Where does the train travel?
Rovos Rail’s journeys include a number of South African destinations, including destinations between Cape Town and Pretoria, Pretoria and Victoria Falls, Pretoria and Namibia, Kruger National Park, Durban and Cape Town, as well as Cape Town and Dar es Salaam.
What does a typical day onboard entail?
The day begins with a delicious breakfast and then, depending on which journey or package you choose, you will enjoy a number of train-stop excursions, including visits to landmarks and renowned sights in the area. A lunch is served at 13h00, a tea at 16h30 and later in the evening a formal dinner is served.
What accommodation/suites are offered?
The train offers three levels of accommodation – Royal Suites, Deluxe Suites and Pullman Suites. The Royal Suites have their own private lounge area and a bathroom with a Victoria bath and a shower. The Deluxe Suites have twin or double beds, a lounge area and an en-suite bathroom with a shower. The Pullman Suites have a one-up one-down bed with an en-suite bathroom.
How long are the routes?
Rovos Rail offers a variety of journeys, from 48 hour sojourns to 28 day trips. Thrilling train journeys available include a 3-night Victoria Falls trip, a 9-day Namibian getaway, a 3-day Durban safari and 15-day expedition from South Africa to Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania.
Is the train child friendly?
While children can be accommodated on the train, the long journeys are not recommended for children under the age of 13. There are no child-minding services or activities on the train for children.
Is the train wheelchair friendly?
Rovos Rail is unfortunately not wheelchair-friendly due to the size of the passages and the layout of the train.
What do the rates include?
The rate includes three meals a day, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, excursions facilitated by a tour guide and entrance fees to places of interest, room service, bar facilities, limited laundry service and government tax.
What is the dress code and what should I pack?
The dress code on the train during the day is smart casual. In the evenings, guests are required to wear formal attire – an evening or cocktail dress is suitable for the ladies, and a jacket and a tie for the gentlemen. It is important to pack warm clothing for when it is cold, and trainers or walking shoes for off-train activities.
What are the on-board and off-board activities?
Guests can enjoy a variety of board games and playing cards on board, and off-board activities include excursions to attractions, landmarks and places of interest in areas where the train stops.
What medication/vaccines are needed?
A Yellow Fever Certificate or Medical Exemption Certificate is required if you are travelling to Tanzania. Immunisations against Hepatitis A, Polio, Tetanus and Cholera are recommended. Visit your doctor to discuss the anti-malaria medication you may need before your Rovos Rail journey.
Is tipping/gratuities expected?
Tipping is at your discretion, and suitably marked envelopes can be found in suites for gratuities and handed to the train manager who will distribute monies on a pro-rata basis. We’d suggest a tip of between 10 US dollars and 20 US dollars per person per night.
What is the food like?
Traditional dishes made using fresh local ingredients are served, and guests can enjoy fine South African wine with their meal.
Where does the train depart from?
The train departs from the Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria.
Does the train have WiFi/mobile reception?
Guests may only use their cellphones, laptops and any other devices that may disturb other guests in the privacy of their own suite. While the train is moving, the reception is poor. Before your Rovos Rail trip, it is best to contact your service provider and ask them to activate the correct network settings.
Are there luggage restrictions?
While Rovos Rail has no luggage restrictions, aircrafts generally have luggage-weight restrictions, so if you are travelling to Southern Africa from another country, make sure that you adhere to the airline’s restrictions.
What currency is used and language spoken?
You’ll need South African Rands as this is the currency used. The train accepts all major credit cards. The staff on the train speak mainly English, Afrikaans and other local ethnic languages. A few speak German, Spanish and French.
What is the climate?
On board each suite has an air-conditioner with temperature control and the temperature of the public cars is controlled using a gas-filled air-conditioning system.
Does the train run year-round?
Yes. However, some of the short journeys are not offered during the winter months.
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