Rovos Rail


Off-Train/Air excursions cannot be guaranteed and will be undertaken only if time permits

Departure/Arrival times are approximate and cannot be guaranteed.



During the course of the year we have many 3 – 4 hour Lunch and Dinner excursions where we entertain a maximum of 72 guests. 
The format of the day or evening would be as follows:

10h00 to 11h30:
18h30 to 19h00:

Guests arrive at Rovos Rail’s Capital Park Station. Champagne, orange juice and canapés are served on arrival. Musicians play light classical music in the background. A Steam Locomotive will be parked on the platform adjoining the station lounge, allowing the guests numerous photographic opportunities.

11h30 to 11h45:
19h30 to 19h45:

The locomotive will move off the platform to fetch the train and bring it on to the platform. While all the participants are together and their attention is focused, this is an ideal time for speeches or presentations.  


Departure for a circular panoramic tour around Pretoria


Arrive back at Capital Park Station

Drinks will be served in the Observation and Lounge cars on departure. Lunch or Dinner would be served at 13h30 or 20h30. Our menus reflect an accent on fresh local ingredients, and traditional dishes such as game are a specialty. Our lunches and dinners offer a starter, a choice of fish, meat or vegetarian dish followed by a tempting dessert. Fine wines from some of South Africa’s renowned cellars and estates complement the meals.  



Generator Car
Sleeper Carriage with bathroom facilities 
Dining Car - 42 seats
Kitchen Car
Dining Car - 42 seats 
Sleeper Carriage with bathroom facilities
Lounge Car - non smoking
Observation Car
Smoking – smoking allowed in coach next to Observation Car and in privacy of suites  

Lunch/Dinner Trip Terms and Conditions 
50% Deposit on confirmation of the booking.The balance is payable 14 days prior to departure



The Train
Very successful overnight trips from one to ten days have been undertaken with special interest groups. Business incentive groups, historical tours, private parties and bird shoots are just a few of the special charters we have hosted during the past 11 years. Within reason, and subject to availability, the chartered train can go anywhere there is a railway line in the sub continent of Africa. The costing for these trips is based on distance, time, the number in the party and the number of coaches required to house the party. Rovos Rail is a private train company running on the rails of the National Railways and our tariff is determined by the number of coaches run at a given time and the distance covered: added to which are the costs of locomotive crews, train inspections and watering facilities. Therefore, each charter request has to be individually costed. The following itineraries and costs will illustrate a few options.

One Night

An early evening departure from Capital Park Station, Pretoria. Dinner and overnight on board. The train will stop at about midnight for ± 6 hours. Return to Capital Park after a leisurely breakfast. 

Two Nights

Day 1:   An early evening departure from Capital Park Station, Pretoria Dinner and overnight on the train
Day 2:   After breakfast disembark for a day of activities off the train Return to the train late afternoon for dinner and overnight on the train
Day 3:   Disembark at Capital Park Station, Pretoria after breakfast


Rovos Rail, is offering a unique opportunity to Luxury Steam Train enthusiasts worldwide to travel on board The Pride of Africa under steam haulage for almost the entire journey. This nostalgic, luxury journey will be available for either groups or individual ticket sales and should be of special interest to preservation societies and steam heritage groups. The locomotives used at various stages will include 19D and 25NC.
Journey: Victoria Falls to Pretoria

This 9-night / 10-day journey is not a regular scheduled routing operated by Rovos Rail and being hauled entirely under steam makes it unique and exciting. En route we will stop at Hwange, Matobo Game Reserves and Antelope Park for game drives and visit the Bulawayo Rail Museum before entering Botswana en route to South Africa. The train will comprise 29 Pullman Suites & 5 Deluxe Suites (68 passengers maximum), a lounge car, dining car and observation car. More information about the features and facilities on board Rovos Rail trains can be found at




Distance in kilometres

Number of Suites

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