Rovos Rail

Rovos Rail

The Rovos Rail Bird Shooting Train

If you haven’t been Driven Bird Shooting in South Africa yet, then now is the time to book your next trip. Luxury wild bird shooting in South Africa is an experience you won’t want to miss. You can travel by the glamorous Rovos Train to one of the best bird destinations in the country.

This once-in-a-lifetime trip is undoubtedly the ultimate adventure as you ride the vintage Rovos train from one African Bird Hunting destination to the next. The Rovos Rail will be your private shooting lodge, where you will get served fine local cuisine and wines as you await the next bird hunting destination.

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Bird species you can hunt include:

  • Pigeons
  • Doves
  • Sand Grouse
  • Geese
  • Ducks
  • Guinea fowl
  • Francolin

African Bird Hunting in Style

You will start your 8-day hunting journey in Pretoria. This luxurious package is specifically designed for bird hunters and plains game hunters. As you explore the far western reaches of South Africa by train, there will be ample opportunities to stop for a photo opportunity.

The first stop on your Rovos bird shooting adventure is in Mareetsane and Kameel. After that, you will get two full action-packed days of hunting followed by a trip down south to Warrenton and Kimberly. Here, you will have another two days for your hunt.

The luxury hunting trip will continue to the east to Kloofeind. Here you will have the opportunity to explore the 1,400 kilometers of the bush, followed by the journey to Rovos Station in Pretoria.

Luxury Train Accommodations

Enjoy the vintage wood-paneled sleeper coaches that are newly remodeled and in mint condition. The Deluxe suites are ±10 sq. meters/±108 sq. feet and will comfortably accommodate two people; and are fully equipped with a lounge area, ensuite bathroom, and all other modern conveniences and comforts.

Rovos Rail has impressive features for you to enjoy. There is an observation car for panoramic views you’ve never experienced before. You can relax and enjoy the scenic views of the South African countryside. In addition to the sights, dine on local cuisines and top-shelf drinks at the lounge.

Step back in time with its vintage furnishings while enjoying the air conditioning and other modern amenities you can’t live without.

Driven Bird Shooting

Guineafowl and francolin shooting trips are driven to imitate the classic English shoot with an African flair. There are around 120 beaters who perform chanting and singing to bring birds right to your feet. You may even spot warthog, kudu, and other beautiful creatures to break the line. The beaters can cover around three kilometers of space to drive the birds in your direction.

There are nine daily drives, meaning the beaters can cover around 30 km on foot!

The Waterfowl and Dove Shooting

Luxury duck hunts in South Africa will start in the late afternoons because the waterfowl like to feed on harvested grain fields. Therefore, careful planning will get done months before arriving to ensure you are located under the bird’s flight line. Your African bird hunting adventure will be more than you are expecting. Many hunters have shot seven species of waterfowl in one day with a single gun.

Other birds available:

  • Spur-winged goose
  • Egyptian goose
  • White-faced duck
  • Yellow-billed duck


Don’t underestimate the bird hunting trip in South Africa. While the bird species and counts are plentiful, the hunt is still challenging. Sometimes a decoy will get used, and bird pickers will help each gun.

Non-Hunting Observers

The Rovos Train offers guided tours, lectures, and visits to museums and art galleries. These galleries feature works by Old Flemish & Dutch Masters, English and French Masters, and touring exciting sites of the Anglo Boer War Battlefield sites and Kimberley Diamond mining sites.

Numerous wildlife viewing opportunities in remote national parks and private game reserves are also accessible during the journey, as well as breathtaking countryside views. Additionally, if desired, there will be plenty of opportunities to indulge in Spa treatments and shop for African art and antiquities in the major villages and cities.

Charity Safaris and Rovos Rail

If you are up for this fantastic luxury train hunting trip, you know who to call. Charity Safaris is an authorized agent for Rovos Rail. Dick from Charity Safaris has been on this journey himself and sold many of these trips to avid bird hunters. So, start packing your bags for today and Dick at 970-615-0856. Charity Safaris is located in the Mountain Time Zone.

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Itinerary

African Bird Hunting Guns

11:00 The Pride of Africa departs from Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria and travels west across the goldfields of the Witwatersrand. Guests may freshen up in their suites before joining fellow travelers in the midway lounge car or observation car at the rear of the train.

13:00 Lunch is served in the dining car.

15:00 Arrive in Germiston. An introduction will be given to rules and etiquette, the activities that lie ahead, and the estates that will be visited.

