Rovos Rail Cape Town to Pretoria Journey Overview
Rovos Rail provides a luxurious and comfortable way to explore South Africa on its breathtaking journey between Cape Town and Pretoria. Cape Town offers a blend of cosmopolitan city life, magnificent mountains and spectacular Winelands, while the twin cities of Pretoria and Johannesburg are the economic heartland of South Africa.
This 1600-kilometre journey provides travellers with 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 magnificent mountain ranges and scenic Cape Winelands to the Mother City of South Africa, Cape Town, which is cradled by the imposing bulk of Table Mountain, Devils’ Peak and Lions Head.
Rovos highlights of this train route 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 featuring cars and trains. A stop is also made in Kimberley with an opportunity to enjoy a city tour, the Mine Museum and a visit to the world’s most extensive human-made excavation, the ‘Big Hole’ of Kimberly. The region is where the first diamond was discovered.
ROVOS RAIL Cape Town to Pretoria Itinerary:
DAY1: SATURDAYS and MONDAYS
11h00 The train departs from Platform 23 Cape Town Station. Guests may freshen up in their suites before joining other guests in the Midway Lounge car or the Observation carriage at the rear of the train.
13h00 Lunch will be served in the dining car/s.
15h00 We pass through Worcester on the way to the village of Matjiesfontein. At 15h30 we reach the first of four tunnels which take us through the Hex River Pass. The third 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.
17h45 Guests may disembark at Matjiesfontein for a stroll through this quaint and historic little village. Of particular interest are the museum on the platform and a collection of historic cars and railway carriages to the right of the Hotel. (For refreshments we recommend the pub in the Lord Milner Hotel).
19h00 We depart Matjiesfontein.
19h30 Dinner will be served in the dining car/s.
DAY 2: SUNDAYS and TUESDAYS
07h00 Breakfast will be served in the Rovos train dining car until 10h00.
12h30 Lunch is served in the dining car/s.
14h30 The Rovos train arrives in Kimberley. Here we disembark and proceed by coach/combi for a tour of the city, the “ Big Hole ” and the Diamond Mine Museum.
16h00 Rejoin the Rovos train at Kimberley Station.
16h10 Ten minutes after departing Kimberley there is a shallow lake on the left-hand side facing forward. On most occasions, there are spectacular flocks of Flamingos (approx. 23 000).
19h30 Dinner will be served in the dining car/s as we pass through Bloemhof and Leeudoringstad en route to Klerksdorp.
DAY 3: MONDAYS and WEDNESDAYS
07h00 Breakfast will be served in the dining car/s until 10h00.
10h45 The train continues the journey towards Pretoria passing through Krugersdorp, Johannesburg and Germiston.
12h00 We arrive at Centurion where one or two of the Rovos locomotives will collect us for the final leg of our journey. Enter Rovos Rail Station in Capital Park, Pretoria
The luxurious Rovos Rail packages from Cape Town to Pretoria includes accommodation, meals and excursions during the train journey, as well as alcoholic beverages while on board the train.