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The Pride of Africa

Travel to South Africa and take a trip on the most luxurious train in the world. Your romantic vacation through the heart of Southern Africa will begin or end at the headquarters of this private railway company; Capital Park Station and Locomotive Yard situated outside Pretoria. Rovos Rail offers two beautifully rebuilt Classic trains, each carrying a maximum of 72 passengers who are accommodated in the most spacious and luxurious train suites in the world. The use of traditional furnishings and period décor ensure an atmosphere of elegance and grandeur in the Dining, Lounge and Observation cars.

Cuisine

An enthusiastic team of chefs are responsible for ensuring our guests' every need is catered for, while considerable thought and meticulous planning goes into making up the menus. Unlike many of the great trains of the world, travellers are on board for several days' at a time, requiring a much wider selection of meals. There's an accent on fresh local ingredients, and traditional dishes such as game are a specialty.

The Suites

The rebuilt sleeper coaches contain the most spacious train suites in the world, offering every modern convenience and comfort. The epitome of luxury, with handsome wood panelling and period Edwardian features, the air-conditioned suites accommodate two people offering the option of twin or spacious double beds. All are equipped with a writing surface and, for valuables, a personal safe. There is also a bar fridge filled with beverages of the passengers' choice and room service is available 24 hours a day. In the en suite bathrooms, original fittings combine with the modern technology of hot showers, hair dryers and shaver plugs.

Dress

For days on the train dress is smart-casual. Evening attire is more formal - for the gentlemen a jacket and ties is a minimum requirement while for ladies we suggest cocktail/evening dresses or suits. Please include warm clothing for cold mornings and evenings.

Leisure

Enjoy the open-air deck in the rear lounge car.

Pretoria - Cape Town

Pretoria - Cape Town

This journey is available in reverse

Day 1: 15h00 Depart from Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria. Dinner and overnight on the train.
(Breakfast 07h00-10h00. Lunch 13h00. Tea 16h30. Dinner 19h30.

Day 2: 10h00 The train arrives in Kimberley. Passengers visit the Big Hole and the Diamond Mine Museum. 12h30 Depart Kimberley and proceed overnight via De Aar and Beaufort West to Matjiesfontein.

Day 3: 08h15 Enjoy a visit to the historic village of Matjiesfontein.
10h30 The train departs for Cape Town via Touws River and Worcester.
18h00 Arrive at Cape Town Station’s Platform 24.

Highlights

  • Pretoria - Jacaranda City
  • Kimberley’s Big Hole and Diamond Museum
  • Klein and Great Karoo
  • Matjiesfontein
  • Cape Winelands
  • Cape Town

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Golf Safari (South Africa)

Golf Safari (South Africa)

This journey is available in reverse

Golf Courses: Leopard Creek, Durban Country Club, Humewood, Ernie Els Oubaai Club and Fancourt Golf Estate.

Highlights

  • Kruger Park game drive
  • The Kingdom of Swaziland
  • Mkhaya Game Reserve
  • Hluhluwe Game Reserve
  • Ardmore ceramics and equestrian display
  • Bloemfontein city tour
  • Port Elizabeth
  • Addo Elephant National Park
  • Oudtshoorn ostrich farm
  • Fancourt Estate
  • Knysna and its surroundings
  • Garden Route
  • Cape Winelands
  • Zandvliet Wine Estate / KWV Brandy Distillery
  • Cape Town

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Pretoria - Durban

Pretoria - Durban

This journey is available in reverse

Day 1: 10h00 Depart Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria. Lunch is served as the Drakensberg Mountains come into view. In the afternoon, the train climbs to Majuba Hill (2146m/7040ft). Dinner is served en route to Elandslaagte for overnight stop.(Breakfast 07h00-10h00. Lunch 13h00. Tea 16h30. Dinner 19h30.

Day 2: 06h00 Wake-up call. Tea, coffee, juice and pastries served in the dining car/s before embarking on a game drive in the Nambiti Private Game Reserve. Return to the train for brunch at 11h00 and head towards Estcourt. 14h00 Disembark for a 40-minute drive to Spionkop Lodge, where a choice of two excursions are available: (a) an escorted tour of the battlefields or (b) a game drive in the Spionkop Game Reserve. Return to the train for dinner.

Day 3: Breakfast is served as the train descends the escarpment en route to Lions River Station.
10h00 Visit the famous Ardmore Ceramics Gallery including an equestrian display and tea.
12h00 Depart for Durban. The train crosses the spectacular Valley of a Thousand Hills.
16h00 Arrive at journey’s end in Durban.

