Travel back in time and keep on travelling with Rovos Rail’s extraordinary train journeys around South Africa and beyond. The beautifully restored carriages have been transformed into luxury suites on wheels, departing the Rovos Rail private station in Pretoria for destinations such as Cape Town, Namibia and the Victoria Falls. The family organisation is founded on Rohan Vos’s passion for the railways, which shows in the beautiful finishes on wood panelled coaches, the superb service, exciting itineraries and attention to detail. The grand style of a bygone age is evoked in delicious meals in the classic dining cars when guests dress up formally for dinner.
ROVOS RAIL offers a number of journeys from/to Pretoria including; Cape Town, Durban, Victoria falls and Namibia. The three night Victoria Falls Journey meanders from Victoria Falls, on the Zambian and Zimbabwean border and lumbers through the Hwange National Park for an off-the-train safari. The popular Cape Town Journey goes from Pretoria to Cape Town (or reverse) through beautiful countryside with fascinating stops at historical towns en route.
Rovos Rail’s new TRAIL OF TWO OCEANS ROUTE journeys across Southern Africa from the Indian Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean.
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A choice of air-conditioned suites awaits, starting from the comfortable Pullman suites where your sofa seat magically converts to double or twin beds at night while you’re at dinner.
The en-suite bathroom is perfectly fitted out with a shower and the suite has a safe, a bar fridge and a writing table. Larger Deluxe suites allow the bed to remain in place during the day with a lounge area in front, and the Royal suites enjoy the ultimate luxury of space, taking up half a carriage with a larger lounge and a full bathroom including a Victorian tub and separate shower.
After dressing for dinner, stroll along to the elegantly styled dining car where on-board chefs use fresh local ingredients to create sophisticated dishes served with fine South African wines. Relax in the observation car or in one of the lounges (non-smoking and smoking) between lunch and high tea, as magnificent views roll past your windows at a gentle speed.
The Rovos Rail steam locomotives are used only around their station and for special excursions, but the romance and opulence of the colonial era endures in the elegant style and lavish hospitality of a magical journey with Rovos Rail.
This couple from Germany had the most amazing time on their honeymoon. Starting off in Cape Town, then exploring the Winelands before taking the Rovos Rail north. Of course a highlight was their fabulous safari at Singita! They then spent a few nights at the Victoria Falls Hotel before going to Bain’s Camp in the Okavango Delta which included über romantic sky beds and star baths. To top it all they stayed on a private beach on an island in Mozambique.
This US family with young adult kids had a ball on their trip which started in Cape Town with the amazing Charlie as their guide. Then they took Rovos Rail (possibly a bit too stuffy for the kids?) north to their safari at Nottens (one of our favourite camps in the Sabi Sands.) They then flew to Victoria Falls in Zambia and then onto another safari in Botswana’s Chobe National Park and Okavango Delta.