Luxury Train Travel for Driven Bird Shooting
Rohan and Anthea Vos decided in 1985 to bring back the elegance of Victorian-era train travel by restoring 100-year-old rail cars to how they looked when built initially. The train takes tourists through Africa, and people who want to see birds and plains game in South Africa can go on planned or custom trips. Both Driven Bird Shooting guns and non-hunting observers stay in one of twenty-three separate car suites.
A hunting and non-hunting schedule is included in this expansive eight-day journey that starts in Pretoria, South Africa, and travels to the country's westernmost regions. Day two found the gamebird guns setting off for a full day of driven bird shooting in Mareetsane, an area of the Northwest Province distinguished by thick, uncultivated bushveld. The historian keeps the non-hunting observers entertained with tales of the Siege of Mafeking and Baden-Powell (the founder of the scouting organization). At the same time, lunch in the dining car is enjoyed, and Mmabatho Palms offers optional spa services.
The train next makes its way southwesterly into Kameel in the Vryburg region, where the shooters enjoy a full day of driven shooting and pass shooting. Next, the non-hunters travel into the countryside and discover the past and present by stopping by the Tierkloof Missionary Station and the Old Prison Wall and Museum, where they can view engravings made by bushmen who lived a thousand years ago and chronicled their way of life. Finally, in the field with the weapons, people have lunch.
The train then heads south to Warrenton, a predominantly agricultural town, where hunters enjoy yet another day of African Bird hunting while the other visitors visit Anglo-Boer War sites. Then enjoy lunch at The Estate Hotel.
Enjoy a late-afternoon game drive in the Timkulu Reserve or the William Humphreys Art Gallery trip. This crucial cultural haven houses a collection of traditional South African artworks like San rock art along with pieces by Old Masters from the 16th and 17th centuries who were Flemish, Dutch, and English as well as French.
The train travels farther south and arrives at Kimberley, where it will stop for two days. All visitors can see the Big Hole and the ambiance of the 1870s at the Mine Museum. The surrounding hamlet, located in the city, served as the epicenter of one of the most well-known diamond rushes in history.
After lunch at the Kimberley Club, visitors can explore the fascinating McGregor Museum, which features exhibits on natural history, the environment, and the origins of humankind. Later, they can stop at the Sol Plaatje House, where a collection of African literature will help visitors understand how this journalist and politician was involved in the Anglo-Boer War. Finally, everyone participates in a traditional barbecue (braai) supper at a nearby estate.
The Rovos gamebird hunters shuttle off on day six for a full day of driven bird shooting. The other visitors also learn about the Battle of Magersfontein, which took place in 1899 and saw General de la Rey's Boers successfully hold back British forces sent to relieve the Siege of Kimberley. Visitors may have a game drive at the Wintershoek Reserve, 50 kilometers south of Kimberley, after lunch.
The City of Roses, Bloemfontein, is the next stop on the train's southbound route. On day seven, the hunters are out for a full day of waterfowl hunting in the Kloofeind district, a part of the Free State Province and situated in the center of Motheo. The other visitors have a tour of the city, stopping at the Fourth Raadsaal, the Women's Monument, the Anglo Boer War Museum, and the battlefields. They then eat lunch at the Emoya Hotel and Spa. Visitors may tour the famed cheetah breeding facility, indulge in an optional spa treatment, or visit the Oliewenhuis Art Museum, one of the country's newest museums in one of the city's most beautiful gardens.
After spending a week in the wilderness and taking advantage of everything the surrounding region offers, passengers board the train for the final leg of their journey at the Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria.
Charity Safaris and Rovos Rail
If you are interested in participating in this incredible quest for a luxury train, you know who to contact. Rovos Rail has designated Charity Safaris as an authorized agent for the company. Charity Safaris' Dick has gone on this adventure for himself and sold many of these excursions to others passionate about bird watching. Therefore, immediately prepare for a fantastic driven bird shooting trip by calling Dick at (970) 615-0856 and packing your baggage. Charity Safaris is in the Mountain Time Zone because of its location.