Day 1

    

Pretoria

Day notes

You will be staying at Illyria House, an opulent guesthouse situated on a beautifully landscaped estate in the heart of Pretoria. This guesthouse boasts old world grandeur - butlers with white gloves, fine antiques and 17th centaury tapestries. You will be accommodated in a lavishly appointed suite, accentuated with antique furniture. The suites have elegant bathrooms and all the amenities you could wish for.

Discover peace and tranquillity as you treat yourself to an indulgent treatment at the Illyria House Wellness Spa. Dinner at Illyria is a grand affair and the menu can be tailor-made to suit your needs. Before going in to dinner you can enjoy the sounds of live entertainment, provided by classically trained artists.

Transfers from OR Tambo can be arranged

Transfer from OR Tambo International Airport [JNB] to Illyria House

Details  
Company

Own Arrangements

Mode

Transfer

Pick up

OR Tambo International Airport [JNB]

Drop off

Illyria House

Check-in to Illyria House

Included:

Your Stay Includes:

·Accommodation nestled in lush japanese-style garden with en-suite bathroom and air-conditioning, satellite television, telephone, hairdryer and coffee & tea making facilities

·Guest amenities including selection of toiletries in the bathroom, dressing gowns and slippers

·Access to private pool with recliners

·Breakfast at the main house

Excluded:

Your Stay Excludes:

·Beauty and wellness treatments

·Laundry service, drinks and all other extras to be settled direct

Day 2

    

Rovos Rail

Day notes

You will depart at 10h00 at the Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria and will travel to Koster for an overnight stop. On this day you will spend your day at leisure on the train.

Your air-conditioned Deluxe Suite is comfortable and elegant measuring ±10 sq metres in size with your own private bathroom. Your bathroom has a shower, basin and toilet - original fittings combined with modern technology of hot showers, hair dryers and shaver plug. A good nights sleep is guaranteed in your comfortable twin bed or double bed. There is also a bar fridge filled with beverages of your choice and room service is available 24 hours a day


Check-out from Illyria House

Transfer from Illyria House to Rovos Rail Station

Details  
Company

Illyeria House Transfer

Mode

Transfer

Pick up

Illyria House

Drop off

Rovos Rail Station (Capital Park Station)

Train from Rovos Rail Station

Details  
Company

Rovos Rail

Mode

Train

Embark

Rovos Rail Station

Disembark

Rovos Rail Station

Departure Platform

Capital Park Station

Arrival Platform

Capital Park Station

Day 3

    

Rovos Rail

Day notes

For golfers you will begin the day with a 09h00 tee off at the Lost City or Gary Player Country Club.

The course defies being bracketed into any particular genre having touches of mountain, desert and even African parkland in its make-up. Here, you can choose to tackle the course from its championship tees (suggested only for the longer hitting, single-figure handicappers), the standard markers or forward tees. Even playing the shortest route presents a great test as the approaches to the greens – clad in bent grass and protected by bunkers – demand careful judgment. Signature hole: 13th - par 3. A green in the shape of Africa bordered by a pond, home to several large crocodiles!

For non-golfers the day begins at 07h00 with a adventurous game drive in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Enjoy exploring the beautiful Lost City, followed by lunch at the club. Dinner will be served at 19h30 on board en route to Heidelberg.

Day 4

    

Rovos Rail

Day notes

The day will be spent en-route to Estcourt via Ladysmith. All meals will be enjoyed on board as the day is spent at leisure on the train.

Day 5

    

Rovos Rail

Day notes

For golfers the following day begins with a 09h00 tee off at the Champagne Sports Resort.

Located in the beautiful Drakensberg area, this course has to be rated as one of the most scenically memorable golf layouts in South Africa. Designed by Hugh Baiocchi and Kevin Curren, it successfully blends the natural attributes of the terrain and the surrounding beauty with the modern demands of a quality course. It undulates up and around the contours of a valley that nestles under the dominant peaks of Champagne and Cathkin Peaks and incorporates several holes with blind tee shots. Professional and novice alike will appreciate the 84 well-appointed bunkers that line the fairways and greens.

For non-golfers the day begins at 09h00 in which you will enjoy a professional tour of the battlefields with lunch at Spionkop Lodge followed by some shopping. You will then depart for Durban.


Day 6

    

Rovos Rail

Day notes

Golfers begin your day with a 07h30 Tee off at the Durban Country Club.

Built by George Waterman and fellow professional golfer Laurie Waters, the Durban Country Club was established in 1922 and has a proud history.Renowned for its classic Cape Dutch architecture, lush vegetation, undulating fairways, sand dunes and beautiful setting overlooking the Indian Ocean, the Club has been the venue of choice for many an important celebration in its rich history. Signature Hole: 3rd - par 5 - 468m. A tee shot from the highest point on the course into a valley below, completely exposing the drive to the ocean gusts. Trees on the right of the straightaway hole need to be avoided as well as the large fairway bunker on the landing area to the left.

Non-golfers begin your day at 09h00 as you disembark for a city tour of Durban followed by lunch with the golfers at the Durban Country Club.


