An Escorted Journey

“I feel very strongly that much of my grandfather’s life was shaped by his time in South Africa, in particular when he was captured by the Boers, and subsequently made his escape. So much of who he was and who he was to become came through at this moment of great danger and personal desperation. It will be a privilege to lead this trip next September, travelling by train to visit many of the most important battle fields of the Boer War (And we will also take in the main battle fields of the Zulu Wars). I believe that much of Churchill’s audacity and courage (and his drive and ambition) comes to light in his experiences as a young man in Africa. These characteristics are what made him into the national hero which he later became.” – Sir Nicholas Soames MP

Henrietta Loyd, Founder and Director of cazenove+loyd, has hand-designed a one-off journey with Rovos Rail, which, for the very first time, will take one of the world’s most luxurious trains deep into the heartlands of the Boer War. This unique journey will trace Winston Churchill’s footsteps during the war, from his dramatic capture by the Boers and subsequent escape via freight train.

Joining you on this journey will be Winston Churchill’s grandson, Sir Nicholas Soames MP: a fantastic storyteller, who will regale you with tales from his grandfather and bring the Boer battlefields to life.

Unparalleled private access
This journey will provide a brand-new insight into the fascinating Boer War, taking in unexplored corners of battlefields, which will be put into exhilarating context by Sir Nicholas Soames and Rovos Rail’s historical consultant, Nicholas Schofield.

Due to Henrietta Loyd’s close friendship with the Rattray family, who own the spectacular 5000-acre National Heritage Site Fugitives’ Drift, we will be personally guided around the sites of the Battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, by one of the Rattrays’. We will also enjoy lunch at the family’s home: Fugitives’ Drift Lodge.

Enjoy colonial-style luxury with this one-off routing
Step back in time on board the glamorous Rovos Rail train – exclusively chartered for guests of cazenove+loyd. Enjoy elegant décor and exquisite on-board dining whilst journeying through the rolling hills. Henrietta Loyd’s longstanding relationship with Rohan Vos and the nature of this extraordinary trip means that we are able to access this routing exclusivelyallowing passengers to discover the history of the Boer War in total luxury. A highly skilled team of chefs is responsible for overseeing the very important task of ensuring guests’ every taste is catered for. In the evenings, come together for cocktails, dinner and discussions about the day’s events.

This once-in-a-lifetime trip promises to be fascinating, entertaining and full of learning, with the luxury of returning to one of the world’s most stunning trains each evening.

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Itinerary

Accommodation

21st September – 22nd September

Southern Sun Hyde Park

Situated in the heart of Sandton, one of Johannesburg’s most exclusive suburbs, the Southern Sun Hyde Park hotel is one of our top choices in Johannesburg. The hotel’s proximity to nearby shops, restaurants, and other amenities make it the ideal base to explore the city, while its spacious and elegant rooms are perfect for relaxing after a busy day sightseeing.

22nd September – 26th September

Rovos Rail

Step back in time on board Rovos Rail’s glamorous carriages, exclusively chartered for guests of cazenove+loyd. Enjoy elegant décor and exquisite on-board dining whilst journeying on this luxurious train. Our longstanding relationship with Rovos Rail and the nature of this extraordinary trip mean that we are able to access this routing exclusively, allowing passengers to discover the history of the Boer War in total luxury.

Without exception, the cabins on board are beautifully appointed. The Deluxe Suite offers either twin or double beds, and the opulent Royal Suites span half a carriage each. All have a private lounge area and a full bathroom.

A highly-skilled team of chefs is responsible for overseeing the very important task of ensuring guests’ every taste is catered for. In the evenings, come together for cocktails, dinner and discussions about the day’s events.

