The romance of a magical
voyage on one of the world's most legendary trains offers an experience of a
lifetime. The selection of Luxury trains invites you to enjoy the charm of the
golden age of rail travel as well as the modern benefits today's traveler
expects. Step aboard these luxury trains and follow in the footsteps of numerous
royals and celebrities who have enjoyed the decadent ambience of the world's
most famous trains.
When steam trains first puffed along the tracks in Africa, the local tribesmen called them shongololos, an African name for millipede. Their purpose was purely transport and provided accessibility to the remote regions of Africa. Today’s train travel however provides much more.
Pamper yourself after your safari adventure, or en-route to you vacation destination along South Africa’s Cape shore. Luxury train journeys include routes connecting Johannesburg via Pretoria with Cape Town, the Garden Route and the Victoria Falls
The Rovos Rail offers a
romantic, intimate, luxurious experience with an 'old
style classic feel' while the Blue Train offers similar luxury but with
modern features such as
television in the rooms, and electrical train engines.
In contrast to the contemporary style of the Blue Train, Rovos Rail’s luxury trains are elegantly styled in authentic Edwardian era décor, with wood-paneled coaches remodeled and refurbished to mint condition. The only compromise in style is the modern but necessary convenience of air conditioning in every suite.
Royal suites each have their own lounge and en-suite bathroom with Victorian bathtub.
Deluxe suites each have a private lounge and private bathroom with shower.
Guests enjoy the finest cuisine prepared on board, dining in 5 star luxury as Africa’s splendid scenery unfolds beyond the dining car windows, then relax between meals and excursions in the comfortable lounge and observation car at the rear of the train.
The Blue Train provides contemporary luxury and 24 hour service. It has been voted the “world’s leading luxury train” at the World Travel Awards for four years running.
Its interior design, service and luxury compare with top five star hotels. Each suite on board the train has an en-suite bathroom with bathtub or shower, a telephone, TV monitor and individually controlled air conditioner.
There are four suites per coach and a professionally trained butler is on duty on every coach to cater to the needs of his guests. The Club Car is designed along the lines of an old gentleman’s club for those who enjoy a good port wine and after dinner cigar or coffee. A large video screen provides a view of the scenery ahead of the train, courtesy of a camera mounted on the locomotive.
For non-smokers, the Lounge Car provides a smoke free environment where high tea, various beverages and snacks are served. Staff is available 24 hours a day and professional chefs prepare world class cuisine for every meal. A choice of only the finest wines is served to compliment meals.
The Blue Train operates only four routes: Pretoria - Victoria Falls, Pretoria - Cape Town, Port Elizabeth - Cape Town and Pretoria - Nelspruit.
Each route offers a very different perspective of the Southern African landscape, from flat open plains to rolling hills and mountains and the magnificent splendor and excitement of the Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
Safari crosses the landscape of the mind, until it finally merges with the name of the great continent itself, Africa.
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