluhluwe, Addo Elephant and Kruger National Parks
  • Visit an ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn
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Overview

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 Pretoria to Cape Town through some of South Africa's most breathtaking panoramas. From the 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 Kruger and Addo Elephant National Parks.

In addition to playing rounds at some of the country’s most spectacular golf courses – including Leopard Creek, the Durban Country Club and the Humewood links – 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 exciting excursions.

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Summary

  • Tour Duration: 10 Days

Accommodations Visited

Rovos Rail

9 Nights
Day to day

Itinerary

Detailed breakdown

Day 1: Begin your Rovos Rail journey | 9 Nights

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Depart from Pretoria's Capital Park Station as the luxury train makes its way to the scenic Drakensberg Mountains en route to the Kruger National Park. 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: A Kruger Park game drive

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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 breathtaking 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.

All passengers will be driven to rejoin the train at Malelane, and savour dinner en route to Swaziland.

Day 3: See game in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi

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Today everyone enjoys another exciting early morning game drive, this time in the beautiful Mkhaya Reserve, after which the train will continue towards Durban, passing the exquisite St Lucia wetlands on the way to Durban.

Day 4: Explore Durban

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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. The third hole is 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. Alternatively, tee off may be at Zimbali.

For non-golfers, the day holds a tour of Durban - home to an exciting mix of Hindu, Zulu and British colonial cultures. The rest of the day sees all passengers enjoying the very scenic Valley of a Thousand Hills en route to Ladysmith.

Day 5: Be moved by the Battlefields

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Ladysmith is replete with 19th-century history, and today non-golfers will visit the Siege Museum and the Anglo-Boer War Battlefields, as well as enjoy lunch and a game drive at Spionkop Lodge.

For those keen to hit the greens, the Champagne Sports Resort offers a course amid the Drakensberg. All guests rejoin the train for the trip to Kroonstad across the Drakensberg Mountains.

Day 6: Day of leisure

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The locomotive chugs you rhythmically to the coast today as you take the opportunity to read, nap, chat, play board games or simply while away the hours in the observation car.

Day 7: Arrive in Port Elizabeth

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For those not playing golf at the challenging Humewood course, today marks a game drive in Addo Elephant National Park - look out for the elephants for which this park is renowned amid the classic Eastern Cape thicket vegetation.

For those golfing, Humewood is a true links course on Algoa Bay with unforgiving rough and strong winds, making it a worthy adversary for skilled players. The 17th hole had breath-taking views of the Indian Ocean that are your reward after you best the changeable winds and four surrounding bunkers.

The night is spent travelling to Oudtshoorn, once the ostrich-feather capital of the world.

Day 8: Meet an ostrich

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The Montagu course at Fancourt Country Club in George awaits the golfers this morning. Large tracts of rolling grass are dotted with mature trees, water hazards, colourful flowerbeds and indigenous shrubs.
For the other passengers, it is a day to visit an ostrich farm and understand the dynamics of the world's largest bird before joining the golfers for dinner at Fancourt.

Day 9: Take a tour through Knysna

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A morning tour of the idyllic town of Knysna - known for its oysters - and a ferry ride to Featherbed Nature Reserve awaits non-golfers today while others have a round at the Oubaai Golf Club. Designed by world champion Ernie Els with support from Jack Nicklaus's design team, Oubaai has been superbly moulded to the existing landscape. Each shot must be intelligently positioned to make the most of this challenging links course.

By afternoon, everyone has reboarded for the journey along the Garden Route from George to Riversdale.

Day 10: Arrive in Cape Town

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The spectacular Cape Fold Mountains provide a fitting backdrop to your last day on Rovos Rail before you glide into Platform 23 at Cape Town Station.

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Inclusions

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

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

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Dates Price
2018-10-01 — 2019-09-30 $8,045
Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:
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Departure Dates

  • 2019 Departures
    May
    Start date End date
    2019-05-15 2019-05-24
    October
    Start date End date
    2019-10-30 2019-11-08
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Traveller Reviews

Best of South Africa Train Journey (Deluxe Suite)
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Carlien Parsons

"Experience a tapestry of beautiful landscapes on this cross-country rail journey through South Africa."