South Africa has some of the most beautifully diverse landscapes in the world. From charming coastal oases and wild African bushveld to vibrant cities buzzing with artistry and life. It is also a country fortunate enough to be able to offer a number of choices in luxury train travel.

Rail passages move throughout the Cape Winelands and the beloved Karoo, to game reserves and historical regions, making for an unprecedented travel experience like no other.  By fusing luxury train travel into your travel itinerary, something we know how to do well, you will be able to view the depths of South Africa from a new, relaxed perspective that air travel fails to captivate.

Rovos Rail is one of the 3 top luxury trains in South Africa

One of the most popular train routes that run throughout the country, falls between the bustling cities of Cape Town and Johannesburg. This route covers a lengthy portion of the South African countryside in style and top-class comfort, allowing you to be well-rested and refreshed upon your arrival at your respective destination.

Below are the three best options for luxury train travel in South Africa. Our expertise lies in helping you plan your trip as a whole, and incorporate sections by rail into your safari itinerary.

Famous for its elegance and extravagance, the grandeur of the Rovos Rail epitomizes luxury train travel at its finest. Amble your way back towards the Victorian days with the help of the train’s glamourous vintage carriages and lounges finished with sleek wood-panelling and winged back chairs. Guests will also indulge in a first-class dining experience with excellent cuisine, in an amiable pre-1940s atmosphere.

Personal service and attention to detail is what makes The Blue Train another luxury, five-star “hotel-on-wheels”. Traversing between Cape Town, Pretoria, and Hoedspruit, this train offers guests a lavish experience that incorporates fine-dining gastronomy with deluxe suites, finished with touches of gold and marble. The elegant lounging carts allow you to soak up panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, and with a personal butler to attend to your every need, relaxation and comfort are guaranteed.

Perched high above the Sabie River on the historical Selati Bridge is The Kruger Shalati, also known as ‘The Train on the Bridge’ pays homage to the 1920s, when the first visitors entered the Kruger National Park.  This opulent train is a static train, permanently located on the bridge offering some of the most unique views and experiences in the Kruger National Park. All of the suites have spectacular views of the surrounding bush, the train offers exquisite dining experiences as well as a swimming pool suspended over the Sabie River.

A truly luxurious experience on the Rovos Rail

These affluent train companies offer a variety of packages and journey options of exceptional comfort. Book a train odyssey through Southern Africa and sit back with a glass of your favourite to relish in some breathtaking scenery in the lap of luxury.

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