Rovos Rail - Durban Safari

3 day Luxury Rail Journey - from £1235

Pretoria | Durban

Travel aboard the luxury and timeless Rovos Rail, through the scenic and historic landscapes of Kwazulu Natal en route to the Indian Ocean.


  • Game drives at Nambiti Conservancy
  • Views of the Drakensberg Mountains
  • Guided battlefield tour at Spionkop
  • Valley of a Thousand Hills scenery
  • Elegant private cabin and public areas

Life Onboard

Rovos Rail offers a five star experience on rails, capturing the elegance and atmosphere of a bygone era as you travel through Africa’s diverse landscapes. The classic wood panelled coaches offer period charm, accompanied by attentive and friendly service.

The observation car is located at the end of the train and offers a relaxing place to enjoy the views from its enlarged windows and unique open-air balcony. In the lounge, deep sofas and wingback chairs offer a comfortable place to catch up with fellow guests over a drink and enjoy afternoon tea.

Meals are served in one seating and are an occasion in their own right with silver service and fine cuisine, accompanied by outstanding South African wines. During the day the dress code is smart-casual, whilst dinner is the time to dress to impress with more formal attire.

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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Pretoria

This morning check in at the Rovos Rail station where you can relax in the lounge before commencing your luxury rail journey. Travel south east through the gold-rich mining areas of Gauteng whilst you get accustomed with your elegant surroundings and meet your fellow guests.

Later, enjoy lunch as the majestic Drakensberg Mountains come into view, before the train climbs to Majuba Hill at an elevation of over 2,000 metres. Pass through the landscape of Kwazulu-Natal and towns such as Newcastle with its large domed Hindu temple and Glencoe, site of the first battle of the Anglo Boer war.

Day 2 - Game Reserve & Battlefields

This morning enjoy tea, coffee and pastries before your early morning game drive. In the malaria free Nambiti Game Reserve, you will have the opportunity to observe the big 5 as well as other species of game including cheetah, giraffe, hippo, hyena and zebra.

Back on board, the journey continues to Estcourt whilst brunch is served, before disembarking for a road trip to Spionkop Lodge. Here guests can enjoy either a game drive in Spionkop Reserve or a battlefield tour led by an expert guide.

Day 3 - Durban

On the final day, the train descends the escarpment on its way to Lions River Station for a visit to Ardmore Ceramics which showcases a variety of produce from local artists. Later, enjoy the lush scenery as the train meanders through the Valley of a Thousands Hills, before finishing in the city of Durban on the Indian Ocean.

3 day Luxury Rail Journey - from £1235


Rovos offers a choice of three elegantly styled cabin types, each with air conditioning, en suite shower and a safe.

Pullman suites

  • One fifth of a carriage in size, with a sofa that converts into twin upper and lower berths, or a double bed.

Deluxe Suites

  • one third of a carriage in size, including a lounge area
  • your choice of a twin or double bed

Upgrade to a Deluxe Cabin – from £634

Royal Suites 

  • half a carriage in size, including a lounge area
  • full bathroom with a Victorian style bath in addition to a shower
  • your choice of twin or double bed

Upgrade to a Royal Suite – from £1254

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Depending on rail traffic, this journey may need to re-route. Flights not included. Discounted flights available from most UK airports.

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First class service and spectacular scenery has made Rovos Rail one of the world’s greatest rail journeys.

Your Rovos Rail experience includes:

  • 2 nights on board the luxurious Rovos Rail Train including:
    – your choice of Pullman, Deluxe or Royal Suite
    – 24 hour butler service
    – use of the Lounge Car and Observation Car
    – complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • All meals, on board the train
  • Afternoon tea served in the Lounge Car
  • Off train excursions

All Rovos Rail train routes can be booked as they are or added into a longer South Africa holiday.


Journey Details


Departs selected Fridays at 10:00
Arrives Sundays at 16:00


Departs selected Mondays at 10:00
Arrives Wednesday at 16:00

Route doesn’t operate May to July and December.

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