A 15-day journey offering an amazing and comprehensive view of South Africa, incorporating virtually every internationally regarded ‘must see' sight and highlight. Please Note this train tour also runs in the reverse order from Pretoria to Cape Town.
Good Hope Golf Train Tour, Cape Town to Pretoria Train Travel
- Enjoy scenic views along the Panorama Route
- Go on game drives in Kruger National Park
- Explore the breathtaking Cango Caves and the ostrich capital Oudtshoorn
- Go whale watching in Hermanus, Overberg
What you can expect on this South African train tour
As the train travels the length and breadth of the country, guests can enjoy the great variety of landscapes, shorelines, cultures, lifestyles and cuisine that the South African Rainbow Nation has to offer.
Day 1 - Cape Town Tour And Train DepartureBoard the Shongololo Express at Ravos Rail station in Cape Town. After being welcomed by your tour guide and the Shongololo Express representative, you will have time to relax and settle in as well as familiarise yourself with the detailed programme and the exciting excursions on offer to you during your trip ahead.
After check-in enjoy a full-day city tour of Cape Town. Your tour will start with a walk through the Company Gardens - founded by Jan van Riebeeck in the 1950s as a vegetable garden that supplied fresh produce to ships en route to the spice islands. From here your tour continues to the colourful Malay community of Bo-Kaap to visit the Bo-Kaap museum that documents the lives of Cape Malay people in the Cape.
Before heading to the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront you will stop at Diamond Works and see the process of diamond cutting. On arrival at the waterfront you can enjoy a tasty lunch with a spectacular view - your are spoilt for choice.
In the afternoon you will drive through District Six. The area was established as a mixed community of freed slaves, labourers and immigrants. On 11 February 1966 the area was declared a white area under the Group Areas Act and more than 60 000 people were forcely removed to the Cape Flats area.
The last stop on your city tour is a visit to the oldest building in South Africa - The Castle of Good Hope. The Castle was built by Commander Jan van Riebeeck in 1652 as a replenishment station for ships that of the Dutch East India company (V.O.C).
Your guide will transfer you back to Cape Town Station where you will board the train and depart for Worcester.
Day 2 - Drive to Hermanus Over Scenic Mountain PassesThis morning you will explore the coastal town of Hermanus in the Overberg. Travel over the scenic passes of Rooihoogte and Floorshoogte via the towns of Viliersdorp and Botriver. Hermanus (originally called Hermanuspietersfontein) is the whale capital of South Africa. The town is on the WWF top 12 best whale watching spots in the world. Whales can be seen from as close as 5 metres away from the rocky shores during breeding season (July - November).
The Arabella Golf Estate is a 25 minute drive from Hermanus. Play a round of golf surrounded by the scenic Kogelberg Mountain range and Bot River Lagoon. This is truly the jewel of the Overberg.
In the afternoon journey back to the train in Robertson. Enjoy a delicious dinner on board and spend the night at Voorbaai
Day 3 - Knysna Visit and Fancourt Dinner / Play at Ernie Els OubaaiTuck into a hearty breakfast and afterwards meet your guide for a day out in the Garden Route. Knynsa is sandwiched between the Indian Ocean and the Outeniqua Mountains. Admire the scenic drive with gorgeous views of lush forest and a dreamy lagoon. Enjoy a ferry cruise in the Featherbed Nature Reserve to the Knysna Heads - two sandstone cliffs guiding the mouth of the lagoon that connects to the estuary to the sea Or spend the day shopping at numerous boutiques.
Golfers will be transferred to the Ernie Els Oubaai Golf Club for tee off. The 18-hole signature championship course claims to have the most awe-inspiring settings of any course in the world.
Enjoy dinner at the Fancourt Golf Estate and spend the night in George.
Day 4 - Cango Caves and Ostrich Farm visit / Play at Fancourt Golf EstateWake up in George and after a delicious breakfast meet your guide for a day out in the Klein Karoo. Oudtshoorn is the most central town in this semi-arid region. Drive through the Outeniqua Pass and see the beautiful landscape from on top. A highlight on this tour is a visit to the Cango caves and Ostrich Farm Or enjoy a day on the golf course at the beautiful Fancourt Golf Estate.
The caves has a series of fascinating underground chambers with breathtaking limestone formations. Oudtshoorn became world-famous during the time of the time of the boa and grand hats.
In the afternoon board the train in Oudtshoorn and depart for Graaff Reinet.
Day 5 - Graaff Reinet Walking TourToday you will enjoy a guided walking tour of Graaff Reinet which was established in 1786 and is the fourth oldest settlement in South Africa. See the historical buildings, museums and learn about this interesting town. Return to the train for lunch before departing for Kimberley.
Day 6 - Kimberley Tour / Play at Kimberley Golf ClubStart your day on a high with a scrumptious breakfast freshly prepared by chef. On this full-day tour you will visit the the Big Hole and Diamond Museum followed by lunch at one the restaurants. Later you will visit the William Humpreys Art Gallery and the McGregor House Museum Or play on the 19 hole course at the Kimberley Golf Club.
Return to your train for dinner and depart to Bloemfontein. Spend the night on the Shongololo Express
Day 7 - Bloemfontein TourGood Morning Bloemfontein! After breakfast your guide will meet you for a half-day city tour. Highlights on this tour includes a visit to the Women’s Memorial at the Anglo Boer War Museum. The monument is a reminder of the 27 000 women and children who died in the concentration camps during the war.
