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TOUR PRICES INCLUDE
Airport to Pretoria hotel and station transfer
1 night Ivory Manor Boutique Hotel with breakfast
3 nights onboard Rovos Rail in a suite of your choosing
All meals, alcoholic and other beverages, room service, bar facilities, limited laundry and guided excursions with entry fees (where applicable) onboard Rovos Rail
2 nights in room of choice at the Victoria Falls Hotel with breakfast
Walking tour of Victoria Falls
Sunset cruise with cocktails and canopes at Victoria Falls
Economy class flight Victoria Falls to Cape Town
5 nights at the 5 star Clarendon Boutique Hotel, Bantry Bay, Cape Town in a superior room with breakfast.
Cat B tickets to the 2nd Test
Services of World Rugby Travel staff in South Africa
TWO GREAT WONDERS OF THE WORLD - Rovos Rail and Victoria Falls
We recently launched our exclusive offer on The Blue Train for a trip from Pretoria to Cape Town. It sold out in just one day. Since then we have secured space on the equally luxurious (some say more so) Rovos Rail, this time on a journey from Pretoria, north through Zimbabwe to Victoria Falls.
Our 11 night, 12 day experience really is the ultimate in African travel. You start with a leisurely 3 night train journey north into Zimbabwe where we enjoy a game drive in the famous Hwange National Park, before arriving Victoria Falls on Day 4. After a brief transfer we arrive at the luxurious Victoria Falls Hotel where we stay for 2 glorious nights within the sounds of the mighty, cascading waters. We will enjoy a tour of the Falls and a relaxing sunset cruise, before heading back to Cape Town ready for the 2nd Test. Time in this vibrant city to soak up the youthful lifestyle and great climate.
Choose your train suite and book today. It’s a once in a lifetime experience.
Space is very limited, so do not delay. No other train journey of this style is operating around the 3 Tests, so there are no alternates!
Wednesday 21 July
Arrive Johannesburg Airport. Met and transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the day free to acclimatise.
Thursday 22 July
Transfer to Pretoria Station.
10h00 The train departs Rovos Rail Station.
13h00 Lunch is served in the dining cars as the train travels north through Warmbaths and Nylstroom, crossing the Tropic of Capricorn.
Enjoy afternoon tea and dinner enroute to Messina and Beitbridge for Zimbabwe border formalities.
(Breakfast 07h00-10h00 • Lunch 13h00 • Tea 16h30 • Dinner 19h30)
Friday 23 July
Day at leisure. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served as the train travels towards Bulawayo via West Nicholson. Overnight stop on board at Mpopoma.
Saturday 24 July
07h00 Breakfast is served as the train departs Mpopoma.
13h00 Enjoy lunch while travelling along the eastern edge of Hwange Park along one of Africa’s longest stretches of straight railway line – 114 kilometres.
15h00 Arrive at Kennedy Siding for a game drive at The Hide.
19h30 Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Thompsons Junction for the overnight stop.
Sunday 25 July
07h00 Breakfast is enjoyed while travelling towards the Zambezi River.
10h00 Arrive at journey’s end in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
Transfer to the Victoria Falls Hotel.
Afternoon walking tour of the Falls.
Monday 26 July
Free to relax and enjoy the Falls and a few of the activities surrounding it.
This evening we have a delightful cruise on the Zambesi river watching the sun set on another beautiful African day.
Tuesday 27 July
Transfer to the airport in readiness for our 1145hrs flight direct to Cape Town, arriving 1440hrs. Transfer to the delightful Clarendon Hotel at sophisticated Bantry Bay, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
Wednesday 28 to Friday 30 July
Free to enjoy vibrant Cape Town. Lots to see and do. Restaurants, bistros, bars and a great night life.
Saturday 31 July
Transfers to and from Cape Town stadium. 2nd Test
Sunday 1 August
Check out of our hotel this morning.
Life on Board
General make-up of the train
Locomotive, generator car, staff car, guest sleepers, a non-smoking lounge car (26 guests), two non-smoking 42-seat dining cars (if required, plenty of space for the maximum of 72 guests carried), kitchen car, guest sleepers, smoking Club Lounge and Observation Car (32 guests) at the tail.
Meals on board are served in one sitting only in the dining cars and are complemented by a selection of fine South African wines. An enthusiastic team of chefs is responsible for overseeing the very important task of ensuring guests’ every need is catered for. There’s an accent on fresh local ingredients and traditional dishes such as game are a specialty. All meals are served at these times unless otherwise stated in the timetable: breakfast 07:00-10:00, lunch 13:00, tea 16:30, formal dinner 19:30; bar service is from 07:00-±01:00. A gong heralds lunch and dinner.