16:00 Tea in the lounge or observation car as the train traverses the Witwatersrand.

19:30 Dinner is served in the dining car in route to Bloemfontein for the overnight stop.

 
Non-Hunting Observers

11:00 The Pride of Africa departs from Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria and travels west across the goldfields of the Witwatersrand. Guests may freshen up in their suites before joining fellow travelers in the midway lounge car or observation car at the rear of the train.

13:00 Lunch is served in the dining car.

15:00 Arrive in Germiston. An introduction will be given to rules and etiquette, the activities that lie ahead, and the estates that will be visited.

16:00 Tea in the lounge or observation car as the train traverses the Witwatersrand.

19:30 Dinner is served in the dining car en route to Bloemfontein for the overnight stop.

 

African Bird Hunting Guns

07:00 Breakfast is served in the dining car until departure at 08:00.

08:30 Disembark for full-day Rock Pigeon and Dove wing shooting in the Kloofeind area located in the middle of the Motheo region of the Free State Province where Bloemfontein is the provincial and judicial capital of South Africa. Situated on dry grassland, the region is well known not only for its golden fields of wheat and maize but also for the hospitality of the various game reserves and private farms where country lifestyle and hunting can be experienced.

13:00 Lunch Boxes are enjoyed in the field.

17:00 Return to the train.

20:00 Dinner is served in the dining car as the train travels northwards for Riverton.

 
Non-Hunting Observers 

07:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure at 09:00.

09:15 Disembark for a scenic drive through Bloemfontein, popularly and poetically

known as the City of Roses. Our guide will entertain guests with the life and history of

the area. Visit the Anglo Boer War Museum and battlefields, the Fourth Raadsaal as well as the Women’s Monument.

11:00 Experience the cheetahs at Emoya.

12:30 Enjoy lunch at a local estate.

14:00 Visit Oliewenhuis Art Museum located in a magnificent garden with walking trails.

17:00 Re-join the train.

20:00 Dinner is served in the dining car as the train travels northwards for Riverton.

African Bird Hunting Guns

07:00 Breakfast is served in the dining car until departure at 09h00.

09:00 Disembark for a full-day Rock Pigeon and Dove shoot in the Kimberley area.

13:00 Packed lunches provided and will be enjoyed in the field whilst on the shoot.

17:00 Re-join the train and depart Kimberley.

20:00 Dinner is served in the dining car as the train travels southwards towards Kimberley.


Non-Hunting Observers

07:00 Breakfast is served in the dining car until 09:00.

09:15 Disembark the train for lunch at Makulu Game lodge and Safaris.

12:30 Lunch will be served at Makulu Game reserve.

14:00 Afternoon Game drive at Makulu game reserve the vehicle departs as the fierce heat of the day cools, the inhabitants of the bush become restless, and the animals move out of the shade of the trees. The Guinea fowl call reverberates through the bushveld, followed by the howl of the jackal. You will become aware of colors

softening to the beautiful, gentle hues as the sky turns to the sensational vibrant reds, golds, and oranges typical of a Northern Cape and African sunset. Evening scents fill the air as the sun dips behind the horizon. Here you can view over 36 different animal species and hundreds of bird species. Be part of the Roan and Sable antelope

herds as they wander around in search of their favorite grazing areas.

20:00 Dinner is served in the dining car as the train travels eastwards towards Kimberley

African Bird Hunting Guns & Observers

07:00 Breakfast is served until 09h30.

09:30 Disembark at the atmospheric railway station of Kimberley for a tour of the city, the Diamond Mine Museum, and the extraordinary Big Hole.

12:30 Enjoy lunch at the renowned Kimberley Club.

14:30 Return to the train to freshen up.

15:00 Disembark for a tour of the taxidermy and rehabilitation center at Wintershoek.

19:30 Traditional barbeque dinner to be enjoyed at a local estate.

22:00 Re-join the train. Train departs for Warrenton.

04:00 Wake-up calls and continental breakfast till departure at 05:00

05:00 Early morning Shelduck, White-faced and Yellow-billed Duck as well as wild Red-billed Teal shoot.

08:30 Re-join the train breakfast is served until departure at 10:00.

11:30 Disembark for a half-day shoot in the Warrenton area. Located 61 kilometers north of Kimberley in the diamond fields region of the Northern Cape, Warrenton is predominantly an agricultural town. Named after Sir Charles Warren, it lies downstream from the Vaalharts Valley and was originally purchased to produce vegetables for the diamond fields. The surrounds are a breath of fresh air with the lush green farmlands highlighted from the usual yellows and browns of the nearby countryside. On the first drives expect to see Rock Pigeon, Laughing, Turtle and Red-eyed Dove

13:00 Packed lunches are provided whilst on the shoot. The afternoon brings ideal conditions for Wild Egyptian and Wild Spur-winged Geese.

