Experience the extravagant elegance of rail travel on the most luxurious trains in the world. Rovos Rail’s unique train safaris through the heart of Africa combine some of the most magnificent scenery with the glamour and excitement of the golden age of steam.
What you will be doing
You will journey from Pretoria to Johannesburg, through the Witwtersrand goldfields and alongside the majestic Magaliesberg Mountains. From Botswana, arrive at Hwange National Park – a rich and diverse wildlife sanctuary – where you can spot animals from the train as well as on a thrilling game drive.
Train departs Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria. Enjoy lunch in the dining car while traveling through Johannesburg. Partake in afternoon tea Tea in the midway lounge car or observation car at the rear of the train. Border formalities in Botswana. Savor a spectacular dinner in the dining car. Overnight in Botswana.
Continue to enjoy Rovos Rails’ 5-star cuisine as breakfast and lunch are served in the dining car en-route to Botswana’s capital, Gaborone. Once the train has passed through the dry reaches of Botswana, arrive at Plumtree in the late afternoon for border formalities with Zimbabwe. Overnight at Mpopoma.
Breakfast is served as the train departs Mpopoma. Enjoy a leisurely lunch while traveling along the eastern edge of Hwange National Park. Arrive at Kennedy Siding for an exciting 3 p.m. game drive at The Hide. Dinner is served in the dining car en-route to Thompson’s Junction. Overnight at Thompson’s Junction.
Breakfast is served in the dining cars as the train departs for Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Lunch is also served on board. Arrive at journey’s end at the incomparable Victoria Falls on the mighty Zambezi River, the largest river flowing into the Indian Ocean from Africa.
Where you will be staying
Recapture the romance and atmosphere of a bygone era as you step aboard these reconditioned wood-paneled coaches and enjoy fine cuisine in five-star luxury. Choose from Royal, Deluxe and Pullman Suites. In the en-suite bathrooms, original fittings combine with the modern technology of hot showers, hair dryers and shaver plugs.
The most decadent of the suites, The Royal Suites are spacious and elegant, taking up half a carriage. Each has its own private lounge area and full bathroom with Victorian bath and separate shower. The epitome of luxury with period Edwardian features, the air-conditioned suites accommodate two people offering the option of side-by-side twin or spacious double beds.
The Deluxe Suites accommodate two passengers in either twin or double beds and have a lounge area and en-suite bathroom with shower. The wood-paneled rebuilt sleeper coaches, remodeled and refurbished to mint condition, offer every modern convenience and comfort.
The Pullman Suites are equipped with a comfortable sofa-seat during the day with a conversion to double or twin beds for the evening, and also have an en-suite bathroom with shower to that of the Deluxe Suites.
All suites offer passengers the opportunity to travel in privacy, comfort and luxury, with fittings and facilities that are of the highest standard. All are equipped with 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.
What activities are included
Mingle with fellow passengers in the lounge car; relax with a good book or board game in between off-train excursions. The surrounding areas offer travelers many recreational opportunities including outstanding game viewing and photo safaris.
Rovos Rail Station
This once-bustling hub of steam locomotion in Pretoria is now the headquarters for Rovos Rail. The gracious colonial-style railway station serves as the departure or arrival point for all train journeys. Railroad enthusiasts are particularly enthralled by its ever-expanding railway museum, on track to become the foremost working train museum in the world.
Known as the Jacaranda City for all the purple blossom-blanketed trees that line its thoroughfares, Pretoria is a lovely city. It has a long, involved and fascinating history. Here you will find many significant old buildings and some fascinating museums.
Magaliesburg Mountain Range
Famous for their dramatic quartzite cliffs, the ancient Magaliesberg Mountains offer an abundance of valleys, ravines, cliffs and waterfalls for the pleasure and indulgence of nature lovers. The Magaliesburg Mountains are a UNESCO-declared World Biosphere Reserve.
Hwange National Park
Named after a local Nhanzwa chief, Hwange National Park is the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe. It is known for its herds of buffalo, elephants and other species, such spotted hyena, caracal, leopard, lion, southern giraffe, hippo and more.
Victoria Falls presents a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur, forming the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It was described by the Kololo tribe in the 1800’s as Mosi-oa-Tunya – The Smoke that Thunders. Today, Victoria Falls is known as the greatest curtain of falling water in the world.