The meticulously restored “Pride of Africa” trains can accommodate up to 72 guests in 36 superbly appointed Suites. Period decor and tasteful finishes offer en-suite luxury, and the spacious Royal Suites boast a Victorian bath from which to watch the world go by. Attentive butler service and modern conveniences (personal safes, air-conditioning and a bar and fridge) ensure guests are comfortable at all times.
Excellent cuisine is paired with fine wines and beautifully presented in the signature dining car – the atmosphere of grandeur and tradition suitably complemented by the transitory landscape. The train’s sedate pace allows stops for professionally operated walks, game drives and tours. Routing destinations include Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban, Victoria Falls, Namibia and Dar es Salaam, with a focus on scenery, golfing, animals and history, depending on the route chosen.
36 Superbly Appointed Suites. There are 3 types: Royal, Deluxe & Pullman
Rovos Rail offers a variety of epic journeys.
Cape Town to Pretoria – is a 3 day, 1600 km journey. Travel the grasslands of the gold-rich Highveld to the haunting barrenness of the Great Karoo; trundle through the spectacular mountain ranges and scenic winelands of the Cape. Journey’s end is Cape Town, the Mother City of South Africa, cradled by the imposing bulk of Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head. Highlights of the north- and southbound routes include a visit to the historic village of Matjiesfontein; this authentic perfectly preserved Victorian Village – founded by Mr Logan as a refreshment stop in 1890 – also boasts an impressive museum on the platform. Another stop is made in Kimberley providing an opportunity to enjoy a city tour and a visit to the Diamond Mine Museum and the world’s largest man-made excavation, the Big Hole.
Pretoria to Victoria Falls – This three-night adventure winds its way north through Warmbaths, so named for its mineral waters, and 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. A highlight is Hwange National Park.
Pretoria to Durban – This three-day safari between Pretoria and Durban departs during the summer months and includes game drives, a battlefields tour with a world-class historian and a look at unusual African ceramics. Experience the Nambiti Conservancy – a Big Five private retreat set on 20 000 acres of malaria-free bushveld in KwaZulu-Natal. Situated on an expansive game farm, Spionkop Lodge – which adjoins an 11 000-acre nature reserve – is the perfect base for exploring the mountains, bush, birds and battlefields of the region.
Pretoria to Swakopmund – This nine-day 3 400-kilometre journey takes the train from the savannahs of the Highveld to the Atlantic in the west. Stopping at Kimberley crossing the Northern Cape to Fish River Canyon, the Kalahari Desert to Windhoek and then on to Sossusvlei and Etosha National Park.
All trips can be done in reverse order.
Rovos Rail also offers Golf Tours & Safaris. For example a 9 day Golf Safari starting in Pretoria heading west to Sun City and Pilanesberg for golf and safari. Then on to the imposing Drakensberg Mountains to play at the Champagne Sports Resort with guided tour of the battlefields. On to Durban Country Club or a tour of the city. Game viewing in Hluhluwe before heading on to Swaziland to tee off at Royal Swazi or enjoy game drives at Mkhaya and a visit to Ngwenya Glass and Guava Gallery. Golfers then play the challenging Leopard Creek course while non-golfers enjoy a game drive in the world-famous Kruger Park, after which this memorable journey ends in Pretoria.
Contemporary artwork, neutral colours and tasteful décor merge beautifully with the building’s Cape Dutch heritage. Twelve well-appointed rooms, are individually styled, feature modern conveniences and are geared for comfort and relaxation.
The house and grounds are a showcase of artwork, including garden sculptures of iconic figures (Gandhi & Mandela). Culinary breakfasts are created using the freshest organic produce and served in the conservatory, or al fresco on the terrace. Guests may make use of the gym, spa and scenic nature trails at sister hotel, Leeu Estates, or cool off in the pool during summer months. After a day exploring all the Wineland’s has on offer, unwind on manicured lawns and shaded terraces or sip fine wines around a blazing fire as the day draws to a close.
12 Well-appointed Rooms
Open all year
75 spacious rooms and suites enjoy stunning views over the city skyline and the manicured gardens below. Décor is tasteful and fresh with sleek lines, bold touches and attentive detail – perfectly created for the discerning leisure or business traveller.
During summer months, stretch out in a sun lounger soaking up the African sun and cool off in the pool. Perhaps work out in the nearby fitness centre to get the blood flowing, and let the day draw to a close as you sip cocktails in the champagne bar. Creatively presented meals are served in the hotel restaurant.
Attractions nearby this Rosebank hotel include Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton City, Melrose Arch, as well as the Gautrain rapid rail system and Sandton Convention Centre. Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport is also easily accessible from the hotel.
75 elegantly decorated rooms comprising of 60 Deluxe standard rooms, 12 Executive rooms and 3 Luxury suites
Open all year
State of the Art Fitness Club (Planet Fitness)