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Rovos Rail

Luxury Train Journey between Pretoria and Victoria Falls encompassing the timeless grace and high romance of African exploration.

Victoria Falls To Pretoria

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Established in 1989, Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for offering guests a truly world-class travel experience. In a series of bespoke train journeys lasting from 48 hours to 15 days, Rovos Rail links some of the continent’s greatest destinations with a variety of off-train excursions. Step aboard the vintage wood-panelled coaches and sit back as some of the most varied scenery imaginable unfolds beyond the windows. With discreet and friendly service, top cuisine and a selection of South Africa’s finest wines, Rovos Rail harks back to a simpler, more elegant era encompassing the timeless grace and high romance of African exploration.

These beautifully rebuilt trains, which may be hauled by diesel or electric locomotives, carry a maximum of 72 passengers in 36 superbly appointed suites and are also available for charter, while the Events Train caters for up to 250 guests and is suitable for daytime journeys.

Each train has accommodation carriages, dining cars (±42 seats), a lounge car (±26 seats), a small gift shop, smoking lounge (±11 seats) and an observation car (±32 seats) with an open-air balcony. Maintaining the spirit of a bygone era, there are no radios or television sets on board.

There are three types of suites available – Pullman (7sqm), Deluxe (10sqm) and Royal (16sqm) – which offer passengers privacy and comfort with double or twin beds and fittings and facilities that are of the highest standard. All have en-suites featuring a shower, toilet, basin and bath (Royal only), tea facilities, safes, air conditioning, linen and amenities and are serviced daily. There are adequate storage and small cupboards with hangers and shelves.

Rovos Rail welcomes all travellers – singles, couples and groups. The dining cars are made up of two-seaters and four-seaters where guests eat together or individually. The lounge and observation cars feature big picture windows, sofas and booths which create a perfect space for great mingling areas or quiet corners to while away the days.

Many passengers enjoy the formality of fine china and glassware, crisp linen and silver, and dress accordingly. Days onboard are smart casual while evening attire is more formal. On long journeys, we enjoy themed evenings where guests can dress up accordingly or opt for smart casual.

Rovos Rail boasts an enthusiastic team of chefs that are responsible for overseeing the very important task of ensuring guests’ every need is catered for. There’s an accent on fresh local ingredients and traditional dishes are a specialty. Meals are served in one sitting only in the dining cars and are complemented by a selection of fine South African wines. The bar menu is comprehensive although special items such as French Champagne would need to be requested in advance.

A typical day on the Rovos Rail
Breakfast: 07:00-10:00
Lunch: 13:00
Tea: 16:30
Formal Dinner: 19:30
Bar service is from 07:00-±01:00.
All meals are served at these times unless otherwise stated in the itineraries.

Rovos Rail Itinerary

Pretoria to Victoria Falls:
DAY 1: Pretoria departure at 10h00
DAY 2: On board
DAY 3: Hwange game drive at 15h00
DAY 4: Victoria Falls arrival at 10h00

Victoria Falls to Pretoria:
DAY 1: Victoria Falls departure at 17h00
DAY 2: Hwange game drive at 06h00
DAY 3: On Board
DAY 4: Pretoria arrival at 10h00

This adventure begins with the train’s departure from Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria. Travel north through Warmbaths (Bela-Bela), so named for its mineral waters, and Nylstroom (Modimolle), christened by the Voortrekkers as the source of the Nile River as the town’s river happened to be north-flowing. Cross the Tropic of Capricorn and Limpopo River towards Bulawayo, second city of Zimbabwe, capital of Matabeleland and industrial capital of the country. Travel along one of the world’s longest stretches of straight railway line – 114km – before traversing Hwange National Park, a rich and diverse wildlife sanctuary where a game drive excursion is enjoyed. Arrive at the incomparable Victoria Falls on the mighty Zambezi River where this sojourn ends. The surrounding areas offer travellers many recreational opportunities including cruises, whitewater rafting as well as superb game viewing and photo safaris. Available in reverse.

Special SADC Rate


Standard Rate


per person sharing for 3 nights in a Pullman Suite

    3 Nights Luxury accommodation in a Pullman Suite on the Victoria Falls - Pretoria Route
    All meals
    All alcoholic and other Beverages (excluding French Champagne)
    Room service
    Excursions accompanied by a qualified guide
    Entrance fees as per itinerary
    Limited laundry service

The train traverses through the Hwange National Park, where it is possible to view wildlife through your cabin's panoramic window as you lie in bed or sit on your couch.

Book a stay at the majestic Victoria Falls Hotel to complete the itinerary.

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