Rovos Rail Pretoria to Cape Town Journey Overview
The 48-hour weekly Rovos Rail journey between Pretoria and Cape Town provides the traveller with an excellent opportunity to explore the beautiful landscapes of South Africa. The Cape Winelands, the Karoo, the 'Big Hole' in Kimberley where a visit to the Diamond Museum is included as well as the bustles of Pretoria and Cape Town itself.
Cape Town offers a blend of cosmopolitan city life, magnificent mountains and prime wine lands, while the twin cities of Pretoria and Johannesburg from the economic heartland of South Africa and the ideal departure point for Mpumalanga’s world-famous Game Reserves including the Kruger National Park.
The 1600-kilometre exclusive Rovos train journey is a perfect illustration of South Africa as a world in one country. Travel the windswept grasslands of the gold-rich Highveld to the haunting barrenness of the Great Karoo, the spectacular mountain ranges and scenic wine lands of the Cape to the Mother City of South Africa, Cape Town, cradled by the imposing bulk of Table Mountain, Devils’ Peak and Lions Head.
Highlights of the north and southbound Rovos Rail routes include a visit to the historic village of Matjiesfontein. This authentic perfectly preserved Victorian Village, which was founded by Mr Logan as a refreshment stop in 1890, also boasts an impressive museum on the Station platform. A stop is also made in Kimberley with an opportunity to enjoy a city tour, the Mine Museum and visit the world’s most extensive human-made excavation, the ‘Big Hole’.
Rovos Rail PRETORIA TO CAPE TOWN ITINERARY
DAY 1: WEDNESDAYS and FRIDAYS
- 15h00 The Pride of Africa departs Rovos Rail’s Station in Capital Park. Guests may freshen up in their suites before joining fellow travellers in the Midway Lounge car or Observation carriage at the rear of the train.
- 19h30 Dinner is served in the Rovos Rail dining car/s.
DAY 2: THURSDAYS and SATURDAYS
- 07h00 Breakfast is served in the dining car/s until 09h45.
- 09h30 Ten minutes before arriving in Kimberley there is a shallow lake on the right-hand side facing forward. On most occasions, there are spectacular flocks of Flamingos (approx. 23 000).
- 09h45 Arrive in Kimberley. Guests disembark and proceed by coach/combi for a tour of the city, the “ Big Hole “ and the Mine Museum.
- 12h30 Depart Kimberley.
- 13h00 Lunch is served in the dining car/s.
- 19h30 Dinner will be served in the dining car/s.
DAY 3: FRIDAYS and SUNDAYS
- 08h00 Breakfast will be served in the dining car/s between 07h00 and 10h00.
- 08h25 There is an opportunity to disembark the Train at Whitehill siding and walk or jog the 5 kilometres into Matjisefontein. The Train Manager or a member of staff will accompany you. Comfortable walking or running shoes are essential. The train arrives at Matjiesfontein where you will have a chance to stroll through this historic settlement. Of particular interest are the museum on the platform and a collection of historic cars and railway carriages to the right of the Hotel.
- 10h30 We depart Matjiesfontein passing through Tweedside and Touws River.
- 12h00 We reach the first of four tunnels which take us through the Hex RiverPass. The second tunnel is 13.5kms long so; please be careful if you are walking through the train. If you are in your suite, you may wish to turn on a light.
- 13h00 Lunch will be served as we pass through the Hex River Valley and the town of Worcester.
- 18h00 Arrival at Platform 24 Cape Town Station where our journey ends.
The package cost for the Rovos Rail journey from Pretoria to Cape Town includes accommodation, meals and excursions during the train journey, as well as alcoholic beverages while on board the train.