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EXTEND YOUR TRAVELJOY SAFARI WITH…
3 DAYS OR 4 DAY ROVOS RAIL EXPERIENCE
Experience one of the most luxurious trains in the World aboard the Pride of Africa. This five star luxury package includes accommodation, all meals, excursions as well as all beverages, including alcohol while on board Recapture the romance and charm of a bygone era as you step aboard the reconditioned wood-paneled carriages and enjoy fine cuisine in five-star luxury.
The trains consist of restored coaches which feature two lounges, two restaurant cars, exquisite private sleeping compartments each with private ensuite facilities. There are three types of accommodation on board; the Pullman Suites, Deluxe suites and the Royal Suites. The smallest being a Pullman, at 76 sq feet, the largest being the Royal Suite, which is half a train car and 172 square feet. All cabins have ensuite shower, sink and toilet. The Royal Suite also has a Victorian style bathtub.
The locomotion is now diesel or electric operated and high speed is 60 km per hour, steam is however used in and around the area of the Rovos Rail Station.
This incredible experience is something special and can be added to most Traveljoy Safaris.
Please note that service does not operate daily and early reservations are recommended. This is a very popular train experience and carriage space is limited.
Services do not operate daily and limited space is available. Early Bookings are essential. Route is as follows:
Pretoria to Cape Town
Cape Town to Pretoria
Pretoria to Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls to Pretoria
Pretoria to Durban
Durban to Pretoria
Price available on request – Contact the Traveljoy specialists now
Rovos The Pride of Africa Itinerary
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Rovos rail offers three grades of cabin
Pullman Suites: (±7 sq metres) equipped with a comfortable sofa-seat during the day with a conversion to double or twin beds for the evening, and also have an en-suite bathroom with shower.
Deluxe Suites: (±10 sq metres) accommodate two passengers in either twin or double beds and have a lounge area and en-suite bathroom with shower.
Royal Suites: (±16 sq metres) each suite takes up half a carriage, are spacious and elegant. The Royal Suite has its own private lounge area and full bathroom with Victorian bath and separate shower. The epitome of luxury with handsome wood paneling and period Edwardian features, the air-conditioned suites accommodate two people offering the option of side-by-side twin or spacious double beds. In the en-suite bathrooms, original fittings combine with the modern technology of hot showers, hair dryers and shaver plugs.
All Suites grades are equipped with a writing surface and a personal safe for valuables. There is also a bar fridge filled with beverages of the passengers’ choice and room service is available 24 hours a day.
PRETORIA – CAPE TOWN (01 OCT 2019 – 30 SEP 2020)
Day 1 Pretoria Depart 3:00 pm
Day 2 Kimberley
Day 3 Matjiesfontein/Cape Town Arrive 6:00 pm
Pullman Suite from AUD2,240 pp Twin Share
Mar 1,6,8,13,15,20,22,29 4
May 9 3,10,17,24,31
CAPE TOWN – PRETORIA (01 OCT 2019 – 30 SEP 2020)
Day 1 Cape Town /Matjiesfontein Depart 11:00 am
Day 2 Kimberley
Day 3 Pretoria Arrive 12:00 noon
Pullman Suite from AUD2,240 pp Twin Share
PRETORIA – VICTORIA FALLS (01 OCT 2019 – 30 SEP 2020)
Day 1 Pretoria Depart 9:30 am
Day 2 Day on board
Day 3 Game Drive at the Hide in Hwange
Day 4 Victoria Falls Arrive 10:00 am
Pullman Suite from AUD3,080 pp Twin Share
VICTORIA FALLS – PRETORIA (01 OCT 2019 – 30 SEP 2020)
Day 1 Victoria Falls Depart 5:00 pm
Day 2 Game Drive at the Hide in Hwange
Day 3 Day on board
Day 4 Pretoria Arrive 10:00 am
Pullman Suite from AUD3,080 pp Twin Share
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Rovos Rail General Information:
– South Africa – Rands only. We accept all major credit cards on the train.
– Outside of South Africa – Any off-train expenses or excursions booked while on the train are to be paid with US Dollars. Hotels and major dealers accept credit cards except in Sudan.
– Ensure all US$ are printed after the year 2000 or they will not be accepted. Low denominations recommended for shopping/gratuities and larger denominations for exchanging money to local currency (especially in Tanzania) as you get a better rate. The Gift Shop might exchange money if currency is available – it is not normally catered for.
