Luxury Rail Journey: Pretoria to Cape Town

ToursHoneymoon/RomanticLuxury Rail Journey: Pretoria to Cape Town

3 Days / 2 Nights

Highlights
  • Tour Kimberley’s Big Hole and visit the Diamond Mine Museum
  • Visit the historic town of Matjiesfontein
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Overview

This 1 600-kilometre meander is a perfect illustration of South Africa as a world in one country. Travel the grasslands of the gold-rich Highveld to the haunting barrenness of the Great Karoo; trundle through the spectacular mountain ranges and scenic winelands of the Cape. Journey’s end is Cape Town, the Mother City of South Africa, cradled by the imposing bulk of Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head. Highlights of the north- and southbound routes include a visit to the historic village of Matjiesfontein; this authentic perfectly preserved Victorian Village – founded by Mr Logan as a refreshment stop in 1890 – also boasts an impressive museum on the platform. Another stop is made in Kimberley providing an opportunity to enjoy a city tour and a visit to the Diamond Mine Museum and the world’s largest man-made excavation, the Big Hole.

Itinerary
Day 1 - Pretoria

Itinerary

15:00 Depart Rovos Rail Station, Pretoria. Travel across the goldfields of the Witwatersrand. Guests may freshen up in their suites before joining fellow travellers in the lounge car or observation car at the rear of the train.

19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars. Overnight on board. Dress: Formal

Accommodation

Accommodation onboard the Rovos Rail

Day 2 - Kimberley

Itinerary

07:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 09:45.

09:30 A shallow lake appears on the right-hand side of the train where, on most occasions, there are spectacular flocks of Lesser Flamingos (approximately 23 000).

09:45 Arrive Kimberley. Disembark for a tour of the city, Diamond Mine Museum and the Big Hole.

12:30 Depart Kimberley. Travel through the Karoo.

13:00 Lunch is served in the dining cars.

16:30 Tea is served in the lounge car and observation car at the rear of the train.

19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars. Overnight on board. Dress: Formal

Accommodation

Accommodation onboard the Rovos Rail

Day 3 - Majiesfontein

Itinerary

Please wear comfortable non-slip walking shoes for the excursion today.

07:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00.

08:00 There is a chance for guests to disembark the train at Whitehill Siding and walk the five kilometres into Matjiesfontein. A member of staff will accompany the group. Comfortable walking shoes are essential.

08:25 Disembark at Matjiesfontein for an opportunity to stroll through the historic village. Of special interest is the museum on the platform and a collection of historic cars and railway carriages to the right of the Lord Milner Hotel.

10:30 Depart Matjiesfontein.

12:00 The train arrives at the first of four tunnels on the pass. The second tunnel is 13.5 kilometres long so guests are to be careful when walking through the train and may wish to turn on necessary lights.

13:00 Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train climbs ±750m down the escarpment through the Hex River Valley.

16:30 Tea is served in the lounge car and observation car at the rear of the train.

18:00 The train arrives at journey’s end: Platform 24 at Cape Town Station

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