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THE AFRICAN COLLAGE
A Rich Tapestry of Landscape

This panoramic 3400 kilometre 9-day South African sojourn departs annually in June. Travel from Pretoria eastwards to Malelane, south to Swaziland and Durban, west to Bloemfontein, then southwards again through Port Elizabeth, Oudtshoorn and George to Cape Town. After an early morning game drive through the Kruger Park, the train heads southwards to Swaziland for an afternoon game drive. Continue into Zululand for an early morning game drive in the Hluhluwe Game Reserve and then on through KwaZulu Natal for an evening in Durban. During the night we continue onto Bloemfontein, with a morning tour of the city. The journey continues southwards overnight to Port Elizabeth, with a morning visit to the Addo Elephant Park. An early morning departure takes the train into Oudtshoorn for a visit to an Ostrich farm followed by a spectacular rail descent down the Montagu Pass into George. After a morning visit to Knysna the train sets off from George travelling the scenic Garden Route through to Mossel Bay and Riversdale. The next morning, after a visit to the KWV Brandy Distillery in Worcester, this magnificent collage ends in Cape Town.


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AFRICAN COLLAGE ITINERARY
PRETORIA - MALELANE - DURBAN - PORT ELIZABETH - CAPE TOWN
21 May - 29 May 2009
Day 1

Thursday 21 May

10h00 Depart Rovos Rail’s private station in Capital Park, Pretoria.
Day 2

Friday 22 May

05h00 Wake up call for game drive in the Kruger Park in open vehicles.
11h00 Brunch is served in the dining car while we travel through Komatipoort to the Swaziland border.
15h30 Arrive Mkhaya reserve for afternoon game drive.
20h00 The train departs for overnight journey to Hluhluwe in Zululand.
Day 3 Saturday 23 May
05h00 Wake up call for a game drive in the Hluhluwe Reserve.
09h30 The train departs Hluhluwe for Durban.
18h00 Arrive Durban for an evening in the City.
Day 4 Sunday 24 May
06h00 Depart Durban en route to Bloemfontein.
Day at leisure on board.
Day 5 Monday 25 May
10h00 Tour of Bloemfontein.
13h00 Depart Bloemfontein en route to Port Elizabeth.
Day 6 Tuesday 26 May
09h00 Tour of Addo Elephant Park near Port Elizabeth.
12h00 The train departs Port Elizabeth for Oudtshoorn.
Day 7 Wednesday 27 May
10h00 Arrive Oudtshoorn for Ostrich Farm visit.
15h30 Arrive George for afternoon at leisure.
18h30 Depart for dinner at Fancourt Golf Estate.
Day 8 Thursday 28 May
09h00 Depart for morning tour of Knysna.
13h30 Depart George.
Day 9 Friday 29 May
11h00 Arrive Worcester for KWV Brandy Distillery tour.
17h00 Arrive in Cape Town.
Excursions may be changed according to schedule achieved. Times are approximate and cannot be guaranteed.

AFRICAN COLLAGE ITINERARY
CAPE TOWN - DURBAN - MALELANE - PRETORIA
30 May - 7 June 2009
Day 1

Saturday 30 May

09h20 Depart Cape Town Station, Platform 23.
15h30 Arrive in Ashton for a wine tasting excursion.
Day 2

Sunday 31 May

12h00 Depart train for lunch in Knysna. Ferry ride across Knysna lagoon to Featherbed Reserve, or shopping afternoon in Knysna.
16h00 Board the vehicles and return to the train in George.
18h30 Disembark the train for a short drive to Fancourt Country Club Estate for dinner.
Day 3 Monday 1 June
08h00 Depart George Station for Oudtshoorn.
11h00 Arrive in Oudtshoorn for an ostrich farm visit.
24h00 Arrive in Port Elizabeth. Overnight.
Day 4 Tuesday 2 June
07h00
10h00
Game drive in the Addo Elephant Park.
The train departs for Bloemfontein. Arrive 24h00.
Day 5 Wednesday 3 June
07h00 Disembark for a city tour of Bloemfontein.
12h00 The train departs for Ladysmith. Arrive 24h00.
Day 6 Thursday 4 June
15h15 Disembark the train for a city tour of Durban.
18h30 Dinner at a restaurant in Durban.
Day 7 Friday 5 June
07h00 Depart Durban for Swaziland.
18h00 Arrive in Golela for border formalities into Swaziland.
22h00 Overnight at Mkhaya.
Day 8 Saturday 6 June
05h00 Early morning game drive in Mkhaya Game Reserve.
11h00 Brunch is served in the dining car/s.
15h15 Arrive Malelane for game drive in the Kruger Park.
Day 9 Sunday 7 June
07h00 Depart from Waterval Onder.
15h30 Arrive Rovos Rail's Capital Park Station, Pretoria.
Excursions may be changed according to schedule achieved. Times are approximate and cannot be guaranteed.

 

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