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Rovos Rail

Step aboard the Pride of Africa

Since its establishment in 1989, Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for its truly world class travel experiences. Step aboard the wood panelled coaches - classics remodelled and refurbished to mint condition - and enjoy fine cuisine in five-star luxury as some of the most varied scenery imaginable unfolds beyond the windows. Recapture the romance and atmosphere of a bygone era, when privileged travellers experienced the magic and mystery of Africa in a relaxed and elegant fashion. The trains - which may be hauled by steam, diesel or electric locomotives at various stages of the journey - carry a maximum of 72 passengers in 36 superbly appointed suites.

CAPE TOWN - PRETORIA

The Old Karoo Pioneering Trail

Duration: 3days / 2nights

Starts/Ends: Northbound Cape Town to Pretoria or Southbound Pretoria to Cape Town

Highlights: Perfect illustration of South Africa as you travel through the length of the country.

Rates starting from: R9 860 per person sharing (depending on the category of accommodation chosen, special conditions may apply for certain bookings)

Note: This is a fixed itinerary and cannot be changed, however it can form part of a more comprehensive tour. The person rate is based on a one way journey and includes accommodation, meals and excursions during the train journey, as well as alcoholic beverages whilst on board the train.

For many visitors to South Africa, there is no finer way to see the country than on the popular 48-hour weekly journeys between Pretoria and Cape Town. This 1600-kilometre journey is a perfect illustration of South Africa as a world in one country.

Travel the grasslands of the gold rich Highveld to the haunting barrenness of the Great Karoo. Trundle through the spectacular mountain ranges and scenic wine lands of the Cape. Journey’s end is Cape Town, the Mother City of South Africa, cradled by the imposing bulk of Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak and Lions Head.

Highlights of the north and southbound routes include a visit to the historic village of Matjiesfontein. This authentic perfectly preserved Victorian Village, which was founded by Mr Logan as a refreshment stop in 1890, also boasts an impressive museum on the platform. A stop is made in Kimberley providing an opportunity to enjoy a city tour and a visit to the Mine Museum and the world’s largest man-made excavation, the Big Hole.

DURBAN TRAIN SAFARI (3days)

An Unforgettable Journey Into The Heart of KwaZulu Natal

Duration: 3days / 2nights

Starts/Ends: Pretoria - Durban or Durban - Pretoria

Highlights: Experience the splendour of KwaZulu Natal, Big Five, Battlefields and white sandy beaches.

Rates starting from: R12 000 per person sharing (depending on the category of accommodation chosen, special conditions may apply for certain bookings)

Note: This is a fixed itinerary and cannot be changed, however it can form part of a more comprehensive tour. The person rate is based on a one way journey and includes accommodation, meals and excursions during the train journey, as well as alcoholic beverages whilst on board the train: Click here to add this to your enquiry

Join this three-day safari on the most luxurious train in the world and experience the splendour of KwaZulu Natal. Take in the Big Five, a battlefields tour with a world class historian and unusual African ceramics. Experience a Big Five private bush retreat set on 20 000 acres of malaria-free bushveld in KwaZulu Natal. The Sundays River flows through the reserve and has two 40 metre waterfalls with magnificent ravine bush, home to several rare bird species. Situated on an expansive game farm, SpionKop Lodge which adjoins a 11 000 acre nature reserve, is the perfect base for exploring the berg, bush, birds and battlefields of the region. The turn of the century farmhouse has been beautifully restored in Natal colonial style and the converted barn now forms a magnificent dining room that boasts spectacular views.

Ardmore Ceramic Art is a story about the Zulu people whose sense of rhythm, colour, dance and song, as well as the spirit of the African imagination, is exerting its influence on the other continents of the world. Word of Ardmore has spread far and wide and those who believe they have the talent arrive at the Ardmore studios in the rolling hills of Caversham in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. Many have little knowledge of sculpture and painting and mostly no experience of ceramic art. They learn quickly however and within a short time develop their own particular style of sculpting and painting.

VICTORIA FALLS ZIMBABWE (3days/2nights)

A Leisurely Sojourn by Luxury Train through South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe

Duration: 3days / 2nights

Starts/Ends: Pretoria – Victoria Falls or Victoria Falls - Pretoria

Highlights: Crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, to finally reach the mighty Zambezi River.

