Pride of Africa, Rovos Africa, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe
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- discount off the published prices of any journey;
- 2 Rovos wine flutes and a bottle of Amarula for every booking on this train;
Fay says, "Rovos Rail has a style all its own; created by Rohan Vos in 1989, his very special train tours have matured into an harmonious blend of earthy African safari and traditional luxury - except that a divine soak in a full-sized bath in a train was always rare, even on Royal trains!"
NOTE - 2016 dates and prices are listed. This is a very popular train, so it is advisable to book early.
2017 rates and dates (October 2016 onwards) are available for African Golf Collage, Namibia Safari, Dar es Salaam / Cape Town (either way) - the website will shortly be updated. Please get in touch for details.
2017 Cape Town and Victoria Falls journeys will be released in November 2015.
About the Train
The Pride of Africa trains from Rovos Rail provide very much more than mere rail transportation - from these transports of delight one can experience the richness of southern Africa, with north and southbound routes between Pretoria and Cape Town as well as a range of spectacular journeys to the east and to the west.The trains combine the golden age of rail travel with modern conveniences, creating an unforgettable extravagant elegance of a bygone era.
From the start of your journey (in Pretoria - from the fabulous Edwardian-styled station) to the memorable time spent on the opulent Pride of Africa, this is an experience not to be missed.
All these luxurious suites are air-conditioned with en-suite facilities, decorated in beautiful wood panelling and period Edwardian features. There are three styles that guests can choose from (Royal, Deluxe, Pullman), with varying levels of luxury, and all offer every modern convenience and comfort, with fittings and facilities of the highest standard and are equipped with a writing area and a personal safe for valuables. There is also a mini bar filled with beverages of the passengers' choice and 24 hour room service.
Plans of each suite type and variation are here.
The beautiful dining cars provide a wonderful range of food that includes local delicacies such as game with an emphasis placed on fresh and seasonal ingredients, complemented of course by excellent South Africa wines. The ambiance created by a Victorian setting, with crisp linen, sparkling glass and silver, and seamless service, charms the diners.
Lounge and Observation Cars
Sitting in the opulence of the lounge cars allows the opportunity to relax and watch the spectacular scenery, whilst the rear of the Observation car affords one the amazing experience of being outside whilst the train is moving.
Cape Town Journey - Pretoria to Cape Town or Cape Town to Pretoria
Enjoy one of these popular 3 day / 2 night weekly journeys between Pretoria and Cape Town.
Travel the grasslands of the gold-rich Highveld to the haunting barrenness of the Great Karoo; trundle through the spectacular mountain ranges and scenic wine lands of the Cape; arrive in Cape Town,cradled by the imposing bulk of Table Mountain, Devil's Peak and Lion's Head. Highlights of the north- and southbound routes include a visit to the historic village of Matjiesfontein; this authentic perfectly preserved Victorian Village, which was founded as a refreshment stop in 1890, also boasts an impressive museum on the platform.
Another stop is made in Kimberley providing an opportunity to enjoy a city tour and a visit to the Diamond Mine Museum and the world's largest man-made excavation, the Big Hole.
Dates and Prices 2015/2016/2017
Pretoria to Cape Town:
2015: December 4,11,18,25,30.
2016: January 1,8,13,15,22,29. February 3,5,10,12,19,24,26. March 2,4,9,11,18,25. April 1,8,15,22,29. May 6,13,20,27. June 3,10,17,24,29. July 1,8,15,22,29. August 5,10,12,17,19,26,31. September 2,9,14,16,21,23,28,30. October 7,14,19,21,28. November 4,9,11,18,23,25. December 2,9,16,23,28,30.
2017: January 6,11,13,27. February 3,8,10,17,22,24. March 3,8,10,17,22,24,31. April 7,14,21,28. May 5,12,19,26. June 2,9,16,23,28,30. July 7,14,21,28. August 4,11,16,18,25,30. September 1,8,13,15,22,27,29.
Cape Town to Pretoria:
2015: December 7,14,21,28.
2016: January 4,11,18,25. February 1,6,8,13,15,17,22,29. March 5,7,12,14,21,26,28,30. April 4,11,18,25. May 2,9,16,23,28,30. June 6,13,20,27. July 4,11,18,25. August 1,3,8,15,20,22,29. September 3,5,12,14,17,19,26. October 1,3,10,17,22,24,26,31. November 7,12,14,21,26,28. December 5,12,19,26,31.
2017: January 2,9,16,23,25,30. February 6,11,13,15,20,27. March 6,11,13,20,25,27,29. April 3,10,17,24. May 1,8,15,22,27,29. June 5,12,19,26. July 3,10,17,24,31. August 2,7,14,21,28. September 2,4,11,16,18,20,25.
