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This outfitter’s Rovos train, “The Pride of Africa,” has scheduled two 8 Day/5 Shoot plains game hunting trips for our 2017 season for the months of June and July. Contact Dick Kennerknecht at 888-850-4868, Extension 700 for details. These African big game hunting tours are conducted by a very well-known African professional hunter and outfitter, who, with his professional hunter assistants, will organize this luxury hunting trip. He has many years of experience running his own professional hunting safaris in South Africa. These are 1×1 hunts; every hunter will have his or her own personal PH guide.
The hunts will be conducted with your professional hunter in an ethical walk-and-stalk manner. During this Rovos train luxury hunting trip, you will be hunting in many historical areas including what is known as the “gateway to the Kalahari,” characterized by dense, uncultivated thorny bushveld vegetation, as well as the diamond mining areas of Kimberley and the lush wheat and maize fields of the Motheo region in Bloernfontein. Each has its own unique landscape and exceptional wildlife environment, and all offer an array of opportunities for game viewing, bird watching and hunting. Typical animals to be encountered in these areas include: springbok, blesbok, impala, kudu, red hartebeest, blue and black wildebeests, eland and warthog.
For those interested in the greatest of all African big game hunting challenges—the Big Five—certain areas of the trip will offer opportunities for Cape buffalo, lion and white rhino. With our Rovos train safaris, it is now within comfortable reach of the international sporting traveler to experience, in one continuous safari, the many remote areas of the African wilderness. By adapting Rohan Vos’s exceptional “The Pride of Africa” train—completely restored to the golden age of colonial steam train travel—these luxury hunting expeditions provide, for a maximum of 22-24 persons, an experience of superlative comfort, service and style—a safari truly without compare.
In 2013, our African big game hunting safaris will begin in Pretoria, South Africa at the Capital Park Station and travel through the red-colored sands of the Kalahari to Mareetsane, then through Paradise Pass to Kameel; the savannah and farming region of Warrenton; the historic diamond and Boer War battlefield area of Kimberley; and, finally, Bloernfontein, which is known as the “City of Roses,” before returning to Pretoria
All of our scheduled 2017 Rovos train luxury hunting safaris will originate from Pretoria, South Africa, with most of our clients flying into and from Johannesburg Int’l Airport. Normally our clients fly into Johannesburg and transfer to Pretoria for a leisure day and night and then board the train the following morning between 8:00 and 9:30 am for the 11:00am departure.
As you board the train over a long red carpet, the Rovos train’s ever-attentive staff will assist with your luggage and the allocation of individual suites, then show you to your rooms. This is followed with a four-course lunch served onboard, giving you your first opportunity to experience the very fine cuisine, excellent wines from the outstanding wine cellar, and what will be your superbly elegant home on wheels for the next eight days. This will be the style and pace of travel, just as it was in the very best of Africa’s Colonial Era.
The African train shoot safari concept dates back to the colonial 1950s, when a future outfitter watched his father and a party of friends depart on a special train for a weekend of flighted wild duck, driven guineafowl, and francolin and grouse shoots in a remote area of southern Africa. Recreating those early “train shoot safaris” remained a dream until 1989, when he found entrepreneur Rohan Vos equipping and exquisitely refurbishing an entire colonial-era train, steam engines and all, for visitors to tour Africa in the same comfort and style as that gracious period of rail travel. In the winter of 1990 this outfitter successfully ran the first Rovos train shoot safari with Rovos Rail, aboard the train “The Pride of Africa.”
The 1920s style has been superbly restored on the Rovos train alongside modern-day conveniences; features include air-conditioned “Deluxe” and “Royal” suites (each with its own spacious bathroom), a historic dining saloon and a charming panoramic observation car with bar. The train mostly travels between wilderness locations overnight. Every morning it is “parked” at a different rail siding, near prime African big game hunting and/or touring locations. The well-organized program, the comfort of the train, and the superb wine cellar ensure a world-class luxury hunting safari. You’ll visit a variety of habitats rich in African game with the wonderful convenience of only having to pack and unpack once during the entire length of the safari.
Capture the romance and atmosphere of a bygone era. Experience the magic and mystery of Africa in a relaxed and elegant fashion. The two beautifully-rebuilt 20-carriage classic trains carry a maximum of 30 passengers each, all of whom are accommodated in the most spacious train suites in the world. With fine wood paneling and period Edwardian features, as well as every modern convenience and comfort, the air-conditioned suites house two people and offer the option of twin or double beds. The four Royal Suites each have their own private lounge area and feature a full en-suite bathroom with shower and Victorian bath.
