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RRovos Rail, established in 1989, is a luxury South African train company that operates around South Africa and further afield. It’s known for its pristine train carriages, excellent service and spectacular routes through the country.
Rovos Rail brings old-time charm and modern convenience together. The elegant, wood-panelled coaches are classics, brought lovingly back to life – exactly the kind of setting you’d expect to find an Agatha Christie character bustling about in.
One of the train company’s most popular routes runs across the Great Karoo and on to the mountain ranges and winelands of the Cape. The 1 600km meander ends in Cape Town, South Africa’s Mother City, in the shadow of Table Mountain.
A highlight of the Rovos Rail experience is an observation car at the back of the train. Big windows and open-air balconies offer magnificent views and conversation points. If you want to see South Africa in style, Rovos Rail is an experience that will stay with you forever.
TTravel tips & planning info
Who to contact
+27 (0)12 315 8242
Things to do
If you choose to embark on Rovos Rail’s Cape Town journey, spend a few days exploring the Mother City. A cable-car ride up Table Mountain is a must.
What to pack
Pack smart attire – a suit or an evening dress. Also pack warm clothing for cold mornings and evenings.
Where to stay
Go all out and book yourself into a luxurious suite, fit for royalty. Certain suites have their own private lounges. Bathrooms come complete with showers and Victorian-style bathtubs.
What to eat
Meals aboard the train are complemented by a selection of fine South African wines. Chefs favour fresh, local ingredients and traditional dishes.