Prices: December 2015 - September 2016
Prices: October 2016 - September 2017
Victoria Falls Journey - Pretoria to Victoria Falls or Victoria Falls to Pretoria
Details of the itinerary here.
Experience a three-day journey through diverse and truly African scenery as Rovos Rail meanders westwards through Mafikeng into Botswana and then north towards Mahalapye, crossing the Tropic of Capricorn just after Gaborone. Once the train has passed through the dry reaches of Botswana it arrives at Plumtree in the late afternoon for border formalities with Zimbabwe. Continuing in a northwesterly direction, the train passes Bulawayo heading towards Thompson's Junction and Hwange Game Reserve where animals can be spotted from the train. The Falls and the elegant colonial-style Victoria Falls Hotel form an ideal destination. The surrounding areas offer travellers many recreational opportunities including cruises, white-water rafting on the Zambezi River as well as superb game viewing and photo safaris.
Dates and Prices 2015/2016
Pretoria to Victoria Falls:
2015: December 24.
2016: January 7,21. February 4,18. March 3,17,31. April 14,28. May 12,26. June n/a. July 14,28. August 11,25. September 8,22. .
Victoria Falls to Pretoria:
2015: December 27.
2016: January 10,24. February 7,21. March 6,20. April 3,17. May 1,15,29. June n/a. July 17,31. August 14,28. September 11,25.
Durban Safari - Pretoria to Durban or Durban to Pretoria
This three-day safari allows you to experience the splendour of KwaZulu-Natal. Take in the Big Five, a battlefields tour with a world-class historian and unusual African ceramics. Experience the Nambiti Conservancy – a Big Five private bush retreat of malaria-free bushveld in KwaZulu-Natal. The Sundays River flows through the reserve and has two 40-metre waterfalls with magnificent ravine bush, home to several rare bird species. Situated on an expansive game farm, Spionkop Lodge is the perfect base for exploring the mountains, bush, birds and battlefields of the region. Ardmore Ceramics is a story about the Zulu people whose sense of rhythm, colour, dance and song, as well as the spirit of the African imagination, is exerting its influence on the other continents of the world. Pay a morning visit to this charming centre in the rolling hills of the Midlands before the train makes its way to Durban.
Dates and Prices 2016
Pretoria to Durban:
2016: January 15,29. February 12,26. March 11,25. April 8,22. May, June, July, August n/a. September 2,16,30.
Durban to Pretoria:
2016: January 18. February 1,15,29. March 14,28. April 11,25. May, June, July, August n/a. September 5,19.
Golf Safari - Pretoria to Pretoria
Nine Days. Rovos Rail has designed two* excellent nine-day safaris to entertain the most discerning player with optional excursions for non-playing guests. The Golf Safari begins in Pretoria and travels west to Sun City in the hills of the Pilanesberg for a day at this renowned facility, including a game drive for non-golfers. In the foothills of the imposing Drakensberg Mountains, 18 holes await at the Champagne Sports Resort, with a guided tour of the battlefields a further highlight for non-golfers. Enjoy a game at Durban Country Club or tour the city. Then on to Zululand for game viewing at Hluhluwe before heading to Swaziland. Tee off at Royal Swazi or enjoy a game drive at Mkhaya and a visit to Ngwenya Glass and Guava Gallery. Golfers then play the challenging Leopard Creek course while non-golfers enjoy a game drive in the world-famous Kruger Park, after which this memorable journey ends in Pretoria.
GOLF COURSES: Leopard Creek, Royal Swazi, Durban Country Club, Champagne Sports Resort and Sun City Lost City. For more details on the courses, please contact us.
TOURS for NON-GOLFERS: Battlefields tour, Drakensberg Mountain Range, Hluhluwe Game Reserve, Mkhaya Game Reserve, Guava Gallery, Ngwenya Glass Factory, Kruger Park game drive
Dates and Prices 2016/2017
2016: February 18. March 31. October 6. November 17.
2017: February 16. March 30. October 5. November 16.
Dar es Salaam Journey - Cape Town to Dar es Salaam or Dar es Salaam to Cape Town
This epic 14-day journey travels across the vast continent, starting from South Africa on the Atlantic Ocean, traversing Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and arriving in Tanzania on the Indian Ocean.
In luxurious comfort, one departs Cape Town, travelling through the historic village of Matjiesfontein, the diamond town of Kimberley and the capital city of Pretoria where one has a tour of both areas, before passing lakes with flocks of flamingos as one arrives for a two-night stay at the Madikwe Game Reserve. Passing through Botswana into Zimbabwe, guests overnight at the Victoria Falls Hotel. After crossing the mighty Zambezi River following a sunset river cruise, the train travels northeast through Zambia where guests can enjoy a bush walk at Chisimba Falls.
