Romantic Rail Experience - 9 Days

All aboard! Enjoy nine wonderful days aboard the magnificent Rovos Rail for a truly memorable romantic getaway and the chance to play some of South Africa’s finest golf courses.

Your journey starts in the Jacaranda-lined streets of Pretoria and winds its way through the heart of the South Africa Bushveld, on to the golden Kwa-Zulu Natal coast inland through the country’s judicial capital of Bloemfontein and up to the majestic Drakensberg Mountains. As you travel southwards overnight you’ll head towards Port Elizabeth, Knysna and George along the glistening Garden Route and farther still till you reach the Mother City of Cape Town, your final destination.


Itinerary Snapshot

Day 1: Depart Rovos Rail Station for Mpumalanga
Day 2: Mpumalanga / Non golfers: game drive in the Kruger Park / depart for Swaziland / Non golfers afternoon game drive at Mkhaya Game Reserve / Golfers tee off at Leopard Creek Country Club before rejoining the train in Swaziland
Day 3: Zululand / All guests enjoy an early game drive in Hluhluwe-Umfolozi / move on towards Durban for overnight
Day 4: Non-golfers depart Durban for Lions River / Ardmore Ceramics Gallery / depart for overnight stop in Kroonstad / Golfers tee off at Durban Beachwood Country Club / rejoin train at Lions River Station
Day 5: Bloemfontein city tour / Depart for Port Elizabeth
Day 6: Port Elizabeth / Non-golfers Addo Elephant Park / Golfers tee off at Humewood Golf Club / Depart for Oudtshoorn
Day 7: Oudtshoorn / Ostrich farm visit / Depart for George / Golfers tee off Fancourt Estate / Dinner at the Fancourt Hotel
Day 8: Knysna / Non-golfers ferry ride, lunch and tour of Knysna / Golfers tee off at Oubaai Golf Club / lunch on the train and depart for Cape Town
Day 9: Tour of the KWV Brandy Distillery in Worcester / Cape Winelands / Cape Town


Activities

  • Play Leopard Creek, Durban Beachwood Club, Humewood Golf Club, Oubaai Club and Fancourt Golf Estate
  • Game drives through the Kruger National Park, Mkhaya Game Reserve, Hluhluwe Game Reserve, Addo Elephant Park
  • Visit Swaziland
  • Visit Ardmore Ceramics, an ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn, Zandvliet Wine Estate and KWV Brandy Distillery
  • City tours of Bloemfontein and Knysna

Recommended Itinerary

Day 1

Depart Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria at 10h00. Lunch and dinner are served as the train travels east towards Mpumalanga. (Breakfast: 07h00-10h00 / Lunch: 13h00 / High Tea: 16h00 / Dinner: 19h30)

Day 2

Enjoy an early morning game drive in the Kruger Park after which brunch is served in the dining car as the train travels through Komatipoort to the Swaziland for an afternoon game drive at Mkhaya.

Golfers tee off at Leopard Creek Estate at 07h00 before rejoining the train in Swaziland.

Leopard Creek Country Club is South Africa’s number one ranked golf course. Set under the great African sky, bordering the Kruger National Park, Leopard Creek will tick all the boxes on your list of the ideal golf course. Designed by Johann Rupert and Gary Player the course will provide an enjoyable and stimulating challenge for all golfers.

Day 3

Enjoy an early game drive in the oldest reserve in Africa, Hluhluwe-Umfolozi in Zululand. Brunch is served in the dining car/s as the train heads towards Durban for overnight.

Day 4

Golfers disembark for a 07h00 tee off at Durban Beachwood Country Club followed by a scenic drive to rejoin the train at Lions River Station. The train departs Durban at 06h00 for Lions River where non-golfers visit the famous Ardmore Ceramics Gallery at 10h00. Guests return to the train for lunch and depart for an overnight stop in Kroonstad.

Golfers tee off on Durban Country Club’s Beachwood Course at 07h00. The course is currently ranked 29th on the Golf Digest Top 100. Lying at the southern end of Virginia Airport, it’s quite exciting to see all the light aircraft as they take off and land. It is a challenging course with fairly narrow and long fairways which require precision tee shots and lay-ups.

