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Rovos Rail Cape Town to Pretoria, Cape Town

Rovos Rail Cape Town to Pretoria

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Accommodation rating: Superior

This panoramic nine-day sojourn runs between Cape Town and Pretoria and is rated one of the most beautiful journeys in the world. From the ‘Mother City’, the train travels through the Tulbagh valley to Ashton for a wine tasting at Zandvliet. Overnight, the train heads to the coast where golfers enjoy a game at the renowned Fancourt Estate while non-golfers visit the natural paradise of Knysna and its attractions before dinner at Fancourt. The following morning, golfers tee off at Oubaai – Ernie Els’s first signature course in South Africa – while non-golfers travel the spectacular incline of the Montagu Pass into Oudtshoorn for an ostrich-farm visit. The journey continues eastwards overnight to Port Elizabeth, the coastal capital of the Eastern Cape, where guests enjoy a morning visit to the ecologically diverse Addo Elephant Park or play a game at Humewood. The route continues past Lesotho and the highest mountains in the Drakensberg range at 3,482 metres (11,424ft) and overnight to Bloemfontein for an afternoon tour. The train then descends the scenic escarpment and travels overnight through Pietermaritzburg towards Durban, where golfers enjoy a game at Durban Country Club and non-golfers take a city tour. The following morning, the train makes its way north through the lush cane fields and rolling hills of KwaZulu-Natal to Swaziland for an afternoon safari drive in Mkhaya Reserve. The journey then wends its way towards the famous Kruger Park for an early safari drive the next day or for a game at Leopard Creek, one of South Africa’s finest courses. Guests then enjoy the picturesque scenery of Mpumalanga and a majestic climb up the Drakensberg escarpment before this magnificent journey ends at Rovos Rail Station general make-up of the train includes a generator car, a staff car, guest sleepers, a non-smoking lounge car (26 guests), two non-smoking 42-seater dining cars, a kitchen car, smoking lounge and an Observation Car (for 32 guests) at the tail. Meals are served in one sitting only in the charming Victorian atmosphere of the dining cars and are complemented by a selection of fine South African wines. There is an accent on fresh local ingredients and traditional dishes such as game are a speciality. Dress for days on the train is smart casual. Evening attire is more formal – for the gentlemen a jacket and tie is a minimum requirement, while for ladies we suggest cocktail / evening dresses or suits. Please include warm clothing for cold mornings and evenings. In the spirit of travel of a bygone era, there are no radios or television sets on board and the use of mobile phones and laptops is confined to the privacy of your suites only. Smoking is allowed in the privacy of your suite and in the Club Lounge.

Please call 020 7808 6780 for more information or to make a booking.

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