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ROVOS RAIL ROUTES
Choose from a
series of train journeys lasting from 24 hours to a fortnight as
the Pride of Africa links some of Africa's greatest destinations.
Ride the Pride of Africa on the 13-day Dar Es Salaam sojourn, the
two-day trip between Cape Town and Pretoria, the 55-hour Safari
train from Pretoria to Durban, the 48-hour meander between Pretoria
Victoria Falls, the 24-hour journey between Cape Town and George,
the seven-day Namibia special, the nine-day Collage between Pretoria,
Malelane, Durban and Cape Town, or the eight-day Golf Safari.
to Cape Town via Kimberley: 48 hours
to Victoria Falls via
Nelspruit to Pietersburg with a flight into Zimbabwe: 50 hours
Cape Town to George: 24 hours
Pretoria to Durban via Swaziland: 55 hours
Pretoria to Swakopmund in Namibia
in May, a distance of 3,400kms: 7 days
African Collage in June from Pretoria to Cape Town via Kruger Park,
Durban, Bloemfontein, Graaff-Reinet George, Knysna and Worcester: 9 days
Golf Safari in April and September a round trip from Pretoria to Malelane,
Swaziland, Durban, Ladysmith, Sun City and back to Pretoria: 9 Days
Dar Es Salaam from Cape Town to Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania in July,a
distance of 6100 kms: 13 days
Private Charters: The 13-coach,
42 bed Edwardian
Train is available at certain times of
the year for private charter. The coaches, which were collected from
the far corners of the country, have been painstakingly rebuilt and refurbished
and, while offering the same spaciousness as the classic trains, offer
discerning travelers the last word in nostalgic comfort and style.
CAPE TOWN TO PRETORIA (2 days)
Pretoria • Kimberley • Matjiesfontein • Worcester • Cape
many visitors to South Africa, there's no finer way to see the country
than on the popular 48-hour weekly journeys between Pretoria and Cape
Town. One of the world's top destinations, Cape Town offers a blend of
city life, mountain splendor and scenic wine lands. The twin cities of
Pretoria and Johannesburg in Gauteng form South Africa's economic heartland
and the ideal departure point for the Lowveld's world-famous game reserves.
This 1,600-kilometre route follows an
old pioneering trail carved out of the African bushveld, passing through
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. Journey's end is Cape Town, the Mother City of South Africa,
cradled by the bulk of Table Mountain, Devil's Peak and Lions Head.
of the north and southbound routes include visits to the historic
village of Matjiesfontein. This authentic and perfectly preserved Victorian
Village, which was founded by Mr. Logan as a refreshment
stop in 1890, also boasts an impressive museum on the platform. A stop
is also made in Kimberley (city of De Beers) providing an opportunity
to tour the city and visit the Mine Museum and the Big Hole, the world's
largest man-made excavation.
AN AUTHENTIC AFRICAN ADVENTURE (13 days)
Cape Town • Kruger Park • Victoria Falls • Lusaka • Dar
This amazing journey travels from Cape Town, South Africa to Dar
Es Salaam (Zanzibar), the Serengeti & Kenya.
July every year, this epic 13-day journey travels through South Africa, Zimbabwe,
Zambia and Tanzania and is destined to become one of the most famous train journeys
in the world. This is the ultimate African safari, designed for travelers who
wish to re-live true adventure in complete luxury, comfort and security.
The magnificent sojourn will take you
through South Africa with short tours of the diamond town of Kimberley
and the capitol city of Pretoria. An overnight stay in a private game
lodge in the famous Kruger Park game area is next, before crossing
the border into Zimbabwe, with another overnight stay at the Victoria
Falls Hotel. After crossing the mighty Zambezi River, travel northeast
through Zambia, joining the Tazara Railway line at Kundalila Falls
and continue the climb towards the Zambian/Tanzanian border, almost
midpoint between two of Africa's Great Rift Valley lakes.
Descend into the Rift Valley itself and
enjoy spectacular scenery as the train negotiates the tunnels, switchbacks
and viaducts of the escarpment. Early on the last day the train passes
through the Selous Game Reserve, the largest on the continent - a vision
of timeless Africa shortly before the bustle of arrival in Dar Es Salaam
THE PICTURESQUE GARDEN ROUTE (24 hours)
Cape Town • Ashton • George • Knysna
The picturesque 550-kilometre, 24-hour rail journey, which runs during the summer
to Knysna, a coastal jewel in the heart of the famous Garden Route, is rated
most beautiful in the world.
