Welcome aboard the African Pride!
With Rovos Rail you travel in style and luxury and the romantic atmosphere of traveling in the distant past comes to the fore again. The time when privileged travelers explored the continent of Africa in a very elegant way.
A train journey where you will play on six beautiful golf courses, for the golf enthusiast this is a true dream journey! South Africa passes by … but there are also numerous excursions where game drive and wildlife are not forgotten. There is an adapted program for the non-golfer.
Rovos Rail has two classic 20-compartment trains, called the ‘Prides of Africa’, each of which seats 72 passengers. There is also a third Edwardian train, which can accommodate 42 passengers and can be used throughout the year as a special charter.
All the coupes of the different trains, from kitchen coupé to suite coupé, have their own story. A number of coupes were built in Europe in 1911 and shipped to South Africa. Some coupes have transported royal ones, others have been converted into roadside restaurants or have been found neglected on the side of a switch track. The coupes have been collected throughout the country and are now part of the 75 beloved coupes from Rovos Rail. The compartments have been restored to perfection, with the wooden panels, the traditional furniture and the decor from the past having restored the atmosphere of splendor and elegance.
The excellent Dining Coupés are the showpiece of Rovos Rail. Every Dining coupé has its own proud history and has been renovated in detail. Dining Coupé No 195 Shangani, for example, was found in 1986 on the side of an alternating track in Alberton near Johannesburg.
Each train has two 42-person Dining Coupes, where a total of 72 people can comfortably sit. At the end of the trains there is a smoke-free Observation Coupé, with a small smoking lounge attached to it. Special details in the Observation Coupé are the enlarged windows and the open-air balconies. Here you can enjoy the fantastic view of the landscape through which you travel.
The renovated coupes are spacious and offer all necessary conveniences and comfort. The luxury two-person suites have beautiful wooden panels and details dating from the Edwardian period of 1900 and are air-conditioned.
All suites have a choice of twin beds or a spacious double bed and are equipped with writing furniture and a safe for your valuables.
There is also a minibar stocked with drinks of your choice. Room service is available 24 hours a day. In the en-suite bathroom, the original fittings are combined with the modern technology of a hot shower, hairdryer and electrical shaver sockets.
The Deluxe Suites (+/- 11 square meters) is also a double suite with twin beds or double bed, living room, bathroom with shower.
The Pullman Suite (+/- 7 square meters) has a bathroom that is identical to that of the Deluxe Suite, but the size of the bedroom is smaller. There is a choice of bunk beds for the separate sleeping arrangement or a double bed. During the day, the bed can be folded into a comfortable seating furniture.
The price on our website is based on a stay in the Pullman Suite. At an additional cost you can also stay in a Deluxe Suite or a Royal Suite. Ask us about the possibilities.
Cuisine and Service
An authentic team of chefs is responsible for the important task of creating and planning the menus that will meet all your expectations. The emphasis is on fresh local ingredients, and traditional dishes such as game are the specialty.
7:00 am – 10:00 am breakfast
4:30 pm tea
7:30 pm dinner
In the train, clothing wear during the day is smart casual. However, in the evenings during dinner, you are requested to wear formal clothes. Men must at least wear a jacket and tie and for ladies a cocktail / evening dress or suit is proposed.
Golfers must wear appropriate golf clothing (no t-shirts, jeans, training pants, etc.). Golf shoes with soft spikes are preferred at most clubs. If ladies want to wear shorts while playing golf, they must be at least knee-long.
15 May 2019 and 30 October 2019.
Get in the mood
|From€ 4539/ per person|
Eswatini (Swaziland), South Africa
Oudtshoorn, Cape Town, George, Durban
train, minibus with driver, Transfers
Full board including activities
|Not recommended for children under 13 years. There are no facilities for children on board the train|
|-In the train the dress code during the day is 'Smart Casual'. However, in the evenings during dinner, you are requested to wear formal clothes. Men must at least wear a jacket and tie and for ladies a cocktail / evening dress or suit is proposed. Golfers must wear appropriate golf clothing (no t-shirts, jeans, training pants, etc.). At most clubs, golf shoes with soft spikes are preferred. If ladies want to wear shorts while playing golf, they must be at least knee-long. -Note: the above schedule may deviate due to unforeseen circumstances.|
All Aboard! You depart at 10.00 am from the beautiful Victorian Capital Park Spoortweg station in Pretoria, a private train station and also a museum. The train winds through the Highveld to the Drakensberg. From the observation wagon you have a beautiful panoramic view through the large windows and in the lounge you can relax while enjoying a drink.
Golfers can play their first round of golf today at Leopard Creek (if possible). Lunch is included.
An early start to the day for non-golfers! At 6 a.m. you will be picked up for a game drive in the Kruger National Park. This is the largest and most famous national park in South Africa and is the habitat of the Big Five (elephant, buffalo, rhino, lion and leopard). The animals are particularly active in the early morning. Lunch is included.
At 17.00 you will return to Malelane where you will board again and you will travel to Eswatini.
You leave Eswatini and travel on to Hluhluwe Game Reserve, where you make a game drive at 10 am. Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, as the park is called in full, is located in the heart of Zululand. This park was established in 1895 to protect the last 20 rhinos. And with success! Today more than 1,400 white and 300 black rhinos live here. In addition to the rhinos, there are of course also many other animals, including lion, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, kudu hippopotamus, crocodile and various antelope species. During the game drive you will search for these animals.
At 1 pm you continue your journey through the St. Lucia Wetland Park and the coast to Durban.
The non-golfers will explore Durban on a city tour. You can see the Marine Parade with the pleasant boulevard and the beautiful beach and uShaka Marine World.
At 16:00 you will return to the train and continue your journey through the Valley of a thousand Hills to Ladismith. We recommend that you take a look at the observation wagon to enjoy the beautiful view of the landscape.
After the golfers have been brought to the Champagne Sports Resort for a game of golf, the non-golfers can take an interesting tour to the Spioenkop battlefields at 10 am. In the spring of 1899 the British troops marched into this area with the idea that they would be home before Christmas. This war then lasted three years. Today you will learn everything about this war. After lunch you make a game drive afterwards.
Have a quiet day on board today while traveling towards the coast. Today you can fully enjoy all the facilities and the excellent service on board the ‘Pride of Africa’.
The golfers can indulge today at the Humewood golf course. Lunch is included.
The non-golfers are picked up at 9 am and brought to Oudtshoorn. This place is located in the dry Klein Karoo and is particularly known for the ostrich farms. Today you will visit such a farm and receive a tour. During this tour you will learn a lot about the ostriches and life on a South African farm.
At 6.30 pm you will meet the golfers at the Fancourt Estate where you will all enjoy a delicious dinner.
Golfers can play golf today at the Ernie Els Oubaai golf course while non-golfers are brought to Knysna at 8 am Here you have the morning for free spending. For example, visit the cozy Waterfront with the restaurants and shops or walk through the center. You can also sail to the Featherbed Nature Reserve by ferry.
The train leaves at 1.30 p.m. You drive along the beautiful and beloved Garden Route to Riversdale.
Your last day is a quiet day aboard the train. Be sure to visit the observation wagon today and enjoy the beautiful view of the Cape Fold Mountains.
Arrival is at 5 pm on platform 23 in Cape Town.
Prices per person based on 2 travellers
Contact us for a proposal in case you are travelling with more or less travellers and/or kids.
All prices subject to availability and changes.