The moment you arrive at the dedicated Rovos Rail station in the South African capital, Pretoria, you feel as if you’ve stepped into an old world that has been surpassed by the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. A magnificent working steam locomotive welcomes you on the platform along with the exceptional staff of Rovos Rail, who pride themselves on making sure the trip is an unforgettable experience.
The train is beautifully decorated with dark wood features throughout, the rooms have fully retractable windows and blinds, which allow you to take in the breath-taking rolling South African landscape from the comforts of your suite. All additional comforts are only a phone call away to your personal butler!
Meals in the dining cart are an absolute highlight with beautiful Edwardian décor, exceptional service, award- winning wines paired with delicious dishes that highlight South African produce. The formal dress attire for dinner adda to the experience and really lends itself to the romance and charm of the beautiful dining car. After dinner, the Observation car with its balcony is perfect for after-dinner drinks, which are accompanied by fascinating stories of the train told by the fantastic train manager, Joe. He has been with the company for over 20 years and his passion for the company is a true representation of this proudly South African product.
The experience on Rovos Rail is not limited to just the train itself, the off-train excursions are catered around what areas have to offer. From climbing into open-air game viewing vehicles and spending the next couple of hours ticking off the Big 5 in the Nambiti Private Game Reserve, to visiting historical sites such as Nelson Mandela’s capture site and the Anglo Boer war sites. The excursions are a perfect way to catch a glimpse into the history of this beautiful country as well as witnessing the rich wildlife it has to offer.
After spending a couple nights on the train, it’s easy to see why Rovos Rail has claimed and owned the slogan of “The Most Luxurious Train In The World”. There truly is no better way to experience the sheer grandeur of South Africa’s landscape than on this magnificent train.