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Deluxe Double, Rovos Rail

Rovos Rail and Johannesburg extension

4-day extension from £1,350 pp


Short description

A four-day tailor-made railway journey from Cape Town to Johannesburg

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Rovos Rail
  • 1 Night Johannesburg


Recommended for:
History & culture | Rail journey | Relaxation

This four-day rail trip across South Africa is the perfect illustration of South Africa as a world in one country. This 1,600 km meander introduces you to the grasslands of the gold rich Highveld to the haunting bareness of the Great Karoo: trundle through spectacular mountain ranges and scenic winelands of the Cape. 

Your journey’s start will be in Cape Town, the capital city of South Africa that’s cradled by the imposing bulk of Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head. Highlights of the north and south bound routes include a visit to the historic town of Matjiesfontein, an authentically preserved Victorian village, and in Kimberly, where you’ll get the opportunity to enjoy a city tour and to make a visit to the Diamond Mine Museum and the world’s largest man-made excavation, the Big Hole. Finish in Johannesburg with a half-day visit of the creative and cultural township of Soweto where you'll learn about its history and visit its famous soccer stadium. 

Day by day itinerary

Day 1

Transfer from your hotel to the rail station, where you’ll board the majestic Rovos Rail, staying in the Pullman Suite. Catering to a maximum of 80 passengers in comfort and luxury, there's either a 72-bed or a 44-bed train to choose from.

Stay: Rovos Rail (Deluxe)

Meals: D

Day 2

Today, you’ll arrive in Kimberly at 10:00, and you’ll embark on a visit of the town. Whilst in the town, you will have the opportunity to visit a number of fantastic attractions, including the Big Hole and the Diamond Mine Museum. At 12:30, depart Kimberley and precede overnight via De Aar and Beaufort West to Matjiesfontein.

Stay: Rovos Rail (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 3
Matjiesfontein – Johannesburg

In the morning, enjoy a scenic visit to the historic village of Matjesfontein, before departing for Cape Town via Touws River and Worcester. Arrive in Cape Town at approximately 18:00, and transfer to your hotel.

Stay: The Michelangelo, Johannesburg (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 4

The morning is free at your own leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities. In the afternoon, embark on a half-day tour of Soweto on a scheduled tour. Soweto is a lively, cultured and exciting town that bares the scars of apartheid, and is a very interesting place to visit. Whilst on your half-day tour of Soweto, visit the Hector Pieterson Museum, pass Mandela House and take time to visit the fascinating little museum. 

Continue to Regina Mundi Church, the site of many secret underground meetings of the then banned political parties. Finally, visit the largest football stadium in Africa, Soccer City, which hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup opening and final matches. Your tour finishes with a transfer to the airport.

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Any element of this extension can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Deluxe

4-day extension
from £1,350 pp

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