After a drive through the city (also known as the Rose City) you can enjoy lunch at the Loch Logan Waterfront. Afterwards head up Navil Hill which offers spectacular panoramic views and end the day at the former State President’s residence “Olivenhuis”, which houses an extensive collection of South African Art.
In the afternoon board the and depart for Ladysmith.
Day 8 - Battlefields Tour / Play at Champagne Sports ResortSavour a scrumptious breakfast before you go on a half-day Battlefields Tour. At the Siege Museum you can trace the course of the Anglo Boer Wars. At Wagon Hill South Africans and British were in battle and declared as a National Monument in 1938.
Golfers will be transferred from Ladysmith Station to Champagne Sports Resort for tee off.
After a morning of exploration and sport return to the train for lunch and depart to Durban.
Day 9 - Durban Tour / Play at Durban Golf CourseToday you will have an opportunity to meet and spend time with the locals at the PheZulu Safari Village and the interesting Ushaka Marine World. Durban is the largest city in South Africa. The subtropical climate makes Durban a favourite with holidaymakers. At Phezulu Cultural village experiences authentic Zulu culture. In the afternoon have lunch at the Ushaka Marine World and spend the rest of the afternoon here Or make your way to the Durban Country Club for the 09:00 am Tee off.
Return to the train for a scrumptious dinner and depart for your overnight at Empangeni.
Day 10 - St Lucia Wetland Park VisitWake up and enjoy breakfast. Today you will visit a St Lucia (iSimangaliso) Wetland Park - a world-heritage site Or go play golf at Zimbali (approximately 1 hour and 29 min by car).
The iSimangaliso Wetland Park covers 332 000 hectares and is home to a variety of animals, plants and birds. In 1999 the park was declared a World heritage Site in 1999 and is Africa’s largest estuarine system; 526 bird species and 25 000 year-old vegetated coastal dunes.
In the afternoon return to the train and depart for Hluhluwe. Spend the night on the Shongolo Express.
Day 11 - Hluhluwe Game DrivesWake up bright and early and have warm coffee and rusks before you head over to the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park for a morning game drive. The park is the oldest nature reserve in Africa and is situated to the north of Durban. Here you will see the Big Five and a variety of other species.
On return you will depart for Mpaka, Swaziland where boarder formalities will take place.
Day 12 - Swaziland Tour / Play at Nkonyeni Golf EstateGood Morning Swaziland! After breakfast your guide will await you at the tour vehicle for a full day tour of Swaziland.highlights on this tour is are visits to Manzini, Mbabane and Ngwenya Glass Or take an hour transfer to Nkonyeni Golf Estate for tee off.
Swaziland is a tiny landlocked monarch country on the north and south of South Africa. The drive to Manzini offers stunning views of the Ezulwini Valley and Komati River. The Swazi Market is buzzing with local arts and crafts and you’ll have an opportunity to purchase souvenirs.
After border formalities at Jeppes Reef you will rejoin the train in Malelane.
Day 13 - Kruger park Game Drive / Play Golf at Leopard Creek, Nelspruit or White RiverWake up early for coffee and muffins and enjoy transfer to Kruger National Park for a full-day game drive activity Or play golf at Leopard Creek, Nelspruit or White River.
Kruger National Park is one of the biggest game reserves in Africa. The park is located in the northeastern part of South Africa and is home to the big five. The 2 million hectare park is a leader in innovation and environmental management. The park is home to a large number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. Game drives are conducted in a air-conditioned vehicle. Open-top vehicle is optional.
In the Afternoon rejoin the train in Malelane and depart for Nelspruit.
Day 14 - Panorama RouteWake up in Nelspruit and enjoy breakfast before taking on the Panorama Route. On this full-day tour you will visit Pilgrim’s Rest, Bourke’s Luck potholes and God’s Window Or play a round of golf at Leopard Creek, Nelspruit or White River.
The old-world town of Pilgrim's Rest is situated in the Kruger lowveld region. In 1873 during the gold rush era 1500 diggers made the town their home. Today Pilgrim’s Rest is a living museum and national monument. Further up the escarpment you’ll find the great Blyde River Canyon (one of the most visited attractions in South Africa). Bourke’s Luck Potholes you will see displays of natural rock formations and pools that has been carved by river activities. The last stop on the tour is God's Window. From the viewpoint you can admire the beautiful lowveld.
After an incredible day out return to the train and depart for Witbank. Have dinner on board and spend the night on the Shongololo Express.
Day 15 - Arrival in Pretoria with a tour of Soweto and PretoriaYour train journey ends at the Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria. Check out of the train followed by a full-day tour of Pretoria and Soweto
Pretoria is the administrative capital of South Africa and home of the Union Building where the President and his Ministers sit. The building was designed by Sir Herbert Baker and completed in 1913. Next is a visit to Church Square to see the bronze statue of Paul Kruger. Kruger was the president of South africa from 1883 to 1900. The last stop in Pretoria is a visit to the Voortrekker Monument which honour the Great Trek of 1830.
Soweto is the biggest township in South Africa and home to more than one million residents. Soweto gained fame from the Apartheid (separation) laws. On the tour you will pass the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital (the largest hospital in the Southern hemisphere) and Vilakazi Street - once home to two Nobel prize winners Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The last stop is a visit to the Hector Petersen Memorial, which commemorates the loss of his life during the Soweto student uprising in 1972.
At the end of the tour return to the Rovos rail Station and continue your onward travels.
Please NotePlease Note this train tour also runs in the reverse order from Pretoria to Cape Town. We can arrange pre and post accommodation and transfers to the station.
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