Rovos Rail - Cape Town Rail Journey
Journey by train from Cape Town to Pretoria. This experience enables you to experience the South African countryside from a different vantage point.
- Experience Africa via Rail
Cape Town, Kimberley, Pretoria
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 the spectacular mountain ranges and scenic winelands of the Cape. Journey’s end is Cape Town, the Mother City of South Africa, cradled by the imposing bulk of Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head. Highlights of the north- and southbound routes include a visit to the historic village of Matjiesfontein, an authentically preserved Victorian Village founded by Mr Logan as a refreshment stop in 1890, which also boasts an impressive museum on the platform. Another stop is made in Kimberley providing an opportunity to enjoy a visit to the Diamond Mine Museum and the world’s largest man-made excavation, the Big Hole.
Depart 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. 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. 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. Dinner is served in the dining cars as the train travels through the Karoo. Overnight on boar
Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00. Lunch is served in the dining cars. 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. Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars. Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Klerksdorp. Overnight on board
Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00. Travel northeast through the goldfields of the Witwatersrand. Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train arrives at journey’s end at Rovos Rail Station, Pretoria.
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