This three-day Rovos Rail safari between Pretoria and Durban departs during the summer months. It includes game drives, a battlefields tour and a look at unusual African ceramics. Experience the Nambiti Conservancy – a Big Five private retreat set on 20 000 acres of malaria-free bushveld in KwaZulu-Natal. It has an incredible biodiversity including savannah, grasslands, thornveld and tall acacia trees. Situated on an expansive game farm, Spionkop Lodge is the perfect base for exploring the region’s mountains, bush and battlefields. Ardmore Ceramics is a story about the Zulu people whose sense of rhythm, colour, dance and song, as well as the spirit of the African imagination, is exerting its influence on the other continents of the world. Visit this charming centre in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands before travelling the Valley of a Thousand Hills to Durban.
The train departs from Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria. Enjoy lunch as the Drakensberg Mountains come into view. In the afternoon the train climbs Majuba Hill (2146m/7040ft). Dinner is served en route to Elandslaagte, where it will stop overnight. (B, L, D)
Day 2Elandslaagte – Spionkop Game Reserve
Rise early for an early morning game drive in the Nambiti Private Game Reserve. Return to the train for brunch, before disembarking to enjoy either a game drive in Spioenkop Reserve or a visit of the Spioenkop battlefields.
Return to the train for dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 3Spionkop Game Reserve – Durban
Enjoy breakfast before visiting the famous Ardmore Ceramics Gallery. The train then continues towards Pietermaritzburg. Lunch is served in the dining cars. Arrive at Durban Station, marking the conclusion of your journey. (B, L)