Rovos Rail revisits the golden age of luxury train travel. From the moment you walk down the red carpet at the station to be greeted at a champagne reception you are in the hands of professionals who know how to provide the ultimate in stylish luxury. Rovos Rail offers unique train safaris through some of the most spectacular scenery in Africa. While taking in the savage beauty of the Eastern Transvaal, for example, the passenger relives the romance and adventure of the pioneers, ivory hunters and gold prospectors who dared to conquer the region over a century ago. A selection of itineraries allows travellers to choose from the wide variety of destinations that Southern Africa has to offer.
Once on board the train you have stepped back nearly a hundred years. Rich mahogonies, the dark green and cream livery of Rovos, the sinuous lines of the Art Nouveau lamps, the sparkling silver and crystal all contribute to the period style, that is always tempered by regard for comfort. The lounge cars and dining cars are superb and provide a fascinating historical ambience for your journey of discovery. A delicious breakfast and lunch and a sublimely elegant dinner, for which many guests prefer to dress more formally, are inclusive. After lunch or dinner, many travellers retire to the deeply cushioned armchairs of the observation car for coffee and liqueurs where the glassed end wall affords magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. There is also a small exterior viewing platform on which to take the air, particularly popular with enthusiasts whilst travelling under steam.
Bedrooms combine the opulence of pre-war travel with subtle modern innovations. Royal Suites are named after colourful characters from the Victorian era in South Africa, such as Cecil Rhodes. Spacious and elegant, the suites accommodate two people and have a private lounge area. En suite bathrooms combine original fittings, including a generously sized roll-top bath, with the modern technology of hot showers, hair dryers and shaver plugs and they are stocked with a particularly glamorous selection of Molton Brown bath goodies. Each of these self-indulgent suites takes up half a carriage! De Luxe Suites are also glamorously appointed with en-suite shower rooms and lounge areas, occupying approximately 11 square metres. Room service tags are hung outside the room and are almost immediately rewarded by a knock on the door - the staff are wonderfully helpful and efficient.
The routes taken by Rovos Rail are varied and take in some of the most glorious sights Africa has to offer. Imagine crossing the spectacular Victoria Falls bridge, or exploring the fabulous scenery of the Garden Route from the observation car - with Rovos Rail and their two "Pride of Africa" trains, all this can be yours.
· Lounge car, observation car and dining car
· Maximum of 72 passengers
· Part of journey almost always under steam
Each suite has:-
· Private bathroom with shower
· Air conditioning
· Twin or double bed
· Lounge area
· Hairdryer and shaver point
Rovos Rail Routes:-
· Pretoria/Cape Town - 2 nights
· Pretoria/Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe - 2 nights
· Cape Town/George (Garden Route) - 1 night
· Pretoria/Komatipoort-Kruger Park - 1 night
· Cape Town/Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania - 13 days (once a year only)
· Cape Town/Swakopmund, Namibia - 6 nights (once a year only)
· All routes are available in both directions