Day 7 - 9: Rovos Rail Pride of Africa
You spend the next three days enjoying the romantic luxury of times gone by in the various landscapes of South Africa. The Rovos Rail 'Pride of Africa' is the most luxurious train in the southern hemisphere. Each carriage has been restored with passion and attention to detail and has its own history. Some carriages have carried royal guests. The 'Pride of Africa' has 36 classic carriages, decorated with mahogany panels. The chef prepares delightful dishes with fresh local produce and specialties. The tables are set with fine linen, porcelain dishes and silverware. Professional waiters advise you on the selection of excellent wines to accompany your dish. At the lounge car you can enjoy a leisurely cup of coffee or a delicious cocktail. The observation car with open rear deck is the most popular place in the train. Seated in comfortable armchairs and sofas, you can look out through the large panoramic windows as the imposing African landscapes glide by.
Day 8 Historic Kimberley and the Big Hole
Enjoy your breakfast in the restaurant carriage, while the 'Pride of Africa' passes by the panoramic views of the Karoo desert. After lunch you arrive in Kimberley. This historic city is world famous for its diamond rush which reached its peak at the end of the 19th century. After the discovery of the first diamonds a city grew up around the huge mine that became known as The Big Hole. Almost 15 million diamonds were mined from The Big Hole.
On departure from Kimberley, tea is served in the lounge and observation cars. Savour your dinner in the beauti-fully restored restaurant cars from the Edwardian and Art Deco era.