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Rovos Rail Golfing Safari 16th May 2016

Experience Africa on one of the most luxurious trains in the world, combining dramatic and stunning landscapes and top golf courses with the comforts of a five star hotel. Recapture the romance of a bygone era as you step aboard the wood-panelled coaches and enjoy fine cuisine as some of the most varied scenery imaginable unfolds beyond the windows. This exclusive, private charter is limited to just 36 guests.

The 11 night golfing safari begins in Johannesburg and ends in Cape Town.  Golfers can enjoy 5 rounds of golf at some of South Africa’s top courses, such as Fancourt Links, Durban Country Club and Leopard Creek.  Non golfers have a daily programme of events to enjoy, including safari game drives in the Kruger National Park, wine tasting and a chance to get ‘up close’ with the big cats at a Cheetah sanctuary.

The itinerary will end with 3 nights in Cape Town at the 5* Table Bay Hotel with a helicopter sight seeing trip, and a glittering gala dinner - ladies are invited to choose jewels from the stunning diamond and tanzanite pieces in the showroom to wear at the dinner.  The programme will also include whisky, brandy and wine tasting, and of course safari game drives to track down Africa’s Big 5 animals.


Full Itinerary
16th May
Arrive into Johannesburg early morning on the overnight flight.

Your driver will be on hand to meet you and will drive you to the Rovos Rail Private Lounge and Railway Station where a welcome champagne breakfast will be served. Board the train and settle into your suite.  

Your butler will be on hand to assist with unpacking and orientate you with the train. Enjoy lunch and dinner on the train as you travel through the countryside.
The rebuilt sleeper coaches contain the most spacious train suites in the world offering every modern convenience and comfort. The epitome of luxury, with handsome wood panelling and period Edwardian features, the air-conditioned suites accommodate two people offering the option of twin or spacious double beds.  

All are equipped with a writing surface and a personal safe. There is also a bar fridge filled with beverages of your choice and room service is available 24 hours a day. In the en suite bathrooms original fittings combine with the modern technology of hot showers, hair dryers and shaver plugs. 

Everyone will be given a local SIM card loaded with 5Gb of data to use whilst on the train. This will allow you to keep in touch with family and friends. Enjoy 8 nights on Rovos on a fully inclusive basis with all drinks included.


17th May
After breakfast golfers will be taken to the Leopard Creek Golf Club, bordering the Kruger National Park for a round on one of the top courses, ranked No.2  in South Africa, and home to the Dunhill Masters Tournament.

Non golfers can enjoy a game drive into the Kruger National Park, followed by curio shopping at a local craft market and lunch at the Buhala Lodge. Return to the train for dinner as it heads south to Zululand.

Every night guests will be treated to a silver service, 3 course dinner.  Enjoy mouth watering dishes, including some with a Asian twist. Everyone is invited to dress for dinner in the evenings in keeping with the elegant surroundings, sumptuous food and superb wines.


18th May
Enjoy a morning safari game drive in the Hluhluwe Game Reserve before returning to the train. Lunch is served as the train travels south alongside the St Lucia Wetland Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, and onto Durban.

In the evening guests will be offered the opportunity to enjoy a whisky-tasting on board the train after dinner. The whisky will be available to purchase and we will arrange for them to be delivered to your hotel room in Cape Town at the end of your holiday.

19th May
Golfers will disembark for a round of golf at the Durban Country Club, host to the South African Open 17 times and ranked by Golf Digest USA as one of the top 100 courses in the world.

Non golfers will be taken on a short tour of Durban, before heading to the Valley of a Thousand Hills for a visit to the world renowned Ardmore Ceramics Factory.
Everyone will reboard the train in time for dinner as it traverses the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains. 

20th May
Wake up in the busy town of Bloemfontein where everyone will disembark for a sightseeing tour and a visit to the Cheetah Sanctuary with its magnificent big cats. We  will  re board the train  for  lunch  and  head  south to Alicedale close to the Drakensberg Mountains. 

21st May
Golfers will be transferred from the train to the Humewood Course, a links-style course on the coast at Port Elizabeth. After lunch return to the train in time to experience it being ‘turned around’ before it heads for Oudtshoorn in the semi-desert ‘Klein Karoo’ region.Non golfers can enjoy a morning game drive into the Addo Elephant National Park before returning to the train for lunch.


22nd May
Arrive into Oudtshoorn where every one will disembark and the golfers will depart to South Africa’s premiere golf estate, the Fancourt Hotel and Country Cub for 18 holes on the country’s No.1 ranked golf course, the Links. This course famously hosted the President’s Cup in 2003 - the only time it has ended in a draw, when Tiger Woods and Ernie Els tied the 3 play off holes. 

