Luxury Trains in South Africa

Combine the elegance of the glory days of train travel with modern comforts, superb cuisine and fine wines…

Overview

A South Africa safari is often an exhilarating mix of game-viewing and sight-seeing across many provinces. It's a heady mixture. But not always relaxing. What could be nicer than breaking your safari with a 1 to 3 night trip on one of the luxury trains of South Africa - Rovos Rail or the Blue Train?

South Africa has three luxury trains. These vary in routing and price so that a wide variety of tastes are catered for. While the two mentioned above are the most up-market, the Shongololo Express offers a slightly more affordable option and longer tours.

Luxury Trains in South Africa - Rovos Rail

There is nothing which quite matches the magic of a hiss of steam as a vintage engine pulls into the station . . . There can be no grander way to experience the delights of a luxury train in Africa than Rovos Rail with a range of journeys. Choose between the ever-popular two night Rovos Rail journey between Pretoria and Cape Town (covering 1600 km) with off-train excursions in both Kimberley and Matjiesfontein . Or take the 56 hour ‘safari train’ between Pretoria and Durban with game-viewing en route. Another firm favourite is the 3 night journey from Pretoria to Victoria Falls. These are all leisurely, sophisticated train trips, in which you enjoy fine cuisine and wines.

Rovos Rail Engine - Rovos Rail Victoria Falls

There are also longer 9 night+ itineraries throughout Southern Africa and even up to Tanzania. Have a look at each trip in detail below.

Your accommodation is in air-conditioned suites with exquisite wood panelling and period Edwardian features. There’s a range of suites to choose from. Pullman Suites have a sofa during the day which converts to a bed in the evening; Deluxe suites are larger with a permanent bed, small lounge area and en suite shower room. Royal Suites are larger still with a full en suite bathrooms with even a bath.

Rovos Rail offers the ultimate in luxury train trains in Africa. See more details on the Rovos Rail experience below.

Luxury Train South Africa - The Blue Train

Luxury Trains in South Africa - The Blue Train

The Blue Train is a legendary luxury train in South Africa which offers its iconic 27 hour overnight train journey between Cape Town and Pretoria. This is ideal if you just can't afford the time for the 2 night option on Rovos. Also it has more dates to choose from. It’s particularly known for its superb cuisine, attentive butler service and immaculate mahogany and marble fittings.

As with Rovos Rail, the Blue Train offers en suite compartments for all guests. Each air-conditioned suite in the Blue Train has an en suite bathroom and television with movie channels, telephone and a writing desk. The deluxe twin bed suite has a shower en suite and the deluxe double bed suite has a three-quarter bath en suite.

 

See the more details about Blue Train packages under Experiences

Luxury Train South Africa - Shongololo Express

Train Tours in South Africa - The Shongololo Express

The Shongololo Express has now been upgrade and incorporated into Rovos Rail brand. These trains offers a series of longer itineraries such as the Trilogy and the Southern Cross. So some of these trains only offer two compartment sizes, and not always the Royal Suite option.

Links to these train journeys:

 

Useful Blog articles about travelling on luxury trains in South Africa:

Highlights

  • A luxury train journey is one of the most relaxing and evocative ways of crossing the vast landscape of Southern Africa.
  • Combine the elegance of the bygone days of luxury trains with modern comforts, superb cuisine and fine wines…
  • Choose between 1-3 night excursions. Or going all out with one of several longer itineraries which explore facets of Southern (and East) Africa.

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"I am so grateful to Conrad and Cedarberg Africa for helping us have the trip of a lifetime to South Africa! " Mrs Sylvia & Family

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"Milandi and the Cedarberg team not only planned each detail but also gave us helpful tips in advance to help us prepare for our holiday. Once in SA, there was never a need to contact Cedarberg because each day’s activities went off without a hitch " Mr & Mrs La Doe, USA
 

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Did you know
  • AgeMost of Rovos Rail's carriages are from the 1920s
  • HistoryThe Blue Train began its service in 1923

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