In a series of journeys lasting from 24 hours to a fortnight, the Pride of Africa links some of Africa's greatest destinations from Cape Town at the tip of South Africa to Dar-Es-Salaam in Tanzania, from scenic splendors as diverse as the game reserves of Mpumalanga to the Victoria Falls, from the desert landscapes of Namibia and the stark beauty of the Karoo to the lush canefields of KwaZulu-Natal and the magnificent Garden Route along the Cape South Coast.
The heart of this superb private railway company is the historic Capital park Station and Locomotive yard which is situated on the outskirts of Pretoria. For many visitors to South Africa, there's no finer way to see the country than on the popular weekly journeys between Pretoria and Cape Town. One of the world's top destinations, Cape Town offers a blend of cosmopolitan city life, mountain splendor and scenic winelands. The twin cities of Pretoria and Johannesburg in Gauteng form South Africa's economic heartland and the ideal departure point for the Lowveld's world-famous game reserves.
From the coast, the 1600 kilometer route follows an old pioneering trail carved out of the African bushveld, passing through the winelands and climbing up to the interior through the Hex River Valley. Highlights of the north and southbound routes include visits to the historic village of Matjiesfontein, a 100-year-old refreshment stop in the arid Karoo, and Kimberley (city of De Beers), the diamond boom-town that's home to the Big Hole, the world's largest man-made excavation.
Tour Itinerary: Pretoria to Cape Town.
15:00 - Depart Pretoria aboard the Pride of Africa.
10:00 - Arrive in Kimberley. Passengers visit the Big Hole, the diamond museum and take a tram ride.
12:30 - Depart Modder River Station near Kimberley and proceed overnight via De Aar and Beaufort West for Matjiesfontein.
08:15 - Visit the historic village of Matjiesfontein.
10:30 - Depart Matjiesfontein and proceed via Touws River, De Doorns and Worcester to Cape Town.
18:00 - Arrive at Cape Town station, platform
Cape Town to Pretoria.
11:00 - Depart from platform 23 at Cape Town station and proceed inland via Worcester.
18:00 - Upon arrival at Matjiesfontein guests tour this quaint village.
19:00 - Depart Matjiesfontein.
19:30 - Dinner is served in the dining car/s.
14:30 - Upon arrival at Modder River Station near Kimberley we transfer to the historic Kimberley Club and then take the electric tram from the City centre for a tour of the Big Hole and museum. 16:00: Depart Kimberley.
12:00 - Arrive Capitol Park Station, Pretoria.
One way options available.
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