Golf Safari Train Escape • 10 Days

Golf Safari Rovos Rail

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Experience an extraordinary golf safari through the captivating landscapes of northeastern South Africa, designed to enchant even the most discerning golf enthusiasts. Delight awaits both players and non-playing guests alike, as we present an enchanting itinerary that offers a perfect balance of golfing adventures and unforgettable experiences. Our journey begins in Pretoria, where we board our luxurious train bound for Sun City, nestled amidst the picturesque hills of the Pilanesberg. Along the way, prepare to be enthralled by breathtaking game viewing opportunities that showcase the region’s remarkable wildlife.

Drakensberg Mountains

We traverse the majestic Drakensberg Mountains to reach the town of Spionkop. Serving as a perfect base, this picturesque destination offers unparalleled opportunities to explore the region’s awe-inspiring mountains, diverse wildlife, rich history, and vibrant birdlife.

Durban

Our adventure then takes us through the breathtaking Valley of a Thousand Hills, revealing a scenic landscape that will leave you in awe. In Durban, immerse yourself in the city’s vibrant culture and indulge in a tour of its botanical gardens, where nature’s splendor unfolds before your eyes.

Hluhluwe

The journey continues with a thrilling game-viewing experience at   in Zululand, the oldest proclaimed reserve in Africa. We then venture to Mkhaya Game Reserve, eSwatini’s sanctuary for endangered species.   A stop at the world-renowned   in Mpumalanga, where remarkable wildlife encounters await, is another highlight.

Dullstroom

Discover the creative charm of Dullstroom’s arts and crafts scene, and pay a visit to the Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Centre. As our expedition draws to a close, indulge in a presentation on flyfishing and savor an introduction to the world of whisky. With cherished memories in tow, our remarkable journey concludes in the enchanting city of Pretoria.

Accommodation

Royal Suites

The wood-paneled sleeper coaches, meticulously restored and renovated to pristine condition, provide an array of contemporary conveniences and comforts, featuring top-tier fittings and facilities for an exceptional experience.

Deluxe Suites

The elegantly refurbished wood-paneled sleeper coaches, meticulously restored to a state of perfection, provide a seamless blend of modern comforts and conveniences. Every detail, from the fittings to the facilities, has been carefully curated to meet the highest standards of luxury and sophistication.

Pullman Golds

sleeper coaches exude timeless elegance while offering an array of modern comforts. Step aboard the Pullman Golds, reserved for our long journeys, where one or two passengers can indulge in the luxurious en-suite bathroom complete with a shower, toilet, and basin. These lavishly appointed cabins ensure an opulent experience that exceeds the highest standards of refinement and convenience.

Golf Courses

Course selection is dependent on availability:

  • Sun City Gary Player/Lost City
  • Champagne Sports Resort
  • Durban Country Club/Beachwood
  • Royal Swazi and Highland Gate.

Departure Dates

2024

  • 6 January 2024
  • 24 February 2024
  • 10 September 2024
  • 20 October 2024

Included

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • All beverages on board
  • Room service
  • Limited laundry service
  • Excursions accompanied by a qualified guide (where applicable)
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Green fees
  • Carts and halfway house meals
  • Water and tea/coffee
  • Government tax

