Rovos Rail & Luxury Golf Safari 2018

Rovos Rail Luxury Golf Safari 2018
January 31, 2018 Events Worldwide Travel

Rovos Rail Luxury Golf Safari 2018


Join us for a one-of-a-kind luxury golf Safari and expedition through the hinterlands, savannahs and mountains of South Africa. All aboard the world’s most luxurious train—Rovos Rail.
  • South Africa
  • 31 Jan – 17 Feb 2018
  • 17 nights
  • From A$17,998 pp

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Foreword


Ensuring you are in the very best company!

South Africa’s luxurious Rovos Rail offers you a chance to recapture the romance and atmosphere of a bygone era as you step aboard the reconditioned wood-panelled coaches and enjoy fine cuisine in 5-star luxury. Call your Deluxe Suite home for 5 nights while enjoying golf at the finest courses in South Africa. The adventure continues when you step off the train and fly down to the Eastern Cape to a Safari through the exciting Kariega Game Reserve. Enjoy evening and morning game drives in search of the Big Five; Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Buffalo and Elephant. After two nights in the African bush; the Links at St. Francis is your next golfing challenge. The complete golf experience would not be possible without a stay at Fancourt Golf Resort with its three on-site championship golf courses including the The Links. Located on the spectacular Garden Route, Fancourt is renowned for its Spa, food and outstanding courses.

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Next we travel to the Western Cape staying at the Arabella Golf & Spa Resort overlooking the Bot River Lagoon. The championship course here has the best finishing holes in the country (on both nines). Your final stop is none other than the sensational Table Bay Hotel; but not before a winelands discovery tour including a visit to Ernie Els Wine Farm after a magnificent lunch near Stellenbosch. Set in the heart of the V&A Waterfront, the Table Bay Hotel offers everything you will expect from a 5-star luxury hotel.

Besides golf at Royal Cape and Pearl Valley; your holiday will be completed with a full day Peninsula Tour and Cable Car ride to the summit of picturesque Table Mountain in Cape Town. Non-golfer? Do not fear as we have a fully inclusive program with exciting activities and tours; more details on request. To complete this unique expedition is our farewell dinner in Cape Town with celebratory food and wine pairings from the Continent at Gold Restaurant (you’ll love the 14 course Cape Malay and African Tasting Safari — Bon Appetit!)

About this Expedition

Events Worldwide Travel has been pioneering sport related luxury travel in Australia since 1993. Over the years our family owned and managed business has conducted many river, ocean and land based luxury group charters for discerning travellers. This tour, our first on the world’s most luxurious train, is by no means our first in South Africa. We have been taking tours to the rainbow country since Rugby World Cup in 1995; so we know the lay of this fascinating land. It’s a must see destination for everyone and this is simply the finest way to experience Africa no matter whether it’s the first time or one of many. A Private Charter means the train and the tour is exclusive to EWT and our VIP guests (you!)

Our local Tour Director and Guides will be assisted by us, who will host you throughout the luxurious expedition. We will ensure no stone remains unturned when it comes to inclusions and experiences. The tour is limited to a maximum of 40 playing golfers plus the required number of non-golfers with a dedicated non-golfers tour program. Rovos Rail is synonymous with romantic luxury travel, fine food and wine, so come prepared with smart casual onboard dining attire. Adding to your comfort and luxury experience we have configured the entire train as Deluxe Double or Twin Suites (separate beds). This magnificent rail experience along with our personally designed Safari and Golf adventure highlights some of the best accommodation, local touring and golf experiences anywhere on earth and at the best time of the year. This is truly a remarkable tour that ticks all the boxes for touring South Africa and we hope you’ll meet new friends or strengthen bonds with your travelling companions over a sumptuous line-up of dining inclusions throughout. At EWT, we’re proud to be Australia’s Best Outbound Golf Tour Operator for 2015 (and nominated for 2016), we’re sure we’ll up to the hype.

We look forward to welcoming you to South Africa, this promises to be out best Tour yet!

