Once aboard the Rovos Rail, you soon realise why people call this the most luxurious train in the world. A maximum of 72 passengers get to enjoy the traditional furnishings and period Edwardian décor – fine wood panelling and teak-pillared dining cars where fine china, crisp linen and silver service prevail. Rovos Rail journeys can last from 24 hours to two weeks, linking Cape Town to Tanzania.
The Rovos Rail experience begins on the platform with a glass of sparkling South African wine to the accompaniment of a string quartet, while porters in smart livery carry your luggage to your quarters. This is a luxury hotel experience – only a moving one.
The Blue Train
The Blue Train is an icon of South African tourism, synonymous with luxury travel since its inception in 1946. By day, the suites in this moving five-star hotel offer generous lounge chairs from where to enjoy the wonderful views of the ageless African landscape. By night, the suites are transformed into sumptuous, subtly-lit bedrooms.
Gourmet cuisine in the restaurant car is complemented with the finest South African wines. The traditional Blue Train route between Cape Town and Pretoria has been extended northwards into Tanzania. For almost 60 years The Blue Train has enjoyed an international reputation as one of the world’s unsurpassed travelling experiences. It has fathered an impressive list of accolades over the years, such as being listed the world’s leading luxury train for four consecutive years in a row.