Beautiful scenery en route

Luxury train travel in South Africa…started in 1988, the most luxurious train in the World has gone from strength to strength. This family owned business, headed by Rohan Vos, is a unique product ensuring an extraordinary experience for their guests. As Brenda says: “It has taken many years for us to find a rhythm that works.” Rovos Rail, the Pride of Africa provides exceptional service, meticulous attention to detail and competent & passionate staff.

Rovos Rail departure lounge in Cape Town

‘The vintage coaches have been painstakingly restored using traditional furnishings and period décor, providing an atmosphere of elegance and grandeur that far exceeds the original that is second to none.’

Other than their regular Pretoria – Cape Town – Pretoria schedule, Rovos also travels to Victoria Falls (4 days), Dar es Salaam (15 days), Durban (3 days), Golf safaris (9 days) and Namibia (9 days)

En route
Steam Locomotive for last stretch into Pretoria Station


  • Scheduled Pretoria to Cape Town or return journey, 2 nights on the train. Both include excursion stops in both Kimberley and Matjiesfontein
  • Maximum capacity of 72 passengers on any overnight journey
  • Suitable for couples, groups of friends as well as multi generational families for any occasion. During my experience I spoke to children on the train, they all enjoyed their journey.
  • In between scheduled trips Rovos Rail is available for private charter, Their Events Train can accommodate up to 250 pax for short journeys, 12 hours or less
  • 3 room categories available: Pullman suites, Deluxe suites as well as Royal Suites, all with en-suite bathrooms with shower. Royal Suites also include a bath. All room categories include South African Rooibos bathroom amenities. In the Pullman suites daytime sofas are converted into beds. With the other 2 categories beds are available together with additional chairs throughout your journey
  • Rates throughout the year: Pullman Suite R17 495 pps (per person sharing), Deluxe Suite R26 395 pps, Royal Suite R35 150. Single supplement is +50%. Rates include 2 night’s accommodation on the train, all meals and unlimited beverages, 24-hour room service as well as excursions accompanied by a qualified tour guide and all applicable government taxes. French champagne excluded
  • Rovos Rail offers a ‘2 for 1’ special on selected dates in July, August and September. This is available to residents from South Africa and bordering countries. Contact for more information and bookings
  • Dress, smart casual during the day with smart dress during dinner. (Men with jacket & tie). Short and slops not allowed in the dining car
  • In keeping with the vintage colonial atmosphere no TV’s or wi-fi provided on board. Although certain sections of the route does not have cell / wi-fi coverage, passengers can use their own wi-fi devices on board
  • Aircon in room
  • Windows as well as metal shutters in compartments and passages can open
  • A observation car is available at the back of the train with both an inside and outside area available to guests
  • Breakfast is served between 07-10:00, lunch at 13:00, afternoon tea at 16:30 and formal dinner from at 19:30. Depending on the guess numbers, 1 or 2 dining cars are available and every guest can be accommodated at the same time for all meals
Deluxe suite

Photos courtesy of  Jon Eivind Thrane & Carla Rossouw

Carla Rossouw was a guest on Rovos Rail in July 2017. Contact me on for any questions and bookings

Observation car with outside area
Dining car
Silver service