Country
South Africa
Duration
13 Days/12 Nights
Travel Type
Rail & Hotels
 

This panoramic sojourn winds its way from Pretoria to Cape Town and includes a golfing and non-golfing itinerary. After a game drive in Kruger Park* guests travel to the Kingdom of eSwatini* to witness Swazi heritage and to Hluhluwe for game viewing. Travel along the coast to Durban* for a city tour then traverse the Valley of a Thousand Hills to Spionkop Lodge*, the perfect base for exploring the mountains, bush, birds and battlefields of the region. Continue to Port Elizabeth* for a game drive at Addo Elephant Park then on to the natural paradise of Knysna for an overnight stay at Fancourt*. ~Transfer through the Outeniqua Mountains to the impressive Cango Caves and an ostrich farm for a visit. Traverse the Karoo and the spectacular winelands and Cape mountains before this magnificent expedition ends in Cape Town. Available in reverse.

*Courses dependent on availability and direction: White River/Mbombela/Leopard Creek (on request), Nkonyeni/Royal Swazi, Durban Country Club/Mount Edgecombe/Cotswold Downs, Champagne Sports Resort, Humewood, Fancourt and Pezula/Simola.

*Parts of the railway line between Port Elizabeth and Cape Town have sadly been damaged and washed away due to fire and flooding. Repairs are underway with estimated completion to be confirmed. We have altered the routing between Port Elizabeth and Cape Town but have pleasingly retained the excursions and departure/arrival points.

HIGHLIGHTS:

• Addo Elephant Park game drive
• Cape Town
• Journey through the Cape Winelands
• Clarens Town Visit
• Play the African Collage courses
• Drakensberg Mountains
• Durban tour
• Durban Botanic Gardens tour
• Travel along the Garden Route
• Golden Gate National Park Drive
• Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park game drive
• Traverse the Karoo
• Boat cruise on the Knysna lagoon
• Kruger Park game drive
• Mantenga Cultural Village visit
• Oudtshoorn ostrich farm tour
• Traverse the Outeniqua Mountains
• Outeniqua Transport Museum (optional)
• Port Elizabeth tour (northbound only)
• Pretoria
• Sandstone Estate Heritage Trust
• Hear the historic tale of Spionkop
• Spionkop Reserve game drive
• Traverse eSwatini
• Swazi Candles visit
• Trundle through the Valley of a 1000 Hills

Inclusions

11-night accommodation in selected suites on board of the Rovos Rail
1-night accommodation in Fancourt
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
All beverage (except of international sparkling wines)
Room service
Limited laundry
Excursions with a qualified guide (where applicable)
Golf activities (green fees, carts, halfway house meals and tea/coffee and bottled water).
Entrance fees as per itinerary
Government tax

Exclusions

International airfare – Transfers from/to airport or to/from the hotel – Pre and post tours – All off-train beverages – International sparkling wines – Gratuities to personnel & guides – Personal expenses – Visa if required – Travel insurance

Additional Information

Note

• Excursions may be changed according to the schedule achieved. Times are approximate and cannot be guaranteed.
• Meals on board (unless adjusted): Breakfast 07:00-10:00 • Lunch 13:00 • Tea 16:30 • Dinner 19:30.
• Please check-in a minimum of one hour before departure. Should you wish to visit the Rovos Rail Museum or do a site tour at Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria, we suggest arriving two hours prior to departure. If Pretoria is your arrival point, we suggest delaying your pick-up so you can enjoy the site tour.
• Passports are required at check-in. No vouchers are required. Luggage will be tagged and placed in your suite on board the train where you will find a full itinerary pack.

COURSE INFORMATION

Course selection is dependent on availability.

WHITE RIVER

Mbombela • Parklands • 6 036m • Carts available • www.whiterivercountryclub.co.za
Naturally adapted to the valley floor upon which it lies, White River is located at the feet of several private nature reserves. Such is the beauty of the course that holes 7 and 11 have been compared to the likes of Augusta. Opened in 1924, it was designed by Gary Player and Reg Taylor. The long, snaking river that runs through the course is the defining feature and is home to an astounding array of flora and fauna. Signature hole: 5th – par 3 – 138m: This hole calls for an accurate tee shot over the river onto a gently sloping green.

