South Africa boasts some of the best escorted rail tours in the world. Incorporating a great train journey into your itinerary adds a unique perspective to your holiday - an out of the ordinary experience that is truly in a league of its own.

Travelling by train in South Africa has increased in popularity in recent years and is the sole mode of transport for some travellers. Not only are you transported from point A to B, but you do so in style with the freedom to do nothing but relax and enjoy the ride! What better way to enhance your South African holiday than by including a night or two on a luxury train, or African Travel Gateway can assist you in planning your entire trip travelling by train. A popular way of integrating a train journey into your South African itinerary is to traverse the sector between Johannesburg and Cape Town by rail. Not only do you cover most of the length of the country in comfort, but you get to take in some amazingly diverse countryside that so many visitors to South Africa miss out on by flying this leg. An added bonus – you will arrive at your destination feeling like a million dollars!

Below are three of African Travel Gateway’s best options for train travel in South Africa. Or if you require assistance planning something a little different, give us a call.


A Little More on Luxury Trains in South Africa

The Rovos Rail fleet of luxury trains are the epitome of grandeur and sophistication. Each carriage has been restored to its former old-world glory with the utmost attention to detail. In addition to the lounge and dining cars, guests are also offered a club lounge and a customised observation car with enlarged windows and open-air balconies. The Shongololo Express offers a range of first-class rail journeys with the added advantage that the train transports its own fleet of touring vehicles and multi-lingual guides for seamless day tours enroute. The Blue Train will pamper you in ultimate style and opulence between Pretoria and Cape Town or vice versa offering silver service fine dining, a gift boutique and dedicated personal butlers. So whichever of these three great trains you choose, sit back with a glass of your favourite and enjoy South Africa’s breathtaking scenery in the lap of luxury!