An Escorted Journey

With Michael Buerk, Journalist+Newsreader
Only 2 Cabins Remain

An exclusive journey into the heart of South Africa
Glide into the fringes of the Kruger National Park; the crystal waters of the St Lucia Wetlands; Durban’s bustling waterfront and the historic Zulu battlefields. This private rail charter of Africa’s most luxurious train takes our Guests on an extraordinary journey at a gentle pace through beautiful landscapes.

Meet the founders of the Rattray Trust
Spend a day with the Rattray family at their celebrated lodge, Fugitives’ Drift. The Rattray family themselves will guide our guests to the stunning viewpoint of Isandlwana and share the tragic, human story of the 12 hour battle between 140 soldiers of the British Empire and 3000 Zulu warriors. There is also the opportunity to see the work of the David Rattray Foundation which supports 22 local schools. For every place sold, a donation of £100 is being given to help further its work.

Game-viewing in the Kruger National Park
Enjoy the extraordinary diversity of wildlife in one of Africa’s most important game reserves. Top guides will accompany you on safari vehicles into the heart of the Kruger, where all of the ‘Big Five’ are present. Take an exciting game drive on board safari vehicles as expert wildlife guides drive effortlessly between ancient baobab trees and over the rolling hills and untamed bush in the pursuit of the Big Five.

A cruise on the St Lucia Estuary
Explore these outstandingly beautiful, crystal-clear wetlands by boat, led by experienced rangers who know these waters intimately. Declared a World Heritage Site in 1999, the protected reserve has a huge population of hippo as well as rhino, elephant, buffalo and large crocodiles.

Travel with Michael Buerk
Michael was the BBC’s correspondent in South Africa during apartheid and his uncompromising reports on the brutalities of the regime led to his exile from the country after four years in the post. He will be giving talks and showing fascinating video footage on board to illustrate his experiences and the ways in which the country has changed over the past three decades. He currently presents the Moral Maze on BBC Radio 4.

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Itinerary

Accommodation

25th February – 2nd March

Rovos Rail

Experience the golden age of trains and luxury on Rovos Rail’s ‘Pride of Africa’. Travel through the heart of the South African bush on this beautifully restored Edwardian train. An enthusiastic team of chefs is responsible for overseeing the very important task of ensuring guests’ every taste is catered for. In the evenings, guests come together for cocktails and fine dining and discussions about the day’s events.

Guides

Michael Buerk

Leading broadcaster Michael Buerk was the BBC’s Africa Correspondent in the 1980s. Based in Johannesburg, he covered the final years of Apartheid, the uprisings in the black townships, the draconian state of emergency, and the final dismantling of white minority rule. Michael has been honoured twice by the Royal Television Society and has won the top journalism awards in both the US and Europe, as well as a BAFTA for his news reporting from South Africa. The prestigious James Cameron Memorial Award cited his “moral vision and professional integrity”. Michael returns regularly to South Africa to make documentaries and undertake lecture tours.

Flights

For those traveling from London, we recommend the overnight flight with British Airways.

Inbound
BA 0055
24th Feb Departs Heathrow 18:00
25th Feb Arrives Johannesburg 06:55

Outbound
BA0056
2nd March departs Johannesburg 20:25
3rd March arrives Heathrow 05:30

if you are traveling from North America we will be happy to discuss the best routing with you.

Pricing Information

The Pullman Suites and the Royal Suites are fully booked. We are able to offer a Double Deluxe Cabin from $6544 per person.

Includes:

  • Six nights’ accommodation in a Rovos Rail suite
  • All meals and alcoholic beverages while on the train
  • Champagne reception at Private Rovos Rail station
  • Luggage handling
  • All private guiding
  • Excursions as per the itinerary
  • Return airport transfers from Johannesburg to Pretoria

Excludes:

  • International flights from London
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Alcoholic beverages on excursions
  • Single Supplement

where you will go on the trip

Witbank
The Kruger and Swaziland
Hluhluwe and St Lucia
Durban
Spion Kop
Fugitives' Drift
Pretoria