Since its establishment in 1989, Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for its truly world-class travel experiences.
Step aboard the wood-panelled coaches - classics remodelled and refurbished to mint condition - and enjoy fine cuisine in 5* luxury as some of the most varied scenery imaginable unfolds beyond the windows on this epic journey from South Africa to Namibia.
The trains carry a maximum of 72 passengers in 36 superbly appointed Pullman, Deluxe or Royal Suites. The air-conditioned suites accommodate 2 people, and all have en-suite bathrooms. The Suites all offer passengers the opportunity to travel in privacy, comfort and luxury, with fittings and facilities that are of the highest standard.
On this epic 1,600 km journey, which departs on selected Sundays throughout the year, sit back and enjoy the diverse and truly African scenery as Rovos Rail's luxurious train meanders from the mighty Victoria Falls, through Zimbabwe and into South Africa. Enjoy game viewing in Zimbabwe's Hwange Game Reserve, one of the world's richest and diverse wildlife sanctuaries, and watch the goldfields of the Witwatersrand unfurl before your eyes.
Marvel and the majestic Magaliesberg Mountains, before arriving into Rovos Rail's gracious station in Pretoria.
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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 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.
The use of mobile phones, laptops and essentially anything that has the ability to disturb other passengers is confined to the privacy of your suite only. The reception is poor while the train is moving.