Departs: Scheduled departures during the year
Rovos Rail specialises in luxury train travel throughout Southern and East Africa. Their steam locomotives and carriages, some of which date back to the 1920’s, have been lovingly restored, and for good reason Rovos Rail has been referred to as ‘The Most Luxurious Train in the World’.
Since its establishment in 1989, Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for its truly world class travel experiences. 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. Unique train safaris through the heart of Africa combine magnificent scenery with the glamour and excitement of the golden age of leisure travel. Step aboard and enjoy fine cuisine served with superb South African wines in unrivalled luxury and comfort. The three beautifully rebuilt Classic trains each carry a maximum of 72 passengers who are accommodated in the most spacious train suites in the world. With fine wood panelling, period Edwardian features as well as every modern convenience and comfort, the air-conditioned suites accommodate two passengers with the option of either twin or double beds. Choose from a series of train journeys lasting from 48 hours to 15 days, as the Pride of Africa links some of the continent’s greatest destinations.
Day 1 - Luxury Train Journey
09h30 – The train departs Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria.
13h00 – Lunch is served in the dining car/s as the train travels the goldfields of Johannesburg.
19h30 – Dinner is served as the train travels to Mafikeng for Botswana border formalities and overnight. (LD)
(Breakfast 07h00-10h00 • Lunch 13h00 • Tea 16h30 • Dinner 19h30)
The Rovos Rail recaptures the romantic atmosphere of a bygone era and the mystery of Africa in a relaxed, elegant fashion. The exquisite dining cars are the signature of these trains, known to serve fine cuisine in ultimate Victorian luxury while the picturesque scenery of Southern Africa unfolds beyond the windows. Traditional furnishings and period décor ensure an atmosphere of elegance and grandeur in the lounge and observation cars.
The two lovingly restored ‘Pride of Africa’ trains can accommodate 72 guests in 36 superbly appointed suites. The suites are among the most spacious luxury train suites available, featuring Edwardian finishes coupled with modern conveniences. All the suites are air-conditioned and have personal safes, bar fridges and hairdryers. The twin or double configurations of the suites accommodate two people and the Royal and Deluxe Suites even have space for boast private lounge areas. The Pullman and Deluxe Suites have en-suite bathrooms with showers, while the Royal Suites boast full en-suite bathrooms with Victorian baths and separate showers.
This three-night adventure begins with the train’s departure from Rovos Rail’s gracious station in Pretoria. It then winds its way south through Johannesburg and the goldfields of the Witwatersrand before travelling west alongside the Magaliesberg Mountains. After border formalities at Mafikeng, the train travels north the following day through Botswana’s capital, Gaborone, crosses the Tropic of Capricorn and continues via Mahalapye and Francistown to the Zimbabwean border at Plumtree. The next day the train passes through Hwange National Park – a rich and diverse wildlife sanctuary – where animals can be spotted from the train and a game drive excursion is enjoyed. After a service stop at Thompsons Junction, the sojourn ends at the incomparable Victoria Falls on the mighty Zambezi River. The surrounding areas offer travellers many recreational opportunities including cruises, whitewater rafting as well as superb game viewing and photo safaris. Available in reverse. Please note that depending upon railway capacity this journey could be routed northwards through Beitbridge and Zimbabwe.
The Pullman Suites (±7 sq metres/±76 sq feet) are equipped with a comfortable sofa-seat during the day with a conversion to double or twin beds for the evening, and also have an ensuite bathroom with shower. The wood-panelled rebuilt sleeper coaches, were remodelled and refurbished to mint condition, offer every modern convenience and comfort. In the ensuite bathrooms, original fittings combine with the modern technology of hot showers, hair dryers and shaver plugs. In the ensuite bathrooms, original fittings combine with the modern technology of hot showers, hair dryers and shaver plugs. The 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.
Day 2 - Luxury Train Journey
07h00 – Breakfast is served as the train travels north through Botswana’s capital city, Gaborone.
13h00 – Lunch is served as the train traverses Botswana.
16h30 – Tea in the lounge and observation cars.
19h30 – Dinner enroute to Plumtree for Zimbabwe border formalities. Overnight stop at Mpopoma. (BLD)
Day 3 Luxury Train Journey
07h00 – Breakfast is served. The train departs Mpopoma.
13h00 – Lunch is served. Travel along the eastern edge of Hwange Park along one of Africa’s longest stretches of straight railway line – 114km.
15h00 – Arrive Kennedy for a game drive at The Hide.
19h30 – Dinner is served in the dining car/s en route to Thompsons Junction for the overnight stop. (BLD)
Day 4 - End of Rovos Rail Train Journey
07h00 – Depart Thompsons. Breakfast until 09h30.
10h00 – Arrive at journey’s end in Victoria Falls. (B)
Dates and Pricing
Prices shown are per person based on twin share. Seasonal supplements and minimum night requirement may apply. Solo traveller and extra night prices available on request. Luggage restrictions may apply. International flights not included.