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Pretoria - Cape Town - Pretoria The route between Pretoria and Cape Town is a 27-hour journey of 1600 kilometres (994 miles), through some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery offered by the African sub-continent.  

On the Southbound trip, the train departs from Pretoria's main train station at 8:30 and arrives at Cape Town train station at 12:00 the following day. En route to Cape Town, there is a stopover and excursion in Kimberley, where we take a step back in time to the days of the diamond rush.  

On the Northbound journey, the train leaves Cape Town at 08:30 and arrives in Pretoria at 12:30, in time for high tea the following day. It stops at Matjiesfontein for an off-the-train excursion. On arrival at Matjiesfontein guests are invited to a glass of sherry at the bar. The Victorian buildings and original nineteenth-century London lampposts impart to the traveller, the uncanny sense of entering a colonial time warp – an oasis suspended in a different age.  

Guests are reminded that they must be at the station an hour before the departure time.


Pretoria to Cape Town
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