Sincerely,

Glenn & Gayle Hedley (your tour hosts)
Founders of EWT

 

Inclusions & Pricing


Highlights

  • Enjoy Deluxe Suites aboard the World’s Most Luxurious Train
  • Play 6 of the Top 10 golf courses in South Africa (including the Top 3)
  • Experience the Extreme 19th — the longest Par-3 in the world by helicopter!
  • Search for the Big Five in open air game vehicles at Kariega Private Game Reserve
  • Treat yourself to the #1 Golf Resort in Africa & The Middle East at Fancourt
  • Marvel in the splendour of Table Mountain & The Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town
  • Enjoy 13 quality dinners, 17 breakfasts and 13 lunches during the Tour
  • Take home exclusive souvenir merchandise and compete in a friendly golf comp for unique souvenir prizes
  • Enjoy all this and more as part of our Private Exclusive Charter

 

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Tour Inclusions

17 nights & 18 days from 31 January 2018

Flights:

  • Return Economy Class fare from Sydney (Qantas) or Perth (SAA) to Johannesburg & back from Cape Town
  • Domestic flight to Port Elizabeth from Johannesburg

Accommodation:

  • 1 night at The Michelangelo in Sandton — Welcome Dinner & Drinks + B&B
  • 5 nights aboard Rovos Rail in a Deluxe Suite (Double or Twin-2 singles) all-inclusive meals with wines paired with dinner
  • 2 nights at Kariega Game Reserve in a Lodge Room – all inclusive –
    • Kariega is MALARIA FREE
  • 3 nights at Fancourt Golf Resort in Classic Rooms – B&B
  • 2 nights at Arabella Golf Resort in Deluxe rooms – B&B
  • 4 nights at Table Bay Hotel in Standard Luxury rooms – B&B

Included meals:

  • 13 Dinners
  • 13 Lunches including half-way house meals for golfers where listed
  • 17 Breakfasts

18 holes of Golf on 9 fabulous courses:                                        

Touring Highlights:

  • Extreme 19 Golf Experience by helicopter
  • 3 Safari Game Drives at Kariega
  • Full Day Guided Winelands Discovery Tour
  • Table Mountain Cable Way Tour
  • Full day Guided Cape Peninsula Tour
  • All Transfers in Air-conditioned Coach
  • Services of a dedicated Tour Director for the duration
  • Services of Events Worldwide Escorts & Hosts
  • Exclusive Merchandise Pack – Polo and Golf Pack

What’s not included?

  • Meals other than specified in the itinerary (very few)
  • Airline Taxes, Security charges and fees as imposed by the airlines & governments – these are variable up to ticketing time (est. $350 pp)
  • All items of a personal nature (phone calls, porterage, gratuities etc.)
  • Excess baggage due to golf clubs or other luggage (allowances will be provided with your final itinerary – economy is 23kgs per person)
  • Travel Insurance – we offer 15% off any CHI policy with this Tour if taken when booking
  • Golf Clubs – we suggest taking your own for convenience but rentals can be provided on request
  • Passport
NOTE: Australian Passport holders do not require a VISA for South Africa. If you extend beyond South Africa check with us for VISA and other health requirements. If you do not hold an Australian Passport, check with us if you require a VISA for South Africa.

Tour Pricing

Double or Twin Share per person A$17,998
Single Occupancy A$23,798

Travelled with us before? A 5% reduction applies for repeat guests!

 

Upgrades

Upgrade to Premium Economy est. A$1,838*
Upgrade to Business Class est. A$4,798* (this includes domestic flights in South Africa where offered)
Upgrade to First Class on request

Non Golfers

Twin share per person A$16,198 or Single A$21,598

– see non golfer’s itinerary with included separate activities & tours

Non-Golfers Itinerary

Extra’s

Extra night pre Tour at Michelangelo Sandton: Twin or Double share per person A$285 or Single A$493 (includes B&B)

– pre or post Tour travel on request including Flights, Accommodation, Insurance, Transport, Tours, Tickets and more

Flights & Frequent Flyers

If you choose to take a redemption ticket for international flights, please contact us for a fare reduction amount. The amount will be adjusted when you provide a copy of your e-ticket.

