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Rovos Rail

Cape Town, South Africa

Travelling on the Rovos Rail is partly a luxurious and grand way to cross the continent of Africa and the chance to experience some living history.

All of the carriages are restored rolling stock from a bygone era of rail travel, and the dark wood and period fittings of your cabin will take you back to a time when the journey was as important as the destination.

Whether you are getting to know your fellow passengers in the convivial surroundings of the observation car, or enjoying a sumptuous dinner with the finest silver service, your time on the train will pass all too quickly.

OUR RATING: First Class

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Tour ideas in Cape Town

Our itineraries are there to spark ideas for how you could include a stay at Rovos Rail as part of your trip. Treat them simply as suggestions, because every aspect of the trip we create for you will be yours to define.

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    Experiences while staying here

    The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.

    • A journey aboard The Blue Train
      The Blue Train with Table Mountain in the distance

      A journey aboard The Blue Train

      A journey aboard The Blue Train

      Following a historic route between Pretoria and Cape Town, The Blue Train is one of South Africa’s finest rail journeys. On board, you can experience fine dining, relax in your own private suite and take in mountain views from the Observation Car.

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    • Cape Town City Tour
      Cape Town

      Cape Town City Tour

      Cape Town City Tour

      No visit to Cape Town is complete without a tour of the "Mother City". Your tour will include visits to the Castle of Good Hope, the Parliament Buildings and Bo-Kaap, plus of course the iconic Table Mountain.

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    • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
      Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, Cape Town, South Africa

      Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

      Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

      Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens occupy a large swathe of beautiful land on the lower slopes of Table Mountain. They house a huge collection of indigenous flora, such as heathery fynbos, flowering proteas and dramatically coloured strelitzias.

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