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Rovos Rail evokes the style and old age glamour of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express – minus the murder – with subtle modern touches bringing the train into the 21st Century.
Comprised of restored coaches, the train is made up of two restaurant cars, two sitting areas and private sleeping compartments, all of which are en suite. As well as the Pullman Suites and Deluxe Suites, there are Royal Suites which are not only larger, but have full size Victorian baths. Wood panelling and Edwardian features throughout exude a feeling of grandeur.
Starting in Pretoria and ending in Cape Town (or vice versa), this two night train journey is just short of 1000 miles and is the best way to digest as much of the vast country as possible. Speedy and efficient, the train covers a lot of ground without missing out on the stunning scenery.
Cross the grasslands of the gold-rich Highveld and the stark emptiness of the Great Karoo; and wind through the breathtaking mountain ranges and the picturesque winelands of the Cape. Focal points of the journey include a visit to the historical village of Matjiesfontein, a perfectly conserved Victorian Village that was founded as a refreshment stop in 1890. The village also boasts a museum which is well worth a visit. Another pit stop is Kimberley, where guests have the chance to take in the sights of the city, including a visit to the spectacular Diamond Mine Museum and the world's largest man made excavation, suitably named, the Big Hole.
The journey's end (or beginning, depending on which route you take) is Cape Town, passing Touws River and Worcester on route. We recommend adding a few days on in Cape Town, taking in the sights of the city and surrounding areas, including paying a visit to the neighbouring winelands.
Link city and safari and swap plane for train – a luxury Rovos Rail train journey is a great way to combine a safari in the Kruger or Sabi Sands with a trip to Cape Town and the winelands.
Nick, Original Traveller