Rovos Rail – African Collage Golf – Pretoria to Cape Town 2012
This panoramic nine-day sojourn commences in Pretoria and winds its way to journey’s end in Cape Town and includes a golfing and non-golfing itinerary. The first leg traverses the majestic Drakensberg escarpment en route to the lowveld of Mpumalanga.
The next morning, guests tee off at one of South Africa’s finest courses, Leopard Creek, or enjoy a game drive in the famous Kruger Park followed by lunch and a game drive in Swaziland’s Mkhaya Reserve. Over night, the train continues south to Hluhluwe, the oldest game reserve in Africa. After a scenic early game drive, the train travels through the lush cane fields and rolling hills of KwaZulu-Natal towards Durban.
An early morning tee off at Durban Beachwood Country Club is followed by a drive through the breathtaking Valley of a Thousand Hills to join the train. Meanwhile, non-golfers enjoy a morning visit to Ardmore Ceramics Gallery. Lunch and an afternoon at leisure are enjoyed by all as the route towards Bloemfontein takes the train past Lesotho and the highest mountains in the Drakensberg range at 3 482m.
After a morning tour of Bloemfontein, the journey continues southwards overnight to Port Elizabeth where non-golfers experience the ecologically diverse Addo Elephant Park and golfers take on the challenge of Humewood. An early departure takes the train to an ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn then on another outstanding descent down the Montagu Pass into George. Meanwhile, golfers enjoy an afternoon game at the renowned Fancourt Estate before joining non-golfers for dinner at the hotel.
The following morning is spent visiting the natural paradise of Knysna and its surrounds while golfers experience Oubaai – Ernie Els’s first signature course in South Africa. The train then travels the spectacular Garden Route towards the Cape winelands. After a visit to the KWV Brandy Distillery in Worcester the next day (or wine tasting in Ashton), this magnificent expedition ends in Cape Town.
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