Rovos Rail - Durban Safari

Durban Hills Dam - © Rovos Rail
Pullman Day Room - © Rovos Rail
Pullman Double Bed - © Rovos Rail
African Elephants
Durban Hills Meadows - © Rovos Rail
The Three Rondavels, Blyde River Canyon
Royal Accommodation - © Rovos Rail
South African Springbok
Sunset on Rovos Rail - © Rovos Rail

Holiday Highlights

  • Luxury train travel
  • Delicious dining
  • Game drive in the Nambiti Private Game Reserve
  • Battlefields tour at Spionkop/Spionkop Game Reserve
  • Valley of a Thousand Hills
  • Ardmore Ceramics and equestrian display
  • 3 Days from £1,265pp

Durban Safari (Southbound) - Also available in reverse
Departs once a month in each direction August - November 2019, January - April 2020 and August - September 2020

Combine luxury train travel with unforgettable wildlife watching. This Rovos rail route ventures into the heart of the South African bushveld, passing through amazing landscapes to enjoy a 3-day safari that will deliver a taste of South Africa’s natural beauty. This is one of Rovos Rail’s 8 wonderful, yet different journeys through South Africa, ranging in length from 3 to 15 days. Enjoy relaxing comfort and delicious food on board this luxury train.

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 contact us direct at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or click the ‘Request a Quote’ button.


Day 1 – Pretoria

Morning departure from the Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria. Lunch is served as the stunning Drakensberg Mountains come into view. In the afternoon the train climbs to Majuba Hill (2146m/7040ft). Dinner is served en route to Elandslaagte for overnight stop. Lunch and dinner is included on board today.

Day 2 – Nambiti Private Game Reserve

Early morning wake-up call. Tea, coffee, juices and pastries in the dining car/s before embarking on a game drive in the Nambiti Private Game Reserve. Return to the train for brunch and head for Estcourt. Early afternoon, disembark for a 40-minute drive to Spionkop Lodge where a choice of two excursions is available: an escorted tour of the battlefields or a game drive in the Spionkop Game Reserve. Return to the train for dinner. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included today.

Day 3 – Durban

Breakfast is served as the train descends the escarpment en route to Lions River Station. Morning visit to the famous Ardmore Ceramics Gallery, which includes an equestrian display and tea. Lunchtime departure for Durban. The train traverses the spectacular Valley of a Thousand Hills. Arrive at journey’s end in Durban at 1600. 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
  • Excursions

Price per person

From £1,265 per person from 1 October 2018-30 September 2019

From £1,375 per person from 1 October 2019-30 September 2020

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Why Choose Ffestiniog Travel?

  • UK's first rail tour operator to run an overseas escorted rail holiday in 1974
  • Created for people who love rail holidays and exploring the world’s heritage railways
  • Dedicated rail holiday specialist - great destinations, sightseeing and unparalled railway content
  • Train ticket supplier for worldwide rail operators - we can plan and arrange your rail journey to anywhere
  • Knowledge of the world’s rail routes makes us leading specialists in escorted and Tailor Made rail holidays
  • Over 60% of our existing rail tour travellers return to holiday with us year after year
  • Committed to supporting rail travel and heritage railways around the world
  • Our profits support the continued preservation of the famous Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways
  • Small, dedicated rail holiday travel team offering an award winning personal service


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