Rovos Rail in South Africa

Rovos Rail in South Africa

02 Dec 2019 Kymberly Rohrsheim Experiences, Rail, Travel Stories, Travel Tips

Most people are aware of the Orient Express but did you know South Africa has a famous vintage Train that runs regularly between Cape Town and Pretoria as well as up to Victoria Falls and also to other parts of Africa on occasions with a number of special packages and selected departures available.  For both train buffs and travellers that want to discover Africa by train Rovos Rails’ five-star luxury packages offer unique itineraries and the chance to experience trains from a bygone era. Rovos Rail is a perfect addition to any Southern Africa itinerary and provide very much more than mere rail transportation between 2 cities.

The trains combine the golden age of rail travel with modern conveniences, creating an unforgettable addition to your holiday in Africa and allowing you to step back in time as you leisurely travel on Rovos Rails bespoke rail journeys watching Africa unfold from the comfort of the train.


Rovos Rail is a private company operating out of their own Edwardian-styled station in Pretoria.  Some routes operate with a vintage steam locomotive, giving you a very unique travel experience. Rest, relaxation and indulgence awaits as you step aboard Rovos Rails’ reconditioned wood-panelled trains and enjoy fine cuisine and travel in opulent style with friendly staff looking after every detail of your trip. The train features air conditioned lounge cars, beautiful dining cars with an ambiance created by a Victorian setting of crisp linen, sparkling glass and silver, and observation car with outside deck (which allows passengers the amazing experience of being outside whilst the train is moving) and 3 different standards of accommodation graded suites in their accommodation cars and stops at places of interest on all routes.

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There are three styles that guests can choose from (Royal, Deluxe, Pullman), with varying levels of luxury. Every Suite offers all modern conveniences and comfort, with fittings and facilities of a high standard. Each have a writing area and a personal safe. All accommodation suites have a mini bar filled with beverages of the passengers' choice and 24 hour room service. Amenity bags are provided and replenished upon request.  Staff provide additional services of shining shoes, pressing garments and have a complimentary laundry service on board.

Kymberly from our office has recently travelled on Rovos Rail from Cape Town to Pretoria so if you  have any queries on Rovos Rail contact her today for full details and further information on Rovos Rail.


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