Couple on the back of the Rovos Rail train looking at deers.

Rovos Rail

Experience the elegance of the Edwardian era as you explore South Africa by Rovos Rail. Step onboard and you’ll discover carpeted observation and lounge cars complete with plush leather sofas and high-backed armchairs. Wood panelled dining cars create stately, social settings for four-course meals and world-class wines whereas Pullman sleeper suites provide a private abode from where to rest and relax.

Luxurious, romantic and unashamedly comfortable, this is what train travel is all about.

There are four Rovos Rail journeys that can be undertaken on their own or as part of a Tailor-Made holiday in South Africa. You can also build a three-night train journey into a self-drive itinerary as well as disembarking for a Big Five safari in a private game reserve close to Durban and the Indian Ocean. Our Tracks of Africa escorted tour includes four nights aboard Rovos Rail, taking you from Pretoria up to the majestic Victoria Falls (2024 departures follow a three-night route from Cape Town to Pretoria).

Rovos Rail can take you from the city suburbs of Cape Town into the wine estates of the Western Cape. From there you’ll witness lush green valleys and vineyards slowly transforming into the arid plains of the Karoo desert. This is where you might spy springboks and bat-eared jackals amongst low-lying shrubs and succulents. Continuing into the Northern Cape, you’ll encounter diamond mines in Kimberley as well as the vast Highveld grasslands on the outskirts of Klerksdorp. It’s the perfect prelude to Pretoria where you’ll find yourself immersed in purple flowering jacarandas on the banks of the Apies River.

Alternatively, you can travel in the other direction from Pretoria to Cape Town or head south on a three-night trip from Pretoria to Durban. Sitting on the shores of the Indian Ocean, Durban makes an exciting final destination for train travellers. And, what’s more, there’s an array of gold rush era towns, Drakensberg Mountain escarpments and First Boer War battlegrounds to experience along the way. Also, if you’re hoping to go on safari whilst in Kwa-Zulu Natal, the private Nambiti game reserve gives you every opportunity to do just that. There’s no better setting to seek out Africa’s Big Five amongst the sub-tropical bushveld and savannah plains before reboarding the train and heading down to Durban.

A slightly longer route takes you from Pretoria up to Victoria Falls – this is the route you’ll follow on 2025 departures of Tracks of Africa. Along the way, you’ll cross the Tropic of Capricorn and pass through groves of baobab trees, and stop off at two Zimbabwean national parks for safari game drives.

Choice of four train routes, all with stunning South African scenery
Just 72 guests onboard travelling at a sociable speed of 40mph
Pullman wood-panelled en-suite sleeper cabins with dedicated host
Lounge cars with picture windows and comfy wing back armchairs
Observation car with open-air balcony, bar, booths and leather sofas
Four-course evening meals and fine South African wine in the dining car

Champagne and classical music to welcome you onboard
Breakfast, lunch and dinner on the train
Hot drinks and snacks served throughout the day
Afternoon tea served in the lounge or observation car
Friendly and knowledgeable hosts and hostesses

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