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Enjoy old-world luxury in Rovos Rail’s wood-panelled coaches. The rebuilt sleeper coaches with en-suite bathrooms combine the original fittings with all the modern amenities one would require from a 5 star stay.
  • Room Service
  • Heated Towel Rail
  • Writing Desk
  • Air-conditioning
  • Pretoria | Cape Town
  • Pretoria | Victoria Falls
  • Durban Safari
  • Namibia Safari
  • Dar Es Salaam
  • Golf Safari
  • African Golf Collage
Enquire now by completing our online form and we will contact you regarding a quote, availability or make your reservation.
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About the Train

Enjoy old-world luxury in Rovos Rail’s wood-panelled coaches.

Suites

The rebuilt sleeper coaches with en-suite bathrooms combine the original fittings with all the modern amenities one would require from a 5 star stay.

Suites & Facilities

Room Service
Heated Towel Rail
Writing Desk
Air-conditioning

Rates & Schedules

Pretoria | Cape Town
Pretoria | Victoria Falls
Durban Safari
Namibia Safari
Dar Es Salaam
Golf Safari
African Golf Collage

Suites

Enquire now by completing our online form and we will contact you regarding a quote, availability or make your reservation.

FAQ

Routes
Dress Code
Currency
Luggage
Security

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About Rovos Rail

Enjoy old-world luxury in Rovos Rail’s wood-panelled coaches, with accommodation for a maximum of 72 guests.  The train consists of the locomotive, generator car, staff car, guest sleepers, non-smoking lounge car which can accommodate 26 guests, two non-smoking dining cars, a smoking lounge car, and the observation car with ample space for 32 guests at the end of the train.

Each dining car can seat 42 guests and meals are served in one sitting only, accompanied by only the finest selection of South African wines.  On-board chefs prepare their speciality of traditional dishes using only the finest local ingredients.

Breakfast is served between 07:00 and 10:00, lunch is served at 13:00 and tea is served at 16:30. In the evening, dress in your finest wear for the formal dinner served at 19:30.  Men are required to dress in a jacket and tie at the minimum and ladies in cocktail or evening dresses.  Remember warm clothes for the fresh African mornings and cooler evenings.

In keeping with traditional train travel from yesteryear, there are no televisions or radios on board.  As a curtesy to fellow travellers, the use of electronic devices which may be bothersome are restricted to suites only. Smoking is only allowed in the privacy of your suite or in the designated club lounge.

Suites

The rebuilt sleeper coaches with en-suite bathrooms combine the original fittings with all the modern amenities one would require from a 5 star stay like hot showers, hair dryers and shaver plugs.  Each suite has a writing surface and valuables safe, as well as a bar fridge filled with your choice of beverages. The experience is complimented perfectly by around the clock room service.

The Pullman suite measures approximately 7 sq metres / 76 sq feet and consists of a sofa-seat that converts into a double or twin beds in the evening.  The en-suite bathroom has a shower.

The Deluxe suite measures approximately 10 sq metres/ 118 sq feet and consists of either a double or twin beds, a lounge area and an en-suite bathroom with shower.

The Royal suite takes up half a carriage and measures approximately 16 sq metres.  It consists of your own private lounge, a full en-suite bathroom with Victorian bath and separate shower, and side-by-side twin or spacious double beds.

Services and Facilities

  • Shower
  • Toilet
  • Basin
  • Air-conditioning
  • Heated towel rail
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Safe
  • Luggage rack
  • Adaptors
  • Plug points/shaver plugs
  • Hairdryer
  • Fridge
  • Tea drawer
  • Amenities
  • Dressing gown & slippers
  • Goggles
  • Laundry bag
  • Shoe bag
  • Writing desk
  • Internal telephone system
  • Room service

Rates & Schedules

Pretoria | Cape Town

Enjoy this 1 600 km trip through the grasslands of the Highveld and the vast Great Karoo, through the mountain ranges and wine regions of the Cape.  Arrive in Cape Town, framed perfectly by Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head. Some highlights of the route include visiting historically preserved village of Matjiesfontein, and the Diamond Mine Museum and the Big Hole in Kimberley.

Pretoria | Victoria Falls

Travel from Pretoria to the Victoria Falls on this 3-night journey through parts of South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe. See Johannesburg and the goldfields of Witwatersrand, gaze upon the Magaliesberg Mountains and enjoy the beauty of Botswana while travelling through its capital, Gaborone. Spot wildlife from the train while passing through Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe and finally end your journey at the breathtaking Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River.

Durban Safari

During the summer months, treat yourself to a 3-day journey between Pretoria and Durban. Experience a malaria-free safari in the Nambiti Conservancy situated on 20,000 acres in KwaZulu-Natal. Learn more about the Zulu people at Ardmore Ceramics in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands and travel through the Valley of a Thousand Hills to Durban.