MBOMBELA

Mbombela • Parklands • 5 700m • Carts available • www.nelspruitgolfclub.co.za
Mbombela lies in the fertile valley of the Crocodile River in the hot and humid Lowveld. It has a very important place on the tourist map due to its close proximity to the Kruger National Park. Founded in November 1928 and moved to its present location in 1939, Mbombela is one of Mpumalanga’s top courses. The bushveld course is a Bob Grimsdell design built among rocky outcrops. It was a nine-holer for nearly 30 years before Grimsdell returned to complete a second nine in 1967. It was left largely untouched until 1998 when Peter Matcovich upgraded it. The course is lined with indigenous lowveld trees and bent grass greens and cynoden/kikuyu fairways complement the landscape. Mbombela is famous for hosting the annual Jock of the Bushveld Festival of Golf, considered the biggest amateur tournament of its kind in the world. Started in 1968, it now receives some 800 amateurs from far and wide who play more than 2 000 rounds during a week in May.

LEOPARD CREEK (If available, this course may be booked on your own account)

Kruger Park Malelane • Parklands • 6 631m • Carts compulsory • www.leopardcreek.co.za
This ultra-exclusive world-class facility is the brainchild of magnate Johan Rupert and, as can be expected, no expense was spared. Bordered to the north and the west by the picturesque Crocodile River and the Kruger National Park, the course represents African golf at its best with indigenous bushveld bordering the immaculate fairways and greens. Innovative architectural and landscaping techniques ensure the course is naturally protected from animals, while lakes and small streams divert through the development to create scenic vistas and interesting golf strategies. Hazards take a new dimension for much of the water is home to the magnificent creatures for which the river is named…crocodiles.
Signature hole: 13th – par 5 – 505m Here the green is right on the edge of the river but 32m above the water level offering magnificent views into the Kruger Park.

NKONYENI

Eswatini • Bushveld • 5 810m • Carts available • www.nkonyenigroup.co.za
Nkonyeni Golf Estate is situated in 1200 hectares of gorgeous bushveld overlooking the Great Usuthu River and surrounding mountains. Built in 2007, the championship course was designed by Phil Jacobs (previously associated with the Gary Player Group and responsible for a total of 40 golf courses in France, Hong Kong, China, Philippines, Indonesia and South Africa) and further constructed by Robert Richardson. The bushveld course meanders through the private game reserve providing a unique experience at the 18th hole with a shot across the Usuthu River onto an island surrounded by rocks.

ROYAL SWAZI

Eswatini • Parklands • 6 166m • Carts available • www.suninternational.com
This spectacular championship course is one of the most scenic locations found in the world. Opened in 1966, it has been laid out on the slopes of the Lebombo Range that curve gently down into the valley. The first nine holes are comparatively level but the second nine fully exploits the mountainous terrain. Challenging features include lakes, gullies thick with vegetation, out-of bound areas running close to fairways, swirling breezes, clusters of magnificent trees and indigenous plants and wickedly sited bunkers – one is so steep it requires steps to facilitate access.

DURBAN COUNTRY CLUB

Durban • Semi-links • 6 157m • Carts available • www.dcclub.co.za
Built by George Waterman and fellow professional golfer Laurie Waters, the Durban Country Club was established in 1922 and has a proud history. The difficulties these men faced were immense as all earth-moving had to be done manually, giant sand dunes were flattened and dense bush and trees chopped down and carted away. Renowned for its classic Cape Dutch architecture, lush vegetation, undulating fairways, sand dunes and beautiful setting overlooking the Indian Ocean, the club has been the venue of choice for many an important celebration in its rich history. Signature Hole: 3rd – par 5
- 468m A tee shot from the highest point on the course into a valley below, completely exposing the drive to the ocean gusts. Trees on the right of the
straightaway hole need to be avoided as well as the large fairway bunker on the landing area to the left.

