The Rovos Rail - Routes & Packages

Rovos Rail Winter Special
SADC Residents only

Rovos Rail is offering residents of South Africa and neighbouring countries a special 2-for-1 rate on board a two-night Cape Town journey between April and September 2019.

Rediscover the old pioneering trail of the Karoo as you travel from Pretoria to Cape Town or vice versa with stops at Kimberley’s Diamond Mine Museum and the quaint Victorian village of Matjiesfontein.

The 50% reduced rate of R15 550 per person sharing includes accommodation in a Deluxe Suite, all meals, all alcoholic and other beverages on board, off-train excursions, room service and limited laundry.

The offer is for a one-way journey only and does not include pre- and post-tour accommodation, flights and transfers, staff gratuities, international/ French Champagne or souvenirs. Single supplement fees apply. T&Cs apply.

Only available for certain dates.

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Scheduled Rovos Tours


This 1 600-kilometre meander is a perfect illustration of South Africa as a world in one country. Travel the grasslands of the gold-rich Highveld to the haunting barrenness of the Great Karoo; trundle through the spectacular mountain ranges and scenic winelands of the Cape. Journey's end is Cape Town, the Mother City of South Africa, 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 – founded by Mr Logan 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.( Available in reverse.)

Itinerary - Pretoria - Cape Town
Day1 15h00 Depart from Rovos Rail Station Pretoria. Dinner & overnight on the train.
  (Breakfast 07h00-10h00 • Lunch 13h00 • Tea 16h30 • Dinner 19h30)
Day2 10h00 The train arrives in Kimberley. Passengers visit the Big Hole and the Diamond Mine Museum.
  12h30 Depart Kimberley and proceed overnight via De Aar and Beaufort West to Matjiesfontein.
Day3 08h15 Enjoy a visit to the historic village of Matjiesfontein.

18h00 Arrive at Cape Town Station's Platform 24.


Includes: accommodation, meals, excursions as well as all beverages, incl. alcohol while on board.


This three-night adventure begins with the train’s departure from Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria. It then winds its way north through Warmbaths, so named for its mineral waters, and Nylstroom, christened by the Voortrekkers as the source of the Nile River as the town’s river happened to be north flowing. The train then passes the edge of the escarpment and crosses the Tropic of Capricorn en route to the border with Zimbabwe. After formalities at Beitbridge the next morning, the train travels on the BBR line to Bulawayo, second city of Zimbabwe, capital of Matabeleland and industrial capital of the country. The following day sees the train travelling along one of the world’s longest stretches of straight railway line – 114 kilometres – before traversing Hwange National Park, a rich and diverse wildlife sanctuary where animals can be spotted from the train and a game drive excursion is enjoyed. After a service stop at Thompsons Junction, the sojourn ends at the incomparable Victoria Falls on the mighty Zambezi River. The surrounding areas offer travellers many recreational opportunities including cruises, whitewater rafting as well as superb game viewing and photo safaris. Available in reverse. Depending upon railway capacity, this journey could be routed through Botswana.

Itinerary - Pretoria - Victoria Falls
Day1 09h30 The train departs from Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria. Lunch is served in the dining car/s as the train travels north through Warmbaths and Nylstroom, crossing the Tropic of Capricorn. Enjoy afternoon tea and dinner en route to Messina and Beitbridge for zimbabwe border fromalities.
  (Breakfast 07h00-10h00 • Lunch 13h00 • Tea 16h30 • Dinner 19h30)
Day2 Day at leisure. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served as the train travelstowards Bulawayo via Turenga and Somabhula. Overnight stop on board at Mpopoma.

Breakfast is served as the train departs Mpopoma. Enjoy lunch while travellingg along the eastern ede of Hwange Park along one of Africa's longest stretches of straight railway line - 114 kilometres. 15h00 Arrive at Kennedy Siding for a game drive at The Hide. 19h30 Dinner served in the dining cars en route to Thompsons Junction for the overnight stop.



Includes: accommodation, meals, excursions as well as all beverages, incl. alcohol on board


This three-day safari between Pretoria and Durban departs during the summer months and includes game drives, a battlefields tour with a world-class historian and a look at unusual African ceramics. Experience the Nambiti Conservancy – a Big Five private retreat set on 20 000 acres of malaria-free bushveld in KwaZulu-Natal. It has an incredible biodiversity including savannah, grasslands, thornveld and tall acacia trees. Situated on an expansive game farm, Spionkop Lodge – which adjoins an 11 000-acre nature reserve – 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. Visit this charming centre in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands before travelling the Valley of a Thousand Hills to Durban. Available in reverse.

Itinerary - Pretoria - Durban
Day1 10h00 Depart Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria. Lunch is served as the Drakensberg Mountains come into view. In the afternoon the train climbs to Majuba Hill (2146m/7040ft). Dinner is served en route to Elandslaagte for overnight stop.
  (Breakfast 07h00-10h00 • Lunch 13h00 • Tea 16h30 • Dinner 19h30)
Day2 06h00 Wake-up call. Tea, coffee, juices and pastries in the dining car/s before embarking on a game drive in the Nambiti Private Game Reserve. Return to the train for brunch at 11h00 and head for Estcourt..
  14h00 Disembark for a 40-minute drive to Spionkop Lodge where a choice of two excursions is available: an escorted tour of the battlefields or a game drive in the Spionkop Game Reserve. Return to the train for dinner.
Day3 Breakfast is served as the train descends the escarpment en route to Lions River Station.
  10h00 Visit the famous Ardmore Ceramics Gallery including an equestrian display and tea.
  12h00 Depart for Durban. The train traverses the spectacular Valley of a Thousand Hills.

16h00 Arrive at journey's end in Durban.


Includes: accommodation, meals, excursions as well as all beverages, incl. alcohol, while on board.


Please contact us for more details, rates and deparute dates on the below mentioned packages:

* 9 Day golf safari
* 9 Day Africa Golf Collage
* 9 Day Namibia Safari
* 14 Day Dar es Salaam

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TChef at Workerms and Conditions:

The Rate (Per Person) Includes:

    • Three superb meals daily

    • all alcoholic and other beverages

    • Sightseeing excursions accompanied by a qualified tour guide

    • Entrance fees to places of interest

    • 24 hour full room service and bar facilities

    • Government Tax

    • Limited laundry service on board the train.

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