Flights

Premium or Business Class applies where flights permit. Upgrade amounts are estimated based on fares at the time of publication of this tour in September 2016 and may change when fares are released. Flight bookings can only be made within 342 days of travel – we will monitor this for you and book seats when they are within system range for all sectors. Frequent flyer status and accrual applies. Please provide your membership numbers when booking.

Flights are included using Qantas from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Adelaide. Add-ons are available at low rates from other capitals to Sydney and return except for Perth. The Perth flight will be using South African Airways direct to Johannesburg and a fare deduction adjustment will be made for Western Australian departures. This may however involve an extra cost for accommodation on arrival due to the scheduled 04.30 arrival in Johannesburg.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY

The Itinerary


Optional extra nights before the Tour begins in Sandton can be arrange with flights, airport-hotel transfers and other services. Extensions also available after the Tour concludes in Cape Town. Let us know what you need and we’ll customise your Tour Package.
For non-golfers a seperate activity itinerary is available on request. All activities are included with the non-golfers Tour price.
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HH = Half Way House (golf snacks included)
Where meals/highlights are shown daily means they are included. Drinks at at your own expense unless mentioned
^On the Train, high quality wines will be paired with the menu, other drinks on board are on your account

Rovos Rail Luxury Golf Safari

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Wed 31st Jan / Sandton (Johannesburg) The Michelangelo
(Welcome Dinner & Drinks)

Depart via Sydney or Perth to Johannesburg.  On arrival transfer by luxury vehicle to our hotel in Sandton, The Michelangelo.  A light dinner and welcome drinks offers a relaxed way to meet your fellow travellers and tour hosts.

 

Thu 1st Feb / Rovos Rail – the nostalgic age of Steam
(Breakfast & Dinner^)

Transfer from our hotel by luxury vehicle to the Capital Park Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria.  Sip Champagne enjoying canapés whilst listening to the string band welcoming the Steam Engine into the Station.  After a welcoming by your hosts it’s time to board the train and begin the golf and safari journey of a life-time.

 

Fri 2nd Feb / Hanglip Mountain; The Extreme 19th & Legend Signature Golf (Breakfast, HH, Dinner^, Helicopter)

After an early breakfast aboard the train join the coach to the Legend Golf & Safari Resort.  Here you will be allocated to a group and you will either tee-off on the Signature Golf Course or be transferred to the top of the Extreme 19th by helicopter to play the longest par three in the world.

The Legend Signature Golf Course is the only course in the world that has 18 different holes designed by 18 different designers and each has added their unique touch.  The Extreme 19th is an experience that will live with you forever.  Board a helicopter armed with your driver and fly to the top of Hanglip Mountain where you will have the opportunity to hit six golf balls to a green shaped like Africa.  Once everyone has hit their 6 balls you will be flown to the green to complete the hole and have your score registered on the leader-board and receive your certificate.  Good luck!

 

The two groups will swap after completing 18 holes so that everyone gets to play the Extreme 19th and play the Signature Course.  Return to the train in the late afternoon and enjoy the hospitality provided by the world class crew enjoying food paired with some exquisite local wines.

 

Sat 3rd Feb /  Sun City Resort and the Gary Player Course
(Breakfast, HH, Dinner^)

Host to the annual Nedbank Challenge, the Gary Player Golf Course at Sun City is a walking only course*.  On arrival you will be introduced to your caddy who will assist you around this tough but most enjoyable course.  Many famous golfers have graced these fairways and you can savour the atmosphere particularly walking up to the finishing holes.  Keep your eyes open for antelope, warthog, baboon and other animals that also grace these fairways.  * If you are unable to walk with a caddy we can arrange a round on the Lost City Course with a cart.

