Cape Town Journey 3 days 1st Class with Rovos Rail


Discover infinite variety from the mountains, bushveld and grassland plains to the bustling urban heart of South Africa's cities

Rovos Rail Departing Dates
  • 1 SEPTEMBER 2023 - 30 OCTOBER 2023
  • 1 SEPTEMBER 2024 - 30 OCTOBER 2024
Rovos Rail Prices
  • Pullman Suite R37,480 pps
  • Deluxe Suite R56,340 pps
  • Royal Suite R75,070 pps
Single Supplement +50%

Cape Town Journey

For many visitors to South Africa, there is no finer way to see the country than on the popular 51-hour weekly journeys between Pretoria and Cape Town. This 1 600-kilometre meander is a perfect illustration of South Africa as a world in one country. Travel the grasslands of the gold-rich Highveld to the haunting barrenness of the Great Karoo; trundle through spectacular mountain ranges into the scenic wineland valleys of the Cape.

Cradled by the imposing bulk of Table Mountain, Devil's Peak and Lion's Head is the Mother City, Cape Town, internationally known for its majestic beauty offering a blend of cosmopolitan city life and outdoor adventure, while the twin cities of Pretoria and Johannesburg form the economic heartland of South Africa and the ideal departure point for Mpumalanga's world-famous game reserves.

Highlights of the north- and southbound routes include a visit to the quaint and 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 platform and a collection of vintage cars and classic railway carriages. Another stop is made in Kimberley providing an opportunity to enjoy a city tour and a visit to the Diamond Mine Museum and the world's largest man-made excavation, the Big Hole.


Highlights of the Cape Town Journey Luxury Rail Tour:
  • Jacaranda City
  • Pretoria
  • Kimberley's Big Hole
  • Kimberley Diamond Museum
  • Klein Karoo
  • Great Karoo
  • Matjiesfontein
  • Cape Winelands
  • Cape Town

  • 15h00 Depart Rovos Rail Station, Pretoria. Travel south through the goldfieldsof the Witwatersrand.
  • 19h30 Dinner is served in the dining cars.
  • 07h00 Breakfast is served until 09h45.
  • 09h45 Arrive at the atmospheric railway station of Kimberley. Disembark for a tour of the renowned city, the Diamond Mine Museum and the extraordinary Big Hole.
  • 12h30 Depart and continue on overnight through the Karoo.
  • 13h00 Lunch is served in the dining cars.
  • 16h30 Tea in the lounge or observation car.
  • 19h30 Dinner is served in the dining cars.
  • 07h00 Breakfast is served until 10h00.
  • 08h25 Disembark at the quaint village of Matjiesfontein for an opportunity to stroll through this historic settlement.
  • 10h30 Depart for the Hex River Pass.
  • 13h00 Lunch is served as the train climbs down the face of the escarpment and into the winelands to Worcester.
  • 16h30 Tea in the lounge or observation car.
  • 18h00 The train arrives at journey's end, Platform 24 at Cape Town Station.
Available in Reverse: Departing Cape Town
11h00, arriving Pretoria 12h00.

Optional journey combinations:

Cape Town and Durban
(both directions); Cape Town to Victoria Falls

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