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ROVOs Rail, Luxury from Pretoria to Durban

From $1,738/pp

From $1,738/pp

South Africa

Trip Length

5 days

Availability

January - March, October - December

ROVOs Rail, Luxury from Pretoria to Durban

This safari between Pretoria and Durban departs during the summer months and includes game drives, a battlefield tale with a world-class historian and a look at unusual African ceramics. Experience the Nambiti Conservancy – a Big Five private retreat set on 20 000 acres of malaria-free bushveld in KwaZulu-Natal. It has an incredible biodiversity including savannah, grasslands, thornveld and tall acacia trees. Situated on an expansive game farm, Spionkop Lodge – which adjoins an 11 000-acre nature reserve – is the perfect base for exploring the mountains, bush, birds and battlefields of the region. 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, exerting its influence on the other continents of the world. Visit this charming centre in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands before travelling the Valley of a Thousand Hills to Durban.

Description

This safari between Pretoria and Durban departs during the summer months and includes game drives, a battlefield tale with a world-class historian and a look at unusual African ceramics. Experience the Nambiti Conservancy – a Big Five private retreat set on 20 000 acres of malaria-free bushveld in KwaZulu-Natal. It has an incredible biodiversity including savannah, grasslands, thornveld and tall acacia trees. Situated on an expansive game farm, Spionkop Lodge – which adjoins an 11 000-acre nature reserve – is the perfect base for exploring the mountains, bush, birds and battlefields of the region. 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, exerting its influence on the other continents of the world. Visit this charming centre in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands before travelling the Valley of a Thousand Hills to Durban.

Itinerary

Day 1

Begin Your Journey

DepartRovos Rail Station, Pretoria. Travel Southeast across the Highveld and the goldfields of the Witwatersrand towards Heidelberg, site of the first Rand gold strike, and Balfour, a small mining town in Mpumalanga. Guests may freshen up in their suites before joining fellow travellers in the lounge and observation car.

Lunch is served in the dining cars. The Drakensberg Mountains were first named by the Voortrekkers who thought the unbroken chain of heavily weathered peaks reminded them of the spines on a dragon’s back, hence the name ‘Dragon Mountain’ or Drakensberg in Afrikaans.

Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars. The train then climbs to Majuba Hill–site of the decisive battle that ended the First Anglo Boer War – then passes Newcastle, which has what is reputed to be the largest cella-dome Hindu temple in the Southern hemisphere.

Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Elandslaagte. Pass Glencoe, site of the first battle of the Anglo Boer War and now the centre of the province’s coalfields.

Let your opulent, luxury rail adventure begin!

Accommodation

Pullman Suite, ROVOs Rail

Day 2

Safari Adventure

Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure. Enjoy a game drive in the Nambiti Reserve, a private Big Five bush retreat set on 20000-acres of malaria-free bushveld - with incredible biodiversity including savannah, grasslands, thornveld and tall acacia trees.

Brunch is served in the dining cars. Transfer (±30 min) to Spionkop Lodge for the afternoon. A choice of two excursions is available: Hear the historic tale of the Battle of Spionkop OR Enjoy a game drive in the 11000-acre reserve.

Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Estcourt. Shortly after Chieveley, on the right of the track, stands a memorial to Winston Churchill who was captured here in November 1899, while trying to free an armoured train trapped by a Boer ambush.

Enjoy a game drive in the Nambiti Reserve, a private Big Five bush retreat set on 20000-acres of malaria-free bushveld

Activities

  • Nambiti Reserve Game Drive
  • Winston Churchill Memorial

Optional Activities

  • Hear The Historic Tale Of The Battle Of Spionkop
  • Spionkop Game Drive

Accommodation

Pullman Suite, ROVOs Rail

Day 3-5

Welcome to the Oyster Box

Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00. The train then descends the escarpment to Lions River. Visit the famous Ardmore Ceramics Gallery. Here, artists are encouraged to express their imagination based on nature, Zulu folklore and tradition.

Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train traverses the spectacular Valley of a Thousand Hills. Arrive at your journey’s end - Durban Station, where a representative will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.

A number of museums and cultural sights await you, the beautiful Botanical Gardens and the superb shark-protected beaches are but a few of the city’s many charms!

After your luxurious ROVOs Rail experience, spend your days exploring Durbans' historical and cultural wonders or simply allow for complete relaxation poolside.

Activities

  • Ardmore Ceramics Gallery
  • Valley Of A Thousand Hills

Accommodation

Oyster Box, in a classic garden facing room

What's Included

Accommodation

  • 2 Nights' Accommodation on board Rovos Rail, in a Pullman suite
  • 2 Nights' Accommodation at the 5 Star Oyster Box Hotel, in a Classic Garden facing room

Ground Transport

  • 2 Day Rental Car on super cover waiver
  • Scheduled return transfers to The Gateway Theatre of Shopping while at The Oyster Box Hotel

Bonus

  • Off Train Excursions with a qualified guide, while on Rovos Train
  • Entrance fees for listed activities, as per itinerary
  • Laundry Service while on Rovos Train
  • Welcome Drink at The Oyster Box Hotel

Flights

  • One way flight from Durban to Johannesburg
  • Estimated airline levies (These are subject to change at the time of the booking)

Meals

  • All Inclusive package while on the Rovos Rail: Meals, Snacks, High Tea, Selected Drinks (alcoholic & non-alcoholic) and Cognacs
  • Breakfast Daily at The Oyster Box Hotel
  • One curry buffet dinner at The Oyster Box Hotel

Exclusions

  • French Champaign, caviar, memorabilia purchases and gratuities whilst on board Rovos Rail.
  • Any services or meals not mentioned.
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Manager at Travel Galore, passionate about the travel industry and exploring new things. I hold a Certificate in General Travel and a National Diploma in Retail Travel. As much as I love helping fulfil my clients travel needs, I too absolutely love to travel; to meet people of different cultures, and to learn about different cultures.

My favourite destination is Thailand - I love the vibrant buzz of the country and its humid weather. My love for the travel industry prompted me to start my own agency, called Travel Galore.

I would love to help you plan your next trip to your perfect destination, helping you unwind. It can be stressful planning a leisure trip or business trip hence why I am a call, email or text away to ensure that you get to those important tasks completed. Allowing you time to build your empire, attend that important meeting or go to that lunch date!

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