All Aboard! 5 Reasons You’ll Love Luxury Train Travel in Africa

Whether you hop on for a short, three-day itinerary to get from point A to point B or spend a couple of weeks riding the rails from one country to the next, traveling by train is a unique and ecological way to explore a nation or continent. And while rail travel has evolved since the 19th century to serve more practical purposes, it still has a rich history of luxury that’s experiencing somewhat of a renaissance. Coupled with today’s advanced train technology, luxury train travel is perhaps more comfortable and distinctive than ever before. If you’re an adventure seeker looking for something different, consider adding a luxury train experience in Africa at least once in your lifetime!

Here are five reasons why you’ll want to include a luxury train experience in your Africa journey:
Rovos Rail Pride of Africa

1. Traveling by train is convenient.

The benefits of train travel are similar to a cruise but without the sea-sickness. You are able to visit multiple destinations in one trip, without the stress of getting from one place to the next or dealing with some of the worst parts of traveling.

  • Pack and unpack once
  • More luggage allowance
  • Cross borders without intimidating, long immigration processes
  • Security is not as time-consuming or stressful as it is in an airport
Garden Route, South Africa
Garden Route, South Africa

2. It’s environmentally friendly.

If you’re an ecologically conscious traveler, you’ll be pleased to know that train travel has a lower impact on the environment than other modes of transportation. It’s perhaps the greenest form of semi-independent travel!

  • Reduces road traffic congestion and the associated noise pollution
  • Trains use up to 50% less fuel per passenger compared to planes for the same trip
  • Can carry more people at a time
Rovos Rail

3. The views are spectacular.

Some trains make several stops at major landmarks on the journey to the final destination, which allows passengers to hop off for daily excursions or guided tours. And while riding, you’ll get to take in varied landscapes from the comfort of your luxury cabin or lounge car.

  • Opportunity to visit multiple countries or cities in one trip
  • Take in scenery you can’t see from the sky or while driving
  • See places untouched by tourists, including expansive countryside, villages, and wildlife
Rovos Rail Deluxe Double
Rovos Rail Deluxe Double

4. Train travel is very comfortable.

The ability to move freely throughout the train is a major advantage of rail travel. There’s also plenty of room to stretch your legs, and whenever you’re feeling like an afternoon siesta, you can relax in the privacy of your cabin. Luxury rail offers a variety of cabin types including single, twin, double, or even king beds draped in fine linens. Top luxury rail journeys include private bathrooms, some with bathtubs!

  • No turbulence or seasickness, or restrictive seatbelts
  • Dedicated service staff to take care of your every need
  • Private, ensuite cabins with thoughtful and luxurious couches

Pass the downtime as you please: reading, playing games, spending quality time with your traveling companions, or making new friends from all around the world

Rovos Rail Room Service
Rovos Rail Room Service

5. The luxuries!

Enjoy stellar services and all the luxuries you can imagine as you travel in style.

  • Gourmet meals on the train for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Impressive wine lists
  • Room service, often available 24/7
  • Professional staff throughout the train journey
  • Historic interior features combined with modern technology

With luxury train travel, the journey is just as thrilling as the destination. If you’re interested in booking a train trip, we recommend discussing your dream with one of Borton Overseas’ destination specialists. From the dunes of Namibia to the famous Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, luxury train journeys can connect southern to eastern Africa in one seamless, worry-free trip.

Luxury Train Travel Packages to Africa

Browse luxury train journeys from Borton Overseas below, then give us a call when you’re ready to start planning your custom vacation package to Africa! We are a travel company specializing in customized journeys.

Rovos Rail Luxury Train Journeys

Destination highlights: Kruger National Park (South Africa), Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe), Sossusvlei and the Namib Desert (Namibia), Cape Town (South Africa)

Described by many as “the most luxurious train in the world,” Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for its unique Victorian elegance and scenically beautiful journeys within Southern Africa, exquisite accommodation, and excellent cuisine. There are several journeys to consider, most running in both directions.

Rovos Rail

Rovos Rail African Golf Collage

Destination highlights: Golfing at Fancuourt Golf Estate (and others across South Africa), Big Five Game Drives (Kruger National Park and Hluhluwe Reserve), and City Tours (Durban and Port Elizabeth)

This panoramic 10-day sojourn winds its way from Cape Town to Pretoria and includes a golfing and non-golfing itinerary. All meals, alcoholic beverages, and other drinks are provided on board, and game drives are on the agenda for everyone. The non-golfers can look forward to city tours, safaris, and a visit to an ostrich farm, while the golfers enjoy multiple picturesque African courses.

African Golf Collage

Shongololo Express Train Journeys

Destination highlights: Etosha National Park (Namibia), Kalahari Desert (Namibia), Garden Route (South Africa), Hwange National Park (Zimbabwe)

The Shongololo Express, based at Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria, began operations in 1995. The classic wood-paneled coaches are the epitome of comfort with modern technology against period features. The service is discreet and friendly, with an enthusiastic team of chefs ensuring guests’ every need is catered for. Fresh local ingredients and traditional dishes are served daily, complemented by fine South African wines. The three journeys, of between 12 to 15 days, offer exciting tours with a variety of off-train excursions.

The Blue Train

Destination highlights: Pretoria, Cape Town and the Kruger National Park (South Africa)

From their historic beginnings in the 1920’s and completely reimagined with their tell-tale gold and blue dressing, The Blue Train has defined luxury rail service for a generation. Weekly service with a 2-night journey between Pretoria and Cape Town allows travelers the option to combine iconic destinations with a relaxing landscape and time to savor the culinary flavors and hospitality of the South Africa.

The Blue Train