Rovos Rail 5*, Pretoria to Cape Town
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, which was 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.
ROVOS RAIL ACCOMMODATION
The Deluxe Suites (±11 sq metres/±118 sq feet) accommodate two passengers in either twin or double beds and have a lounge area and en-suite bathroom with shower. The wood panelled rebuilt sleeper coaches, remodelled and refurbished to mint condition, offer every modern convenience and comfort.
In the en-suite bathrooms, original fittings combine with the modern technology of hot showers, hair dryers and shaver plugs.The spacious suites offer passengers the opportunity to travel in privacy, comfort and luxury, with fittings and facilities that are of the highest standard. All are equipped with a writing surface and a personal safe for valuables. There is also a bar fridge filled with beverages of the passengers’ choice and room service is available 24 hours a day.
The Royal Suites, each of which take up half a carriage, are spacious and elegant, measuring ±16 sq metres in size. Each has its own private lounge area and full bathroom with Victorian bath and separate shower. The epitome of luxury with handsome wood paneling and period Edwardian features, the air-conditioned suites accommodate two people offering the option of side by side twin or spacious double beds. In the en-suite bathrooms, original fittings combine with the modern technology of hot showers, hair dryers and shaver plugs.
Frequently asked questions
- Can you cater for special dietary requirements?
We will do our best to cater for special dietary requirements such as vegetarians, vegans, diabetics etc., provided a detailed request has been made at the time of your reservation. If a special request has not been made, the chefs will endeavour to prepare suitable meals with the ingredients available on board. We do however regret that we are unable to provide meals requiring strict religious observance in the preparation.
- Do you have sittings for meals?
Breakfast, lunch and a formal dinner, heralded by a gong, are served in one sitting only in the charming Victorian atmosphere of the Dining Cars. During the day, the dress is smart, casual and comfortable. More formal attire is worn in the evening on the “Pride of Africa”. A jacket & tie is a minimum requirement, please.
- Do I need to leave a gratuity for the Rovos Rail Staff?
There will be an envelope addressed to the Train Manager in your suite which may, at your discretion, be used for gratuities.
- Does Rovos Rail take children?
Rovos Rail does accommodate children but we ask parents to be mindful of the sophisticated adult atmosphere we endeavour to maintain. This is particularly pertinent to our long journeys.
- Can disabled people travel on Rovos Rail?
We regret that the dimensions of the passages and layout of the train are not suitable for wheelchair bound passengers. We are able to accommodate passengers with slight walking difficulties although we recommend that an able-bodied passenger accompany them. Should you have any special requirements please inform your travel agent or the Rovos Rail office at the time of booking.
- Is there room in my suite for my luggage?
Yes there is enough space for 6 large suitcases. These can be stored on the overhead luggage rack or under the bed.
- What is the dress code on board Rovos Rail?
During the day, the dress is smart, casual and comfortable. Attire that is more formal is worn in the evening on the “Pride of Africa”. A jacket & tie is a minimum requirement, please.
- Are there showers on board Rovos Rail?
All the suites have an en suite shower with the Royal Suites having a shower and a separate Victorian bath. Please go to the train on this website for full details.
- What currency do I need on board Rovos Rail?
Although Rovos Rail prices are all inclusive it is recommended that passengers have a small amount of Rands for on board or off-train purchases.
- Can I smoke on board Rovos Rail?
You may smoke in the privacy of your suites or in the Club Lounge situated towards the rear of the Train. Smoking is strictly forbidden in all other parts of the Train.
- What service can I expect on board Rovos Rail?
A dedicated Host/ess will be available for full 24-hour room service and bar facilities. He/she can be called on the ‘phone in your suite. The Train Manager and Deputy Train Manager are on hand throughout the journey to help with any queries.
- How is the temperature controlled on the Train?
All the public cars are fitted with gas-filled air-conditioning systems. Although each air-conditioner is individually controlled, where necessary we endeavour to maintain a standard internal temperature of between 20 to 21° C (70 to 72° F) throughout the journey. For the comfort of guests, each suite has and individual air-conditioner with individual temperature controls which range from 18 to 24° C (65 to 77° F). Fresh air intake is simply solved by opening a window! During cold periods, all systems are provided with heating cycles from the air-conditioning units, as well as electric under-blankets.
- What is the electricity voltage on the Train?
The electricity on the train is as follows: 220V AC 50Hz. The plugs are 3 point round pronged wall plugs. International adaptors are also available on board.
In keeping with the bygone era of the Train there are no televisions, radios, newspaper or Internet access.
- Is there cell phone reception?
The reception is poor while the Train is moving, but does improve when we are stationery or near main roads. Please note that the use of mobile telephones and laptop computers is forbidden in all the public areas. Please use your phone and computer in the privacy of your suite.
- Is there secure parking at Rovos Rail Station at Capital Park in Pretoria?
Yes there is but Rovos Rail cannot be held liable for the safety of your vehicles or any possessions left in the vehicles.
- Is there a weight restriction?
No, there is no weight or number of suitcases restriction on Rovos Rail.
Travel Documents, Visas & Health Requirements
It is the responsibility of each passenger to ensure that they are in possession of the correct travel documentation prior to departure.
Gateway Travel & Tours cannot accept responsibility for any consequences, of any nature whatsoever, arising from the passengers failing to ensure that they have complied with the necessary health, passport and visa requirements.
A valid passport is required for all international and cross-border travel. Passports must be valid for a minimum of 6 months after your intended date of return and must have at least 2 blank pages for visa stamping purposes. In certain cases, foreign passport holders require re-entry or departure permits and it is advised to contact the relevant consulate before travel for up-to-date visa and health requirements.
We recommend that all travellers have comprehensive travel insurance from time of booking, and insurance packages are available for purchase though our offices.
Prices are from a starting price, per person sharing and subject to change, airfare increase, currency fluctuations and availability. Taxes are estimated and based on the current exchange rate and are subject to change. Advance purchase, peak season surcharges, block out periods and minimum stay conditions may apply. Please note that airport taxes, fuel levies and surcharges are approximate and subject to change, the exact amount will be confirmed at time of booking. Valid for dates as specified. Group rates available on request.