Golf and Safari in South Africa on The Most Luxurious Train in the World
Since its establishment in 1989, Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for its truly world-class travel experiences. Join the nine-day Golf Safari travelling the northeastern reaches of South Africa that will entertain the most discerning golfers with a delightful itinerary for non-playing guests.
Travel from Pretoria to Sun City* in the hills of the Pilanesberg for game viewing. Cross the spectacular Drakensberg Mountains to Spionkop*, the perfect base for exploring the mountains, bush, birds and battlefields of the region. Traverse the scenic Valley of a Thousand Hills to Durban* for a tour of the city and botanical gardens. The game viewing continues at Hluhluwe in Zululand (one of the oldest reserves in the country), Mkhaya* (Swaziland’s refuge for endangered species) and the world-famous Kruger Park in Malelane*, after which this memorable journey ends in Pretoria.
*Course selection is dependent on availability: Sun City Gary Player/Lost City, Champagne Sports Resort, Durban Country Club/Beachwood/Zimbali, Royal Swazi, Leopard Creek/White River/Nelspruit.
- 12:00 Depart Rovos Rail Station in Capital Park, Pretoria.
- 13:00 Guests may freshen up in their suites before meeting fellow passengers in the lounge car or rear observation car. Lunch is served in the dining cars.
- 16:30 Tea in the lounge and observation cars.
- 19:30 Dinner en route to Rustenburg. Dress: Formal
Day 2 – Gary Player and Lost City
- 06:00 Breakfast is served until departure. Transfer (60 minutes) to Sun City’s Gary Player/ Lost City Golf Course for tee off and lunch. Enjoy an afternoon of golfing and leisure.
- 17:30 Return to the train.
- 20:00 Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Heidelberg. Dress: Formal
- Day at leisure on the train. All meals enjoyed on board en route to Ladysmith and Estcourt. Dress: “African” Theme or Smart Casual
Day 4 – Champagne Sports
- 06:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure. Transfer (45 minutes) to Champagne Sports Resort for tee off and lunch.
- 17:00 Return to the train.
- 19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Durban. Dress: Formal
Day 5 – Durban/Beachwood /Zimbali
- 05:00 Breakfast is served until departure. Transfer to Durban Country Club/Durban Beachwood/Zimbali for tee off and lunch.
- 15:30 Return to the train.
- 16:00 The train departs Durban.
- 16:30 Tea in the lounge and observation cars.
- 19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Hluhluwe. Dress: Formal
- 05:00 Continental breakfast is served until departure.
- 06:00 Transfer to Hluhluwe-Imfolozi.
- 06:45 Board game vehicles for a game drive.
- 09:00 Tea break at Hilltop Camp.
- 10:30 Return to the train.
- 12:00 Lunch is served in the dining cars en route to Golela for border formalities with Swaziland.
- 16:30 Tea is served in the lounge car and observation car at the rear of the train.
- 19:30 Dinner is served en route to Mpaka. Dress: Formal
Day 7 – Royal Swazi Sun
- 06:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure. Transfer (90 minutes) to Royal Swazi Sun for tee off and lunch.
- 16:00 Return to the train.
- 18:00 Depart for Komatipoort, South Africa.
- 19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Malelane. Dress: Formal
Day 8 – Leopard Creek/White River/Nelspruit
- 06:00 Breakfast is served until departure. Transfer to Leopard Creek (15 minutes) OR White River Country Club (75 minutes) OR Nelspruit for tee off and lunch.
- 15:30 Return to the train.
- 16:30 Tea in the lounge car and observation car.
- 19:30 Dinner is served en route to Witbank. Enjoy the final prize-giving by the on-board golf pro. Dress: “1920s” Theme/Smart Casual
- 07:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars.
- 10:00 The train arrives at journey’s end at Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria.
Courses dependent on availability
SUN CITY – GARY PLAYER
Gauteng • Parklands • 6 550m • Walking course • www.suninternational.com The birth of the Sun City Resort called for South African golfing professional, Gary Player, to design an award-winning golf course that would fit in with the superlative venue. Using his experience and know-how he understood exactly what golfers would appreciate. The strength of this course lies in the fact that it doesn’t favour any particular shot and provides the same result whether playing the forward or intermediate tees. 8000 yards of golfing pleasure await all golfers with mesmerising views at every turn. Built in an extinct volcanic crater, this immaculate golfing paradise conforms to the stringent US PGA specifications and is home to the annual Nedbank Golf Challenge which plays host to some of the world’s golfing legends.
