Rovos Rail Luxury Safari

Capital Park • Rustenburg • Ladysmith & Estcourt • Durban • Hluhluwe • Mpaka • Komatipoort

South Africa

  • Nights 8
  • Days 9
  • Things to Do 9

Since its establishment in 1989, Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for its truly world class travel experiences. Bespoke train safaris through the heart of Africa combine magnificent scenery with the glamour and excitement of the golden age of leisure travel. In a series of journeys lasting from 48 hours to 15 days, Rovos Rail links some of the subcontinent’s greatest destinations.

The beautifully rebuilt trains carry a maximum of 72 passengers in 36 superbly appointed suites and are also available for charter, while the Events Train caters for up to 250 guests and is suitable for daytime journeys.

Itinerary

Day1
Day 1
  • 12:00 – Depart Rovos rail Station in Capital Park, Pretoria
    • Guests may freshen up in their suites before meeting fellow passengers in the lounge car or rear observation car.
  • 1:00 – Lunch is served in the dining cars.
  • 4:30 – Tea in the lounge and observation cars.
  • 7:30 – Dinner en route to Rustenburg.
  • Dress: Formal
Day2
Day 2
  • 6:00 – Breakfast is served until departure.
  • 7:45 – Transfer to Sun City.
  • 9:00 – Game drive in Pilanesberg Reserve.
  • 12:00 – Lunch with the golfers.
  • 1:00 – After at leisure at Sun City’s Palace of the Lost City.
  • 5:30 – Return to the train.
  • 8:00 – Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Heidelberg.
  • Dress: Formal
Day3
Day 3
  • Day at leisure on the train. All meals enjoyed on board en route to Ladysmith and Estcourt.
  • Dress: “African” Theme or Smart Casual
Day4
Day 4
  • 6:00 – Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure.
  • 9:00 – Transfer (60 minutes) to Spion Kop Lodge for a battlefields tour and light refreshments before moving to Spion Kop hill to finish this historic story.
  • 1:00 – Return to the lodge for lunch.
  • 2:00 Afternoon game drive OR relax at the lodge.
  • 4:00 – Return to the train.
  • 7:30 – Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Durban.
  • Dress: Formal
Day5
Day 5
  • Please give your passports to the Train Manager or Gift Shop Hostess. They will be returned to you before the end of the trip.
  • 5:00 – Breakfast is served until departure.
  • 9:00 – Disembark for a Durban city tour, a visit to the botanical garden and lunch.
  • 2:00 – Afternoon at leisure OR return to the train.
  • 3:30 – Return to the train.
  • 4:00 – The train departs Durban.
  • 4:30 – Tea in the lounge and observation cars.
  • 7:30 – Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Hluhluwe.
  • Dress: Formal
Day6
Day 6
  • 5:00 – Continental breakfast is served until departure.
  • 6:00 – Transfer to Hluhluwe-Imfolozi.
  • 6:45 – Board game vehicles for a game drive.
  • 9:00 – Tea break at Hilltop Camp.
  • 10:30 – Return to the train.
  • 12:00 – Lunch is served in the dining cars en route to Golela for border formalities with Swaziland.
  • 4:30 – Tea is served in the lounge car and observation car at the rear of the train.
  • 7:30 – Dinner is served en route to Mpaka.
  • Dress: Formal
Day7
Day 7
  • 6:00 – Breakfast is served until departure.
  • 7:00 – Transfer to Mkhaya Reserve.
  • 8:00 – Board game vehicles for a game drive.
  • 10:00 – Transfer (75 minutes) to Swazi Candles.
  • 12:15 – Lunch and craft/curio shopping.
  • 1:30 – Transfer (15 minutes) to Royal Swazi to join the golfers OR return to the train (75 minutes)
  • 4:30 – Tea is served in the lounge and observation car.
  • 6:00 – Depart for Komatipoort, South Africa.
  • 7:30 – Dinner is served in the dining cars.
  • Dress: Formal
Day8
Day 8
  • Please ensure you have your passport for the Kruger National Park entrance formalities.
  • 6:00 – Breakfast is served until departure.
  • 8:00 – Board game vehicles for a game drive in the Kruger National Park with a tea break en route.
  • 1:00 – Lunch with an opportunity for curio shopping.
  • 2:30 – Return to the train.
  • 4:30 – Tea in the lounge and observation cars.
  • 7:30 – Dinner is served.
  • Dress: “1920s” Theme / Smart Casual
Day9
Day 9
  • Please ensure you have obtained your passports from the Train Manager or Gift Shop Hostess before departing the train.
  • 7:00 – Breakfast is served in the dining cars.
  • 10:00 – The train arrives at journey’s end at Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria.

Things To Do

Pilanesberg Reserve Game Drive

The 57 000 hectares of the Pilanesberg Game Reserve are brimming with almost all of Southern Africa’s game species. On the transition zone of the Kalahari and the Lowveld... More

Palace of the Lost City – Sun City

Inspired by the myth of a lost African kingdom, The Palace of the Lost City is set on the highest ground at Sun City, ensuring that its... More

Spion Kop Lodge

Relax by the pool situated on an expansive 700 hectare game farm, Spion Kop Lodge is the perfect base from which you are able to explore battlefields, berg, bush... More

Hluhluwe–Imfolozi game drive

Game Drive into Hluhluwe Game Reserve are offered in two ways, self drive game drive or an organised safari game drive. With access to 96000 hectares of property one... More

Mkhaya Reserve game drive

Mkhaya is all about intimate encounters with some of Africa's icons. All travel within the reserve is solely guided by open Land Rovers or on foot, providing superb... More

Swazi Candles

An expedition to Swazi Candles is not just a candle experience. We are happily surrounded by other talented crafters, artists and artisans as well as a bustling market and... More

Royal Swazi Spa

As one of only three remaining monarchies in Africa, the Kingdom of eSwatini (also known as Swaziland), is a landlocked country that borders South Africa and Mozambique. One of... More

Kruger National Park game drive

Kruger Park is South Africa's most exciting African safari destination. Steeped in legend and history, the iconic Kruger National Park in South Africa is waiting for you to explore... More

Pilanesberg National Park

Pilanesberg National Park, Bojanala, North West, South Africa

Palace of the Lost City

Sun City Resort R556, Sun City, 0316, South Africa

Spion Kop Lodge

R600, South Africa

Hluhluwe–Imfolozi game drive

A2135 Rd, Nomcondo, South Africa

Mkhaya Game Reserve

Lubombo Region, Swaziland

Swazi Candles

MR18, Malkerns, Swaziland

Royal Swazi Spa

MR103, Lobamba, Swaziland

Kruger National Park

Kruger Park, South Africa

Included

  • 8 nights aboard the Rovos Rail Locomotive
  • 9 things to do:
    • Pilanesberg Reserve game drive
    • Palace of the Lost City – Sun City
    • Spion Kop Lodge (game drive optional)
    • Durban city tour
    • Hluhluwe game drive
    • Mkhaya Reserve game drive
    • Swazi Candles
    • Royal Swazi
    • Kruger National Park game drive
  • All meals and alcoholic beverages
  • 24-hour full room service and bar facilities
  • Limited laundry service
  • Guided excursions
  • All local taxes and service fees
  • Services of your Distincte representative

Not Included

  • All flights both local and international
  • All portage and tips for drivers & guides
  • All caddies and carts not indicated in itinerary
  • All meals, drinks not mentioned in itinerary
  • International / French champagne
  • All items of a personal nature

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