Rates starting from: R10 950 per person sharing (depending on the category of accommodation chosen, special conditions may apply for certain bookings)

Note: This is a fixed itinerary and cannot be changed, however it can form part of a more comprehensive tour. The person rate is based on a one way journey and includes accommodation, meals and excursions during the train journey, as well as alcoholic beverages whilst on board the train: Click here to add this to your enquiry

Your two-night three day adventure begins with the departure from Rovos Rail’s gracious station in Capital Park, Pretoria. This special journey departs in the morning and slowly meanders westwards through Mafikeng into Botswana and then north towards Mahalapye, crossing the Tropic of Capricorn just after Gabarone.

Once the train has passed through the dry reaches of Botswana we arrive at Plumtree in the late afternoon for border formalities with Zimbabwe. We continue in a north-westerly direction passing Bulawayo and heading towards Thompson’s Junction and Hwange Game Reserve.

Journeys end is the incomparable Victoria Falls on the mighty Zambezi River. Please note that depending upon railways capacity this journey could be routed northwards through Beitbridge and Zimbabwe.

GEORGE (24 hours)

The Scenic Beauty of The Garden Route

Duration: 1 night

Starts/Ends: Cape Town - George or George – Cape Town

Highlights: Experience the Garden Route in a comfortable fashion

Rates starting from: R5 250 per person sharing (depending on the category of accommodation chosen, special conditions may apply for certain bookings)

Note: This is a fixed itinerary and cannot be changed, however it can form part of a more comprehensive tour. The person rate is based on a one way journey and includes accommodation, meals and excursions during the train journey, as well as alcoholic beverages whilst on board the train: Click here to add this to your enquiry

This picturesque 550-kilometre 1 night trip runs between Cape Town and George during the summer months and is rated one of the most beautiful in the world. From the Mother City the train travels through the Du Toits Kloof tunnel towards Worcester. Grapes are grown in vast quantities in this area, and apart from several co-operative wine cellars, there are a number of brandy distilleries.

From Cape Town the train travels along the Breê River Valley towards Robertson and then onto Ashton. A well known wine farm is visited on the Cape Town to George routing (the KWV Brandy Distillery in Worcester is visited on the reverse routing)

Then it is on towards the coast passing through stations such as Swellendam, South Africa’s third oldest town. Leaving the coast behind the train passes near Mossel Bay, a commercial seaport that enjoyed a boom in the 1990’s due to the discovery of offshore oil. George is a quiet inland town, founded in 1811 and named after King George 111.

THE AFRICAN COLLAGE (9 days)

A Rich Tapestry of Landscape

Duration: 9 days / 8 nights

Starts/Ends: Pretoria – Cape Town or Cape Town - Pretoria

Highlights: See a world in one country in only 9 days.

Rates starting from: R30 700 per person sharing (depending on the category of accommodation chosen, special conditions may apply for certain bookings)

Note: This is a fixed itinerary and cannot be changed, however it can form part of a more comprehensive tour. The person rate is based on a one way journey and includes accommodation, meals and excursions during the train journey, as well as alcoholic beverages whilst on board the train: Click here to add this to your enquiry

This panoramic 3400 kilometre 9-day South African sojourn departs annually in May/June. Travel from Pretoria eastwards to Malelane, south to Swaziland and Durban, west to Bloemfontein, then southwards again through Port Elizabeth, Oudtshoorn and George to Cape Town.

After an early morning game drive through the Kruger Park, the train heads southwards to Swaziland for an afternoon game drive. Continue into Zululand for an early morning game drive in the Hluhluwe Game Reserve and then on through KwaZulu Natal for an evening in Durban. During the night we continue onto Bloemfontein, with a morning tour of the city. The journey continues southwards overnight to Port Elizabeth, with a morning visit to the Addo Elephant Park.

An early morning departure takes the train into Oudtshoorn for a visit to an Ostrich farm followed by a spectacular rail descent down the Montagu Pass into George. After a morning visit to Knysna the train sets off from George travelling the scenic Garden Route through to Mossel Bay and Riversdale. The next morning, after a visit to the KWV Brandy Distillery in Worcester, this magnificent collage ends in Cape Town.

DAR ES SALAAM (14 days)

An Authentic African Adventure (via Botswana)

Duration: 14 days / 13 nights

Starts/Ends: Northbound: Cape Town | Pretoria | Victoria Falls | Kanona | Dar Es Salam Southbound: Dar Es Salam | Kanona | Victoria Falls | Pretoria | Cape Town

Highlights: See a world in one country in only 9 days.

