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Embark on a comprehensive train journey across South Africa aboard the Shongololo Express. Travel from Pretoria to Cape Town, with stops in Eswatini, iSimangaliso, Durban, and Kimberley along the way, as well as game drives in Kruger and Hluhluwe and golfing opportunities at the country’s famous courses.


Your epic train journey aboard the Shongololo Express begins in Pretoria, the capital of South Africa, where you can choose between tours of Pretoria or nearby Johannesburg. If you opt for the former, you’ll venture to the city’s parliamentary Union Buildings and see the Voortrekker Monument that commemorates the Great Trek of the 1830s. On the latter tour, you’ll explore the Museum of Africa and Rosebank in Constitution Hill. Later, head to Soweto, the poverty-stricken neighbourhoods infused with the history of the struggle against apartheid. Here, you’ll drive past the only street in Africa that once housed two Nobel Peace Laureates: Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela.

Board the Shongololo Express and begin one of the most luxurious rail journeys in the world. First stop is the Panorama Route where you’ll see the quaint gold mining town of Pilgrim’s Rest, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, and panoramic views from God’s Window. Golfers can tee off at Leopard Creek, Nelspruit, or White River. The next day, enjoy a full day of game viewing in Kruger National Park, the largest park in the country and renowned around the world for its large number of wildlife, including the Big Five.

Take a day to explore the tiny Kingdom of Eswatini, formerly known as Swaziland. You’ll drive through the Ezulwini Valley, visit Swazi markets in the capital of Mbabne, and end the day at the Nkonyeni Gold Estate for tee off. The next day, head on game drives in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, where you can see the Big Five and bear witness to the incredible conservation efforts. While in KwaZulu-Natal, you’ll also visit iSimangaliso, also known as St. Lucia Westland Park, which covers 600,000ac from St. Lucia to Mozambique. The park has the highest bird count in Africa and is also a breeding spot for turtles. On this day, golfers have the option to tee off at Zimbali.

Continue to Durban, where you’ll enjoy a full-day tour, taking in the Golden Mile Promenade, Mariannhill Monastery, and Juma Musjid, the largest mosque in South Africa. You can tee off at the Durban Country Club as well. Delve into Boer War history at the Siege Museum and Wagon Hill battlefield before continuing to Bloemfontein, where you’ll learn more about the Orange Free State and old Boer Republic on an afternoon tour.

In Kimberley, you’ll delve into South Africa’s mining history at the Big Hole and Diamond Museum. You can also tee off at the Kimberley Golf Club. In the Karoo town of Graaff Reinet, you’ll head on a walking tour to discover this stylish town of at least 200 historical buildings, restored pre-Victorian homes, and museums and galleries. The following day, visit the Cango Caves, a colourful series of underground chambers boasting breathtaking limestone formations. You’ll also visit an ostrich farm and have the chance to tee off at the Fancourt Golf Estate in the morning.

On the final leg of your journey, you’ll cruise along the Knysna lagoon to see the Knysna Heads, two sandstone cliffs guarding the mouth of a lagoon, and wind along the beautiful landscape of the Garden Route. You’ll then venture over the scenic mountain passes of Rooihoogte and Floorshoogte, stopping off at the whaling town of Hermanus, before reaching Cape Town, your final destination.

In Cape Town, you’ll disembark the Shongololo Express and head on a city tour to discover its cultural heritage. This tour takes you from the Company Gardens to the Bo-Kaap Museum, which charts the history of the Malay people who came to South Africa as slaves and refugees in the 17th century, and finally to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront to tour the Diamond Works and experience the revitalized old harbour. In the afternoon, venture through District Six to explore a community founded by freed slaves, merchants, artisans, labourers, and immigrants.

On your final morning, you’ll bid the group farewell and head to the airport to continue your onward journey. You can also choose to extend your stay to see all that the Mother City has to offer.


 

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Duration
16 Days
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Day 1

Tour of Soweto and Pretoria and Train Departure

08h00 Check-in at Rovos Rail Station, Pretoria.

09h00 Full-day tour of Pretoria and Soweto.

16h00 Join the train at Rovos Rail Station and depart for Nelspruit for the overnight stop.

