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Why we like it
- Step back in time and travel in style across Africa
- Hauled by steam, diesel and electric locomotives
- Only 72 privileged passengers can enjoy this elegant mode of travel at a time
- Boasting the largest train suites in the world, comfort is assured aboard the sleeper carriages
- The Victorian dining carriage is the perfect place to enjoy the dramatic scenery and fine cuisine
Take the time on your journey to view the incredible scenery and relax in blissful comfort on board one of "The World's Most Luxurious Trains."
Joanne Swinton's detailed knowledge of South Africa has been invaluable and her enthusiasm to respond to our needs is greatly appreciated.
- FJ, Perthshire
Rovos Rail is rightly deserving of the international acclaim it receives for creating truly world class travel experiences. The train reflects the romance and atmosphere of a bygone era. Refurbished using traditional and sympathetic techniques the wood panelled coaches are in concourse condition and set the scene for a truly unique journey through some of Africa's finest scenery. If your journey starts or finishes in Pretoria a highlight of your journey is a visit to the private colonial style railway station at Capital Park, Pretoria.
Modern conveniences sit side by side with period Edwardian features and each suite is complete with en suite bathroom, twin or double bed and all the amenities you would expect of a modern five star hotel. For an extra special experience the Royal Suites, each of which take up half a carriage benefit from the their own private lounge area, full bathroom with Victorian bath and separate shower.
Dress code is smart-casual in the day and for the evenings a jacket and tie for the gentlemen and a cocktail/evening dress. One of three trains, the 'Pride of Africa' links some of Africa's greatest destinations. From the 48-hour journey between Cape Town and Pretoria to the 13 day journey linking Cape Town to Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania. Other journeys include the game reserves of Mpumalanga, the mighty Victoria Falls, desert landscapes of Namibia, the lush canefields of KwaZulu Natal and for the golf enthusiast a nine day trip taking in the best courses in South Africa.
Best time to be there
October to May is the best time to visit the Cape. Game viewing is better during the drier months of April to September. The wildflower season is generally from mid August to mid September. The whale watching season runs from June to November.
11 hours 30 minutes/10 hours 30 minutes non-stop
GMT +2 hours
Not required for UK passport holders
Yellow fever certificate if arriving or in transit for more than 12 hours from an endemic area.
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Suggested itineraries in South Africa
Classic South Africa
Nights: 13 | from £5,750pp
The Rainbow Nation has it all: mountain highs, wild (and wildlife rich) seas, endless savannah filled with game and an easy-going atmosphere. In two weeks you can combine the magnificent city of Cape Town, with a classic road trip and a first-class safari.
Luxury Small Group Journeys - Botswana: Safari in Style 2017
Nights: 9 | from £7,515pp
Discover the magical Okavango Delta combined with the mighty Victoria Falls, making this trip an unforgettable experience
South African Family Safari
Nights: 13 | from £4,215pp
Cape Town, the Garden Route and the Eastern Cape are the perfect combination for a family-friendly African adventure. Including the outdoorsy delights of the city and a malaria-free game reserve – where you can see the Big Five – this wild, well-paced road trip ticks all the boxes.
Highlights of South Africa
Nights: 13 | from £3,399pp
This journey of the Rainbow Nation takes in Cape Town and the Winelands, the spectacular coastline of the Garden Route and culminates with a safari in the Kruger National Park.
Africa: Across a Continent by Private Jet
Nights: 20 | from £77,080pp
Experience the highlights of Africa on one amazing journey. Africa Revealed: A Journey by Private Jet takes you to seven countries in 21 days, revealing Africa's wildlife, culture and history at their most authentic. Travel in style on board our chartered Boeing 757, equipped with first-class, fully lie-flat seats.
Luxury Small Group Journey - Southern Africa Safari by River & Rail 2017
Nights: 14 | from £9,885pp
From cosmopolitan Cape Town to thundering Victoria Falls to the extraordinary Okavango Delta, experience the best of Southern Africa in one spectacular itinerary
Luxury Small Group Journeys - South Africa & Victoria Falls
Nights: 8 | from £6,495pp
Journey across South Africa's varied landscapes, experiencing vibrant Cape Town and stunning Cape Point, game drives in a private reserve bordering Kruger National Park and a tour of jaw-dropping Victoria Falls.
Cape, Kalahari & Kruger
Nights: 12 | from £6,450pp
Experience the diversity of South Africa in high style, in less than two weeks. Combine lively and lovely Cape Town with an exclusive Kalahari wilderness stay and the Big Five wild-life of super Sabi Sands.
Nights: 5 | from £2,150pp
KwaZulu-Natal is both naturally spectacular and historically fascinating. In the company of experts, explore infamous battlefields – such as Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift – as well as exploring the wildlife-filled wilderness..