Rovos Rail

Rovos Rail

  • Region : Africa
  • Type : Luxury Trains
  • Traveller Interest : Panoramic Vistas
  • Introduction / History
  • Accommodation
  • Dining / Lounge

Experience the extravagant elegance of rail travel on one of the most luxurious train in the world. Rovos Rail's exclusive 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 outstanding travel experiences. Get yourselves comfortable in the cozy yet elegant suites which are a perfect blend of modern amenities and period décor. 

The coaches have been meticulously rebuilt with fine teak paneling, conventional furnishings and period décor to ensure utmost luxury.  In short, the entire experience ensures in meeting the highest standard of luxury.

Accommodation (for 72 guests) on board the Rovos Rail is the epitome of luxury with beautiful wood panelling and period Edwardian features. All cabins are equipped with a writing desk and a personal safe. There is also a bar fridge filled with beverages of the customer’s choice & room service is available 24 hours a day. All compartments have several windows allowing for easy viewing of the spectacular African countryside in the comforts of your cabin. The air-conditioned suites are large by normal 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. With intricate décor and sheer luxury, along with the diverse view of the African countryside, this journey is everything you can ask for.

Royal Suites 

The Royal Suites, each of which takes up almost half a carriage, are large and stylish, 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 a 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 comfortably and have a lounge area and en-suite bathroom with shower. There are 22 deluxe cabins on board the train which guarantee utmost luxury to the passengers.

Pullman Suites

The Pullman Suites (76 sq feet) are the newest suites on board the train and are the simplest of the 3 suite types yet are large enough according to normal train standards. They are equipped with a comfortable sofa-seat during the day which get converted into a double or twin bed in the evening, and also have an en-suite bathroom with shower. There are just 15 Pullman suites which tend to sell out quickly. 

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 in comfort. 

Enjoy fine cuisine in five-star luxury as some of the most varied and awe-inspiring scenery passes by. All meals are served in one sitting in the Victorian style décor of the dining cars. Fresh local ingredients and traditional dishes like game are served on fine china, silver and linen. A full breakfast is served in the morning with dishes cooked to order. Lunch and dinner are multi-course affairs which are combined with a selection of fine wines from some of South Africa's most renowned cellars and estates to perfectly compliment the menu. Dinner is a formal affair where jackets and ties from the men and dresses from the ladies are expected. All meals and drinks on board the train are included in the price of your journey.


The lounge, at the end of the train, has a bar and sitting area. It also has an open-air patio in the rear where you can have the wind-in-the-face experience as you enjoy your drink. Deep sofas and wingback chairs give an extremely cosy atmosphere for travellers to unwind. This lounge is non-smoking; there is also a separate lounge (fully enclosed) where smoking is allowed. All drinks in the bar are included.