Rovos Rail


Opulent travel as it should be...

The quintessential African rail company, Rovos Rail, consistently impresses with the finest of service and snazziest of accommodation. Experience the African landscape from a new angle without compromising on comfort or luxury. Read our blog post about riding the Rovos Rail here.

The Rovos Rail Experience

Established in 1989, the Rovos Rail company has earned a well-deserved reputation as a provider of the finest luxury train journeys in the Southern Hemisphere. Operating out of Capital Park Station in Pretoria, the only privately owned railway station in South Africa, Rovos Rail conducts all its journeys in lovingly restored locomotives and coaches — the Rovos Rail headquarters even has its own railway museum. Whether hauled by steam, diesel or electric locomotives, one thing always remains consistent on the Rovos journey — style! The wood-panelled coaches have all been refurbished to pristine condition. In a bygone era, every journey would have been made in this sort of luxury and class. Nowadays you will have to step on to a Rovos Rail train to experience travel in Africa with panache. Covering some of Africa's most popular destinations such as Victoria Falls, Cape Town, and Dar es Salaam and with the benefits of luxuriously appointed suites, fine cuisine, and excellent service, Rovos Rail is a classy and unusual way to travel Southern Africa.

The Trains

The Rovos Rail company operates two restored trains, each accommodating a maximum of 72 passengers in 20 renovated original coaches, some of which originate from the 1920s. A classic Edwardian 13-coacher train is also available for private charter. All the trains feature authentic furnishings and classic decor with wooden panelling a feature throughout. 

The Accommodation

The rebuilt coaches contain some of the most spacious train suites in the world, offering every modern convenience one could possibly ask for. From the air-conditioned Deluxe Suites to the ultra-luxurious Royal Suites (that each take up half a carriage) to the standard Sleeper Coaches, guests will experience some of the most spacious, luxurious and decadent train accommodation in the world.

The Dining

A team of top class chefs produce a standard of cuisine that rivals that of the best restaurants in the world. All meals are served in the charming Victorian atmosphere of the dining cars. Passengers aboard the Pride of Africa will love the added authenticity of meals served on fine china, crisp white linen and silver service; guests are encouraged to dress accordingly. Don't forget to pick your drink from the well-stocked bar or have your ever friendly and accommodating waitron keep your order coming!

Rovos Air

Rovos Air has a proud fleet of four classic aircraft, all fitted with business class seats and restored to Rovos standards. The two splendid Convair 440s have proven conclusively to be one of the most reliable post-war passenger aircraft ever built, sporting spacious, pressurised cabins seating up to 24 passengers in true Rovos style and comfort. The 1944 Douglas DC 3, called ‘Delaney’ after a child who was born on board in October 1975, has been rebuilt with 21 business class seats and a plush interior. The Douglas DC-4 embodies the safety, range, comfort and space of a true Business class 50-seat prop liner.

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