RAILSAFARIS

Rail Safaris offer the perfect platform from which to view Southern Africa's spectacular scenery in comfort and style. Old fashioned steam rail travel, still available on certain routings, offers the journey of a lifetime for steam rail enthusiasts, and a romantic option for anyone looking for something a little different.

The golden age of steam trains and luxury travel has been revived in the heart of Africa in the form of Rovos Rail. This beautifully restored train consists of eight coaches which can be drawn by any of three vintage locomotives.

The wagonlits or sleepers, as well as the observation and dining cars, have been splendidly refurbished in the style of the period but with an eye for modern comfort. (Due to pollution, steam locomotives are only used on certain routings). Rovos travels between Knysna, Cape Town, Pretoria, Victoria Falls, Komatipoort and Maputo


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Leisurely steam rail tours are available along the Garden Route, offering the ultimate means of absorbing the sights and sheer beauty of the region.

The Blue Train surrounds you with splendid style and all the sensuous comforts of modern living, bringing you views of the vast Southern African landscape with its rare scattered treasures in unparalleled luxury and elegance. With extraordinary planning, the maximum space has been achieved, then fitted and decorated to create a private environment in which you can luxuriate. The electrically operated Blue Train runs between Cape Town, Pretoria and Victoria Falls.

In Zimbabwe, the Zambezi Special transports just 40 passengers by steam rail between Bulawayo and Victoria Falls via the Hwange Game Reserve through wildlife areas and hardwood forests. Sheelagh or Geoff Cooke, the owners, accompany every tour and their vast knowledge of Zimbabwe, its history, people and wildlife will greatly enhance your time on the safari train. (Facilities are shared).

The Desert Express will link Swakopmund and Windhoek in Namibia with stops at OMBO Ostrich Farm and Spitzkoppe en route. Large windows have been strategically placed to afford you the best view of the wide open spaces of the oldest living desert in the world. The fully air-conditioned compartments are en suite, with underfloor heating for the chill of the desert night.

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