ROVOS RAIL LUXURY TRAIN JOURNEYS IN SOUTHERN AFRICA Details below or
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The Rovos Rail ethos has always been more about experiencing the journey rather than rushing to the destination and each adventure submerses guests into an enchanting Edwardian-style fairy tale. In keeping with the spirit of travel of a bygone era, trains blissfully dawdle along at no more than 60 km/h allowing guests to admire the scenery, observe birds and wildlife, take photographs and even poke one’s head out of the window to add a more tangible element to the journey. There is an absence of radios and televisions and the use of technological devices is confined to the privacy of guests’ suites.
Rovos Rail journeys vary from 2 to 14 nights and are offered in both directions. Rovos’ private, colonial-style station at Capital Park in Pretoria serves as the departure or arrival point for most journeys. Guests can sip cocktails, nibble canapés and visit the Railway Museum prior to climbing aboard for an experience of a lifetime.
Below is a brief description of each Rovos Rail journey.
The Cape Town Journey The Cape Town Journey is a popular 2 night tour between Pretoria and Cape Town, showcasing South Africa as ‘a world in one country’. This journey departs weekly, rolling through Highveld grasslands, the semi-desert Karoo, dramatic mountain ranges and the picturesque vineyards of the Cape Winelands. Off-train excursions include Kimberley’s Diamond Museum and the ‘Big Hole’, the world’s largest hand-excavated hole, as well as the historic settlement of Matjiesfontein.
The Victoria Falls Journey The Victoria Falls Journey, a wonderful 3 night adventure, trundles through Johannesburg and the Witwatersrand goldfields before skirting the Magaliesberg Mountains and entering Botswana at Mafikeng. Crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, the journey continues to the Zimbabwe border at Plumtree. Keep an eye out for wildlife as the train chugs through Hwange National Park and a game drive excursion is offered. This amazing journey culminates at the roaring Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River.
The trains themselves are drawn by steam, diesel or electric locomotives, each source of power used for different sections of the rail journey. Each complete train set takes up to 72 passengers spread across the 36 royal, deluxe & pullman suites.
The Durban Journey The Durban Journey is a fabulous 2 night safari between Pretoria and Durban that operates during summer. Highlights include a game drive and a Battlefields tour conducted by a world-class historian. Guests can also browse Ardmore Ceramics Gallery in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands before continuing through the Valley of a Thousand Hills to the beach-side city of Durban.
The Golf Journey The Golf Journey is a specially designed 8 night Golf Safari starting and ending in Pretoria, which will entertain even the most discerning player. Golfers tee off at the Gary Player Country Club, Champagne Sports Resort, Durban Country Club, Royal Swazi and Kruger’s Leopard Creek. The non-golfing itinerary includes game drives at four different game reserves, a Battlefields tour and a visit to Swaziland’s Ngwenya Glass and Guava Gallery jewellery boutique.
The Namibia Journey The Namibia Journey takes place once a year in April/May. This remarkable 8 night safari travels from Pretoria to Kimberley, through the Northern Cape and the semi-desert Karoo to the spectacular Fish River Canyon. Traversing the Kalahari to Windhoek, guests join a short flight to Sossusvlei pan in the Namib Desert for an overnight sojourn. After another amazing overnight in Etosha National Park, the journey concludes in the beach resort town of Swakopmund.
The African Collage Journey The African Collage Journey also 8 nights, travels between Pretoria and Cape Town. Golfers tee off at Leopard Creek, Durban Country Club, Humewood in Port Elizabeth, and the Garden Route’s Ernie Els Oubaai and Fancourt. The non-golfing itinerary includes game drives at three different reserves, a visit to Ardmore Ceramics and an ostrich farm, a ferry ride to Knysna’s Featherbed Nature Reserve and a fascinating tour of the KWV Brandy Distillery.
The Dar es Salaam Journey The Dar es Salaam Journey is an epic 14 night expedition departing from Cape Town that sweeps through South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania and is considered by many as one of the most exciting train journeys in the world. Highlights include Matjiesfontein and Kimberley, a two night safari in Madikwe Game Reserve, Victoria Falls and Chisimba Falls, the Great Rift Valley, Selous Game Reserve as well as on-board lectures presented by Rovos’ historian.
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