 

Sun 4th Feb / Resting On The Rails
(Breakfast, Lunch, High Tea, Dinner^)

Find a spot in the observation lounge or relax in your suite as the train travels throughout the day north easterly in the direction of Kruger National Park.  The suites and common areas are designed to offer panoramic views of the countryside as the train moves past.  All meals will be served today along with high-tea.  Sit back, relax and enjoy the marvels of steam train travel through the African Veld.

 

Mon 5th Feb / Leopard Creek Golf Course & Kruger National Park
(Breakfast, HH, Dinner^)

The best golf is saved for the last day of the rail portion of the tour.  This magnificent Gary Player design borders the Kruger National Park and it’s not uncommon to see Elephant, Buffalo and Lion coming down to drink at the Crocodile River which separates the golf course from the Park.  Wild animals aside this golf course is a special layout that will have golfers of all abilities enjoying its fantastic design and immaculate conditioning.

This evening after a final dinner on the train, join your hosts for a night-cap and a light hearted prize-giving for the first part of our Golf Safari.

 

Tue 6th Feb / The Eastern Cape & Kariega Game Reserve
(Breakfast, Lunch, Game Drive, Sundowners, Dinner)

The incredible train journey ends today as the train returns to Capital Park Station in Pretoria.  Luxury vehicles will be ready to transfer you to Johannesburg Airport for the flight to Port Elizabeth.  On arrival you will be met and transferred to Kariega Game Reserve.  Travel time to the Reserve is around 90 minutes from the Airport.  A light lunch will be provided on arrival.

The group will be split into three different lodges – Settlers Drift, Ukhozi and River Lodges (see booking early).  After checking into your room with time to freshen up a ranger will guide you to open aired vehicles for a game drive into the reserve.  Enjoy an evening sundowner in the bush as you search for the Big Five.  Return to the Lodge for dinner before retiring and a well-earned rest.

 

Wed 7th Feb / Kariega Game Reserve
(Breakfast, Lunch, High Tea, Dinner, Game Drives)

Your rangers will wake you early with a hot tea or coffee to take you on a morning game drive (optional).  This is the time of the day when the predators start to hunt for food and the nocturnal animals forage down for their night.  Return to the lodge for a hearty breakfast with the rest of the day at leisure to relax and absorb your surroundings.  You can enjoy spa treatments, a game walk or simply relax by the pool.  Lunch will be served around midday and high tea is followed by the last opportunity to view the Big Five on an evening game drive before dinner.

 

 

Thu 8th Feb / Fancourt via St. Francis Links
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Today is our longest with an early departure for a 2.5 hr. drive to St. Francis Links near famous Jeffrey’s Bay “J-Bay” famous for its surfing.  Hoping for a calm wind-free day the course is a fine example of links style golf.  It it’s windy then why not play and enjoy the late lunch afterwards!  Depart the Clubhouse travelling along the Garden Route towards George winding through the high treed forests, coast lines and gorges before checking in to the stunning Fancourt Golf Resort.  This evening we enjoy dinner at La Cantina.

 

Fri 9th Feb / Fancourt Montagu Course
(Breakfast, HH, Dinner)

Get ready for a morning of fabulous golf on Fancourts challenging Montagu Course.  Another Gary Player design (as are all 3 here), the Montagu is regarded as one of the best parkland courses in the country.  It always features in the Top 10.  You will use every club in your bag around this magnificent layout.  Your stay at Fancourt includes a Spa Voucher to the value of R500 to be used this afternoon or before the next round.

 

Sat 10th Feb / Fancourt The Links Course
(Breakfast, HH, Dinner)

Once an old airport and runway the Links Course has transformed this barren landscape.  South Africa’s #1 golf course has played host to The Presidents Cup as well as numerous South African Opens and other PGA Events.  This is not a golf course you are going to shoot your best score on but it’s a course you will thoroughly enjoy and give you everlasting memories.  Enjoy the walk and marvel at how this Gary Player masterpiece was built.  This evening we bid farewell to Fancourt with a South African Braai (BBQ) at The Links Clubhouse.

