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Rovos Rail Golf Safari: Pretoria to Pretoria

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,718

Play at the world-renowned Leopard Creek golf course, plus superb courses in Swaziland, Durban, the Drakensburg and Sun City. Enjoy game viewing in Kruger Park, Mkhaya and Hluhluwe Reserves.


Already synonymous with luxury rail travel in Africa, Rovos Rail’s specialized golf safari allows guests to experience Golden Age splendour in between games, all while exploring one of the world’s most beautiful countries, South Africa.

Departing Pretoria, this 9 day journey stops at the famed courses of Sun City, Champagne Sports Resort and Leopard Creek Golf Estate. Durban Country Club offers unique challenges right by the ocean in one of South Africa’s favourite beach destinations. Tick another country off the list as you cross the border into Swaziland to tee off at Royal Swazi Sun.

Beyond an utterly unique golf trip, Ravos Rail also offers a range of exciting excursions and activities each day for non-golfing guests – or any players who just need a break! Most of the courses are located close to game reserves and national parks such as Kruger and Pilanesberg, or attractive cities such as Durban. Enjoy game drives, city excursions, and visits to historic sights.

Guests can of course mix the trips that interest them with some golf, or just relax between stops, enjoying first class meals and comfort aboard Africa’s most opulent rail journey.


 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,718

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Day 1

Depart Pretoria

Depart Rovos Rail Station in Capital Park Pretoria aboard the Rovos Rail at 10.00am. Guests may unpack and freshen up in their suites before meeting fellow passengers in the lounge or observation cars. Lunch will be served at 1.00pm in the dining car. You will be travelling along the spectacular 14km descent through the Drakensberg Escarpment arriving in Waterval Onder at 6.30pm.

At 7.30pm the train then departs for the area of Nelspruit and dinner is served in the dining car at this time. After dinner the train stops in Malelane for our overnight stop at 11.00pm.

Pretoria is the Administrative Capital of South Africa, filled with grand buildings and foreign embassies, giving the whole city a dignified presence. Sculptures and monuments attest to the city's Afrikaner history, along with well-preserved fine architecture, such as the Church Square in the city center. Overlooking the whole of the city from hilltop is the magnificent Sir Herbert Baker designed Union Buildings, built in golden stone with Italian tiled roofs, a Romanesque amphitheatre and African sculptures. Progress has brought high tech shopping centres, museums, art galleries and multi-culinary restaurants. The city has four universities, a number of scientific institutes and an abundance of open spaces with parks, bird sanctuaries, nature reserves and a zoo.

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Rovos Rail Suite Class

Duration8 Nights
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Rovos Rail

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    Rovos Rail



    The golden age of luxury train travel has been renewed in the heart of the African bush. These beautifully restored trains consist of up to 20 coaches that can be drawn by steam, diesel or electric locomotives operating at various stages of the journey. The ...

    The golden age of luxury train travel has been renewed in the heart of the African bush. These beautifully restored trains consist of up to 20 coaches that can be drawn by steam, diesel or electric locomotives operating at various stages of the journey. The sleeping cars as well as the observation and dining cars have been splendidly refurbished in the style of the period but with an eye for modern comfort. The train carries a maximum of 72 passengers who are attended by highly motivated members of staff, and provides a cuisine of superb standard. Rovos Rail offers unique rail safaris through some of the most spectacular scenery in Africa. While taking in the savage beauty of the Eastern Transvaal, you will relive the romance and the adventure of the pioneers, slave traders, ivory hunters and gold prospectors who dared to conquer the region over a century ago.

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Day 2

Kruger National Park area

For golfers breakfast will be served from 7.00am in the dining car until 9.00am. You then transfer to the Leopard Creek Golf Course and tee off at 10.15am. After the game, snacks are served in the club house at 1.30pm.

Leopard Creek - Parklands - 6 631m - Carts compulsory
This ultra-exclusive world-class facility is the brainchild of magnate Johan Rupert and, as can be expected, no expense was spared. Bordered to the north and the west by the picturesque Crocodile River and the Kruger National Park, the course represents African golf at its best with indigenous bushveld bordering the immaculate fairways and greens. Innovative architectural and landscaping techniques ensure the course is naturally protected from animals, while lakes and small streams divert through the development to create scenic vistas and interesting golf strategies. Hazards take a new dimension for much of the water is home to the magnificent creatures for which the river is named - crocodiles. Signature hole: 13th - par 5 - 505m Here the green is right on the edge of the Crocodile River but 32 metres above the water level offering magnificent views up the river and into the Kruger Park.

