The Pride of Africa
Begin a journey… Since its establishment in 1989, Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for a truly world-class travel experience. Step aboard the wood-paneled coaches – classically remodeled and refurbished to mint condition – and enjoy fine cuisine in five-star luxury as some of the most varied scenery imaginable unfolds beyond the windows. Recapture the romance and atmosphere of a by-gone era, when privileged travellers experienced the magic and mystery of Africa in a relaxed and elegant fashion...
The trains - which may be hauled by steam, diesel or electric locomotives at various stages of the journey – carry a maximum of 72 passengers from any one of the destination points. These include the historic and newly rebuilt Capital Park Station and locomotive yard, which forms the heart and new headquarters of this superb private railway company.
Each train has one or two lounge cars, one of which is a unique glass-ended observation car with an open balcony. These classic coaches are the perfect place to enjoy a leisurely drink or cup of tea, to get to know the friendly hostesses and fellow travellers and read up about the route and its many fascinating attractions. Life aboard the pride of Africa is both relaxing and inspiring. It’s a glorious way to travel, with time to sit and simply watch the African countryside slip slowly by.
Cape Town – Pretoria – Cape Town
For many visitors to South Africa there is no finer way to see the country than on the popular weekly journey between Pretoria and Cape Town. One of the world’s top destinations, Cape Town offers a blend of cosmopolitan city life, mountain splendour and scenic wine lands. The twin Gauteng cities of Pretoria and Johannesburg form South Africa’s economic heartland and the ideal departure point for world-famous game reserves.
From the coast the 1 600 kilometer route follows an old pioneering trail carved out of the African bushveld, passing through the wine lands and climbing up to the interior through the Hex River Valley. Highlights of the north and southbound routes include visits to the historic village of Matjiesfontein, a 100-year-old refreshment stop in the arid Karoo, and Kimberley (city of De Beers), the diamond boom-town that is home to the Big-Hole - the world’s largest man-made excavation.
ROVOS RAIL 2 nights - R6 695 per person sharing Inclusive: accommodation and meals
THE BLUE TRAIN
The World’s Leading Luxury Train
For over half a century South Africa’s Blue Train has enjoyed an international reputation as one of the world’s pre-eminent travelling experiences. Recently voted the world’s leading luxury train by some 250 000 travel agents in 181 countries at the World Travel Awards, the Blue Train has undergone a thorough refurbishment which matches the renewal of this exciting country.
Traversing South Africa’s varied landscapes along four alternative routes, the train combines all the comfort and luxury of a five-star hotel with a globally unparalleled journey.
The Blue Train offers the discerning traveller a choice of journeys into a timeless world of grace, elegance and romance, where some of the world’s most dramatic scenery stirs the imagination and luxurious comfort soothes body and soul.
Cape Town – Pretoria – Cape Town
A journey between Pretoria, the country's administrative capital and Cape Town, South Africa’s cosmopolitan mother city and seat of the nation’s parliament.
After gliding past the goldfields of the Witwatersrand and passing through the historic town of Kimberley (where the discovery of diamonds in 1871 led to one of the world’s most lucrative mineral rushes), the train crosses the vast semi-dessert Karoo overnight. Slipping through a system of pitch-dark tunnels – the fourth longest such stretch in the world – the train emerges into the Hex River Valley.
The summer roses that line the lush, fertile, emerald green vineyards and orchards greet the awakening traveller. In late autumn the valley transforms into a glorious tapestry of orange, crimson and red. Heading through the town of Paarl (set in a wide valley surrounded by majestic, purple-hued mountains) we approach the distinctive shape of Table Mountain, beneath which nestles Cape Town.
Off-train excursions are enjoyed at Kimberley and Matjiesfontein on the south and north bound journeys respectively.