4 days from £1295pp plus international flights.
A classic rail journey from Pretoria to Cape Town on board one of the most luxurious trains in the world, South Africa's famous Rovos Rail. You'll travel the 1,600 kilometres in the finest style, pampered by unobtrusive staff and in full air conditioned comfort.
Your Pullman Suite is a cosy, wood panelled refuge by night, and converts to a private carriage with a comfy sofa-seat by the window during the day. You'll have a private shower room and 24 hour room service.
With lounge cars and a spacious observation car with large picture windows, there is plenty of space where you can relax, enjoy the company of other guests and admire the splendid scenery. Meals are served in the elegant dining car, and give you the opportunity to savour the chef's fine gastronomy. Dinner is a splendid affair, with men donning jackets and ties and women in the finest evening dresses and jewels, sitting down to a candlelit meal. Interiors of polished wood and carpeted floors, with leather sofas, elegant light fittings and vases full of cut flowers add an air of refinement.
Your journey is punctuated with stops at the famous diamond mining centre of Kimberley, now a museum and open air visitor centre, and the lovely historic village of Majiesfontein, a National Heritage site, founded in 1884 by the legendary Scottish railway man James Douglas Logan. Finally you'll pull in to Cape Town stations's platform 24 at 6pm on day 3, ready for the next phase of your South African holiday.
Your holiday begins as you touch down at OR Tambo airport in Johannesburg. After clearing customs and collecting your bags, step through the doors and one of our representatives will be there to meet you and drive you to your beautiful boutique hotel just outside Pretoria. You can spend the day relaxing by the pool, enjoying views from the terrace, catching up on sleep or you may choose to explore Pretoria, the city of Jacarandas. The hotel offers excellent international cuisine which can be preceeded by drinks on the terrace as you overlook the city.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast and then join fellow guests on the short transfer to the Rovos Rail pre-departure lounge at Pretoria station. Exclusive to Rovos Rail guests, the beautifully furnished lounge is a foretaste of the opulence of the train itself. You'll board the train in the early afternoon, ahead of the 3pm departure. As the train pulls out of the station you can watch the scenery from the privacy of your suite, later heading to one of the lounges to meet other passengers. At 7pm you'll hear the gong that heralds dinner. Savour the chef's fine creations and sip a glass of delicious South African wine. By the time you get back to your suite the bed will have been prepared, ready for a good night's sleep. Breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner
After breakfast you'll have the chance to take a tour of Kimberley, once the best known diamond mining centre in the world. Your tour takes in the Big Hole, the site of the open mine, and the museum where you'll learn how the rough diamonds are transformed into highly prized gems. You'll be back on board the train in time for lunch. Sit back and watch the ever changing scenery from the observation car this afternoon, pausing for tea and cake. Later there's time to shower and change for dinner - formal attire is the norm in the evening, so this is a good chance to show off your finery! Breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner
The train stops at Matjiesfontein, a small village at the edge of the Great Karoo, were you have a chance to stretch your legs. With its fine Victorian buildings, walking around the village is like stepping back in time. In the mid-morning the train begins the final leg of the journey, heading to Cape Town via Worcester. Admire the fine scenery, take tea in the observation car and enjoy your elegant surroundings. The train is scheduled to arrive at Cape Town at 6 this evening, where your wonderful rail trip concludes. Breakfast, lunch, tea
Guide price from (pp sharing): £1295 (ex. international flights)
Price notes: 2017 guide price pp sharing: Jan-Sept: £1,295. October to end November: estimated at £1,425.
2 nights twin-share accommodation in a Pullman Suite on Rovos Rail; meals on board as specified; soft and alcoholic drinks (excluding French champagne); 24 hour room service; excursion to Kimblerley on day 2 and to Majiesfontein on day 3 accompanied by a qualified guide; limited laundry service
International flights; visas; travel insurance; tips; gift shop purchases; items of a personal nature; French champagne; meals and drinks off the train
Getting there: This holiday starts in Pretoria and ends in Cape Town. It can be taken on its own or as part of a longer holiday in South Africa. Return flights from the UK start from around £850, depending on season and availability.
Departure dates: There are between 4 and 8 departure dates each month. Please ask us for more details.
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Time: GMT +2 hours
Flight time: There are daily flights from Europe to Johannesburg (about 10 ½ hours direct) and Cape Town (about 11 hours). There is also a good network of domestic flights connecting all main towns.
Language: English is South Africa's main administrative language and is widely spoken. There are also 11 official tribal languages.
Visas: Visas are not required for British passport holders.
Health: No vaccinations are compulsory. Malaria is found in certain areas (mainly Kruger and the east coast towards Mozambique), but not throughout the country.