Luxury Rail Passage South Africa

December 27, 2019

One of the finest journeys on rail is passage from Pretoria to Cape Town, South Africa. For Rovos Rail passengers, a highlight of their journey is a visit to the private station at Capital Park, Pretoria. The once bustling hub of steam locomotion in what was the old Transvaal is now the headquarters for Rovos Rail. The gracious railway station serves as the new departure or arrival point for all Rovos Rail train journeys.

Enjoying the accompaniment of new found friends during the champagne reception prior to boarding, an announcement follows for boarding on the “Pride of Africa” wherein you will be led to your suite accommodation for rail passage to Cape Town. There is no other train on the continent and perhaps in the world to match the style and elegance of the Rovos Rail.

As depicted within the Rovos Rail brochure, this 1,600-kilometer journey is an ideal 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,

There can be no doubt that a journey on the Rovos Rail becomes one of the special highlights during a visit to South Africa, be it for the inclusive feature of fine wines and cocktails, sumptuous cuisine, or an evening’s camaraderie within the glamour and comfort of the trailing parlour car. Exciting tales of animal sightings bode well among fellow passengers during pre-dinner or after-dinner cocktails.

First Cabin has sent travelers on safari to Africa since 1989, with the mainstay of bookings derived from repeat clientele and their ever-so-enthusiastic referrals.


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