Non golfers can enjoy a visit to the historic town of Oudtshoorn with its ostrich show farms, before rejoining the golfers at the Fancourt Hotel and Country Club in time for dinner.

23rd May 
A morning round on the Ernie Els- designed, Oubaai Golf Course, with its stunning ocean views and lightning fast greens.

Non golfers will be transferred to the beautiful coastal town of Knysna to enjoy a morning at leisure, exploring the quayside shops and restaurants and take a ferry ride across the Knysna Lagoon to the Featherbed National Park and enjoy the coastal scenery with lunch.Everyone will rejoin the train at Riversdale on the Garden Route for its final leg of the journey to Cape Town.

24th May
A leisurely breakfast before everyone disembarks in the heart of the Cape Winelands for a tour of the KVW Brandy Distillery and a chance to taste the vintages.  Reboard the train for lunch and savour the last hours before you arrive late afternoon into Cape Town. 

At Cape Town Train Station, you will be met by your driver and taken to the 5* Table Bay Hotel located in the V&A Waterfront where you will spend the next 3 nights. 
In the evening dinner will be served at the hotel.[Accommodation at The Table Bay Hotel Meals included today: B, L, D]

25th May
After breakfast you will be collected and taken to the helicopter port for an aerial sight seeing trip of Table Mountain, Cape Point and then onto the Cape Winelands. The helicopters will land in the winelands at the superb Boschendal Wine Estate for lunch with wine tasting.  After wards you will be returned by road to the hotel. 

Time to refresh before everyone will be collected in the evening and taken for the ‘Naked Dinner’! Hosted by Jewel Africa, ladies are invited to arrive ‘naked’ of any jewellery, and can choose diamonds, tanzanites and other jewels from the collection to wear throughout the meal. [Accommodation at The Table Bay Hotel Meals included today: B, L, D]

26th May
In the morning, transport will be available to take anyone that would like, to Table Mountain. We will ascend by cable car to enjoy the magnificent views from the summit. 

Return late morning to the V&A Waterfront for a light seafood lunch. The rest of the day is ‘free and easy’ so that you can soak up the atmosphere in the Waterfront with it’s outdoor shops and restaurants. 

Golfers can go to a golf superstore, should anyone be interested in looking at equipment which is significantly cheaper than other countries and with the added bonus that you can claim back 14% VAT when you leave South Africa!

In the evening we will be taken to one of Cape Town’s top restaurants for a final private dinner and prize giving.[Accommodation at The Table Bay Hotel Meals included today: B, L, D]

27th May
Enjoy a final breakfast before your driver will collect you from the hotel and transfer you back to Cape Town Airport for your flight home which departs at 10h40.


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Cost per person sharing is SGD$16,288. Excluding flights.
*****Special Early Bird discount for bookings before 31st October 2015 ****


Optional 3 night Victoria Falls add-on
We are also offering a 3 night pre-tour to Livingstone and the Victoria Falls.

13th May
 Arrive into Johannesburg where you will remain in transit for the connecting flight onto Livingstone, Zambia. You will be met at the airport and taken to the 5* Royal Livingstone Hotel located on the banks of the Zambezi River. Relax and freshen up before your guide will take you for a sundowner cruise on the river. Return to the hotel in time for dinner. [Accommodation at The Royal Livingstone. Meals included: B]


14th May
After breakfast you will be taken for a helicopter flight over the falls. In the afternoon your guide will then take you for a walking tour of the Falls on the Zambian side.

The Victoria Falls is one of the natural wonders of the world and is known by the local people as “Mosi oa-Tunya” - the smoke that thunders. [Accommodation at The Royal Livingstone Hotel. Meals included: B]

15th May
A leisurely breakfast before you are taken back to the airport for your return flight to Johannesburg. On arrival you will be transferred to the 5* Michelangelo Hotel located in the heart of the popular Sandton Centre with its restaurants and shops.[Accomm at The Michelangelo Hotel. Meals included: B]

16th May
You will be collected from the hotel after breakfast and taken to the Rovos Rail Private Station ready to depart with the rest of the group. [Accommodation Rovos Rail Suite. Meals included: B, L, D]

Includes:

•  All transfers
•  All excursions listed & non golfer activities
•  5* Accommodation
• Meals as specified.
• All drinks on board Rovos Rail
•  Green Fees and carts for rounds of golf as specified
•  Driver/Guide Gratuities
• Limited laundry service on train
•    Local SIM card with 5Gb data
• Excursions accompanied by a qualified Tour Guide.
• English speaking Tour leaders throughout itinerary

Excludes:

•  Any items not mentioned
•  Personal Travel Insurance
•  Any items of a personal nature Eg telephone calls, purchases
•  Visas if applicable (not needed for Singapore or Malaysian Nationals)
•  Flights (we are happy to assist if needed.

 Special dietary needs can be catered for.