"The Most Luxurious Train in the World"

Since its establishment in 1989, Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for its truly world-class travel experiences. In a series of bespoke train journeys lasting from 48 hours to 15 days, Rovos Rail links some of the African continent’s greatest destinations with a variety of off-train excursions.

Step aboard the vintage wood-panelled coaches and sit back as some of the most varied scenery imaginable unfolds beyond the windows.

With discreet and friendly service, top cuisine and a selection of South Africa’s finest wines, Rovos Rail harks back to a simpler, more elegant era encompassing the timeless grace and high romance of African exploration.

The beautifully rebuilt trains, which may be hauled by diesel or electric locomotives, carry a maximum of 72 passengers in 36 superbly appointed suites


It has been decades since the train was hauled by steam!

In 1930, Bentley racing driver Woolf Barnato wagered a bet that he could easily beat the famous Le Train Bleu to Calais at the wheel of his own Speed Six Bentley. At 5:45pm on 13 March 1930 as the train left Cannes, Barnato and his companion set off. The duo arrived in Calais so far ahead of the train that Barnato sought to put the challenge to bed by making it all the way to London before the train pulled into Calais. They crossed the English Channel on a packet steamer, completed another 100km or so and, to loud applause, Barnato parked outside the Conservative Club in St James Street at exactly 3:20pm – four minutes before the train arrived at Calais Station. >

The Heidelberg Great Train Race salutes this maverick event with a convoy of vintage cars and motorbikes, Rovos Rail’s thundering steam locomotives and daring enthusiasts in their flying machines roaring overhead… All for one unforgettable photographic moment.

23-25 SEPTEMBER 2021 2 nights
Special rates per person sharing
Pullman Gold Suite R11 950
Deluxe Suite R18 250

INCLUDES Sparkling wine and red-carpet reception at Rovos Rail Station; site tour; secure parking for guest vehicles; accommodation; all meals and beverages on board; Heidelberg Great Train Race ticket; catered lunch and beverages at airfield boma; limited laundry; govt tax. EXCLUDES Pre- and post-tour accommodation, flights and transfers; travel insurance; visas; gratuities; international / French Champagne; personal expenses.

Single supplement +50%. Subject to availability. Provisional booking: 50% deposit required (refundable up to 31 days prior to departure). Confirm booking: Final payment due by 22 August 2021 (32 days prior). Cancellation: 100% cancellation fee within 30 days of departure. All other standard T&C apply.