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Great African Train Journeys

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Discover Africa by Luxury Train

 

Rovos Rail’s unique luxury train safaris through the heart of Africa combine magnificent scenery with the glamour and excitement of the golden age of rail travel. Experience the extravagant Edwardian elegance of rail travel when you step aboard the wood-panelled coaches – classics remodelled and refurbished to mint condition – and enjoy fine cuisine in five-star luxury.

A sample of our Luxury Train Journeys:

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luxury train safariRecapture the romance and atmosphere of a bygone era, as you experience the magic and mystery of Africa in a relaxed and elegant fashion. The trains – all lovingly restored – carry a maximum of 72 passengers in 36 superbly appointed suites. Pride of place in the Rovos stable goes to the historic and restored Capital Park Station and locomotive yard, which is the heart and headquarters of this private railway company.

The epitome of luxury with handsome wood panelling and period Edwardian features, the air-conditioned suites 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.

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The Royal Suites, each of which take up half a carriage, are spacious and elegant, measuring ±172 sq feet in size. Each has its own private sitting area and full bathroom with Victorian bath and separate shower.
The Deluxe Suites (±118 sq feet) also accommodate two passengers in either twin or double beds and have a sitting area and en-suite bathroom with shower.
The Pullman Suites (±76 sq feet) are equipped with a comfortable sofa-seat during the day, converted to double or twin beds for the evening, and also have an en-suite bathroom with shower.

All of the very spacious suites offer passengers the opportunity to travel in privacy, comfort and luxury, with fittings and facilities that are of the highest standard. 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 and room service is available 24 hours a day.

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Christine Boecker

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Epic Trans-African Rail Journey

15 Days from Cape Town to Dar-es-Salaam by Rail, from US$12,450
A train experience unmatched anywhere in the world!

One of the most famous train journeys in the world, the “Pride of Africa” departs 3 times a year and travels from Cape Town to Dar-es-Salaam, with short stops in the diamond town of Kimberley, South Africa’s capital city of Pretoria, and a two night stay at a private lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve.

The train then crosses through Botswana into Zimbabwe where we overnight at the famous Victoria Falls Hotel. After crossing the mighty Zambezi River, travel northeast through Zambia, joining the Tazara Railway line at Kapiri Mposhe.
Enjoy a bush walk at Chisimba Falls then continue the climb towards the Zambian/Tanzanian border, almost the midpoint between Africa’s two Great Rift Valley lakes.

Descend into the Rift Valley itself and witness spectacular scenery as the train negotiates the tunnels, switchbacks and viaducts of the escarpment. Early on the last day, the train passes through the Selous Game Reserve – the largest on the continent and a vision of timeless Africa – shortly before arriving in the bustling city of in Dar-es-Salaam.
A train experience unmatched anywhere in the world!

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South African Collage – Rail Safari
Golf, Wildlife & Wine

10 Days of spectacular scenery and divers wildlife experiences, from US$5,395

This panoramic rail journey winds its way from Pretoria to Cape Town (and v.v.) and includes a golfing* and non-golfing itinerary. We’ve included some of the greatest golf courses in South Africa, while traversing great stretches of South Africa allowing you to experience the wonderful topographic, social, historic, floral and wildlife diversity of each distinctive area.

Highlights include:

game drives in the famous Kruger Park and in Hluhluwe – the oldest reserve in Africa,
Zululand‘s coastal wetland park, a city tour of Durban and a visit to the Valley of a Thousand Hills,
tour of Bloemfontein and an overnight meander along the imposing Drakensberg Mountains,
game drive in Addo Elephant Park near Port Elizabeth,
an ostrich-farm visit in Oudtshoorn, followed by an impressive rail descent through the Outeniqua Mountains to George,
time to explore the natural paradise of Knysna, then traverse the spectacular Garden Route,
visit the winelands for a brandy distillery visit and cross the Cape Fold Mountains before arriving in Cape Town.

*Golfers play Leopard Creek at Kruger Park, Durban Country Club, Humewood in Port Elizabeth, Fancourt in Knysna & Ernie Els Oubaai in George.

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Namibia, Kokerboom, Quiver Tree

Namibia – a Cruise on Rails
Desert, Dunes & Wildlife

9 Days of untamed vistas, cultural diversity and history, from US$4,860

This 3 400km semi-annual train journey takes you from the savannah of the South African Highveld to the Atlantic Ocean in Namibia (and v.v.) with an historian on board!

Departing from Pretoria, the first stop is the diamond town of Kimberley, and its historic mine museum village. Continue across the stark vistas of the Northern Cape to the Fish River Canyon – second in size only to the Grand Canyon and truly a spectacular sight.
The train traverses the untamed beauty of the Kalahari Desert to Namibia’s capital Windhoek, a lively and cosmopolitan city. Then it’s a short flight to see the renowned Sossusvlei Dunes and enjoy a bush dinner under the stars.
Return to the train and continue north to the game-rich Etosha National Park for wildlife viewing, before the train travels through the seemingly endless Namib Desert to the perfectly preserved 19th-century Swakopmund, a coastal town with a strong German flavour, and an unforgettable end to a remarkable journey.

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Victoria Falls & Zimbabwe Rail Journey

3 Day Meander from US$1,910

Experience a 1,600-kilometre journey through diverse and truly African scenery as the train meanders northwards from Pretoria, across the Tropic of Capricorn  before entering Zimbabwe.

The train then travels to Bulawayo, second city of Zimbabwe and capital of Matabeleland, and continues along one of the world’s longest stretches of straight railway line – 114 kilometres – before traversing Hwange National Park, a rich and diverse wildlife sanctuary where a game drive is included.

The journey ends at the majestic Victoria Falls on the mighty Zambezi River, a destination offering travellers many recreational opportunities.

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