 

Sun 11th Feb / The Western Cape; Hermanus & Arabella
(Breakfast, Dinner)

After breakfast depart for the seaside town of Hermanus (3.5hrs approx.)  This coastal town offers some of the world’s best whale watching.  Unfortunately, they are not due in the bay until early June but the walk along the cliffs is spectacular.  Free time is allocated for lunch in one of the seaside fish café’s.  A short drive from Hermanus is the Arabella Resort overlooking the Bot River Lagoon.  This prestigious gated residential community is world class as is the Arabella Golf & Spa Resort.

 

Mon 12th Feb / Arabella Golf
(Breakfast, Dinner)

Having hosted both the Nelson Mandela and Gary Player Invitationals this is a fantastic golf course with the wind direction determining the degree of difficulty.  The finishing holes on both nines are as good as any finishing holes anywhere.  Big hitters can be bold on the Par four 9th off the tee but anything left will find a watery grave!  Lunch is at your leisure today at the golf club.

This evening we provide an included tour dinner at the hotel.

 

Tue 13th Feb / Winelands & Cape Town
(Breakfast, Lunch)

After breakfast check out of your room and depart on a winelands discovery tour in the Stellenbosch Region.  The day includes the opportunity to sample fantastic wines, learn why Stellenbosch is famous for its wine and also discover the wine making story with a tour of a cellar.  Enjoy lunch overlooking the vineyards followed by a visit to Ernie Els wine farm and a walk through his trophy room.  Check in to the magnificent Table Bay Hotel on the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.  Dinner is at your leisure at the Waterfront where there are many dining options.

 

Wed 14th Feb / Royal Cape Golf Course
(Breakfast, HH)

The oldest golf course in South Africa, Royal Cape Course, has played host to numerous South African Opens and is the current home to the Cape Town Open.  A traditional parklands golf course, the course requires good shot making and is always in great condition.  After golf a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain is on the cards.  This flat topped mountain offers fantastic views across the city and over the bay to Robben Island.  There are multiple options for dinner in the V&A Waterfront precinct.

 

Thu 15th Feb / Cape Peninsula Tour – Full Day Tour
(Breakfast, Lunch)

We take a break from golf to enjoy a full day touring departing around 09.00.  Hug the coastline via Sea Point and Clifton (the most expensive real estate in South Africa) with its pure white sandy beaches and rolling Atlantic Ocean.  Hout Bay is a cosy hamlet surrounded by mountains.  Chapmans Peak gives magnificent views of the Cape Peninsula where you will ultimately feel you are on the edge of the world.  On the return leg we travel via Simons Town with False Bay on the horizon then Fish Hook ending up for the last stop at the Kirstenbosch National Botanic Gardens, one of the world’s greatest.  Dinner is at your leisure in Cape Town.

 

Fri 16th Feb / Pearl Valley Golf Course: Franschhoek Valley
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

We need an early start today for a huge day out!  A Jack Nicklaus design, Pearl Valley Golf Course requires good bunker play or the ability to stay out of them!  This is a wonderful layout in the Franschhoek valley and will test all golfers.  After golf we spend some more time in the winelands around the valley with a late lunch included followed by a private cellar tour.  After some time to freshen up dinner is included at Gold Restaurant where we will impart with more Golf Awards before heading back to the hotel for a tour farewell nightcap!

 

Sat 17th Feb / Cape Town to Johannesburg and home
(Breakfast)

After breakfast the morning is at leisure until check out and your transfer to Cape Town Airport for flights home via Johannesburg or onwards onto post-travel arrangements (we can do those too!)

 

Sun 18th Feb / Arrivals in Australia or elsewhere

Thank you for travelling with us and safe travels home.  We hope to see you again on another fabulous Golf Experience!

 

 

No Visa is required for Australian Passport Holders travelling to South Africa.  If you extend beyond South Africa, you may require visas and health certificates – please contact us for more information. See FAQ for common questions that we’ve answered.

