Romantic Escapade on Rovos Rail: The Most Luxurious Train in the World - A Must-Do Journey Through South Africa

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Curator’s statement

Picture yourself gliding through breathtaking landscapes on a train that redefines elegance and comfort. Every carriage whispers tales of bygone glamor, wrapped in wood paneling and period decor, offering an experience that transcends time. Its journeys are crafted for discerning travelers seeking to immerse themselves in the essence of luxury.

With routes stretching from Angola to Tanzania, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa and voyages through Botswana, each journey is an odyssey.

On my own journey from Pretoria to Cape Town, I discovered that Rovos Rail is more than a train, it's a narrative of elegance on rails. Each trip offers a myriad of off-rail activities like game drives, golf and hikes, adding layers of adventure to your voyage. This isn't just traveling, it's an opportunity to slow down, indulge in unrivaled luxury and immerse yourself in diverse cultures and landscapes.

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Rovos Rail

Where luxury meets the rails, creating an unforgettable journey through opulent landscapes.

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Day 1


Day 1: Departing from Pretoria

The luxurious Rovos Rail embarks from Pretoria, sweeping southward. Settle into your sumptuous suite, then mingle in the observation car. Lunch and afternoon tea are served with views of the vast expanses of the Highveld.

Day 2


Day 2: Discovering Kimberley

Breakfast is served as you journey towards Kimberley. Post-lunch, explore the diamond-rich history at the Mine Museum and gaze into the Big Hole, the deepest hole in the world that was made by hand.

Evening wear is a must for dinner, as tradition dictates elegance.

Day 3


Day 3: The Karoo and Matjiesfontein Charm

The Karoo's ancient landscapes accompany your breakfast. Post-lunch, a leisurely walk into Matjiesfontein reveals its quaint heritage, while tea is served as you navigate through long tunnels.

Day 4


Day 4: Arrival in Cape Town

Savor breakfast against the backdrop of the Hex River Valley.

By mid-morning, Cape Town welcomes you, marking a graceful end to a journey where time stood still.

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Kaitlan Leonard's guide, Wine, Dine & Adventure in South Africa

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