The ultimate Train Travel Special for South Africa: SHONGOLOLO EXPRESS

We are excited to announce the SHONGOLOLO TRAIN JOURNEY from Pretoria (Rovos Capital Park station) to Cape Town departing on Wednesday 17 February 2016 and arriving Friday 19 February 2016.  This fantastic luxury train journey will be the ROVOS RAIL itinerary, fully inclusive of all meals, drinks and excursions as per a normal Rovos Rail journey.

This is in spite of Shongololo only offering their passengers two meals a day (breakfast and dinner), and all drinks being for their own account.  The rate for this once off Special is only R 8,115.00 per person sharing, for this unique journey.

To check availability and to secure your space on this unforgettable train journey at the best available rate, contact us now (spaces are limited and subject to availability):

Tel:    +27 (0)21 794 9050

Mobile: +27 (0)827 823 142

Fax:    +27 (0)21 794 9995

Email:   res@south-african-hotels.com

 

Shongololo Express Cape Town, South Africa

SHONGOLOLO TRAIN ITINERARY

WEDNESDAY • 17 FEBRUARY 2016

15h00 The Shongololo Express departs from Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria and travels south via Johannesburg and Germiston towards the goldfields of the Witwatersrand. Guests may freshen up in their suites before joining fellow travellers in the midway lounge car or observation car at the rear of the train.

19h30Dinner is served in the dining car/s. Overnight on the train.

 

THURSDAY • 18 FEBRUARY 2016

7h00 Breakfast is served in the dining car/s until 09h45.

9h30 Ten minutes before arriving in Kimberley a shallow lake appears on the right-hand side of the train where, on most occasions, there are spectacular flocks of Lesser Flamingos (approximately 23 000).

9h45 Arrive at the atmospheric railway station of Kimberley. Disembark and proceed via coach/combi for a tour of the renowned city, the Diamond Mine Museum and the extraordinary Big Hole.

12h30 Depart Kimberley and continue on overnight through the Karoo via Beaufort West to Matjiesfontein.

13h00 Lunch is served in the dining car/s.

16h30 Tea in the midway lounge car or observation car at the rear of the train.

19h30 Dinner is served in the dining car/s. Overnight on the train.

 

FRIDAY • 19 FEBRUARY 2016

07h00 Breakfast is served in the dining car/s until 10h00.

08h00 There is a chance for guests to disembark the train at Whitehill Siding and walk the five kilometres into Matjiesfontein. A member of staff will accompany the group. Comfortable walking shoes are essential.

08h25 Disembark at the quaint little village of Matjiesfontein for an opportunity to stroll through this historic settlement; of special interest is the museum on the platform and a collection of vintage cars and classic railway carriages to the right of the Lord Milner Hotel.

10h30 The Shongololo Express departs Matjiesfontein and passes through Tweedside and Touws River (959m/3146ft) before reaching the Hex River Pass.

12h00 The train arrives at the first of four tunnels on the pass. The second tunnel is 13.5 kilometres long so guests are to be careful when walking through the train and may wish to turn on necessary lights.

13h00 Lunch is served in the dining car/s as the train climbs down the face of the escarpment through the Hex River Valley and the town of Worcester (223m/732ft). The broad valley hosts hundreds of grape producing farms – which yield most of South Africa’s export grape harvest – and accounts for a quarter of the national wine production with close to 20 wine cooperatives and several brandy distilleries.

16h30 Tea in the midway lounge car or observation car at the rear of the train.

18h00 The train arrives at journey’s end: Platform 24 at Cape Town Station.

 

Shongololo Express Cape Town, South Africa

 

Shongololo Express Cape Town, South Africa

For your travel arrangements in South Africa and across its borders, contact us for specials and packages!

South African Tourism Company

Tel:    +27 (0)21 794 9050

Mobile: +27 (0)827 823 142

Fax:    +27 (0)21 794 9995

Email:   res@south-african-hotels.com

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