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Pretoria to Cape Town

This 1600 kilometre meander is a perfect illustration of South Africa as a world in one country. Travel the grasslands of the gold-rich Highveld to the haunting barrenness of the Great Karoo; trundle through the spectacular mountain ranges and scenic Winelands of the Cape. Journey’s end is Cape Town, the Mother City of South Africa, cradled by the imposing bulk of Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head. Highlights of the north- and southbound routes include a visit to the historic village of Matjiesfontein; this authentic perfectly preserved Victorian Village – founded by Mr Logan as a refreshment stop in 1890 – also boasts an impressive museum on the platform. Another stop is made in 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.

Day 1

11:00 Depart from Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria. Travel across the goldfields of the Witwatersrand. Overnight on board. (Breakfast 07:00-10:00 • Lunch 13:00 • Tea 16:30 • Dinner 19:30)

Day 2

Visit Kimberley’s Diamond Mine Museum and the extraordinary Big Hole. Travel through the Karoo towards Matjiesfontein. Overnight on board.

Day 3

Visit the historic village of Matjiesfontein. The train climbs ±750m down the escarpment and through the Winelands to Cape Town. 18:00 Arrive at Cape Town Station.

This journey is available in reverse.