The train continues the climb towards the Zambian/Tanzanian border, almost the midpoint between Africa's two Great Rift Valley lakes. Descending into the Rift Valley itself and witnessing spectacular scenery, the train negotiates tunnels, switchbacks and viaducts of the escarpment. Early on the last day, the train passes through the Selous Game Reserve – the largest on the continent and a vision of timeless Africa – shortly before arrival in Dar es Salaam.
This journey has a wonderful mixture of tours, some overnight stays in various destinations, time on board to gaze at the passing scenery , excursions to see wildlife, on-board historians giving interesting talks.
Dates and Prices 2016
Cape Town to Dar es Salaam:
2016: January 16. July 2. September 24
Dar es Salaam to Cape Town:
2016: February 2. March 15. July 19. October 11.
Royal Suites - US$20,550 pp (single supplement upon request)
Deluxe Suites - US$15,300 pp (single supplement US$6,200)
Pullman Suites – US$11,850 pp (single supplement US$4,500)
Namibian Safari - Pretoria to Swakopmund or reverse
This nine-day 3,400-kilometre annual journey takes the train from the savannahs of the Highveld to the Atlantic in the west. Departing from Pretoria, the first stop is Kimberley, centre of one of the world’s famous diamond rushes where there is an opportunity to savour the 1870s atmosphere of the mine museum village. The train traverses the stark vistas of the Northern Cape to the Fish River Canyon – second in size to the Grand Canyon and truly a spectacular sight. Guests continue across the untamed beauty of the Kalahari Desert to Namibia’s capital for a tour; Windhoek is a lively, cosmopolitan city with a strong German flavour. Then a short flight to the renowned Sossusvlei, a stunning pan in the Namib Desert, for an overnight stay followed by a night in the game-rich Etosha National Park. On the last morning, the train travels the Namib to the perfectly preserved 19th-century German Hansa town of Swakopmund – an unforgettable end to a remarkable journey. Available in reverse.
Dates and Prices 2016/2017
2016: Pretoria to Swakopmund. April 7. April 28.
2016: Swakopmund to Pretoria. April 17. May 8
2017: Pretoria to Swakopmund. April 6. April 27.
2017: Swakopmund to Pretoria. April 16. May 7.
Pride of Africa, Rovos - General Information
What is included in the Rovos fare? Train tour price per person sharing includes accommodation, meals and excursions, as well as alcoholic beverages whilst on the train. There are complimentary mini bars in each cabin, that are filled with the requested drinks of the individual. Hotels and transfers are included on various tours where mentioned.
What is the Single supplement for Rovos journeys? This is an additional 50% of price, unless otherwise stated.
What is the Luggage advice for Rovos journeys? There is ample storage space in each cabin, thus allowing luggage to stay with each passenger. Therefore there is no need for luggage to be stored elsewhere. On the Cairo journey, luggage will be limited to the requirements of each aircraft
What size are Beds on Rovos trains? These are unusually long for a train, to accommodate tall passengers in comfort; the owner of Rovos Rail, Rohan Vos, is 6ft 2ins / 1.88m in height. Mattresses are Sealy Posturepedic.
What is the Electrical power on Rovos trains? International adaptors on board. No mobile phones, laptops, i-pads etc in public areas. Wi-Fi in the Pretoria and Cape Town lounges (free of charge). No Wi-Fi on board the train.
Can you smoke on Rovos trains? There is a smoking lounge just before the observation car for smokers or guests can smoke in their suite; please advise before travel so you can be allocated the correct suite (at the back of the train).
What is the Dress Code on Rovos trains? For the day on the train it is smart casual. Evening attire is more formal – for the gentlemen a jacket and tie is a minimum requirement while for ladies we suggest cocktail/evening dresses or suits. Please include warm clothing for cold mornings and evenings. With regard to off-train excursions, comfortable walking shoes, sun lotion and hats as well as warm clothing for the game drives, which are on open vehicles and can get very cold.
What are the suggested Gratuities / Tips on Rovos journeys? At your discretion. If you wish to show your appreciation in this manner, there is a suitably marked envelope in your suite that you can hand directly to the Train Manager who will distribute any amounts on a pro-rata basis amongst the staff on board. An amount between US$10 and US$20 per person per night is suggested.
What are the Passport and Visa requirements for Rovos journeys: Please be aware that visitors to South Africa are required to have at least three blank VISA pages (not endorsement pages) in their passports in order to receive an entry visa. Passports must also be valid for at least six months from the guests' return home date. we recommend a validity of nine months to prevent any problems. More information here.
Pride of Africa, Rovos - Booking & Reservations
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