MOUNT EDGECOMBE

Durban • Parklands • 5 885m • Carts available • www.mountedgecombe.com
Neatly tucked away in the rolling hills of KwaZulu-Natal’s north coast, Mount Edgecombe Country Club has two 18-hole championship courses, The Woods and The Lakes. Originally known as the Huletts Country Club and created by Sid Brews in 1936, the course was upgraded in 1992 by Hugh Baiocchi and meets USGA specifications. The Woods is a parkland layout with four sets of tees playable by golfers of any handicap. Signature holes: There are three special holes that constitute the course’s “Amen Corner” from the 14th to 16th. Holes 14 to 16 are where water hazards come into play. The first one is a par 5 with water guarding the green followed by a par 3 across water and a par 4 where a dam must be carried to reach the fairway.
In 1994, Daysen, De Villiers and Van der Merwe were commissioned to design The Lakes directly south of The Woods. Their philosophy was to design a challenging but fair course where serious golfers could test their skills but an occasional golfer could enjoy the game. Opened in 1997, the course is undulating with indigenous bush in places and its share of imposing water hazards.
Signature holes: The 8th and 9th run alongside the Pani Dam to complete the front nine; water guards the left side of the holes and indigenous bush the right, so make sure to be accurate from the tee.

COTSWOLD DOWNS

Durban • Parklands • 6 193m • Carts available • www.cotswolddowns.co.za
Set on Hillcrest’s doorstep, Cotswold Downs lifestyle and golf estate has great views, rolling hills, indigenous bush, spectacular birdlife and free-roaming antelope. Designed by Peter Matkovich to USGA specifications, the 18-hole championship parklands type course blends seamlessly with its surrounds featuring bent-grass greens, undulating fairways and natural water features. A mixture of cool season and summer grasses allows the course to be lush all year round. Fairways are punctuated by dams, wetlands and ponds that attract a variety of wildlife while views are excellent from the tee boxes. All levels will find the course challenging but enjoyable and, at a length of 6193m, golfers can expect the odd long par 5 that will test their driving skills with
cleverly placed bunkers and interesting water hazards.

CHAMPAGNE SPORTS RESORT

Drakensberg • Mountain • 7 400m • Carts available • www.champagnesportsresort.com
Located in the beautiful Drakensberg area, this course has to be rated as one of the most scenically memorable golf layouts in South Africa. Designed by Hugh Baiocchi and Kevin Curren, it successfully blends the natural attributes of the terrain and the surrounding beauty with the modern demands of a quality course. It undulates up and around the contours of a valley that nestles under the dominant peaks of Champagne and Cathkin Peaks and incorporates several holes with blind tee shots. Professional and novice alike will appreciate the 84 well-appointed bunkers that line the fairways and greens. The quality of the greens is accredited to Trevor Livesey whose passion remains unabated. Though the drama of the mighty mountains dominates the eye, the course also enjoys gentle vistas where the lower hills create a kaleidoscope of colour blessed with trees, rivers and dams to add even more of a challenge.

HUMEWOOD

Port Elizabeth • Links • 6 225m • Walking course • www.humewoodgolf.co.za
Situated on the sand dunes on the shores of Algoa Bay, this true links course is characterised by thick coastal bush, swales, humps and hollows. Although the fairways are wide and undulating in order to compensate for the strong winds, the rough that borders them is unforgiving. The holes are simple yet neat, the gulf greens are fast and firm, the few bunkers are well positioned with tough, steep faces and there are no water hazards. Signature hole: 13th – par 4 – 408m This hole runs uphill along a severely sloped fairway with a tough semi-blind approach to a tiny green hidden behind a mound with rough to the right, a bunker to the left and thick bush behind it.

PEZULA

Knysna • Links and Parklands • 5 963m • Carts available • www.pezulagolf.com
Pezula is a sweeping spectacle of fairways and greens rolling through the pristine Southern Cape landscape. The award-winning course, designed by David Dale and Ronald Fream of GolfPlan USA, rates amongst the best and the most scenic in the world. Covering 254ha on the Knysna clifftops, Pezula has views of both the lagoon and the Indian Ocean. It is designed to include a full range of shots in a diverse coastal terrain making it a challenging, rewarding and complete golf experience for players of all levels.
Signature hole: 13th – par 5 – 467m This amazing hole drops 200ft and is measured in ‘airtime’. Your level or uneven lie will determine your second shot selection. Don’t forget to look back to the tee when you finish the hole.

