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Highlights

  • Railroad Romance

    Known as the most luxurious train in the world, the suites, staff, cuisine, wines and routings are all top quality and elegant.

  • Rovos Golf

    A golf tour in gracious luxury. Rovos Rail has designed a delightful nine-day Golf Safari to entertain the most discerning player with optional excursions for non-playing guests at all venues.

  • Spectacular Scenery

    Rovos Rail takes you on a journey through some of Southern Africa's most spectacular destinations in the utmost luxury and comfort.

  • Visit Victoria Falls

    Relive the romance of a bygone Africa on a nostalgic expedition to one of the seven natural wonders of the world, Victoria Falls.

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General Information

Since its establishment in 1989, Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for it's truly world class travel experiences. With Rovos Rail you will recapture the romance and atmosphere of a bygone era, when privileged travelers experienced the magic and mystery of Africa in a relaxed and elegant fashion.

There are a number of different routings which can all be done in reverse and include, Pretoria to Cape Town, Pretoria to Victoria Falls, Pretoria to Durban, Pretoria to George and a number of once a year journey's.

The wood paneled coaches - classics remodeled and refurbished to mint condition - offer fine cuisine in five-star luxury as some of the most varied scenery imaginable unfolds beyond the windows. The coaches have been painstakingly rebuilt and use fine wood paneling, traditional furnishings and period decor to ensure an atmosphere of elegance and grandeur.

Each train has a non-smoking Observation Car at the rear, while the coach next to it contains a small smoking lounge. A unique feature of the Observation Cars is the enlarged windows and open-air balconies.

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 paneling and period Edwardian features, the air-conditioned suites 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. Read more about the different suites in the Suite Description below.

Exquisite pillared dining cars are a signature of the Rovos Rail trains. Each of the trains has two 42-seater dining cars to accommodate the maximum complement of 72 passengers in total comfort at one sitting.

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The most elegant and luxurious train in the world.
  • A once in a lifetime experience
  • Highest levels of service
  • Spacious suites with all the amenities
  • Feel like royalty
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Price

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Location

The gracious colonial-style railway station, Capital Park, just north of Pretoria, serves as an elegant departure and arrival stage for Rovos Rail Journey's.

Suites

The Royal Suites, each of which takes up half a carriage, are spacious and elegant, measuring 16 sq metres in size (172 sq ft). Each has its own private lounge area with full bathroom including a Victorian bath and separate shower. The Deluxe suites (11 sq metres/118 sq feet) also accommodate two passengers in either twin or double beds and have a lounge area and en-suite bathroom with shower. A third level of accommodation, the Pullman suite is 7 square metres (76 sq ft) in size and while it includes the identical bathroom to that of the deluxe suites, the bedroom is smaller with a one up one down bunk for twin requirements or a double bed for couples. During the day this is converted into a comfortable couch.

Coaches

Rovos Rail operates two classic 20-coach, 72 berth trains as well as a third 13-coach, 42-berth Edwardian train which is available year round for charter. Each one of these carriages, from kitchen cars to sleeper coaches and guards vans, has its own story. A few dating back to 1911 were constructed in Europe and shipped to South Africa in the first half of the last century. These coaches have been collected from the far corners of the country and are now cherished members of the Rovos fleet of 75 carriages.

Dining and Attire

An enthusiastic team of chefs is responsible for overseeing the very important task of ensuring 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 the trains for several days at a time, requiring a much wider selection of meals. Many of the passengers aboard enjoy the formality of fine china, crisp linen and silver, and dress accordingly. During the day dress is more casual, with cool, comfortable clothes and hats recommended for the excursions, especially in the game reserves where it can be very hot.

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