18:00 Re-join the train.

20:00 Dinner is served in the dining car as the train departs for Kameel.

 

Non-Hunting Observers

 

07:00 Breakfast is served in the dining car until departure at 09:15.

09:15 Lecture will be given in the observation car.

10:30 Disembark for a day filled with intrigue as our historian takes guests to the McGregor Museum in Kimberley, originally known as the Alexander McGregor Memorial Museum; it is a multidisciplinary museum that serves Kimberley and the Northern Cape, established in 1907.

12:30 Lunch is served at a local estate in Kimberley. Enjoy a visit to one of the most important galleries and a cultural oasis, the William Humphreys Art Gallery, which houses a collection of traditional South African works, including San rock art and the works of 16th and 17th-century Flemish and Dutch Old Masters and English and French Masters.

17:00 Re-join the train.

20:00 Dinner is served in the dining car as the train departs for Kameel.

07:00 Breakfast is served until departure at 07:45.

08:00 Disembark for a full-day Guineafowl, Francolin, and Partridge shoot in the Kameel area located in the western region of the Northwest Province. Time did not bring much modernization to this area therefore it offers the visitor an invaluable opportunity to get closer to nature and retreat for a while into the past. Apart from great bird viewing and hunting, visitors are also attracted by the presence of many Anglo Boer War sites and significant archaeological discoveries.

13:30 Lunch is enjoyed in the field followed by one or two more drives before returning to the train at 18h00.

20:00 Dinner is served in the dining car as the train travels northwards to Mareetsane.

Non-Hunting Observers

07:00 Breakfast is served until departure at 09:00.

09:15 Disembark the train for a game drive in the Kameel area. Located in the western region of the Northwest Province. Time has not brought much modernization to the area therefore it offers the visitor an invaluable opportunity to get closer to nature and retreat for a while into the past. Apart from great bird viewing and hunting, visitors are also attracted by the presence of many Anglo Boer War sites and significant archaeological discoveries. Giraffe, Impala, Kudu, Blesbok, Blue wildebeest, Zebra, and ostriches graze in the veld surrounding the camps and quench their thirst by the river or dam.

13:30 Lunch is enjoyed in the field followed by one or two more drives before returning.

20:00 Dinner is served in the dining car as the train travels north towards Mareetsane.

07:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure at 08:00.

08:00 Disembark for a full day shoot in the Mareetsane area. We will endeavor to have between four and six drives before lunch. The peaceful surroundings of what is known as the gateway to the Kalahari are steeped in history. Characterized by dense, uncultivated, thorny bushveld vegetation, the region offers an array of opportunities for game viewing, bird watching and hunting. This is Guineafowl country, while Swainson’s Francolin and Orange River Partridge might also be seen.

14:00 Lunch is enjoyed in the field followed by one or two more drives before returning to the train at 18:00.

20:00 Dinner is served in the dining car as the train travels northwards for Pretoria.

 

Non-Hunting Observers

07:00 Breakfast is served until 08:45.

08:00 Disembark the train in Mareetsane for a 1 Hour drive to Mafikeng airport for a 30 min Flight to Madikwe Game Reserve. Madikwe game reserve: Big 5 is represented in the park, and you are likely to spot a lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, or buffalo during your stay. During your visit, you will also have the rare privilege of possibly seeing the highly endangered African Wild Dog. In 1994, a small group of six wild dogs was introduced into the park. This founding group has seen a challenging introduction into the park with rabies outbreaks, territorial clashes, and encounters with some feisty lions. Despite the odds, current-day Madikwe has a thriving wild dog population with three hunting packs roaming the park. The dogs are somewhat accustomed to safari vehicles offering spectacular photographic opportunities. Madikwe Game Reserve’s conservation efforts to protect the ‘painted dog’ are in place to help conserve this majestic diminishing species.

12:30 Lunch is served at Matlha private lodge.

15:30 Return to the airstrip for your flight back to Mafikeng.

18:00 Re-join the train or join the guns for their last drives.

20:00 Dinner is served in the dining car as the train travels northwards for Pretoria.

 

07:00 Breakfast is served in the dining car until 10h00.

11:30 The Pride of Africa arrives at the journey’s end at Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria.

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