Namibia Safari

Take a nine-day trip stretching over 3,400 km from the golden savannahs of the Highveld to the Atlantic Ocean. From Pretoria, make a stop in the diamond town of Kimberley. Then travel through the Northern Cape to the Fish River Canyon, second only to the Grand Canyon and a breathtaking sight. Thereafter, cross the unique landscape of the Kalahari Desert to Namibia’s capital, Windhoek, where you can enjoy a tour of this bustling city with it’s strong German influence. A short flight to Sossusvlei follows, with a stay in the Etosha National Park. Finally, travel by train to the German Hansa town of Swakopmund.

Dar Es Salaam

This world-famous 15-day journey spans across 5 countries – South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania. Start in Cape Town and visit the historic Matjiesfontein, the diamond town of Kimberley and South Africa’s administrative capital, Pretoria. Spend two nights in the Madikwe Game Reserve before continuing through Botswana to Zimbabwe, with an overnight at the Victoria Falls Hotel. The train then crosses the Zambezi River to join the Tazara line in Zambia and continues to Chisimba Falls for a bush walk. Once across the Tanzanian border the train travels through the Great Rift Valley and Selous Game Reserve before arriving in Dar Es Salaam the following day.

Golf Safari | African Golf Collage

Rovos Rail offers Golf Safaris for avid golfers, with excursions included for their non-playing companions. Choose between the 9-day Golf Safari, starting and ending in Pretoria, or the 10-day African Golf Collage which travels between Pretoria and Cape Town.

Rates Include

  • Accommodation
  • All meals, all alcoholic and other beverages
  • 24-hour full room service and bar facilities
  • Limited laundry service
  • Excursions accompanied by a qualified tour guide (where applicable)
  • Entrance fees to places of interest
  • Government tax

Rates Exclude

  • Staff gratuities
  • French Champagne
  • Memorabilia purchases

Annual Journeys

Included in off-train accommodation:

  • accommodation
  • meals at the lodges, hotels, clubs or resorts
  • water and a limited wine selection at certain establishments
  • Golf Safari and African Golf collage activities including green fees, carts, halfway house and beverages

Excluded from off-train accommodation:

  • beverages (dependent)
  • laundry
  • telephone calls

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FAQ

Packages range from 48 hours to 28 days. See Rates and Schedules section for more details.

Rovos Rail offers various journeys across the sub-continent of Africa.

Cape Town & Pretoria: 2 nights
Pretoria & Durban: 2 nights
Pretoria & Victoria Falls: 3 nights
Pretoria & Namibia: 9 days
African Golf Collage (Pretoria, Kruger Park, Durban, Cape Town): 9/10 days
Cape Town & Dar es Salaam: 15 days

The train is also available for private charter and hunting safaris. Contact us for more details.

Yes. It is preferred that clients enjoy the full experience.

Yes, the following journeys can be combined:
Cape Town and Victoria Falls;
Cape Town and Durban;
the northbound Durban and Victoria Falls;
and the Namibia and Collage journey.

Please contact us for more details.

Yes, select journeys run all year while some of the short journeys do not run in the winter.

Steam is used in and around the Rovos Rail Station but due to the increasing difficulty over the years of using steam, diesel of electric locomotives are used.

Royal Suite:

  • Double: 189cm long x 189cm wide
  • Twin: 189cm long x 94cm wide

Deluxe Suite:

  • Double lengthways: 189cm long x 189cm wide
  • Double crosswise: 189cm x 160cm wide
  • Twin: 189cm long x 94cm wide
  • L-Twin: 189cm long x 90cm wide

Pullman Suites:

  • Double crosswise: 189cm long x 150cm wide
  • Twin – lower bunk: 189cm long x 90cm wide
  • Twin – upper bunk: 189cm long x 60cm wide

Meals are served in one sitting only at the following times, unless otherwise stated in the timetable:

Breakfast: Between 07:00 and 10:00
Lunch: 13:00
Tea: 16:30
Formal Dinner: 19:30

Please make a detailed request on the Reservation Form. Our best effort is made to cater for meals such as vegetarian, vegan, diabetic etc. Should you not request a special meal but require one, the chef will endeavour to prepare a suitable meal with the ingredients on board. Regrettably, we are not able to prepare meals that require strict religious observance in the preparation.

In most cases yes, and when scheduled. On selected journeys, only off-train beverages are excluded.

During the day dress code is smart casual. Evening wear is more formal. Minimum requirement for men are a jacket and tie, and for ladies a cocktail/evening dress or suit. Please pack warm clothing for cold mornings and evenings. For off-train excursions, comfortable walking shoes are recommended as well as sunblock, hats and warm clothing for game drives, which are on open vehicles.

Rovos Rail offers 24-hour room service by a dedicated host/ess. The internal telephone in your suite can be used to contact him/her.  The Train Manager and Deputy Train Manager are available during your journey to answer any questions you may have.

Mainly English, also Afrikaans, local ethnic languages, and some German, Spanish and French.

Staff gratuities are at your discretion. Should you wish, there is a suitably marked envelope in your suite. These can be handed directly to the Train Manager who will distribute this on a pro-rata basis amongst the staff. Suggested amount is between US$10 and US$20 per person per night.

