Since its establishment in 1989, Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for its truly world class travel experiences. There are four beautifully restored "Pride of Africa" trains, each with wood-panelled coaches carrying a maximum of 72 passengers in 36 superbly appointed suites. At the rear of the train is the Observation Car, while at the centre of the train are one or two dining cars and two lounges. Maintaining the spirit of travel of a bygone era there are no radios or televisions on board.
All means and drinks are included. An enthusiastic team of chefs prepare meals with a focus on fresh local ingredients and traditional dishes. Every morning there is a full breakfast with dishes cooked to order, while lunch and dinner are complemented by a selection of excellent South African wines. During the day dress is elegant yet casual, and, in keeping with the dignified atmosphere of the train, dinner attire is more formal with jacket and tie required for gentlemen.
Accommodation is in a Pullman suite which has a comfortable sofa-seat during the day which converts to double or twin beds for the evening. The en suite bathroom offers a shower and hairdryer. Also available are deluxe suites with twin or double beds and a lounge area, while larger Royal suites, which take up half a carriage, have their own lounge area and full bathroom with Victoria bath and separate shower. All suites have air-conditioning, safe, mini bar (drinks included) and round the clock services of a cabin steward. In a series of train journeys lasting from 48 hours to a month, the Pride of Africa links some of Africa's greatest destinations from Cape Town at the tip of Africa to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania; from scenic splendours as diverse as the game reserves of Mpumalanga to the Victoria Falls; from the desert landscapes in Namibia and the stark beauty of the Karoo to the lush cane fields of KwaZulu Natal and the magnificent Garden Route along the Cape south coast.