The Deluxe Suites each have a lounge area and private bath with shower. The use of traditional furnishings ensures an atmosphere of elegance in the Dining, Lounge and Observation cars. The coaches, which were collected from the far corners of the country and have been painstakingly rebuilt and refurbished to offer the same atmosphere and spaciousness as the classic trains, are the last word in nostalgic comfort and style.
All food and beverages are included in ourRovos Rail Hunting Safari packages and include breakfasts, four-course lunches and gourmet dinners complemented by the fine wines from our excellent wine cellar, along with afternoon tea at 4:00 pm. Beside the excellent dining on the train, some lunches will be served at fine dining establishments for those touring, and some meals will be at our private hunting estates where our non-shooters will join the shooters for dinner.
South Africa, like no other country, is rich with a vast variety of plains game and big game species. During this Rovos train luxury hunting trip, the hunter will experience a wide variety of terrain and incredible African big game hunting opportunities.
After breakfast on the train, each hunter will disembark for a full day’s hunting. You will meet up with your professional hunter at the lodge. After the morning’s hunt, you will return to the lodge for lunch and a well-deserved rest. At mid-afternoon, you will return to the field and continue the hunt, and then return to the train for dinner.
On day five (a non-hunting day), all shooters and non-shooters will disembark the Rovos train for a tour of the city of Kimberley, including the Diamond Mine Museum and the extraordinary “Big Hole.” Lunch will be served at the “Kimberley Club,” followed by an afternoon of leisure, visiting the fascinating McGregor Museum with its displays of natural history, or experiencing other places of interest in Kimberley. A traditional barbeque dinner will be served at a local private estate.
For non-shooting companions, the Rovos Train Safari is combined with guided tours and lectures, visiting museums and art galleries with famous artwork of Old Flemish & Dutch Masters and English and French Masters, and touring points of interest in the various regions visited (including Anglo-Boer War battlefield sites and Kimberley diamond mining sites). Also available during the trip will be game-viewing in remote national parks and private game reserves, bird-watching some of southern Africa’s nearly 1000 different species or simply meeting local communities and enjoying spectacular wilderness scenery. There will also be plenty of time to shop for African art and artifacts in the main towns and larger villages, as well as spa treatments, if desired.
Each hunter may bring two (2) rifles on this hunting trip.
Clothing should include stout walking/shooting boots or shoes. It’s sandy and dusty in these areas. The landscape is generally flat or gently-rolling countryside with thorny bushveld. Be ready for thorn bush and tangle. You’ll also need a good hat, sunscreen, binoculars and your personal items for the day.
The weather is usually clear and cool in the mornings and evenings and warm during the day. Be ready to shed warmer clothing as the day goes by. There is a very small chance of damp weather which, if it happens, will not disrupt the shooting.
Our hunts require a significant amount of walking, mostly on fairly level ground, sometimes with tall brush. These hunts are only slight to moderate in difficulty and health problems should not be an issue.
Our all-inclusive Rovos train luxury hunting safaris for 2017 are eight days in length with five days of plains game shooting. For our 8Day/5Shoot African big game hunting trip scheduled for the months of June & July, the plains game hunter cost is $15,320.00 and the non-hunter cost is $11,725.00.
Our African big game hunting packages include everything from the moment the client steps onboard the Rovos train (“the Train”) at the commencement of the luxury hunting safari until the client disembarks from the Train at the end of the safari. The following items are included in the price paid: deluxe accommodation, excursions, meals, beverages and all alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, service and services, gratuities in the lodges and on/for all hunts, professional hunting guides, field assistants, transfers, excursions, guides, tours, tour activities, shoot licenses, laundry, Game Park entrance fees, unless otherwise stated and published in “Plains Game” itineraries.
Not included are: guns, international or national airline tickets/carriers, airport taxes, wire transfer fees, passport and visa charges, train staff gratuities, travel and personal insurance, items of a personal nature, taxis, transfers between hotels and airports, trains and hotels and airports before joining or after departing the Train, and excess baggage charges, unless otherwise stated and published in Rovos Train plains game hunt itineraries.
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Global Sporting Safaris accepts payment by business check and personal check, as well as by Bitcoin. American Express, Visa, and MasterCard credit card payments are also accepted, but they do incur a surcharge of 3.5% in addition to the price listed in the Luxury Hunting Lodge hunt above.
A 50% deposit is required upon booking to reserve your spot. In some cases, we can split your deposit into 3 payments, please inquire. Global Sporting Safaris will provide a Disclaimer & Waiver of Liability which must be sighed and returned. All hunts are in U.S. dollars. Final 50% payment is due no less than 75 days prior to your hunt date. Trips booked within 75 days of arrival require payment in full. Total costs of the hunt are fixed. There will be no refunds for any hunter leaving early. See our Terms & Conditions for further details.
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