For days on the train dress is smart casual. Evening attire is more formal – for the gentlemen a jacket and tie is a minimum requirement while for ladies we suggest cocktail/evening dresses or suits. Please include warm clothing for cold mornings and evenings. On long journeys we enjoy theme evenings where guests can dress up accordingly or opt for smart casual.
Mobile Devices and Internet
In maintaining the spirit of travel of a bygone era, there are no radios or television sets on board. The use of mobile phones, laptops and essentially anything that has the ability to disturb other passengers is confined to the privacy of your suites.
Smoking is only allowed in the Club Lounge.
There’s a story behind each loco, its procurement and restoration, and they all have their own distinctive character and charm.
The oldest engine in the stable is also the smallest and still sees occasional use. It is one of the oldest mainline working locos in the world. The Class 6, 439 TIFFANY, was built by Dubs & Co. of Scotland in 1894 for the Cape Government Railway. It has a 4-6-0 wheel arrangement, weighs 76 tons and has a Belpaire firebox-type boiler, which is more efficient than the original round-top fireboxes.
TIFFANY was used for shunting in later years and, on being withdrawn from service, was cosmetically restored and placed as a monument on Winburg Station in the Free State. Rohan spotted her on his travels and was drawn to her classic steam-loco lines; he purchased her in 1987. Dunns Locomotive in Witbank undertook the initial task of returning her to the rails and, with the original Rovos Rail workshops being close by, Rovos staff undertook the painstaking refurbishment. It was the first loco to be painted in the now familiar Rovos green – an automotive paint, thus its excellent finish.
The Pullman Suites
The Pullman Suites (±7 sq metres/±76 sq feet) are equipped with a comfortable sofa-seat during the day with a conversion to double or twin beds for the evening, and also have an en-suite bathroom with shower. The wood-panelled rebuilt sleeper coaches, remodelled and refurbished to mint condition, offer every modern convenience and comfort. In the en-suite bathrooms, original fittings combine with the modern technology of hot showers, hair dryers and shaver plugs.
The spacious suites offer passengers the opportunity to travel in privacy, comfort and luxury, with fittings and facilities that are of the highest standard. All are equipped with a writing surface and a personal safe for valuables. There is tea drawer and room service is available 24 hours a day.
The Deluxe Suites (±10 sq metres/±108 sq feet) accommodate two passengers in either twin or double beds and have a lounge area and en-suite bathroom with shower. The wood-panelled rebuilt sleeper coaches, remodelled and refurbished to mint condition, offer every modern convenience and comfort.
In the en-suite bathrooms, original fittings combine with the modern technology of hot showers, hair dryers and shaver plugs. The spacious suites offer passengers the opportunity to travel in privacy, comfort and luxury, with fittings and facilities that are of the highest standard. All are equipped with a writing surface and a personal safe for valuables. There is also a bar fridge filled with beverages of the passengers’ choice and room service is available 24 hours a day.
The Royal Suites, each of which take up half a carriage, are spacious and elegant measuring ±16 sq metres in size. Each has its own private lounge area and full bathroom with Victorian bath and separate shower. The epitome of luxury with handsome wood panelling and period Edwardian features, the air-conditioned suites accommodate two people offering the option of side-by-side twin or spacious double beds. In the en-suite bathrooms, original fittings combine with the modern technology of hot showers, hair dryers and shaver plugs.
The very spacious suites offer passengers the opportunity to travel in privacy, comfort and luxury, with fittings and facilities that are of the highest standard. All are equipped with a writing surface and a personal safe for valuables. There is also a bar fridge filled with beverages of the passengers’ choice and room service is available 24 hours a day.
VICTORIA FALLS HOTEL
Victoria Falls Hotel is a grand 111 year old 5 Star hotel that boasts epic views of the Victoria Falls Bridge and the magnificent Victoria Falls themselves.
If it is Colonial grandeur you are looking for Victoria Falls Hotel is the perfect place. On arrival at the Victoria Falls Hotel you are greeted by the friendly staff. As you enter the building your senses are splashed with grand splendour as rich teak furnishings and century old picture frames take you back in time to the early 19th Century. The Hotel is steeped in history as it was originally built in 1904 as accommodation for the workers building the Victoria Falls Bridge. The bridge was built as part of Cecil John Rhodes’ dreams of a railway line stretching from Cape to Cairo. Rhodes was insistent that the bridge should be built in a place that the spray from the Victoria Falls would fall on the passing trains. A Steam Train Trip is the perfect activity to do while staying at The Victoria Falls Hotel to truly appreciate this experience first hand.
