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African Collage Rovos Rail Tour

10/11 day Romance of Rail Tour

This panoramic 10-day sojourn winds its way from Pretoria to Cape Town and includes a golfing and non-golfing itinerary. It is a true African Collage of the best experiences in South Africa on the exclusive, luxurious Rovos Rail – the most luxurious train in the world.

After a game drive in Kruger Park, you travel through Swaziland to Hluhluwe for game viewing and along the coast to Durban for a city tour. Traverse the Valley of a Thousand Hills to Spionkop Lodge, the perfect base for exploring the mountains, bush, birds and battlefields of the region. Continue to Port Elizabeth for a game drive at Addo Elephant Park. Then travel on to Oudtshoorn for an ostrich-farm visit followed by an impressive descent through the Outeniqua Mountains to George. After visiting the natural paradise of Knysna, the train traverses the spectacular Garden Route to the Winelands and Cape mountains before this magnificent expedition ends in Cape Town.

This tour is also available in reverse as a Cape Town to Pretoria 11 days tour and then includes one night extra in eSwatini.

The advantage of booking Rovos Rail with us

If you book this tour with Tales from Africa Travel, you are guaranteed the same rates as when booking direct. You also get our additional services like a personal consultant, all carbon offsetting of your journey and full bespoke services from airport to airport (transfers, add-ons etc.). Want to know more about these advantages?

Highlights of the African Collage Rovos Rail

  • Ride the 5 star Rovos: the most luxurious train in the world
  • Golfing and non-golfing itineraries available
  • Addo Elephant Park game drive
  • Cape Town
  • Journey through the Cape Winelands
  • Play the African Collage courses
  • Drakensberg Mountains
  • Durban tour
  • Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park game drive
  • Traverse the Karoo
  • Boat cruise on the Knysna lagoon
  • Kruger Park game drive
  • Mantenga Cultural Village visit
  • Oudtshoorn ostrich farm tour
  • Traverse the Outeniqua Mountains
  • Pretoria
  • Hear the historic tale of Spionkop
  • Spionkop Reserve game drive
  • Trundle through the Valley of a 1000 Hills

Details of the African Collage Rovos Rail

Underneath you can download the itineraries for the 10 day Pretoria to Cape Town tour and for the 11 day Cape Town to Pretoria tour. On both tours there is a program each day for those that want to golf and those that want to do it as a leisure tour.

In each itinerary you will find:

  • the day to day itineraries for this year and next year
  • train specifications,
  • full information on the available suites and amenities
  • general information about the journey
  • specified information about the golfing courses. Dependent on availability are these: Leopard Creek/White River/Mbombela, Nkonyeni, Durban Country Club/Beachwood/Zimbali, Champagne Sports Resort, Humewood, Fancourt and Ernie Els Oubaai

Note: dates of operation for 2021 are still limited to 8 November 2021 departure, but more dates will be planned if more nationalities are allowed to travel to South Africa. Also, more dates are planned in 2022.

Map of the tour

African Collage Rovos Rail - The Romance of Rail Tours by Tales from Africa Travel

Rovos Rail or Shongololo Express?

Though both are luxurious, there is a clear difference between the Rovos Rail and the Shongololo Express. The Rovos Rail is more luxurious and the journey is focused on the train ride experience, intermingled with visits and excursions. The cabins are larger than on the Shongololo Express and the amenities are on a 5 star level. All meals and local baverages are included. If you like pampering and luxury, this is the train for you.

With the Shongololo Express the primary focus is on the off-train experiences and excursions, whilst the train ride is an important secondary focus. The cabins are smaller in size and the amenities are on a 4 star level. Meals on the train are included, other meals and all beverages not. If you are more adventurous minded, this is the train for you.

Dress code on Rovos Rail is smart casual during the day, formal in the evening. On the Shongololo Express the dress code is more informal and smart casual in the evening.

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