See the best sights of South Africa and beyond whilst relishing delectable luxury on Rovos Rail, which quite justifiably presents itself as the most luxurious train in the world.
The trains are very handsome, with beautiful period Edwardian features. The original Pride of Africa Edwardian, with 13 wooden coaches, consists of meticulously restored carriages dating from 1919 to 1970, pulled by a locomotive. All the engines acquired for Rovos Rail have been named after the owner – Rohan Vos’s – children – Brenda, Bianca, Tiffany and Shaun.
The trains have all the features of fine living you’d expect if you were staying in luxury hotel: air-conditioned cabins with sapele mahogany panelling and fitted with writing table, mini-bar, etched-glass reading lamps, and closets. The service on board is impeccable – expect to be treated like royalty! Dining is a fine affair, with 5-course evening dinners. The food is very fresh, abundant, excellently prepared, and accompanied by Good South African wines.
All suites on Rovos Rail accommodate two people and offer the options of twin or spacious double beds. The en-suite bathrooms have hot showers, hair dryers and shaver plugs. The Royal Suites, each of which takes up half a carriage, are large and elegant. Each has its own lounge area and full bathroom with Victorian bath and separate shower. The Deluxe Suites also accommodate two passengers in either twin or double beds and have a lounge area and an en-suite bathroom with shower. The Pullman Suites are equipped with a comfortable sofa-seat which converts to double or twin beds for the evening. These also have an en-suite bathrooms with showers.
The annual trip from Cape Town to Dar es Salaam makes an amazing holiday. This 14-day route traverses some of the most richly scenic areas in Africa, including the Victoria Falls Railway Bridge. There are also a number of shorter scenic trips — such as a 3-day trip between Pretoria and Durban; a 9-day golf safari starting in Pretoria, traversing parts of Mpumalanga, Swaziland, KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape and Garden Route before ending in Cape Town; and an overnight trip to the Garden Route.
Mail us for more information – they’ve done some of these trips and can offer first-hand information. Give us a call on 0860 102 907 (local) or +27 11 803 8669 (international).