The Pride of Africa, luxury trains in Southern Africa!

This morning I was invited on a site inspecton to Rovos Rail, the most luxurious train in the world. I was delighted! We enjoyed a warm Welcome at the Departure Lounge of Rovos Rail in Cape Town and we were shown around by Joy Strydom who has been with Rovos from the beginning. Travelers are welcomed in style with classical music and champagne. All their troubles will immediately be taken away by the super attentive staff of the train.

A train journey from Cape Town to Pretoria will be a 2 day journey with stops in Matjiesfontein and Kimberley. Everything is included, from your mini bar to your laundry. The train goes nice and slowly, about 60 km per hour. This way travelers are allowed to take  in the incredible beautiful South African landscape and have the possibility of taking pictures. Joy explains that as soon as the train stops for more than 5 minutes, staff will be cleaning the windows to ensure uninterrupted views throughout the journey. I absolutely loved the goggles that can be found in each room. Guests can use the goggles to be able to put their face out of the window without getting bugs etc into their eyes. This is the only luxury train in the world where windows can be opened. I felt the entire morning like walking around in a movie from the 1920s. I also loved the fact that the dress code is smart casual when wining & dining. Men are kindly asked to wear a jacket and a tie. Women are encouraged to wear cocktail style dresses. If men travel without jacket, Rovos Rail will have a jacket for them availabe upon arrival (of course your travel agent should have mentioned that). Ah, where are the times of traveling in style? Well, you can all have it back for a little while, when traveling on The Pride of Africa.

There are 3 kind of suites: The Pullmann, Deluxe and the Royal. We would recommend a Deluxe suite, it’s about 11 m². All suites have separate bathrooms and the Royal Suits even have a bath!

Tariffs from 1 October 2011 – 30 September 2012
Pretoria – Cape Town: from ZAR 12.950 to ZAR 25.900 per person sharing, 50% single supplement
2 nights

The Cape Timetable
Tuesday / Wednesday / Friday
15h00: The Pride of Africa Departs from Capital Park; guests may freshen up in their suites before joining fellow travellers in the midway Lounge car or Observation Carriage at the rear of the train.
19h30: Dinner is served; a set menu is served everyday with a focus on local delicacies

Wednesday / Thursday / Saturday
07h00: Breakfast is served till about 09h45
09h30: 10 minutes before arriving in Kimberley there is a shallow lake on the right hand side facing forward. Often Flamingos (approx. 23.000) can be spotted
09h45: Arrive in Kimberley, guests disembark and proceed by coach / combi for a tour of the city, the ‘Big Hole’ and the mine museum.
12h30: Depart Kimberley
13h00: Lunch!
19h30: Dinner will be served

Thursday / Friday / Sunday
08h00: There is an opportunity to disembark the train at Whitehill and walk or jog the 5 km to Matjiesfontein. The Train Manager or a member of the staff will accompany you. Comfortable walking or running shoes are essential.
08h25: Arrival at Matjiesfontein where you will have the chance to stroll through this historic settlement. Of special interest is the museum on the platform and a collection of historic cars and railway carriages to the right of the hotel. Breakfast will be served in the dining car between 07h00 and 10h00.
10h30: Departure of Matjiesfontein passing through Tweedside and Touws River. At 12h00 we reach the first of four tunnels which take us through the Hex River Pass. The second tunnel is 13.5 kms long.
13h00: Lunch!
18h00: Arrival in Cape Town where your journey ends and you’ll take home incredible memories!

Book / enquire here!

Pretoria – Victoria Falls: from ZAR 14.850 to ZAR 29.700 per person sharing, 50% single supplement
2 nights

Book / enquire here!

Pretoria – Durban including safari, visit to battlefields and Ardmore Ceramics Excursion
From ZAR 12.950 to ZAR 25.900 per person sharing, 50% single supplement
2 nights

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