Rovos Rail owns and operates the most luxurious trains in the world. Linking some of Africa’s greatest and most iconic destinations, Rovos Rail journeys are celebrated not only for the elegant train carriages and spacious suites but for the phenomenal on-board service and fine dining experience as well. Simply put, Rovos Rail offers a luxury train holiday like no other.

Rovos Rail was started by Rohan Vos in 1989 (hence the name Rovos) and he is still very much involved in the company, endeavoring to greet personally every guest arriving and departing from Rovos’ private train station in Pretoria. Mr Vos has now built up a fleet of three trains for scheduled journeys whilst a fourth – the Edwardian Train featuring all wooden coaches – is available for charter throughout the year.

Guests can choose from a series of journeys lasting from 48 hours to a fortnight. Short train trips include travelling from Pretoria to Cape Town or north to thundering Victoria Falls, while the longest – and most famous – route is an epic rail safari starting in Cape Town and passing through the magnificent scenery of Africa all the way up to Dar es Salaam. Once aboard this luxury hotel-on-wheels guests can sit back and truly relax: drinks and snacks, meals and high teas – everything is included.

The coaches on Rovos trains have been remodelled and refurbished to mint condition with smooth wood panelling and antique fixtures sitting alongside modern in-room conveniences such as air conditioning and well-stocked bar fridges. Even the smallest of the three suite types have ample room whereas the Royal Suites are by far the largest suites on any train in the world today.

For many guests a real highlight of their Rovos experience is evening dinner, a suave jacket-and-tie affair with a 4-course menu and exceptional wine list. Also in keeping with the elegant atmosphere of a bygone era Rohan Vos has banned the use of mobile phones and laptops in the lounges, dining carriages and bar areas of the train, and there are no televisions on board. Those who simply can’t get by without such electronic devices should consider South Africa’s other luxury rail experience, the Blue Train.

Rovos Rail safaris

Browse our recommended Rovos Rail tours and safaris – ranging from popular 48-hour journeys across South Africa to epic rail adventures including Victoria Falls and Dar es Salaam – or contact a Go2Africa Expert for assistance in tailor-making the perfect African holiday including time aboard the most luxurious train in the world.

Best of South Africa Train Journey (Deluxe Suite)

From $10,275 per person sharing
13 days
Departure-day-at-Rovos-Rail-Station Nine days’ of amazing scenery unfolds before you on this comprehensive tour. Polished silverware reflects candlelight in the dining car - formal dress is required for dinner. Rovos-Exterior Elephant-Bull-Kruger Indian Ocean views appear as the train winds its way down onto the KwaZulu-Natal’s coast. Rhinos are among the socialites at hluhluwe Game reserve, set deep in Zululand. Golfers will breathe in the sea air as they tee off on the semi-links at Durban Country Club.

Travel on the most luxurious train in the world. Watch the changing landscape pass by.

Destinations visited
Cape Town Eastern Cape Garden Route Kruger National Park KwaZulu-Natal

Luxury South African & Namibia Rail Journey

From $11,280 per person sharing
12 days
Game drives in Namibia's flagship Etosha National Park make a grand finale to this epic journey. Rovos Rail seeks to recreate the golden age of travel, right down to hissing steam & liveried porters! Etosha's waterholes attract thirsty elephants all year round - great photography is assured! Set under a dazzle of stars, candlelit suppers at Etosha's Mokuti Lodge end a day on safari. The best part of the train trip is simply sitting back & watching Africa roll past you. Sossusvlei-Lodge-Al-Fresco-Terrace- Sossusvlei-Lodge-Junior-Suite Sossusvlei-Lodge-Pool-Area

Enjoy the timeless elegance on Rovos Rail. Watch the changing Southern African landscape.

Destinations visited
Etosha Fish River Canyon Namibia Sossusvlei South Africa

Rovos Rail Africa's Cape to Dar

From $17,995 per person sharing
16 days
Rovos Rail exudes a feel of old-world luxury. At 10 square metres, Deluxe Suites have plenty of space to stretch out and relax. Lunches and dinners are a formal affair. Tau Game Lodge envelops you in safari luxury. Enjoy delicious dinner after a day out in the wild. The regal and celebrated Victoria Falls Hotel. Enjoy cultural shows while staying at Victoria Falls Hotel. The hotel is a short distance from the 'Smoke that Thunders'.

Travel on the world’s most luxurious train. Visit historic Matjiesfontein & Kimberley.

Destinations visited
South Africa Tanzania Zambia

Pretoria to Cape Town Journey

From $1,845 per person sharing
4 days
The Pride of Africa Rovos Rail aims to recreate the Golden Age of Travel. Meals have a sense of occasion aboard Rovos Rail & none so much as dinner - formal dress is required! Elegant dinners. A Deluxe Suite with split twin beds. Deluxe suite bathroom. Complete with writing desk & bar fridge, Deluxe Suites accommodate two guests in a double or twin beds The Diesel train engine.

Enjoy timeless elegance aboard Rovos Rail. Indulge in pre-departure champagne & canapés.

Destinations visited
Cape Town South Africa

Cape Town to Tanzania by Rail & Zanzibar

From $18,065 per person sharing
8 days
EllermanHouse-Exterior-ArealView Ellerman-House-Suite-Balcony EllermanHouse-Interior-LuxuryRoom Departure-day-at-Rovos-Rail-Station Rovos-Interior-StandardRoom A Victoria Falls sunrise | Anantara Rovos-Exterior-ArealView Rovos-Interior-Lounge

Explore vibrant Cape Town. See Table Mountain & the Cape Winelands.

Destinations visited
Cape Town Dar es Salaam Madikwe South Africa Tanzania

Train Journey to Vic Falls

From $2,410 per person sharing
4 days
Rovos-Entrance-MainEntrance Rovos Rail's Pride of Africa ready for departure. The observation car on the Pride of Africa train. Rovos-Interior-Lounge1 The Royal Suite. High Tea on the train. Enjoy fine wines and dining aboard Rovos Rail. rovos-rail-royal-suite-bathroom-hres

Enjoy timeless elegance on the luxury Rovos Rail. Enjoy a welcome drink before departure.

Destinations visited
Botswana South Africa Zimbabwe

South Africa's Cape Town & Rovos Rail

From $3,965 per person sharing
5 days
Ellerman House pool terrace and hotel exterior. View of the ocean and city from Ellerman House. The exclusive Ellerman Wine Gallery is devoted to showcasing fine South African Wines. Ellerman House's sculptural wine cellar holds over 7000 bottles. Rovos Rail's Pride of Africa ready for departure. Rovos Rail journey through the mountains and landscapes of South Africa. The observation car on the Pride of Africa train. Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa.

Travel between Cape Town & Johannesburg by train. Enjoy a full-day Cape Point tour.

Destinations visited
Cape Town South Africa

Rovos Rail accommodation

St James Manor

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Cape Town, South Africa
Spend your afternoons wandering through the peaceful town of Kalk Bay, hiking the mountain trails, or simply catching some sun beside the pool. St James Manor is set back from the road and secluded from the bustle of the town. STJM-SuiteBoyes2-LR STJM-SuiteVancouver1-LR Gentry suite. Table Mountain. Famous for its safe swimming, St James Beach.
Activities Travellers Enjoyed
Bird watching Day tours Hiking