For the non-golfers, breakfast will be served from 7.00am until 8.00am, where you will then board open 4x4 vehicles for the game drive in the Kruger National Park. Lunch will be served at the Buhlala Lodge.

The Kruger National Park is today one of South Africa's premier natural resources visited by thousands of tourists from around the world. It covers 19 633 square kilometres (1 948 528 hectares) and contains more than 200 species of trees and is home to over 450 bird, 147 mammal, 115 reptile, 50 fish, 33 frog species and a seemingly endless variety of insects. The park has five main botanical divisions, and the environment and natural food of each division determine the variety and density of wildlife within its boundaries.

The non-golfers join the golfers at the club house at 2.15pm and then return to the train at 5.00pm.

Dinner is served at 7.00pm and the train then departs at 9.30pm for Komatiepoort after border formalities you arrive at midnight at Mpaka in Swaziland for your overnight stop.

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Day 3

Swaziland

For both golfers and non-golfers breakfast will be served from 6.30am until 8.30am. Everyone boards the coach and departs for the Royal Swazi Sun Golf Course. The coach arrives at 9.30am where the golfers will disembark and get ready for their tee off at 10.00am. After the game snacks will be served at the clubhouse at 3.30pm. At 5.00pm, the coach departs and arrives at the train at 6.10pm.

Royal Swazi - Parklands - 6 166m/5 258m - Carts available
This spectacular championship course is one of the most scenic locations found in the world. Opened in 1966, it has been laid out on the slopes of the Lebombo Range that curves gently down into the valley. The first nine holes are comparatively level but the second nine fully exploits the mountainous terrain. Challenging features include lakes, gullies thick with vegetation, out-of-bound areas running close to fairways, swirling breezes, clusters of magnificent trees and indigenous plants and wickedly sited bunkers - one is so steep it requires steps to facilitate access. Signature hole: 6th - par 3 - 163m A wayward shot to the right is out of bounds, while one to the left is a lost ball.

For the non-golfers the coach departs on a scenic drive to the Ngwenya Glass Factory. Lunch will be served at the Guava Galleries and there will also be an opportunity for craft/curio shopping. You depart at 2.30pm for Phuzamoya to meet the game drive vehicles and start your game drive at 3.30pm in the Mkhaya Game Reserve. Returning to the train at 6.00pm.

Mkhaya Game Reserve is Swaziland's refuge for endangered species and the Mkhaya experience leaves visitors captivated by the magnificence of the African bush. This privately owned park lies near the little village of Phuzamoya and encompasses 6 200 hectares. The unique and intimate encounters with endangered species such as black and 3 white rhino, elephant, buffalo, roan and sable antelope, lure visitors back to the reserve again and again. Riverine forests offer superb bird watching and game drives in open vehicles is reputed to be soul enriching. Deep in the midst of Mkhaya lies Stone Camp, which offers semi-open stone and thatch cottages. A giant Sausage tree is the focal point of the camp under which many a campfire story has been shared.

The train departs at 6.30pm for the Golela border post towards Hluhluwe, dinner will be served at 7.30pm in the dining car/s. Just past midnight the train arrives at the Hluhluwe station for its overnight stop.

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Day 4

Hluhluwe Umfolozi Park

Early morning wake up call for everyone at 5.30am, for your game drive in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve. Tea, coffee, juices, fruit and pastries served at 5.45am in the dining car/s. At 6.00am you board the game drive vehicles parked just outside the train. At 8.30am you break for tea at Hilltop Camp and return to the train at 10.30am.

The Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park was once the hunting ground of Zulu kings. The sheer beauty of the landscape would justify conservation of the Hluhluwe Game Reserve and its companion, Umfolozi. The Hluhluwe River, named from the Zulu word for the thorny monkey ropes Dalbergia armata that grow in the riverine forest. The river here is about 85 metres above sea level and the hill summits approach 600 metres. The entire region has long been a haunt of game. Rich grazing and a variety of habitats made the valleys and slopes attractive to wild creatures. By the 1890s the vast herds of free-ranging wild animals that had once roamed the whole area of KwaZulu-Natal had been largely destroyed by hunters. Only in the valleys of the Hluhluwe and Mfolozi Rvers were the wild animals undisturbed, and in 1897 these two areas were proclaimed game reserves. The 96 453-hectare park is home to the world's largest concentration of rhino, boasting close to 1 600 white rhino and 350 black rhino as well as lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, wild dog, cheetah, giraffe and scores of antelope species; bird life is prolific.

