Rovos Rail Cape Town to Pretoria luxury train journey

Experience the elegance of rail travel on one of the most luxurious trains in the world. Rovos Rail's unique 3-night safari between Pretoria and Cape Town combines some of the most dramatic scenery in Africa with the glamour & excitement of the golden age of rail.

3 Nights


$ 1,659 (PPS)


Experience the elegance of rail travel on one of the most luxurious trains in the world. Rovos Rail offers a unique 4 day safari through the heart of South Africa. Travel the grasslands of the gold-rich Highveld to the haunting barrenness of the Great Karoo, trundle through the spectacular mountain ranges and scenic Winelands of the Cape.

This journey combines some of the most dramatic scenery in Africa with the glamour and excitement of the golden age of rail. Rovos Rail combines the opulence of pre-war travel with subtle modern innovations. Formal evening attire is required for dinner. For gentlemen, a jacket and tie are a minimum requirement. While for the ladies cocktail/evening dresses or suits will complete the feel of a ‘once in a lifetime experience’.

The Train

The Observation car allows you to watch the unfolding scenery of the great interior of South Africa from a fascinating perspective. The comfortable non-smoking lounge cars are placed in the middle of the trains usually ahead of the dining cars. Deep sofas and wing-back chairs offer a comfortable space in which guests can read or nod off for an afternoon snooze. As with all the service cars the lounges are air-conditioned. The windows can be opened allowing in the sights, sounds, and scents of Africa.

Your accommodation is in air-conditioned suites with exquisite wood paneling and period Edwardian features. All the suites are equipped with a writing desk, a personal safe, and a bar fridge filled with the drinks of your choice. 24-hour room service is available. The bathrooms combine original fittings with the modern technology of hot showers, hairdryers, and shaver plugs.

Optional Extension

This 3 night Cape to Pretoria itinerary offers just the right mix of relaxation, especially if it's in the middle of a busy itinerary, and exploration. You can combine the Rovos Rail Journey with a few nights in Botswana, Victoria Falls, or a great safari in South Africa is one of the many private concessions.

Set departure dates

Pretoria to Cape Town
Dates for 2022:
• 29 June to • 28 June '22, • 19 Sept to 20 Sept '22, • 16 Nov to 15 Nov '22
Dates for 2023:
• 11 Jan to 10 Jan '23, • 13 Jan to 12 Jan '23, • 22 Feb to 21 Feb '23, • 28 Jun to 27 Jun '23, • 13 Sept to 12 Sept '23, • 17 Nov to 16 Nov '23

Cape Town to Pretoria
Dates for 2022:
There have been slight adjustments to the available dates for combinations & collections that include the Cape Town journey. Please contact our reservations team should you have any queries.


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Rovos Rail Cape Town to Pretoria luxury train journey at a glance

PRICE FROM $ 1,659 (PPS)

Natasha Jantjies

Africa Travel Specialist

Hi I'm Natasha, I'm here to help you plan your ideal holiday experience

An idea of price

All our itineraries are merely samples of what we can arrange. Virtually every trip is tailor-made for you. The exact price of our sample itineraries depends on the time of year and accommodation used. This is merely a guideline.

It excludes regional flights to the start and end of the itinerary (as these may vary depending on where you fly into Africa). But it includes an estimate of any flights WITHIN the itinerary. Contact us for a quote including any regional flights needed.

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Average Of
$ 1,808
This price is based on a Pullman Suite
This Itinerary
as outlined above
Average Of
$ 2,612
This price is based on a Deluxe Suite
Red Carpet
all the bells & whistles
Average Of
$ 3,479
This price is based on a Royal Suite


Three meals daily, all alcoholic and other beverages, sightseeing excursions accompanied by a qualified tour guide, entrance fees, 24 hour full room service and bar facilities plus a limited laundry service


Pre/post-tour accommodation, flights and transfers; visas; gratuities; international/French Champagne; souvenirs