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Rovos Rail - The Pride of Africa

The most luxurious train in the world
Information & Reservations
Travel Packages & Tours
African Golf Collage
Nine days in a rich tapestry of landscape
Trip Highlights & Features
Simple Elegance of cuisine and services
Exquisite pillared dining cars & most meals
Game drives in Kruger, Mkhaya, & Hluhluwe Game Reserves
Tours of Ostrich Farm, Elephant Park, and KWV Brandy distillery
Personal room service and air conditioning available onboard in every suite

Rovos Rail will once again run this annual journey . This panoramic nine-day sojourn commences at the Rovos Rail Station at Capital Park in Pretoria. The first leg of the journey takes the train through Witbank and Middleburg and then traverses the majestic Drakensberg escarpment en route to the lowveld of Mpumalanga. The following morning you will receive an early wake up call to join a game drive through the famous Kruger Park. Brunch will be served in the Dining Car while the train winds its way southwards to Swaziland in time for an afternoon game drive in the Mkhaya Reserve. During the night the train will continue south to the village of Hluhluwe in Zululand. Starting early once again, a wide variety of game can be seen on a morning game drive through the scenic Hluhluwe Game Reserve. The Pride of Africa departs mid morning and makes its way south through the lush cane fields and rolling hills of Kwazulu Natal, arriving in Durban late afternoon.

After an evening in Durban the train steadily ascends the scenic escarpment through Pietermaritzburg and The Valley of a Thousand Hills en route to Ladysmith and Bethlehem. This route takes the train past Lesotho and the highest mountains in the Drakensberg range at 3,482 metres (11 425 feet). During the night we continue onto Bloemfontein, the Free State capital, with a morning tour of the city. The journey continues southwards overnight to the coastal capital of the Eastern Cape, Port Elizabeth, where we will enjoy a morning visit to the Addo Elephant Park.

An early morning departure from Willowmore takes the Pride of Africa into Oudtshoorn for a visit to the Highgate Ostrich farm followed by another spectacular rail descent down the Montagu pass into George. A morning visit to Knysna and the surrounding attractions will complete the visit to this natural paradise. The train sets off at midday from George travelling along the scenic Garden Route through Mossel Bay and Riversdale. The next morning, after a short visit to the KWV Brandy distillery in Worcester, the Pride of Africa ends its magnificent collage in the Mother City of Cape Town.

Pretoria to Cape Town


Departure Dates


May 17, 2017

November 1, 2017

May 16, 2018

October 31, 2018

Day 1

09h00 Check-in at Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria for departure at 10h00.

Lunch and dinner are served as the train travels east towards Mpumalanga.


Day 2

Golfers: Morning tee off at Leopard Creek (dependent) near Kruger with lunch.

Non-golfers: 08h00 Game drive in the Kruger Park with lunch.

17h00 Rejoin the train at Komatipoort and depart for Zululand.


Day 3

10h30 Game drive in the Hluhluwe Reserve in Zululand (Swaziland).

13h00 Lunch is served as the train travels south alongside the St Lucia Wetland Park to Durban for the overnight stop.


Day 4

Golfers: Morning tee off at Durban Country Club/Beachwood.

After lunch, enjoy a one-hour scenic drive along the Midlands Meander to join the train at Lions River.
Non-golfers: 08h00 Disembark for a short city tour of Durban.

10h00 Traverse the Valley of a Thousand Hills to Ardmore Ceramics for a two-hour afternoon visit.


Return to the train for dinner and overnight. Traverse the Drakensberg.


Day 5

09h00 Disembark for a city tour of Bloemfontein.
13h00 Travel to Coerney/Alicedale across the Drakensberg Mountains.


Day 6

Golfers: Morning tee at Humewood Course.

Enjoy a game and lunch before joining the train in Port Elizabeth.

Non-golfers: 08h30 Game drive at Addo Elephant Park.

11h30 Rejoin the train and depart for Port Elizabeth.

14h15 Experience the train being turned around then depart for Oudtshoorn via Willowmore.


Day 7

Golfers: Arrive Oudtshoorn. Transfer to George along Montagu Pass.Morning tee off at Fancourt followed by dinner at the estate.

Non-golfers: 09h00 Two-hour ostrich-farm visit in Oudtshoorn. Traverse the Montagu Pass to George.18h30 Disembark for dinner at Fancourt Estate.


Day 8

Golfers: Transfer to Ernie Els Oubaai for a morning tee off.

Non-golfers: 08h00 Morning at leisure in Knysna or ferry ride to Featherbed.


13h30 Depart George and travel along the Garden Route via the Outeniqua Mountains to the coast for Riversdale.


Day 9

12h45 Two-hour tour of the KWV Brandy Distillery, Paarl.17h00 Arrive at Platform 23 at Cape Town Station.

Cape Town to Pretoria


Departure Dates


November 13, 2017

January 22, 2018

November 12, 2018


Day 1

09h20 Depart from Platform 23 at Cape Town Station.
16h00 Arrive in Ashton for a wine tasting at Zandvliet Estate.
Travel the spectacular Garden Route towards George.

(Breakfast 07h00-10h00 • Lunch 13h00 • Tea 16h30 • Dinner 19h30)


Day 2

Golfers: Arrive in George. Transfer to Fancourt for a morning tee off.
18h30 Dinner at Fancourt Estate.

Non-golfers: 10h00 Morning at leisure in Knysna or ferry ride to Featherbed. Return to train at 16h00.
18h30 Disembark for dinner at Fancourt Estate.


Day 3

Golfers: Transfer to Ernie Els Oubaai Golf Club for a morning tee off.
13h00 Transfer to Oudtshoorn. Enjoy lunch on board as the train travels the Outeniqua Mountains to Port Elizabeth.

Non-golfers: 08h00 Depart George and travel to Oudtshoorn.
11h00 Enjoy a visit to an ostrich farm. Traverse the Outeniqua Mountains to Port Elizabeth.


Day 4

Golfers: Morning tee off at Humewood Golf Course in Port Elizabeth.
13h00 Transfer to Coerney to join train.

Non-golfers: 08h30 Game drive in the Addo Elephant Park.

13h00 Depart for Rosmead and traverse the Fish River Valley through the Drakensberg Mountains.


Day 5

14h00 Travel the Drakensberg to Bloemfontein for a city tour.

17h30 Travel the border of Lesotho’s mountain kingdom and descend the escarpment via Bethlehem to Ladysmith.


Day 6

Golfers: Traverse the Valley of a Thousand Hills to Lions River.

Transfer to Durban Country Club for lunchtime tee off. Join train in Durban at 17h00.

Non-golfers: 15h00 Disembark in Durban for an afternoon city tour.

19h30 Enjoy dinner as the train travels to Swaziland.


Day 7

15h00 Game drive at Mkhaya Reserve in Swaziland.
18h00 Travel north to Komatipoort, South Africa.


Day 8

Golfers: Transfer to Leopard Creek (dependent) for a morning tee off.

Non-golfers: 08h00 Game drive in the Kruger Park with brunch.

15h00 Travel across the Drakensberg Mountains to Waterval Onder for the overnight stop.


Day 9

07h00 The train descends the escarpment to the farming and coal-mining areas of the Highveld.

15h00 Arrive at journey’s end at Rovos Rail Station, Pretoria.

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Prices are per person in African Rand and include all taxes and fees. Prices are subject to change without notice. per person sharing includes accommodation, meals and excursions during the train journey, as well as alcoholic beverages whilst on board the train:


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