Rail holidays are always a winning option and in South Africa. Rovos Rail is a master rail holiday provider, offering a number of enticing trips ranging from just a couple of days to a week or more on the tracks. But additionally, holiday-makers in South Africa also have the option of several short scenic day trips by rail, on fabulous old steam locomotives.

Atlantic Rail, Cape Town to Simon's Town
Atlantic Rail, Cape Town to Simon’s Town

Cape Town Steam Train Trip

In Cape Town, Atlantic Rail offers a brilliant steam locomotive trip from cape Town to Simon’s Town. Sit back and enjoy the passing sights with family or friends on beautiful vintage coaches dating back to the 1920s and 30s. The route includes the stunning false Bay coastline – it’s a great way of doing some whale watching in season!

Tshwane Explorer, Pretoria
Tshwane Explorer, Pretoria

Pretoria Steam Train Excursion

Gauteng’s Tshwane Explorer is a wonderful throwback to the good old days of steam trains. Departing from the private Hermanstad Station in Pretoria, the train offers a fabulous afternoon steaming a 60km route in and around Pretoria. What a good way of seeing the sights in this attractive city, along with some game viewing on farms and when passing the Somabula Nature Reserve, where animals such as rhino, antelope, kudu, impala and giraffe roam. The train pulls into Cullinan station, where passengers can have lunch a see the town.

Magaliesburg Express Steam Train

Do a picturesque day trip to Magaliesburg by steam train on the Magaliesburg Express – a heritage locomotive and coaches.Take a picnic or braai goodies to enjoy in the Magaliesburg picnic grounds, situated close to the train station and offering access the Magalies River via a footpath.

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