Since its inception in 1989, Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for its truly World-class experiences.

With discreet and friendly service, five-star 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.

In a series of journeys lasting from 48 hours to 15 days, Rovos Rail links some of the sub-continents greatest destinations from Cape Town at its tip, to Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania, from scenic splendours as diverse as the game reserves in Mpumalanga  to the Victoria Falls, from the desert landscapes of Namibia and the stark beauty of the Karoo.

All these are within reach when you join us on a Rovos Rail departure.

Travel the grasslands of the gold-rich Highveld to the haunting barrenness of the Great Karoo: trundle through spectacular mountain ranges into the scenic winelands valleys of The Cape. Cradled by the imposing bulk of Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak  and Lion’s Head is The Mother City, Cape Town, internationally known for its majestic beauty offering a blend of cosmopolitan city life and outdoor adventure, while the twin cities of Johannesburg & Pretoria form the economic heartland of South Africa and the ideal departure point for Mpumalanga’s world-famous game reserves.

Highlights of the north- and south-bound routes include a  visit to the quaint and historic village of Matjiesfontein (pronounced ‘Mikeys-fontein’). This authentically preserved village – which was founded by Scotsman  James Douglas Logan in 1888 - also boasts an impressive museum on the platform, and a collection of vintage cars and classic railway carriages.

Originally, Matjiesfontein was only a small depot and farm, however Logan, who was superintendent of this stretch of railway, bought land at Matjiesfontein, moved there because of his weak chest, and opened a refreshment station for passing trains. This was so successful that the business soon formed the nucleus of a growing village.

Another stop is made in The Diamond City of Kimberley, providing an opportunity to enjoy a city tour, a visit to The Diamond Mine Museum, and the World’s largest man-made excavation, The Big Hole.’

On this once-in-a-lifetime journey you will discover infinite variety from the mountains, bushveld & grassland plains to the bustling urban heart of South Africa’s cities…come with us on Rovos Rail, for a real African Adventure!


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