South Africa rail holidays
Slicing across the country from Cape Town to Pretoria and beyond, a number of superb rail journeys allow guests to travel in unrivalled style and comfort across South Africa’s most spectacular rural swathes.
Relive the golden age of rail travel aboard one of the world’s most luxurious trains. Rovos Rail’s superbly appointed suites are spread across no more than 20 coaches, all of which have been sympathetically refurbished in traditional Edwardian style. Enjoy world-class wines, faultless service and outstanding meals as South Africa’s stunning rural interior unfolds before you. The magnificent Royal Suites come with a private lounge area and en suite bathroom with shower & Victorian-style slipper bath. Deluxe Suites have a lounge and en suite, while the smaller Pullman Suites have a shower & WC only. Meanwhile, further luxury can be found in the two elegant dining cars and opulent observation lounge.
The Blue Train
Synonymous with refined rail travel, the elegant Blue Train transports its passengers through the heart of South Africa in indulgent, five-star luxury. And, since its post-war reinvention in 1946, its discerning guests have included kings, presidents and Hollywood celebrities. Sumptuous suites with custom-made beds are furnished in the finest wood, leather and fabrics, their en suite bathrooms tiled in marble and finished with gold fittings. Each evening, the suites are transformed into bedrooms by dedicated butlers, while guests dine on the likes of fresh Karoo lamb, ostrich fillet and Knysna oysters, accompanied, of course, by a fine selection of South African wines.
Top itineraries in South Africa by Rail
Follow in the tracks of kings and presidents with a trip aboard the stunning Blue Train, its 19th-century luxuries linking the beach-clad joys of Cape Town with an all-inclusive Big Five safari. Return from expert-led game drives in a private reserve to four poster beds and gourmet meals.
Top places to stay in South Africa by Rail
Sleek, elegant and ultra-comfortable, the Blue Train cossets passengers in all the luxury and service of a 5-star hotel.
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