Extensions

26th September – 30th September

Kwazulu Natal

For those looking for stunning scenery and incredibly diverse wildlife, we recommend staying a few days in Kwazulu Natal: an exquisite area in the Eastern region of South Africa where tangled coastal forest gives way to the impressive Drakensberg Mountains on one side and beautiful, pristine shores on the other. One of our favourite lodges in this area is Phinda Vlei Lodge. Elegant and exclusive, its teak suites are set on stilts and overlooking wetlands which are favoured by cheetah. A wildlife lover’s paradise, the habitat here supports a diversity from the Big Five to a host of lesser-known animal and bird species.

26th September – 1st October

Cape Town + The Winelands

Culture lovers may want to explore Cape Town and its surrounding wine region. South Africa’s most beautiful and eclectic city, Cape Town has everything to offer in terms of fantastic food, exquisite beaches, great scenery, and excellent places to stay. One of our favourite hotels is the legendary Belmond Mount Nelson, which stands in a nine-acre garden at the base of Table Mountain. If you have a few more days, why not head out to the picturesque Winelands. Le Quartier Francais lies in the heart of the pretty village of Franschhoek. This tiny hotel has light and airy rooms, a swimming pool and an award-winning restaurant. It’s also just a stone’s throw away from many of the best wineries, which are just waiting to be explored.

26th September – 1st October

Johannesburg + Madikwe Game Reserve

If you are wanting to have a classic safari experience, we recommend spending a night back in Johannesburg at luxury boutique hotel Athol Place before being driven to Madikwe Game Reserve. One of South Africa’s largest game reserves, this varied terrain is home to the ‘Big Five’ plus cheetah, wild dog, giraffe and zebra. Makanyane Safari Lodge sits on 1,800 hectares and has just 8 suites, which are hidden amongst the forest and overlook the Marico River. As well as twice-daily game drives, Makanyane offers tracking on foot with an expert guide. We can also arrange for a night sleeping under the African sky in one of the lodge’s hides.

Guides

Sir Nicholas Soames

Sir Arthur Nicholas Winston Soames is a British Conservative Party politician and the grandson of Sir Winston Churchill.  He has represented Mid Sussex since 1997, previously serving as MP for Crawley. Sir Nicholas has an incredible energy and passion for his grandfather, which is infectious. To this one-off trip, he brings personal anecdotes as he knew him late into his teenage years, as well as access to previously unpublished materials from the Churchill archive.

Nicholas Schofield

Born on a grape farm in the Cape, Nicholas has a life’s passion for African history and, in particular, the Anglo-Boer War. Upon completion of his studies, he became a lecturer in history at Vista University, Mamelodi, the Black township of Pretoria. After ten years and restless for a change, in 1993 he formed “The Expeditionary Force”, a company which specialises in African journeys, based on historical and cultural themes. Schofield is now the historical consultant for Rovos Rail and has been for the past twenty-two years. He is described by Rohan Vos, Founder of Rovos Rail, as ‘our story-teller extraordinaire’.

Christopher Wilmot-Sitwell

Christopher Wilmot-Sitwell is one of the owners of cazenove+loyd and has been travelling frequently to Southern Africa since his first visit to Natal as a schoolboy in the early 1970’s. Having worked in South Africa in the 1980’s and travelled to most countries in sub-Saharan Africa, it is a region with an enduring fascination. Christopher has recently led a number of small group trips for cazenove+loyd; most recently a private boat charter on the Irrawaddy and another private boat journey along the Mekong from Vietnam to Cambodia.

Flights

Please speak to one of our experts, who can help you arrange your international flights.

Pricing Information

+ Royal Suite: £5,499 per person – One suite remaining
+ Deluxe Suite: £3,999 per person

Includes

+ Four nights in a Rovos Rail suite
+ One night at The Southern Sun Hotel Hyde Park, with breakfast.
+ All food and drink while on the train
+ Luggage handling
+ All private guiding
+ All excursions as per itinerary
+ Return airport transfers

Excludes

+ Return international flights
+ Travel insurance
+ Tips
+ Vaccinations
+ Any extras

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where you will go on the trip

Johannesburg
Pretoria
Dundee
Fugitives' Drift
Ladysmith
Pietermaritzburg