Rovos Rail Cape Town to Pretoria luxury train journey
₤ 1,380 (PPS)
Experience the elegance of rail travel on one of the most luxurious trains in the world. Rovos Rail offers a unique 4 day safari through the heart of South Africa. Travel the grasslands of the gold-rich Highveld to the haunting barrenness of the Great Karoo, trundle through the spectacular mountain ranges and scenic Winelands of the Cape.
This journey combines some of the most dramatic scenery in Africa with the glamour and excitement of the golden age of rail. Rovos Rail combines the opulence of pre-war travel with subtle modern innovations. Formal evening attire is required for dinner. For gentlemen, a jacket and tie are a minimum requirement. While for the ladies cocktail/evening dresses or suits will complete the feel of a ‘once in a lifetime experience’.
The Observation car allows you to watch the unfolding scenery of the great interior of South Africa from a fascinating perspective. The comfortable non-smoking lounge cars are placed in the middle of the trains usually ahead of the dining cars. Deep sofas and wing-back chairs offer a comfortable space in which guests can read or nod off for an afternoon snooze. As with all the service cars the lounges are air-conditioned. The windows can be opened allowing in the sights, sounds, and scents of Africa.
Your accommodation is in air-conditioned suites with exquisite wood panelling 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, hairdryers, and shaver plugs.
This 3 night Cape to Pretoria itinerary offers just the right mix of relaxation, especially if it's in the middle of a busy itinerary, and exploration. You can combine the Rovos Rail Journey with a few nights in Botswana, Victoria Falls, or a great safari in South Africa is one of the many private concessions.
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Rovos Rail Cape Town to Pretoria luxury train journey at a glance
Depart from Cape Town Station. Trundle through the Winelands of the Western Cape towards Worcester. Tea in the lounge and observation cars. Dinner is served in the dining cars as the train climbs ±750m up the face of the escarpment. (Dress: Formal)
Around midnight, the train arrives at the first of four tunnels on the pass. The last tunnel is 13.5km long so guests are to be careful when walking through the train
Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00. Disembark at Matjiesfontein for an opportunity to stroll through the historic village. Of special interest are the museum on the platform and a collection of historic cars and railway carriages to the right of the Lord Milner Hotel.
The train travels through the Karoo, a vast semi-desert region that was once an enormous inland sea. Over millions of years, the volcanic matter was ground down and deposited as silt upon the seabed to form what geologists call the Karoosystem.
Lunch is served in the dining cars. Tea in the lounge and observation cars. Dinner is served in the dining cars. Overnight on board.
Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 08:30. Today you enjoy a tour of Kimberley’s Diamond Mine Museum and the Big Hole. Capital of the Northern Cape, Kimberley is well known for the discovery of diamonds that led to its establishment in 1871.
Lunch is served as the train travels northeast towards Klerksdorp and the broad grassland plains of the Highveld. Tea in the lounge and observation cars. Dinner is served in the dining cars. Overnight on board.
Arrive at journey’s end at Rovos Rail Station, Pretoria.
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An idea of price
All our itineraries are merely samples of what we can arrange. Virtually every trip is tailor-made for you. The exact price of our sample itineraries depends on the time of year and accommodation used. This is merely a guideline.
It excludes regional flights to the start and end of the itinerary (as these may vary depending on where you fly into Africa). But it includes an estimate of any flights WITHIN the itinerary. Contact us for a quote including any regional flights needed.
Three meals daily, all alcoholic and other beverages, sightseeing excursions accompanied by a qualified tour guide, entrance fees, 24 hour full room service and bar facilities plus a limited laundry service
Pre/post-tour accommodation, flights and transfers; visas; gratuities; international/French Champagne; souvenirs