Rates starting from: USD7 800 per person sharing (depending on the category of accommodation chosen, special conditions may apply for certain bookings)

Note: This is a fixed itinerary and cannot be changed, however it can form part of a more comprehensive tour. The person rate is based on a one way journey and includes accommodation, meals and excursions during the train journey, as well as alcoholic beverages whilst on board the train: Click here to add this to your enquiry

This epic 14-day journey travels through South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania and is one of the most famous train journeys in the world. This magnificent sojourn will take you through South Africa with short tours of the diamond town of Kimberley and the capital city of Pretoria.

Then a two-night stay in a private game lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve, before crossing into Zimbabwe, with another overnight stop at the Victoria Falls Hotel. After crossing the mighty Zambezi River travel north eastwards through Zambia, joining the Tazara Railway line at Kapiri Mposhe. Enjoy an excursion to Chisimba Falls, and 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 enjoy 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 - a vision of timeless Africa shortly before the bustle of arrival in Dar Es Salaam Station. Pre and Post train-tours can also be arranged and strongly advised (3 days Cape Town and surroundings / 3 Days Zanzibar)

NAMIBIA (7 days)

A Epic Journey of Discovery

Duration: 7 days / 6 nights

Starts/Ends: Pretoria | Kimberly | Fish River Canyon | Windhoek | Etosha Pans | Swakopmund. A southbound tour will be the opposite.

Highlights: Visit the Big Hole, Fish River canyon, Kalahari Desert, Etosha National Park. Rates starting from: R25 800 per person sharing (depending on the category of accommodation chosen, special conditions may apply for certain bookings)

Note: This is a fixed itinerary and cannot be changed, however it can form part of a more comprehensive tour. The person rate is based on a one way journey and includes accommodation, meals and excursions during the train journey, as well as alcoholic beverages whilst on board the train: Click here to add this to your enquiry

In May each year this 3400 kilometre 7-day journey takes the train from Pretoria to Kimberley, centre of one of the world’s most famous diamond rushes, where there’s an opportunity to visit the Big Hole, the world’s largest man-made excavation, and to savour the 1870’s atmosphere of the mine museum village.

The railway line covers the stark vistas of the arid Northern Cape as the train travels through Upington to the border into Namibia. There is time for an excursion to the Fish River Canyon – second only in size to the Grand Canyon and a truly spectacular sight. The journey continues across the untamed beauty of the Kalahari Desert and onto Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. After a short city tour and an afternoon game drive the train continues onto Tsumeb for an overnight stay at Mokuti Game Lodge on the eastern edge of Etosha National Park. On the last morning the train passes along the German built railway through the Namib Desert and into Swakopmund, a perfectly preserved nineteenth century German Hansa town set on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean.

GOLF SAFARI (9 days)

A Golf Tour in Gracious Luxury

Duration: 9 days / 8 nights

Starts/Ends: Pretoria | Phalaborwa | Swaziland | Durban | Ladysmith | Sun City | Pretoria

Highlights: Play some of the country’s top golf courses, whilst non players are also catered for. Rates starting from: R28 900 per person sharing (depending on the category of accommodation chosen, special conditions may apply for certain bookings)

Note: This is a fixed itinerary and cannot be changed, however it can form part of a more comprehensive tour. The person rate is based on a one way journey and includes accommodation, meals and excursions during the train journey, as well as alcoholic beverages whilst on board the train: Click here to add this to your enquiry

Rovos Rail has designed a delightful nine-day Golf Safari to entertain the most discerning player with optional excursions for non-playing guests at all venues. This journey begins in Pretoria and travels east towards Nelspruit.

Play at the Hans Merensky Golf Estate or visit the world famous Kruger Park. Tee off at the Royal Swazi Golf Club, near Manzini in Swaziland, while non-golfers visit Ngwenya Glass Factory, lunch at Malandelas followed by a game drive in Mkhaya Game Reserve.

Then it's on to Zululand for game viewing in the Hluhluwe Game Reserve. Play one of South Africa’s finest courses, the Durban Beachwood Club, while non-playing guests enjoy a city tour of Durban followed by lunch at the Golf Club. In the foothills of the imposing Drakensberg Mountains 18-holes await at the Champagne Sports Resort, with a guided tour of the Battlefields a further highlight for our non-golfers. Relax as the train travels north to Sun City. A full day will be spent at this world-famous facility before departing for Pretoria where this memorable journey ends.