Rovos Rail: South Africa in First Class

Your unique trip through time

Nothing can match the charm of a train journey. For almost 30 years, Rovos Rail has offered tours of South Africa aboard luxurious trains unequalled in comfort. The cars, built in the 1900s, have been renovated with refinement, and seem to have come straight out of an Agatha Christie novel. Younger travellers may feel like they are Harry Potter, on their way to Hogwarts.

One thing is certain: Rovos Rail promises an unforgettable journey through time. You will be mesmerized by the high quality of the service offered: the meals, the rooms, and even the furniture. Their slogan, “The Most Luxurious Train in the World”, reflects the efforts made by Rovos Rail to astound travellers.


Life on board

With a capacity of 72 people, each train is equipped with several cars to respond to all your needs. In addition to the locomotive and the kitchen and staff cars, the train also has an observation car, two dining cars, a lounge car, a club car for smokers, and of course, a few sleeping cars.

We invite you to experience virtual tours of the train:

Meals on board

All meals are prepared on the train. Emphasis is placed on local foods and traditional meals. South African wines feature prominently, of course. Just as on a cruise, we expect you to be dressed elegantly for dinner. After all, isn’t that the pleasure of such a journey?

The rooms

With a level of luxury such as this, it’s hard to call anything economy class, because this train is a long way from the rooms that trains normally have. Depending on your budget, the room dimensions will be between 76 sq. ft. and 172 sq. ft. (7 m2 to 15 m2).

The train has three types of rooms:


Each room has a private bathroom. The Royal suite is the most luxurious; its bathroom includes a Victorian bathtub and a shower.



Many routes are available, and the length of your journey can vary between two and 14 nights. Many stops are scheduled so that you can visit different places. Different activities are on the itinerary depending on the trip you choose, such as: golf, a visit of the diamond mines, a mountain hike, a visit to the reserves, and visits to multiple cities. Regardless of the type of activities you prefer, you will find a trip that suits you.


Rovos Rail Routes - Dar


Do you want to pronounce your marriage vows aboard one of these trains, or maybe reserve a train for a special occasion? Don’t worry about a thing! You can reserve a train that holds up to 250 guests. You will be unsurprised to learn that this small extravagance is still costly; reserving the train will cost you more than $43,000 for a 24-hour trip, including overnight.

Planning your budget

You will have to pay at least $1,625 for the shortest journey (towards Cape Town) in the “economy” class, the Pullman suite. For those who are imagining a trip of a lifetime, live the grand luxury life and take the 15-day journey across South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Tanzania. This trip will cost you $21,000. You will save about $9,000 if you are willing to take this amazing experience in the Pullman suite instead of the Royal suite.


Enjoy your dream trip!

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