SIMOLA

Knysna • Parklands • 6 401m • Carts compulsory due to distances • www.simolaestate.co.za
Keeping your head down at Simola can be a challenge as the views around the course are awe-inspiring. Every hole either looks across the Knysna Lagoon or over the Knysna River as it twists and turns through the valley below. It is clear to see why Simola takes its place as one of South Africa’s premier golfing destinations. It’s also the first Jack Nicklaus signature course on the Garden Route reflecting the maestro’s philosophy of attuning the layout and design to the natural lie of the land. Set below high ridges, the course is free from the wind that so often plagues coastal courses. Fairways flow with the natural undulating contours and the unusual configuration of five par 5s and five par 3s add a dimension to the game. Even with all the uphill and downhill holes, Nicklaus has cleverly achieved a course where you seldom have an uneven lie. The short holes are a feature of the layout testing a wide range of clubs from a fairway metal at the 6th to a wedge at the 17th. The par 5s are excellent beginning with the switchback opening hole that must be one of the most challenging. Three of the par 5s are played to elevated greens and these are tough targets to hit even with a short pitch.

FANCOURT COUNTRY CLUB

George • 2 Parkland • Carts available • www.fancourt.co.za
1. MONTAGU • 6 714m • This course is exquisitely conditioned with a glorious parkland layout covering large tracts of varying terrain on rolling land. Mature trees, flowerbeds, shrubs and water hazards provide a colourful contrast. Signature hole: 17th -par 3 – 190m This is scary for the average golfer with its long carry over water but the green is large and receptive so ignore it and go for the flag. If conservative, favour the left side of the green.
2. OUTENIQUA • 6 312m • Designed by Gary Player and named after the mountain range overlooking the area, this parklands course is more forgiving than Montagu being more open in appearance, yet it has its share of challenges and risk-and-reward moments. Signature hole: 14th – par 4 – 421m No surprise this is the toughest hole with its intimidating tee shot over water. If the flag is on the left of the green, play conservatively for the middle as there is water lurking at the back left.

DRESS CODE

Acceptable clothing:

• Shirts with collars and sleeves must be tucked in
• Traditional long or short golf trousers
• Short trousers with knee-length stockings or short white socks
• Ladies skirts or culottes must be knee-length
• Golf hats or peaks worn with peak forward
• Golf shoes with soft spikes (most clubs)

Not acceptable:

• T-shirts, vests or sleeveless shirts
• Denim jeans
• Sweatpants or cargo pants
• Drawstring shorts
• Shoes without socks
• Cross-trainer sports shoes

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DAY 1 CAPE TOWN

18:00 Depart from Rovos Rail Station, Pretoria. The train travels on the eastern line towards the harsh eMalahleni coal-mining area and Middelburg, known as the “stainless steel capital of Africa”. The Dutch railway building company, NZASM, built the eastern line between Pretoria and Lourenço Marques (Maputo) from 1893 to 1895.
19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: Formal.

Please ensure that the Train Manager or Administration Deputy is in possession of your passport. It will be returned to you before the end of the trip.

Meals : Dinner

Accommodation : Selected suites – Rovos Rail for 11 nights

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DAY 2 AT LEISURE ON BOARD

07:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00. The rolling hills of eMakhazeni, eNtokozweni and Dullstroom are a welcome sight and are renowned for the genteel yet skilful sport of trout fishing.
13:00 Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train descends the spectacular Drakensberg Mountain escarpment, first named by the Voortrekkers who thought the unbroken chain of heavily weathered peaks reminded them of the spines on a dragon’s back, hence the name ‘Dragon Mountain’ or Drakensberg in Afrikaans.
16:30 Tea in the lounge and observation cars.
19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Malelane. Dress: Formal.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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DAY 3 KRUGER PARK

Program for the leisure guests
05:30 Breakfast is served in the dining cars.
06:30 Game drive in the Kruger National Park with tea, lunch and an opportunity for curio shopping.
15:00 Return to the train.
16:30 Tea in the lounge and observation cars.
19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Mpaka. Dress: Formal.

Program for the golfers
05:30 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure. Transfer to White River Country Club (±75 min)
OR Mbombela (±60 min) for tee off and lunch.
*If available, golf at Leopard Creek may be booked on request for your own account.
16:30 Tea in the lounge and observation cars.
19:30 Dinner is served en route to Mpaka. Dress: Formal.

