Rovos Rail

Explore this magnificent continent in style

Founded in 1989, this truly elegant train transports its passengers past the landscapes of South Africa, through the plains of Namibia, across the majestic Victoria Falls. Experience a safari adventure in wonderful places like Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania or Madikwe and Kruger national parks with journeys lasting between three and 15 days.

Rovos Rail is not just about the destination, it is an experience in itself. Begin your days on the train with breakfast served in the charming Victorian atmosphere of the dining cars. After breakfast move to the viewing carriage to take in your surroundings or unwind in the lounge. Lunch is served at 1.00pm with a gong heralding the start. All meals are freshly prepared by the talented onboard chefs; perhaps sample one of the wines chosen to pair perfectly with your meal. In the afternoon relax in the bar, chatting to your fellow guests or the friendly staff who are there to create a wonderful memory.

An afternoon tea is usually served at 4.30pm in the lounge or observation car at the rear of the train. A formal four-course meal is served at 7.30pm with a dress code of jacket and tie for men and evening gown for the ladies adding to the elegance of the journey. In the evenings the train stops for the night to help provide a peaceful night of sleep.

Choose from three standards of cabin – all offer comfort and relaxing surroundings as well as shower, air conditioning, safe, fridge, dressing gown and slippers, writing desk and room service plus much more. For the ultimate experience, book a Royal Suite – taking up half a carriage, the spacious suites each have their own private lounge area and full bathroom with Victorian bath and separate shower. This really is the ultimate, luxury train ride. 

2019/20 Departure Dates

Pretoria to Victoria Falls departs every Thursday apart from the below dates

30 May 19

13, 27 June 19

Victoria Falls to Pretoria departs every Sunday apart from the below dates

02. 16, 30 June 19

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Relaxing in the bar as you watch the countryside whizz by
  • Upgrading to a spacious double bedroom suite
  • Embracing the traditional elements of a bygone era

Sample Itinerary Summary

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4 days
Guide Price
£1,739 per person
Price based on
Based on 26 September 19, meal basis as per itinerary (2 adults sharing).
Our guide price gives you an idea of pricing which will vary depending on exchange rates, accommodation, duration, dates, airline and cabin class.
Destination Breakdown
Group basis, Escorted
  • Accommodation as detailed in twin or double bed with private facilities.Meals included as stated: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L) and Dinner (D) and alcoholic beverages.
  • Meals included as stated with drinks
  • Excursions as stated.
Not included
  • International flights
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities
  • Visas

Itinerary Breakdown

Depart from the Rovos Rail train station in Pretoria at 09:30. 13:00 Lunch is served in the dining cars as the train travels north through Warmbaths and Nylstroom, crossing the Tropic of Capricorn. Enjoy afternoon tea and dinner en route to Messina and Beitbridge for Zimbabwe border formalities.

Afternoon tea is served at 16:30 and dinner at 19:30.

Overnight Accommodation

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Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served as the train travels towards Bulawayo via Rutenga and Somabhula. Just sit back and enjoy the ride.
Overnight stop on board at Mpopoma.

Overnight Accommodation

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At 07:00 Breakfast is served as the train departs Mpopoma. 13:00 Enjoy lunch while travelling along the eastern edge of Hwange Park along one of Africa’s longest stretches of straight railway line at 114 kilometres. 15:00 arrive at Kennedy Siding for a game drive at The Hide.

19:30 dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Thompsons Junction for the overnight stop.

Overnight Accommodation

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At 07:00 breakfast is enjoyed while travelling towards the Zambezi River. 10:00 arrive at journey’s end in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The day is now yours to do as you wish, perhaps book a hotel in Livingstone and spend the day exploring the magnificent Victoria Falls? Speak to our Destination Specialists about your options.

  • South Africa

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Departing from Rovos Rail's private train station
    • Crossing the Tropic of Capricorn
  • Zimbabwe

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Passing through Hwange National Park
    • Seeing Victoria Falls