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Rovos Rail Luxury Train Journeys

Highlights Include:

  • Unique and scenic way of travel in Africa
  • Modern luxury combined with historical elegance
  • Fine dining and white-glove service
  • Journeys of various lengths to fit into your itinerary
Tour Details

From: $1,790 per person | Single supplement additional 50%

3+ days

2021-2023 Departures: See below

Described by many as “the most luxurious train in the world,” Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for its unique and scenically beautiful journeys within Southern Africa, exquisite accommodation, and excellent cuisine. 

Step aboard the wood-paneled coaches – classics remodeled and refurbished to mint condition. The coaches, which have been collected from the far corners of the country, have been painstakingly rebuilt and refurbished to offer discerning travelers the last word in comfort and style. The use of traditional furnishings and top-class craftsmanship has ensured an atmosphere of Edwardian elegance and grandeur. The sleeper coaches contain the most spacious train suites in the world and are the epitome of luxury. 

There are several journeys to consider, most running in both directions. The Rovos Rail is a wonderful and luxurious addition to any of our Southern Africa programs. It is a great way to travel between destinations. Your Borton Overseas Specialist will help you decide which itinerary is right for you and build your African adventure around your chosen rail journey!

Rovos Rail Luxury Train Journeys

Pretoria to Durban, South Africa Itinerary (3 Days)
This is an escorted tour. Our Destination Specialists will work with you to customize any pre- or post-departure arrangements to your travel preferences.
Pretoria to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Itinerary (4 Days)
This is an escorted tour. Our Destination Specialists will work with you to customize any pre- or post-departure arrangements to your travel preferences.

Days 1-4Pretoria to Victoria Falls Journey | Meals: B L D

This three-night adventure departs from Pretoria in the morning and slowly meanders north towards Zeerust. After traversing the Magaliesberg Range, it crosses the Tropic of Capricorn just after the station of Soekmekaar. Once over the Soutpansberg Mountains, north of Louis Trichardt, you enter baobab tree country. South African border formalities will take place at Plumtree then, very slowly over Beit Bridge, the train will ease itself into Zimbabwe. A visit will be made (time permitting) to the Museum of Natural History in Bulawayo. The train will continue in a north-westerly direction passing through the Hwange Game Reserve and along one of the longest straight stretches of railway line in the world to journey’s end, the incomparable Victoria Falls on the mighty Zambezi River.

This journey provides the perfect gateway to any of our Southern Africa safaris.

2021-2022 Rates & Dates

This journey runs in both directions and departs on the following dates:

Pretoria to Victoria Falls departs most Thursdays. Contact us for specific dates.

Victoria Falls to Pretoria departs most Sundays. Contact us for specific dates

Pullman Suite from: $2,470 per person
Deluxe Suite from: $3,720 per person
Royal Suite from: $4,900 per person
There is a 50% single supplement for all suites.

Map

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Days 1-3Pretoria to Durban Journey | Meals: B L D

Departing Pretoria, the train meanders down the Drakensberg escarpment to the picturesque lowveld, towards the famous Kruger National Park. After a 05:00 wake-up call, enjoy tea, coffee, juices and pastries in the dining car/s before embarking on a game drive in the Nambiti Private Game Reserve. The train departs Estcourt and descends the escarpment en route to Lions River Station. Visit the famous Ardmore Ceramics Gallery including an equestrian display and tea overlooking the river. Lunch is served as the train traverses the spectacular Valley of a Thousand Hills. The train ends in Durban on Day 3.

2021-2023 Rates & Dates

This journey runs in both directions and departs on the following dates:

Pretoria to Durban departs on: monthly, call for dates

Durban to Pretoria departs on: monthly, call for dates

2021-2022 departures:
Pullman Suite from: $1,790 per person
Deluxe Suite from: $2,670 per person
Royal Suite from: $3,615 per person
There is a 50% single supplement for all suites.

Map

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Pretoria to Swakopmund, Namibia Itinerary (9 Days)
This is an escorted tour. Our Destination Specialists will work with you to customize any pre- or post-departure arrangements to your travel preferences.

Days 1-9Kalahari Desert, Windhoek, Sossusvlei, Etosha National Park | Meals: B L D

Each year this 2,000+-mile journey takes the train from the savannahs of the Highveld to the Atlantic Ocean. The Pride of Africa departs from Pretoria for Kimberley. The railway line then traverses the stark vistas of the arid Northern Cape into Namibia at Ariamsvlei. There is an excursion to the Fish River Canyon. The train continues across the Kalahari Desert to Namibia’s capital, Windhoek. Guests then fly to the world-famous Sossusvlei, a stunning pan in the Namib Desert surrounded by enormous red sand dunes. After a night’s stay with desert drives and a bush dinner, guests rejoin the train in Windhoek and continue overnight to Tsumeb. A night is spent at the Mokuti Game Lodge on the eastern edge of the game-rich Etosha National Park. The journey then continues on to Swakopmund, a perfectly preserved 19th-century German Hansa town set between the dunes of the Namib Desert and the roaring Atlantic Ocean – an unforgettable end to a remarkable journey at Walvis Bay.

2022 Rates & Dates

This journey runs in both directions and departs on the following 2022 dates:

Pretoria, South Africa to Walvis Bay, Namibia: April 5, 27, May 4
Walvis Bay, Namibia to Pretoria, South Africa: April 16, May 8, 25

Pullman Suite from: $7,840 per person
Deluxe Suite from: $10,475 per person
Royal Suite from: $13,380 per person
There is a 50% single supplement for all suites.

Map

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Cape Town to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Itinerary (14 Days)
This is an escorted tour. Our Destination Specialists will work with you to customize any pre- or post-departure arrangements to your travel preferences.

Days 1-14Pretoria, Madikwe Game Reserve, Victoria Falls, Ngorongoro Crater | Meals: B L D

This 2x annual 14-day epic journey through South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Tanzania is destined to become one of the most famous train journeys in the world. Highlights en route include Kimberley, Pretoria, Madikwe, Botswana, Victoria Falls, pass through Lusaka and onto Kasama and Chisimba Falls before arriving at Dar es Salaam. Once there, guests have the option of visiting exotic Zanzibar, Mount Kilimanjaro, the Ngorongoro Crater or the wildlife paradise of the Serengeti.

2022 Rates & Dates

This journey runs in both directions and departs on the following 2022 dates:

Cape Town to Dar es Salaam departs on: July 2, September 24

Dar es Salaam to Cape Town departs on: February 1, October 11

Pullman Suite from: $13,200 per person | Single supplement from $5,865
Deluxe Suite from: $17,500 per person | Single supplement from $7,605
Royal Suite from: $22,900 per person | Single supplement available on request

Map

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Included
  • Train accommodation (choice of cabin)
  • Transfers as indicated 
  • All meals included when on the train, other meals as indicated (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
  • All beverages (excludes French champagne)
  • 24-hr room service and bar facilities on board
  • Limited laundry service
  • Scheduled guided sightseeing excursions as detailed in each itinerary
  • Entrance fees for excursions as detailed in each itinerary
Not Included
  • All flights and related taxes
  • Travel insurance (emergency medical & evacuation coverage required)
  • Fees for passports, visas, or health vaccinations
  • Transfers, sightseeing, activities, meals, and beverages not specified
  • Gratuities
  • Items of personal nature such as curios, internet, phone, etc.
Notes
  • Off train/air excursions cannot be guaranteed and will be undertaken only if time and local conditions permit.
  • Child rates on request.
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