Terms & Conditions


Payment Schedule & Conditions:

DEPOSIT: $750 per person within 3 days of confirmation*
STAGE: 20% of the total estimated invoice is due by Friday 27th January 2017
BALANCE: due by Friday 1st December 2017

 

Why Book Early?

1. Secure your place as this tour should sell out.
2. Accommodation at Kariega will be allocated by date booking order in the best accommodation based on final numbers.


  • Availability is subject to change at any time.
  • There are no refunds for unused services.
  • A confirmation letter will be sent on booking with an invoice outlining your Package inclusions.
  • Once your deposit is paid as per confirmation and invoice, amendment fees may apply.
  • Names provided must be as per Passport.
  • Rates are subject to currency fluctuations at anytime.
  • Rates are listed per person in Australian Dollars.
  • The tour and pricing is subject to minimum numbers. A decision on this will be made January 2017, over a year in advance — It is important to book early to establish the tour numbers and ensure your place on tour. Deposits are fully refundable in case of cancellation however this is very unlikely.

Please see our General Booking Terms & Conditions, that are used in conjunction with the specific event terms.

 

Frequently Asked Questions


This section aims to answer the most commonly asked questions about this event. If you have a question not answered here, please contact us.

 

What is the climate in South Africa during February?

During February in South Africa the climate can vary a lot, especially considering we are travelling throughout the country, however in Cape Town the average temperature is usually 23 degrees, with highs of 29 and lows of 16. Low chance of rain. Pack with some light layers, but mostly beautiful mild weather.

Is this Tour subject to minimum numbers?

The Tour is subject to minimum numbers which will be decided by January 2017, over a year in advance. Should the Tour not run (unlikely), deposits are fully refundable.

What meals are included?

  • 13 Dinners
  • 13 Lunches including half-way house meals for golfers where listed
  • 17 Breakfasts

Please refer to the itinerary for more.

Can I upgrade my flights to Business Class?

You certainly can. To upgrade please let us know via the booking form or when speaking to a Travel Consultant. Fare differences apply.

Do I need a VISA?

Australian residents do not need a VISA for South Africa. If you are travelling to other countries or hold another Passport, please check the following website: http://www.sahc.org.au/visas.htm 

Can I extend my stay in Africa with you or come early?

You certainly can. We can provide you with pre and post travel options including earlier flights, accommodation, tours, transport and more. Ask a consultant when booking and we’ll organise all that you need.

Do I need Malaria tablets?

No, Malaria tablets are not needed for the areas of South Africa we are travelling to. If you are extending your stay or travelling earlier please check with us as other regions may require vaccinations or Malaria tablets.

My wife doesn't play golf, what activities are available to her?

We have a non-golfer price for this Tour and a special non-golfer activities itinerary. Please let us know when booking and we can provide the details for non-golfers (plenty to do!)

Can I use Frequent Flyer points for flights to South Africa?

Yes you can. We can provide Frequent Flyer options and reductions to allow you to travel to start and finish this tour using points.

When should I book my place on this Tour?

Some guests have asked, when is the best time to book. We recommend booking as early as possible as we allocate rooms in booking date order, so even though room types are the same, there are better locations, so that’s a benefit to booking early. At Kariega we will allocate rooms in booking date order. We also expect this Tour to sell out, so you don’t want to miss out. Booking early also gives you benefits with flights, choosing the best fares and routing to suit your needs.

Why should I choose to travel with you?

At Events Worldwide Travel we pride ourselves on expert knowledge, experience, flexibility and detail. We use these competencies to ensure all customers travel with complete confidence.

We’ve been pioneering sports and event travel in Australia since 1993 and have a unparalleled track record of official positions for many of the world’s best events. We recently won Australia’s Best Outbound Golf Tour Operator at the World Golf Awards 2015, so you know you’re in good hands. We’re also ATAS accredited for your security.

We are passionate about sport, golf and travel. We’ve chartered luxury ships and taken over river boats, this will be our first train so we’re just as excited as you are to make this work perfectly.

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