Excluded

  • All other off-train beverages
  • International sparkling wine
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Visas; travel insurance
  • Pre-and post-tour accommodation
  • Flights
  • Transfers
Embark on an extraordinary journey as we depart from Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria. Upon settling into their elegant suites, guests have the opportunity to freshen up before joining fellow passengers in the inviting lounge car and observation car. As the train glides through picturesque landscapes towards Rustenburg, lunch awaits in the beautifully appointed dining cars. Take a moment to relax and enjoy a delightful afternoon tea in the comfortable lounge and observation cars. As evening descends, an dinner is served in the elegant dining cars, setting the stage for an unforgettable culinary experience. Dress code for the evening is formal, adding an air of elegance to the ambiance.
Non-Golfers: Start the day with a delightful breakfast served in the elegant dining cars, setting the tone for a remarkable day ahead. Following breakfast, a convenient transfer of approximately 60 minutes will transport you to the iconic Sun City. Prepare for an extraordinary adventure as you embark on an exhilarating game drive within the breathtaking Pilanesberg Reserve, immersing yourself in the wonders of the region’s diverse wildlife. For those with a passion for golf, a special lunch awaits in the company of fellow golfers, creating the perfect setting to share stories and forge new connections. The afternoon grants you the freedom to explore the enchanting Lost City within Sun City at your leisure. As the day draws to a close, return to the train, where an dinner awaits in the beautifully appointed dining cars, allowing you to dine as the train continues its journey. Dress code for the evening exudes a sense of refinement, making it a formal affair. Golfers: The day begins with an early start, ensuring you start the day on a high note. Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast, available until departure, ensuring a satisfying beginning to your day. Following breakfast, a transfer of approximately 60 minutes will transport you to the renowned Gary Player/Lost City Golf Course at Sun City. Prepare for a day filled with excitement as you tee off and indulge in a memorable round of golf, accompanied by breathtaking views. A delightful lunch awaits, providing a moment of relaxation and rejuvenation amidst the splendid surroundings. The afternoon offers ample time to continue your golfing pursuits or relish in leisurely activities, savoring the enchanting ambiance of Sun City.
Enjoy a leisurely day at your own pace, as the train carries you towards Ladysmith. Throughout the day, relish in the meals served on board, savoring the delectable flavors while enjoying the scenic views passing by. The dress code for the day allows for a touch of creativity, with the option to embrace an “Africa” theme or opt for smart casual attire, ensuring a relaxed yet stylish ambiance onboard. As the train continues its journey, it ascends towards Majuba Hill, a historic site marking the decisive battle that concluded the First Anglo Boer War. Immerse yourself in the rich history and significance of the location, where pivotal events unfolded. Continuing along the route, the train passes through Newcastle, renowned for housing the reputed largest cella-dome Hindu temple in the southern hemisphere. Marvel at the architectural beauty and cultural significance of this remarkable temple as it adds a touch of grandeur to the landscape. The journey continues towards Glencoe, an area with historical importance as the site of the first battle of the Anglo Boer War and now serving as the hub of the province’s coalfields. As you travel through these significant locations, absorb the scenery, embrace the spirit of exploration, and prepare for the unforgettable experiences yet to come on your remarkable journey.
Non-Golfers: Begin your day with a delightful breakfast served in the elegant dining cars, offering a perfect start to an eventful day ahead. Following breakfast, embark on a transfer of approximately 30 minutes to the renowned Spionkop Lodge. Immerse yourself in history as you hear the tale of the historic Battle of Spionkop, accompanied by a delicious lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon, choose between an exhilarating game drive within the expansive 11,000-acre reserve or simply unwind and relax amidst the tranquil surroundings of the lodge. As the day progresses, return to the train at 16:00, where tea awaits in the lounge. Dinner will be served in the beautifully appointed dining cars. Dress code for the evening exudes a sense of refinement, ensuring a formal affair. Golfers: The day commences with an early start, ensuring you make the most of your time. Enjoy breakfast served in the dining cars until departure, providing a satisfying beginning to your day. Following breakfast, a transfer of approximately 60 minutes will transport you to the esteemed Champagne Sports Resort. Prepare for a day filled with excitement as you tee off for a memorable round of golf, accompanied by stunning views and surroundings. Lunch awaits, allowing for a moment of relaxation and rejuvenation amidst the splendid resort. Return to the train after your golfing experience, where a delicious dinner is served.
Non-Golfers: Begin your day with breakfast served in the dining cars, setting the tone for an exciting day ahead. Immerse yourself in the vibrant city of Durban as you embark on a city tour, exploring its unique attractions and cultural highlights. A visit to the splendid botanical gardens awaits, where you can indulge in the beauty of nature and tranquility of the surroundings. For lunch, delight in a beachfront dining experience at Umhlanga, savoring delicious cuisine against the backdrop of the sparkling ocean. The afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure, allowing you to explore the area further or simply relax and soak up the coastal ambiance.  As the day winds down, an dinner is served in the beautifully appointed dining cars, offering a memorable culinary experience. Dress code for the evening exudes a sense of elegance, ensuring a formal affair. Please ensure that the Train Manager or Admin Deputy is in possession of your passport for a smooth journey. Golfers: The day begins with an early start, ensuring you have ample time to make the most of your day. Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast served in the dining cars until departure, providing a satisfying start to your day. Following breakfast, a transfer of approximately 15 minutes will take you to Durban or Beachwood, where an exciting golfing experience awaits.