Enjoy a Gin and Tonic or the famous Victoria Falls Hotel High Tea on the wide veranda as you take in the epic views of the bridge and the magnificent Victoria Falls themselves. Standing on the terrace you look straight down the Batoka Gorge at the bridge with the spray of the falls in the background. The Victoria Falls Hotel has a private pathway that leads to the Victoria Falls which is an easy 10-minute walk away.
The Victoria Falls Hotel features 161 luxurious rooms and suites. The accommodation is truly a five-star experience of pure grandeur. Style, glamour and sophistication are hallmarks of the Executive Suites, which are luxuriously appointed with warm, inviting décor.
We would recommend the Stables Signature Wing rooms for your stay at the Victoria Falls Hotel. They are located in the exclusive, stand-alone Stables Signature Wing are ideal for small families seeking a personalised service. These rooms have their own central courtyard, private lounge, exclusive check-in area and direct access to the front lawns of Victoria Falls Hotel. Afternoon teas and pastries are complimentary as is a massage voucher for each guest.
Stables Singature Wing Rooms
These 42 deluxe rooms are situated in the stand-alone Stables Signature Wing with a view of the front lawns or lush courtyard. These rooms are furnished in a modern style with a bygone feel. Bathrooms incorporate luxury world-class amenities, Victorian bath tub with large separate walk-in showers and luxury Charlotte Rhys amenities. Ideal for families travelling together.
What makes the Stables Signature Wing Rooms special?
- Personalized service of an exceptional nature
- Pre-dinner canapé service in the room
- Private check-in in the Stables lounge
- Complimentary Cocktail, mini bar ,massage voucher
- Complimentary afternoon tea served between 15h00-17h00
- Twin or Double Beds
- Spacious bathroom with separate shower and bath
Facilities & Services: In-Room Safe, Mini Bar, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Telephone, Hairdryer, Fully Air Conditioned, Satellite TV, Express Valet Service, same-day laundry and dry cleaning, Tea and Coffee making Facilities
THE CLARENDON BOUTIQUE HOTEL
The Clarendon is a luxurious hotel situated high on the slopes of Lions Head, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, just minutes away from Cape Town's cafés, restaurants, beaches and
Clarendon Bantry Bay combines luxurious boutique-style accommodation and stunning views to create the ideal hotel experience.
Guests have a selection of large, stylish rooms that contain wide balconies or verandas with ocean views.
A rich breakfast buffet and international cuisine is served at the hotel's restaurant.
The Clarendon is within walking distance of the famous Clifton Beach, 10 minutes from the city centre and the V&A Waterfront, and 45 minutes from the heart of the Cape Winelands.
HOW TO BOOK
Its simple. All our prices are per person in the room type, hotel etc, of your choice from the drop down menus.
Select the hotel/room type/ticket category and ADD TO CART
Now you increase the number of guests per room (so if booking a double you need to increase the QUANTITY to 2, a twin the same, but a single is just 1 person). Automatically the value of the cart increases.
If booking more than one room, simply click CONTINUE SHOPPING in the CART, return to your chosen trip and repeat the process. Do this for each room type. This also allows you to buy different styles of room depending on your needs.
Time to pay. You can choose 2 schemes.
A - If buying outside the 12 weeks cut off you click the INSTALLMENTS button in the middle. This takes you to the secure payment pages of Partial.ly.
B - If paying in full (ie: after 23rd April 2021) click the FULL PAYMENT button. This takes you to the PayPal secure server.
We accept all credit and debit cards.
HOW TO PAY
Our payment process is simple and flexible. You have payment options to suit all budgets.
INSTALLMENTS - all tours will be 30% deposit, 20% on by 01 October 2020, 25% on 23 January 2021 and 25% on 23 April 2021. You will receive an invoice for each installment.
INTERIM PAYMENTS - of course you can also pay in stages. Each invoice raised (as above) will allow you to pay off a minimum of £200 a time off the total bill.
BANK TRANSFER - if you wish to pay by bank deposit, let us know and we will provide account details.
None of these payment scheme attract additional fees. valid as of 1st May 2020