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Rail journeys

Combine the elegance of bygone days of luxury travel with modern comforts, delicious food and fine wines, with the romance and the grandeur of rail travel made even more special by the stunning African landscape. Sit back and relax as the dramatic scenery plays out before you.

Rovos Rail offers luxury travel through south Africa, as well as a range of spectacular journeys to the east and west. If you start your journey from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, you can take in the wonders of the Selous Game Reserve and the Udzungwa Mountains, before heading on to witness the impressive power of the famous Victoria Falls as the mighty Zambezi River thunders through. Rovos also offers breathtaking journeys through Zambia and its South Luangwa National Park for amazing game viewing, as well as Botswana, Angola and Namibia.
The South African leg of this bucket list-worthy journey departs from Pretoria’s fabulous Edwardian-styled station. Rovos embraces the golden age of rail travel, taking you on an unforgettable African adventure. 

The Shongololo Express offers a more affordable experience with journeys of between 12 to 15 days through southern Africa with many wonderful off-train excursions available. With comfortable en-suite cabins it's less about opulence and more about seeing the countries.

There is also Africa’s famous Blue Train which runs between Cape Town and Pretoria offering impeccable service throughout your journey having played host to royalty and presidents. Relax as the breath-taking South African countryside provides the perfect backdrop for this amazing journey.

Did you know?

  • The dress code during the day is generally smart casual with more formal attire required for the evening (a jacket and tie is often the minimum requirement).
  • Rovos rails has 3 levels of cabins the smartest being the royal suites which take up half a carriage.
  • All trains have an observation carriage with large windows and even an outside deck at the back of the train.
  • There are many amazing places to visit and stay along your route, ranging from short day trips to overnight stays, ensuring you make the most of this epic journey.
  • There are special golf tours on Rovos and Shongololo trains.
  • Rovos Rails newest journey is the coast to coast from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to Lobito in Angola.
  • You will cross the famous Victoria Falls bridge on journeys from Dar es Salaam.

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