Rovos Rail

Posted on Wed April 1, 2020.

Recapture the romance of a bygone era as you step aboard the reconditioned wood-panelled coaches and enjoy fine cuisine in five-star luxury. Since its establishment in 1989, Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for its truly world-class travel experiences.

Mont d'Or Bohemian House provides complimentary transfers to and from the train station.


Book any regular Rovos Rail Journey and stay one night free in a standard room with breakfast at Mont d'Or Bohemian House Pretoria, Court Classique.

Important: This promotion cannot be combined with a package or other special offer / promotion and is subject to terms and availability.



In a series of train journeys lasting from 48 hours to a month, the Pride of Africa links some of Africa's greatest destinations from Cape Town, at the tip of Africa, to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, from scenic splendours as diverse as the game reserves of Mpumalanga to the Victoria Falls, from the desert landscapes in Namibia and the stark beauty of the Karoo to the lush cane fields of KwaZulu-Natal.


The epitome of luxury, with handsome wood panelling and period Edwardian features, the air-conditioned suites accommodate two people offering the option of twin or spacious double beds. In the en-suite bathrooms, original fittings combine with the modern technology of hot showers, hairdryers and shaver plugs. The very spacious suites offer passengers the opportunity to travel in privacy, comfort and luxury with fittings and facilities that are of the highest standard. Room service is available 24 hours a day.


The Rovos Rail Train has three lounge areas and a dining area. The lounges consist of a non-smoking lounge car (which accommodates 26 guests), and a non-smoking 42-seat dining car. If the number of guests on the train exceeds 42, then both dining cars are used, as this allows the entire complement of guests to eat all meals at the same time. Then there is the smoking lounge, with the Observation Car (which accommodates 32 guests) at the tail. Deep sofas and wingback chairs make for an extremely comfortable ride in the lounges.


Rovos Rail takes pride in the fact that all meals are served in one sitting only in the Victorian era atmosphere of the dining cars; lunch and dinner are complemented by a selection of fine South African wines. All meals are produced by an enthusiastic team of chefs who are responsible for ensuring that the needs of the guests are met and catered for. The accent with all meals is on fresh local ingredients; with traditional dishes such as game being a specialty on the train. Breakfast is served between 07h00 and 10h00, Lunch at 13h00 and a formal dinner at 19h30. At the sound of a gong heralds lunch and dinner.


Rovos Rail prides itself in being able to present a unique and ideal combination for group and incentive travel in Southern Africa. The trains can cater to a maximum of 80 passengers in the comfort and luxury that is synonymous with Rovos. Charter Itineraries are varied and exciting, and can be tailored to suit both budget, and time. In addition, there is an Events Train, which accommodates up to 250 guests for day trips (it does not have sleeping facilities). Therefore, the trips are only limited by time and distance, and there are a number of alternative uses for the train - including a three-hour circular trip of Pretoria or a one-way journey to any destination within eight hours’ rail travel time from Pretoria.


The rate per person includes:

  • Three superb meals daily
  • All alcoholic and other beverages
  • Sightseeing excursions accompanied by a qualified tour guide
  • Entrance fees to places of interest
  • 24-hour full room service
  • Bar facilities
  • Government tax
  • Limited laundry service on the train.

The rate excludes:

  • Staff gratuities
  • Off-train beverages

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