Soweto comprises one-million people and was made famous by the Apartheid laws. You will pass the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital (the largest hospital in the Southern Hemisphere) and also drive past the only street in Africa that once housed two Nobel Peace laureates, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela. After that, you will visit the Hector Petersen Memorial, named after one of the first students to be killed in the 1976 uprising against the Apartheid government.

In the afternoon, you will spend your time in Pretoria, the administrative capital of South Africa, visiting the Union Buildings. Designed by the famous colonial English architect, Sir Herbert Baker, and completed in 1913, the Union Buildings house the offices of the President and Ministers. Before leaving the capital behind, you will visit the Voortrekker Monument that commemorates the 'Great Trek' of the 1830s. Distance travelled: appx. 265km

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Duration14 Nights
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Shongololo Express

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    Just like an ocean cruise, from the moment guests join the train, all their comforts are taken care of from accommodation, meals, recreation and sightseeing and - what a pleasure - there is only the need to unpack and pack once. The trains travel comfortably ...

    Just like an ocean cruise, from the moment guests join the train, all their comforts are taken care of from accommodation, meals, recreation and sightseeing and - what a pleasure - there is only the need to unpack and pack once.

    The trains travel comfortably and securely during the night to the next stop on the itinerary and guests awake each morning to a fresh vista on Africa and the anticipation of new and exciting adventures. In this way Shongololo Express guests can make the most of every precious holiday hour.

    The chefs offer menus that represent the many culinary influences of the region include Cape Dutch and Malay recipes as well as authentic African dishes. Meals are complemented by a selection of specially selected South African wines. It is the aim and the pleasure of every staff member on board to provide guests with a friendly and efficient service.

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Day 2

Panorama Route/Play at Leopard Creek, Nelspruit or White River

09h00 Full-day tour of historical areas Pilgrim's Rest, Bourke's Luck Potholes and God's Window.

17h00 Rejoin train in Nelspruit and depart for Malelane for overnight.

GOLFERS
09h00 Tee off at Leopard Creek, Nelspruit or White River.

17h00 Rejoin train in Nelspruit and depart for Malelane for overnight.

www.leopardcreek.com www.nelspruitgolfclub.co.za www.whiterivergolf.com

Today, you will visit the village of Pilgrim's Rest, a living museum and declared a National Monument. Gold was discovered in this area in 1873, attracting 1500 prospectors. Today, many of the restored miner's houses serve as shops and restaurants. After lunch, you will visit Bourke's Luck Potholes, which are strange deep cylindrical cavities formed by river erosion and floodwater. God's Window is one of the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve's most spectacular viewpoints, with astonishing views over South Africa's Lowveld (so-named because it is much lower than the high escarpment along which the Panorama Route runs). At God's Window, majestic cliffs plunge down 700m and, on a clear day, you'll be able to see over the famous Kruger National Park towards the Lebombo Mountains on South Africa's border. Distance travelled: appx 280km

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 3

Kruger Park Game Drive/Play at Leopard Creek, Nelspruit or White River

06h30 Full-day game drive in the Kruger Park.

18h00 Rejoin train in Malelane and depart for Swaziland. Overnight Mpaka.

GOLFERS
09h00 Tee off at Leopard Creek, Nelspruit or White River.

18h00 Rejoin train in Malelane and depart for Swaziland. Overnight Mpaka.

The world-renowned Kruger National Park has 2-million hectares of unrivalled in diversity of life forms. It is a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and home to an impressive number of species, e.g. 336 species of trees, 49 species of fish, 34 species of amphibians, 114 species of reptiles, 507 species of birds and 147 species of mammals including the Big Five. Distance travelled: appx 220km

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 4

Swaziland Tour/Play at Nkonyeni Golf State

09h00 Depart in vehicles from Mpaka, Swaziland. Visit Ngwenya Glass, Mbabane and Manzini.

18h45 After border formalities, depart for Hluhluwe, South Africa.

GOLFERS
08h00 One-hour transfer to Nkonyeni Golf Estate for tee off.

