Luxury Africa Train Travel

Since its inception in 1989; Rovos Rail has built an international reputation for providing truly world-class travel experiences. On a variety of personalized train journeys ranging from 48 hours to 15 days; Rovos Rail combines some of the most beautiful travel destinations on the continent; with a variety of off-train excursions; and / or some of the finest golfing experiences.

Hop on the old wood-panelled coaches and sit back; as some of the most diverse scenery imaginable unfolds behind the windows. With discreet and friendly service, first-class cuisine and a selection of the best South African wines; Rovos Rail is a reminder of a simpler and more elegant era; that embraces the timeless grace and great romance of African exploration; a fine example of Africa’s luxury trains.

The beautifully converted trains carry a maximum of 72 passengers in 36 high-quality suites and are also available for charter hire; while the Events Train offers space for up to 250 guests and is only suitable for day trips.

Each train has accommodation carriages, dining cars, a lounge car with ±26 seats; a small gift shop, a smoking lounge with ±11 seats; and an observation car with ±32 seats and an open-air balcony.

Rovos Rail Luxury Train
Rovos Rail Observation Car Balcony

Accommodation on the luxury train; Rovos Rail

All the suites offer passengers the opportunity to travel in privacy, comfort and luxury; with fittings and facilities that are of the highest standard. The wood-panelled rebuilt sleeper coaches, remodelled and refurbished to mint condition, offer every modern convenience and comfort. In the en-suite bathrooms, original fittings combine with the modern technology of hot showers, flushing toilets, hairdryers, and shaver plugs. The Royal Suite also has a small Victorian bath.

Suites all have a writing surface and a personal safe for valuables. There is also a bar fridge; filled with beverages of the passengers’ choice and room service is available 24 hours a day. There is adequate storage and small cupboards with hangers and shelves. Suite layouts may differ from images.

Suite Types ↓

Pullman Suites (±7 sq metres / ±76 sq feet)

The Pullman Suites have a comfortable sofa seat during the day; with a conversion to double or twin beds (bunk) for the evening. They also have an en-suite bathroom with a shower. These suites are ideal for single travellers due to their size.

Rovos Rail Pullman Suite
Rovos Rail Pullman Suite

Deluxe Suites (±10 sq metres / ±118 sq feet)

The Deluxe Suites accommodate two passengers in either twin or double beds. They have a lounge area and an en-suite bathroom with a shower.

Rovos Rail Deluxe Suite
Deluxe Suite

Royal Suites (±16 sq metres / ±172 sq feet)

The Royal Suites, each of which takes up half a carriage, are spacious and elegant. Each has its own private lounge area and full bathroom with a Victorian bath and separate shower. The epitome of luxury with handsome wood panelling and period Edwardian features; the air-conditioned suites accommodate two people offering the option of a side-by-side twin or a spacious double bed.

Rovos Rail Luxury Train Journey
Royal Suite

Why Travel on Rovos Rail

Take things slowly and reach your destination in style
Ideal for honeymooners and couples wanting to experience the romance of vintage train journeys
Impeccable service and cuisine

Rovos Rail offers journeys that begin or end in Pretoria and travel to Cape Town, Durban, Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls and Hwange); Namibia, and Tanzania. In addition; they have specialized golfing packages; with activities arranged for non-golfers too. These are Rovos Rail Golf Safari and Rovos Rail African Collage.