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Rovos Rail
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Rovos Rail

Rovos Rail

Region: Africa | Type: Luxury Trains | Traveller Interest: Panoramic Vistas

Journeys on Rovos Rail

Durban Safari (Pretoria - Durban or vice versa)
Namibia Safari ( Pretoria - Swapkomund, Namibia)
Cape Town – Dar Es Salaam
Victoria Falls Journey (Pretoria to Victoria Falls)

Introduction / History

Experience the extravagant elegance of rail travel on the most luxurious train in the world. Rovos Rail's unique train safaris through the heart of Africa combine some of the most magnificent scenery with the glamour and excitement of the golden age of rail travel. Since its establishment in 1989, Rovos Rail, the Pride of Africa, has earned an international reputation for its truly world-class travel experiences. Relax in the privacy and comfort of spacious suites, each with a perfect blend of period ambience and modern features. Recapture the romance and atmosphere of a bygone era, when privileged travellers experienced the magic and mystery of Africa in a relaxed and elegant fashion.



Accommodation (for 72 guests) on board the Rovos Rail is the epitome of luxury with handsome wood panelling and period Edwardian features. Room service is available 24 hours a day. All compartments have several windows allowing for easy viewing of the spectacular African countryside.

The air-conditioned suites are large by most train standards and can accommodate two people offering the option of twin or spacious double beds. In the en-suite bathrooms, original fittings combine with the modern technology of hot showers, hair dryers and shaver plugs. All are equipped with a writing surface and a personal safe for valuables. There is also a bar fridge filled with beverages of the passengers' choice. These very spacious suites offer passengers the opportunity to travel in privacy, comfort and luxury, with fittings and facilities that are of the highest standard


Royal Suites

The Royal Suites, each of which take up half a carriage, are spacious and elegant, measuring 172 sq feet in size. There are 4 Royal suites, each with its own private lounge area and full bathroom with Victorian bath and separate shower.

Deluxe Suites

The Deluxe Suites (118 sq feet)- three to a compartment, are large and beautifully appointed. They also accommodate two passengers in either twin or double beds and have a lounge area and an en-suite bathroom with shower. There are 22 deluxe cabins on board the train.

Pullman Suites

The Pullman Suites (76 sq feet) are the newest suites on board the train and are are the simplest of the 3 suite types. They are equipped with a comfortable sofa-seat during the day with a conversion to double or twin beds for the evening, and also have an en-suite bathroom with shower.


Dining / Lounge

Enjoy fine cuisine in five-star luxury as some of the most varied scenery imaginable unfolds beyond the windows. The superb cuisine served aboard is simple and elegant. There is an accent on fresh local ingredients, and traditional dishes such as game are a specialty. A full breakfast is served in the morning with dishes cooked to order. Lunch and dinner are multi-course affairs on lovely china, silver and linen. A selection of fine wines from some of South Africa's most renowned cellars and estates complement the menus. All meals are served in one sitting only in the charming Victorian atmosphere of the Dining Cars. Jackets and ties for gentlemen and dressy outfits for ladies are expected at the dinner hour on the train.

All meals and drinks on board the train are included in the price of your journey.

The Observation Car seats 32 passengers and is positioned at the rear of the train. At the center of the train there is a non-smoking Lounge Car which seats 26 passengers. 

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