From Pretoria to Durban with the Luxury Rovos Rail  Train

Experience the elegance of rail travel on one of the most luxurious trains in the world. Rovos Rail combines the opulence of pre-war travel with subtle modern innovations.

Join the Rovos Rail Pretoria to Durban luxury train for a 3 day safari. At the same time you experience some of the splendors of KwaZulu Natal. Take in the Big Five on a game drive. Or enjoy a tour of the battlefields with a world-class historian and unusual African ceramics at world-famous Ardmore Ceramics. Finally you get to visit the charming centre in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands before travelling the Valley of a Thousand Hills to Durban.

The accommodation

Your accommodation is in air-conditioned suites with exquisite wood paneling and period Edwardian features. All the suites are equipped with a writing desk, a personal safe. And a bar fridge filled with the drinks of your choice. 24 hour room service is available. The bathrooms combine original fittings with the modern technology of hot showers, hair dryers and shaver plugs. The Observation car allows you to watch the unfolding scenery of the great interior of South Africa from a fascinating perspective.

You have the option of 3 different type of suites.
The Pullman suite – (±7 sq metres/±76 sq feet) are equipped with a comfortable sofa-seat during the day with a conversion to double or twin beds for the evening, and also have an en-suite bathroom with shower.

The Deluxe suite – (±10 sq metres/±108 sq feet) accommodate two passengers in either twin or double beds and have a lounge area and en-suite bathroom with shower.

The Royal suite – the 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 air-conditioned suites accommodate two people offering the option of side-by-side twin or spacious double beds.

Note: This journey has set departure dates – typically only one a month – so please enquire about the dates that are available. It is also offered in the opposite direction with the same off-train excursions. So from Durban to Pretoria. It’s a perfect end to a safari in the Kruger, or a self-drive holiday in Limpopo & KwaZulu Natal.

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See Day by Day
Day 1

Depart Durban at 10am on Rovos Rail

You set off at 10am with a steady ascent of the scenic escarpment through Pietermaritzburg and the Valley of 1000 hills. You enjoy an afternoon visit to the famous Ardmore Ceramics Gallery. Ardmore Ceramic Art 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 expressed through ceramics. Dinner is served as the train continues northwards to Ladysmith

Day 2

Battlefields Tour, Rovos Rail

The following morning you have a choice of excursions – either a nature/ game drive on Spionkop Game Reserve OR an escorted battlefields tour of Spionkop. (We recommend the latter!)

Spionkop Lodge, which adjoins an 11 000 acre nature reserve, is the perfect base for exploring the berg, bush, birds and battlefields of the region.

Lunch is served back in the dining car as you head to Nambiti Private Game Reserve where you enjoy an afternoon game drive.

Nambiti Private Game Reserve is a Big Five private bush retreat set on 20 000 acres of malaria-free bushveld. It has an incredible biodiversity including savannah, grasslands, thornveld and tall acacia trees.


Day 3

Arrive in Pretoria

The train continues north-west across the Highveld with lunch served in the dining car as you traverse the gold-mining areas of gauteng. You arrive in Pretoria at approximately 4pm in the afternoon.

Three meals daily, all alcoholic and other beverages, sightseeing excursions accompanied by a qualified tour guide, entrance fees to places of interest , 24 hour full room service and bar facilities, plus a limited laundry service.
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