From the Mother City, with the Hex River
Mountains as a backdrop, the Pride of Africa travels through Du Toits
Kloof tunnel towards Worcester. Grapes are grown in vast quantities
in this area, and apart from several co-operative wine cellars, there
are a number of brandy distilleries. The KWV Brandy Distillery is visited
on the George to Cape Town leg.
The train continues along the Breê River
Valley towards Robertson, home of the largest brandy distillery in
southern Africa, and then on to Ashton, largest preoducer in the southern
hemisphere of canned fruit, jams and vegetables. On the Cape Town to
George leg a stop is made to sample the wines of a local wine estate.
Then it's on towards Swellendam, South Africa's third oldest town.
Leaving the coast behind the train passes
near Mossel Bay, a commercial seaport that enjoyed a boom in the 1990's
due to the discovery of offshore oil. George is a quiet inland town,
founded in 1811 and named after King George III. Available to Rovos'
guests is the optional 67km stretch between George and Knysna aboard
the local Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe run by the Transnet Museum.
GOLF SAFARI (8 days)
Pretoria • Malelane • Swaziland • Durban • Drakensberg • Sun
City • Pretoria
Rail has designed a delightful nine-day Golf Safari to entertain
the most discerning player. At all venues,
there are optional intruiging excursions for the
entertainment of non-playing guests.
This special journey
commences in Pretoria and travels east towards the spectacular Drakensberg
escarpment en route to
Nelspruit. Play at Leopard's Creek or visit the breathtaking God's Window
and the gold mining village of Pilgrim's Rest. Tee off at the Royal
Swazi Golf Club, near Manzini in Swaziland, while non-golfers
visit the Mlilwane Game Reserve, Houses of Parliament and the Swazi Candle
Factory. Then it's on to Zululand for game viewing in the Hluhluwe Game Reserve
and the St. Lucia Estuary.
Play one of South Africa's finest courses,
the Durban Beechwood Country Club, while non-playing guests enjoy a
city tour of Durban followed by
a visit to The Valley of a Thousand Hills.
In the foothills of the imposing Drakensberg Mountains 18-holes await
at the Champagne Sports Resort, with a guided tour of the Battlefields
a further highlight for non-golfers. Relax as the train travels north
towards the magnificent resort of Sun City in the Pilanesberg Mountains.
A full day is spent at this world-famous facility before departing
for Pretoria where this memorable journey ends.
PRIDE OF AFRICA IN NAMIBIA (7
Pretoria • Kimberley • Fish River Canyon • Windhoek • Etosha
Pan • Swakopmund
In May 1998, Rovos Rail reopened the passenger
rail link between Pretoria and Namibia. In May each year, the Pride
of Africa carries her passengers in world class style and comfort
through some of the most historic and scenic areas of Southern Africa
on a journey from the savannahs of the Highveld to the Atlantic Ocean.
The 3,400-kilometre, 7-day journey takes
the train from Pretoria to Kimberley, center of one of the world's
most famous diamond rushes, where there's an opportunity to visit the
Big Hole, the world's largest man-made excavation, and to savor the
1870's atmosphere of the mine museum village.
The railway line covers the stark vistas
of the arid Northern Cape as the train travels through Upington to
the border and into Namibia. There is ample time for an excursion to
the Fish River Canyon - second only in size to the Grand Canyon - and
truly a spectacular sight.
The journey continues across the untames
beauty of the Kalahari Desert and on to Windhoek, the capitol of Namibia,
a lively cosmopolitan city with a strong German atmosphere. After a
short city tour and an afternoon game drive you will continue by train
to Tsumeb for an overnight stay at Mokuti Game Lodge in the Etosha
National Park. On the last morning the Pride of Africa passes along
the German-built railway through the Namib Desert and into Swakopmund,
a perfectly preserved nineteenth century German Hansa town set on the
coast of the Atlantic Ocean.
THE PRIDE OF AFRICA
ON SAFARI (55 hours)
Pretoria • Malelane • Swaziland's Mkhaya • Hluhluwe • Durban
This special three-day safari between Pretoria and Durban departs
during the summer months and includes game drives in two varied
and unique game reserves.
The train departs in the morning from
Rovos Rail's Station in Pretoria and slowly meanders through the grasslands
of the Highveld with a short stop in Witbank. In then descends the
escarpment between Belfast and Waterval Onder, taking the train through
the Drakensberg and what is surely the most spectacular sundowner scenery
in South Africa.
Awake in Malelane for breakfast as the
train travels along the boundary of the world-famous Kruger Park. Tha
safari continues south towards Swaziland for an afternoon game drive
in the Mkhaya Game Reserve followed by a memorable candlelit dinner
in the pristine riverine setting of Stone Camp.