The famous Kruger Park (2-million hectares) is a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and home to an impressive number of species, e.g. 336 species of trees, 49 species of fish, 34 species of amphibians, 114 species of reptiles, 507 species of birds and 147 species of mammals including the Big Five.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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DAY 4 ESWATINI

Program for the leisure guests
06:00 Breakfast is served. Border formalities take place.
08:00 Transfer (±90 min) to Swazi Candles and Mantenga Cultural Village with lunch.
14:00 Return to the train (±75 min).
16:00 Depart for Golela for border formalities.
16:30 Tea in the lounge and observation cars.
19:30 Dinner is served en route to Hluhluwe. Dress: Formal.

Program for the golfers
06:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure. Transfer (±75 min) to Nkonyeni OR Royal Swazi for tee off and lunch.
14:00 Return to the train.
16:00 Depart for Golela for border formalities.
16:30 Tea in the lounge and observation cars.
19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: Formal.

The tiny Kingdom of eSwatini (Swaziland) covers only 17 000km2, most of which is mountainous. For such a small country, it is surprising that it sustains two capital cities. Mbabane is the administrative capital and Lobamba is the royal and legislative capital. In April 2018 Swaziland changed its name to the Kingdom of eSwatini and is an absolute monarchy. It is landlocked and borders South Africa and Mozambique. Mantenga Lodge is nestled in mountains overlooking “Execution Rock”. The village a living museum of old traditions represents a classic Swazi lifestyle during the 1800s.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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DAY 5 HLUHLUWE-IMFOLOZI PARK

05:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars.
07:00 Transfer (±30 min) to Hluhluwe for a game drive. As the oldest proclaimed reserve in Africa, Hluhluwe encompasses 960km² of hilly topography in central Zululand and is known for its rich wildlife and conservation efforts. It is the only state-run park in KwaZulu-Natal with all the Big Five game animals and is also a prime birding destination.
11:00 Return to the train.
12:30 Lunch is served in the dining cars. Travel south along the Indian Ocean coastline.
16:30 Tea in the lounge and observation cars.
19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: Formal.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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DAY 6 DURBAN

Program for the leisure guests
06:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars.
09:00 Enjoy a Durban city tour, a visit to the botanical gardens and lunch at Umhlanga’s beachfront. Durban is the third largest city in South Africa and enjoys great importance due to its industry and very large port.
15:00 The train traverses the Valley of a Thousand Hills.
16:30 Tea in the lounge and observation cars.
19:30 Dinner is served. Dress: “Africa” Theme or Smart Casual.

Program for the golfers
06:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure. Transfer to Durban Country Club (±15 min) OR Mt Edgecombe (±20 min) OR Cotswold Downs (±30 min) for tee off and lunch. Durban is the third largest city in South Africa and enjoys great importance due to its industry and very large port.
15:00 The train traverses the Valley of a Thousand Hills.
16:30 Tea in the lounge and observation cars.
19:30 Dinner is served. Dress: “Africa” Theme or Smart Casual.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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DAY 7 SPIONKOP

Program for the leisure guests
06:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars.
09:00 Transfer (±30 min) to Spionkop Lodge to hear the historic tale of the Battle of Spionkop and walk in the footsteps of Churchill and Gandhi. Enjoy lunch.
14:00 Afternoon game drive OR relax at the lodge.
16:30 Tea in the lounge and observation cars.
19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: Formal.

Program for the golfers
06:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure. Transfer (±75 min) to Champagne Sports Resort for tee off and lunch.
15:30 Return (±75 min) to the train.
19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Harrismith. Dress: Formal.

The Drakensberg Mountains were first named by the Voortrekkers who thought the unbroken chain of heavily weathered peaks reminded them of the spines on a dragon’s back, hence the name ‘Dragon Mountain’ or Drakensberg in Afrikaans.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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DAY 8 GOLDEN GATE NATIONAL PARK AND CLARENS

06:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars.
08:00 Take a drive through the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. The park’s most notable features are its golden ochre and orange-hued deeply eroded sandstone cliffs and outcrops, especially the Brandwag Rock.
09:30 Visit the small and picturesque town of Clarens situated in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains. Enjoy an early lunch (own account).
13:00 Transfer (±60 mins) to the Sandstone Heritage Trust, a large agricultural estate that houses an impressive collection of heritage trains, tractors, buses, cars and military vehicles.
15:30 Transfer (±60 mins) to the train at Bethlehem and depart for Bloemfontein.
19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: Formal.
The observation car will be leading the train until Port Elizabeth – a different aspect that our rail enthusiasts enjoy.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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DAY 9 BLOEMFONTEIN

06:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure.
08:00 Tour of Bloemfontein including the Women’s Memorial and Anglo Boer War Museum.
10:00 Depart for Coerney. Traverse the Karoo, a vast and beautiful semi-desert stretching across the great South African plateau inland from the Cape coast with scattered towns and villages. Cross the dry southeastern region with its variety of grasses, hardy shrubs, tumbleweeds and succulents and descend the Great Escarpment towards the coast.
13:00 Lunch is served in the dining cars.
16:30 Tea in the lounge and observation cars.
19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: Formal.

Bloemfontein is the seat of the South African judicial system. At the end of the 19th century it was also the capital of the old Boer Republic of The Orange Free State. Bloemfontein is capital of the Free State Province and also known as the Rose City. Loch Logan Waterfront is next to the city’s newly renovated stadium, which was one of the venues during the 2010 Soccer World Cup. The Women’s Memorial at the Anglo Boer War Museum is a reminder of life in the concentration camps and commemorates the 27 000 women and children who died in these camps. The Museum itself is a graphic depiction of the hardship endured by all during the war and relates the history of South Africa from 1652.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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DAY 10 ADDO ELEPHANT PARK

Program for the leisure guests
06:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars.
08:00 Game drive in Addo Elephant Park, South Africa’s third largest national reserve stretching from the semi-arid Karoo, over the Zuurberg Mountains and down through the Sundays River valley to the coast. The park is home to one of the densest African Elephant populations on earth – roughly 600.
12:00 Depart for Port Elizabeth.
13:00 Lunch is served in the dining cars.
16:30 Tea in the lounge and observation cars.
19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: Formal.

Program for the golfers
06:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure. Transfer (±75 min) to Humewood Golf Course for
tee off and lunch.
15:45 Return to the train (±15 min) in Port Elizabeth.
16:30 Tea in the lounge car and observation car, which is now at the rear of the train.
19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Willowmore. Dress: Formal.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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DAY 11 KNYSNA

Program for the leisure guests
Please pack an overnight bag for your stay at Fancourt. Tog bags have been placed in your suites for your convenience.

06:00 Breakfast is served until departure.
08:00 Transfer (±90 min) from Port Elizabeth Station to Oudebosch Farm Stall.
09:30 Enjoy a refreshment stop at Oudebosch.
10:00 Transfer (±90 min) to Knysna for a lagoon ferry ride with lunch.
16:30 Transfer (±60 min) to Fancourt and check-in.
19:00 Dinner and overnight at Fancourt. Dress: Smart Casual.

Program for the golfers
Please pack an overnight bag for your stay at Fancourt. Tog bags have been placed in your suites for your convenience.

06:00 Breakfast is served until departure.
07:30 Transfer (±90 min) from Port Elizabeth Station to Oudebosch Farm Stall.
09:00 Enjoy a refreshment stop at Oudebosch.
09:30 Transfer (±90 min) from Oudebosch Farm Stall to Pezula OR Simola for tee off and lunch.
19:00 Check-in at Fancourt Estate after golf.
Dinner and overnight at Fancourt. Dress: Smart Casual.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation : Fancourt for 1 night

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DAY 12 OUDTSHOORN

Program for the leisure guests
You may call Reception to collect your bag or take it to check-out on departure.

06:30 Breakfast is served until 09:30. Check out.
10:00 Transfer (±60 min) to an ostrich farm for a visit followed by lunch.
13:30 Transfer (±30 min) to the Cango Caves for a visit.
15:00 Transfer (±150 min) to Prince Albert Rd Station.
19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Matjiesfontein. Dress: “1920s” Theme or Smart Casual.

Program for the golfers
You may call Reception to collect your bag or take it to check-out before tee off.

06:30 Breakfast is served until tee off at Fancourt.
13:30 After lunch, transfer (±180 min) to Prince Albert Rd Station to rejoin the train. Enjoy a refreshment stop en route.
16:30 Tea in the lounge and observation cars.
19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Matjiesfontein. Dress: “1920s” Theme or Smart Casual.

