Gary Diskin - Sep 4, 2007

The South Africa based Rovos Rail operates the most luxurious trains in the world. They offer passengers a unique experience – traveling by steam trains throughout Africa.

The beautiful period equipment of the Rovos trains enhances this wonderful experience. Rovos Rail has bought number of historical carriages and five steam locomotives. The oldest locomotive is 439 TIFFANY manufactured by Dubs & Co in 1893. This one is also the smallest.

The trains’ equipment, however, is not strictly from the original period. Ravos Rail combines period Edwardian features, the air-conditioned suites and e.g. showers. The Ravos Rail trains are in fact five stars hotels.

A customer can really enjoy luxury in their suites. All the suites are equipped with a personal safe, a bar fridge filled with beverages and room service is available 24 hours a day. Passengers may choose to use the Royal Suites, each of which take up half a carriage, some 16 sq meters.

Other options are the Deluxe suites, occupying 11 sq meters, or the Pullman suite (7 square meters)Each train has a non-smoking Observation Car at the rear of the train, while the coach next to it contains a small smoking lounge. P

assengers can spend their time watching the landscape from the Observation Cars which has enlarged windows and open-air balconies. People traveling on Rovos Rail trains can time to time make a trip. Some destinations worth visiting are for example the largest diamond mine in the world at Kimberley, or the village Matjiesfontein with its transport museum.


Ravos Rail considers cuisine a very important part of the traveling experience and therefore they employ skilled chefs. The menu is wide and it offers many delicacies. There is an accent on fresh local ingredients, and traditional dishes such as game are a specialty.

Traveling by Ravos Rail trains is definitely a wonderful experience and for those willing, there is the possibility to undertake a trip as long as 34 days from Cape Town to Cairo.


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