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Rovos Rail Luxury Train Safari Itinerary (from/to Durban) - Join this three-day safari on the most luxurious train in the world and experience the splendour of KwaZulu Natal.

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Join this three-day safari and experience the splendour of KwaZulu-Natal. Take in the Big Five, a battlefields tour with a world-class historian and unusual African ceramics.

Experience the Nambiti Conservancy – a Big Five private bush retreat set on 20 000 acres of malaria-free bushveld in KwaZulu-Natal. It has an incredible biodiversity including savannah, grasslands, thornveld and tall acacia trees. The Sundays River flows through the reserve and has two 40-metre waterfalls with magnificent ravine bush, home to several rare bird species. Situated on an expansive game farm, Spionkop Lodge – which adjoins an 11 000-acre nature reserve – is the perfect base for exploring the mountains, bush, birds and battlefields of the region.

Ardmore Ceramics is a story about the Zulu people whose sense of rhythm, colour, dance and song, as well as the spirit of the African imagination, is exerting its influence on the other continents of the world. Pay a morning visit to this charming centre in the rolling hills of the Midlands before the train makes its way to Durban.

This itinerary can be done in either direction but there are slight variations so please contact us for more info (there is a departure most months of the year but send us your dates and we will try to find the best way to incorporate your luxury train journey).
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Rovos Rail: Pretoria to Durban luxury train
Day 1: Friday
Departs Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria at 10am. Lunch is served as the Drakensberg Mountains come into view.
In the afternoon the train climbs to Majuba Hill (2146m/7040ft) – site of the decisive battle that ended the First Anglo Boer War – then on to Newcastle where the Indian population has erected what is reputed to be the largest domed Hindu temple in the Southern Hemisphere. Dinner is served. The train passes Glencoe, site of the first battle of the Anglo Boer War and now the centre of the province’s coalfields. Overnight on board en route to Elandslaagte.
(Breakfast 7am-10am • Lunch 1pm • High Tea 4.30pm • Dinner 7.30pm).

Day 2: Saturday
After a 6am wake-up call, enjoy tea, coffee, juices and pastries in the dining car/s before embarking on a game drive in the Nambiti Private Game Reserve, a private Big Five bush retreat set on 20 000 acres of malaria-free bushveld with incredible biodiversity. Return to the train for brunch at 11am and head for Estcourt. The train passes Chieveley Siding where, on the left of the track, stands a memorial to Winston Churchill who was captured here in November 1899 while trying to free an armoured train trapped by a Boer ambush.
Disembark at 2pm for a 40-minute drive to Spionkop Lodge where a choice of two excursions is available: an escorted tour of the battlefields or a game drive in the Spionkop Game Reserve. Return to the train for dinner.

Day 3: Sunday
The train departs Estcourt and descends the escarpment en route to Lions River Station. Disembark at 10am for a visit to the famous Ardmore Ceramics Gallery. Here, artists are encouraged to express their imagination based on nature and Zulu folklore and tradition. After a 12pm departure, lunch is served as the train traverses the spectacular Valley of a Thousand Hills. Arrive in Durban at 4pm.
Rates per person sharing: 1st October 2018 - 30th September 2019:
Pullman Suite: R20 600
Deluxe Suite: R31 100
Royal Suite: R41 400
Rates per person sharing: 1st October 2019 - 30th September 2020:
Pullman Suite: R22 350
Deluxe Suite: R33 750
Royal Suite: R45 000
Rates per person sharing: 1st October 2020 - 30th September 2021:
Pullman Suite: R24 250
Deluxe Suite: R36 500
Royal Suite: R48 900
Single Supplement: 50% 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 Suite 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:
Day, Itinerary, Departure & Arrival times are subject to change.
Dates are specific - Please Check at time of inquiry.
Prices in South African Rand.
Prices Per Person Sharing.
Children Rate On Request.
Off train excursions cannot be guaranteed and will be undertaken only if time permits.
Departure and arrival times are approximate and cannot be guaranteed.

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