18h45 After border formalities, depart for Hluhluwe, South Africa.

www.nkonyeni.co.za

The tiny Kingdom of Swaziland covers only 17 000 square kilometres, making it the second smallest country in Africa. The day's tour will commence from Mpaka, driving through the Ezulwini Valley passing the Ludzidzini Royal residence, stopping at Swazi Candles and Manzini where guests experience the Swazi market: a hive of activity displaying a wide variety of skilfully crafted woodcarvings, colourful textiles and superb basketwork for which Swazis are renowned. After a visit to the capital city Mbabane enjoy a lunch stop at Mantenga Lodge with an afternoon visit to the Ngwenya Glass Complex. Distance travelled: appx 280km

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 5

Hluhluwe Game Drives

06h30 Game drives in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park.

18h00 Board train and depart for Empangeni.

As the oldest proclaimed nature reserve in Africa, Hluhluwe consists 960km² (96 000ha) of hilly topography 280km north of Durban in central Zululand and is known for its rich wildlife and conservation efforts. The park is the only state-run park in KwaZulu-Natal where all the Big Five game animals occur. Due to conservation efforts, the park now has the largest population of white rhino in the world. It is also one of the world's top spots for viewing Nyala and is a prime birding destination for 340 species. Distance travelled: appx 250km

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 6

St Lucia Wetland Park

09h00 Tour of the world-heritage site, St Lucia (iSimangaliso) Wetland Park.

15h30 Board train and depart for Durban.

Optional: Golfers can play at Zimbali (128km).

St Lucia (Isimangaliso) Wetland Park

iSimangaliso Wetland Park covers over 600 000 acres from St Lucia in the south to the Mozambique border in the north and has spectacular diversity. Declared a World Heritage site in 1999, the park covers a mosaic of landforms that have created a vast array of biomes to support a wide variety of animals, plants and birds. The park boasts the highest bird count in all of Africa, the southern-most breeding spots for turtles in Africa, Africa's tallest forested dunes, the largest remaining stands of sand forest and the biggest peat beds in the Southern Hemisphere.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 7

Durban Tour/Play at Durban Golf Course

09h00 Disembark in Durban for a cultural visit to PheZulu Safari Village and uShaka Marine World.

16h00 Return to train and depart for Ladysmith.

GOLFERS
07h30 Tee off at Durban Country Club.

16h00 Return to train and depart for Ladysmith.

www.dcclub.co.za

Durban is the third largest city of South Africa and enjoys great importance due to its industry and its very large port. Thanks to the subtropical climate and the long stretches of beautiful beaches, large numbers of inlanders retreat to Durban in winter. An orientation tour of the city will allow you to see a very good mix of old and new, East and West with a touch of Africa. Visit PheZulu Safari Village and feel the rhythm of Africa. Enjoy uShaka Marine World, Africa's largest marine theme park, where you can have lunch and spend your afternoon. Distance travelled: appx. 50km

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 8

Battlefield Tour/Play at Champagne Sports Resort

09h00 Battlefields tour taking in the Siege Museum and Wagon Hill.

12h30 Return to train for lunch and depart for Bloemfontein.

GOLFERS
07h00 One-hour transfer from Ladysmith Station to Champagne Sports Resort for tee off.

17h00 Return to train and depart for Bloemfontein.

www.champagnesportsresort.com

Trace the course of the Anglo Boer Wars at the Siege Museum in Ladysmith. Wagon Hill is where both the South Africans and British suffered heavy losses and was subsequently declared a National Monument in 1938. Britain marched into the South African war in the spring of 1899, confident that it "would all be over by Christmas!" The war lasted three years and was to become the most costly Britain had ever fought. Distance travelled: appx. 180km.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 9

Bloemfontein Tour

12h00 Afternoon tour of Bloemfontein including the Women's Memorial, Anglo Boer Museum and Oliewenhuis Art Museum.

18h00 Return to train and depart for Kimberley.

Bloemfontein is the seat of the South African judicial system. At the end of the 19th century it was also the capital of the old Boer Republic of The Orange Free State. Visit the Women's Memorial at the Anglo Boer War Museum. This monument is a reminder of life in the concentration camps and commemorates the 27 000 women and children who died in these camps. The Museum itself is a graphic depiction of the hardship endured by all during the war and relates the history of South Africa from 1652.

