10h00 Depart Rail Station in Pretoria. Lunch is served as the Drakensberg Mountains come into view. In the afternoon the train climbs to Majuba Hill (2146m/7040ft). Dinner is served en route to Elandslaagte for overnight stop. (Breakfast 07h00-10h00 • Lunch 13h00 • Tea 16h30 • Dinner 19h30)
06h00 Wake-up call. Tea, coffee, juices and pastries in the dining car/s before embarking on a game drive in the Nambiti Private Game Reserve. Return to the train for brunch at 11h00 and head for Estcourt. 14h00 Disembark for a 40-minute drive to Spionkop Lodge where a choice of two excursions is available: an escorted tour of the battlefields or a game drive in the Spionkop Game Reserve. Return to the train for dinner.
Breakfast is served as the train descends the escarpment en route to Lions River Station. 10h00 Visit the famous Ardmore Ceramics Gallery including an equestrian display and tea. 12h00 Depart for Durban. The train traverses the spectacular Valley of a Thousand Hills. 16h00 Arrive at journey’s end in Durban.
Join this three-day safari on the most luxurious train in the world and experience the splendour of KwaZulu-Natal. Take in the Big Five, a battlefields tour with a world-class historian and unusual African ceramics. Experience the Nambiti Conservancy – a Big Five private bush retreat set on 20 000 acres of malaria-free bushveld with an incredible biodiversity including savannah, grasslands, thornveld and tall acacia trees. The Sundays River flows through the reserve and has two 40-metre waterfalls with magnificent ravine bush, home to several rare bird species. Situated on an expansive game farm, Spionkop Lodge – which adjoins an 11 000-acre nature reserve – is the perfect base for exploring the mountains, bush, birds and battlefields of the region. The turn-of-the-century farmhouse has been restored in the colonial style and the converted barn now forms a dining room that boasts impressive views over the Tugela River and across the Drakensberg Mountains. Ardmore Ceramic Art is a story about the Zulu people whose sense of rhythm, colour, dance and song, as well as the spirit of the African imagination, is exerting its influence on the other continents of the world. Visit this charming centre in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands before travelling through the Valley of a Thousand Hills to Durban.
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Africa abounds with incredible sights, from soaring sand dunes to savannas teeming with wildlife. Witness the annual wildebeest migration on safari in Durban. Spot lions, elephants, giraffes, and many more on a thrilling family safari.