Is South Africa on your ‘bucket list’ for next year? Why not do something completely different, and experience a luxury rail tour? Since their establishment in 1989, Rovos Rail’s magnificent hotel trains have earned an international reputation for delivering truly world-class experiences. With discreet and friendly service, five-star cuisine and a selection of South Africa’s finest wines, Rovos harks back to a simpler, more elegant era encompassing the timeless grace and high romance of African exploration.

The African Golf Collage offers a panoramic ten-day journey which winds its way from Pretoria, the capital city, to Cape Town, and includes both a golfing and non-golfing itinerary. Courses featured include Leopard Creek Kruger, Durban Country Club,/Zimbali, Champagne Sports Resort Ladysmith, Humewood Port Elizabeth, and Ernie Els Oubaai George.

Departures are in January, May, October & November, and fully-inclusive rates are from £6200 per person on a twin/double basis.

Also on offer from Rovos is the fabulous nine-day Golf Safari, which has been designed to entertain the most discerning golfers, and features rounds at Sun City, Champagne Sports, Durban Country Club, Royal Swazi, and Leopard Creek. Departures are in March, April, October & November with fully-inclusive rates from £4700 per person on a twin/double basis.

Rovos Rail has also recently purchased and rebuilt the three-star Shongololo Express. When indigenous people observed the first trains in Africa, the lines of rolling stock passing on the distant horizons recalled the profile and sinuous movement of a creature they called Shongololo – the millipede. The Good Hope Golf tour is a grand fifteen day journey featuring optional rounds at Nelspuit/Leopard Creek/White River, Nkonyeni Swaziland, Zimbali, Durban Country Club, Champagne Sports, Resort, Kimberley, Fancourt, Ernie Els Oubaai, and Arabella Golf Estate.

Like other Rovos journeys, the Shongololo offers an engaging synchronous leisure itinerary for non-players. Departures are in the months of February, March, October & November, and half-board rates start at £4800 per person on twin/double basis.

Interested? Contact Rovos Rail on 01278 256 509 or Edward Mitchell on email for brochures, schedules, & further information.

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