"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

Rovos Rail journey African bush

The African Trilogy

Rovos Rail map, African Trilogy journey
Etosha waterhole, Namibia, elephant, giraffe, zebra
Old Town Kimberley, diamond mine

A 15 day journey through South Africa and Namibia.

This panoramic 15-day sojourn winds its way across Southern Africa from the Indian Ocean in the east to the Atlantic coast in the west.

Starting in Pretoria, descend the spectacular escarpment to the world-famous Kruger Park for a game drive.

Explore the Kingdom of eSwatini, followed by a game drive in Hluhluwe wildlife reserve and a tour of Durban and its botanical gardens.

Traverse the Valley of a Thousand Hills and the imposing Drakensberg Mountains to visit the 1870s mining village of Kimberley, centre of one of the world’s notorious diamond rushes.

Continue through the semi-desert region of the Karoo to Upington and the Fish River Canyon, second in size to the Grand Canyon.

Cross the untamed beauty of the Kalahari Desert to see the Quiver trees at Garas Park, home to roughly 300 specimens of the Aloe dichotomy.

Take a short flight to Sossusvlei for a lodge stay surrounded by the dramatic dunes of the Namib-Naukluft Park. Enjoy desert drives, a bush dinner and breakfast near Deadvlei where camel-thorn trees contrast against the white-clay pan floor.

Visit Namibia’s lively capital, Windhoek, and a cheetah conservation project before overnighting in the game-rich Etosha National Park.

Leave the vast stillness of the Namib Desert for the wild Atlantic coast and journey’s end, Walvis Bay.

Trail of Two Oceans

Rovos Rail, Observation balcony at sunrise
Chisimba Falls, Rovos Rail, Zambia,Africa

16 days between the two coasts of Africa

This voyage sets off from the Tanzanian coastal city of Dar es Salaam  and includes a game drive in Nyerere National Park (used to be the Selous Game Reserve), a fly-in two-night safari in the South Luangwa National Park (Zambia) and a city tour of Lubumbashi (DRC). Thereafter it joins the Benguela line, with short walking tours detailing Angola’s recent history. Journey’s end in Lobito.
Available in reverse.

In July 2019, Rovos Rail set off on this new 15-day expedition traversing Tanzania, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Angola. It was the first time in history that a passenger train travelled the famous east-to-west copper trail on this route. The trip was a great success.

Travel the Benguela Railway

Chishimba Falls visit

Dar es Salaam

Kolwezi copper mine visit

Optional walk at Makambako

Travel through the Rift Valley

Nyerere National park game drive

South Luangwa game drives and overnight stays

Travel the Tazara Railway

Traverse the Udzungwa Mountains

Shongololo Express Gateway to Namibia

Shongololo Express – Gateway to Namibia

Traverse the savannahs of the Highveld and the spectacular Drakensberg Mountains on this 6-night special from the Karoo to the Kalahari

INCLUDED Accommodation; all meals; all beverages on board; limited laundry; excursions with a qualified guide (where applicable); entrance fees as per itinerary; transfer to Windhoek Airport; government tax.

EXCLUDED All off-train beverages; international sparkling wine; lunch in Clarens; gratuities; personal expenses; visas; travel insurance; pre- and post-tour transfers, accommodation and flights. T&C apply.