Blue Train & Rovos Rail
In the Blue Train & Rovos Rail, we boast some of the most luxurious trains in the world. For those looking to travel at a more leisurely pace and enjoy the Romance & Elegance of Luxurious Rail Travel, we have a journey to suit.
South Africa’s Iconic Luxury “Hotel On Wheels” offers a Superb 1-night Journey between Cape Town and Pretoria (or in the opposite direction). Commencing early 2016, the train will add a journey from Pretoria to Hoedspruit from where one can visit an variety of Magnificent Private Game Reserves.
Cape Town to Pretoria or vv
Pass through the historic Winelands of the Western Cape, through the valleys and mountains of Du Toitskloof and Hex River, to Matjiesfontein, where a short tour of this town is enjoyed. Continue through the arid splendour of the Karoo, the diamond fields of Kimberley, and farmlands of Gauteng to Pretoria. The journey covers approximately 1 530 km (951 miles) in about 26 hours.
In Rovos Rail, one can Experience Luxury Rail Travel of a Bygone Era. The Luxury Edwardian Carriages are Large and boast Every Creature Comfort. Rovos offers a variety of journeys – Cape Town / Pretoria, Pretoria / Victoria Falls, Pretoria / Durban, Pretoria/ Windhoek and a 15-day trip from Cape Town to Dar Es Salaam.
Cape Town to Pretoria or vv
There is no finer way to see the country than on the popular 48-hour journeys from Cape Town to Pretoria. This 1600-kilometre journey is a perfect illustration of South Africa as a world in one country. Trundle through the spectacular mountain ranges and scenic wine lands of the Cape. Travel the grasslands of the gold rich Highveld to the haunting barrenness of the Great Karoo. Your journey’s end is at Rovos Rail’s private station at Capital Park, Pretoria. Pretoria, known as the “Jacaranda City” on account of the thousands of Jacaranda trees which line the wide city streets.
Highlights of the route includes a visit to the historic village of Matjiesfontein. This authentic perfectly preserved Victorian Village, which was founded by Mr Logan as a refreshment stop in 1890, also boasts an impressive museum on the platform. A stop is also made in Kimberley providing an opportunity to enjoy a city tour and a visit to the Mine Museum and the world’s largest man-made excavation, the Big Hole.
Pretoria to Durban or vv
This special three-day safari from Pretoria to Durban departs during the summer months and includes game drives in two varied and unique game reserves. The train departs in the morning from Rovos Rail’s Station in Pretoria and slowly meanders eastwards through the grasslands of the Highveld. It then descends the escarpment between Belfast and Waterval Onder, taking the train through what is surely the most spectacular sundowner scenery in South Africa. Awake in Malelane for breakfast as the train travels along the boundary of the world-famous Kruger Park. The safari continues south towards Swaziland for an afternoon game drive in the Mkhaya Game Reserve. Travel overnight to the Hluhluwe Game Reserve in Zululand, sanctuary of the endangered Black and White Rhino. Enjoy an early morning game drive during which a large variety of game can be seen. The train departs mid-morning and winds its way through the lush cane fields and rolling hills of KwaZulu Natal, to arrive in Durban by late afternoon where this scenic safari ends.
Pretoria to Vic Falls or vv
This two-night adventure begins as the train departs Rovos Rail’s gracious station at Capital Park in Pretoria. This special journey meanders north towards Bela Bela, crossing the Tropic of Capricorn just after the station of Soekmekaar. Once over the Soutpansberg Mountains, north of Makhado we enter Baobab country. Few sights are more evocative of primeval Africa than the eerie silhouette of a Baobab tree starkly outlined against a ruddy African sunset. South African border formalities will take place at Musina and then, very slowly over Beit Bridge, the train will ease itself into Zimbabwe. Continue in a north-westerly direction passing through Thompson’s Junction and Hwange Game Reserve where we enjoy an early morning game drive. Journey’s end is the incomparable Victoria Falls on the mighty Zambezi River.