South Africa: The Blue Train and Rovos Rail Travel Guide


When considering your next vacation, exotic South Africa provides a journey of a lifetime. Located on the Southern tip of the continent, South Africa is blessed with endless natural wonders and breathtaking landscapes. To make this trip one you will want to take again, why not compliment the experience and include a world class "great train adventure" like no other.

The Rovos Rail Trains and The Blue Trains of South Africa are waiting to introduce you to the many locations you will visit as you travel the spectacular routes. These grand trains will take you to exotic places such as Cape Town, the Mother of South Africa. Immerse yourself in the rich culture and history when you visit the historic village of Matjiesfontein. Take a safari game-drive in Mkhaya or visit Kasama for a morning bush walk. There's also whitewater rafting on the Zambezi River and teeing off on world renowned Leopard Creek Golf Course. The trip that leads you to these fantastic locations will be just as exciting.

Passengers may board either The Blue Train or The Rovos Rail Train and enjoy world class treatment, surrounded by traditional furnishings and period decor. The Rovos Rail Trains offer an atmosphere of a bygone era while providing many of today’s modern conveniences. The Blue Train decor is equally as opulent and provides a classic livery and African earthy style. Choose your favourite train and take in the scenic views of indigenous forests, active grasslands, and amazing wildlife.

Each train offers master chefs who provide a meticulous menu of the finest cuisine as you dine in style. Enjoy a wide assortment of fresh local ingredients as well as traditional breakfast, lunch, and dinner courses. While enjoying the unique experience you will be pampered by a team of highly qualified, hospitality staff who will be happy to meet your traveling needs.

The Rovos Rail Trains

This historic train offers an assortment of luxurious suites which provide many comforts including air-conditioning, spacious sleeper coaches, bar fridge filled with passengers’ selections, and 24 hour room service.

If your choice of train is Rovos Rails you may choose from the elegant Royal Suites, Deluxe Suites or Pullman Suites. Rovos Rails also provides two classic 20-coach, 72-berth trains as well as a third 13-coach, 42-berth Edwardian train. In addition, each train has 2 Dining Cars, an Observation Car, Smoking Lounge, and Gift Shop. Charter is also available year round. Televisions and radios will not be found on the train.

Rovos Rail Safari Packages

Victoria Falls Journey Pretoria to Victoria Falls
3 days available Oct - Sept.

Cape Town Journey Pretoria to Cape Town
3 days available Oct - Sept.

Durban Safari Pretoria to Durban
3 days available Oct - Sept.

Golf Safari Pretoria to Sun City
9 days available Oct - Sept.

African Golf Collage Pretoria to Cape Town
9 days available Oct - Sept.

Namibia Safari Pretoria to Swakopmund
9 days available Oct - Sept.

Dar es Salaam Cape Town to Dar es Salaam
14 days available Oct - Sept.

Each of these special packages are unique as each offers different activities, depending on your interests.

Blue Trains

The luxurious Blue Trains provide the same amenities and five-star treatment as Rovos Rail Trains. In addition, The Blue Train provides big screen televisions, Jewelry Boutique, and laundry/valet service. Having a camera installed in the front of the train allows travelers the opportunity to view the scenery through the eyes of the Train Engineer. Specific television channels throughout the train provide the view.

Both Blue Trains include two luxury coaches/6 luxury suites, first train - 9 deluxe coaches/second train - 8 deluxe coaches, 36 deluxe suites/32 delux suites, twin beds w/shower or double-beds w/hand-held shower. Both trains include 2 deluxe lounges.

Blue Train Packages

The Blue Train provides four routes:

- Pretoria - Victoria Falls
- Pretoria - Cape Town
- Port Elizabeth - Cape Town
- Pretoria - Nelspruit

Special Packages

- Pretoria to Durban
- The Blue Train Bakubung Game Lodge Bonanza
- The Blue Train Zimbali Golfers Breakaway

-The Blue Train schedules charters for any route in South Africa.

What To Wear

Day wear on the train is smart-casual while evening attire for gentlemen is a jacket and tie. Ladies should consider cocktail/evening-dress/suits. Be sure to pack warm clothing.

Come aboard and fulfil your famous train journey of South Africa while we fulfil your expectations.

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