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Holiday Highlights

  • Traverse the Highveld to the Drakensberg Mountains
  • Lots of golfing options
  • Game drive in the Kruger Park
  • Game drive at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park
  • Tour of Durban and the botanical gardens
  • Spionkop battlefields tour
  • Game drive at Addo Elephant Park
  • Ostrich-farm visit in Oudsthoorn
  • Ferry ride on the Knysna lagoon

Tour Dates:
Southbound: 30 October 2019, 20 May 2020, 28 October 2020
Northbound: 11 November 2019, 4 February 2020, 9 November 2020

This panoramic 10-day rail sojourn winds its way from Pretoria to Cape Town and includes a golfing and non-golfing itinerary. Keen golfers can enjoy tee off at various golf courses en route or join other guests on numerous game drives and wildlife excursions. Enjoy the comfort and luxury Rovos Rail provides on board the train as you journey across the beautiful landscape of South Africa.

NB: You have the option of including this special rail journey as part of a Tailored Rail tour. Ffestiniog Travel can make the additional arrangements to allow you to join this luxury train journey, at the beginning, during or end of a bespoke itinerary. We will organise rail and flight tickets where necessary and hotel accommodation. Please click on the Request A Quote button or email us direct at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and we will provide quotations on request.

Itinerary Southbound

Day 1 – Pretoria

Morning departure from the Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria. Lunch and dinner are served as the train traverses the Highveld to the Drakensberg Mountains.

Day 2 – Kruger Park

The itinerary for golfers include a transfer to Leopard Creek or White River Country Club or Nelspruit for tee off and lunch. Leisure guests enjoy a game drive in the Kruger Park with tea and lunch. Rejoin the train at Malelane late afternoon and depart for Swaziland and enjoy dinner. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 3 – Hluhuwe-Imfolozi Park

Morning at leisure on board followed by an afternoon game drive at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. This evening, travel alongside the St Lucia Wetland Park to Durban. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included today.

Day 4 – Durban

Golfing travellers will transfer to Durban Country Club or Durban Beachwood for tee off and lunch. eisure guests enjoy a tour of Durban and the botanical gardens. From mid-afternoon, travel the Valley of a Thousand Hills to Ladysmith across the Drakensberg Mountains. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included today.

Day 5 – Spionkop Battlefields Tour

Today golfers transfer to Champagne Sports Resort for tee off and lunch. Leisure guests enjoy a Spionkop battlefields tour, game drive and lunch. Late afternoon, travel across the Highveld. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 6 – At Leisure on Board

Day at leisure as the train travels towards the coast. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 7 – Addo Elephant Park

Golfers enjoy tee off and lunch at Humewood and leisure guests take a game drive at Addo Elephant Park. Late afternoon, travel inland to Willowmore. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 8 – Oudsthoorn Ostrich Farm

Golfers transfer to Ernie Els Oubaai for tee off and lunch and leisure guests visit an ostrich-farm in Oudsthoorn. Dinner is served at Fancourt Estate this evening. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 9 – Knysna Lagoon

Fancourt plays host to golfers today for tee off and lunch. Leisure guests enjoy a ferry ride on the Knysna lagoon, some sightseeing and shopping in Knysna OR a guided walk (60 min) on Leisure Island. From mid-afternoon the train travels the Garden Route to Riversdale. Breakfast, lunch and breakfast included.

Day 10 – Cape Town

Day at leisure traversing the Cape Fold Mountains. Arrive at journey’s end in Cape Town at 1700. Breakfast and lunch included today.

Price Includes

  • Journey in a Pullman Suite (upgrades to Deluxe and Royal available)
  • Accommodation with meals as specified
  • All beverages, including alcohol, while on board train
  • Excursions
  • Golf activities incl. green fees, carts, halfway house and beverages

Price per person

2019: From £4,685 per person sharing

2020: From £5,100 per person sharing

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