Rovos Rail - Pretoria to Cape Town

3 Days from US$1,900 per person

Overview

This 990 mile luxury train journey is a perfect illustration of South Africa as a world in one country. Travel the grasslands of the gold-rich Highveld and trundle through the spectacular mountain ranges and scenic wine lands of the cape. All in 5 star luxury.

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What's Included

Accommodations on a double/shared basis
All meals, drinks and alcoholic beverages, including selected South African wines, excluding premium liquors and champagnes
All excursions per itinerary during the train journey

Highlights

900 Mile Journey  |  Rovos Rails “Pride of Africa” |  Kimberley |  Matjisefontein |  Cape Town

900 Mile Journey

Rising up from the heart of the Kenyan landscape, the snow-capped Mount Kenya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is Africa’s second highest mountain reaching an impressive 5199 metres in height, which is an awe-inspiring sight. Visitors can explore its surrounding forests, trout-filled streams and game reserve; or for the more adventurous, summit the peak. While Mount Kilimanjaro is an easier climb, Mount Kenya is more of a challenge as it has a higher technical difficulty, however, Point Lenana can be easily reached by a fit hiker. Visitors can look forward to a variety of wonderful activities such as: cave exploration, mountain climbing, camping, and game viewing. Commonly spotted wildlife include: elephant, mongoose, duiker, bushbuck, eland and over 130 bird species.

Rovos Rails “Pride of Africa”

Located in the Great Rift Valley surrounded by yellow acacia woodlands and bushy shrublands, the Lake Nakuru National Park was created to protect the Lake and its large flocks of Lesser Flamingo, which are drawn to the algae that flourish in the saline waters of this soda lake. The national park is inhabited by over 50 mammal species including hippo, black and white rhino, Rothschild giraffe, buffalo and eland. Known as a bird watcher’s paradise, the park is home to over 450 bird species. Visitors can look forward to hiking through the scenic landscape, picnicking next to this magnificent lake, and spotting an array of wildlife on a game drive. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the beautiful Makalia Waterfall.

Kimberley

The Masai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife park, the Masai Mara National Reserve. The image of acacia trees dotting endless grass plains epitomises Africa for many, then add a Maasai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further. The undeniable highlight of the Masai Mara National Reserve is undoubtedly the annual wildebeest migration traversing the vast plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. It is known as the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. Large prides of lions, elephants, giraffes, gazelles and eland can also be spotted in the reserve. Aside from horse riding safaris and traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Mara plains has become almost essential.

Matjisefontein

Located just a few hours drive from the town of Arusha, Tarangire is a popular stop for safaris travelling through the northern circuit on their way to Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. The park extends into two game controlled areas and the wildlife are allowed to move freely throughout. After the Serengeti, Tarangire has the greatest concentration of wildlife in Tanzania and in the dry season the Tarangire River is a magnet for thirsty wildlife. Large herds of elephants and migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland gather and not surprisingly the predators follow. This is also the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as oryx and gerenuk are regularly spotted. Tarangire is also known for its spectacular baobab trees, and its breathtaking views of the Masaai Steppe and the mountains to the south.

Cape Town

Located in Northern Tanzania, the Ngorongoro Crater is best known for its natural beauty and abundance of diverse wildlife; which makes it one of Africa’s most popular safari destinations. Surrounded by Tanzania’s highlands, this UNESCO-listed crater is said to be the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Visitors can look forward to spotting the world-renowned Big Five and a host of other wildlife species including large herds of zebra and wildebeest. It is famed as one of Tanzania’s best tourist attractions offering visitors an array of wonderful activities including excellent bird watching, trekking, wildlife viewing, mountain biking and visiting a local Maasai village. Don’t miss the opportunity to jump on an excursion to the magnificent Olduvai Gorge.

