Rovos Rail Luxury African Journeys

 

 


 

Travel to Southern Africa and experience the Pride of Africa – A luxury train trip on Rovos Rail train trip from Dar Es Salaam to Cape Town is the pinnacle of a Safari experience on rails – arguably one of the best  luxury trains in the world. Your luxury train vacation starts or ends at the headquarters of this private South African Railway company at Capital Park Station in Pretoria. Rovos Rail  offers two beautifully restored Classic trains with a capacity of 72 passengers, accommodated in the most spacious and luxurious suites. The use of traditional and period décor provides an atmosphere of grandeur and elegance in the Observation area, Dining and Lounge cars. The personalized service ensures that each guest is well pampered for the duration of the trip – you will feel like family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Locomotion

Seven superbly reconditioned locomotives are the heart and soul of Rovos Rail and a sight to excite any rail enthusiast. Each locomotive has a distinctive character and is named after owners Rohan and Anthea Vos’ family. The oldest is also the smallest found on the platform at Winburg in the Eastern Free State. Named after their youngest daughter is the 439 Tiffany class 6 steam locomotive. The loco was purchased in 1987 and Dunns Locomotive in Witbank was commissioned to return the Class 6 to running condition.

2701 BRENDA, 2702 BIANCA and 3360 SHAUN are named after Rohan and Anthea’s other three children. They are Class 19D Locomotives, which were all built during the 1930s. All three locomotives were scrap and, after extensive restoration by Dunns Locomotive and the Rovos Staff, were put back into service in 1989.

Loco 3484 MARJORIE – named after Rohan’s mother – is a Class 25NC locomotive built in 1954 by North British in Glasgow. Due to the difficulties in running steam locomotives in South Africa, the decision was made to convert this locomotive from coal fired to an oil-fired engine. She can cover a distance of 200 kilometres without stop; whereas the coal fired locomotives need to stop for water every 80 kilometres.

Two Class 25NC locomotives have been restored and added to the fleet. Loco 3442 ANTHEA, built in 1953 by Henschel of Germany is named after Rohan’s wife. Loco 3533 KING ZOG is named after Rohan’s Dalmatian.Rovos Rail operates the only luxury train of the classic Victorian steam era in South Africa – the 2 night luxury train journey to Cape Town offers the best luxury train value in South Africa.

 

 

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