You will then take an orientation drive through Bloemfontein, capital of the Free State Province and also known as the Rose City. Your lunch stop is at the Loch Logan Waterfront, next to the city's newly renovated stadium, one of the venues during the 2010 Soccer World Cup. In the afternoon, you will drive up to Naval Hill which presents several beautiful panoramic views of the city. You will end the day at the former State President's residence "Olivenhuis", which now houses an extensive collection of South African art. The gardens offer a relaxing atmosphere to round off the day before returning to the train. Distance travelled: appx. 50km.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 10

Kimberley Tour/Play at Kimberley Golf Club

09h00 Visit to the Big Hole and Diamond Museum.

Afternoon visit to the William Humphreys Art Gallery and McGregor Museum.

17h00 Return to train and depart for Graaff Reinet.

GOLFERS
09h00 Tee off at Kimberley Golf Club.

17h00 Return to train and depart for Graaff Reinet for overnight.

Capital of the Northern Cape, Kimberley is well known for the discovery of diamonds which led to its establishment in 1893. Highlights of the day include a visit to the Big Hole Diamond Mine Museum, followed by a lunch break at one of the restaurants in the city. After lunch we visit the William Humphreys Art Gallery and the McGregor House Museum. Distance travelled: appx 162km

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 11

Graaff Reinet Walking Tour

13h00 Lunch is served on board.

14h00 Enjoy a guided walking tour of Graaff Reinet.

17h00 Return to train and depart for Oudtshoorn.

Tucked into the bend of the Sundays River, the Karoo town of Graaff Reinet was established in 1786 and is the fourth oldest settlement in South Africa. It's a stylish town with at least 200 historical buildings, restored pre-Victorian homes in almost every street and a collection of museums and galleries celebrating its past.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 12

Cango Caves and Ostrich Farm Visit/Play at Fancourt Golf Estate

09h00 Visit the Cango Caves and an ostrich farm. Drive the montagu Pass to rejoin the train in George.

18h30 Dinner at Fancourt Golf Estate.

GOLFERS
09h00 Drive the Montagu Pass to Fancourt Golf Estate for tee off.
18h30 Dinner at Fancourt Golf Estate.
www.fancourt.com

Surrounded by the natural beauty of this semi-desert region, Oudtshoorn is situated at the foot of the majestic Swartberg Mountain Range. Many rivers, streams and falls have their origins in the Swartberg, Outeniqua and Kammanassie mountains that surround the town. Oudtshoorn is regarded as the centre of the Klein Karoo and is world-renowned for its Cango Caves and the breeding of ostriches. The great natural wonder of the Cango Caves has a series of colourful underground chambers with breathtaking limestone formations. Oudtshoorn is famous for feathering the world in the time of the boa and grand hats. The ostrich boom of the early 20th century turned out many millionaires who, in turn, created elaborate lifestyles in this remote part of Africa.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 13

Knysna Visit and Fancourt Dinner/Play at Ernie Els Oubaai

08h00 Morning drive to Knysna with a lagoon ferry ride to Featherbed Nature Reserve OR enjoy shopping.

13h30 Return to train for lunch and depart for Ashton.

GOLFERS
07h00 Transfer to Ernie Els Oubaai Golf Club for tee off. Return to train in the late afternoon.

Drive along the coast from George, situated in the heart of the Garden Route. The town itself sits on a 10km plateau between the majestic Outeniqua Mountains to the north and the Indian Ocean to the south. We drive along the scenic Old Passes Route to Knysna, winding through the primeval forest of the Homtini, lying between lush forests and a peaceful lagoon. The Knysna Heads - two sandstone cliffs guarding the mouth of the lagoon connecting the estuary with the sea - is a dramatic viewpoint. Enjoy a lagoon ferry ride to the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Optional shopping at leisure. Distance travelled: appx 180km

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 14

Drive to Hermanus over Scenic Mountain Passes

09h00 Drive the scenic route to Hermanus (160km).

17h00 Return to train at Worcester for overnight and farewell dinner.