In South Africa: Only Rands are accepted. All major credit cards can be used on board.

Outside South Africa: US Dollars for off-train expenses and excursions booked while on the train. Hotels and major dealers accept credit cards, except in the Sudan.

US Dollars printed before 2001 will not be accepted. We recommend low denominations for shopping or gratuities. Larger notes can be used to exchange money to local currency, especially in Tanzania, as you receive a better.  The gift shop on board does not cater for exchanging money, but might do so if currency is available.

Rovos Rail accommodates children, but we remind parents to respect the sophisticated and adult atmosphere maintained on board. There are no child-minding facilities or activities on board.

Regrettably, the passage dimensions and train layout can not accommodate wheel-chairs. Rovos Rail is able to accommodate guests with slight walking difficulties, but recommend that an able-bodied passenger accompany them.  Should you have any special requirements please inform us at the time of booking.

Smoking is permitted in the Club Lounge situated towards the rear of the train. It is strictly prohibited elsewhere on the train.  Although smoking is also allowed in your suite, please be mindful of the fact that the train is made up of wood. We ask that you refrain from throwing flammable items such as cigarette or cigar buts off the train as bush fires are a constant danger in Africa.  Please inform us when making your reservation if you are smoking or non-smoking, to ensure the appropriate rooms are requested for any hotel stays.

Memorabilia can be bought at the on board Gift Shop situated in the Lounge Car/Royal Suite coach. Due to the fluctuating exchange rate, Rands or credit cards are preferred for any purchases. Rovos Rail accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Diners Club.

Yes, there are board games, playing cards and a card table on most journeys.

Smoking is permitted in the Club Lounge situated towards the rear of the train. It is strictly prohibited elsewhere on the train.  Although smoking is also allowed in your suite, please be mindful of the fact that the train is made up of wood. We ask that you refrain from throwing flammable items such as cigarette or cigar buts off the train as bush fires are a constant danger in Africa.  Please inform us when making your reservation if you are smoking or non-smoking, to ensure the appropriate rooms are requested for any hotel stays.

Memorabilia can be bought at the on board Gift Shop situated in the Lounge Car/Royal Suite coach. Due to the fluctuating exchange rate, Rands or credit cards are preferred for any purchases. Rovos Rail accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Diners Club.

Each room has enough space for six large suitcases, which can be stored on the overhead luggage rack or under the bed.

Yes, all suites have an en-suite bathroom with shower. The Royal suite has a shower and separate Victorian bath.

Each suite has an electronic safe in the cupboard.

The on board laundry service is limited and consist of household washers, dryers and steam irons. Turnaround time is 48 hours. Please note that while this is a complimentary service, Rovos Rail cannot be held responsible for items getting damaged or lost. There are no dry-cleaning facilities en-route or on board.

Each guest is provided with a comfortable waffle weave gown (one size fits all) and slippers.

Temperature is controlled by gas-filled air-conditioning systems fitted in all public cars. Each suite has an individually controlled air-conditioning system. Fresh-air intake is achieved by opening a window. Please keep windows closed while operating the air-conditioning unit. All beds are fitted with electric under-blankets.

On board plugs are 220V AC 50 Hz, 3-point round pronged wall plugs.  International adaptors are available on board.

There are 110V/220V 2-pin plugs for shavers.

There are no televisions, radios or Internet access.

Reception is poor while the train is moving. Please contact your service provider to activate the correct network services.

Internet is available at Rovos Rail’s Cape Town Lounge, Rovos Rail Station, Tau Game Lodge and Victoria Falls Hotel, and most of the accommodation used on the Cairo journey.

Please note that the use of electronic devices such as mobile phones, laptops and any other potentially bothersome devices are confined to your suite out of consideration for your fellow passengers.

We encourage guests to close shutters and preferably also windows in the suites while on board. This removes some of the temptation for anyone standing on the platform. Each suite has a safe for valuables. Doors in the passages are locked from the inside, and suite doors can also be locked from the inside.

No pets are allowed.

Secure parking is offered but Rovos Rail cannot be held liable for any damage or theft to/from your vehicle.

It is the guest’s responsibility to ensure that all passports and visas required are valid. Please check with the relevant consulates ahead of time regarding visa requirements and applications, or enquire with us. Rovos Rail travels through South Africa, Swaziland, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda, the Sudan and Egypt on various itineraries.

Rovos Rail requires cancellation insurance.  Terms and Conditions are strictly adhered to and applicable cancellation fees will not be waived.

Luggage is restricted to 15kg per person. A soft bag is preferable.

It is recommended to take precautions against malaria. Malaria areas include: Swaziland, Kruger Park, Northern Botswana, Zimbabwe, Etosha, Zambia and Tanzania.  Please consult your medical practitioner.

If travelling to/from Tanzania, a Yellow Fever Certificate or Medical Exemption Certificate is essential. Although some countries traveled through do not require the vaccination, countries guests return to after their trip often require them.

Recommended but not required immunisation: Hepatitis A, Polio, Tetanus and Cholera (low risk).

Please consult your clinic or doctor.

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