Come rain or shine, adventure awaits. South Africa’s coastal town of Plettenberg Bay is now home to a new luxury safari suite that combines old-world charm with modern-day creature comforts. There’s something romantic and alluring about vintage trains. Perhaps it’s the smell of the old wood, the way they rattle as they chug along, or their almost fairytale nature. Set in the heart of Johannesburg and 45 minutes from Pretoria, Mowana has opened this unique safari experience for stays from October 2017 onward. You need to know about South Africa’s new safari suite.
What to Expect in South Africa’s Newest Safari Suite
First, let’s start with the basics. The train safari suite experience is a one-night stay with two game drives thrown in. Two suites are available, and each can sleep up to four guests. Both are located within a vintage train carriage that’s been converted into a suite. The suites offer the same comfort level, but their design and layout vary. The Silver Suite is located at the front of the train, overlooking the “engine,” while the Red Suite is in the middle and manages both ends. As for interior design, the Silver Suite is decorated in a modern style with silvery grey fabrics, silver-coloured light fittings, and plenty of dark wooden furniture. Meanwhile, the design of the Red Suite is more traditional, with bold red materials and dark wooden furniture. These two suites can also be combined to sleep eight guests.
Where is The Train Safari Suite?
The Mowana train safari suite is located in the heart of Johannesburg, 45 minutes from Pretoria. It’s on the Mowana Game Ranch, a private game reserve covering 1,960 hectares of the Johannesburg suburbs. Home to a wide variety of games and birds, Mowana Game Ranch, is one of Gauteng’s most popular game reserves. As well as hosting the train safari suite, Mowana Game Ranch has five luxury tents and a family-friendly log cabin.
How Much Will a Stay In This Safari Suite Cost?
The train safari suite is available for R19,900 per night. This price includes the one-night stay, two game drives, a welcome drink and snacks, breakfast, a game reserve tour, and access to the ranch’s facilities (swimming pool, spa, etc.). Additional drinks and meals can be ordered, but they come at an extra cost.
The Experience – What Will You See?
Visitors to Mowana can expect to see a wide variety of games, including springbok, blesbok, wildebeest, kudu, impala, gemsbok, and giraffe. Birdlife, meanwhile, is abundant all across the ranch. What’s more, the two-game drives guests take are in open-air vehicles. This allows for a more authentic safari experience without any glass between you and the animals. You can also expect a knowledgeable tour guide to accompany you.
Who Can Stay In The Train Safari Suite?
Anyone can book the train safari suite. it’s not just for couples! However, the Red Suite is recommended for those travelling with children, as the Silver Suite is located right above the engine and is, thus, somewhat noisy. The suites are also suitable for disabled guests thanks to their wide doors, accessible bathrooms, and lowered furniture. Guests should note that wheelchairs cannot be accommodated on the game drives.
A Vintage Safari Experience
The train safari suite is a unique and authentic safari experience. It’s the perfect gift for the vintage travel enthusiast and an excellent occasion for those who have never tried safari. There’s no better way to explore Gauteng’s wildlife and see Johannesburg from a new perspective.
The Vintage Train Carriage Suite is part of a larger property that is truly one of a kind. The Lion & Peacock Inn is a fusion of the past, present and future and offers a unique, upmarket experience that is as enjoyable for the eyes as it is for the soul. The Vintage Train Carriage Suite is hands down a unique accommodation at the Lion & Peacock Inn. It is a must-visit for anyone who loves quirky things or is looking for a truly memorable stay.