Golf and game drives via luxury train in South Africa

Wedge & Wildlife’s 10-day train trip takes in the country’s premier courses

The dramatic setting of Champagne Sports Resort’s course
The dramatic setting of Champagne Sports Resort’s course | Image: Rovos Rail

Golf enthusiasts touring South Africa’s most celebrated courses may find they have little time left to enjoy the country’s natural attractions. However, from August 13 to 22 Wedge & Wildlife will provide the perfect opportunity to both play at Leopard Hills and see real leopards – while staying in the comfort of a luxury train.

Wildlife watching from the train’s observation balcony
Wildlife watching from the train’s observation balcony | Image: Rovos Rail
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The Golf Collage Rovos Rail Tour package (from £3,890 per person, full board, including green fees, caddies and carts) heads from Pretoria to Cape Town and will stop at some of the country’s foremost golfing destinations, such as Champagne Sports Resort, Humewood and Fancourt. Other highlights will include Durban Country Club, home to elegant Cape Dutch architecture just a shot away from the Indian Ocean, and Oubaai, the first Ernie Els signature course in the player’s homeland.

The onboard accommodation has an old-school atmosphere
The onboard accommodation has an old-school atmosphere | Image: Rovos Rail
The train will travel over Montagu Pass, near the town of Oudtshoorn
The train will travel over Montagu Pass, near the town of Oudtshoorn | Image: Rovos Rail

Away from the links, there will be guided wildlife excursions almost every day. Kruger National Park, St Lucia Wetlands, the Drakensberg and Addo Elephant Park are all on the itinerary, as well as a stop-off across the border at Swaziland’s Mkhaya Reserve. Game drives feature prominently, but among the more unusual options will be a trip to an ostrich farm and a Boer War battlefield. Nor will urbanites pining for cityscapes be left out, as there will be an opportunity to take a tour of Durban.

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There will be plenty of time to relax and enjoy the train’s charms too – including luxurious Pullman suites with a butler service – with one day spent entirely on board as the tour heads towards the coast. The observation balcony offers a prime vantage point to watch antelope go by.

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