Day 7

    

Rovos Rail

Day notes

On this day you will have the opportunity to experience the regions splendid wildlife offerings starting at 06h00 with a game drive in the Hluhluwe Game Reserve. Brunch will be served at 11h00 as the train departs for Mpaka, Swaziland.

Day 8

    

Rovos Rail

Day notes

Golfers will enjoy an early start with a 07h30 tee off at the Royal Swazi Sun.

This spectacular championship course is one of the most scenic locations found in the world. Opened in 1966, it has been laid out on the slopes of the Lebombo Range that curves gently down into the valley. The first nine holes are comparatively level but the second nine fully exploits the mountainous terrain. Challenging features include lakes, gullies thick with vegetation, out-of-bound areas running close to fairways, swirling breezes, clusters of magnificent trees and indigenous plants and wickedly sited bunkers – one is so steep it requires steps to facilitate access.

Signature hole: 6th - par 3 - 163m. A wayward shot to the right is out of bounds, while one to the left is a lost ball.

Non-golfers begin at 08h00 with a morning game drive in Mkhaya Reserve. Enjoy a visit to Ngwenya Glass with lunch at Guava Gallery followed by some shopping oppourtunities. The train then departs at 18h00 for Malelane in South Africa.


Day 9

    

Rovos Rail

Day notes

On this day golfers enjoy a 08h00 tee off at Leopard Creek Golf Estate on the Crocodile River.

This ultra-exclusive world-class facility is the brainchild of magnate Johan Rupert and, as can be expected, no expense was spared. Bordered to the north and the west by the picturesque Crocodile River and the Kruger National Park, the course represents African golf at its best with indigenous bushveld bordering the immaculate fairways and greens. Innovative architectural and landscaping techniques ensure the course is naturally protected from animals, while lakes and small streams divert through the development to create scenic vistas and interesting golf strategies. Hazards take a new dimension for much of the water is home to the magnificent creatures for which the river is named…crocodiles. Signature hole: 13th - par 5 - 505m. Here the green is right on the edge of the Crocodile River but 32 metres above the water level offering magnificent views up the river and into the Kruger Park.

Non-golfers start with an early morning 08h00 game drive in the famous Kruger National Park followed by a lunch at Buhala Lodge and curio shopping. At 19h30 you will enjoy dinner on board as the train travels to Witbank for the overnight stop.


Day 10

    

Cape Town

Day notes

Scenic Hout Bay is a lively coastal town with a lovely swimming beach and a picturesque harbour where you can buy the best fish and chips in the world. Hout Bay is well known for its fishing prowess and is the epicentre of Cape Town’s crayfish industry. Browse in the Hout Bay Craft Market, where you can pick up a range of curios. Enjoy some of the freshest seafood at the Mariner’s Wharf or enjoy relaxing on the beach. There are lots of restaurants, shops and pubs in this vibrant little town.

On your final day you will start with a 07h00 scrumptious breakfast as the train departs for Pretoria. You will arrive at your journey’s end at Rovos

Rail Station by 10h00, A private road transfer will take you from Rovos Rail to Pretoria Airport for you oward flight to Cape Town International Airport.

Look out for your Private transfer representative in arrivals hall, you will be driven in style to the Hotel on the edge of the Atlantic ocean.

Tinswalo Atlantic is an elegant Boutique Hotel situated right on the water’s edge at the base of Chapman’s Peak, overlooking the quaint fishing village of Hout Bay. Relax in the tranquil ambiance and enjoy world-class gourmet food.

Disembark from Rovos Rail

Transfer from Rovos Rail Station to Wonderboom Airport [PRY]

Details  
Company

Kwathlano Transfers

Mode

Transfer

Pick up

Rovos Rail Station (Capital Park Station)

Drop off

Wonderboom Airport [PRY]

Scheduled Flight from Wonderboom Airport [PRY] to Cape Town International Airport [CPT]

Details  
Mode

Scheduled Flight

Departure

Wonderboom Airport [PRY]

Arrival

Cape Town International Airport [CPT]

Transfer from Cape Town International Airport [CPT] to Tintswalo Atlantic

Details  
Company

Tintswalo Atlantic Transfer

Mode

Transfer

Pick up

Cape Town International Airport [CPT]

Drop off

Tintswalo Atlantic

Check-in to Tintswalo Atlantic

Day 11

    

Cape Town

Day notes

Stay in a luxurious suite that is stylishly furnished around the theme of different islands from around the world and has stunning views of the bay. Lie in bed with the waves lapping right up to your suite. Spend some time in the interactive kitchen and pick up tips from the chef or explore the markets, galleries and restaurants of Hout Bay or further afield in Cape Town.

Day 12

    

End of Itinerary

Day notes

A shared road transfer will take you from Tintswalo Atlantic to Cape Town International Airport.

Check-out from Tintswalo Atlantic

Transfer from Tintswalo Atlantic to Cape Town International Airport [CPT]

Details  
Company

Titswalo Atlantic Transfer

Mode

Transfer

Pick up

Tintswalo Atlantic

Drop off

Cape Town International Airport [CPT]

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