Rovos Rail: The African Golf Collage
• Kruger National Park • Port Elizabeth • Knysna • Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park
This safari travels the northeastern reaches of South Africa and will entertain the most discerning golfers with a delightful itinerary for non-playing guests. Travel from Pretoria to Sun City in the hills of the Pilanesberg for game viewing. Cross the spectacular Drakensberg Mountains to Spionkop, the perfect base for exploring the mountains, bush, birds and battlefields of the region.
Traverse the scenic Valley of a Thousand Hills to Durban for a tour of the city and botanical gardens. The game viewing continues at Hluhluwe in Zululand, Mkhaya and the world-famous Kruger Park in Malelane*, after which the journey ends in Pretoria.
The Train: Each train has accommodation carriages, dining cars, lounge car, small gift shop, smoking lounge and observation car 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 include a dedicated host available at all times and services the suites daily.
Pullman Suite: Used on short journeys, cabins feature 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.
Deluxe Suite: Accommodates one or two passengers in double or twin beds with its own lounge area, and en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and basin. Includes a bar fridge filled with the on-board beverages of the guests choice.
Royal Suite: Takes up half a carriage with its own private lounge area and en-suite bathroom with Victorian bath, separate shower, toilet and basin. Accommodates one or two passengers in double or twin beds and includes a bar fridge filled with the on-board beverages of the passengers choice.
Day 1: Pretoria Depart from Rovos Rail Station and freshen up in your suite before joining fellow travellers in the lounge and observation car. Lunch and afternoon tea is served as the train descends the spectacular escarpment. 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 'Dargon Mountain' or Drakensberg in Afrikaans. Dinner is served in the dining car en route to Malelane.
Day 2: Kruger National Park Golfers transfer to Leopard Creek, White River Country Club or Nelspruit for tee off and lunch. Leisure guests enjoy a game drive in Kruger National Park with tea and lunch. The famous Kruger Park is a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and home to an impressive number of species, eg: 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. Later rejoin the train and depart for Mpaka.
Day 3: Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park > Durban Breakfast is served in the dining cars as the train travels across the mountain Kingdom of ESwatini. Lunch is served and border formalities take place before transferring to Hluhluwe for a game drive. As the oldest proclaimed reserve in Africa Hluhluwe consists 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 prime birding destination. Return to the train where dinner is served in the dining cars.
Day 4: Durban Golfers transfer to Durban Beachwood or Durban Country Club for tee off and lunch. Leisure guests enjoy a Durban city tour with 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. The train then traverses the Valley of a Thousand Hills.
Day 5: Spionkop Golfers transfer to Champagne Sports Resort for tee off and lunch. Leisure guests will be transferred to Spionkop Lodge to hear the historic tale of the Battle of Spionkop and walk in the footsteps of Churchill and Gandhi. Lunch is served at the lodge followed by an afternoon game drive or relax at the lodge. Return to the train where dinner is served en route to Kroonstad.
Day 6: On Board Breakfast is served in the dining cars. The observation car will be at the front of the train until Port Elizabeth - a different aspect that our rail enthusiasts enjoy. Lunch is served in the dining cars as the train traverses 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. Tea is served in the lounge car and observation car (at the front of the train) followed by dinner in the dining cars en route to Coerney Siding.
Day 7: Port Elizabeth/Addo Elephant Park Golfers transfer to Humewood for tee off and lunch. Leisure guests will enjoy a game drive at 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. Return to the train for afternoon tea followed by dinner in the dining cars en route to Willowmore.
Day 8: Oudsthoorn > George Golfers transfer to Ernie Els Oubaai for tee off and lunch. Leisure guests visit an ostrich farm in Oudsthoorn before returning to the train for lunch. This semi-desert region is situated at the foot of the majestic Swartbergmountain range where many rivers, streams and falls have their origins. 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.Arrive in George and shuttle to the mall or railway museum before transferring to Fancourt for dinner.
Day 9: George/Knysna Golfers transfer to either Ernie Els Oubaai or Fancourt for tee off and lunch. Leisure guests will disembark the train for a scenic drive to Knysna for a ferry ride on the lagoon. George and Knysna sit between the majestic Outeniqua Mountains to the north and the Indian Ocean to the south. The Knysna Heads two sandstone cliffs guarding the mouth of the lagoon connecting the estuary with the sea is a dramatic viewpoint. At lunchtime, the train travels the Garden Route, a narrow coastal terrace lying between the deep-set coastal cliffs rising sheer out of the sea and the mountains a short distance inland a topology that facilitates for heavy rainfall, hence the name as it is always lush and green. Afternoon tea is served in the lounge and observation cars followed by dinner in the dining cars.
Day 10: Cape Town As breakfast is served the train trundles through the spectacular mountain ranges and scenic winelands of the Western Cape towards the coast. Lunch is served in the dining cars before arriving at journeys end at Cape Town station.
*Itinerary operates in reverse
• Accommodation • All meals • All beverages • Room service • Limited laundry • Excursions with a qualified guide (where applicable) • Entrance fees as per itinerary • Government tax • Golf activities (green fees, carts, halfway house).
Pricing (per person) $AUD
Pretoria to Cape Town
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Booking conditions • *Course selection is dependent on availability: Sun City Gary Player/Lost City, Champagne Sports Resort, Durban Country Club/Beachwood, Royal Swazi, Leopard Creek/White River/Mbombela.
• *Course selection is dependent on availability: Sun City Gary Player/Lost City, Champagne Sports Resort, Durban Country Club/Beachwood, Royal Swazi, Leopard Creek/White River/Mbombela.