When wood-paneled coaches and world-class staff greeted adventurers ready to be whisked off on the safari of their dreams...

Wishing you could harken back to this golden age of African rail safari? Where you could roll through the countryside aboard a locomotive, taking in the impressive wildlife and rugged landscape of Africa? Don’t let this bygone era pass you by! You too can enjoy the romantic and nostalgic atmosphere for yourself as you board a luxurious Rovos Rail vintage train and travel through the heart of some of Africa’s most vividly captivating sights on our Rivers & Rails of Africa itinerary.

The Distinguished Way to Travel 

Traveling via train was once the most distinguished way to travel. It was glamorous, chic, and posh. Trains were dazzling works of art and the subjects of Agatha Christie novels. Travelers would dress in their absolute finest and delight in the utter luxury of taking one’s time—after all, life is about more than just the destination.

Since its establishment in 1989, Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for its truly world-class travel experiences. Five-star cuisine, excellent South African wines, and extraordinary views await our explorers when traveling in turn-of-the twentieth-century style throughout this 995-mile route.

Safari in Luxury

Your trip aboard Rovos Rail will start with a sendoff at the colonial-era rail station in Victoria Falls. From there, wind your way through the timeless beauty of the African bush – where you may spot various herds of wildlife roaming or galloping by. As you travel to your next destination, you can relax in the train’s glamorous lounges, which feature plush seating and picture windows. You will also enjoy your meals in the exquisite Victorian dining room, where crisp linen and polished silver are paired with elegant cuisine and fine wines. Dressing up for dinner is all part of the fun here – with cocktail attire for ladies and jackets and ties for gentlemen.

Watching the World Go By 

After your visit to Zimbabwe’s Hwange Game Reserve, you will continue towards the metropolitan city of Pretoria, where you will be met by lush mauve blossoms and Jacaranda trees lining streets – and possibly even a flock of preening peacocks that congregate nearby. Through it all, you’ll be able to watch the world roll by at the pace of a time gone by – but with some modern amenities and considerations, such as air-conditioned suites and lounges. There are no radios or television sets on board to preserve the authenticity of travel at the turn of the century, but travelers may use laptops or mobile devices within the privacy of their own suite.

Read more about our 12-night and 13-night Rivers & Rails of Africa river cruise journeys or contact your preferred travel advisor for more information. 

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