Durban Safari 3 days 1st Class with Rovos Rail


An unforgettable train journey into the Valley of a Thousand Hills exploring the bushveld and battlefields of Natal

Rovos Rail Departing Dates

RATE: 1 SEPTEMBER 2023 - 30 OCTOBER 2023
  • Pullman Suite R16,230 pps
  • Deluxe Suite R24,460 pps
  • Royal Suite R32,570 pps
Single Supplement +50%

RATE: 1 SEPTEMBER 2024 - 30 OCTOBER 2024
  • Pullman Suite R17,495 pps
  • Deluxe Suite R26,395 pps
  • Royal Suite R35,150 pps
Single Supplement +50%

Rovos Rail Prices

Pretoria - Durban Safari

Join this three-day safari on the most luxurious train in the world and experience the splendour of KwaZulu-Natal. Take in the Big Five, a battlefields tour with a world-class historian and unusual African ceramics. Experience the Nambiti Conservancy - a Big Five private bush retreat set on 20 000 acres of malaria-free bushveld with an incredible biodiversity including savannah, grasslands, thornveld and tall acacia trees.

The Sundays River flows through the reserve and has two 40-metre waterfalls with magnificent ravine bush, home to several rare bird species. Situated on an expansive game farm, Spionkop Lodge - which adjoins an 11 000-acre nature reserve - is the perfect base for exploring the mountains, bush, birds and battlefields of the region. The turn-of-the-century farmhouse has been restored in the colonial style and the converted barn now forms a dining room that boasts impressive views over the Tugela River and across the Drakensberg Mountains.

Ardmore Ceramic Art is a story about the Zulu people whose sense of rhythm, colour, dance and song, as well as the spirit of the African imagination, is exerting its influence on the other continents of the world. Visit this charming centre in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands before travelling through the Valley of a Thousand Hills to Durban.


Highlights of the Pretoria - Durban Luxury Rail Tour:
  • Pretoria - Jacaranda City
  • Nambiti Conservancy Game Reserve
  • Battlefields tour at Spionkop
  • Spionkop Game Reserve
  • Valley of a Thousand Hills
  • Ardmore Ceramics and equestrian display
  • Zululand
  • Durban

  • 10h00 Depart Rovos Rail Station, Pretoria. Travel southeast over the gold-rich mining areas of Gauteng.
  • 13h00 Lunch is served as the Drakensberg Mountains come into view.
  • 16h30 Tea is served as the train climbs to Majuba Hill, site of the decisive battle that ended the First Anglo Boer War.
  • 19h30 Dinner is served in the dining cars.
  • Overnight on board at Elandslaagte.
  • 06h00 Wake-up call for a game drive in the Nambiti Conservancy.
  • 11h00 Brunch is served en route to Ladysmith.
  • 14h00 Disembark for a choice of excursions:
  • 1. Spionkop battlefields tour OR
  • 2. Spionkop Reserve game drive.
  • 17h45 Return to the train.
  • 19h30 Dinner is served as the train heads for Estcourt. Overnight on board.
  • 07h00 Breakfast is served as the train descends the escarpment to Lions River.
  • 10h00 Disembark for a visit to the famous Ardmore Ceramics Gallery.
  • 13h00 Lunch is served as the train traverses the Valley of a Thousand Hills.
  • 16h00 Arrive at journey's end in Durban.
Available in Reverse: Departing Durban 10h00, arriving Pretoria 16h00.

Optional journey combinations: Durban and Cape Town (both directions); Durban to Victoria Falls.

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