LOST CITY GOLF COURSE
Gauteng • Desert/Parkland • 6 983m/5 953m • Carts compulsory • www.suninternational.com After the completion of the Gary Player Country Club golf course, the popularity of the Sun City Resort and its many attractions demanded that another golf course be built. Again, Gary Player was commissioned to design the course, his challenge being to create a very different golfing experience.
The course defies being bracketed into any particular genre having touches of mountain, desert and even African parkland in its make-up with wide fairways, a series of lakes that separates the ninth with the finishing hole and covers more than 100 hectares with 28 000 square metres of water features. Here the golfer can choose to tackle the course from its championship tees, 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!
CHAMPAGNE SPORTS RESORT
Drakensberg • Mountain • 7 400m • Carts available • www.champagnesportsresort.com 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. The quality of the greens is accredited to Trevor Livesey whose passion remains unabated. Though the drama of the mighty mountains dominates the eye, the course also enjoys gentle vistas where the lower hills create a kaleidoscope of colour blessed with trees, rivers and dams to add even more of a challenge.
DURBAN COUNTRY CLUB
Durban • Semi-links • 6 157m • Carts available • www.dcclub.co.za Built by George Waterman and fellow professional golfer Laurie Waters, the Durban Country Club was established in 1922 and has a proud history. The difficulties these men faced were immense as all earth-moving had to be done manually, giant sand dunes were flattened and dense bush and trees chopped down and carted away. 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.
Durban • Semi-links • 6 016m • Carts available • www.dcclub.co.za 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, 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.
North Coast KwaZulu-Natal • Links Coastal & Parklands • 6 524m • Carts compulsory • www.zimbalicc.co.za A truly spectacular golf estate offering sweeping panoramas of the surrounding hills, forest and ocean. Former South African PGA and British Open Champion Tom Weiskopf has remained true to his style and designed a course that caters to players of all abilities. Opened in 1998 it has firmly cemented itself as one of the area’s favourites. Being an ecoconscious estate, the tee boxes are often situated in slightly tricky positions to avoid environmental disturbances. The first 11 holes take you over rolling hills with ideal vantage points from which to enjoy the magnificent views. Holes 12 to 18 explore the Zimbali indigenous forest.
Swaziland • Parklands • 6 166m • Carts available • www.suninternational.com 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.
Kruger Park Malelane • Parklands • 6 631m • Carts compulsory • www.leopardcreek.co.za 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 river but 32m above the water level offering magnificent views into the Kruger Park.
Nelspruit • Parklands • 6 036m • Carts available • www.whiterivercountryclub.co.za Naturally adapted to the valley floor upon which it lies, White River is located at the feet of several private nature reserves. Such is the beauty of the course that holes 7 and 11 have been compared to the likes of Augusta. Opened in 1924, it was designed by Gary Player and Reg Taylor. The long, snaking river that runs through the course is the defining feature and is home to an astounding array of flora and fauna. Signature hole: 5th – par 3 – 138m: This hole calls for an accurate tee shot over the river onto a gently sloping green.
NELSPRUIT GOLF CLUB
Nelspruit • Parklands • 5 700m • Carts available • www.nelspruitgolfclub.co.za Nelspruit lies in the fertile valley of the Crocodile River in the hot and humid Lowveld. It has a very important place on the tourist map due to its close proximity to the Kruger National Park. Founded in November 1928 and moved to its present location in 1939, Nelspruit Golf Club is one of Mpumalanga’s top courses. The bushveld course is a Bob Grimsdell design built among rocky outcrops. It was a nine-holer for nearly 30 years before Grimsdell returned to complete a second nine in 1967. It was left largely untouched until 1998 when Peter Matcovich upgraded it. The course is lined with indigenous lowveld trees and bent grass greens and cynoden/kikuyu fairways complement the landscape. Nelspruit Golf Club is famous for hosting the annual Jock of the Bushveld Festival of Golf, considered the biggest amateur tournament of its kind in the world. Started in 1968, it now receives some 800 amateurs from far and wide who play more than 2 000 rounds during a week in May.
|GOLF & SAFARI
|30 Jan-7 Feb|
|21 Feb-1 Mar|
|28 Mar-5 Apr|
PRICE PER PERSON SHARING TWIN/DOUBLE ACCOMMODATION:
- 7 sqr metre PULLMAN £3179pp
- 11 sqr metre DELUXE £4685pp
- 16 sqr metre ROYAL £6239pp
- All beverages, incl. alcohol, while on board.
- Golf activities incl. green fees, carts, halfway house and beverages.
Prices do not include flights but can be arranged.
Single supplement +40% on all suites