Brunch will be served at 11.00am in the dining car/s as you head towards Durban. The rest of the day is at your leisure. High tea will be served at 4.00pm in the lounge and observation cars and then dinner at 7.30pm. The train arrives in Durban at 8.00pm for an overnight stop.

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Day 5

Durban

Today golfers will have their breakfast served at 6.00am and the coach departs at 6.30am for Durban. You arrive at Durban Beachwood for your 7.30am tee off. Lunch will be served at 12.30pm in the club house.

Durban Beachwood - Links/Parklands - 5 882m - Carts available
The seaside layout of Beachwood has deservedly received accolades for its immaculate conditioning. Originally designed by Sid & Jack Brews in 1930, it has always been famed for its narrow fairways and indigenous trees. When Beachwood amalgamated with Durban Country Club in the late 1990s, Gary Player's design team was asked to upgrade and redesign some of the holes while introducing additional hazards. The results are to be savoured as one plays a course with clever bunkering and water features with superb greens. The land follows rolling and undulating contours allowing fairways to follow natural valleys between high grassy banks, requiring precision shots and lay-ups.
Signature Hole: 6th - par 4 - 410m One of the most demanding holes you will find anywhere, the 6th is set high in the dunes and doglegs left with a stream, bush and water hazard to be negotiated en route to the green.

For the non-golfers, breakfast will be served in the dining car/s from 6.00am until 9.00am. At 9.00am you depart on the coach for a Durban city tour. Thereafter you will join at the golfers for lunch at the clubhouse at 12.30pm.

Durban was once South Africa's busiest port. It is still the country's third largest city and principal port for general cargo. It is named after Sir Benjamin D'Urban, Governor of the Cape Colony from 1842-1847. Contrary to popular belief, it is not the capital of the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province, although it is the biggest provincial city with population of approximately 3 million and growing. Pietermaritzburg, 80 kilometres away, is the provincial capital in a relationship similar to that of Sacramento and Los Angeles.

At 2.00pm both golfers and non-golfers board the coach from the golf course back to the train and you depart Durban at 4.00pm. Dinner will be served at 7.30pm and the train stops in Escourt at 10.30pm for its overnight stop.

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Day 6

Drakensberg

For the golfers' breakfast will be served from 5.30am until 7.30am where you will depart on the coach from Estcourt station to the Champagne Sports Resort. We tee off at 8.30am. After the game at 3.00pm, snacks will be served in the club house. The coach returns to the train at 5.30pm.

Champagne Sports Resort - Mountain - 7 400m - Carts available
Located in the beautiful Drakensberg area, this course has to be rated as one of the most scenically memorable golf layouts in South Africa. Designed by Hugh Baiocchi and Kevin Curren, it successfully blends the natural attributes of the terrain and the surrounding beauty with the modern demands of a quality course. It undulates up and around the contours of a valley that nestles under the dominant peaks of Champagne and Cathkin Peaks and incorporates several holes with blind tee shots. Professional and novice alike will appreciate the 84 well-appointed bunkers that line the fairways and greens. The quality of the greens is accredited to Trevor Livesey whose passion remains unabated. Though the drama of the mighty mountains dominates the eye, the course also enjoys gentle vistas where the lower hills create a kaleidoscope of colour blessed with trees, rivers and dams to add even more of a challenge.

For the non-golfers, breakfast will be served from 6.00am until 9.00am where you will depart from Escourt for a battlefields tour. Raymond Heron, your storyteller extraordinaire will start his tale at Mt Alice, which was the head quarters of General Buller. At 11.30am you stop at Spionkop for light refreshments, then moving on to the top of Spoinkop to finish this historic journey. You then return to Spionkop Lodge for lunch at 1.00pm, whereafter you board vehicles for a shopping visit (time permitting) to Thokiziwa and the Rug factory. You rejoin the train at 5.30pm.

