Experience timeless elegance with luxury train travel in Africa. Rediscover the elegance of a classic era of exploration as you travel across Southern Africa on board Rovos Rail or The Blue Train. Both Rovos Rail and The Blue Train pride themselves on offering travellers the height of comfort with wood-panelled carriages; plush, sophisticated furnishings; sumptuous cuisine; as well as attentive friendly staff.

Rovos Rail

Recognised as one of the most luxurious trains in the world, Rovos Rail has pampered guests from around the world for over three decades. Without doubt, the attention to period decor and traditional furnishings will make you feel like you have stepped back in time.

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The Royal Suite on Rovos Rail

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Elegant service on Rovos Rail

The Blue Train

Take a luxury train journey on South Africa’s ‘Blue Jewel’ into a timeless world of grace and elegance. On-board The Blue Train guests are taken through some of the most breathtaking countryside in the world. With the finest bed linen, marble tiles and gold fittings in the bathrooms, guests are treated like royalty.

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Enjoy champagne in the bath on The Blue Train

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Turn-down service on The Blue Train

Dress code on-board a luxury train

There is a dress code for Rovos Rail and The Blue Train which you are expected to adhere to. During the day, guests should be dressed in smart-casual wear. Evening attire should be more formal. For men, a jacket and a tie is a minimum requirement and ladies should wear cocktail/evening dresses or suits. It’s worth noting that on longer Rovos Rail journeys there are themed evenings where guests can choose to dress accordingly or opt for smart-casual wear.

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The Blue Train guests enjoying drinks at the bar

Luxury train travel routes in Africa

Rovos Rail and The Blue Train link you to Africa’s most iconic destinations via a selection of scheduled routes.

Rovos Rail routes

There are a number of itineraries and routes to choose from, and many routes available in reverse. Rovos Rail can also be chartered for those who want the ultimate exclusive, luxury rail journey. A number of Rovos Rail’s routes include exclusive off-train excursions and game drives led by experienced guides and historians, and other routes are designed especially for golf enthusiasts. Rovos Rail journeys depart from Pretoria and Cape Town in South Africa to various destinations across Africa:

Pretoria to Durban – 3 day safari rail journey which includes a game drive in Nambiti Conservancy.

Pretoria to Cape Town – 3 day rail journey through the grasslands, mountain ranges and Cape winelands or a 10 day rail journey which includes game viewing, city tour and scenic views of Cape winelands.

Pretoria to Victoria Falls – 3 night rail journey to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

Pretoria to Namibia  – 9 day rail journey to Namibia which includes an overnight in Sossuvlei Lodge.

Cape Town to Dar es Salaam – 15 day rail journey through South Africa, Bostwana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania.

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Game viewing on-board Rovos Rail

The Blue Train routes

The Blue Train runs a scheduled service from Cape Town to Pretoria as well as Cape Town to Durban. Also, The Blue Train can be chartered for special occasions allowing you to have a totally tailor-made luxury rail journey experience.

Pretoria to Cape Town (available in reverse) – 2 night rail journey through some of the most diverse and breathtaking scenery Africa has to offer.

Pretoria to Kruger National Park – one way 19 hour rail journey to South Africa’s Limpopo Province, home to the Kruger National Park.

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Scenery on-board The Blue Train

How to extend your luxury train holiday in Africa

Each of the final stations on Rovos Rail and The Blue Train are ideal hubs from which to extend your luxury train travel journey.

Big 5 Safari – With The Blue Train’s Pretoria to Kruger National Park route, you could easily tag on a classic Big 5 safari in one of the game reserves.

Explore Cape Town – If your final station is Cape Town, why don’t you experience the culture, cuisine and city lights?

Walking Safari in Zambia or Zimbabwe – With Rovos Rail’s routes there are seamless transitions from train to train for a walking safari in Zambia or Zimbabwe.

Tropical Beach – If your final station is Dar es Salaam, you could catch a light aircraft flight to the tropical Zanzibar. Or from Cape Town you can directly fly to Mauritius.

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Catch a short aircraft flight to Zanzibar

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