There are two luxury trains that operate in South Africa; Rovos Rail and The Blue Train. Both trains run routes from Cape Town to Pretoria (or Pretoria to Cape Town) but Rovos is a more leisurely experience, taking two nights to complete the journey whilst The Blue Train only one night. Speak to one of our African travel experts to see which train is best suited to you.
Journeys of Distinction on Rovos Rail
The Rovos Rail experience is like stepping back in time. Be prepared to turn off your mobile phone and shut down your computer to open a book, newspaper or game of backgammon to dream away the day as the train chuggs by.
Rovos Rail is described as ‘the most luxurious train in the world’ and is decorated with traditional furnishings and period décor giving the train a certain elegance and grandeur. The dress code is smart casual in the day and elegant in the evenings – there is a sense of historic romanticism seeing all the men dressed in ties and women in elegant dresses.
Spend the day meeting other guests in the observation car, soaking up the landscape, relaxing in your room and stretching your legs in the small town of Matjiesfontein and then Kimberley, to see the diamond mine.
All your meals and drinks are included on the journey and Rovos boasts fine dining and an extensive award wining wine list to choose from. Read more
Blue Train - A Window to the Soul of Africa
The Blue Train is a regal experience, for the modern traveler that’s emphasis is less on stepping back in time and taking two nights to relax and unwind, and more for a traveler who has one night to experience a luxury train.
The name is synonymous with its offering – regal, modern and sometimes described as a ‘Palace on Wheels’ with its gold fitted bathrooms and marble finishes.
Whichever route you choose on this train, it will deliver a luxury experience and the chance to see some of South Africa’s breathtaking landscape. Sit back and enjoy freshly made meals on board, complemented by some of South Africa’s finest wines. Between meals you can retire to your opulent suite to relax.
Choosing The Blue Train will deliver a word class experience fit for a King or Queen. Read more
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