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Join this three-day safari on the most luxurious train in the world and experience the splendour of KwaZulu Natal.

Valid 01 September 2013 – 30 September 2014
An Unforgettable Journey Into The Heart Of KwaZulu Natal
Nambiti Game Conservancy– Spionkop Lodge – Ardmore African Ceramics

Take in the Big Five, a battlefields tour with a world class historian and unusual African ceramics.

Experience the diversity of the Nambiti Conservancy, a Big Five private bush 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.

The Sundays River flows through the reserve and has two 40 metre waterfalls with magnificent ravine bush, home to several rare bird species.

Situated on an expansive game farm, Spionkop Lodge which adjoins an 11 000 acre nature reserve, is the perfect base for exploring the berg, bush, birds and battlefields of the region. The turn of the century farmhouse has been beautifully restored in Natal colonial style and the converted barn now forms a magnificent dining room that boasts spectacular views.

Ardmore Ceramic Art is a story about the Zulu people whose sense of rhythm, colour, dance and song, as well as the spirit of the African imagination, is exerting its influence on the other continents of the world.

Word of Ardmore has spread far and wide and those who believe they have the talent arrive at the Ardmore studios in the rolling hills of Caversham in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. Many have little knowledge of sculpture and painting and mostly no experience of ceramic art. They learn quickly however and within a short time develop their own particular style of sculpting and painting..

Pretoria to Durban

Friday

10h00: The train departs Rovos Rail’s Station in Capital Park.
13h00: Lunch is served in the dining car/s.
19h30: Dinner is served en route to Elandslaagte, near Ladysmith.

Saturday

05h00: Wake up call for early morning game drive in the Nambiti Private Game Reserve.
11h00: Brunch is served in the dining car/s as we travel towards Estcourt.
14h30: Upon arrival there is a choice of excursions:

  • Option 1 – Game drive in Spionkop Game Reserve.
  • Option 2 – Spionkop battlefields escorted tour.

18h00: Sundowners overlooking the dam and a traditional braaivleis (barbeque) at Spionkop Lodge.

Sunday

07h00: Breakfast is served as the train descends the escarpment en route to Lions River station.
10h00: Visit to the famous Ardmore Ceramics gallery including a dressage display and tea overlooking the Lions river.
12h00: The train departs for Pietermaritzburg.
16h00: Arrive Durban.

Pretoria to Durban Departure Dates

01 October 2013 – 30 September 2014

Month / YearDeparture Dates
October 201311 / 25
November 20138 / 22
December 2013n/a
January 201417 / 31
February 201414 / 28
March 201414 / 28
April 201411,25
May 2014n/a
June 2014n/a
July 2014n/a
August 201429
September 201412 / 26

Durban to Pretoria

Monday

10h00: The train departs Durban Station.
13h00: Lunch is served en route to Lions River station.
15h00: Excursion to the famous Ardmore Ceramics gallery including a dressage display and tea.
19h30: Dinner is served as we climb the escarpment for an overnight stop at Ladysmith.

Tuesday

Enjoy a choice of excursions:
05h00:

  • Option 1- Wake up call for an early game drive in the Spionkop Game Reserve.
  • Option 2 – Spionkop battlefields escorted tour .

11h00: Brunch is served in the dining car.
15h00: Arrive Elandslaagte for a game drive in the Nambiti Private Game Reserve.
19h30: Dinner is served in the dining car/s.

Wednesday

07h00: Breakfast is served as the train traverses the Highveld.
13h00: Lunch is served as we head for Centurion where a steam engine will haul the train into Pretoria.
16h00: Arrive Rovos Rail’s Capital Park Station, Pretoria

Durban to Pretoria Departure Dates

01 October 2013 – 30 September 2014

Month / YearDeparture Dates
October 201314 / 28
November 201311 / 25
December 2013n/a
January 201420
February 20143 / 17
March 20143 / 17 / 31
April 201414 / 28
May 2014n/a
June 2014n/a
July 2014n/a
August 2014n/a
September 20141 / 15 / 29

Departure dates are specific.
Please contact one of our travel consultants for this information.
Excursions may be changed according to schedule achieved
Times are approximate and cannot be guaranteed