Great Train Journeys – Rovos Rail – Pretoria to Durban including the battlefields  

KwaZulu Natal Drakensburg Mountains

There is something quite exotic about a “great train journey”! Rovos rail definitely does not disappoint.

Board this opulent train reminiscent of a bygone era, and start your exceptional rail safari across the Drakensburg Mountains to Durban.

This train journey covers some of the most magnificent scenery in South Africa and combines the glamour and excitement of the golden age of rail travel.

Enjoy discreet 5 star service, gourmet cuisine and award winning wines while you travel from Pretoria to Durban.

Outline itinerary

Depart Pretoria and enjoy a delicious lunch as the Drakensburg Mountains come into view. In the afternoon the train climbs to Majuba Hill (2146m/7040ft). Dinner is served enroute to Elandslaagte where the train stops for the night.

Next morning, wake up early and d enjoy Tea, coffee, juices and pastries in the dining car before embarking on a game drive in search of the Big Five in the Nambiti Private Game Reserve. Return to the train for brunch before heading to Escourt. In the afternoon, disembark for a 40-minute drive to Spionkop Lodge where there is a choice of two excursions: an escorted tour of the battlefields or a game drive in the Spionkop Game Reserve. Return to the train for dinner.

Relax and enjoy breakfast in the dining car as the train descends the escarpment enroute to Lions River Station.  Visit the famous Ardmore Ceramics Gallery including an equestrian display and tea.
Reboard the train and traverse the spectacular Valley of a Thousand Hills before arriving into Durban

If you have the time, why not start this journey in Cape Town, with a 2 night Cape Town to Pretoria Rail Safari

This 1 600-kilometre meander is a perfect illustration of South Africa as a world in one country.

Starting in Cape Town, travel to Matjiesfontein for a visit to the historic village; this is an authentic perfectly preserved Victorian Village – founded by Mr Logan as a refreshment stop in 1890. Continue onto Kimberley providing an opportunity to enjoy a city tour and a visit to the Diamond Mine Museum and the world’s largest man-made excavation, the Big Hole. Travel through the grasslands of the Highveld before arriving into Pretoria.

All of these itineraries can be done in reverse.

Contact African Sands to plan your Rail Safari 


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