Small Group Travel
    South Africa

    Rovos Rail Train South Africa

    South Africa in the footsteps of Sir Winston Churchill

    We invite you to join us on an exciting journey through South Africa with Sir Nicholas Soames, the grandson of Sir Winston Churchill. Christopher Wilmot-Sitwell, Co-Owner + Director of cazenove+loyd, has hand-designed an extraordinary journey with Rovos Rail, which will take one of the world’s most opulent trains deep into the heartlands of the Boer War.

    The trip will trace Sir Winston Churchill’s footsteps during the war, from his dramatic capture by the Boers to his subsequent escape via freight train. Joining you on this journey will be Sir Winston Churchill’s grandson, Sir Nicholas Soames, a former British Member of Parliament and fantastic storyteller, who will regale you with tales of his grandfather and bring KwaZulu-Natal’s Boer battlefields to life. 

    “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,” says Sir Nicholas Soames. “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 battlefields of the Boer War. 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 that he later became.”

    This phenomenal opportunity promises to be fascinating, entertaining and full of learning, with the luxury of returning to one of the world’s most stunning trains every evening.


    30 March 2022
    05 April 2022
    £4,995 / US$6,993
    per person based on two sharing
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    Chris Wilmot-Sitwell
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    +44 (0)207 384 2332



    The highlights

    Travel throughout with Sir Nicholas Soames + expert guides

    This journey will provide a matchless 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. Sir Winston Churchill’s grandson is an incredible companion and guide on this journey. He will give lectures in the evenings and dine with you, bringing these important battlefields to life and recounting Churchill’s experiences as a courageous young man in Africa. You will also be hosted and guided by the Rattray family at the Zulu battlefields of Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana. 

    Enjoy colonial-style luxury with this one-off routing

    Step back in time onboard the glamorous Rovos Rail train – exclusively chartered for guests of cazenove+loyd. Enjoy elegant décor and exquisite dining while journeying through the rolling hills. 

    Go to The David Rattray Foundation’s school

    The trip will involve a wonderful opportunity to spend some time at the pre-school set up by The David Rattray Foundation (also known as Khula Education) at Rorke’s Drift. Our founder, Henrietta Loyd, is a trustee of the charity, which recently successfully raised money to build Wi-Fi towers in the area and deliver 200 Ipads so that the Year 12 students could continue with their final year studies during the lockdown. 


    The journey you will take

    On this very special small group trip, you will start in Johannesburg, from where you will go to Pretoria to board the luxurious Rovos Rail train, which will take you deep into the heartlands of KwaZulu-Natal and the Anglo-Boer War. The journey will end in Durban, after which we are very happy to arrange extensions in South Africa or beyond.

    The Details


    + Deluxe Suite: £4,995 / US$6,993 per person based on two sharing

    + Royal Suite: £5,995 / US$8,393 per person based on two sharing

    + Single supplement: £1,500 / US$2,100

    + Four nights in a Rovos Rail suite

    + One night at Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa, including breakfast

    + All food and drink while on the train

    + Luggage handling

    + All private guiding

    + All experiences as per itinerary

    + Return airport transfers

    + Dinner at Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa

    + Travel insurance

    + Vaccinations

    + Tips 

    + Any other extras 

    + International flights – please speak to one of our experts who can help you arrange these

    Our Destination Experts

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    Begin Your Journey
    Claire Jooste
    UK +44 (0)207 384 2332
    US 1-800-409-4233