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Durban Safari with Rovos Rail

Dubbed ‘the most luxurious train in the world’, step aboard to find lovingly restored, wood-panelled coaches with period Edwardian features, and enjoy fine cuisine in five-star luxury.

The coaches have all been remodelled and refurbished to pristine condition. Our accommodation is in Pullman Suites; with 76 square feet of space, these private, air-conditioned sleepers feature a comfortable sofa, which converts into twin or double beds by night. Each suite enjoys an en-suite shower, wash basin, toilet and all modern amenities.

A team of enthusiastic chefs produce excellent cuisine, which is served with a selection of great South African wines in the charming Victorian atmosphere of the dining cars. Guests will enjoy the added elegance of meals served on fine china, with crisp white linen and silver, and are encouraged to dress accordingly in the evenings. Whilst on board, all meals are included, along with a wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

If choosing the Rovos Rail ‘Durban Safari’, days 13 – 15 of your itinerary will be as follows. Please note that your Tour Manager will not accompany you on the train. Instead you will be well looked after by the Train Manager and his excellent crew.

Day 13 – Rovos Rail, 2 nights

This morning, we make our way to Durban Rail Terminal in time for our magnificent overland rail journey to South Africa’s Administrative Capital, Pretoria. We depart Durban and travel through the stunningly scenic Valley of a Thousand Hills. Following a relaxed lunch in the dining car, an afternoon excursion takes us to the fascinating Ardmore Ceramics Gallery. Ardmore Ceramics is a story about the Zulu people whose sense of rhythm, colour, dance and song, as well as the spirit of the African imagination, can be seen in the artwork produced in the gallery. Returning to the train, we make our way to Ladysmith, enjoying dinner with new-found friends along with some fine South African wines. Afterwards relax in the comfort of the Lounge Car with an after dinner drink.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner PLUS selected on-board drinks included

Day 14 – Spionkop & Nambiti Private Game Reserve

This morning following an early wake-up call and sumptuous breakfast you have a choice of included excursions. The first option is to take an open-jeep game drive in the Spionkop Reserve, boasting a rich selection of wildlife including white rhinoceros, giraffe and a variety of plains
and bushveld antelope. Alternatively, you may wish to join the Spionkop battlefields tour. Relive a story on which the sun never sets. Britain marched into the South African war in the spring of 1899, confident that it “would all be over by Christmas!” The war lasted three years and was to become the most costly Britain had ever fought.

In the afternoon, having enjoyed lunch and time to relax, we arrive at Elandslaagte, where we disembark for an afternoon game experience in Nambiti Private Game Reserve. Nambiti has an incredible biodiversity including savannah, grasslands, thornveld and tall acacia trees. Enjoy your open-jeep four wheel drive safari in search of ‘The Big Five’. Nambiti is also home to over 40 other species of game including cheetah, giraffe, hippo, hyena, impala, eland and zebra. After freshening up and enjoying a pre-dinner drink in the Lounge Car it’s time for dinner.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner PLUS selected on-board drinks included

Day 15 – Pretoria, 2 nights

Take it easy today as we continue our journey north. Enjoy the panoramas as we traverse the gold mining areas of Gauteng (literally translated as Place of Gold). Our arrival into the Rovos Rail Terminal in Capital Park is scheduled for late afternoon, and upon arrival our waiting coach will take us to re-join our fellow passengers at the Sheraton Pretoria Hotel, wonderfully located overlooking the Union Buildings.
Breakfast and lunch included

99%

of our customers are
happy with our service

  • The organisation and communication were first class. The flexibility in travelling to the destination was impressive and the hotels where we stayed  in were all of a good standard. Our Coach was driven by Ken, who was a character and nothing was too much for him.

    Mr & Mrs Hall, Magnificent New Zealand
  • We both enjoyed the Magnificent New Zealand holiday immensely. The Coach Driver/Tour Guide was excellent and the hotels were really comfortable. The holiday was extremely good value and I would recommend it to anyone waning to taste the Antipodean holiday experience.

    Mr & Mrs Kell, Magnificent New Zealand
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