9 Day Golf Safari on Rovos Rail 2016

Holiday Package Includes:
  • 9 days on Rovos Rail in a Pullman Suite
  • All meals & drinks on board the train
  • All golf fees
  • All excursions for non golfers
Holiday Package Excludes :
  • All airfares – International & Domestic
  • Tour starts & ends at Pretoria Capital Park Station. Transfers to the station can be arranged on request for you
  • Any meals not specified in the itinerary
  • All Gratuities
  • Any items of a personal nature i.e. telephone calls, laundry
  • Personal & Medical Insurance

Itinerary

Day 1:Pretoria / Mpumalanga

09h00

Arrive at Rovos Rail Station,Capital Park in Pretoria. Complete formalities and board the luxury train
 
10h00  
Depart Rovos Rail Station Depart and traverse the Highveld to the Drakensberg Mountains.
 
Unpack and freshen up in your Pullman Suite before meeting fellow passengers in the Lounge or Observation Cars. 
 
Day at leisure on train.
Dinner is served in the dining cars

 

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Kruger National Park/ Swaziland

Today is spent exploring the fabulous Kruger National Park area.

 

Non Golfers: 

Experience a true thrill. Enjoy a game drive in the Kruger Park followed by lunch.

 

Golfers:

Enjoy a day at Leopard Creek Golf Estate where you can often see wild game on the golf course!

 

LEOPARD CREEK • Parklands • 6 631m • Carts compulsory 
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.
 

Rejoin the train and depart for Swaziland at 6pm

 

Enjoy dinner on board the train

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Swaziland / St Lucia

Enjoy breakfast on board the train.

 

09h30 - Game drive in the Hluhluwe Reserve in Zululand.
 

One of the oldest and most prestigious wildlife reserves in South Africa, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, is located just 280km north of Durban. This large wildlife reserve has a tropical climate and offers phenomenal game viewing. Established in 1895, it's the oldest proclaimed park in Africa and it has a dramatic history. The reserve was previously two separate parks however in 1989 the Umfolozi and Hluhluwe reserves were joined to form the super-safari reserve known as Hluhluwe-Imfolozi.

 
Lunch is served as the train travels south alongside the St Lucia Wetland Park to Durban for the overnight stop.

 

Enjoy dinner on board Rovos Rail 

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 : Durban

Breakfast on board the train 
 
Non-golfers:
08h00 Disembark for a short city tour of Durban.
10h00 Traverse the Valley of a Thousand Hills to Ardmore Ceramics for a two-hour afternoon visit.
16h00 Return to the train for dinner and overnight. Traverse the Drakensberg.
 
Golfers:
08h00 Tee off at Durban Country Club "Beechwood Course"
 
DURBAN BEACHWOOD • Semi-links • 6 016m • Carts available 
The seaside layout of Beachwood has deservedly received accolades for its immaculate conditioning. Originally designed by Sid & Jack Brews in 1930, it has always been famed for its narrow fairways and indigenous trees. When Beachwood amalgamated with Durban Country Club in the late 1990s, Gary Player’s design team was asked to upgrade and redesign some of the holes while introducing additional hazards. The results are to be savoured as one 
plays a course with clever bunkering and water features with superb greens. The land follows rolling and undulating contours allowing fairways to follow natural valleys between high grassy banks, requiring precision shots and lay-ups.
Signature Hole: 6th - par 4 - 410m - One of the most demanding holes you will find anywhere, the 6th is set high in 
the dunes and doglegs left with a stream, bush and water hazard to be negotiated en route to the green. 
 
After lunch, enjoy a one-hour scenic drive along the Midlands Meander to join the train at Lions River.
 
Dinner on board the train 

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Durban/ Bloemfontein

Breakfast on the train 
 
09h00
Disembark for a city tour of Bloemfontein.

Bloemfontein, affectionately known as the "City of Roses", is the Capital City of the Free State Province. Exploring Bloemfontein almost feels like steeping back in time, to a place where there is little stress, no rushing about and a peaceful atmosphere pervades. 

 

13h00
Travel to Coerney/Alicedale across the Drakensberg Mountains.
 
Dinner on the train 

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Port Elizabeth

Breakfast on the train 

 

Non-golfers: 
08h00 - Game drive at Addo Elephant Park.
The Addo Elephant National Park is home to the 'Big 7', namely Elephant, Rhino, Lion, Buffalo, Leopard, Whale and the Great White Shark. Addo National Park is indeed a unique and diverse wildlife sanctuary
11h30 - Rejoin the train and depart for Port Elizabeth.
14h15 - Experience the train being turned around then depart for Oudtshoorn via Willowmore.
 
Golfers:
 
07h00 - One-hour transfer from Alicedale to Humewood Course.
 
HUMEWOOD GOLF COURSE 
Humewood Golf Course is a true Links golf course. Compleat Golfer offered the club an award for retaining Links traditions in South Africa. Consistantly ranked as as one of South Africa's Top 10 golf courses, it is home to one of the world's most challenging links courses. 
The late Bobby Locke considered Humewood Golf Course to be the best in South Africa and said that it compared favourably with the top links courses in the British Isles. Humewood has hosted the South African Amateur 9 times and the South African Open 4 times.
Signature Hole: Most consider the par-four 13th the signature hole at The Humewood Golf Course and some golfers consider it the greatest par four in the world. 
 
Enjoy a game and lunch before joining the train in Port Elizabeth.
 
Dinner on board the train

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Oudtshoorn

Breakfast on board the train 
 
Non-golfers:
09h00 - Enjoy a two-hour ostrich-farm visit in Oudtshoorn. Traverse the Montagu Pass to George.
 
Golfers: 
 
07h00 - Arrive Oudtshoorn. Transfer to George along Montagu Pass.
10h30 - Tee off at Fancourt 
 
FANCOURT 
Fancourt offers three originally designed Gary Player golf courses - including The Links, which Gary Player has often referred to as his greatest design feat.  The Links, Montagu & Outeniqua golf courses are all ranked in the Top 20 in South Africa.  In 2014, The Links is ranked No. 1 in South Africa by Golf Digest SA and No. 34 in the world by the USA Golf Digest.  The Montagu is ranked No. 6 and the Outeniqua No. 17 by Golf Digest SA.
 
Dinner at Fancourt Estate 

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Knysna / Riversdale

Breakfast on board the train 

 

Non-golfers:

08h00 - Morning at leisure in Knysna or ferry ride to Featherbed Nature Reserve.

 

Golfers:

 

07h00- Transfer to Ernie Els Oubaai for tee off at 08h00.

 

OUBAAI GOLF COURSE 

The first of the Ernie Els signature courses in South Africa Oubaai is golfing heaven! This specially designed course is idyllic yet challenging and surrounded by the most breath-taking scenery of the Garden Route. Perched on the edge of the hill cliffs leading down toward the Indian Ocean and with the Outeniqua Mountain Range behind it, this exclusive club really does enjoy the best of both worlds. The fairways undulate over the hilly terrain and the grounds are in pristine condition. Signature Hole: Par 3 17th where the green is below you and framed by the ocean which influences you to you to short club. 

 
Depart George and travel along the Garden Route via the Outeniqua Mountains to the coast towards Riversdale.

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Cape Town

Breakfast is served in the dining cars

 
11h00 - Enjoy a Two-hour tour of the KWV Brandy Distillery, Worcester.
 
17h00  - Arrive at Platform 23 at Cape Town Station.

 

Meals Included: Breakfast