South Africa Suggested Itineraries
 
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South Africa Itinerary - Travel by luxury train on Rovos Rail between Pretoria and Cape Town (or vice versa) - there is no finer way to see South Africa.

Rovos Rail luxury train
 
Cape Town offers a blend of cosmopolitan city life, magnificent mountains and superlative wine lands, while the twin cities of Pretoria and Johannesburg form the economic heartland of South Africa and the ideal departure point for Mpumalanga’s world-famous Game Reserves.

This 1600-kilometre luxury train journey from/to Cape Town and Pretoria is a perfect illustration of South Africa as a world in one country. Travel the windswept grasslands of the gold rich Highveld to the haunting barrenness of the Great Karoo. Trundle through the spectacular mountain ranges and scenic wine lands of the Cape. Journey’s end is Cape Town, the Mother City of South Africa, cradled by the imposing bulk of Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak and Lions Head.

Highlights of the north and southbound Rovos Rail routes include a visit to the historic village of Matjiesfontein. This authentic perfectly preserved Victorian Village, which was founded by Mr Logan as a refreshment stop in 1890, also boasts an impressive museum on the Station platform. A stop is also made in Kimberley providing an opportunity to enjoy a city tour, the Mine Museum and visit the world’s largest man-made excavation, the Big Hole.

The Pretoria to Cape Town/Cape Town to Pretoria luxury train route is operated on a regular basis (with up to 7 departures in a month) and we will be able to work your itinerary out for you so you can fit everything in.
 
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Rovos Rail: Pretoria to Cape Town
Day 1: Wednesday / Friday
3pm: Depart Rovos Rail’s private Capital Park Station, Pretoria aboard the luxury train, the 'Pride of Africa'.
Guests may freshen up in their suites before joining fellow travellers in the midway Lounge car or Observation carriage at the rear of the train.
7.30pm: Dinner is served in the dining car/s.

Day 2: Thursday / Saturday
7am: Breakfast is served in the dining car/s until 9.45am.
9.30am: Just before arriving in Kimberley there is a shallow lake on the right hand side facing forward. On most occasions there are spectacular flocks of Flamingos (approx. 23 000).
10am: Arrive in Kimberley. Guests disembark and proceed by coach/combi for a tour of the city, the “Big Hole“ and the Mine Museum.
12.30pm: Depart Kimberley.
1pm: Lunch is served in the dining car/s.
7.30pm: Dinner will be served in the dining car/s.

Day 3: Friday / Sunday
8am: There is an opportunity to disembark the Train at Whitehill siding and walk or jog the 5 kilometres into Matjisefontein. The Train Manager or a member of staff will accompany you. Comfortable walking or running shoes are essential.
The train arrives at Matjiesfontein where 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. Breakfast will be served in the dining car/s between 7am and 10am.
We depart Matjiesfontein passing through Tweedside and Touws River. At 12pm we reach the first of four tunnels which take us through the Hex River Pass. The second tunnel is 13.5kms long so please be careful if you are walking through the train. If you are in your suite you may wish to turn on a light.
1pm: Lunch will be served as we pass through the Hex River Valley and the town of Worcester.
6pm: Arrival at Platform 24 Cape Town Station where our journey ends.

Rovos Rail: Cape Town to Pretoria
Day 1: Saturday / Monday
11am: All aboard the luxury train, Rovos Rail for your departure from Platform 23 at Cape Town Station and proceed inland to Worcester. Guests may freshen up in their suites before joining other guests in the midway Lounge car or the Observation carriage at the rear of the train.
3pm: We pass through Worcester on the way to the village of Matjiesfontein.
At 3.30pm we reach the first of four tunnels which take us through the Hex River Pass. The third tunnel is 13.5kms long so please be careful if you are walking through the train. If you are in your suite you may wish to turn on a light.
5.45pm: Guests may disembark at Matjiesfontein for a stroll through this quaint and historic little village. Of special interest is the museum on the platform and a collection of historic cars and railway carriages to the right of the Hotel. (For refreshments we recommend the pub in the Lord Milner Hotel).
7pm: We depart Matjiesfontein.
7.30pm: Dinner will be served in the dining car/s.

Day 2: Sunday / Tuesday
7am: Breakfast will be served in the dining car until 10am.
12.30pm: Lunch is served in the dining car/s
2.30pm: The train arrives in Kimberley. Here we disembark and proceed by coach/combi for a tour of the city, the “Big Hole” and the Mine Museum.
4pm: Rejoin the train at Kimberley station. Ten minutes after departing Kimberley there is a shallow lake on the
left hand side facing forward. On most occasions there are spectacular flocks of Flamingos (approx. 23 000).
7.30pm: Dinner will be served in the dining car/s as we pass through Bloemhof and Leeudoringstad en route to Klerksdorp.

Day 3: Monday / Wednesday

7am: Breakfast will be served in the dining car/s until 10am.
The train continues the journey towards Pretoria passing through Krugersdorp, Johannesburg and Germiston.
10.45am: We arrive at Centurion where one or two of our Rovos locomotives will collect us for the final leg of our journey.
12pm: Arrive Rovos Rail Station in Capital Park, Pretoria

Rovos Rail 3 day Journey from/to Cape Town price per person sharing price:
01st October 2017 - 30th September 2018:
Pullman Suite: R18 950
Deluxe Suite: R28 650
Royal Suite: R38 150
 
Rates: 01st October 2018 - 30th September 2019:
Pullman Suite: R20 600
Deluxe Suite: R31 100
Royal Suite: R41 400

Single Supplement: +50% on all suites

Accommodation on board Rovos Rail:
All the suites offer passengers the opportunity to travel in privacy, comfort and luxury, with fittings and facilities that are of the highest standard. The wood-panelled rebuilt sleeper coaches, remodelled and refurbished to mint condition, offer every modern convenience and comfort. In the en-suite bathrooms, original fittings combine with the modern technology of hot showers, hair dryers and shaver plugs. 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.

The Pullman Suites (±7 sq metres/±76 sq feet) are equipped with a comfortable sofa-seat during the day with a conversion to double or twin beds (bunk) for the evening, and also have an en-suite bathroom with shower. These are ideal for single travelers due to their size.
 
Rovos Rail - luxury train Pullman Suites accommodation
The Deluxe Suites (±10 sq metres/±118 sq feet) accommodate two passengers in either twin or double beds and have a lounge area and en-suite bathroom with shower.
 
Rovos Rail  - luxury train Deluxe Suites accommodation
The Royal Suites, each of which take up half a carriage, are spacious and elegant measuring ±16 sq metres in size. Each has its own private lounge area and full bathroom with Victorian bath and separate shower. The epitome of luxury with handsome wood panelling and period Edwardian features, the air-conditioned suites accommodate two people offering the option of side-by-side twin or spacious double beds.
 
Rovos Rail  - luxury train Royal Suite accommodation
Please note:
Prices are for One way journey per person sharing and includes accommodation, meals and excursions during the train journey, as well as alcoholic beverages whilst on board the luxury train, Rovos Rail.
Excursions may be changed according to schedule achieved. Times are approximate and cannot be guaranteed.
Departure dates are specific.

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