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Rovos Rail Golf Safari: Pretoria to Pretoria

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,057

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$ 4,057

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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
Accommodation

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.

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Day 2

Kruger National Park area

Breakfast is served at 06:00 am until departure. Depart Rustenburg by coach for a game at Sun City. Golfers tee off.

At 01:00pm Lunch at the Crocodile Lounge with an afternoon of golfing and leisure.

At 05:00pm depart to rejoin the train. Dinner is served in the dining cars at 07:30pm.

For Leisure Guests:

Breakfast is served in the dining cars at 06:00 am. Depart for a game drive at Pilanesberg Reserve around 09:30 am.

Lunch is at 01:00 at the Crocodile Lounge with an afternoon at leisure at Lost City's Sun City.

At 05:00 pm depart to rejoin the train. At 07:30pm dinner is served in the dining cars.

Arrive in Heidelberg for an overnight stop.

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Day 3

Swaziland

Day at leisure on the train. All meals enjoyed on board en route to Estcourt via Ladysmith.

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Day 4

Hluhluwe Umfolozi Park

Breakfast is served at 06:00am in the dining cars. The coach departs from Estcourt Station for Champagne Sports Resort. Golfers tee off.

Snacks are served in the clubhouse followed by a short prize-giving by the on-board golf pro. The coach departs to rejoin the train at Estcourt Station. Tea in the lounge and observation cars.

At 07:30pm dinner is served in the dining cars as the train travels towards Durban. Arrive in Durban for an overnight stop.

For Leisure Guests:

Breakfast is served until departure at 09h00. The vehicles depart from Estcourt Station for a battlefields tour, starting from Mount Alice. Enjoy some light refreshments at Spionkop Lodge before moving onto the top of Spionkop hill to finish this historic story. Return to the lodge for lunch. Thereafter, board vehicles for shopping visits (time permitting) to Thokiziwa and the Rug Factory. Rejoin the train and depart for Durban. Tea in the lounge and observation cars. Dinner is served in the dining cars.

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Day 5

Durban

Breakfast is served until departure. The coach departs for Durban Country Club. Golfers tee off. Lunch is served at the clubhouse. Board the coach and return to the train. The train departs Durban. Tea in the lounge and observation cars. Dinner is served in the dining cars. Please hand your passports to the Train Manager or Gift Shop Hostess. They will be returned to you before the end of the trip.

Breakfast is served until departure at 09h00. The vehicle departs for a Durban city tour. Join golfers at Durban Country Club for lunch. Board the coach and return to the train. The train departs Durban. Tea in the lounge and observation cars. Dinner is served in the dining cars. Arrive in Hluhluwe for an overnight stop. Please hand your passports to the Train Manager or Gift Shop Hostess. They will be returned to you before the end of the trip.

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Day 6

Drakensberg

Early morning wake-up call for a game drive in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve. Tea, coffee, juices, fruit and pastries are served in the dining cars until departure at 06h00. Board the game-drive vehicles that are parked outside of the train. Tea break at Hilltop Camp. Return to the train. Brunch is served in the dining cars as the train departs for Golela where border formalities will take place with Swaziland. Tea is served in the lounge car and observation car at the rear of the train. Dinner is served in the dining cars as the train arrives at Mpaka for the overnight stop.

For Leisure guests:

Early morning wake-up call for a game drive in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve. Tea, coffee, juices, fruit and pastries are served in the dining cars until departure at 06h00. Board the game-drive vehicles that are parked outside of the train. Tea break at Hilltop Camp. Return to the train. Brunch is served in the dining cars as the train departs for Golela where border formalities will take place with Swaziland. Tea is served in the lounge car and observation car at the rear of the train. Dinner is served in the dining cars as the train arrives at Mpaka for the overnight stop.

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Day 7

Royal Swazi Sun Golf Course

Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure for Royal Swazi. Board the coach and depart Mpaka Station for Royal Swazi Sun Golf Course (50 minutes). Golfers tee off. After the game, lunch is served in the clubhouse followed by a short prize-giving. Non-golfers join golfers at the clubhouse. The coach departs for Mpaka Station to board the train at 16h30. Tea in the lounge and observation cars. The train departs for Komatipoort, crossing the border into South Africa. Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Malelane in Mpumalanga Province. Arrive at Malelane for the overnight stop.

For Leisure Guests:

Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure at 07h00. Transfer by coach to Mkhaya and board the game vehicles at 08h00 for a game drive in the Mkhaya Game Reserve. The coach departs for a visit to the Ngwenya Glass Factory. After lunch there is an opportunity for craft/curio shopping. Depart for the Royal Swazi Golf Course to join the golfers (10-minute transfer). The coach departs for Mpaka Station. Tea in the lounge and observation cars. The train departs for Komatipoort, crossing the border into South Africa. Dinner is served in the dining cars.

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Day 8

The Lost City

Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure for Leopard Creek. Transfer to Leopard Creek Golf Course next to the Kruger Park. Golfers tee off. A light lunch is served in the clubhouse. Return to the train. Tea in the lounge and observation cars. Dinner is served in the dining cars with a final prize-giving by the on-board golf pro. Train arrives in Rayton for an overnight stop.

For Leisure Guests:

Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure at 08h00. Board open vehicles for a game drive in the Kruger National Park. Mid-morning tea break at Berg en Dal with an opportunity for curio shopping. Lunch at Buhala Lodge. Return to the train. Tea in the lounge and observation cars. Dinner is served in the dining cars. Train arrives in Rayton for an overnight stop.

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Day 9

Arrive Pretoria

Please ensure you have obtained your passports from the Train Manager or Gift Shop Hostess before departing the train.

Breakfast is served in the dining cars as the train departs from Rayton. The train arrives at journey's end at Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria.

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DEPARTURES:

2018: Oct 04; Nov 15
2019: Jan 30; Feb 21; Mar 28; Oct 3; Nov 14

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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4 Oct 2018
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