Rovos Rail & 5* The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa - Two for One Special (4 Nights)

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SOUTH AFRICA: Combine the opulence of a legendary Rovos Rail journey with a stay at the 5* The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa as you make your way between Pretoria and Cape Town.
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The Twelve Apostles Hotel And Spa 5*

South Africa, Cape Town

Perched on the very edge of the Atlantic Ocean, with the magnificent Table Mountain and Twelve Apostles Mountain Range as a backdrop, this luxurious hotel, harmoniously blends with the natural beauty of its surroundin... [read more...]

Itinerary
  • Day 1-2
    • Rail: Rovos Rail - Pretoria to Cape Town 2 Nights
  • Day 3-4
  • Day 5
    • Flight: Cape Town (CPT) to Johannesburg (JNB)
Full Itinerary

Rovos Rail - Pretoria to Cape Town 2 Nights

Pretoria to Cape Town 2 nights.

Day 1
15h00: Depart from Rovos Rail Station aboard the Pride of Africa and travel south via Johannesburg through the goldfields of the Witwatersrand.
16h30: Tea in the lounge and observation cars.
19h30: Dinner is served in the dining car/s. Overnight on the train.

Day 2
07h00: Breakfast is served until 09h45.
09h45: Arrive in Kimberley. Passengers visit the Big Hole and the Diamond Mine Museum.
12h30: The train departs for Matjiesfontein via De Aar.
13h00: Lunch is served in the dining car/s.
16h30: Tea in the lounge and observation cars.
19h30: Dinner is served in the dining car/s.

Day 3
07h00: Breakfast is served until 10h00.
08h25: Visit the historical village of Matjiesfontein.
10h30: The train departs for Cape Town via Worcester.
13h00: Lunch is served in the dining car/s.
16h30: Tea in the lounge and observation cars.
18h00: Arrive at Cape Town Station, Platform 24.

The Track:
The track over which we travel is inconsistently maintained. If you wake at night imagining the train is travelling at high speed, be assured it is the state of the track below creating that impression. We restrict the train to 60km/h (37mph) and over bad sections reduce speed to as little as 20km/h (12mph). If you find it noisy, earplugs are available.

Dress Code:
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. With regard to off-train excursions, we strongly recommend comfortable walking shoes, sun lotion and hats. If required, blankets and rain capes are available. For game drives, these are open vehicles, please dress accordingly: mornings can be cool then warm up considerably; afternoons can be warm then cool down considerably. Please see average temperatures as a guide.

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 only. The reception is poor while the train is moving. It is advised to contact your service provider to ensure the correct settings for network services are activated. Internet is available at our lounge in Cape Town, Rovos Rail Station, Tau Game Lodge, Victoria Falls Hotel, Mokuti Lodge and most of the other Namibia Safari accommodation.

Laundry:
There is a limited laundry service on board comprising household washers, dryers and steam irons. The turnaround is 48 hours so we are not able to handle a week's worth of washing. Please note that while we are providing a complimentary service we cannot be held responsible for items that may be damaged or lost in the process. There are no dry-cleaning facilities en route or on board the train.

Luggage:
Each suite has a luggage rack that runs its length providing ample space for storage. On selected annual journeys, guests are provided with a Rovos Rail tog bag that can be used for overnight trips or hand luggage on aircraft.

Gift Shop:
There is a small gift shop on the train and at Rovos Rail Station. Due to the varying exchange rates, credit cards are preferred. The host/ess on duty has a basic First Aid Kit and personal essentials (toothbrushes, razors, earplugs etc.). He/she will also fulfil any administrative requirements and check your onward arrangements. Stamps are available for sale and postcards may be posted in the post box at the entrance to the Observation Car or at Rovos Rail Station.

Gratuities:
For the staff are at your discretion. If you wish to show your appreciation in this manner, there is a suitably marked envelope in your suite that you can hand directly to the Train Manager who will distribute any amounts on a pro-rata basis (share) amongst the staff on board. An amount between ZAR100 to ZAR200per person per night is suggested, depending on the length of your journey.

Locomotion:
Use of steam has become increasingly difficult over the years as more and more water and coaling facilities have been scrapped. Diesel or electric locomotives are used while steam is used in and around the area of Rovos Rail Station only.

Cuisine:
Meals are served in one sitting only in the charming Victorian atmosphere of the dining cars and are complemented by a selection of fine South African wines. Breakfast: 07h00-10h00. Lunch: 13h00. Tea: 16h30. Formal Dinner: 19h30.
All meals are served at these times unless otherwise stated in the timetable. A gong heralds lunch and dinner.

Dietary requirements:
If a special request has not been made, the chefs will endeavour to prepare suitable meals with the ingredients available on board. They will be unable to prepare meals requiring strict religious observance in the preparation.

Smoking:
On board the train, smoking is allowed in the Club Lounge only. Please ensure you have advised upfront if you wish to be allocated to a smoking or non-smoking room.
Terms & Conditions

Valid for SA residents.
Valid on set departures:
Pretoria to Cape Town: 05, 12, 19 & 26 July, 16 & 28 August and 06, 13 & 25 September 2019.
Cape Town to Pretoria: 31 August 2019.
Package does not include transfers to/from the train stations.
One way delivery/collection fee is not included in the package.
Prices are from a starting price per person sharing, subject to change, airfare increase and availability. Taxes are estimated and are subject to change. Advance purchase, peak season surcharges, block out periods and minimum stay conditions may apply. Group rates available on request. Thompsons Standard Terms and Conditions may apply. E & OE.

Exclusions

All Items of a personal nature. Meals not mentioned.


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