Rovos Rail: 9 Day Golf Safari

10 DAYS • 2100km

This safari travels the northeastern reaches of South Africa and will entertain the most discerning golfers with a delightful itinerary for non-playing guests. Travel from Pretoria to Sun City* in the hills of the Pilanesberg for game viewing. Cross the spectacular Drakensberg Mountains to Spionkop*, the perfect base for exploring the mountains, bush, birds and battlefields of the region. Traverse the scenic Valley of a Thousand Hills to Durban* for a tour of the city and botanical gardens. Interact with artisans as they create highly decorative and geometric-shaped candles. The game viewing continues at Hluhluwe in Zululand (one of the oldest reserves in the country), Mkhaya* (eSwatini’s refuge for endangered species) and the world-famous Kruger Park in Malelane*, after which this memorable journey ends in Pretoria.

Course selection is dependent on availability: Sun City Gary Player/Lost City, Champagne Sports Resort, Durban Country Club/Beachwood, Royal Swazi, Highland Gate.

Day 1: Pretoria

12h00   Depart Rovos Rail Station, Pretoria. Guests may freshen up in their suites before meeting fellow passengers in the lounge car and observation car.
13h00   Lunch is served in the dining cars en route to Rustenburg.
16h30   Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars.
19h30   Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: Formal

The old town of Rustenburg grew as the church and administrative centre for a rich farming area. It is here, in the centre of a volcanic valley surrounded by the dun slopes of the Pilanesberg Mountains, a wilderness wonderland
rises from the dust, the fantastical Sun City Resort. It was a vision realised through one man’s unshakable faith in the religion of tourism, the South African hotel prodigy Sol Kerzner. It was officially opened on 7 December 1979
in what was then Bophuthatswana, which had been declared as an independent state by the apartheid government. This meant it could provide entertainment such as gambling, which was banned in South Africa. The
UN had imposed a cultural boycott on South Africa in condemnation of apartheid. In the early 80s, several acts disregarded the boycott and performed (with substantial financial incentives from Kerzner) to desegregated crowds
at the venue, such as the Beach Boys, Cher, Liza Minnelli, Frank Sinatra, Status Quo, Rod Stewart, Elton John and Queen. Today the resort is one of the world’s largest entertainment centres, a luxury theme park for grownup kids. The two championship golf courses – one with crocodiles at the 13th hole – are bordered by the Pilanesberg National Park, which contains the Big Five and has a vigorous conservation programme.

Day 2: Pilansberg  / Golf

Golf Players –

06h00  Breakfast is served until departure. Transfer (±60 min) to Sun City’s Gary Player/ Lost City Golf Course for tee off and lunch.
Enjoy an afternoon of golfing and leisure.
17h30  Return to the train.
20h00  Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Heidelberg. Dress: Formal

Leisure Guests –

06h00  Breakfast is served in the dining cars.
07h45  Transfer (±60 min) to Sun City.
09h00  Game drive in the Pilanesberg Reserve.
12h00  Lunch with the golfers. Afternoon at leisure at Lost City’s Sun City.
17h30  Return to the train.
20h00  Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: Formal

Day 3: At Leisure on Board

Day at leisure. All meals enjoyed on board en route to Ladysmith. Dinner Dress: “Africa” Theme or Smart Casual

The train 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,
and Glencoe, site of the first battle of the Anglo Boer War and now the centre of the province’s coalfields.

Day 4: Spionkop / Golf

Golf Players –

06h00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure. Transfer (±60 min) to Champagne Sports Resort for tee off and lunch.
17h00 Return to the train.
19h30 Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: Formal

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

Leisure Guests –

06h00  Breakfast is served in the dining cars.
09h00  Transfer (±30 min) to Spionkop Lodge to hear the historic tale of the Battle of Spionkop and walk in the footsteps of Churchill and Gandhi.
Enjoy lunch at the lodge.
14h00  Afternoon game drive in the 11 000-acre reserve OR relax at the lodge. Return to the train at 16:00.
16h30  Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars.
19h30  Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: Formal

Day 5: Durban / Golf

Golf Players –

05h00  Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure.
Transfer to Durban (±15 min) OR Beachwood (±15 min) for tee off and lunch.
15h30  Return to the train.
16h30  Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars.
19h30   Dinner is served in the dining cars en route  to Hluhluwe. Dress: Formal

Please ensure that the Train Manager or Admin Deputy is in possession of your passport.

Leisure Guests –

05h00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars.
09h00 Enjoy a Durban city tour, a visit to the botanical gardens and lunch at Umhlanga’s beachfront with an afternoon at leisure. Durban is the third
largest city in South Africa and enjoys great importance due to its industry and very large port.
16h30  Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars.
19h30  Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: Formal

Please ensure that the Train Manager or Admin Deputy is in possession of your passport.

