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Twice a year the Rovos Rail embarks on an epic journey across South Africa, with diverse game viewing in the Kruger, Hluhluwe & Addo Game Reserves. Your trip includes the battlefield at Spion Kop, the beautiful Garden Route & finishes in vibrant Cape Town. Golfing journey also availables. Departs May & November in Pullman, Deluxe or Royal suite. All activities included. Early booking essential. HIGHLIGHTS • Pretoria • Kruger National Park • Swaziland • Hluhluwe Game Reserve • Durban • Bloemfontein • Addo Elephant Park • Oudtshoorn • George • Cape Town
Day 1 : Arrival
You will be met at Johannesburg Airport and transferred 1-hour to Pretoria (now called Tshwane).
This city is the administrative capital of South Africa and is renowned for its jacaranda trees that flower from September to November.
Day 2 : Cape Town
Transfer from your hotel to Capital Park Station by 09.00 to board the luxury Rovos Rail Pride of Africa departing 10.00 for Cape Town.
Relax and enjoy the elegance of luxury 5-star train travel of a bygone age, as you settle in to your wood-panelled coach for your 9-day rail journey to Cape Town, enjoying fine cuisine and outstanding personal service as you travel over 2,000 miles through some of South Africa’s most spectacular scenery.
Arrive at Waterval Onder after descending the spectacular Drakensberg escarpment at sunset.
Dress code on the train during the day is smart casual, with comfortable walking shoes for the off-train excursion. Evenings are generally more formal, with most guests enjoying the opportunity to dress up in cocktail or evening wear including black tie (although collar & tie is acceptable)
Day 3 : Kruger National Park
This morning disembark early for a 06h00 game drive in the world-famous Kruger National Park, to take advantage of the best game viewing conditions of the day.
Game viewing opportunities should present themselves almost immediately in this vast 2-million hectare game sanctuary the size to Wales. The park is home to all the Big Five – elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino and lion – as well as zebra, wildebeest, giraffe and many other interesting species. Bird life is also prolific.
In the afternoon the train continues southwards through Komatipoort and into the small mountain kingdom of Swaziland.
Day 4 : Durban
Disembark early this morning for a 06h00 game drive in Hluhluwe Game Reserve, one of South Africa’s most beautiful game parks and home to Africa’s largest population of endangered white and black rhino.
Afterwards the train continues through the St Lucia Wetlands towards Durban.
Day 5 : Durban
Disembark at Durban today for a city tour with lunch.
Afterwards the train travels through the Valley of a Thousand Hills and the rolling hills of the Natal Midlands towards Ladysmith.
Day 6 : Ladysmith
Disembark this morning at Ladysmith for a visit to Spioenkop Battlefield, including a game drive and lunch.
Here one of the bloodiest battles of the South African War (Anglo Boer War) of 1900 took place in efforts to relieve Ladysmith, which was besieged for 118 days. Visit the mass graves atop Spioenkop Hill and see for yourself how poor military decisions affected the outcome of this battle.
Incredibly three future world leaders were in the area at the time this battle took place - Winston Churchill as a young newspaper correspondent, the future Mahatma Gandhi as a stretcher bearer, and Louis Botha as the Boer general who would go on to become the first Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa.
Afterwards the train continues across the Drakensberg Mountains.
Day 7 : Lesotho
Enjoy a leisurely day of luxury train travel today, as we travel along the border of the mountain kingdom of Lesotho.
Enjoy distant views of the scenic Drakensberg Mountains, as we travel towards Port Elizabeth.
Day 8 : Port Elizabeth
Arrive in the holiday town of Port Elizabeth on the shores of the warm Indian Ocean.
Here we disembark for a tour of Addo Elephant Park to view these magnificent animals which once roamed free in this area and were saved from extinction by this national park, which has also preserved the rare Cape buffalo and the flying dung beetle.
Afterwards we rejoin the train and travel through the Great Karoo towards Oudtshoorn.
Day 9 : Oudtshoorn
We arrive in the Karoo town of Oudtshoorn today, where we disembark for a visit to an Ostrich Farm.
Afterwards we drive across the spectacular Outeniqua Pass to George for an afternoon of leisure or optional golf. In the evening enjoy dinner at Fancourt Golf Estate.
Day 10 : Knysna
Disembark today at George and transfer to Knysna in the heart of the beautiful Garden Route.
Here enjoy a ferry ride across the lagoon to Featherbed Nature Reserve. This lively town is famous for its oysters, which are grown in the lagoon. It offers good shopping opportunities and many interesting craft shops.
Afterwards the train departs from George and travels through Mossel Bay towards historic Swellendam, the third oldest town in South Africa.
Day 11 : Breede River Valley
Enjoy breakfast whilst travelling along the scenic Breede River Valley.
The train travels through Worcester and the Du Toits Kloof tunnel,with views of the mountains and vineyards of the beautiful Cape Winelands.
View imposing Table Mountain as you arrive in Cape Town Station around 17h00. Here you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 12 : Cape Town
Today is free for independent sightseeing in Cape Town.
We recommend you purchase a day pass onboard the convenient Hop-Off Bus, which stops at all Cape Town’s key sights and beaches. The "Red Route" bus stops at the Table Mountain base station, where you can buy a ticket to ascend by cable car and enjoy one of the world’s most famous views. Continue to Camps Bay beach and the many attractions of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.
Day 13 : Hout Bay
Today we recommend an optional full day tour to the beautiful Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, where you may see baboons, ostrich and perhaps even dolphins or whales in season (July/November).
Your tour travels through Hout Bay and along spectacular Chapman’s Peak Drive to the Cape Point peninsula, returning via Simons Town, Fish Hoek, Constantia and Kirstenbosch Gardens. This is a scenic tour of the whole Cape Peninsula, with the optional opportunity of visiting the penguin colony at Boulders Beach.
Day 14 : Franschhoek Valley
Today we recommend an optional full day tour to the renowned Stellenbosch Winelands, travelling through the scenic Franschhoek Valley where a handful of French Huguenot refugees started South Africa’s now famous wine industry.
Explore the historic university town of Stellenbosch and several wine estates on this famous wine route, which stretched from Paarl through to Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Enjoy a cellar tour and some wine tasting, before returning to Cape Town in the late afternoon.
Day 15 : Departure
Transfer to Cape Town Airport for your flight home.
|No of pax||Age Limit||Price per pax (Rs)|
|Adult||Above 12 years||$ 5427 / Adult|
* Mentioned prices may vary depending upon date of travel, hotel availability, surge pricing and seasonal rush.
Payment Terms & Methods :
* Some Advance Percentage of total booking amount
* Airfare/Transport fare to be paid full at one time in advance.
Cancellation & Refund Policy :
* Upon cancellation, refund will be made after deducting the Retention Amount.
* Retention Amount varies as per the number of days left before your package start date.
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