Optional: Golfers can play at Arabella (140km).
www.arabellacountryestate.co.za

You will travel over the Rooihoogte and Floorshoogte passes via the Overberg towns of Villiersdorp and Botrivier to Hermanus, once a renowned fish market and whaling station. The whale hunts were stopped by international treaty in 1935. The WWF includes Hermanus in its list of 12 best whale-viewing sites in the world, but it tops the list when it comes to land-based whale watching from the town's natural cliffs and in season (normally between July and November) whales can be seen from as close as 5 metres away.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 15

Arrive Cape Town

10h00 Arrive Cape Town Station. Check out of train. 

11h00 Full-day tour of Cape Town.

18h00 Transfer to the Southern Sun Waterfron Hotel.

Your city tour commences with a walk through the Company Gardens, followed by a visit to the Bo-Kaap Museum. The first Malays arrived in the Cape as political refugees and slaves during the 17th century. Nearly two centuries after emancipation, these Islamic people moved into the area known today as the Bo-Kaap, building mosques with picturesque minarets and their own Georgian-style houses with Dutch influence. One of the oldest Cape Town buildings houses the museum which is furnished as a Muslim house of the 19th century and documents the history of the Cape Malays.

On your way to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, you will stop at Diamond Works, where you will follow a tour of the diamond cutting studio, a jewellery manufacturing workshop, a jewellery design studio as well as a gemmological laboratory.

Your lunch stop will be at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, a development that has brought new life to the old harbour of the Dutch East India Company in Table Bay. The complex offers shops, craft markets, restaurants, taverns, cinemas, theatres as well as great views over the harbour.

In the afternoon you will drive through District Six, named the Sixth Municipal District of Cape Town in 1867. Originally established as a mixed community of freed slaves, merchants, artisans, labourers and immigrants, District Six was a vibrant centre with close links to the city and the port. By the beginning of the 20th century, however, the process of removals and marginalisation had begun. The first to be forced out were Black South Africans who were displaced from the District in 1901. As the more prosperous moved away to the suburbs, the area became a neglected ward of the city. On 11 February 1966 it was declared a white area under the Group Areas Act of 1950, and by 1982, the life of the community was over. More than 60 000 people were forcibly removed to barren outlying areas aptly known as the Cape Flats, and their houses in District Six were flattened by bulldozers. The District Six Museum, established in December 1994, works with the memories of the District Six experience and with that of forced removals more generally.

You will end your city tour with a visit to the Castle of Good Hope, the oldest surviving building in South Africa. This pentagonal fortification replaced a small clay and timber fort built by Commander Jan van Riebeeck in 1652 as a maritime replenishment station for the ships of the Dutch East India Company. The stone walls between the bastions are 150m long and 12m high. Distance travelled: appx 90km

This evening is at leisure to enjoy the many attarctions of Cape Town.

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Southern Sun Waterfront

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    Wonderful sunsets over the Atlantic Ocean assist in making the Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town a preferred business and holiday destination. A mere 15 minutes' drive from Cape Town International Airport and within walking distance to the V and A Waterfront, this hotel is superbly ...

    Wonderful sunsets over the Atlantic Ocean assist in making the Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town a preferred business and holiday destination. A mere 15 minutes' drive from Cape Town International Airport and within walking distance to the V and A Waterfront, this hotel is superbly located to offer every guest easy access to the sights and sounds of Cape Town. Breathtaking views of Table Mountain can be enjoyed from rooms that offer all the quality and comfort you would expect from a full service hotel. Offering guests a fitness centre, a pool and convenient meeting rooms and a business centre, the Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town caters for all possible business or leisure traveller needs.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Gym
    • Restaurant
    • Swimming Pool
    • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
    • TV
    • Undercover parking
    • WIFI (500 MB per day)

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Depart Cape Town

Following breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your onward journey. Time permitting, extend your stay in Cape Town to enjoy the charm of the "Mother City"

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DEPARTURES:

2020: Jan 30

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 14 nights' onboard accommodation in a Gold Cabin
  • 1 night accommodation in Cape Town
  • Breakfast and dinner as indicated in the itinerary
  • Tours/sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary
  • Roundtrip transfers in Cape Town

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Lunches
  • Beverages unless otherwise stated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Laundry
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Park fees
  • Green Fees
  • Travel insurance
  • All international and domestic airfares and airfare taxes unless specified

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire..

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