A great way to explore Africa from the comfort of your bed – Rovos Rail is your ticket
What makes the experience so exceptional? Experiencing the charm of a bygone era as you behold spectacular scenery in the comfort of your own wood-panelled luxury suite. The Rovos Rail Journeys are Cape Town, Victoria Falls, Durban Safari, Golf Safari, African Golf Collage, Namibia Safari and Dar es Salaam, with journeys ranging from 48 hours to 28 days. Special itineraries are also available, and breakfast, lunch and dinner are served during all trips. The trains feature three levels of suites: Pullman Suites have a comfy sofa that can be converted into a double or twin bed and a bathroom en suite, as well as amenities such as a writing desk, a safe, a minibar and, to top it off, 24-hour room service. The Deluxe Suites are a bit larger, have their own lounge area and accommodate two people in their double or twin beds. Finally, the Edwardian-style Royal Suites – each of which occupies half a carriage – sport a lounge area and a complete bathroom (with Victorian bath and separate shower), and beds that can be either side-by-side twin or larger doubles. All suites are air-conditioned. Rovos Rail (believe it or not) is also available for private hire across Southern Africa and is especially great for weddings or other special occasions. The train carries up to 80 passengers and an itinerary can be tailored to a group’s preferences and budget. For weddings, we recommend the Events Train, which can accommodate up to 250 passengers, but does not include any sleepers and therefore is only available for use during the day. Whatever your preferences, Rovos Rail will do their best to maximize the wow factor. Besides its trains, Rovos Rail also owns stately seaside guest houses on Cape Town’s ‘millionaire’s mile’, overlooking St. James, Kalk Bay and the Indian Ocean. More information about the guest houses can be found on a dedicated website. Rovos Rail is owned by the Vos family and has quite a history: ‘All the engines acquired for Rovos Rail have been named after the Vos children – Brenda, Bianca, Tiffany and Shaun – and nothing could be more appropriate, as the family’s history and memories are so tightly interwoven with the Rovos Rail story of acquisition and expansion. On the 10th anniversary of Rovos Rail, the magnificently restored and rebuilt locomotive – 25NC 3484, which had been converted from coal-firing to oil – was christened “Marjorie” by [founder] Rohan’s mother, Mrs. Marjorie Vos… ‘Through two decades of hard work, trying times, bankers and accountants (who were by turns sympathetic and sceptical), the birth of a new democracy and a tourism surge, there’s been a special magic about Rovos Rail.’ Witness the magic and comfort aboard a train unlike any other in a destination like no other.