Africa’s combination of wistful landscapes, natural wonders and plenty of nostalgia to go around make it an enchanting place for travelling by rail. Rather than an efficient transfer from A to B, these South Africa rail experiences are as much about the journey as they are about the final destination. Step back in time, savour the moment and take in the beauty of this country at an unhurried pace.

The Blue Train is a luxurious alternative to flying, travelling almost the entire breadth of the country diagonally with its overnight route between Pretoria and Cape Town. It’s a memorable way to arrive into Cape Town – we’ve combined it with a few nights in the city and the Winelands in our Luxury Taste of South Africa suggested itinerary. Capturing the romance of the classic vintage rail journeys, Rovos Rail also travels between Cape Town and Pretoria, although it’s the journey over Victoria Falls Bridge along the Pretoria to Victoria Falls route that really evokes a sense of wanderlust.  

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Rovos Rail

Experience the wonder of rail travel on a beautiful journey with Rovos Rail. With a range of itineraries to choose from, there’s a journey to fit any adventure.

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Rovos Rail to the Falls

Travel the beautiful landscapes of Southern Africa on an iconic rail journey, culminating at the majestic wonder of the Victoria Falls.

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The Blue Train

Perfect for those in search of a luxurious overnight experience aboard one of South Africa’s most elegant and iconic trains.

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Luxury Taste of South Africa

There are lots of ways to get around South Africa, and this suggested itinerary encompasses one of the country’s most iconic journeys – a rail trip aboard the Blue Train.

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