For many people the popular 48-hour weekly journeys between Cape Town and Pretoria by luxury train are among the highlights of any trip to South Africa. Cape Town offers a blend of cosmopolitan city life, magnificent mountains and superlative wine lands, while Pretoria and nearby Johannesburg form the economic heartland of South Africa and the ideal starting point for Mpumulanga's world-famous game reserves.
This 1600-kilometre journey takes you through the windswept grasslands of the gold rich Highveld to the haunting barrenness of the Great Karoo; from the spectacular mountain ranges and scenic winelands of the Cape area and Cape Town itself, cradled by the imposing bulk of Table Mountain, Devils' Peak and Lions Head. Highlights of both the north and southbound routes include a visit to the historic village of Matjiesfontein, an authentic, perfectly preserved Victorian Village, founded in 1890, with its impressive museum on the station platform. There's also a stop Kimberley, where you have the opportunity to enjoy a city tour, including a visit to the Mine Museum and the world's largest man-made excavation, the 'Big Hole'.
11:00 Depart from platform 23 at Cape Town Station and proceed inland to Worcester.
18:00 Upon arrival at Matjiesfontein you may visit this quaint, historical village.
19:00 Depart Matjiesfontein.
12:00 Upon arrival at Modder River Station near Kimberley we transfer to the historic Kimberley Club for lunch and then take the electric tram from the city centre for a tour of the Big Hole and museum.
16:00 Depart Kimberley.
12:00 Arrive Rovos Rail Capital Park Station, Pretoria.
Meals and excursions during the train journey + alcoholic beverages whilst on board the train
This vast country is undoubtedly one of the most culturally and geographically diverse places on earth. Fondly known by locals as the 'Rainbow Nation', South Africa has 11 official languages and its multicultural inhabitants are influenced by a fascinating mix of African, Asian and European cultures. Spend your days: discovering the gourmet restaurants, impressive art and nightlife scenes and fine beaches of Cape Town; enjoying a typical local braai (barbecue) in the Soweto township; browsing the bustling Indian markets in Durban; or sampling some of the world’s finest wines at the myriad wine estates dotted around the picturesque Cape Winelands.
Due to its rich and turbulent history there are plenty of historical attractions to explore including the Zululand battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and Robben Island, just off the coast of Cape Town. Above all else, South Africa’s attraction lies in its remarkably untamed wilderness with its astonishing range of wildlife roaming freely across massive unfenced game reserves such as the world famous Kruger National Park. With all of this variety on offer, it is little wonder that South Africa has fast become Africa’s most popular tourist destination.