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A familiar Chinese proverb says that, ‘a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’. On Rovos Rail’s seven vintage steam locomotives, your rail adventure to some of southern Africa’s most spectacular destinations is more likely to begin with a warm welcome onboard and a chilled flute of champagne.
Billed as the world’s most luxurious train, travel on Rovos Rail is first class all the way. The company’s rebuilt and restored antique railway carriages with wood-panelled, Edwardian era interiors equate to a five-star hotel on wheels. They have all the en-suite comforts, unobtrusive personalised service and fine dining one would expect.
Aside from the luxury aspect, the bygone romance of train travel is Rovos Rail’s biggest selling point. It promises effortless and elegant carriage to Cape Town, Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, Namibia, and other must-see places.
Forgotten rituals, such as dressing up to enjoy a formal three-course dinner with crisp linen, crystal, and silverware, are revived. Afterwards one can retire to the Lounge and Club car for a nightcap. These pleasures hark back to a time when mobile phones, computers and work stress were unheard of.
Rovos Rail journeys last from 24 hours to a fortnight. Limited passenger numbers on the trains assure guests of comfort and privacy as they travel southern Africa in style.