They say that Rovos Rail has renewed the golden age of luxury train travel in the heart of the African bush. These beautifully restored trains consist of up to 19 coaches; drawn by steam, diesel or electric locomotives operating at various stages of the journey. Refurbished in the style of the Edwardian period; the suites as well as the observation and dining cars feature superior modern comforts. Furthermore, Rovos Rail offers unique rail safaris through some of the most spectacular scenery in Africa.
The train departs Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria at 9:30 am. Lunch is served in the dining cars as the train travels north through Warmbaths, so named for its mineral waters. It also passes through Nylstroom, christened by the Voortrekkers as the source of the Nile River as the town’s river happened to be north flowing. The train then passes the edge of the escarpment and crosses the Tropic of Capricorn en–route to the border with Zimbabwe. Dinner is served en–route to the border at Beitbridge. (B, L, D)
Breakfast is served in the dining cars as the train traverses baobab country towards Bulawayo, second city of Zimbabwe, capital of Matabeleland and industrial capital of the country. Lunch is served in the dining cars. Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars. Dinner is served en route to Mpopoma for overnight. (B, L, D)
Day 3Hwange National Park
Breakfast is served in the dining cars. Depart Mpopoma. Lunch is served as the train travels along one of Africa’s longest stretches of straight railway line – 114km. Arrive at Kennedy Siding for a game drive at The Hide in Hwange National Park, a rich and diverse wildlife sanctuary. Dinner en–route to Thompsons Junction for overnight. (B, L, D)
Day 4Arrive Victoria Falls
Breakfast is served until 09:30am. Depart Thompsons Junction and arrive at journey’s end in Victoria Falls at 10:00am. (B, L, D)