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Rovos Rail

Rovos Rail

Rising up from the heart of the Kenyan landscape, the snow-capped Mount Kenya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is Africa’s second highest mountain reaching an impressive 5199 metres in height, which is an awe-inspiring sight. Visitors can explore its surrounding forests, trout-filled streams and game reserve; or for the more adventurous, summit the peak. While Mount Kilimanjaro is an easier climb, Mount Kenya is more of a challenge as it has a higher technical difficulty, however, Point Lenana can be easily reached by a fit hiker. Visitors can look forward to a variety of wonderful activities such as: cave exploration, mountain climbing, camping, and game viewing. Commonly spotted wildlife include: elephant, mongoose, duiker, bushbuck, eland and over 130 bird species.

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Day 1 | Depart Pretoria

 

Your train “The Pride of Africa” departs Rovos Rail’s Station in Capital Park at 3:00PM. Guests may freshen up in their suites before joining fellow travelers in the midway Lounge car or Observation carriage at the rear of the train. Meals are served in the Victorian atmosphere dining car. Breakfast & lunch are smart casual and dinner is a dress-up affair. Enjoy a gourmet dinner with a fine selection of South African wines. Dinner is served at 7:30PM in one seating.

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Day 2 | Kimberly / Northern Cape

 

Breakfast is served in the dining car between 7:00am and 9:45am. Enjoy breakfast while the train travels to Kimberely. Ten minutes before arriving in Kimberley keep your eyes out for a shallow lake on the right hand side facing forward. On most occasions there are spectacular flocks of Flamingos (approx. 23 000).

Arrive in Kimberley at 9:45am where you will disembark and board a coach /combi for a tour of the city, the Mine Museum and the world’s largest man-made excavation, the “Big Hole”. Kimberley has considerable historical significance due to its diamond mining past and siege during the Second Boer War. Notable personalities such as Cecil Rhodes made their fortune here and the roots of the De Beers Corporation can also be traced to the early days of the mining town.

Re-board the train and depart Kimberley at 12:30pm. Freshen up for lunch which is served in the dining car at 1:00PM as the train winds it way towards the Northern Cape. You have the afternoon free to enjoy the scenery and relax until dinner at 7:30pm in the dining car.

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     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Day 3 | Matjisefontein / Cape Town

 

The train will arrive at 8:00am into Whitehill, next to Matjiesfontein, an authentic perfectly preserved Victorian Village. There is an extended breakfast this morning for those who would like to disembark and walk the 3 miles into Town. You will have a chance to stroll through this historic settlement. Of special interest is the museum on the platform and a collection of historic cars and railway carriages to the right of the Hotel. A Train Manager or a member of staff will accompany you. Comfortable walking or running shoes are essential. Return to the train and enjoy breakfast until 10:am. Afterwards the train departs Matjiesfontein passing through Tweedside and Touws River. At noon you reach the first of four tunnels which take you through the Hex River Pass. The second tunnel is over 8 miles long.

Make your way to the dining car for lunch at 1:00PM and enjoy lunch as the train passes through the Hex River Valley and the town of Worcester. From Worcester to Cape Town, the train winds it way though the scenic Cape Winelands to Cape Town.

The train arrives at Platform 24, Cape Town Station at 6:00pm where your journey ends.

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Suites |

 

The spacious suites offer passengers the opportunity to travel in privacy, comfort and luxury, with fittings and facilities that are of the highest standard. All are equipped with a writing surface and a personal safe for valuables. There is also a bar fridge filled with beverages of the passengers’ choice and room service is available 24 hours a day.

Pullman Suite – 76 sq feet. Equipped with a comfortable sofa-seat during the day with a conversion to double or twin beds for the evening, along with an en-suite bathroom with shower.

Deluxe Suite – 118 sq feet. They accommodate two passengers in either twin or double beds, plus a lounge area and en-suite bathroom with shower.

Royal Suite – 172 sq feet. The Royal Suites take up half a carriage and are spacious and elegant. Each has its own private lounge area and full bathroom with a Victorian bath and separate shower.

INCLUSIONS

Accommodations on a double/shared basis

All meals, drinks and alcoholic beverages, including selected South African wines, excluding premium liquors and champagnes

All excursions per itinerary during the train journey

EXCLUSIONS

Gratuities to train staff

All items of a personal nature

Transfers

Travel insurance

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