Highlights

  • Pretoria - Jacaranda City
  • Nambiti Conservancy Game Reserve
  • Battlefields Tour at Spionkop
  • Spionkop Game Reserve
  • Valley of a Thousand Hills
  • Ardmore ceramics and equestrian display
  • Zululand
  • Durban

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Pretoria - Victoria Falls (Zambia & Zimbabwe)

Pretoria - Victoria Falls (Zambia & Zimbabwe)

This journey is available in reverse

Day 1: 09h30 The train departs Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria. Lunch is served in the dining car/s as the train travels the goldfields of Johannesburg. Enjoy afternoon tea and dinner en route to Mafikeng for border formalities with Botswana and overnight stay. (Breakfast 07h00-10h00. Lunch 13h00. Tea 16h30. Dinner 19h30.

Day 2: Day at leisure. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served as the train travels north through Botswana’s capital city, Gaborone, and on to Plumtree for Zimbabwean border formalities. Overnight stop on board at Mpopoma.

Day 3: Breakfast is served as the train departs Mpopoma. Enjoy lunch while travelling along the eastern edge of Hwange Park along one of Africa’s longest stretches of straight railway lines – 114 kilometres. Arrive at Kennedy Siding for a 15h00 game drive at The Hide. Dinner is served in the dining car/s en route to Thompsons Junction for the overnight stop.

Day 4: Breakfast is enjoyed while travelling towards the Zambezi River.
10h00 Arrive at journey’s end in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

Highlights

  • Pretoria - Jacaranda City
  • Magaliesberg Mountain Range
  • Botswana
  • Tropic of Capricorn
  • Hwange Game Reserve
  • Zimbabwe
  • Victoria Falls

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Pretoria - Dar es Salaam Tanzania

Pretoria - Dar es Salaam Tanzania

This journey is available in reverse

This epic 15-day train journey travels through South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania and is one of the most famous expeditions in the world. The sojourn begins in Cape Town, taking guests to the historic village of Matjiesfontein, the diamond town of Kimberley and the capital city of Pretoria for short tours, followed by two nights in the Madikwe Game Reserve. Continue through Botswana into Zimbabwe where guests stay overnight at the Victoria Falls Hotel. After crossing the mighty Zambezi River, the train joins the Tazara line Zambia and continues to Chisimba Falls, where guests enjoy a bush walk. The train climbs to the Tanzania border, then descends into the Great Rift Valley negotiating the tunnels, switchbacks and viaducts of the spectacular escarpment. Climbing again, it passes through the Selous Game Reserve – the largest on the continent and a vision of timeless Africa.

Highlights

  • Cape Town
  • Matjiesfontein
  • Klein and Great Karoo
  • Kimberley Big Hole and Diamond Mine Museum
  • Pretoria - Jacaranda City
  • Game lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve
  • Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania
  • Victoria Falls
  • Zambezi River sunset cruise
  • Chisimba Falls in Zambia
  • Great Rift Valley
  • Selous Game Reserve
  • Dar es Salaam

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Pretoria - Swakopmund Namibia

Pretoria - Swakopmund Namibia

This journey is available in reverse

This nine-day 3 400 kilometre annual journey takes the train from the savannahs of the Highveld to the Highveld to the Atlantic in the west. Departing from Pretoria, the first stop is Kimberley, centre of one of the world’s famous diamond rushes, where there is an opportunity to savour the 1870’s atmosphere of the Mine Museum Village. The train traverses the stark vistas of the Northern Cape to the Fish River Canyon – second in size to the Grand Canyon and truly a spectacular sight. Guests continue across the untamed beauty of the Kalahari Desert to Namibia’s capital for a tour; Windhoek is a lively, cosmopolitan city with a strong German flavour. Then it’s a short flight to the renowned Sossusvlei, a stunning pan in the Namib Desert, for an overnight stay followed by a night in the game-rich Etosha National Park. On the last morning, the train travels the Namib to the perfectly preserved 19thCentury German Hansa town to Swakopmund – an unforgettable end to a remarkable journey.

Highlights

  • Kimberley Big Hole and Diamond Mine Museum
  • Karoo
  • Kalahari Desert
  • Upington
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Keetmanshoop
  • Windhoek, capital of Namibia
  • Sossusvlei - largest sand dunes
  • Desert dinner and bush drive
  • Etosha National Park and game lodge
  • Etosha Pan
  • Namib Desert
  • Swakopmund

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Gallery
Bon Voyage

Bon Voyage

Fine Dining

Fine Dining

Observation Cars

Observation Cars

Bathrooms

Bathrooms

Bar Lounge

Bar Lounge

Royal Suites

Royal Suites

Lounge Cars

Lounge Cars

Bar

Bar

Club Cars

Club Cars

Deluxe Suites

Deluxe Suites

Room Service

Room Service

Dining Cars

Dining Cars

Pullman Suites

Pullman Suites

Rovos Rail Station

Rovos Rail Station

The Team

The Team

Journeys by Rail

Journeys by Rail

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