Travel overnight to the Hluhluwe Game
Reserve in Zululand, sanctuary of the endangered Black and White Rhinos.
Enjoy an early morning game drive during which a large variety of game
can be seen. The Pride of Africa departs mid morning and winds its
way through the lush cane fields and rolling hills of KwaZulu Natal,
to arrive in Durban by late afternoon where this scenic safari ends.
THE AFRICAN COLLAGE (9 days)
Pretoria • Malelane • Hluhluwe • Durban • Bloemfontein • Port
Elizabeth • Oudtshoorn •
Knysna • Cape Town
Rovos Rail will once again run this annual journey starting 29th May 2003.
This panoramic 3,400-kilometre, nine-day sojourn commences at Rovos Rail Station
at Capital Park in Pretoria and departs annually in June. 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. The day will be
rounded off with a candlelit bush dinner in the pristine riverine setting of
Stone Camp. 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.
The train, after an evening in Durban, 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
you continue onto Bloemfontein, the Freestate capital, where we will
enjoy a morning
excursion to the Addo Elephant Park close to Port Elizabeth. The route then
turns southwards for a late afternoon excursion in Graaff-Reinet, an
historic village established in 1786.
An early morning departure from Willowmore
takes the train into Oudtshoorn
for a visit to
farm followed by another spectacular rail descent down the Montagu pass
into George. A morning visit to Knysna and the surrounding attractions
the visit to this natural paradise. The train sets off at midday from George
traveling 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
NOSTALGIC EXPEDITION TO THE VICTORIA FALLS (50
Pretoria • Mpumalanga • Pietersburg • Victoria
During the summer months combine the luxury of train travel with the excitement
of a nostalgic flight in a vintage Convair 440 airliner.
This 50-hour adventure begins as the
train departs the garcious station at Capital Park in Pretoria. It
pauses in Witbank, a rich coal-mining area, where Rovos Rail was founded
in 1986, before descending the breathtaking Drakensberg Escarpment.
The descent between the quaint towns of Waterval Boven and Watervol
Onder is one of the most challenging in the world as the train winds
through many switchbacks and tunnels. Journey on in comfort through
the lush, sub-tropical Mpumalanga bushveld to Nelspruit and the Crocodile
River Valley. Follow the border of the world-famous Kruger Park towards
Hazyview and Hoedspruit, the heart of South Africa's celebrated game-viewing
paradise, for a game excursion.
Ascend to the Highveld through the tangled
indigenous forests of Magoebaskloof, with its deep gorges and ancient
cliffs where "living fossil" cycads flourish, before arriving in the
high-lying land of the primevil Baobab tree. Travel past tea estates,
trout streams, natural woodlands and through some of South Africa's
vast citrus estates.
At Pietersburg board a classic aircraft
for the two-hour flight to journey's end, the incomparable Victoria
Falls on the Mighty Zambezi River.
Very successful overnight trips from one to ten days have been undertaken
with special interest groups. Business incentive groups, historical
tours, private parties and bird shoots are just a few of the special
charters Rovos has hosted during the past 11 years. Within reason,
and subject to availability, the chartered train can go anywhere there
is a railway line in the sub continent of Africa.
The costing for these trips is based on distance, time, the number in
the party and the number of coaches required to house the party.
Rovos Rail is a private train company
running on the rails of the National Railways and their tariff is determined
by the number of coaches run at
a given time and the distance covered, added to which are the costs
of locomotive crews, train inspections and watering facilities. Therefore,
each charter request has to be individually costed. The following itineraries
will illustrate a few options.
ONE NIGHT: An early evening departure
from Capital Park Station, Pretoria.
Dinner and overnight on board. The train will stop at about midnight
for ± 6 hours.
Return to Capital Park after a leisurely breakfast.
to 42 passengers in 21 suites.
Day 1: An early evening departure
from Capital Park Station, Pretoria. Dinner and overnight on the train.
Day 2: After breakfast disembark for a day of activities off the train.
Return to the train late afternoon for dinner and overnight on the train.
Day 3: Disembark at Capital Park Station, Pretoria after breakfast.
Destination Sun City - Golf, Leisure and Gaming Resort
Distance in kilometres 166
Number of Suites 21
Highlight of suggested destinations Golf, Game Viewing
Destination Dullstroom in the
highlands of Mpumalanga
Distance in kilometres 321
Number of Suites 21
Highlight of suggested destinations Trout Fishing, Walking
Destination Malelane on the border of the Kruger National Park
Distance in kilometres 463
Number of Suites 21
Highlight of suggested destinations Game Viewing
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