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Rovos Rail - Pretoria to Swakopmund

Rovos Rail - Pretoria to Swakopmund

Rovos Rail

Each year this 9 day 3,400 km rail journey on the Rovos Rail 'Pride of Africa' takes you from the savannahs of the Highveld in South Africa to the Atlantic Ocean in Namibia.

Step aboard the train at the gracious Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria and embark on a truly world-class travel experience. The reconditioned wood-panelled coaches - classics remodelled and refurbished to mint condition - include Observation Cars, with their large windows, relaxing Lounge Cars with deep sofas and wingback chairs, Club Cars with a glass passage wall where you can comfortably watch the scenery on both sides of the train, and the elegant pre-1940 Dining Cars where delicious 5* cuisine is served.

The trains carry a maximum of 72 passengers in superbly appointed Pullman, Deluxe or Royal Suites. These air-conditioned suites accommodate 2 people, and all have en-suite bathrooms, and offer passengers the opportunity to travel in privacy, comfort and luxury, with fittings and facilities that are of the highest standard.

In maintaining the spirit of travel of a bygone era, there are no radios or televisions on board.

You will travel from Pretoria through the stark vistas of the arid Northern Cape into Namibia, across the Kalahari Desert and onto Swakopmund, a perfectly preserved 19th Century German Hansa town set between the dunes of the Namib Desert and the roaring Atlantic Ocean.

Visit the spectacular Fish River Canyon - second in size to the Grand Canyon - and the 'ghost town' of Keetmanshoop.  Visit Windhoek and Sossusvlei, and overnight at a lodge on the eastern edge of the game-rich Etosha National Park. 

A truly unforgettable and remarkable journey.

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Rates Include

Three meals daily; all alcoholic and other beverages; sightseeing excursions accompanied by a qualified tour guide; entrance fees to places of interest; and 24 hour full room service/bar facilities are included. Please note that any off-train excursions cannot be guaranteed and will be undertaken only if time permits. PLEASE NOTE: The rate excludes any off-train beverages.

Children Policy

Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request. ::

General Information For Guests

There is a guest safe in every suite on board the train.

Smoking of cigarettes and cigars only is allowed in the privacy of the suites and in the club lounge.

It is not advisable to lean out of the windows while the train is in motion.

There is a small Gift Shop on board the train and at the station premises at Capital Park in Pretoria.

The use of credit cards is preferred. All major credit cards are accepted on the train.

Gratuities for the staff are at your discretion. If you wish to show your appreciation in this manner, there is a suitably marked envelope in your suite that you can hand directly to the Train Manager who will distribute any amounts on a pro rata basis amongst the staff on board.

Meals are served in one sitting only in the charming Victorian atmosphere of the dining cars and are complemented by a selection of fine South African wines. Breakfast 0700 to 1000; Lunch 1300; Tea 1630; Formal Dinner 1930. All meals are served at these times unless otherwise stated in the timetable. A gong heralds lunch and dinner.

During the day, the dress is smart-casual. In keeping with the dignified atmosphere of the train, many guests prefer to dress for dinner - a jacket and tie is a minimum requirement for the gentlemen; and for ladies cocktail/evening dresses or suits are suggested.

There is a limited laundry service on board comprising household washers, dryers and steam irons. The turnaround is 48 hours.


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