Luxury train travel is more than transport; it is a journey through Africa experienced in absolute comfort and style. Take your time to absorb the continent’s magnificent landscapes, stopping along the way for a Big 5 safari or an overnight stay at a luxury hotel or game lodge. The emphasis is on gracious travel that is reminiscent of a bygone era, with excellent service, food and like-minded travellers enhancing the elegant and sophisticated atmosphere. Pack away your phone, tablet and laptop, and spend time taking in the untouched wilderness as it passes by. Gourmet food is served in wood-panelled dining cars, and old-world charm exudes from the lounge carriages and lavish suites.

Rovos Rail is arguably the most luxurious train in the world, offering glamorous journeys throughout Southern Africa, as well as an annual 22-day voyage across Africa from Cape Town to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, stopping over at Madikwe Game Reserve, and the mighty Victoria Falls, among other destinations. The more contemporary but also very upscale Blue Train runs several times a week between Cape Town and Pretoria. Pretoria is just a short scenic drive from Johannesburg, making this leisurely overnight journey a great add-on for those flying in or out of OR Tambo International Airport or moving onto the Kruger National Park.