Luxury Trains in South Africa

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


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 safari 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. A third train tour, the Shongololo Express, offers a slightly more affordable option.

Luxury Train 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, civilised train trips, in which you enjoy fine cuisine and wines.

There are also 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 even a bath.

Rovos Rail offers the ultimate in luxury train trains in 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. 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 What to Do

Train Tours in South Africa – The Shongololo Express

Rovos now has a second train tour, the Shongololo Express which offers a series of set departure longer itineraries. This is aimed at more moderate budgets. The main difference is that the suites are not en suite. But the reality is that this is actually the norm for the European luxury trains. We include one of the tours below but contact us for more options.

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