Luxury Trains

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

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A South Africa safari is often an exhilarating mix of game-viewing, sight-seeing across many provinces. Its a heady mixture but not always relaxing. What could be nicer than breaking your trip with a 1 or 2 night trip on one of the luxury trains of South Africa, either Rovos Rail or the Blue Train?

A luxury train journey must be 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…

South Africa has two luxury trains. These vary in routing and price so that a wide variety of tastes are catered for.

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 luxury train travel than Rovos Rail with a range of journeys. Choose between the ever-popular two day Rovos Rail journey between Pretoria and Cape Town (covering 1600km) with off-train excursions in both Kimberley and Matjiesfontein or 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, civilized journeys, in which you enjoy fine cuisine and wines. There are longer 7 night+ itineraries throughout Southern Africa and even up to Tanzania. Have a look at each trip in detail under View Trip Ideas

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 bath.

Rovos Rail offers the ultimate in luxury train trains in South Africa.

See more details on the Rovos Rail experience  under What to Do

Luxury Train 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 and also gives you more dates to choose from. It has been synonymous with luxury train hospitality since 1946. 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 What to Do

There is also a Premiere Train service from Cape Town to Johannesburg. This is a smarter way to travel by train than the regular service. But it doesn’t compare to either the Blue Train or Rovos Rail. Contact us if you’d like a quote on this…