Start your day with a delightful continental breakfast served until departure, ensuring you have a satisfying beginning to your day. Following breakfast, embark on a transfer of approximately 30 minutes to the renowned Hluhluwe Game Reserve for an exhilarating game drive. As the oldest proclaimed reserve in Africa, Hluhluwe spans across 960km² of hilly topography and is celebrated for its diverse wildlife and commendable conservation efforts. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty and wildlife encounters that this remarkable reserve has to offer. After an unforgettable experience, return to the train where lunch awaits in the beautifully appointed dining cars, allowing you to relish in a delightful culinary journey. As the train continues its journey towards eSwatini (formerly known as Swaziland), a moment of transition occurs as border formalities take place. Witness the seamless process of crossing borders, adding a touch of adventure to your voyage. Indulge in a soothing tea in the comfortable lounge and observation cars, immersing yourself in the tranquil ambiance and captivating views. As the train proceeds towards Mpaka, dinner is served in the elegant dining cars, tantalizing your taste buds and creating a truly remarkable dining experience. The dress code for the evening remains formal, enhancing the sense of elegance and sophistication on board.
Non-Golfers: Indulge in a delicious breakfast served in the elegant dining cars, setting the stage for a memorable day ahead. Prepare for a transfer of approximately 60 minutes to the Mkhaya Reserve, where you will embark on an exciting game drive, immersing yourself in the natural wonders and wildlife of this pristine sanctuary. Following the game drive, enjoy a transfer of approximately 90 minutes to Swazi Candles, a renowned attraction that offers a captivating opportunity to witness the artistry of local artisans as they craft a variety of beautiful candles. Take your time to explore, have lunch, and engage in curio shopping, allowing you to bring a piece of Swazi craftsmanship home with you. Afterward, enjoy a transfer of approximately 15 minutes to the prestigious Royal Swazi, where you can join the golfers for an invigorating round or alternatively, return to the train and relish in the comfort of your luxurious accommodation. In the serene ambiance of the lounge and observation cars, treat yourself to a delightful afternoon tea, savoring the flavors and enjoying the picturesque views passing by. As the day draws to a close, dinner is served in the elegant dining cars, ensuring a memorable dining experience. The dress code for the evening remains formal, adding an element of sophistication to the ambiance of your journey. Golfers: The day commences with a satisfying breakfast served in the dining cars until departure, providing you with the perfect start to your day. Prepare for a transfer of approximately 90 minutes to the esteemed Royal Swazi Sun, where you will have the opportunity to tee off and enjoy a delightful round of golf amidst stunning surroundings. Depart for Komatipoort, South Africa, while border formalities take place. As the train travels towards Malelane, dinner is served in the dining cars, tantalizing your taste buds and creating a memorable culinary experience. The dress code for the evening remains formal, enhancing the elegance and sophistication on board.
For golf enthusiasts, the option to play at the prestigious Leopard Creek can be arranged upon request, allowing you to enjoy a memorable round of golf at your own leisure (additional fees apply). Start your day with a delightful breakfast served in the elegant dining cars. Embark on an exhilarating game drive in the world-renowned Kruger National Park, where you will have the opportunity to witness the abundant wildlife that calls this pristine wilderness home. Throughout the excursion, indulge in refreshing tea breaks, ensuring you remain energized and ready to fully immerse yourself in the natural beauty that surrounds you. Lunch is served, providing a moment to relax and savor a delicious meal amidst the captivating wilderness. Additionally, there will be an opportunity for curio shopping, allowing you to find unique souvenirs and keepsakes to commemorate your Kruger National Park experience. Return to the train, where a delightful tea service awaits in the comfortable lounge and observation cars. As the train continues its journey, it travels west across the majestic Drakensberg Mountains, treating you to breathtaking vistas and a sense of awe-inspiring beauty. Marvel at the spectacular escarpment as the train ascends, offering panoramic views that will leave a lasting impression. In the evening, a sumptuous dinner is served in the elegant dining cars, providing a culinary experience that perfectly complements the grandeur of your surroundings. The dress code for the evening remains formal, enhancing the sense of elegance and sophistication on board.
Non-Golfers: Indulge in a delightful breakfast served in the elegant dining cars, providing a perfect start to your day. Prepare for a transfer of approximately 30 minutes to Walkerson’s Hotel, where you will be treated to a fascinating presentation on the art of flyfishing, immersing yourself in the techniques and secrets of this beloved sport. Enjoy a delicious lunch amidst the serene surroundings before returning to Dullstroom. Here, you will have the opportunity to delve into the world of whisky distilling, gaining insights into the craft and indulging in a captivating tour of the Arts & Crafts Centre. As the evening approaches, dinner awaits, tantalizing your taste buds and satisfying your culinary desires. The dress code for the evening allows for a touch of flair and nostalgia, with the option to embrace a “1920s” theme or opt for smart casual attire, creating an ambiance reminiscent of a bygone era. Golfers: The day commences with a leisurely breakfast served in the dining cars, allowing you to savor the flavors and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. Prepare for a transfer of approximately 40 minutes to Highland Gate, a renowned golfing destination. Tee off amidst the picturesque landscapes and enjoy a delightful round of golf, followed by a satisfying lunch. Afterward, retreat to the inviting lounge and observation cars, where you can indulge in a soothing tea service while appreciating the scenic views passing by. In the evening, another memorable dining experience awaits as dinner is served in the elegant dining cars. Once again, you have the option to embrace the enchanting “1920s” theme or dress in smart casual attire, adding a touch of sophistication to the ambiance of your journey.
As your journey comes to a close, we kindly ask that you ensure your luggage is prepared for collection 15 minutes before the train’s arrival. Additionally, please remember to have your passport readily available for any necessary procedures. Before bidding farewell to this unforgettable experience, enjoy a delightful breakfast served in the dining cars. Relish the last moments onboard as you savor the flavors and reflect on the remarkable memories created throughout your journey. Finally, the train arrives at its journey’s end, bringing you back to Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria. As you disembark, take a moment to appreciate the concluding chapter of this extraordinary adventure, cherishing the moments and experiences that will stay with you for a lifetime.
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