Rovos Rail

Accommodation in Pretoria

The romance of the golden age of luxury train travel lives on at Rovos Rail, arguably the world’s most sumptuous and elegant train.

What could be more idyllic than Rovos Rail’s glamorous train safaris through the heart of southern Africa? These top-notch journeys combine magnificent natural scenery with the timeless allure and thrill of the golden age of rail travel. The adventure begins as you step aboard the immaculately restored wood-panelled coaches and enter a world where time stands still and luxury is synonymous with superb personalised service and attention to every detail.

Rovos Rail’s masterfully rebuilt classic trains travel to southern and East Africa’s most spectacular destinations, including Victoria Falls, Durban, Cape Town, Namibia and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to give you the most relaxing and elegant way to travel southern and East Africa. Each train carries a maximum of 72 passengers in 36 superbly appointed suites in restored original coaches, some of which date back to before the 1920s. The turn-of-the-century ambience makes for a perfect honeymoon or romantic escape.

Travel in privacy and sheer comfort in the uber-indulgent wood-panelled sleeper coaches. The epitome of luxury – with handsome wood panelling and period Edwardian features – each of the air-conditioned suites accommodates two people. In the en-suite bathrooms, original fittings combine with mod-cons like hot showers, hair dryers and shaver plugs. Each Royal Suite takes up half a carriage and is spacious and elegant, with its own private lounge area and full bathroom with Victorian bath and separate shower, and fittings and facilities of the highest standard. The elegant and spacious Deluxe Suites accommodate two passengers in either twin or double beds and have a lounge area and en-suite bathroom with shower, while 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 an en-suite bathroom with shower. All suites are equipped with a writing surface, a personal safe for valuables and a bar fridge filled with beverages of your choice, and offer 24-hour room service.

Life on board Rovos Rail recaptures the romance and atmosphere of a bygone era, when privileged travellers experienced the magic and mystery of Africa in a relaxed and elegant fashion. An enthusiastic team of chefs oversees the superb meals featuring fresh local ingredients and traditional dishes served in the charming dining cars, with fine china and glassware, crisp linen and silver paying fitting tribute to the excellent menus and finest South African wines.

The Rovos experience includes the beautifully atmospheric Observation Car positioned at the rear of the train, which has a spacious open-air balcony and seats 32 passengers, while a non-smoking Lounge Car at the centre of the train seats 26 passengers in comfort. Dress on the train is smart casual by day and more formal at night, providing the perfect excuse to don cocktail and evening dresses or suits. Maintaining the tranquil spirit of travel from a bygone era, there are no radios or television sets on board.

Facilities include
• 24-hour room service
• Travel desk
• High tea
• Air-conditioning
• Limited laundry service
• Luxury bathroom amenities
• Books, magazines, board games and playing cards in the Lounge and Observation cars
• Internal telephone system on board

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