Rovos Rail

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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

A&K Top Tip

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."

Guest Testimonial

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.

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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.

Fly to

Cape Town/Johannesburg

flying time

11 hours 30 minutes/10 hours 30 minutes non-stop

time difference

GMT +2 hours


Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate if arriving or in transit for more than 12 hours from an endemic area.

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