This semi-desert region is situated at the foot of the majestic Swartberg mountain range where many rivers, streams and falls have their origins. The great natural wonder of the Cango Caves has colourful underground chambers with breathtaking limestone formations. Oudtshoorn is regarded as the centre of the Klein Karoo and is famous for feathering the world in the time of the boa and grand hats. The ostrich boom of the early 20th century turned out many millionaires who, in turn, created elaborate lifestyles in this remote part of Africa.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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DAY 13 CAPE TOWN

Please ensure luggage is ready for collection 15 minutes before arrival and that you have your passport.
07:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00. Trundle through the spectacular mountain ranges and scenic winelands of the Western Cape towards the coast.
13:00 Lunch is served in the dining cars.
18:00 Arrive at journey’s end at Cape Town Station.

The above itinerary is available in reverse too (Cape Town to Pretoria).

Meals : Breakfast

ROVOS RAIL

Each train has accommodation carriages, dining cars (±42 seats), a lounge car (±26 seats), small gift shop, smoking lounge (±11 seats) and observation car (±32 seats) with open-air balcony. Maintaining the spirit of a bygone era, there are no radios or television sets on board. The three types of suites available – Pullman (7sqm), Deluxe (10sqm) and Royal (16sqm) – offer passengers privacy and comfort with double or twin beds and fittings and facilities that are of the highest standard. All have en-suites with shower, toilet, basin and bath (Royal only), tea facilities, safes, air conditioning, linen and amenities and are serviced daily. There is adequate storage and small cupboards with hangers and shelves.

The dining cars are made up of two-seaters and four-seaters where guests eat together or individually. The lounge and observation cars – with their big picture windows, sofas and booths – make for great mingling areas or quiet corners to while away the days.

Days on board are smart casual while evening attire is more formal. On long journeys you can enjoy themed evenings where guests can dress up accordingly or opt for smart casual.
An enthusiastic team of chefs is responsible for overseeing the very important task of ensuring guests’ every need is catered for. There’s an accent on fresh local ingredients and traditional dishes are a specialty. Meals are served in one sitting only in the dining cars and are complemented by a selection of fine South African wines. The bar menu is comprehensive although special items such as French Champagne would need to be requested in advance. Breakfast: 07:00-10:00 • Lunch: 13:00 • Tea: 16:30 • Formal Dinner: 19:30. Bar service is from 07:00-±01:00. All meals are served at these times unless otherwise stated in the itineraries.

PULLMAN SUITES

The Pullmans, used on the short journeys, accommodate one or two passengers and have an en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and basin. During the day, the suites have a comfortable sofa-seat with a conversion to double or twin beds (side-by-side or upper and lower bunks) for the evening. A dedicated host/ess is available at all times and services the suites daily. Please note in the animation that we indicate a bar fridge, however, these have been removed from the Pullmans.

DELUXE SUITES

The Deluxe Suites accommodate one or two passengers in double or twin beds and have their own lounge area and en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and basin. A dedicated host/ess is available at all times and services the suites daily. A bar fridge is filled with the on-board beverages of the passengers’ choice.

ROYAL SUITES

The Royal Suites each take up half a carriage with their own private lounge area and en-suite bathroom with Victorian bath, separate shower, toilet and basin. They accommodate one or two passengers in double or twin beds. A dedicated host/ess is available at all times and services the suites daily. A bar fridge is filled with the on-board beverages of the passengers’ choice.

Dates of departures 2025 – PRETORIA TO CAPE TOWN 
April 2 and 25
October 21
Dates of departures 2025 – CAPE TOWN TO PRETORIA
November 5

Rates in CA$, per person, starting from

Train Package
Departures 2025 Double Single
 
Pullman Suites 12739 19109
Deluxe Suites 17689 26529
Royal Suites 22869 NA

**Prices in this document are for information only; they were issued at press time, for the current year. Please note that due to exchange rates and temporary promotions, they can increase or decrease at any time. Contact your travel agent for the price and promotion of the moment. Prices include the contribution of customers to the Compensation Fund for clients of Quebec travel agents.

African collage – Detailed itinerary
African collage – Detailed itinerary