Unveiling the Elegance: A Journey on Rovos Rail South Africa

October 6th 2023  |   Unique Experiences  |  by   Katy Duncan
Unveiling the Elegance: A Journey on Rovos Rail South Africa

Rovos Rail South Africa offers some of the most opulent train journeys in the world and is known for providing travellers with a nostalgic and luxurious experience reminiscent of the golden age of train travel.

The sheer scale of Africa can be difficult to comprehend as most of us see a mere postage stamp of it during years of visiting for holidays, and in many cases, we often fly over the continent during the night. Travelling by rail is a wonderful way to see more of the Africa that its people know and visitors rarely see, and it allows you to get a better grasp of the enormity of this captivating, astonishing land mass.

Luxury Train Journeys:

Rovos Rail operates a variety of train journeys with routes that traverse South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Tanzania. These journeys typically last several days and provide passengers with a unique way to explore the scenic landscapes and wildlife.

Rovos Rail South Africa Tanzania

Rovos Rail journey Tanzania

Vintage Trains:

The vintage trains are meticulously restored, often harking back to the early 20th century, to create a sense of nostalgia and opulence. The carriages are beautifully appointed with luxurious furnishings, and attention is paid to every detail to ensure a comfortable and elegant journey.


Passengers have a choice of different types of accommodation, ranging from Pullman Suites to Deluxe Suites and the magnificent Royal Suites. The suites are all equipped with en-suite bathrooms and all the amenities one would expect in a luxury hotel.

Rovos Rail South Africa Royal Suite

Rovos Rail South Africa Royal Suite

Fine Dining:

The onboard dining experience is a highlight of the journey. Gourmet meals are prepared by skilled chefs using the finest ingredients, and passengers can enjoy exquisite dining in a beautifully decorated restaurant.

Off-Train Excursions:

The train often stops at key points of interest, allowing passengers to disembark and explore the surroundings. These include wildlife safaris, visits to historical sites, and cultural experiences.

Rovos Rail South Africa Madikwe Leopard

Leopard at Madikwe Game Reserve South Africa

Exclusive and Intimate:

Rovos Rail prides itself on offering a personalized and intimate experience, with a limited number of passengers on each journey. This ensures a high level of service and attention to detail.

Dress Code:

The dress code is typically formal in the evenings, with passengers expected to dress in elegant attire for dinner.

Offering  a blend of old-world charm, modern comforts, and unforgettable landscapes, Rovos Rail South Africa is a wonderful choice for special occasions. We’ve created an incredible 16-night itinerary that includes a four-night Rovos Rail journey from Pretoria to Victoria Falls and combined it with some of our favourite safari lodges and camps in Zambia.

What next?

We would be delighted to help you plan a safari encompassing any of the exclusive stays and trips mentioned here. Our team of experts has travelled widely throughout Africa and can offer expert advice on every type of safari from family and beach holidays to riding and primate safaris. Do get in touch – chatting to people by phone or email is what we do best. We listen, we explain, we answer all sorts of questions even those you didn’t know to ask, and finally, we make suggestions. If this is your first time in Africa or your twenty first, we have a team standing by to help make the planning easy and the journey the best ever. Please get in touch whatever stage you’re at.

10 responses to “Unveiling the Elegance: A Journey on Rovos Rail South Africa”

  1. Kerry Mesmer says:

    Price and dates please

    • Katy Duncan says:

      Good morning Kerry, One of our team will be in touch very soon with some further information for you. All the best, Katy

  2. Nick & Jane Spaven (Kempsey) says:

    We think we recognise the 16 night itinerary with Rovno’s Rail!! It can’t come soon enough
    Nick and Jane

  3. Kathleen Sloan says:

    Would like more information about this railway excursion, including pricing.

    • Katy Duncan says:

      Hi Kathleen, thank you for your interest. One of our team will be in touch shortly with some further information. All the best, Katy

  4. Penny Seitz says:

    Trip from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg depart June 24th 2024 for 5 passages.

    • Katy Duncan says:

      Good morning Penny, thanks for your enquiry. I will ask one of the team to get in touch with you via e-mail. Thanks, Katy

  5. Monica Lailvaux says:

    We are looking for a trip from Johannesburg to Cape town. Possibly April or May 2024. Any detail would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    • Katy Duncan says:

      Good morning Monica, thank you for getting in touch. I have passed your details onto our sales team who will be in touch soon. All the best, Katy

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