Rovos Rail Luxur y Train

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What a thrill it is to go back to a by­gone era of travel on a train as lux­u­ri­ous as Rovos Rail.

Rovos Rail, oth­er­wise known as “The Most Lux­u­ri­ous Train in the World,” is, in­dis­putably, the world’s most lux­u­ri­ous train with an in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion for world-class travel ex­pe­ri­ences. It is a fan­tas­tic and slow way to travel and a great way to re­lax and de­stress with the coun­try air and the dream ride en­hanc­ing the whole ex­pe­ri­ence.

The 5-star treat­ment be­gins at the rail sta­tion in Pre­to­ria with Cham­pagne, sand­wiches and red car­pet ser­vice. Meet­ing fel­low pas­sen­gers and in­spect­ing the Rovos Rail’s steam en­gine puts you in the right frame of mind im­me­di­ately. You can even pull the train’s steam whis­tle!

Each of the car­riages on the Rovos Rail have been im­pec­ca­bly and lov­ingly re­stored to cap­ture the lav­ish­ness of days gone by with each of the car­riages car­ry­ing its own story. Some date back nearly a hun­dred years, oth­ers have trans­ported roy­alty—but all are ut­terly op­u­lent. It is the only train in the world with a pri­vate bath­room in each cabin. The li­brary car­riage of­fers peace and soli­tude. There are no ra­dios or tele­vi­sion sets on board and the use of mo­bile phones and lap­tops are con­fined to the pri­vacy of your suites only. Smok­ing is only al­lowed in the pri­vacy of your suite and in the Club Lounge.

The Rovos Rail stops in Kim­berly, to see the Black Hole, (a on­ce­op­er­a­tional di­a­mond mine, which de­scends a stag­ger­ing 840m be­low the earth), and a stop in Matjies­fontein to see a South African mu­seum, chock-full of his­tor­i­cal and in­ter­est­ing mem­o­ra­bilia. Plus the mu­seum is fas­ci­nat­ing, es­pe­cially their col­lec­tion of toi­let bowls, cos­tumes of the day, and a fully-stocked 1930’s apothe­cary. Giv­ing you a chance to stretch your legs and fully ex­pe­ri­ence the coun­try­side, a 5K walk along­side the rail is of­fered out­side of Matjies­fontein. Rovos per­son­nel ac­com­pany you just in case you ex­pe­ri­ence any dif­fi­culty.

If you em­brace the at­mos­phere around the nos­tal­gia, and em­brace un­ex­pected stops in the mid­dle of the Ka­roo giv­ing you the op­por­tu­nity to walk for an hour, you will have an ex­pe­ri­ence for life. The scenery, es­pe­cially go­ing from 5,000 feet above to sea level, is out­stand­ing, es­pe­cially as you ap­proach Cape Town.

Ro­van Ros and his fam­ily have painstak­ingly en­sured that ev­ery de­tail has been con­sid­ered; wood-pan­eled walls fea­tur­ing in­tri­cate art and tra­di­tional fur­ni­ture and fin­ery re­call turn-of-the-cen­tury el­e­gance.

The linens are soft and cozy, the bath­room is more than ad­e­quate in each cabin, es­pe­cially the Royal Suite. The Vic­to­rian din­ing room pro­vides world-class am­biance for five-star cui­sine, and suites are very spa­cious, meld­ing Edwardian el­e­gance with mod­ern ameni­ties. A fine se­lec­tion of Cape wines are avail­able, such as Haute Cabriere – try the Chardon­nay Pinot Noir. What a great wine!

Led by Daphne, the train mas­ter, the food was ex­cep­tional, the ser­vice mar­velous and the staff goes out of their way to en­sure your en­joy­ment and cater to your ev­ery need. Meet­ing peo­ple in the Ob­ser­va­tion car­riage, while the pro­fes­sional bar men and women fix your fa­vorite drink, whether tea, wine or liquor, cou­pled with deserts and sand­wiches, is part of what makes this rail trip so en­ter­tain­ing.

This is truly a travel ex­pe­ri­ence un­like any other—trav­el­ling through a sto­ried land in un­matched lux­ury… rid­ing on a leg­endary “iron horse” with a sin­gu­larly vel­vet touch.

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