Rovos Rail

Experience the extravagance of Victorian and Edwardian-era train travel on a journey aboard one of Rovos Rail’s gleaming, gloriously restored vintage trains.

Experience the extravagance of Victorian and Edwardian-era train travel on a journey aboard one of Rovos Rail’s gleaming trains, all which were saved from the scrap heap and painstakingly restored to their former glory. Interiors are exceedingly better than original, featuring fine wood panelling, classic period furniture and modern luxuries such as showers and safes.

The superbly refurbished Rovos Rail trains carry 72 passengers in comfort and style. Each one comprises of air-conditioned sleeper coaches, a lounge car, one or two dining carriages as well as an opulent observation car with a unique glassed-in rear, which opens out onto a covered balcony. The dress code is smart casual throughout the day, formal in the evenings.

Journeys range from 48 hours (Pretoria to Cape Town or vice versa) to a 15 day epic traversing through Southern and Eastern Africa (Cape Town to Dar Es Saleem). You can even go on a golf safari across South Africa, playing at the best courses in the country. Off-rail excursions vary according to your itinerary, with the shortest trip calling in at Matjiesfontein, a charming well-preserved 19th century town, and a stop to see the Big Hole, the world’s largest manmade excavation.


Where to board Rovos Rail

Rovos Rail owns and operates a private station in Capital Park, Pretoria. This magnificent colonial-style building houses a small railway museum and is located about 5km from the government operated Pretorian Rail and Gautrain terminal. Other stations used for departure include Cape Town, Durban and Dar es Salaam – these facilities are nationally owned and operated. Your agent will advise you precisely from where your train will depart.

Activities on Rovos Rail

  • Off-train sightseeing tours as per itinerary

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Rovos Rail Highlights

  • Travel in style on board painstakingly restored vintage trains
  • Discover the romance and luxury of a bygone era
  • Dine in gracious pre-war dining carriages
  • Savour the view from the unique observation car
  • Enjoy butler service in your sumptuous sleeper suite

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South Africa Train Journeys

Be transported to an earlier, more glamorous era while travelling by train across the spectacular landscapes of southern Africa. Our award-winning luxury trains boast comfortable guest cabins, exceptional cuisine, old-fashioned service and itineraries with outstanding off-train excursions.

Rovos Rail

Experience the extravagance of Victorian and Edwardian-era train travel on a journey aboard one of Rovos Rail’s gleaming, gloriously restored vintage trains.

Shongololo Express

The newly revamped Shongololo Express snakes like a gleaming green-and-cream millipede - the animal for which it was named - across the southern African countryside.

The Blue Train

The multi award-winning Blue Train first launched in 1946 and today remains synonymous with the highest standards in luxury train travel.



The following tours can be easily tailor-designed to your personal travelling requirements, are private and independent. Please contact us to begin custom designing your personalised South Africa experience.

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South Africa Overview

Why travel to South Africa? 
Described as “a world in one country” South Africa is more than just a safari destination. The wildlife of Kruger and the many private reserves throughout the country are complemented by South Africa’s fascinating history and diverse cultures, the beautiful coastline and majestic landscapes of the Cape. 

 When is the best time to view animals in South Africa?
Gameviewing is best during the dry season (May-Oct); however the summer months are good for general touring and sightseeing. 

What is the culture of South Africa? 
There are many different cultures including Zulu, Swazi, Xhosa, Indian, Cape Malay and European. As a result, there are many unique culinary dishes as well as distinct music and dance. Elegant Cape Dutch architecture is also a highlight of South Africa’s cape. 

What is the climate in South Africa? 
The inland plateau has a temperate climate (17°-30°C), whilst the coast is subtropical and more humid (22°-30°C). The seasons are the same as Australia, however most of the rain falls in summer. Winters are dry and sunny, but nights can be very cold. The Western Cape is the exception, with a “Mediterranean” climate – cool, wet winters and warm dry summers (17°-24°C). 

What can I combine South Africa with?
South Africa is easily combined with neighbouring Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia or the nearby tropical island of Mauritius. Johannesburg is a very popular gateway to most of southern and eastern Africa.  

How to get to South Africa?
Many major airlines including South African Airways, Qantas, Etihad, Emirates, Kenya Airways, Qatar, Singapore Airways and British Airways fly into Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport. There are also many regional and domestic carriers that service local cities such as Cape Town and the Kruger National Park area. 

US – South African Airways fly’s directly to east coast cities including New York and Washington. Delta Airlines is another option to consider flying directly to Johannesburg from Atlanta.  

UK / Europe – There are direct flights to OR Tambo International Airport with South African Airways from London-Heathrow, Frankfurt and Munich. Major European Airlines flying directly into Johannesburg include British Airways, Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa and Swiss International Airlines.  

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