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 Rovos Rail Lounge, Paul Sauer Building, No 1 Adderley Street. The Train Departs from Platform 23 at Cape Town Station. Guests may freshen up in their suites before joining fellow travellers in the lounge car and observation car.
13h00 Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train reaches Worcester in the Hex River Valley before climbing ±750m up the face of the escarpment.
The train arrives at the first of four tunnels on the pass. The last 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.
16h30 Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars.
Disembark at Matjiesfontein for an opportunity to stroll through the historic village. Of special interest is the museum on the platform and a collection of historic cars and railway carriages to the right of the Lord Milner Hotel.
19h30 Dinner is served in the dining cars as the train travels through the Karoo. Overnight on board.
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.
Disembark for a tour of Kimberley, the Diamond Mine Museum and the Big Hole. Capital of the Northern Cape, Kimberley is well known for the discovery of diamonds that led to its establishment in 1871.
16h30 Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars..
19h30 Dinner will be served in the dining cars en route to Klerksdorp.
DAY 3: MONDAYS and WEDNESDAYS
07h00 Breakfast will be served in the dining car/s until 10h00.Travel northeast through the goldfields of the Witwatersrand.
13h00 Lunch is served in the dining cars.
17h00 The train arrives at journey’s end at Rovos Rail Station, Pretoria. Rovos Rail Private Station, 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 the train.