Recapture the romance of a bygone era
Journey through Africa while enjoying luxury and class aboard The Blue Train, incredible scenery on the Shongololo Express, or the pride of Africa on Rovos Rail. When taking a train safari through Southern Africa, you will enjoy the comfort of never having to pack and unpack or drive! Many of our luxury rail travellers choose to combine the journey with a luxury safari and beach and island escape. Another fantastic option is a fly-in safari so you see Africa at its best from the air.
Promoted as the world's most luxurious train and known as The Pride Of Africa, this rail journey allows you to discover infinite variety, from desert landscapes, mountains, bushveld and grassland plains to the bustling urban heart of the subcontinent cities. The Pride of Africa carries its exclusive band of intrepid travellers through the heartlands of South Africa and Zimbabwe. An aspect that sets Rovos Rail apart is the superb collection of rebuilt and refurbished coaches that offer world-class comfort and style, the epitome of luxury is its handsome wood paneling and period Edwardian features. Five superbly reconditioned steam locomotives are the heart and soul of Rovos Rail. The superb cuisine served aboard is simple and elegant and mealtimes in the dining cars are a highlight of the journey. Relax in the privacy and comfort of spacious suites, each with a perfect blend of period ambiance and modern features.
The trains are hauled by steam, diesel and electric locomotives at various stages of the journey and carry a maximum of 72 passengers in 36 superbly appointed air-conditioned suites complete with spacious double beds, writing surface, personal safe, bar fridge and ensuite bathrooms.
Service is friendly and discreet. Each train has one or two lounge cars. Permission was sought and granted by South African Railways to run the Observation Cars at the back of the trains, enabling enlargement of the windows and the construction of unique open-air balconies. These classic coaches are the perfect place to enjoy a leisurely drink or a cup of tea, get to know the friendly hostesses and fellow travellers, and read about the route and the many fascinating attractions. The lounge car and onboard gift shop is in the centre of the train.
There are scheduled departures from Pretoria to Cape Town, Victoria Falls, Durban and along the scenic Garden Route. Each one will excite and enthrall any adventure traveller.
The Blue Train
Take a journey into a timeless world of grace like the kings and presidents who've already travelled on this magnificent moving five star hotel. This is elegance and romance at its best where spectacular scenery stirs your imagination and luxurious comfort soothes your boudy and soul. On the Blue Train you can sit back, relax and enjoy the ride through stunning South Africa.
Large windows ensure magnificent views of the ever-changing countryside. As night falls, your suite is magically transformed into a romantic boudoir of soft, glowing light and fine cotton linen. In the soft glow of individual table lamps, dew-fresh flowers, fine bone china and classic silver cutlery make for the setting as memorable as the dishes to follow.
Shongololo Express Rail Safari
Shongololo Express provides a very special rail safari experience for its guests. Songololo train safari tours traverse six countries in southern Africa - South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique. This train safari will take you to some of the most beautiful places in Southern Africa.
All the requirements you may need for a superb holiday are provided for you on this Shongololo rail safari. Travel comfortably and securely with Shongololo Express during the night and you awake each morning at a new and exciting destination. Shongololo also offers charters for special interest groups, conferences and incentives.