Gratuities for the staff are at your discretion. If you wish to show your appreciation in this manner, there is a suitably marked envelope in your suite that you can hand directly to the Train Manager who will distribute any amounts on a pro-rata basis amongst the staff on board. An amount between US$10 and US$20 per person per night is suggested.
Please be sensitive to the adult nature and atmosphere of the train by keeping your children respectful and quiet. Long journeys are not recommended for under 13s. There are no child-minding facilities or activities for children on board.
Use of steam has become increasingly difficult over the years as more and more water and coaling facilities have been scrapped. Diesel or electric locomotives are used while steam is used in and around the area of Rovos Rail Station.
The track over which we travel is inconsistently maintained. If you wake at night imagining the train is travelling at high speed, be assured it is the state of the track below that is creating that impression. We restrict the train to 60km/h and over the bad sections reduce speed to as little as 20km/h. If you find it noisy, earplugs are available.
Meals are served in one sitting only in the charming Victorian atmosphere of the dining cars and are complemented by a selection of fine South African wines. Breakfast is between 07h00 and 10h00, lunch at 13h00 and a formal dinner at 19h30. All meals are served at these times unless otherwise stated in the timetable. A gong heralds lunch and dinner. Tea is usually served at 16h30 in the midway Lounge Car or Observation Car at the rear of the train.
We will do our best to cater for dietary requirements provided a detailed request has been made on the Reservation Form. If a special request has not been made, the chefs will endeavour to prepare suitable meals with the ingredients available on board. We regret we are unable to provide meals requiring strict religious observance in the preparation.
For days on the train dress is smart casual. Evening attire is more formal – for the gentlemen a jacket and tie is a minimum requirement while for ladies we suggest cocktail/evening dresses or suits. Please include warm clothing for cold mornings and evenings. With regard to off-train excursions, we strongly recommend comfortable walking shoes, sun lotion and hats as well as warm clothing for the game drives, which are on open vehicles and can get very cold.
Mobile Devices and Internet
In maintaining the spirit of travel of a bygone era, there are no radios or television sets on board. The use of mobile phones, laptops and essentially anything that has the ability to disturb other passengers is confined to the privacy of your suites only. The reception is poor while the train is moving. It is advised to contact your service provider to ensure the correct settings for network services are activated. Internet is available at our Cape Town Lounge, Rovos Rail Station, Tau Game Lodge and Victoria Falls Hotel and at most of the accommodation used on the Cairo journey.
On board the train, smoking is allowed in the Club Lounge only. Please note on the Reservation Form provided if you are smoking or non-smoking so that the appropriate room might be requested at the hotels. Smoking is allowed in the privacy of your suite, but please be mindful that the train is generally made up of wood; please don’t throw flammable items such as cigarette or cigar butts off the train as bush fires in Africa are a constant and dangerous hazard.
There is a limited laundry service on board comprising household washers, dryers and steam irons. The turnaround is 48 hours so we are not able to handle a week’s worth of washing. Please note that while we are providing a complimentary service we cannot be held responsible for items that may be damaged or lost in the process. There are no dry-cleaning facilities en route or on board the train.
Each suite has a luggage rack that runs its length providing ample space for storage. On selected annual journeys, guests are provided with a Rovos Rail tog bag that can be used for overnight trips or hand luggage on aircraft. On the Cairo journey, luggage will be limited to the requirements of each aircraft – enquire with firstname.lastname@example.org .
There is a small gift shop on the train and at Rovos Rail Station. Due to the varying exchange rates, credit cards are preferred. The host/ess on duty has a basic First Aid Kit and personal essentials (toothbrushes, razors, earplugs etc.). He/she will also fulfil any administrative requirements and check your onward arrangements. Stamps are available for sale and postcards may be posted in the post box at the entrance to the Observation Car or at Rovos Rail Station.
We would like to celebrate your special occasion with you. Upon boarding the train, please advise the Train Manager.
Books, Magazines and Games
There are board games, playing cards, a card table (dependent), books and magazines available for your use in the Lounge and Observation Cars whilst on board the train.
Electrical Current and Adaptors
220V AC 50Hz 3-point round-pronged wall plugs, 110V/220V 2-pin plugs for shavers. International adaptors available.
An electronic safe is provided in the cupboard in each suite.
There is an internal telephone system on board. Numbers are listed on the provided Guest List.
All public cars are fitted with gas-filled air-conditioning systems. Each suite has an individual air-conditioner with individual temperature controls that can also be set to heat mode. Fresh-air intake is solved by opening a window. Windows should be closed while operating the air-conditioning unit. Electric under-blankets are fitted on the bed.