Rovos Rail

Unique and luxurious, Rovos Rail promises world class travel aboard Africa’s most exclusive railway service. Established in 1989, Rovos promises an extraordinarily comfortable way to travel and is renowned for its incredibly attentive staff and elegant décor. This is a restful and charming travel experience, with the inviting suites the perfect place to relax and drink in Africa’s diverse and beautiful landscapes at your leisure. The trains contain a definite echo of old world class, as you find yourself in possession of the same licence to luxury as that held by privileged travellers in days gone by and enjoy classic Edwardian styling mixed with modern amenities.

Guests have a choice of 3 accommodation options, from the well-appointed Royal and Deluxe Suites to the comfortable Pullman Suites. All include en suite bathrooms and elegant wood panelled walls. As the train’s most luxurious accommodation option, Royal Suites are extremely spacious, each taking up half a carriage. Fresh from the kitchen and made by a team of chefs, meals are served in the refined ambience of the dining cars, dinner is a formal affair and evening attire must match this. Guests can expect wonderful views from the observation cars and the lounge area is an ideal place to relax and meet other guests.


The train departs from Pretoria and Cape Town in South Africa to various destinations across the continent, including Victoria Falls in Zambia, Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and Swakopmund in Namibia.


Excursions are offered en-route on journeys, ranging from village and city tours to museum visits and golfing.

Rovos Rail has been rated 5 star rating from 2 reviews

Holiday to South Africa and Zambia during October 2013

Review of Rovos Rail

The train manager Gavin was a knowledgeable, friendly and capable individual who took difficulties in his stride. The food was 100% first class - better than anything experienced elsewhere. The ride was very bumpy through Zimbabwe but this was hardly the fault of Rovos Rail. Organising a trip to a cattle ranch in Botswana was a welcome break from the train and we learned a lot. I personally rate Rovos Rail better than any other train in the world (including the Blue Train). I would recommend this to anybody.


Richard and Bernie StaceyRated...5 Stars

Holiday to Zimbabwe and South Africa during September 2013

Review of Rovos Rail

What more can I add other than WOW! Maybe next time an upgrade in accommodation would have been a preferred option to provide a little more room on a long journey but a truly wonderful experience.


Andrew & JudyRated...5 Stars

Customer Review

Holiday to South Africa and Zambia during March 2014

Customer Review

Tongabezi Lodge was simply fabulous with location, amenities and service levels marked on the highest possible scale. It was not the best time to go game viewing but the trackers at Simbambili worked very hard and produced four of the Big Five - excellent

Rated... 5stars


Elizabeth & Allan MacDonald

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