Do you wish to return to a bygone era? To travel in luxury and comfort? And discover the richness of Southern Africa? If yes, the Rovos Rail is for you. With north and southbound routes between Pretoria and Cape Town as well as a range of spectacular journeys to the east and to the west, the Rovos Rail is the ultimate way to navigate through Southern Africa.
Rovos Rail has a total of seven routes, which operate throughout the year.
Cape Town Journey: This 3-day, 1600km, journey departs from Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria and finishes in Cape Town with a stop in Kimberley, the capital city of South Africa’s Northern Cape Province.
Durban Safari: This 3-day safari between Pretoria and Durban departs during the summer months and includes game drives, a battlefields tour with a world-class historian and a look at unusual African ceramics.
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe: This 3-night adventure begins with the train’s departure from Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria. Highlights of the trip include traversing Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, where animals can be spotted from the train and a game drive is enjoyed.
Golf Safari: Rovos Rail has designed a delightful 9-day safari to entertain the most discerning player with optional excursions for non-playing guests at all venues. This journey provides a fantastic opportunity to play 5 of South Africa’s finest golf courses.
African Golf Challenge: If 9 days of golf isn’t quite enough for you, then this 10-day golf challenge may be what you are looking for. The route is slightly different to the ‘Golf Safari’ and there are therefore different courses and highlights to enjoy.
Namibia Safari: This 9-day, 3400km, journey takes the train from the savannahs of the Highveld to the Atlantic in the west. Highlights on this journey include the Kalahari Desert, Windhoek, Etosha National Park and the Namib Desert.
Dar es Salaam: This incredible, world famous, 15-day train journey travels through South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania. If you are wanting to visit these African countries then this is the way to do it!
Luxury Safari to South Africa: This 10-day safari combines the immense Rovos Rail with 3 nights in Cape Town and 3 nights on safari in Sabi Sands Game Reserve.
Rovos Rail was started in 1989 by Rohan Vos and is still family owned today. During those, almost, 30 years Rovos Rail has become world famous and is a truly captivating way to travel in South Africa and beyond. Each journey takes in the most glorious and diverse landscapes from the grasslands of the gold-rich Highveld to the haunting barrenness of the Great Karoo, through the spectacular mountain ranges and scenic Winelands to Cape Town – and that’s just South Africa!
Accommodation on board the Rovos Rail is luxury suites. All suites are air-conditioned with en-suite facilities, decorated in beautiful wood panelling and period Edwardian features. There are three styles that guests can choose from Royal, Deluxe and Pullman, with varying levels of luxury. Each suite offers all modern conveniences and comfort, with fittings and facilities of the highest standard. You will be well looked after on board the train with a minibar filled with beverages of your choice, amenity bags – replenished upon request and 24-hour room service.
The luxury doesn’t start and end at the accommodation. The Rovos dining cars are beautiful, tables are decorated with crisp linen, sparkling glass and silverware, creating a wonderful Victorian -esque ambience. As well as dining cars, there are lounge and observation cars, providing the opportunity to relax and watch the spectacular scenery. From the rear observation car, you can view the panorama from the outside.
You will not go hungry during your time on the train, or thirsty for that matter – all meals are complemented by a selection of fine South African wines. Meals are a mix of international cuisine and traditional dishes with a focus on fresh ingredients. Breakfast is between 07h00 and 10h00, lunch at 13h00, tea at 16h30 and a formal dinner at 19h30.
Dress code: The daytime dress code is smart-casual. More formal attire is expected during dinner, think dinner jacket and ties for him and cocktail dresses for her.
Electronic usage: The bygone era ambience would not be upheld if passengers were glued to a screen, therefore the use of mobile phones, laptops and other devices are confined to the privacy of passenger suites. There is no internet access on board the train but there are plenty of board games and playing cards as well as a good ole conversation to keep you entertained.
Luggage: Suites can take up to 6 suitcases with no weight limit and can be stowed under beds or on the overhead rack.
Smoking: You can smoke in the Club Lounge situated towards the rear of the train and in the privacy of your suite but smoking anywhere else on the train is strictly prohibited.
If you want to really relax and switch off from modern life, if only for a night or two, in a lavish setting with the most incredible backdrop, then the Rovos Rail is something you should experience.
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