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TRAVEL BY TRAIN IN SOUTHERN AFRICA

South Africa has an extensive rail network and offers a variety of trips on steam trains and luxury that last from several hours to several days. Luxury Trains are the most popular "Blue Train" (Blue Train) and "Rovos Rail". All departures are fixed and should be reserved well in advance. The trips are all on a full board basis. Enquire about the dates applicable to your dates of travel. It is an ideal way to relax and appreciate the splendor of the South African landscape.


ROVOS RAIL

Pretoria / Cape Town
The Rovos Rail luxury train is reminiscent of a bygone era, many of their carriages dating from the 20's. The capacity of the train is 72 lucky passengers who are provided with every luxury and comfort. The most popular route is the two-night journey between Pretoria and Cape Town, a 1600 km route dotted with different landscapes and views.

Pretoria / Cataratas Victoria
Day 1: Departs from Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria at 09h30. Lunch is served in the dining car/s en route to Zeerust. After traversing the Magaliesberg Range, dinner is served as the train heads westwards to Mafikeng for border formalities.
(Breakfast 07h00-10h00 • Lunch 13h00 • High Tea 16h00 • Dinner 19h30)

Day 2: Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served as the train travels northwards through Mahalapye and Serule en route to Plumtree for Zimbabwe border formalities.

Day3: Breakfast and lunch are served as the train passes through the Hwange Game Reserve and along one of the longest straight stretches of railway line in the world – 114kms – en route to Dete and the Zambezi River. Occasional sightings of wild animals can occur from the train. Arrive in Victoria Falls at 17h00.


Pretoria / Durban
Day 1: Departs Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria at 10h00. Lunch is served as the train passes through Heidelberg (1 903m).
At 18h15 the train departs Vooruitsig and climbs to 2 146m as it traverses Majuba Hill.
Arrive at Elandslaagte at 22h30 for overnight stop.
(Breakfast 07h00-10h00 • Lunch 13h00 • High Tea 16h00 • Dinner 19h30)

Day 2: After a 05h00 wake-up call, enjoy 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 at 11h00 and head for Estcourt.
Disembark at 14h00 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.

Day 3: The train departs Estcourt and descends the escarpment en route to Lions River Station. Disembark at 10h00 for a visit to the famous Ardmore Ceramics Gallery including an equestrian display and tea overlooking the river. After a 12h00 departure, lunch is served as the train traverses the spectacular Valley of a Thousand Hills. Arrive in Durban at 16h00.

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BLUE TRAIN



The Blue train is considered on of the most luxurious trains in the world

The journey between Pretoria and Cape Town, travels through 1 600 kilometers of spectacular scenery in 27 hours. Leaving Pretoria at 9.50, the train travels south to Kimberley, stopping off to visit the "City of Diamonds." It then arrives in Cape Town after lunch the following day. The return trip leaves Cape Town at noon and makes a stop at the historic and picturesque village of Matjiesfontein.

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