The Battle of Spionkop, 24 January 1900, must rank as one of the most needless battles in history. A deadly combination of an absentee General Buller and an administrative General Sir Charles Warren conspired to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. The mist covering the mountaintop hid the fact from the British troops that higher mountains surrounded them. When the mist cleared mid morning, the Boers rained shells down with pinpoint accuracy on the British positions together with deadly sniper fire from their Mausers. Winston Churchill, having rejoined the British forces after his escape from Pretoria, climbed to the front in the company of Mahatma Gandhi, a Red Cross ambulance volunteer: an extraordinary crossing of the lives of two 20th-century leaders in extraordinary surroundings. Colonel Thornycroft, in command on the summit, defied General Warren and gave the order to withdraw during the night. The Boers, expecting further British resistance the next day, were on the point of retiring, but discovered that Spionkop was theirs and snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. The Battle was lost, not on the ground, but inside the head of Colonel Thornycroft.

Dinner will be served at 7.30pm in the dining car/s and the train arrives at Ladysmith at 10.30pm for its overnight stop.

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Day 7

At Leisure

Today is a day at leisure aboard the train, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be on board enroute to Koster.

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Day 8

The Lost City

Today golfers will have breakfast served from 6.30am until 8.30am, where then you will board the coach to the Lost City. Tee off time is 10.00am and lunch will be served in the clubhouse at 2.00pm.

Lost City Golf Course - 6 983m/5 953m - Carts compulsory
Some 10 years after the completion of the Gary Player Country Club, the popularity of Sun City demanded another course be built. Again the pro was commissioned, his challenge being to create a very different experience. The course defies being bracketed into any particular genre having touches of mountain, desert and even African parkland in its make-up. Here, the golfer can choose to tackle the course from its championship tees (suggested only for the longer hitting, single-figure handicappers), the standard markers or forward tees. Even playing the shortest route presents a great test as the approaches to the greens - clad in bent grass and protected by bunker - demand careful judgment. Signature hole: 13th - par 3 A green in the shape of Africa bordered by a pond, home to several large crocodiles

Non golfers will have breakfast served from 6.30am until 9.30am. At 10.00am we depart by coach for Sun City and a game drive in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Lunch will be served with the golfers in the clubhouse at 2.00pm.

Pilanesberg Game Reserve is located in the crater of an extinct volcano. Search out a multitude of animals including lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard, cheetah and wild dog, together with a wealth of antelope and birds are interacting in their natural environment. A wide variety of rare and common species exist like the nocturnal brown hyena, the fleet-footed cheetah, the majestic sable, as well as giraffe, zebra, hippo and crocodile, to mention but a few. Springbok, brown hyena, the red eyed bulbul, and camel thorn trees usually found in arid areas are found cohabitation with moist-area-limited impala, black eyed bulbul and Cape chestnut trees.

You all return back to the train at 5.30pm, where after you can enjoy some down time until dinner is served at 7.30pm. At 8.00pm the train departs for Krugersdorp and arrives at 11.20pm for its overnight stop.

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Day 9

Arrive Pretoria

Today breakfast will be served for all from 7.00am in the dining car/s as the train departs from Krugersdorp. You arrive at the Rovos Rail train station at 10.00am in Pretoria where your journey comes to an end. A Goway representative will then transfer you to your Johannesburg or Pretoria hotel or to OR Tambo airport for your onward journey.

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DEPARTURES:

2017: 16 Feb, 30 Mar, 05 Oct, 16 Nov

2018: 22 Feb, 29 Mar, 04 Oct, 15 Nov

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 8 nights accommodation aboard the train in your chosen cabin
  • All meals and beverages aboard the train
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Golfers: green fees, carts, halfway house and beverages are included
  • 24 hour full room service aboard the train
  • Limited laundry aboard the train.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated in the itinerary
  • Visa fees if applicable 
  • Gratuities 
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.


Note:   Dress Code for golfers

Acceptable clothing:

  • Shirts with collars and sleeves must be tucked in
  • Traditional long or short golf trousers
  • Short trousers with knee-length stockings or short white socks
  • Golf shoes with soft spikes (most clubs)
  • Ladies skirts or culottes must be knee-length
  • Golf hats or peaks worn with peak forward

Not acceptable:

  • T-shirts, vests or sleeveless shirts
  • Denim jeans
  • Sweatpants or cargo pants
  • Drawstring shorts
  • Shoes without socks
  • Cross-trainer sports shoes
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16 Nov 2017
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