Rovos Rail - Pretoria to Cape Town (or vice versa)
Since its establishment in 1989, Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for its truly world class travel experiences. There are four beautifully restored 'Pride of Africa' trains, each with wood-panelled coaches carrying a maximum of 72 passengers in 36 superbly appointed suites. At the rear of the train is the Observation Car, while at the centre of the train are one or two dining cars and two lounges. Maintaining the spirit of travel of a bygone era, there are no radios or televisions on board.
All meals and drinks are included. Every morning there is a full breakfast with dishes cooked to order, while lunch and dinner are complemented by a selection of excellent South African wines. During the day dress is elegant yet casual, while dinner attire is more formal with jacket and tie required for gentlemen.
Accommodation is in a Pullman suite which has a comfortable sofa-seat during the day which converts to double or twin beds. Also available are deluxe suites with twin or double beds and a lounge area, while larger Royal suites, which take up half a carriage, have their own lounge area and full bathroom with Victorian bath and separate shower. All suites have air-conditioning, safe, mini bar (drinks included) and round the clock services of a cabin steward.
A selection of Rovos Rail's journeys are highlighted. Alternative journeys, lasting from 48 hours to a month, are also available and include Cape Town to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania; the game reserves of Mpumalanga; the desert landscapes in Namibia; the stark beauty of the Karoo; fascinating KwaZulu Natal and the magnificent Garden Route.
Duration: 3 nights rail journey tour
Price from: £1189pp
Rovos Rail 2 nights
Cape Town 1 night
Day 1 Pretoria: Depart Pretoria mid afternoon and travel south via Johannesburg through the gold fields of Witwatersrand.
Day 2 Kimberley/Matjiesfontein: Morning stop at Kimberley to visit the Big Hole (the world's largest man-made excavation) and the Diamond Mine Museum. Early afternoon departure from Kimberley and proceed overnight via De Aar and Beaufort West to Matjiesfontein.
Day 3 Matjiesfontein/Cape Town: Morning visit to historic Matjiesfontein, an authentically preserved Victorian village, which boasts an impressive museum on the platform. The train proceeds south to Cape Town, where on arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.
Day 4 Cape Town: Time at leisure to explore independently.
This journey is available in reverse.
Departures: From both Pretoria or Cape Town on selected Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Please ask for dates.
Accommodation: 2 nights in a pullman suite on the train; 1 night at St James Manor Guest House Cape Town.
Meals: All inclusive on the train. Breakfast in Cape Town.
Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes 3 nights accommodation as stated.