Day 5

Enjoy a city tour of Bloemfontein at 10h00. Return to the train for lunch and depart for Port Elizabeth.

Day 6

Disembark at 09h00 for a tour of Addo Elephant Park before returning to the train for lunch. At 08h00, golfers disembark for a 09h30 tee off at Humewood in Port Elizabeth. The train departs Port Elizabeth at 16h00 for Oudtshoorn.

Addo Elephant Park is the third largest national park in South Africa. The 180 000 hectare park has expanded to conserve a wide diversity of biodiversity, landscapes, fauna and flora. There were only sixteen elephants remaining in the area when the original elephant section of the park was proclaimed in 1931. Today the sanctuary is home to over 550 elephants, lions, buffalo, black rhino, spotted hyena, leopard and numerous antelope and zebra species.

Humewood Golf Club is a genuine seaside links, with wide and undulating fairways, fast greens and thick coastal bush. Currently ranked 18th on the Golf Digest SA Top 100, a round is a must for any golfer visiting the ‘Friendly City’ of Port Elizabeth.

Day 7

At 10h00, enjoy a two-hour visit to an ostrich farm followed by another outstanding rail descent down the Montagu Pass into George. Golfers transfer to Fancourt Golf Estate at 10h00 for a game at the renowned facility before joining non-golfers for dinner at the hotel.

Fancourt is a premier leisure and golfing destination and home to The Links (ranked No. 2), the Montagu (ranked No. 7) and The Outeniqua (ranked No. 17). Each of these courses has something different to offer players of all levels and experience.

The Links with its undulating windswept terrain and dune-style landscape is one of the most breathtaking and challenging courses in the country. The Montagu’s parklands bunkers and undulating fast greens roll out across the foothills of the majestic Outeniqua Mountains. The Outeniqua course is regarded as the easiest of the three courses as it is more open in appearance, but it presents its own challenges, risks and rewards, particularly when facing the water hazards and streams on 11 of the 18 holes.

Day 8

Disembark the train at 09h00 for a ferry ride, lunch and tour of Knysna. Golfers tee off at 07h00 at Oubaai Golf Club. Then you will return to the train for lunch and begin the journey to Cape Town along the spectacular Garden Route.

Just 10 kilometres outside George is the beautiful Harold’s Bay, home to the traditional links Oubaai Golf Course – the first Ernie Els Signature Course in South Africa. Playing out against the backdrop of the majestic Outeniqua Mountains and winding its way along the Indian Ocean coastline, the lush emerald course is a jewel in the Garden Route crown. This traditional links course is currently ranked 28th in the top 100 golf courses in South Africa by Golf Digest (2012).

Day 9

Arrive in Worcester at 11h00 for a tour of the KWV Brandy Distillery. This distillery boasts a 25 hectolitre Charenté pot still and the cellar has a production capacity of 367 500 litres of wine per day. It is the biggest distillery of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. KWV’s brandies are carefully distilled twice to an alcohol strength of 70%. In South Africa grapes are grown specifically for brandy making unlike the rest of the world. KWV’s brandy is regularly voted the best in the world at international competitions.

The train traverses the Cape Winelands before arriving at Cape Town Station’s Platform 23 at 17h00.


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Rates

Based on 2 guests travelling together on the recommended itinerary

Dates: 16 - 24 May 2013 OR 31 October – 8 November 2013


Pullman Suite

Priced from ZAR 45000.00 per person sharing


Deluxe Suite

Priced from ZAR 68000.00 per person sharing


Royal Suite

Priced from ZAR 91500.00 per person sharing


Includes:

  • All golf journeys include transportation in a luxury suite of your choice (Pullman, Deluxe, or Royal)
  • Services of your butler/hostess
  • Gourmet meals and snacks prepared fresh on the train
  • Award-winning wines and spirits
  • Off-train tours and golf arrangements

Excludes:

  • Purchases in the Gift Shop and staff gratuities

Terms and Conditions apply. Rates are subject to change.


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