Day 6: Hluhluwe -Imfolozi Park

BORDER: GOLELA, SOUTH AFRICA / MPAKA, ESWATINI

05h00  Continental breakfast is served until departure.
06h00  Transfer (±30 min) to Hluhluwe for a game drive. As the oldest proclaimed reserve in Africa, Hluhluwe consists 960km² of hilly topography in central Zululand and is known for its rich wildlife and conservation efforts. It is the
only state-run park in KwaZulu-Natal with all the Big Five game animals and is also a prime birding destination.
10h30  Return to the train.
12h00  Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train travels towards eSwatini. Border formalities take place.
16h30  Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars.
19h30  Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Mpaka. Dress: Formal

Day 7: Eswatini / Royal Swazi Spa

Golf Players –

06h00  Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure.
Transfer (±90 min) to Royal Swazi Sun for tee off and lunch.
16h00  Return to the train.
18h00  Depart for Komatipoort, South Africa. Border formalities take place.
19h30   Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Malelane. Dress: Formal

Leisure Guests –

06h00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars.
Transfer (±60 min) to Mkhaya Reserve. Board game vehicles for a game drive.
10h00  Transfer (±90 min) to Swazi Candles for a visit with lunch and an opportunity for curio shopping.
Transfer (±15 min) to Royal Swazi to join the golfers AND/OR return to the train (±90 min).
16h30  Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars.
19h30  Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: Formal

The tiny Kingdom of eSwatini (Swaziland) covers only 17 000km2, most of which is mountainous. For such a small country, it is surprising that it sustains two capital cities: Mbabane is the administrative capital and Lobamba is the royal
and legislative capital. In April 2018, Swaziland changed its name to the Kingdom of eSwatini (meaning “place of the Swazi”) and is an absolute monarchy. It is landlocked and borders South Africa and Mozambique. At Swazi Candles,
guests are invited to interact with the artisans as they make a variety of candles. Woodcarvings, colourful textiles and superb basketwork are also on display. Mantenga Lodge is nestled in the mountains overlooking ‘Execution Rock’

Day 8: Kruger National Park

If available, golf at Leopard Creek may be booked on request for your own account

05h30  Breakfast is served in the dining cars.
06h30  Game drive in the Kruger National Park with tea,lunch and an opportunity for curio shopping.
15h00  Return to the train.
16h30  Tea in the lounge and observation cars. The train travels west across the Drakensberg Mountains and climbs the spectacular escarpment.
19h30  Dinner is served. Dress: Formal

Day 9: Dullstroom / Golf

Golf Players –

07h00  Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure.
08h45  Transfer (±40 min) to Highland Gate for tee off and lunch.
16h00  Return to the train.
16h30  Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars.
19h30  Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: “1920s” Theme or Smart Casual

Leisure Guests –

07h00  Breakfast is served in the dining cars.
09h30  Visit the Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Centre.
11h00  Transfer (±30 min) to Walkerson’s Hotel for a presentation on flyfishing with lunch.
15h00  Return to Dullstroom for an introduction to whisky distilling and a tour of the Arts & Crafts Centre.
19h30  Dinner is served. Dress: “1920s” Theme or Smart Casual

Day 10: Pretoria

Please ensure your luggage is ready for collection at 09:45 and that you have your passport.

07h00  Breakfast is served in the dining cars.
10h00  The train arrives at journey’s end at Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria.

Please dress accordingly for excursions/game drives: mornings can be cool then warm up considerably; afternoons can be warm then cool down considerably. Warm clothing, comfortable shoes, hats and sun protection are advised. Rain capes are available.

Excursions may be changed according to schedule achieved. Times are approximate and cannot be guaranteed.
The golfers’ itinerary is prebooked so non-golfer additions are not accepted. Please consult with the Golf Pro.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

01 January 2022  – 31 December 2022

Costs are indicated per person

Pullman Suite Deluxe Suite Royal Suite Single Supp
R 78 000 R 118 000 R 155 000 + 50 % all suites

01 January 2023 – 31 December 2023

Costs are indicated per person

Pullman Suite Deluxe Suite Royal Suite Single Supp
R 84 000 R 127 500 R 167 500 + 50 % all suites

INCLUDED: Accommodation; all meals; all beverages; room service; limited laundry; excursions with a qualified guide (where applicable);
entrance fees as per itinerary; government tax; golf activities (green fees, carts, halfway house).

EXCLUDED: International/French Champagne; gratuities; personal expenses; visas; travel insurance; pre- and post-tour transfers, accommodation and flights.

2022 Golf Safari 

START

END

03 Jan  2022

11 Jan  2022

02 Feb 2022

11 Feb  2022

21 April 2022

30 April 2022

10 Sept 2022

19 Sept 2022

02 Nov  2022

11 Nov 2022

2023 Golf Safari 

START

END

15 Feb  2023

24 Feb 2023

13 Sept 2023

22 Sept 2023

23 Oct 2023

01 Nov 2023

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